Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (June 14-16)
Entertain the family with history, culture and celebration at the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas.
Photo: Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
Happy Father's Day to all the amazing daddies in Charlotte! Show dad a great weekend with these fantastic Father's Day events. Treat Dad, and the entire family, to delicious ice cream, donuts or special finds at a local farmer's market.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Surprise Dad with a hand-made, fisherman themed card telling him what a great “catch” he is. $12. Ages 18 months-6 years. 9-10 a.m. Kidcreate Studio, 636 Crown Pointe Lane, Suite 101, Rock Hill.
Today is the last day to locate Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams treat truck around Charlotte for free ice cream. Bring the kids for a sweet treat before it's too late! The truck will be at Harris Teeter in Jetton Village, 19815 North Cove Road, Cornelius, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. before traveling to Harris Teeter in Antiquity Point Shopping Center, 21720 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, to distribute treats from 3 to 5 p.m. The truck will make its final stop for the night at Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St., from 5 until 10 p.m.
Friday is opening day for the The Gaston All-American Fair, which continues until June 23. The fair includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. For opening day, the fair will present a pinning ceremony for Vietnam Veterans and their families. Friday's hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Free entry. All ages. Eastridge Mall, 246 N. New Hope Road, Gastonia.
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Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with farm animals. Activities include sheep herding game, puppet show, story telling, pin the tail on the cow and plant a vegetable. $8, free for children younger than 2, included with museum admission. All ages. 10 a.m.-noon. Discovery Place Nature, 1658 Sterling Road.
FABFEST daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday include speakers, memorabilia, vinyl, appraisals, trivia and costume contests, rare Beatles footage, and kid's music and crafts. Want more Beatles mania? Check out the two concerts, which are held on Friday and Saturday evenings. $25-$50. Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown, 201 S. McDowell St.
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Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with family crafts, activities and live music on Saturday and Sunday. Craft beer will be available for purchase from the Beer Garden. While strolling the garden, stop to admire the glass art of the Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at the Garden exhibit. $7-$13; fathers and children under 2 free. All ages. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
After leaving the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, swing by Stowe Park for the 2019 Belmont Juneteeth Celebration happening from 2 to 9:30 p.m.
Show dad he is a hero by bringing him to Heroes Convention. Hosting more than 600 artists and creators from all across the comic-book industry, as well as more than 200 comic-book, toy, apparel and collectible dealers, this event is a family-friendly destination for comic fans. $20+, kids 12 and younger free. Kicks off on Friday and ends Sunday. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.
Celebrate Dad with beer, live music, golf contests, stein hoisting contests, prizes and Sunday buffet lunch available for purchase. Free admission. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road.
The festival spans Saturday and Sunday, and features entertainment, vendors, a health care village, an education village, guest speakers, a Gospel Fest, vendors, continuous entertainment and more. Sunday's hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza Midwood, Thomas and Commonwealth Avenues.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor and mother of two energetic boys.