Jun 24, 2016 - Food and Drink

Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in July

Courtesy of the Charlotte Symphony

Here are the events you can’t miss this July – chronologically, so you can hit them all.

They’re fun, patriotic, and, as always, include good food & beer. Enjoy the summer and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.

Summer Pops: Celebrate America Performance

Date/Price/Location/Time: Friday, July 1 / $16 / Symphony Park, SouthPark / 8:15-9:45 p.m.

Why you should go: If you’re looking for a family-friendly, low-key and fun night, this one’s for you. This very patriotic Summer Pops series finale includes “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Services Salute,” “Liberty Fanfare,” and way more. The concert is followed by celebratory fireworks, obvi.

My unofficial hashtag: #starsandstrings

Photo via Charlotte Symphony
Photo via Charlotte Symphony

Ballantyne Beer Garden

Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, July 3 / Free / The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge / 12-7 p.m.

Why you should go: Enjoy a pop-up Beer Garden on the South Lawn with live music, local beer, a cookout and a drawing for prizes. This event is open to the public and has no admission fee. Menu items will be available à la carte.

My unofficial hashtag: #ilovetogarden

Photo via The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Photo via The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

4th of July Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, July 3-4 / Free / USNWC / 3 p.m.-Post Fireworks

Why you should go: Celebrate America and get outside at the USNWC‘s 4th of July Festival, a two-day celebration featuring outdoor adventure and live music. Hang around for the awesome firework show at 9:30 p.m.

My unofficial hashtag: #raftsandrockets

4th-of-july-usnwc
Photo via the U.S. National Whitewater Center Facebook page

SkyShow 2016: Street Party, Knights Game and Fireworks 

Date/Price/Location/Time: Monday, July 4 / $11-$20 / Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark / 2-10 p.m.

Why you should go: This is an easy way to have a full schedule of fun on July 4th. Hang out at the SkyShow Street Party for kids activities, vendors and food & drinks then grab tickets to the Knights game followed by a great firework show. This is a no-brainer.

My unofficial hashtag: #whatsmorepatrioticthanbaseball

Photo via Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights
Photo via Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

The Beer Yogis with NC Yoga Bar at Sycamore Brewing

Date/Price/Location/Time: Thursday, July 7 / $25 (practice and first pint) / Sycamore Brewing / 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Why you should go: Beer Yogis, Melissa and Mikki, are taking to the road to gather Beer Yogis from Cleveland, to NYC, to St. Louis, to Phoenix, to San Diego to Eugene and a number of places in between. This 2016 Road Trip lasts 1 month and consists of 23 cities and 6,000 miles. Pretty cool.

My unofficial hashtag: #travelingtrikonasana

Photo via Facebook
Photo via Facebook

Bash at the Bot

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, July 9 / $10-$25 / Wooden Robot Brewery / Noon

Why you should go: Celebrate Wooden Robot’s first anniversary with live music, a DJ throughout the day and Chef Rob and Twisted Eats serving new menu items. There will be several new beer releases as well as bringing back some fan favorites.

My unofficial hashtag: #bashatthebot (this is the official hashtag, which is already pretty cool)

Photo via Wooden Robot Brewery
Photo via Wooden Robot Brewery

Free Range Brewing Turns 1

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, July 16 / Free / Free Range Brewing / 1-11 p.m.

Why you should go: Grab delish food from Tiger Yakitori, Orrman’s Cheese Shop, Your Moms Donuts or Bleu Barn Bistro and enjoy live music with Forlorn Strangers and more. This is also a family-friendly event.

My unofficial hashtag: #firstfreefest

Photo via Free Range Brewing
Photo via Free Range Brewing

500 Years of Reinheitsgebot

Date/Price/Location/Time: Friday, July 22-24 / The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery / 11-10 p.m.

Why you should go: OMB will revive the Mecklenburger, a Bavarian-style lager from 5 years ago, during its 500 Years of Reinheitsgebot weekend celebration. Friday: live show by DZL; Saturday: live concert by Folk Soul Revival.

My unofficial hashtag: #thoughtitwasahamburger

Photo via OMB
Photo via OMB

National Dance Day

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, July 30 / Free / Wells Fargo Plaza / 1 p.m.

Why you should go: This is a grassroots initiative to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance. Blumenthal will join hundreds of other organizations across the country in hosting an array of participatory dance activities. No prior dance experience is necessary for participation.

My unofficial hashtag: #cantstopthefeelingoverload

Photo via Blumenthal Performing Arts
Photo via Blumenthal Performing Arts

Charlotte Restaurant Week

Date/Price/Location/Time: Friday, July 22-31 / $30-$35 / Metro Charlotte

Why you should go: Dine fancy this summer as 125+ of the best restaurants in Charlotte offer 3 course dinners for only $30/$35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). The participating restaurant lineup and menus will be listed on the Queen’s Feast site in early July.

My unofficial hashtags: #fancylivingherewecome #realspongebobfansonly

Photo via Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
Photo via Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week

Go and enjoy July in Charlotte, CA readers. It’s going to be a good one. Check out other cool CLT events here. #summersixteen

*Cover image via the Charlotte Symphony

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