Charlotte Fall Festivals and Fairs

Fall festivals feed your need for fried dough, live music and family fun.


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Don't miss the Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 6-14.

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair

Fried turkey legs, funnel cakes and a fried snicker bar always bring back memories of perfect fall nights at the fair. Share these memories with the kids this season by attending a few festivals or fairs in and around Charlotte.


Matthews Alive Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Enjoy vendors, food, the Kids Connection area, games, rides and four stages of entertainment. Do not miss the parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday!

Location/Cost: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. Free admission.

Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 1-9 p.m.; Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Matthews_Alive

Photo courtesy of Matthews Alive


Charlotte Kosher BBQ

Sept. 2

Charlotte Kosher BBQ event features a BBQ contest, watermelon and pickle-eating contests, live music, a kids’ zone and mechanical bull riding.

Location/Cost: Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Free admisson; additional cost for food. 

Hours: 11am-3pm


Yiasou Greek Festival 

Sept. 5-8

Come enjoy cultural exhibits, food, entertainment, live music, dancing, wine tastings, art and the Kids Playland with rides, face painting and games.

Location/Cost: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. $3. Children 12 and younger free.

Hours: Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m.



World L!t Street Festival

Sept. 7

Enjoy street food and music from around the globe, and shop the marketplace.

Location/Cost: Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave. Free.

Hours: 4-10 p.m.


York County Family Food Truck Festival

Sept. 7

Bring the family out to enjoy a variety of foods, vendors and entertainment including bounce houses, photo booth, face painting, balloon animals, laser tag and trampolines.

Location/Cost: Heritage International Ministries Conference Center, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill. Free.

Hours: Noon-6 p.m.


Cabarrus County Fair

Sept. 6-14

Experience rides, food, entertainment, friendly competitions, a petting zoo and fun! See website for specials and ride ticketing information.

Location/Cost: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC Hwy. 49 N., Concord. $5-$8, children 5 and younger free, additional cost for rides. 

Hours: Fri., 4-11 p.m..; Sat. 1-11 p.m.; Sun. 1-10 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair



Gripped Festival

Sept. 13-14

This family friendly event will offer carnival rides and inflatables, a climbing wall, food trucks, beverages, and music. Cycling fun at the festival includes a BMX stunt show, bike safety rodeo, vintage bike show, a bike expo and racing action throughout the weekend!

Location/Cost: Rock Hill BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Pkwy., Rock Hill. $5-$10.

Hours: 10am-11pm.


Harrisburg Multi-Cultural Festival

Sept. 14

Discover different cultures through arts, music, fashion, dance and food.

Location/Cost: Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg. Free.

Hours: 11am-5pm.


Sunflower Festival at Springs Farm

Sept. 14-15

Come for food trucks, vendors, wagon rides and cut-your-own sunflowers!

Location/Cost: Springs Farm, 835 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill. Free, $5 for parking.

Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.


The Great Pumpkin Fest

Sept. 14-Oct. 27

Carowinds presents family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, pedal tractors and rides.

Location/Cost: Carowinds Amusement Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. Tickets start at $48.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with select Sundays until 7 p.m.


Festival in the Park 

Sept. 20-22

Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park.

Location/Cost: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Free.

Hours: Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival in the Park

PhotO: Deborah Young Studio


Downtown Davidson Fall Arts Crawl

Sept. 21

Stroll the historic streets of Downtown Davidson while browsing more than 40 of the area’s best artisans and enjoying live music and an interactive children’s art area.

Location/Cost: Historic Downtown Davidson, 108 South Main St., Davidson. Free.

Hours: 5-9 p.m.


Flow Fest

Sept. 21-11

Flow into a weekend full of yoga. There is one kids' yoga session and one family yoga session. See website for full schedule. There will be vendors and live music in the evening.

Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center. $6 for parking.

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


Latin American Festival

Sept. 21

Festival will feature Latin American food, performances, crafts, art and activities for the whole family. This year’s festival headliners are Nacho and Celso Piña.

Location/Cost: Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. Free until 2 p.m.; $10 after 2 p.m.

Hours: Noon-8 p.m.


Stand Together Music Festival

Sept. 21

The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cancer research.  There will be food, a kids’ zone, music and lots of fun.  Darrell Harwood will headline with a total of five bands performing throughout the day. 

Location/Cost: Town of China Grove, 333 N. Main St., China Grove. Free.

Hours: 2-10 p.m.


UNC Charlotte International Festival

Sept. 21

Art, crafts, costumes, food, music, dance and games combine to create the experience of traveling the globe in one day.

Location/Cost: Barnhardt Student Activity Center-UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

International_Festival

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Union County Heritage Festival

Sept. 21

Expect live entertainment, food, vendors, educational and creative activities for kids, free talks, art, raffles, a 5K race, and cooking demonstrations. Be sure to also check out the Union County 4-H Expo.

Location/Cost: Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. Free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., race at 8 a.m.


El Grito Mexican Independence Festival

Sept. 22

Enjoy Mexican street food, live music, cultural dances, vendors, lucha libre, outdoor games and bounce houses for the kids. Mexican attire is welcome and encouraged. elgritocharlotte.com.

Location/Cost: Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. Free.

Hours: Noon-6 p.m.


Art of Sound Music Festival

Sept. 27-28

A variety of musicians and groups will perform in several different venues with music and fun for everyone. Festival will be will be held in conjunction with the Arts on the Square Arts Festival on Sept. 28. See website for schedule.

Location/Cost: Uptown Shelby. Free.

Hours: See website.


ArtWalk and MusicFest of Matthews

Sept. 28

See the arts and crafts market, live performances, a high school art exhibit and the hands-on children’s area. Adults can enjoy the Sip and Stroll.

Location/Cost: The Green at Matthews Station, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Dog Gone Good Time Festival

Sept. 28

The festivities include an amazing day with your pooch, sponsors, vendors, family activities, doggy games and more.

Location/Cost: Walter Y. Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Gold Hill Founders Day

Sept. 28

Celebrate the history and culture of Gold Hill with arts, crafts, a parade, bluegrass music, food and gold panning.

Location/Cost: Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 735 Saint Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. Free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Piedmont Pottery and Pickin'

Sept. 28

Shop for pottery, enjoy hands-on activities and historic cooking demonstrations. BBQ will be available for purchase.

Location/Cost: Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. $5-$8, children 3 and younger free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


'Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival

Sept. 28

This festival showcases local vendors, two stages of live entertainment, local craft beer, food trucks and kids’ zone with inflatables and more.

Location/Cost: Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Free.

Hours: 2-8 p.m.


Denver Days

Oct. 4-5

Come out for food, carnival rides and live music. Blue Monday will perform Friday evening, and La Acoustics and Kelby Costner will perform on Saturday.

Location/Cost: Rescue Squad Park, 7889 Galway Lane, Denver. Free admission.

Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.


Queen Charlotte Fair

Oct. 4-13

The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food.

Location/Cost: Route 29 Pavillion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$10, 4 and younger free.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.


Carolina Renaissance Festival

Oct. 5-Nov. 24

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village.

Location/Cost: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $15-$26.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Renaissance Festival

photo courtesy of carolina renaissance festival

Come see actors dressed up in old time garb and enjoy the Renaissance Festival's games, crafts, food and shows.


Charlotte Kids Fest

Oct. 5

Charlotte Kids Fest will inspire young minds with artistic, creative, playful and educational experiences. Enjoy a Play Zone, activities, performers, food trucks and more.

Location/Cost: UNC Charlotte, 9100 Robert D. Snyder Road. Free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Charlotte UNITE Festival

Oct. 5

The family orientated festival includes live music, food from different cultures, craft beer, a kids' zone and community speakers.

Location/Cost: NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St. Free.

Hours: Noon-8 p.m.


Family Fall Festival in Indian Trail

Oct. 5

This community festival will feature vendors, rides, performances, games and more at Chestnut Square Park.

Location/Cost: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail. Free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Gaston Day School FallFest 2019

Oct. 5

Enjoy rides, games and activities for kids of all ages! Stroll through the vendor tents, and fuel up at the food trucks.

Location/Cost: Gaston Day School, 2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia. Free, unlimited ride wristbands $25.

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Lazy 5 Ranch Fall Festival

Oct. 5-Oct. 27

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the farm to feed the animals, such as giraffes, zebras and bison.

Location/Cost: Lazy 5 Ranch, 15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville. $8-$11; children younger than 2 free. No credit cards.

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.


USNWC Fall Festival

Oct. 5

Enjoy cider sampling and the entertaining BYOB (Build Your Own Boat) Competition. Take part in the trail race, yoga or regular pass activities all while enjoying live music.

Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $6 for parking, additional fee for activities

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Autumn Treasures

Oct. 12-13

Local crafters display wares on Main Street, while local musicians fill the streets with song. Don't miss the Grill’n and Chill’n BBQ Cook-Off. In addition, the Kids Zone features inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, children’s entertainment and crafts.

Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $6 for parking, additional fee for activities

Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Public BBQ Tasting: Sat., 1:30-4pm.


Curtin Farms Fest 2019

Oct. 12

Experience a relaxing, family-friendly day on the 100 year-old working farm with live music, antiques, food and crafts.

Location/Cost: Curtin Farms, 407 Paraham Road N., Clover. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Festival of India

Oct. 12-13

The cultural festival showcases diversity of Indian dance, food, art and music. Guests can enjoy yoga, henna tattoos and a kids' art corner.

Location/Cost: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $7, children younger than 10 free.

Hours: Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.


Hola Charlotte

Oct. 12

Celebrate Latin culture with the Latin American Cultural Village, food, music, artists, performances, Zumba demos and instruction, and fashion displays.

Location/Cost: Uptown Charlotte, N. Tryon St. and W. 6th St. Free.

Hours: Noon-7 p.m.


Huntersville Fall Festival

Oct. 12

This fall festival features local art and craft booths, children's games and crafts, inflatables, scarecrow making, food trucks, a pumpkin patch and live entertainment.

Location/Cost: 13659 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Laketoberfest

Oct. 12

Festival features live music, NC beer, food trucks and a kid's zone with crafts and games. Event proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

Location/Cost: Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Free.

Hours: 5-9 p.m.


Pennzoil AutoFair Presented by Advance Auto Parts 

Oct. 17-19

Fair features more than 10,000 automotive vendor displays. In addition, kids can enjoy a play zone and eat fair food.

Location/Cost: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. $13, free for children 13 and younger with a paying adult.

Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.


Carolina Balloonfest

Oct. 18-20

Bring your cameras, lawn chairs, and blankets to experience a family-friendly festival featuring more than 50 hot air balloons, live music, food, wine and craft beer, kids’ zone, and artisan marketplace.

Location/Cost: Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. $10-$35, children 12 and younger free.

Hours: Fri., 3-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

BalloonFest

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BalloonFest features launches of 50 balloons across Statesville's sky. 


Pineville Fall Festival

Oct. 18-19

Come enjoy food, music, rides, art and vendors. National country music recording artist, Jake Rose will headline Saturday night.

Location/Cost: Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. Free.

Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Cramerton Fall Festival

Oct. 19

Come for fun games, awesome prizes, delicious candy and cakewalks. Unlimited game play wristbands are $5. Enjoy food vendors, a costume contest, a bounce house and the judging of the carved pumpkins. Children can trick-or-treat local businesses in Centennial Center.

Location/Cost: 100 Center St., Cramerton. Free.

Hours: 4-6 p.m.


Kaleidoscope Arts and Ag Festival

Oct. 19

This culminating event of the Rowan Arts and Ag Celebration will feature live music and local artisans, breweries, wineries and goods from farmers.

Location/Cost: Downtown Kannapolis, 125 N Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis. Free.

Hours: Noon-4 p.m.


Lincoln County Apple Festival 

Oct. 19

Festival attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year to enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, kids’ attractions and plenty of apples.

Location/Cost: Downtown Lincolnton, 115 W. Main St., Lincoln. Free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Stallings Fest 2019

Oct. 19

Stallings Fest is a community fall festival that has amusements, craft and food vendors, live entertainment and more!

Location/Cost: Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings. Free.

Hours: 1-9 p.m.


Turkish Festival of Charlotte

Oct. 19

Experience and savor Turkish food and coffee, performances and cultural demonstrations.

Location/Cost: Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Pl. $5.

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Windy Hill Apple Harvest Festival

Oct. 19

Purchase a ticket in advance to see the livestock, shop for goods at the farm stand and purchase some of the delicious apple cider.

Location/Cost: Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 Black Hwy., York. $10-$12.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


BooFest and Nightmare on Main Street

Oct. 26

Come to downtown Belmont for the boos, but stay for the brews! After the carnival rides and fun of BooFest, Nightmare on Main Street will continue with adult beverages and live music.

Location/Cost: Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St., Belmont. Free.

Hours: 2-10 p.m.


Fall Crawl

Oct. 26

The whole family will enjoy the costume parade at 11:30 a.m. and the trunk-or-treat for kids, which will take place at The Vine Church, 2101 Belvedere. Midwood Park activities begin at noon and include a full day of food trucks, live music, beer, vendors and children’s activities.

Location/Cost: Midwood Park, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave. Free.

Hours: 11:30 a.m.


Halloween in OTC

Oct. 26

Enjoy a fun-filled scavenger hunt through the street of Old Town before the Block Party Extravaganza, which will include a costume contest, games, creepy crafts, live entertainment, food trucks and local beer.

Location/Cost: Oak Street Mill, 5721 Oak St., Cornelius. Free.

Hours: 2-6 p.m.


Mint Hill Fall Harvest Festival

Oct. 26

Come for a night of family fun with a scarecrow decorating contest, photo opportunities in the pumpkin patch, pumpkin bowling, face painting, inflatables, food and family games.

Location/Cost: Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Ln., Mint Hill. Free.

Hours: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Tega Cay Fall Festival

Oct. 26

The event features arts and crafts, vendors, entertainment and kid zones. Do not miss the Children's Halloween Costume Contest and the Hula Hoop Contest for all ages.

Location/Cost: Tega Cay Golf Course, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay. Free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Statesville Pumpkin Fest

Nov. 2

Compete in the 5K, pumpkin pie-eating contest or cornhole tournament. Enjoy vendors, local food, the craft beer garden, classic cars, live music and the kids’ zone with pumpkin activities and rides.

Location/Cost: Downtown Statesville, Statesville. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


2019 Queen City Fall Festival

Nov. 16

Enjoy food trucks, entertainment, face painting, bounce house, free giveaways and crafts.

Location/Cost: The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St. Free.

Hours: 1-5 p.m.


Know a festival or fair that we missed? Email us at calendar@charlotteparent.com.

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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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Local firefighters will share stories and bring their mascot, Blaze and a fire truck.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Lake Wylie /Steel Creek
Carolina Dance Academy
13902 S Tryon Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Learn how to use a variety of technology to tell exciting stories. This club is perfect for preteen writers, artists, and photographers. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Website »

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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Lake Wylie /Steel Creek
Carolina Dance Academy
13902 S Tryon Road
, NC  28278
View map »


Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Preschoolers complete nature themed activities, crafts and hikes while using their imaginations! 6/3: Prowlers at Night 6/17: Tree-mendous Trees! 7/1: Crickets & Grasshoppers 7/15:...

Cost: $2; additional $5 entry fee for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC  28036
View map »


Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Website »

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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This class combines yoga and play through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Come make fun, kid-friendly campfire meals. Registration is required. May 21: Banana Boats June 18: Dogs in a Blanket July 16: Waffle Cone S’mores Aug. 20: Pizza Pies

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop the kids off to paint with acrylics. Focus is on brush strokes, design elements and color theory.

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Website »

More information

Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Come decorate cupcakes, and hear a story. Payment is required to reserve your spot. Call in advanced.

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Snap photos, draw pictures and take notes like a scientist to create a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

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Geek out on everything comics and manga related.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Website »

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Enjoy puppet shows, songs and movement activities that support early literacy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, NC
View map »


Website »

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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Enjoy free admission on Wednesdays this summer from 5 to 9 p.m. beginning July 3 through August 28.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Party in Romare Bearden Park! May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot June 12: Hip Pocket June 26: The Entertainers July 10: Randy Clay Band...

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This summer series offers music, children's activities, local craft vendors and a farmers market. Market opens at 5 p.m., live music starts at 6p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Historic White Home
258 E. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

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Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 18: “Spiderman: Into...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

On Thursday evenings, starting June 6 through August 29, listen to live music at Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
View map »


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Bring awareness to the mind, body and breath through yoga poses. All are welcome, from beginners to seasoned yogis!

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come learn about Meck Basics, a community-wide brain development campaign. Learn how you can begin implementing five basic principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for...

Cost: Free

Where:
NewDominion Bank
1111 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join Hugo and the Honeybees at GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte to celebrate winning the Technocom Technology Makeover!

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte
9109 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Toys will be available for drop-in, self directed play.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Visit Wing Haven for a family-friendly evening of fun with local food truck, New Wrap Order and live music from Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Soul Duo! Food, wine, beer and other beverages available...

Cost: $15, children 10 and younger free.

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Check out the car and truck show, as well as the music, family friendly activities, raffle and door prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Join Mercy Church for a night of worship and music! The evening will last a little over an hour and will focus on the singing of original songs from Mercy Church. Tickets are free, but reserve...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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During this interactive playtime for toddlers, wiggle to music and giggle with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
David W Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and weekly bands.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Come down to historic downtown Mount Holly for another awesome Summer Concert Series!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. March 29 and Aug. 23 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Bring a chair or a blanket, and enjoy food trucks or a picnic. "Rec in a Box," which brings  activities such as sports equipment, art and education supplies, bicycles and more to the...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
View map »


Website »

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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Attend this farewell celebration for hummingbirds who will be preparing for their long trip to Central America. Hummingbird banding, guest speakers, kids' activities and food trucks will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Say “TREATS!” The portrait studio will offer 15-minute pet portrait sessions in exchange for a donation of $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food for the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Cost: $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food

Where:
Reflections by Rhiannon Portrait Boutique
9741 Southern Pine Blvd.
Suite J
, NC
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Bring the family for vendors, food ,crafts and entertainment including water activities, bounce houses, Paw Patrol photo booth, Royal Princess Concert, face painting, balloon animals and a petting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown York
14 N Congress St.
York, SC
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Enjoy an intimate yoga practice on the East Boulevard outdoor patio along with complimentary YAFO kitchen juices and hummus hustler small bites following the class. Reserve your spot.

Cost: $5

Where:
Yafo Kitchen
1235 East Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Yafo Kitchen & SweatNET
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This expo is a celebration of the best products, services and entertainment for children and families. Free activities include bounce houses, face painting, video game truck, demos, character meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Courts
240 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Enjoy live music all day from at the Gazebo at Patriot's Park. There will also be water games, a Woodie car show and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Patriot's Park
220 S. Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Mud Factor 5k Obstacle Run will feature giant cargo climbs, mud pits, water slides and a kids' run.

Cost: $45-$65, plus $15 for parking

Where:
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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For $15, The Haigler Club will wash, towel dry and adorn each dog with a Greenway bandana. All proceeds benefit the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. Adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of York County...

Cost: Free, $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
148 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Families will enjoy food, games, vendors, cannon fire, reenactments, pirate shows and contests.

Cost: $6

Where:
Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Come for the giveaway of 500 backpacks full of school supplies at the Praising Place Church Annual Gear Up Back to School Community Event.  There will also be water slides, other giveaways,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Praising Place Church
5268 North Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Sponsor: the Praising Place Church
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Come shop jewelry, art, kids clothing, pet gear, foods, decor and a farmer's market while enjoying live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Meet Turtles from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles. The Sewer Studio Tour will allow kids to create their own dynamic stop-motion videos with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action...

Cost: Free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Meet Sir Purr, and decorate cookies. Adults can also enter a giveaway.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods SouthPark
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Reid's Fine Foods
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Play games, slip down the water slide, eat ice cream and more outside of the food court entry.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Explore the expressive, active, and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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This event will offer all-you-can-eat fresh blue crabs, one side of fish and chips, snow crab legs platter, music and a family friendly environment. Tickets for 1-3:30 p.m. time slot or 4-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$55

Where:
Park Road Park
6220 Park Road
, NC
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Discuss teen fandom of pop culture while enjoying snacks and fun geek activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Join Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood to kick off their Friends of Summer summer event series. This event's theme will be Legion Jam Fest. Event is family-friendly and dog friendly.

Cost: Free

Where:
Legion Brewing
1906 Commonwealth Ave.
, NC
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Come celebrate Halloween early with costume clad festival goers. Festival will kick off at 4 p.m., and the zombie walk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Kannapolis
119 West Ave.
Kannapolis, NC
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Festival will feature food, live music, adult beverages and a corn maze.

Cost: $15-$20, children ages 3 and younger free

Where:
Aw Shucks Farms
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Rock Hill rides gives new riders the chance to learn how to ride. Staff will be on site to teach the biking basics and safety. Borrow or bring your own bike and helmet. No registration is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rock Hill SC BMX Track Parking Lot
1307 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Rock Hill, SC
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Celebrate the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture! 

Cost: $32-$50, free for children younger than 2

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Join this family-friendly open art session where your little Picasso can shine! Each week will be different activities including easel painting, sensory stations and themed art projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Explore the greenway’s water ways, and wear closed-toe shoes that can get muddy. Bring a guardian and a change of clothes. Registration is required.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Be amazed by the show put on by these native and exotic flight birds and their trainers at this annual sensation.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Meet one of the animal ambassadors for a photo opportunity, and take a behind the scenes tour of the Raptor Hospital. Get an up close look at an Eagle. Children younger than 16 must be...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Take a closer look at some of the more macabre events that took place at Rosedale over the years.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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