Axios weekday planner: 29 things to do in Charlotte this week

Axios weekday planner: 29 things to do in Charlotte this week

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Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms

1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. | Now through Labor Day, various time slots | $25 | Details 

Why you should go: Soak in the summer sun and go for a dip in the natural spring quarry at Carrigan Farms. Swimmers must pass a swim test to enter the water without a life jacket. Open swim runs now through Labor Day.

11th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival

Online | June 15-25, various times | $19-$49 | Details 

Why you should go: The Charlotte Black Film Festival is one of the largest gatherings of multi-cultural content producers and creatives in the Southeast. This 11-day virtual festival allows attendees to connect with filmmakers and creatives of color and experience premiere film, fashion and music.


The Charlotte Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway

6558 Bruton Smith Blvd. | Jun 17-27, 4-10pm | Prices vary | Details 

Why you should go: Now in its 11th year, the Charlotte Fair is an exciting summer outing that the entire family can enjoy. Expect fair-favorites like fun rides, funnel cake and even a petting zoo.

Ben’s Friends Support Group

Oku Charlotte, 2000 South Blvd. | Mondays, 11am | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Ben’s Friends is a support group for professionals in the food and beverage industry who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Sessions are in-person and take place weekly.

What’s Up Dog Food Truck at Skiptown

222 Rampart St. | 4-8pm | Menu pricing | Details 

Why you should go: What’s Up Dog will be serving up its good ole fashion, southern hot dogs at Skiptown, so bring your pup get ready for some tasty bites.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

Ford Building at Camp North End | June 17-September 12, various time slots | $40+ for adults, $25+ for children age 6-16 | Details

Why you should go: The blockbuster exhibit seen by millions across the globe is finally here in Charlotte. Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s famous works like Sunflowers and The Starry Night. Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts and Lighthouse Immersive, visitors can experience Van Gogh’s art in a completely new and unforgettable way.

[Related story: Immersive Van Gogh art show arrives in Charlotte this June]

Tone & Tap at Protagonist LoSo

227 Southside Drive, Unit A | Mondays, 6-7pm | $5 | Details 

Why you should go: For $5, you can take part in a trainer-led workout class followed by a beer afterward. All fitness levels are welcome.

Make Music Day Charlotte

Multiple locations | 4-8pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: This live musical celebration will feature concerts all across the city — on streets, sidewalks and parks.


Half Price Bays at Topgolf

8024 Savoy Corporate Drive & 9110 Drivers Way (New location) | Tuesdays, all-day | $13.50-$23.50 | Details

Why you should go: Bays are half-priced on Tuesdays, so practice your golf swing or choose one of Topgolf’s games to play with a group of up to six.

[Related story: New Topgolf is just the start for University City’s entertainment district]

Dine Out For Kids

Participating locations | All day, June 22 | Prices vary | Details

Why you should go: Support local restaurants and CMS students by dining in or ordering take-out from any of the participating restaurants.

Sweet Spot x Divine Barrel Brewing: Buttercream Piping

933 Louise Ave. Ste. #105 | 6:30pm, ages 21+ | $65 | Details 

Why you should go: It’s Charlotte, of course brewery and bakery can exist in the same sentence. You’ll be using beer from Divine Barrel to incorporate into your cake and frosting. No prior baking experience is required, you’ll pick up the basics in class. Ticket includes one beer, a reusable board and a limited edition Sweet Spot Summer Break pint glass.


North End Farmers Market

1701 North Graham St. | Wednesdays, 4-8pm | Prices vary by vendor | Details 

Why you should go: Support local farmers, ranchers and food artisans at the North End Farmers Market. This season’s market has a lineup of 26 vendors (16 anchor vendors and 10 rotating) that sell everything from eggs and produce to CBD products and candles.

Best of Bardo Presented by Crave Charlotte

1508 South Mint St. | 5pm | $110 | Details 

Why you should go: Crave Charlotte and Bardo are teaming up to host the Best of Bardo Dinner. Chef William and Bardo’s mixology specialist, Ashley will prepare a five-course tasting menu paired with wines and cocktails from some of Bardo’s most beloved past menu items.

Virtual Wine & Cheese Pairing with 7th Street Public Market

where | 6-7:30pm | $65-$100 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Josh Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Rachel Klebaur of Orrman’s Cheese Shop for a virtual wine and cheese pairing workshop. $65 kits come with two wines and two kinds of cheese; $100 kits come with four wines and four kinds of cheese. Both kits serve two people.

Outdoor Community Yoga with Atha Yoga at Blakeney Shopping Center

9870 Rea Rd. | Wednesdays, 6-7pm; Saturdays 10-11am | Free, donations appreciated | Details 

Why you should go: Atha Yoga will lead a group yoga class on the Village Green at Blakeney Shopping Center. Donations will benefit local non-profits working in the space of mental health and wellness.

The DREAM Selfie Museum

4212 Raleigh St. | 1-4pm | $19 | Details 

Why you should go: Take Insta-worthy photos at this interactive selfie museum. The space has 13 backdrops to float between.


Rosé Thursday at Dilworth Tasting Room

300 East Tremont Ave. | 4-10pm | Half-price rosé | Details 

Why you should go: Enjoy half-off select bottles of rosé or enjoy a cocktail from DTR’s new mixologist Jose Ibanez.

Family Movie Night at Protagonist Brewing South End

227 Southside Drive, Unit A | 6-10pm | $4 | Details 

Why you should go: Thursdays are movie nights at Protagonist LoSo. Enjoy $4 pizza slices and a new movie screening each week.

Music at the Met

1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Bring a blanket or a chair out to the Metropolitan patio for a live music performance near Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Performing this Thursday is Colby Dobbs.

River Jam at the Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. | 6:30pm | Free, $6 parking | Details

Why you should go: Another week, another River Jam. Bring your friends or family out to the Whitewater Center to enjoy live music performances from an array of artists across multiple genres. Taking the stage this Thursday is The 502s followed by Akita on Friday and Little Bird on Saturday.

Wedding Planning Workshop with SkillPop

Online | 7-8:30pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Wedding season is in full swing again. Join wedding and event planner Jackie Fogartie of Jackie Fogartie Events in this crash-course in wedding planning survival. The class will cover everything from prioritizing the vendor checklist to making sure you stay within your budget.

Skyline Paint & Sip with the Harvey B. Gantt Center

551 South Tryon St. | 7-9pm | $25, ages 21+ | Details 

Why you should go: Paint Charlotte’s beautiful skyline from the rooftop of the Gantt Center. Teaching artist Cathay Dawkins will walk participants through a step-by-step process of painting the Charlotte skyline with a unique twist while leaving room for individual flair. Supplies will be provided and the ticket covers one complimentary alcoholic beverage. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.

Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars Viewing Party & Drag Show at Summit Seltzer

2215 Thrift Rd. Ste. B | 7:30pm | $5 | Details 

Why you should go: Whether you’re team Ginger Minj or team Jiggly Caliente, bring your friends out to sip on some seltzer and watch the divas of drag from Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Following the watch party, there will be drinking games and a drag show.

Stand-Up NoDa at Heist Brewery

2909 North Davidson St. Ste. 200 | 8-9:30pm | $15 | Details 

Why you should go: There’s nothing quite like a good belly laugh. Stand-up comedian Jenn Snyder is sure to have you in stitches with her on-stage antics.


Food Truck Friday at Blue Blaze Brewery

528 South Turner Ave. | 4-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Stop by Blue Blaze Brewery for a great lineup of food trucks, cold beer and other beverage options.

Live Under The Oaks at Birkdale Village

8712 Lindholm Drive, Ste. 207 (The Grove) | Fridays, 6-8pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Enjoy a concert at The Grove at Birkdale Village. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket; drinks can be purchased from Red Rocks Cafe’s onsite bar. Performing this week is Tim Cook Band.

Crave Charlotte Salty Parrot Food Fest

1200 South Graham St. | 6-9pm | $60 | Details 

Why you should go: Head to Salty Parrot Brewing for a street food fest with multiple beer tents, music by DJ Vinny Split and food from Jimmy Pearls Street Shack, Another!? Food Truck and Salty Parrot’s own food truck. A ticket includes unlimited beer sampling paired with three courses from the food truck lineup.

Modern Moxie at Camp North End

300 Camp Rd. | 6-7:30pm (doors at 5pm) | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Indie pop/rock band, Modern Moxie performs at Camp North End at 6pm, followed by It’s Snakes at 7:30pm.

Charlotte Symphony Presents “Celebrate America” at Truist Field

324 South Mint St. | 8:30pm | $25 | Details 

Why you should go: Head to Truist Field to hear the Charlotte Symphony perform a medley of patriotic favorites, memorable anthems and marches. The evening will conclude with a spectacular firework show, backdropped by the gorgeous Charlotte skyline.

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