Charlotte Summer Outdoor Movies and Concerts

Grab your big blankets and comfortable lawn chairs for a night under the stars.


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Enjoy an evening outside with the family this summer at a concert or free movie. 

Charlotte

Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops.
Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. $10, free under age 18. 8:15. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-714-5112. charlottesymphony.org
June 7: Program TBA
June 14: Program TBA
June 21: Program TBA
June 28: Program TBA
July 3: Program TBA

Music on the Green.
Select Sundays are Kid’s Nights, when children can enjoy creations made by a balloon artist. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm; select Sundays, 4pm. Promenade on Providence, corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485. See website for more information. promenadeonprovidence.com
Through Sept. 26

USNWC River Jam.
Come out with friends and family to experience a sunset over the Catawba River while enjoying great music, food and drink. Parking fee applies. 7-10pm. USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org
Thursdays and Saturdays. Through Sept. 26.


Cornelius

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series
Outdoor movies under the stars on a giant blimp screen. Free. 8:30pm. Kenton Place, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. cornelius.org.
June 10: "The Little Rascals Save the Day"
June 24 : "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
July 8: "Annie"
July 22: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
August 5: "Big Hero 6"
August 19: Guardians of the Galaxy

Summer Pops.
Hear the Charlotte Symphony at area parks. $10, free under age 18. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 8pm. charlottesymphony.org.
June 27


Davidson

Concerts on the Green.
Bring comfy chairs, a blanket and picnic to enjoy music outdoors. Free. 6-8pm. Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. concertsonthegreen.com.
May 3: Fourth Creek Band
May 17: 7 String Theory & Matt Stratfod
June 14: Band of Oz
June 21: Sidecar Social Club
July 4: Pushh *Independce Day Celebration*
Augus 2: Image
August 16: Rusty Knox Band
September 6: The Backbeat
September 20: Davidson Symphony and Jazz Ensemble


Fort Mill

Summer Concert Series
Enjoy good music and tasty treats from the True Crafted Pizza food truck. Free. 6pm. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. ascgreenway.org.
June 11: Band TBD
July 9: Band TBD
August 13: Band TBD


Huntersville

Movies in the Park.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Come early to participate in giveaways and pre-movie entertainment. Free. 6pm. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-766-2220. huntersville.org.
May 8: TBD
June 5: TBD
August 28: TBD


Indian Trail

Sunset Series Movie Night
Celebrate summer nights with music, activities and a featured movie. Free. 7pm. Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive. indiantrail.org.
June 8: "Big Hero 6"


Kannapolis

Movies at the Park.
Come out and watch a family friendly movie. Most nights begin at 7:30pm with live music performances before the movies. Movies start at Dusk. Free. 8:45pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com.
May 29: "Big Hero 6"
June 12: "Night at the Musem-Secret of the Tomb"
June 26: " How to Train Your Dragon 2"
July 10: "Dolphin Tale 2"
July 24: " The Penguins of Madagascar"
August 7: " Monsters University"

Summer Concerts.
Enjoy live music with fireworks. Free. 7pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com.
June 6: Little River Band with Fireworks
June 20: Band of Oz
July 2: Charlotte Symphone with Fireworks
July 17: FIESTA
August 1: Face to Face Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
August 15: Trick Pony with Fireworks


Matthews

Movies and Concerts in the Park.
Free. 7-10pm. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. matthewsnc.gov.
May 30: "Dolphin Tale 2"
June 13: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
June 27: "Box Trolls"
July 4: Too Much Sylvia *Fourth of July Parade*
July 18: "Into the Woods"
July 18: Vanilla Cornbread

Summer Pops.
Hear the Charlotte Symphony. $10, free under age 18. 8pm. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. charlottesymphony.org.
June 6


Mint Hill

Movies on the Lawn.
Free. Front of Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. minthill.com.
May 1: "Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast"
May 8: "Big hero 6"
May 15: "Planes: Fire & Rescue"
May 29: "Paddington"

June Tunes
Free. 7:30pm. Front Lawn of Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. minthill.com.
June 6: Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74
June 13: The Four Jakes Band
June 20: Ronnie Tsunami & The Wave Runners
June 27: Charles Austin-Zimmerman and Toronto


Pineville

'Rockin' & 'Reelin' Movie and Concert Series
Free. 7pm. Belle Johnston Community Center, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. townofpineville.com
May 29: Ross Coppley Band
June 12: "Big Hero 6"
June 26: Da Throwback Band
July 1: Charlotte Symphony
Jully 10: "Maleficent"
July 24: The Mark Robers Band
August 7: "Dolphin Tale 2"
August 21: Spare Change
September 18: U-Phonik


Know any summer concert series or movies that we missed? Share with us and our readers in the comments below!
 

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551 S. Tryon St.
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1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Cost: $7-$9, children under 5 free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
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1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

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Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Cost: $6-$10

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The Schiele Museum
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Where:
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Charlotte, NC
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Cost: $3-$6

Where:
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4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

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Cost: $7-$9, children under 5 free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Explore conditions that make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe....

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
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Cost: Free.

Where:
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Telephone: 704-766-2220
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Cost: Free

Where:
Symphony Park
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Charlotte, NC  28211
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Telephone: 704-364-4411
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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Cost: $7-$9, children under 5 free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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Cost: $6-$12

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Charlotte, NC
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

More information

Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
View map »


Telephone: 803-348-6010
Website »

More information

Explore conditions that make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe....

Cost: $6-$10

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
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Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704- 921-2000
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Cost: $2-$5

Where:
Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Telephone: 704-843-1832
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Cost: Free.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Build small boats out of sticks sand bark then float them down the stream.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Part of Discovery Places newest exhibition, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, guests can enjoy a free concert series featuring local artists. From international inspirations of sitar to...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Tryon Street Patio in front of Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Listen to a talented line-up of national musical acts with family and friends. Enjoy the food and craft beer selection.

Cost: $5 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC
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Can you name all five senses? Participate in experiments that will make for a fun school year. Hours: Sat., 11am, 2pm; Sun., 2pm.  

Cost: $10, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Explore conditions that make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe....

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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