Charlotte Events


Climates of Inequality

Levine Museum of the New South 401 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States
In partnership with UNC Charlotte's Public History program and the Charlotte Teachers Institute, Climates of Inequality is coming to Levine Museum of the New South from May 6 to September 8, 2023. Within the traveling exhibition of multimedia stories from across North and South America, a featured exhibition, "Climate Refugees in the City of Creeks," explores histories of environmental change, displacement, and migration in Charlotte. Showcasing voices and artwork of students, teachers, and community members.

Empanada Festival, Havana Night

Camp North End 300 Camp Road, Charlotte, NC, United States
After being rescheduled twice already due to inclement weather, the Empanada Festival finally kicks off in Camp North End’s Ford Building, featuring the original hot pockets in whatever style you crave: meat, vegetarian, fried, baked, flour, corn. Then make your way over to the Boileryard and NoDa Company Store Canteen for traditional Cuban music, food and dancing as part of Carlotan Talents' Havana Night.

Decked Out – Skateboard Art Show

The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC, United States
1313 & OBRA Collective present Decked Out a skateboard art show. All decks, no canvas. Proceeds help fund the new Kilborne skate park. The opening will be Sat 3rd from 6pm - 10pm inside the OBRA Collective gallery, located inside the  VAPA Center. There will also be viewing/skate event in the VAPA Center parking lot for GO SKATE DAY Wed June 21st from Noon - 4pm

Unwed Sailor, Thousand Dollar Movie, Of Sinking Ships

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
No vocalists allowed for this evening of primo instrumental rock. On Unwed Sailor’s latest album, ‘Mute The Charm,’ Johnathan Ford shares his love for ’80s pop tunes like “London Fog,” in which digitized guitar sounds recall the opening of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” while Ford’s fluid bass summons memories of New Order. Unwed Sailor is a primary influence on Charlotte post-rock outfit Thousand Dollar Movie, and Brooklyn’s Of Sinking Ships craft sweeping...

Augmented Reality Fundamentals: Enhance Your Art

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC, United States
In this class, tailored for artists and facilitated by Charlotte native Lusenii Kromah, participants learn how to use augmented reality (AR) technology to enhance their art and bring their creations to life. Classwork includes experimenting with AR software, 3D models, 3D software and animation tools while receiving personalized feedback from Kromah, who's built a career working for companies that range from successful startups to institutions like Adobe and Twitter. No prior experience is required.

Sam Morril

The Fillmore 820 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, NC, United States
Fast-rising comic Sam Morril can be lethal with his dry and dark punchlines, peppering a stand-up set that encompasses fucked-up fairy tales, biting social commentary and surreal conceptual stuff like comparing condom wearing to volunteer work, wondering if murderers critique each other’s work, and reminiscing on his friendship with a vigilante. New York native Morril offers a night of trenchant stand-up that’s not quite right in the head.

‘Wild at Heart’ & ‘Mulholland Drive’

Independent Picture House 4237 Raleigh Street, Charlotte, NC, United States
To coincide with screenings of Alexandre O. Philippe’s Lynch/Oz, a documentary examining director David Lynch’s obsession with the 1939 Technicolor classic ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Independent Picture House is showing two classics helmed by Lynch. Aficionados can spot the Oz references in ‘Wild at Heart,’ which boasts a cameo by the Wicked Witch of the West; and ‘Mulholland Drive,’ where Naomi Watts’ character(s) suggest ‘Oz’’s Dorothy Gale experiencing neo-noir meltdown in a Hollywood hellscape.


The Fillmore 820 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, NC, United States
Launched in 1987, Mexico City alt-rock band Caifanes adopted the moody grooves, black clothes and pale makeup of Robert Smith’s ensemble from across the pond, earning the stateside moniker “The Mexican Cure.” Early hit “Cuentame Tu Vida” is definitely indebted to Smith and Co., but a closer listen reveals the band’s wide-ranging variety, encompassing reggae, ’80s new wave, jazz torch songs, and traditional Mexican folk tunes.

The Honey Baked Ham Company® to Celebrate Monroe Grand Opening with Free Honey Baked for a Year Giveaway

1901 Wellness Blvd 1901 Wellness Blvd, Monroe, NC, United States
Honey Baked Ham will host the grand opening for its new location in Monroe at 1901 Wellness Blvd. on Saturday, June 10. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the store is inviting the Monroe community to celebrate the milestone with branded-merchandise from the HoneyBaked prize wheel and giveaways, including: 11am: Grand Prize of Free HoneyBaked for a year to the first 10 guests; 12pm: Free HoneyBaked sandwiches a year to the first 10 guests

Summer NoDaHood Market

Divine Barrel Brewing 3701 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC, United States
Divine Barrel Brewing, Great Wagon Road Distilling, Free Will Craft & Vine, Crown Station and Mountain Khakis co-host an open-air vendor market in NoDa featuring 90-plus artisans, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. The event boasts DJs, plus food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A clearance sale by Mountain Khakis coincides with the market, and specially designed NoDaHood T-shirts and zip-up hoodies will be on sale.

Classic Black Cinema Series: ‘Island In The Sun’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC, United States
$7 – $9
Set on a fictitious Caribbean island during the waning days of British colonial rule, the plot pits Harry Belafonte as a young charismatic and anti-colonial political leader locking horns with James Mason’s scion of a wealthy white family that’s propping up the corpse of Pax Britannia. Much of the runtime of this 1957 melodrama turns to secrets, scandals and (gasp!) miscegenation, though Mason goes crazy quite nicely.

Enter the Janna: ‘Paperback hero Saga’ Launch Event

DUPP & SWAT 1824 Statesville Ave, Ste 105, Charlotte, NC, United States
In 2018, local rapper/actor/author Mason Parker wrote and released his first comic book, ‘The Paperback Hero Saga,’ accompanied by a short film starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner of ‘The Cosby Show’ and scored by local spoken-word poet Bluz. However, after returning to Charlotte and finding a new distribution deal for the book, Parker pulled the original from shelves and began reworking the story into what's now become a longform graphic novel rooted in hip-hop and comic book...

Kids Filmmaking Bootcamp

3102 VISART 3102 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC, United States
VisArt Video presents a two-week course for aspiring filmmakers ages 11-18, held in its 135-seat event space 3102 VisArt. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking with hands-on experience, then shoot and edit the short 'Monster Therapy,' in which clinical therapist Victor Frankenstein IV counsels a group of iconic movie monsters on dealing with the stresses of daily life while curbing their homicidal urges. Week two is optional, but week one is required to attend...

HeroesCon 2023

Charlotte Convention Center 501 S. College St., Charlotte, NC, United States
Free – $65
One of the oldest and largest independent comic book conventions, HeroesCon, returns to the Charlotte Convention Center for its 41st year. Founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, HeroesCon has garnered a well-deserved reputation as a convention that puts comics first. Fans showcase their costumes, mingle with creators and illustrators, and peruse millions of comics and memorabilia over three days. Kids under 16 get in free with a...

Front Lawn Friday: Summer Residency 2023

McColl Center 721 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, United States
McColl Center’s monthly event for June gives folks a chance to get to know this summer’s artists in residence, who make up the museum’s second season of its Parent and Educator residency program. Participants include interdisciplinary artist Olaniyi Akindiya, aka AKIRASH; visual artist Mary Valverde; fabric-based sculptor Nicole Havekost; and Pablo Garcia, who creates experimental videos and sculptures made from natural silk. Enjoy live music from the Mary Massie Band and a food truck.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and the Women’s Chorus of Charlotte Present: DREAM BIG

St Martin's Episcopal Church 1510 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, United States
$10 – $30
"Dream BIG" with us at an extraordinary choral concert! Experience the magic of three small ensembles, 7th Son, Vox Dominae, and Spite & Malice, as they come together for an unforgettable performance. Be captivated by mesmerizing harmonies, breathtaking vocals, and a fusion of genres that will transport you to new heights. Let the music inspire you to chase your dreams and break down barriers. Don't miss out—grab your tickets now and let your imagination soar!

Go Skateboarding Day Party

Super Abari Game Bar 1015 Seigle Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States
Super Abari and Black Sheep Skate Shop are hosting a party to celebrate Charlotte’s skate community on Go Skate Day — a global event that promotes the positive aspects of skateboarding. Paint Fumes and Cuzco will provide the tunes and MecklenBurgers food truck will provide the eats. A raffle with prizes including gear from Black Sheep and game consoles from Super Abari will raise funds for The Charlotte Skate Foundation’s new Kilborne DIY Skatepark.

Andy Frasco & The U.N., Cosmic Collective

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States
$20 – $25
Andy Frasco is a music veteran who’s never lost his youthful enthusiasm for rock. Hope even permeates his mordant 2022 single/video, “Oh What A Life,” on which features Frasco as a disheveled disillusioned circus clown. The Jangly, jaunty “Iowa Moon” off upcoming LP ‘L’Optimist’ is even sunnier. Charlotte’s Cosmic Collective are equally eclectic and upbeat, with tunes built on crab-walking bass, sparkling keys and Nikki Enslow’s bright, feathered vocals.

Petrov, Maiden Mother Crone, Subvertigo

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
We love Petrov. The indie-rock powerhouse was our 2020 pick for top pop punk band, and best 2021 video winner for “Outlier." Latest single “Dior” eschews the four-piece’s careening post-punk guitars and muscular melodies, for a moody, hypnotic collaboration with rapper Killa. Trippy Atlanta shoegaze/progressive rockers Maiden Mother Crone conjoin the clangorous and the ethereal, while Charlotte’s Subvertigo craft dynamic alt-rock that turns from a whisper to a shout on a sharp shiny dime.

Puerto Rican Festival of the Carolinas

Route 29 Pavilion 5650 Sandusky Blvd, Concord, NC, United States
The Puerto Rican Festival of the Carolinas returns to Concord with an exciting lineup of music, food, art, culture and lots and lots of dance. Internationally renowned musicians on the bill include Luisito Carrion; Jose “El Canario” Alberto; Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound; and Soundboy Cartagena, aka HipHop Jibarito. The festival also highlights local acts as well as vendors and a variety of Puerto Rican foods.

X, Squirrel Nut Zippers

Neighborhood Theatre 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC, United States
LA punk juggernaut X outlasted the late 1970s punk explosion that spawned it. A hard-hitting fusion of punk, rockabilly and blues, supporting the soaring/quavering blood harmonies of then-married couple John Doe and Exene Cervenka, X was today’s alt-roots music decades before its time. Chapel Hill’s Squirrel Nut Zippers soared to popularity in the 1990s and craft rollicking tunes from the sounds of old weird America — Crescent City jazz, Harlem jump, and jug band stompers.

Girl Tribe Pop Up

The Revelry North End 701 Keswick Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States
$5 – $15
Girl Tribe Pop Up was founded in 2015 by the team at Girl Tribe Co. — a Charlotte boutique by Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom located in South End, SouthPark and Huntersville. The pop-ups, which only happen a few times a year, are curated shopping experiences featuring dozens of women-led businesses, beauty brands, jewelers and artists, plus drinks, food, Instagrammable photo moments and activities. It’s a one-stop shop for supporting small businesses.  

Pickleball for Peace

Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation 2201 Wellesley Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States
Join us for Pickleball for Peace, a pickleball fundraiser for the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center. This event will be a round-robin format where each player will be matched to similar skill-level players. All skill levels are welcome!

Willa Mae, Solis, Zoe Bayani

Snug Harbor 228 Gordon St., Charlotte, NC, United States
Willa McCollough (aka Willa Mae) crafted her superb debut LP ‘Kids,’ a collection of lush, open hearted indie pop, at the tender age of 17. Recent single “Clean” reveals a harder rocking, defiant edge. By turns extravagant and old-timey, indie singer-songwriter Zoe Bayani draws from nostalgic Americana and folk to craft dreamy, catchy alt-pop. Solis’ winsome oneiric electronic pop fills the bill.


Truist Auditorium at Johnson C. Smith University 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, United States
Part of a larger day of events centering nutrition and food insecurity, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District hosts her colleague, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) at Johnson C. Smith University for this panel discussion featuring a lineup of community leaders. This is an opportunity for constituents to hear from experts and voice concerns about Congress's latest Farm Bill, which impacts everything from agriculture to food benefits.

Flip Flops Pride Cabaret

Heist Brewery 2909 N Davidson St STE 200, Charlotte, NC, United States
Team Odds and Ends is excited to announce our inaugural pride month cabaret: Flip Flops: A Musical Revue of Good Songs From Flop Era Shows! Featuring songs from Escape to Margaritaville, Groundhog Day, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Dogfight, Side Show and more! The show will be at Heist Brewery June 29th at 7pm. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Time Out Youth; we will also be taking donations during the show.

Black Food Truck Fridays

West Complex 1600 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC, United States
If ever there was an opportunity for Charlotteans to embrace Black culture and fellowship around great food and support Black entrepreneurs all in one place, this would be it. Organized by Black Businesses Owners Corp. (BBOC), Black Food Truck Friday takes place in the Historic West End and features local merchants, a live DJ and an array of cuisine from seafood to soul food, desserts and everything in between.

The Weeks, Junior Astronomers

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC, United States
$15 – $20
‘Inside the Covers,’ the recent LP by swaggering Southern indie rockers The Weeks, ranges from a sledgehammer deconstruction of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Gimme Three Steps” to a slinky spy guitar trawl through Billie Eilish’s “bad guy.” Seventeen years into its career, the raucous quartet continue to bring each song home with alt-rock populism, crackling authenticity and restless curiosity. Equally spirited and impassioned Charlotte legends Junior Astronomers crank it up with melodic and groovy rockers.

Taste of the Caribbean/Africa

West Complex 1600 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC, United States
Get ready to experience the TASTE of the CARIBBEAN/AFRICA! Join us on Sat, July 01, 2023 from 12pm - 8pm for a day filled with delicious food, vibrant music, and cultural celebration! Family Friendly event with FREE ADMISSION and FREE ENTERTAINMENT, including BOUNCE HOUSE, ARTS/CRAFTS, GAMES, and LIVE PERFORMANCES from MUSICIANS and DANCERS. Grab your family and friends and come experience the Taste of the Carribean/Africa! You won't want to miss this event!

An Evening with Omari Dillard: Soul Violinist

Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC, United States
Captivating. Soul-Satisfying. Simply Unforgettable. Experience Soul Violinist Omari Dillard LIVE at Booth Playhouse on July 1 @ 8PM. From Tampa, FL, with a new album entitled 'Sincerely, Omari', Soul Violinist Omari Dillard is a must-see in this lifetime. Classically trained and culturally inspired, fans can expect to sing, dance, and groove to the best R&B hits during this awe-inspiring and uplifting nationwide tour. Get your tickets today!

Jordyn Zaino, Galloway, Middletooth

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
Jordyn Zaino’s 2022 album ‘who we weren’t’ is a live distillation of everything that makes the raw Carolinas cabaret rocker so distinct and compelling. Armed with her supple yet crunchy solo guitar and vocals that range from shouted defiance to feathered free-flowing reflection, Zaino delivers stripped-down gems with the force of a slingshot. NC indie rockers Galloway craft melodic, pensive and rhythmically complex pop. Columbia’s Middletooth strum and shout through propulsive start-and-stop single “Drop the...

Front Porch Sundays

Rail Trail at Atherton Mill 2104 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC, United States
Front Porch Sundays began as a dream of architect Terry Shook, who imagined turning his company’s property — located in the heart of South End with a wide front porch facing the Rail Trail — into a community commons on the weekends. Wit the help of Charlotte Center City Partners, it has since grown into a beloved open-air market that hosts more than 70 local vendors, food trucks and live music every first Sunday of...

North Carolina Greek Picnic

NC, United States
This weeklong event will bring together thousands of D9 Greeks — those who have pledged to one of the Divine Nine Black Greek fraternity/sorority organizations — at venues across the Charlotte area. Following Wednesday’s kickoff, Thursday brings a pitch competition and block party in Oakhurst, followed by multiple cookouts planned for Friday, and the big picnic event at Route 29 Pavilion in Concord on Saturday — preceded by a morning of community service and a...
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