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The Nerve’s 2024 Summer Guide to Charlotte Events

Over 200 events to enjoy in the summer heat

a portrait of Taking Back Sunday's lead singer, Adam Lazzara
Taking Back Sunday (Photo by Caitlin Ison)

Memorial Day has come and gone, and we are speeding into summer with reckless abandon. Here’s how to make sure the hot season doesn’t pass you by. 


LIVE MUSIC

PNC Music Pavilion

707 Pavilion Blvd.
June 22: Outlaw Fest: Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
June 26: Alanis Morissette
June 27: Maroon 5
July 13: Foreigner & Styx
July 14: Janet Jackson
July 17: Xscape & SWV
July 19: Sammy Hagar
July 20: Kevin Gates & Friends
July 23: Third Eye Blind w/ Yellowcard
July 24: Creed
July 27: New Kids On The Block w/ Paula Abdul & DJ Jazzy Jeff
July 30: The Doobie Brothers
August 2: Limp Bizkit w/ BONES, N8NOFACE, Corey Feldman, Riff Raff
August 3: I Prevail & Halestorm
August 4: Cage The Elephant
August 7: Glass Animals
August 9: Hank Williams Jr.
August 10: Train w/ REO Speedwagon
August 13: Earth, Wind & Fire w/ Chicago
August 16: Dan + Shay
August 17: Junior H
August 20: Thirty Seconds To Mars
August 26: Green Day
August 28: Imagine Dragons
September 1: Avril Lavigne
September 6: Megadeath
September 7: Boyz II Men
September 11: Rob Zombie w/ Alice Cooper
September 13: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats w/ My Morning Jacket
September 14: Sebastian Maniscalo
September 15: Meghan Trainor
September 18: Korn
September 19: Hootie & the Blowfish
September 20: Cody Johnson
September 21: Commodores w The Pointer Sisters, El Debarge
September 22: Staind w/ Breaking Benjamin, Daughtry

Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
June 20: Cody Jinks
June 23: Goose
June 26: T-Pain
June 28: Cole Swindell
July 24: Switchfoot w/ Blue October, Matt Nathanson
August 2: Jamey Johnson
August 7: CAKE
August 11: 311 w/  AWOLNATION, Neon Trees
August 11: Primus w/ Coheed & Cambria
August 26: Bush
September 5: Justin Moore w/ Randy Houser
September 11: Porter Robinson
September 14: Yung Gravy
September 16: NIKI
September 19: Kaleo
September 21: Melissa Etherridge w/ Jewel

a portrait of the American singer T-Pain while he performs live
T-Pain performing (Photo by Will Folsom)

The Fillmore 

820 Hamilton St.
June 30: Matisse
July 6: Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
July 12: Rumours ATL: Fleetwood Mac Tribute
July 14: ShxtgNGigs
July 21: Is For Lovers w/ Hawthorne Heights
July 23: idobi Summer School
July 25: PARTYNEXTDOOR
July 27: Chief Keef
July 28: $NOT
July 29: As I Lay Dying
August 3 & 4: The Band Camino w/ Knox
August 8: Taking Back Sunday
August 10: Lucky Daye
August 25: Snow Tha Product
August 29: Ken Carson
September 6: Manchester Orchestra
September 7: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong w/ Andy Frasco & The UN, Dogs in a Pile
September 9: Powerworld
September 20: Alec Benjamin

The Underground

820 Hamilton St.
June 20: Wilderado 
June 21: Yoi Toki 
July 5: Felly 
July 11: Bktherula  
July 12: The Lox 
July 13: Northland
July 20: Lil Poppa 
July 25: D’Aydrian Harding
July 26: Jake Hill 
July 28: Evavn Honer
July 29: mxmtoon
July 31: The New Pornographers 
August 2: Caspian 
August 10: We the Kings 
August 11: Black Pistol Fire  
August 24: Crumb 
August 25: Libianca 
August 27: Crown The Empire
September 4: Lamp 
September 6: Leprous 
September 10: Wild Rivers 
September 14: The Airborne Toxic Event 
September 20: Mickey Guyton 
September 21: Old 97’s 

Ovens Auditorium

2700 E. Independence Blvd.
June 27: That Girl Lay Lay
July 9: Donny Osmond
July 26: Brit Floyd
August 3: Ramón Ayala
September 5: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Bank of America Stadium

800 S. Mint St.
July 18-19: Morgan Wallen

The Amp at Ballantyne

11115 Upper Ave.
June 29: Trey Songz
July 11: Thurston Howell Band
August 3: Anthony Hamilton
August 8: Cassette Rewind
September 12: B Sharp

Charlotte Symphony

June 21: Freedom Drive Festival – Ophelia Garmon-Brown Community Center
June 23: Music From the Movies – Symphony Park
June 30: CSO Summer Pops Celebrates America – Symphony Park

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs at Symphony Park
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs at Symphony Park (Photo by Patrick Schneider Photography)

U.S. National Whitewater Center 

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
The U.S. Whitewater Center’s River Jam features live music on an outdoor stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. from May through September. Genres span roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, folk and funk. Other activities include yoga, open-water swims and, of course, whitewater rafting. Admission is free aside from parking.

MoRa Fridays Live 

Third Fridays | Edge City Brewery | 6209 Old Post Road
Since May, Edge City Brewery has hosted the Fridays Live concert series every third Friday, and will continue to do so through November. MoRA began this FREE community concert series seven years ago at the Embrace Sculpture, and this year, Edge City is cooking up a concert series with all the right ingredients: great bands, food trucks, craft beer and local vendors. Summer’s scheduled performers include Well Drinkers, Something Like That and Faultline Bluegrass. Be there at 6 p.m. 

Mecklenburg County’s Sundown Sounds

Dates and locations vary | 7-9 p.m.
June 22: Adrian Crutchfield at Pearl Street Park
July 7: Of Good Nature at Ramsey Creek Beach
July 14: The Steepwater Band at Park Road Park
July 20: Eli Yacinthe Band at Romare Bearden Park
July 27: Blue Monday at Pearl Street Park
August 4: Blackwater Band at Ramsey Creek Beach
August 11: The Eric Brice Group at Park Road Park
August 17: West End Mambo at Eastway Regional Recreation Center 
August 24: TBD at Pearl Street Park

Jazz at the Garden

July 9 | 5-10 p.m. | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | 6500 S. New Hope Road | $59
A special evening of jazz under the stars, featuring five performances by some of the finest talent from the Carolinas: Reggie Graves & Jazz Theory, Holly Hopkins Jazz Trio, 5th & York Band, JaVonne Jones, and Scott Marvill. 


ARTS & CULTURE

Theatre Charlotte

501 Queens Road
June 28-July 7: Alice by Heart
July 19-20: Dear Edwina Jr. 

Three Bone Theatre

The Arts Factory at West End Studios, 1545 W. Trade St.
August 9-24: Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

Matthews Playhouse

Fullwood Theatre, 100 E. McDowell St., Matthews
September 20-29: One Year to Die

a portrait of the Mamma Mia ensemble while their singing and dancing on stage
Mamma Mia (Courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts)

Belk Theater

130 N. Tryon St.
June 18-23: Mamma Mia! 
July 9-21: Back to the Future: The Musical
Aug. 8-Sept. 8: Disney’s The Lion King

Booth Playhouse

130 N. Tryon St.
Through June 29: Charlotte Squawks 19: Go pluck Yourself
July 5: Omari Dillard
July 9: D. Savage
July 13: Merrily We Roll Along
July 27: Black Couples Therapy
Aug. 23-24: Herlin Riley
August 31: The 8th Annual Carolina Music Video Awards
September 20: Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter

Knight Theater

430 S. Tryon St.
June 20: Ryan Adams
June 21: Justin Willman
June 22: Cedric Bowler
June 23: Lalah Hathaway
June 26: Mike Birbiglia
July 11: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones
July 19: Najee
August 17: Jeff Ross
August 24: Dusty Slay
August 29: PJ Morton
September 7: Joe Pera

Stage Door Theater

155 N. College St.
July 6: Black Boys Cry
July 26-27: Joey Alexander
July 28: The One With All the Laughs
August 1: Queen City Lip Sync
September 12: Now Are the Foxes & Friends
September 19-21: Tablao Flamenco

Ovens Auditorium

2700 E. Independence Blvd.
July 13: Nikki Glaser
August 8: Ellen DeGeneres
August 31: RePaul’s Drag Race Live
September 6: Giggly Squad Live
September 14: Chelsea Handler

Bojangles Coliseum

2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Aug. 1-4: Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

a portrait of professional dancers jumping mid-air from the Lion King
The Lion King (Courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts)

Crossroads Cinema

Camp North End | 8:30 pm.
Every Thursday this summer, catch iconic flicks from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s on a jumbo screen with surround sound against the backdrop of the historic Ford building.
June 20: Dreamgirls
June 27: Charlie’s Angels
July 4: Miss Congeniality
July 11: Gladiator
July 18: Hitch
July 25: Shrek
August 1: Mission Impossible II
August 8: Princess Diaries
August 15: Napoleon Dynamite
August 22: Legally Blonde

Wednesday Night Live

Wednesdays | 5-9 p.m. | locations vary | free
Presented by Bank of America, Wednesday Night Live includes free admission to the Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center every Wednesday as well as live entertainment or programming at one of the four Levine Center for the Arts institutions each week. Special programming ranges from dance performances to spoken-word artists to film screenings.


SPORTS

Charlotte Knights

Truist Field, 324 S. Mint St.
June 18-23 vs. Gwinnett
July 4-6 vs. Jacksonville
July 9-14 vs. Durham
July 30-August 4 vs. Norfolk
August 13-18 vs. Toledo
August 27-Sept. 1 vs. Nashville
September 10-15 vs. Jacksonville

a photo of fireworks being set off on Truist Field
Fourth of July at Truist Field (Photo by Laura Wolff)

Carolina Panthers 

Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
PRESEASON
August 17 vs. New York Jets

REGULAR SEASON
September 15 vs. San Diego Chargers

Charlotte FC

Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
July 3 vs. Inter Miami
August 24 vs. New York Red Bulls
August 31 vs. Atlanta United FC

a landscape shot of Truist Field, located in Charlotte, NC
Truist Field (Photo by Laura Wolff)

Charlotte Independence

American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive
July 9 vs. Lexington SC
July 20 vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC
August 3 vs. Lexington SC
August 10 vs. Greenville Triumph SC
August 24 vs. Central Valley Fuego FC
September 14 vs. Richmond Kickers

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy. S
August 17: Monster Truck Bash
September 7: SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs
September 20-22: NHRA Carolina National


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