Here are the events and activities you can’t miss this August – chronologically, so you can hit them all.
See you out there, and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.
August 2 | BB&T Ballpark | 7:04 p.m. | $8+ | Details
Why you should go: In addition to Thirsty Thursday ($3 domestics, $5 crafts, $1 small sodas), the Knights will be paying homage to The Sandlot‘s 25th anniversary with an appearance by Patrick Renna, who played Ham Porter, and the chance to nab one of 2,000 t-shirts.
August 3 | Bank of America Stadium | 7-9 p.m. | $5 | Details
Why you should go: The boys are (almost) back in town. Watch them warm up for the season at a 7 p.m. practice, with proceeds benefitting Carolina Panthers Charities. Fine print: tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to 6 per household.
August 4-5 | Select area museums | Free | Details
Why you should go: Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card for free admission into the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Levine Museum of the New South and both Mint Museum locations all weekend.
August 11-12 | Uptown | $6 in advance, $7 at the door | Details
Why you should go: The popular festival is back for its 24th year and taking over Uptown and Belk Theater with performances, exhibits, an art gallery, souvenir bazaar, Indian food court and more for a full weekend. See all there is to do and the full schedule here.
August 11 | LoSo | 2-11 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Sure, Lower South End’s nickname might still make you cringe, but its annual block party will redeem it. Stop by staples like Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Queen Park Social and Sugar Creek Brewing, plus new must-try Brewers at 4001 Yancey, for a day of live music, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
August 17-18 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5 p.m. Friday-12:30 p.m. Saturday | $30-$100 | Details
Why you should go: If running a 4- or 13-mile route at night, camping out, and doing it all again the next morning is your idea of fun, this is your time to shine. Register by August 12 for a shirt or hoodie.
August 17 | Bank of America Stadium | 7:30 p.m. | $12-$200+ | Tickets
Why you should go: See how the Panthers are looking ahead of the 2018 season when they square up against Miami.
August 17 | Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill | 5-9 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Escape the heat and remind yourself why you love the fall at the orchard’s Cider Bar, with flavors like Gala Peach, Hoppin Johnny and Ginger Gold. Pro tip: the hard ciders complement the apple cider doughnuts alarmingly well, and no trip is complete without them.
August 18-19 | Uptown | Free | Details
Why you should go: You can’t help but feel the love at the region’s largest LGBTQ Pride event includes a two-day festival and parade that sees 150,000+ attendees throughout the weekend.
9th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic
August 18 | OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center | 7:30 a.m. | $35+ | Details
Why you should go: There’s a race for every type of runner, including a Rookie Run/Walk and 10K, before the afterparty kicks off with local food trucks and breweries.
August 19 | Sycamore Brewing | 2-6 p.m. | $15 per plate | Details
Why you should go: The much-anticipated Waterman debuts in South End this summer, and Sycamore is helping celebrate with a ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ low country boil. Plates include shrimp, sausage, corn, oysters and potatoes.
Belk College KickOff Game Tailgate Concert
August 31 | American Legion Memorial Stadium | 6-11 p.m. | $12-$199 | Details
Why you should go: Brad Paisley and Kane Brown will take the stage to rev fans up before West Virginia takes on Tennessee to mark the start of college football season.