We know it’s hot. We know that the Summer months and summer heat waves are coming quickly. We know that we’ll have to put on extra sunscreen the next 3+ months and water our grass a little extra. It certainly comes with the territory of living in Southern North Carolina. There can always be a sense of ‘getting through’ any season, but it’s truly WHAT you do in that season that makes all the difference and this week’s, “Things To Do This Weekend” provide all kinds of fun and eventful opportunities to get out and make some early summer memories. From family events, special galas, and charity efforts, you can certainly find your place to be INSIDE. If you prefer to be on the move and perspire a little this weekend, there are some wonderful outside happenings that offer competition, challenge, and success at the end of the day. In the Carolinas we are so fortunate to experience such amazing culture when it comes to food, art, the wide variety of people, love, and FUN. Go splash in a wave pool or dress up your furry friend for a formal gathering. Whether in mid-day or evening, the next couple of days have a lot to offer in the way of staying LITERALLY cool, and certainly SOCIALLY! For the Queen City and beyond, LIVE IT UP!
What is Southern Cuisine? Have you ever experienced Southern Hospitality? Can you get more locally Southern than the farm up the road? On this tour, sample and sip your way through some of Uptown Charlotte’s best representations of the local South. Chefs and restaurant owners will explain the influence of Southern Heritage in their cuisine & beverage menus.
Join The DreamChaser’s Brewery for their Monthly Sip & Shop. This is special as it’s The DreamChaser’s Brewery 1st Anniversary Celebration! Celebrate the weekend in Waxhaw by bringing the community out to Shop Small & Support Local businesses! Plus Sat/Sun, the Kaleidoscope Festival will in full swing! They’ll be featuring local, handmade artisans and handmade foodie vendors.
6220 Park Rd Charlotte, NC
Take the Initiative! By joining and fundraising for the Charlotte LUNGe Forward, you’ll be helping to make a change for all those affected by lung cancer in North Carolina. Together, there’s always something we can do! Special expo includes entertainment, exhibits, and music.
514 East 36th Street Charlotte, NC
Enjoy the final market before Fall. Located behind the Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery and NoDa Company Store. There will be locally produced works of art, jewelry, body products, clothing, housewares, pet products and more!
Lush Life: 2017 Jazz Arts Initiative Spring Gala
This elegant evening will include a superb three-course dinner, open wine bar, and feature live music and dancing from the renowned Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Mandi Stapleton playing the classics of Ellington, Basie, and Strayhorn. Black tie preferred. The evening will include a special champagne raffle featuring unique items donated by Windsor Jewelers. Jazz Arts Initiative will also recognize two national honorees with the Nica’s Dream Achievement Award and Ellis Marsalis Excellence Award for their extraordinary contributions to Jazz music and Jazz education.
The Fur Ball is a Prom for Paws where people and their pets come together for the “purrect” cause – Catering To Cats & Dogs. With dinner, dancing and a lot of tail wagging this whimsical event is designed just for pet lovers. Guests will have a hard time sitting still as they lap up the Pet Superlative Photo Contest and pounce on the Silent Auction items. In true prom style, the night tops off with the crowning of a Prom King and Queen and everyone goes home with a “Wag” bag!
5555 Concord Parkway S. Charlotte, NC
The CARS 3 “Road to the Races” nationwide tour will be stopping in Charlotte this weekend. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightening McQueen, tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez, and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into the Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate the new movie, which opens in theaters nationwide on June 16, 2017. This free event is open to the public! Fans will have the opportunity to: Take photos with the “stars” of the movie, participate in a host of family-friendly activities, race pit crew tire-changing simulation, get a first look of the new movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater, and much, much more!
The Atlantic Ocean isn’t the only aquatic getaway that North and South Carolina share. Carolina Harbor Waterpark is nestled right between the two states at Carowinds. The waterpark boasts a six-story water slide, two wave pools and a two-acre family area guaranteed to cool guests off in the summer heat.
When not seeing can be helpful… Experience the benefits of blindfolded yoga with Metrolina Association for the blind. Jessi Sauls will lead participants through a blindfolded yoga class from on the Stewart Creek Greenway outside the Blue Blaze taproom. By restricting sight, participants will enhance and activate their senses of balance and focus. Any self-conscious or competitive spirit is removed, and participants are able to journey deeper for inner truths.