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A view of Uptown Charlotte's tall buildings, two apartment complexes and Bank of America Stadium from a high-rise in South End.
The Charlotte skyline looks good when the sun shines on a cloudless day. | Photo by CLTtoday
Summer’s here and Charlotte is so ready. From live music and Memorial Day celebrations to hiking and festivals, summer is when the Queen City comes alive.

Get ready to get outside with this guide featuring 20+ summer events happening between May and August.

Concerts + live music

Lovin’ Life Music Fest | Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Times vary | First Ward Park, 300 N. Brevard St., Charlotte| $129-$1,299 | The inaugural music festival will fill Uptown with 40+ performers, vendors, and music lovers.

Another World Music Festival | Friday, May 3-Saturday, May 4 | Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord | $25-$1,049 | Expect bumping EDM from more than 20 artists rocking the two-day festival.

Boonerang Music and Arts Festival | Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 15 | Various locations along King Street, Boone | Free | Expect multiple stages across downtown Boone + live music and art vendors.

Someone in black gloves pulls meat from a barbecued pig over a grill.

The Carolina BBQ Festival brought hundreds of people to Victoria Yards in Uptown.


Photo by CLTtoday

Food and drink

Best Dam Food Festival | Saturday, May 18 | Catawba Park, 2351 New Gray Rock Rd., Tega Cay | Free | This inaugural festival will feature live music and mouthwatering foods from vendors serving tacos, pizzas, fish, burgers, and more.

Cheerwine Festival | Saturday, May 18 | 217 S. Main St., Salisbury | Free | Enjoy a fresh taste of the Carolinas during this massive festival celebrating all things Cheerwine.

Bites on Seventh | Saturday, June 1 | Victoria Yards, 209 E. 7th St., Charlotte | Free | Try bite-sized samples of popular menu items from local food trucks + restaurants.

People swim in a rock quarry with trees and clouds in the background.

Swimming, jumping off rocks, and swinging off the rope swing at Carrigan Farms are fun for kids and kids-at-heart.


Photo via Carrigan Farms

Outdoors Events

South End Farmer’s Market | Saturday, May 4-Saturday, December 28 | South End Farmers Market at Atherton, 2140 South Blvd., Charlotte | Cost of purchase | Shop local produce, fresh fish, handmade pasta, and so much more.

River Jam | Thursday, May 2-Sunday, September 28 | 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte | Free | Live music concerts will take place at a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from May through September.

Open Swim at Carrigan Farms | Saturday, May 18-Monday, September 2 | 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville | $25 | Swim and lounge in a refreshing, spring-fed quarry.
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Thursday, May 2
  • The Bulb Mobile Market | Thursday, May 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Nest, 1774 Statesville Ave., Charlotte | Cost of purchase | Shop fresh produce from this donation-based + nonprofit mobile farmers market.
  • Yoga for Wellbeing | Thursday, May 2 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Rd., Indian Trail | Free | Center your body + mind during this session for all experience levels.
  • River Jam: Jon Stickley Trio | Thursday, May 2 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte | $12 | Enjoy live music surrounded by the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.
Friday, May 3
  • Breakaway Presents: Another World 2024 | Friday, May 3 | 4 p.m. | zMAX Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord | $24-$1,049 | Dance the weekend away in this two-day festival of EDM music.
  • Rodney Carrington | Friday, May 3 | 7 p.m. | Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte | $49.50-$69.50 | Laugh and sing along to the comedian, writer, and singer during his tour stop in the Queen City.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial | Friday, May 3 | 8:30 p.m. | The Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 Hwy. 49 N., Concord | $25 | The Midway at Cabarrus Arena will become a drive-in movie theater showing the classic film.
Saturday, May 4
  • Caffeine and Classics at Streetside Classics – Charlotte | Saturday, May 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Streetside Classics, 800 Derita Rd., Ste. A, Concord | Free | Grab a coffee + donut while marveling at the classic hot rods lining the street.
  • Art in the Garden Tour | Saturday, May 4 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Various locations, south Charlotte | $45 | Explore seven private gardens during the two-day self-guided tour.
  • Strawberry Jamboree | Saturday, May 4 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia | $8 | Enjoy cooking demos, games, + learn how strawberries grow.
  • Kings Drive Art Walk | Saturday, May 4 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Dr., Charlotte | Free | Stroll local vendor tents + support local artists in this annual festival.
  • Charlotte FC vs. Portland Timbers | Saturday, May 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., Charlotte | $20-$172 | Celebrate “Star Wars Night” with a free glow stick while cheering for Charlotte FC.
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News Notes
  • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the superintendent’s $2.1 billion budget for next year. The budget includes an increase in teacher salary and will be discussed by county commissioners this month. (WSOC)
  • General Admission to Lovin’ Life Music Fest is sold out. There are limited VIP tickets still available for the three-day concert in Uptown. More than 40 performers will take the stage in the inaugural event.
  • Amazon is setting up shop in Kannapolis. The e-commerce giant leased an 198,000-sqft industrial building under construction at US 73 and Kannapolis Pkwy. Operation plans are TBA. (Charlotte Business Journal)
  • The town of Huntersville dedicated improvements at Abernethy Park. The upgrades include an accessible playground, walking trail, a new basketball court, and more. Visit the park at 207 Glendale Dr.
  • You wanted more. Carowinds announced five new artists for its new Summer Music Fest. TobyMac and Tenth Avenue North will perform Saturday, July 20. Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, and Tonic will perform Saturday, August 3.
  • Sample Guatemalan fried chicken and empanadas in Rock Hill. Pollo Campero opened its South Carolina location at 1022 Riverview Rd. The restaurant is the fourth location in the Carolinas. (The Charlotte Observer)
  • Shake it up. RSVP South End is shifting from nightlife programming to private events. The change comes one month after sister concept, Fairwood 226 closed in March. (Charlotte Business Journal)
  • Charlotte Ballet’s Swan Lake was listed to perform at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Friday, May 3rd. Jazz at the Bechtler will be taking place at the museum. Swan Lake will be at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
  • The Canes are bound for the second round. Defeating the Islanders, the team will face the New York Rangers on the ice. Follow the Carolina Hurricanes with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    💼 Empowering small businesses
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    Build long-lasting relationships with your cohort and establish a community for you to lean on for the rest of your career. | Photo provided by Flatiron School
    Did you know Charlotte ranks the highest of any North Carolina city in the country to start a business?

    May is Small Business Month. The county is celebrating by hosting opportunities for local entrepreneurs to grow their companies.

    Staff from the Office of Economic Development will host meet and greets to connect people starting or growing their small business. The “Township Connections” are taking across Mecklenburg County:
    • Wednesday, May 8 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius | Business owners and community members in Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville are welcome.
    • Monday, June 3 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Christ Covenant Church, 800 Fullwood Ln., Matthews | Lunch will be provided at this presentation.
    • Thursday, June 13 | 2-4p.m. | Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 505 Main St., Ste. 100, Pineville | Refreshments will be provided during this meeting.
    • Thursday, June 20 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Old Sycamore Dr., Charlotte | Breakfast will be provided during this presentation.
    Editor’s note: Registration is required for each event.

    The county is also providing training in government and private contracting. Applications for the Business LaunchPad cohort are open.
    Earlier this week, we asked “Which headliner are you most excited to see at Lovin’ Life Music Fest?”

    A collage of three photos including Post Malone, Stevie Nicks, and Noah Kahan.

    Post Malone, Steve Nicks, and Noah Kahan will be headlining Lovin’ Life Music Fest.


    Photos by Tore Sætre, Ralph Arvesen, and u/no_thoughts_kurapika via Wikimedia Commons

    Lovin’ Life is bringing 40+ performers to the Queen City. Many of you are most excited for Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Post Malone and Stevie Nicks.

    As for favorite tracks, “Circles” and “Gold Dust Woman” were among the most requested. We’re hoping you hear them this weekend.
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    It’s been a heavy week for our community. Yesterday, I watched the procession for fallen US Marshal Thomas Weeks. I was among a few community members standing on a bridge above I-77 in north Charlotte. To see strangers come together to support each other is heartwarming. We are #CharlotteStrong.
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