12 Must-Do Holiday Events for Families in Charlotte

Pack up the cookies and hot chocolate and head to one (or all 12) of these merry holiday "to-do's."


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The Charlotte area is bubbling over with fun, family-friendly holiday happenings. With everything from a whole-town light display to farmers’ market-style holiday shopping and a heartfelt celebration of the first Christmas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So pack up the cookies and hot chocolate and head to one (or all 12) of these merry holiday "to-do’s."


1. Holiday on Ice

Whether it’s a winter wonderland in the Queen City or not, WBT and K107.9 Radio brings its annual outdoor skating rink to frost noses and toes in the heart of uptown. Located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard Street on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, the rink is open from Nov. 20 through Jan. 3. Skate rentals are $3, and the $10 per person admission is good for skating all day. Cash and checks only are accepted on site, but you can purchase tickets online ahead of time to avoid lines at the ATMs near the rink.
holidayonicecharlotte.com

 

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2. Holidays at the Garden

Nature is all a-twinkle at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday display. Happening Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, the gardens, located at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont, display more than 500,000 lights, as well as wonders such as the perennial favorite Orchid Tree and indoor décor featuring natural elements such as artichokes, berries, and cotton. There are also special days that Santa is planning a visit, plus special craft events. Children can tell him their wish list and have a picture made. Ticket prices vary – check the website for details.
dsbg.org

 

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3. ChristmasVille

Be overtaken by holiday spirit Dec. 3 through 6 in downtown Rock Hill for the eighth-annual ChristmasVille event. Actually a composite of more than 70 individual events, four days of festivities include old standbys such as a parade, carriage rides, carolers, kids’ crafts, festive foods and, of course, Santa Claus. The affair also features more unique attractions like mini golf, a Ferris wheel, a rock climbing wall, and pony rides. And on Dec. 5, a fireworks display will light up the night near the Christmasville stages. ChristmasVille is free to enter, but some events do charge for participation.
christmasvillerockhill.com

 

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4. Uptown Charlotte Tree Lighting

The Queen City celebrates the season together at the intersection of Trade and Tryon on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. as Charlotte’s official tree is lit for the season. Always a festive occasion, the ACC mascots will be in attendance to pump up the crowd even more! Event is free.
charlottecentercity.org


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5. Gingerbread Lane

A popular holiday tradition at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Gingerbread Lane is a display of confectionary edifices created by local professional chefs and amateurs alike for the hotel’s annual competition. From Dec. 10-27, the public is invited to view the gingerbread houses and vote on their favorite for the people’s choice award. Plus the event benefits a great cause – the Levine Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, but a minimum donation of $1 is required to vote, and proceeds from the voting goes to Levine Children’s Hospital.
theballantynehotel.com

 

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6. Speedway Christmas

Drive the oval … slowly. More than 3 million lights are displayed along the track for holiday enchantment, NASCAR style. The drive-thru experience opens to the public runs seven nights a week through Dec. 30. At the end of the course, you can park and walk (and eat!) your way through the special Christmas village set up on the infield to visit the petting zoo, a Bethlehem Village complete with live animals and actors, food and gift vendor booths, and photos with Santa. The Christmas village is open Thursday through Sunday nights Admission is $20-$30 per car.
charlottemotorspeedway.com


7. Christmas at the Library

Celebrate the season with heart at the Billy Graham Library. Visit after 5 p.m. to see the live nativity scene and take a horse drawn carriage ride ($7 for adults, $3 for kids) through light displays, or come early and spend the day taking a tour of the Library, viewing the animals from the nativity scene when they’re off duty, shopping at Ruth’s Attic gift shop, and snacking on home-style goodies at the Dairy Bar. Visiting the library is free and parking is free.
billygrahamlibrary.org

 

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8. Leonard Bernstein Symphony Orchestra

Delight the little ones with a quick trek into uptown Charlotte to visit the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra. The 18-piece display of adorable animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs hourly at Founders Hall in the Bank of America Corporate Center (located at 100 N. Tryon St.) Nov. 30-Dec. 31. Performance times subject to change. Find the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra page on Facebook for most up-to-date schedule.
foundershall.com


9. The Train to Christmas Town

Hop aboard the holiday train for a delightful experience with Santa filled with a photo opportunity and a few presents. Plus, enjoy a special reading of the holiday story and find a few of the characters walking throughout the train! The first train of the season departs on Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 27. Tickets start at $25. The train station is located at 667 Cason St., Belmont.
traintochristmastown.com


10. Christmas Candlelight Tour

If a peek into Christmases past is your thing, Historic Rosedale Plantation, just three miles from the center of uptown on North Tryon Street, hosts a candlelight tour of its Federal-period house on Dec. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Docents portray Dr. David Caldwell and his wife, Harriet, who owned the then 919-acre plantation in the 1830s. The nostalgia continues with the sounds of a hand-bell choir, and refreshments served in the English basement kitchen after the tour. Cost is $12-$15.
historicrosedale.org


11. Christmas Town USA

Each year since 1956, the town of McAdenville, located in Gaston County, has glowed with holiday lights, attracting national attention and countless visitors. The display has grown from a few trees around McAdenville Lake to more than 375 live trees, 200 wreaths, and a 46-foot wide image of Old Man Winter blowing snowflakes over the lake. This year, the festivities kick off with a tree-lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 and continue each night until Dec. 26. The two-mile route is drivable or you can walk, and there’s no admission fee either way, but be prepared to wait in traffic, especially on weekend nights.
mcadenville-christmastown.com

 

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12. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Take in a theatrical production of the classic holiday special in the family-friendly atmosphere of ImaginOn. The Children’s Theater of Charlotte weaves together stories and music celebrating the spirit and traditions of Hanukkah, Chrsitmas and Kwanzaa Dec.12- 23. ImaginOn is located at 300 E. 7th Street. Tickets start at $12.
ctcharlotte.org


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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Telephone: 980-387-6075

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More information

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1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

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Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3256
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free; reservations required

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Cost: Free

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Sponsor: The Rookie Run
Contact Name: Cadie Jessup
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Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
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Telephone: 704-372-3600
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Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard the Adventure, a miniature pirate ship at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 980-387-6075

More information

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Cost: $10/family (free to Wing Haven members)

Where:
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Charlotte, NC  28209
View map »


Telephone: 704.331.0664 ext 103
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Website »

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Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »

More information

Meet some of the animals from the museum's living collections.  Discover where they live, what they eat and how they survive.  Hands-on exploration included. Programs at 10am and...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Cost: $6

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Iredell Museums
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Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Every Tuesday in June and July at Historic Brattonsville is Time Travel Tuesday. Costumed interpreters will travel to the 18th and 19th century to do the work of the Bratton family on the...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors (60+)-$7, Youth (4-17)-$5, children 3 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC  29726
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. The quarry is only open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-Aug. 25, 10am-3pm., and June 18, 10am-3pm. Ages 11 and under...

Cost: $12

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Local and regional talent perform each week on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
301 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $4 in addition to museum admisson

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found--a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself...

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

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In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

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This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Website »

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Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Come explore how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reached out to those in crisis around the world—from providing food, medical supplies and shelter in the aftermath of major...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3256
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Learn about where the dinosaur bones are in the Piedmont from museum curator Dr. Steve Fields and create your own "imprint" fossils after the session. 10:15am and 11:15am.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Stop by the museum to hear a story about how animals use their defenses and make a craft to take home. 

Cost: $8

Where:
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Join New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty for a book signing to celebrate the release of the new book "Serafina and the Twisted Staff," — the highly...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Barnes & Noble Birkdale Village
Telephone: 704-895-8855

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Please join our Fit Family Challenge partner, the 2nd Annual Rookie Run 'N' Walk, a 5K for beginners, on Saturday August 20, 2016.  To help you prepare for the event, participate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


Sponsor: The Rookie Run
Contact Name: Cadie Jessup
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This interactive exhibit featuring Mr. Potato Head is designed for children ages 3-8 and teaches children school readiness and academic skills, such as mathematics, literacy, problem solving,...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard the Adventure, a miniature pirate ship at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 980-387-6075

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"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Meet some of the animals from the museum's living collections.  Discover where they live, what they eat and how they survive.  Hands-on exploration included. Programs at 10am and...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. The quarry is only open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-Aug. 25, 10am-3pm., and June 18, 10am-3pm. Ages 11 and under...

Cost: $12

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $4 in addition to museum admisson

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Watch some great children's movies each week as part of Summer Reading. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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Explore the mint museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2018
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found--a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself...

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come explore how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reached out to those in crisis around the world—from providing food, medical supplies and shelter in the aftermath of major...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3256
Website »

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Textile production was a vital part of life in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it is a vital part of life for fiber enthusiasts in the 21st century. See how modern designers use old-fashioned...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Rd.
McConnells, SC , SC  29726
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Website »

More information

Please join our Fit Family Challenge partner, the 2nd Annual Rookie Run 'N' Walk, a 5K for beginners, on Saturday August 20, 2016.  To help you prepare for the event, participate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


Sponsor: The Rookie Run
Contact Name: Cadie Jessup
Website »

More information

This interactive exhibit featuring Mr. Potato Head is designed for children ages 3-8 and teaches children school readiness and academic skills, such as mathematics, literacy, problem solving,...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard the Adventure, a miniature pirate ship at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 980-387-6075

More information

"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »

More information

Meet some of the animals from the museum's living collections.  Discover where they live, what they eat and how they survive.  Hands-on exploration included. Programs at 10am and...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical awaken a young person's desire to read.

Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. The quarry is only open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-Aug. 25, 10am-3pm., and June 18, 10am-3pm. Ages 11 and under...

Cost: $12

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Summer Storytime is designed for children ages 2-6. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian for this free, fun-filled time for stories and crafts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Preparatory School - Early School
212 Boyce Road
Charlotte, NC  28211
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Telephone: 704-366-5994
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On Thursdays in June and July, Historic Brattonsville will host special invited guests to engage visitors in topics and activities of the past. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your day at Historic...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors (60+), Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells , SC  29726
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
Website »

More information

Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $4 in addition to museum admisson

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. 

Cost: $5 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found--a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself...

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come explore how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reached out to those in crisis around the world—from providing food, medical supplies and shelter in the aftermath of major...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3256
Website »

More information

To celebrate the North Carolina Dairy Producers Association and the North Carolina Peach Growers Society will be passing out free peach ice cream from 11am-1pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Sponsor: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
Telephone: 704-357-1269
Contact Name: Amie Newsome
Website »

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Stop by the park for a variety of kids' activities from 11am-4pm. Popular regional bands will perform in the evening starting at 4pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-4280
Website »

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Participate in a variety of educational activities that support the five early literacy practices identified by the Every Child to Read program. 

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7200
Website »

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Pack your swim suit, towel and sandals for this family fun adventure with an inflatable water slide, bubble machines, arts and crafts, water balloon games, corn hole, shark tooth hunts and so...

Cost: $10 per family

Where:
Morrison Family's YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4600
Website »

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Bring lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for pre-movie entertainment and giveaways. Movie begins at dusk. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Bradford Park
17005 Davidson-Concord Road
Huntersville , NC
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Website »

More information

Please join our Fit Family Challenge partner, the 2nd Annual Rookie Run 'N' Walk, a 5K for beginners, on Saturday August 20, 2016.  To help you prepare for the event, participate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


Sponsor: The Rookie Run
Contact Name: Cadie Jessup
Website »

More information

Bring towels/blankets or beach chairs. Free popcorn and snack. Movie begins at dusk. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Pritchard at South End
1117 South Blvd.
, NC
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Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics/cookers permitted and concessions available. Movies begin at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
740 W C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Website »

More information

This interactive exhibit featuring Mr. Potato Head is designed for children ages 3-8 and teaches children school readiness and academic skills, such as mathematics, literacy, problem solving,...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard the Adventure, a miniature pirate ship at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 980-387-6075

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"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Meet some of the animals from the museum's living collections.  Discover where they live, what they eat and how they survive.  Hands-on exploration included. Programs at 10am and...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Local and regional talent perform each week on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
301 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $4 in addition to museum admisson

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Get out and grab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Central Avenue (Behind The Light Factory)
, NC


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A community food truck rally hosted by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department. Each Friday will have local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-321-7275
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Enjoy music and movies on the Green at Promenade on Providence, Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 PM. Free fun for the whole family. Promenade on Providence is located at corner of Providence Road and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promenade on Providence
Charlotte, NC


Sponsor: Promenade on Providence
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found--a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself...

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This classic Disney story is brought to life with a cast of lively characters. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

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This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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You pick the price when choosing from thousands of books including novels, self-help, children's specialty, and religious studies that benefits the Y Readers program. 

Cost: Free to browse.

Where:
Morrison Family's YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Thompson Family Community Room
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Promising Pages
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Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Come explore how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reached out to those in crisis around the world—from providing food, medical supplies and shelter in the aftermath of major...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3256
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Guiding Parents to Services, a program within Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, is providing parent workshops for families of young children with an autism spectrum diagnosis.  

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Join volunteer Michele Glover as she leads a Historic Tatting demonstration as part of Polk's Pop-Up program. She will lead visitors through a hands-on demonstration of this historic...

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC  28134
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Telephone: 704-889-7145
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Live music, traditional Puerto Rican food, games and activities.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Marshall Park
800 E. Third St.
Charlotte, NC  28204
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Sponsor: Puerto Rican Cultural Society of the Carolinas
Telephone: 704-777-0670

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Lean about the animals at the nature center and participate in a "meet and greet" with a box turtle and corn snake, among others. Crafts also available. Programs at 1:30pm and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1604 21 Bypass
Ft. Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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 Enjoy fun, creative activities inspired by the Mint’s Surrealist collection, and light refreshments. This workshop is designed for high school students ages 14-18. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: The Mint Museum
Telephone: 704-337-2018
Contact Name: Nicole Glaza
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Able-bodied men ages 16-60 were required by North Carolina law to serve in the colony’s militia in the 1750s. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will feature living history interpreters...

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC  28625
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Telephone: 704-873-5882
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NYC-based Mario the Magician is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives and his clever and refreshing...

Cost: $10 child, $20 adult

Where:
Stage Door Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts
North College Street @ 5th Street
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Mario the Magician
Telephone: 917-605-0662
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Please join our Fit Family Challenge partner, the 2nd Annual Rookie Run 'N' Walk, a 5K for beginners, on Saturday August 20, 2016.  To help you prepare for the event, participate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


Sponsor: The Rookie Run
Contact Name: Cadie Jessup
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This interactive exhibit featuring Mr. Potato Head is designed for children ages 3-8 and teaches children school readiness and academic skills, such as mathematics, literacy, problem solving,...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard the Adventure, a miniature pirate ship at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 980-387-6075

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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve as you enjoy time with your family. This program includes all equipment and is led by a certified instructor. Participants will learn the basics of...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 704-588-5224
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"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »

More information

Meet some of the animals from the museum's living collections.  Discover where they live, what they eat and how they survive.  Hands-on exploration included. Programs at 10am and...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

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As part of the "Beyond Rubik's Cube" exhibit, Discovery Place will hold a day of Rubik's Cube-inspired activities each Saturday. Each event will feature brain teasers,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $4 in addition to museum admisson

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical awaken a young person's desire to read. See...

Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 Mcdowell Street East
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. 

Cost: $5 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Enjoy music and movies on the Green at Promenade on Providence, Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 PM. Free fun for the whole family. Promenade on Providence is located at corner of Providence Road and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promenade on Providence
Charlotte, NC


Sponsor: Promenade on Providence
Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found--a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself...

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Halton Theater
Central Piedmont Community College
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Beyond Rubik's Cube is the world's first exhibition about the Rubik's Cube. In three different zones, learn what first inspired Erno Rubik to build the Rubik's Cube and design...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This classic Disney story is brought to life with a cast of lively characters. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Carolina Raptor Center's high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting the native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Learn about...

Cost: $5 in addition to admission

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-875-6521
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