Axios Weekender: 30 things to do with dad this Father’s Day weekend

Axios Weekender: 30 things to do with dad this Father’s Day weekend

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The Weekender is proudly presented by Cars and Coffee at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The free monthly “cruise-in” event is happening this Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The speedway’s Fan Zone will be transformed as car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their shared passion for cars and showcase their prized classics, customs and hot rods.


93. Mostly sunny. 1% chance of rain.

Amelie’s French Bakery Father’s Day Macarons at all locations: In honor of all the dad’s and dad-figures, Amélie’s has created three special macarons for Father’s Day. Flavors include Cup O’Joe which is an espresso bean topped macaron cookie filled with coffee-infused dark chocolate ganache; Cinnamon Coffee Cake which is a classic macaron cookie filled with swirls of cinnamon streusel and gluten-free buttery cake pieces and Maple Bacon which is a brown sugar and bacon-topped macaron cookie filled with maple and bacon buttercream. June 14-20. $2.39+. Details.


Blumenthal Performing Arts 1st Annual Juneteenth Jam at Victoria Yards & The Square at Spirit Square: Juneteenth Jam is a two-day, artist-filled celebration highlighting the history, joy and significance of Juneteenth through interactive dance sessions, art installations and live music. June 18th-19th, 4:30pm & 7:30pm. Free. Details.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas at 1215 Thomas Ave. (House of Africa): Now in its 24th year, the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas celebrates the end of slavery by bringing the community together to reflect and remember the historical event. Festivities will include a youth day camp, a drum circle and performers from around the globe. June 17-20. Free, donations appreciated. Details.

Maddy O’Neal w/ Phyphr @ The Music Yard at 2433 South Blvd.: Electronic artist Maddy O’Neal is taking the Music Yard stage alongside electro-soul artist Phyphr. O’Neal has performed at Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Summer Camp, Summer Meltdown and Red Rocks among many other venues. 6-11pm. $15+. Details.

Live Under The Oaks at 8712 Lindholm Drive. Ste. 207: Welcome the weekend with live musical performances in the Grove at Birkdale Village. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, drinks can be purchased from Red Rocks Cafe’s onsite bar. 6-8pm. Free. Details.

River Jam at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: It wouldn’t be summer in Charlotte without River Jam. Bring your family or a group of friends out for live music performed by an array of artists across multiple genres. Taking the stage on Friday is Unspoken Tradition followed by Virginia Ground on Saturday. 6:30pm. Free, $6 parking. Details.

Diva Royale Drag Queen Show at 3217 North Davidson St.: The divas have arrived! Get up close to some of your favorite “celebrities” like Madonna, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Adele, Nicki Minaj, Whitney Houston, Sia, Britney Spears, Beyonce and many other celebrity impersonators. 7pm. $20. Details.

Jay Street Jazz Jam at 1026 Jay St.: Head over to Not Just Coffee to enjoy live jazz featuring Tim Scott, Jr. and friends. Coffee, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Seating is first-come, first-serve. 7-10pm (Doors at 6pm). $10. Details.



96. Partly cloudy. 11% chance of rain.

Uptown Farmers Market at 300 South Davidson St.: Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods. Plus, the Uptown Farmers Market is on a mission to address food insecurity in our area, so consider making a donation while there. 8am to 12:30pm. Free. Details.

Brew Dash 6K and 12K at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: Go for a run on the Whitewater Center’s 6K or 12K course then reward yourself to a post-race craft beer at the Ridge Pavilion. 8am to noon. $40-$50. Details.

University City Farmers Market at 8929 J M Keynes Drive: Pick out fresh fruits and veggies and shop from local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. 9am to 1pm. Prices vary. Details.

Fathers Day Weekend Challenge at 3420 Pleasant Plains Rd.: Dads and kids will team up to compete in this Around the World shooting tournament held at LeafSpring Academy. $10 per duo. Details.

Mint Museum Outdoor Gentle Flow with NC Yoga Bar at 500 South Tryon St.: For the month of June, NC Yoga Bar will host yoga classes outside in the blocked-off street of West 1st St. in-between Tryon and S. Church. This is an all-level class so grab your mat, your water and your friends and reset with this 60-minute gentle flow before popping inside to explore The Mint Museum Uptown. 10-11am. $15. Details.

South End Rail Trail Clean-Up at 218 East Carson Blvd.: This volunteer event hosted by Keep Charlotte Beautiful and the Rail Trail invites individuals and small groups to walk around and help pick up litter along the Rail Trail and surrounding streets. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Following the clean-up, The Suffolk Punch will be offering one free drink ticket, as a thank you to volunteers. 10am to noon. Free. Details.

The Pit Indoor Kart Racing at 346 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville: Race against dad around the track in a high-speed Go-Kart. This Father’s Day, Dad’s first race is free (June 20 only). 11am to midnight. Details.

Summer Solstice Rooftop Popup at Cordial SouthPark at 1824 Roxborough Rd.: This rooftop pop-up event will have themed cocktails and tapas, tarot card readings, shopping with local makers Southern Fried Glam, Gloria Faye Design, and Good Sniffs and Co., a build-your-own G&T Garden (gin and tonics with botanicals and herbs) plus a flower crown station. 11am to 3pm. Free. Details.

Meet the Artist: Walking ArtPop Newsstand Tour: Learn about art in Uptown directly from the artists. ArtPop artists will be standing in front of their Newsstands, to chat about their art. 11am to 2pm. Details.

Father’s Day Fest at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten at 4150 Yancey Rd.: Bring dad out to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery this Saturday or Sunday to practice his golf swing at a chipping station or play a game of cornhole. Plus, there will be live music all weekend and a Father’s Day brunch menu served on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. June 19-20, 11am to 10pm. Free. Details.

Durag Fest 2021 (Multiple locations): This year Durag Fest will start at Victoria Yards for the Deep Wave Day Party from noon to 6. There will be vendors and food trucks. Starting at 2pm, day party-goers can go by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza to watch a live art installation titled “Durag Hall of Fame,” dance performances and a cypher. From 7-11pm the festivities will move to Camp North End for “DU After Dark” also called “Adult Swim.” There will be an outdoor street fashion show and live performers. Noon to midnight. Pay what you please. Details.

[Related Axios story: The unapologetically Black Durag Festival is back]

Nebel’s Alley Night Market at 1920 Camden Rd.: More than 30 pop-up stores will line the alleys of South End with local and regional food, drinks and goods. After shopping, grab food from Superica, artisan ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, or grab a donut from Pepperbox Doughnuts. 3-9pm. Free. Details.

Glitteryard Studio 54 at The Music Yard: It’s a disco party at The Music Yard with musical selections from Domii, Partydad, DJtrife and Alan Ospina. 5-11pm. $9-$140. Details.



88. Isolated Thunderstorms. 33% chance of rain.

5th Annual Father’s Day Cruise for a Cause: Jekyll & Hyde’s Taphouse and Grill is hosting a car show and cruise fundraiser to benefit local veterans organizations. Participants will start from the Matthews location and cruise to the brewery in Belmont. 9am to 5pm. $15-$20. Details.

Counterculture Club Outdoor Yoga Series at Camp North End 1824 Statesville Ave.: Channel your inner zen and join Counterculture Club Yoga in the Boileryard for their weekly outdoor yoga class at Camp North End. Fit for all levels. Bring a yoga mat and some water. 10-11am. $10 general admission, $40 buy four classes, get one free and $125 season pass. Details.

Father’s Day Concert in the Courtyard at 1115 North Brevard St.: Enjoy a Father’s Day brunch in the Courtyard at Optimist Hall and music by Square Roots. 11am to 2pm. Free. Details.

Drag Brunch by The Vanity House Father’s Day Edition at 200 East Bland St.: Surprise dad with a fun Father’s Day drag brunch at All American Pub. 11am. $10. Details.

First Day of Summer Sundaze ft. DJ Red: What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with all-day drink specials, live music, and brunch? Specials include $25 mimosa pitchers, $6 ‘Ritas and $5 Tequila Sunrise shots all day. 11am to 3pm. Menu prices. Details.

Dog Dad’s Day “Pup-Up” Market at Skiptown at 222 Rampart St.: Pamper your pet with locally made goodies like dog treats, pet accessories, and pet grooming products at Skiptown’s Pet Pop-Up. Noon to 5pm. Details.

Father’s Day Whiskey Tasting Event at Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. Noda: A lucky group of fathers is invited to sample some fine unreleased spirits. The sample list includes John Rodgers Rye, Mecktoberfest Single Malt Whiskey, Darkside Single Malt Whiskey and Owner’s First Guest Barrel. 1-3:30pm. $40. Details.

Armored Cow Dunk Dad at 8821 JW Clay Blvd.: Dunk your dad in Armored Cow’s special Father’s Day dunk tank. Bring your own towel. 1-6pm. $10 for 10 throws. Details.

Daddy Day Cornhole Tournament and BBQ at Billy Sunday 1115 North Brevard St.: Join your dad at Billy Sunday for an afternoon of cornhole, cocktails and food. Tickets reserve your slot and a chance at the grand prize. 2-5pm. Details.

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