Mark your calendars: 18 must-do Charlotte events in June

Mark your calendars: 18 must-do Charlotte events in June
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From Juneteeth to Ariana Grande to the annual Keep Pounding 5K, this month is packed with cultural celebrations, live music and charitable events.

Keep Pounding 5K

June 1 | Levine Cancer Institute | 6:45 a.m. | $15-$30 | Details

Why you should go: The aim is inspire those with cancer and their families to “Keep Pounding” and raise money for The Keep Pounding Campaign. The run starts at Levine and will end at Bank of America Stadium, so those who’d rather show support from the sidelines should snag a spot along the route.

Charlotte Squawks 15: Quackceañera

June 1-23 | Booth Playhouse | 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. | $25+ | Details

Why you should go: Blumenthal calls it “Saturday Night Live meets Broadway,” which is an incredible combo. Performers will be making fun of politics, pop-culture, sports and life.

Charlotte Mimosa Festival

June 2 | The Unknown Brewing Co. | Noon | $35-$65 | Details

Why you should go: You get unlimited mimosa samples. And if for some reason you need more convincing, there will be music, pop-ups and food trucks.

Luke Bryan: Sunset Repeat Tour 2019

June 2 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $39-$200+ | Details

Why you should go: Nothing says summertime in North Carolina like sweating it out at an outdoor country concert. Even if you don’t love country music, I think we can all get behind the summer country concert experience.

Bark in the Ballpark

June 3 | BB&T Ballpark | 6 p.m. | $9+ | Details

Why you should go: There are only four chances to bring your dog to the ballpark, so take advantage and bring your pup for a summer adventure.

Taste of Charlotte

June 7-9 | Uptown, Tryon Street | All day, starting at 11 a.m. | $0-$20 | Details

Why you should go: It’s a three-day festival filled with food, drinks, kids’ activities, live music, cooking demos and more. It’s free to attend, but if you want to dig into the hundreds of food samples, you’ll need to purchase coins the day of or pick them up at one of the booths if you pre-order.

Charlotte Brunch Crawl

June 8 | Uptown | Noon to 6 p.m. | $18-$60 | Details

Why you should go: You’ll get mimosa, bloody mary and other drink specials as well as brunch bites from all seven of the brunch stops. VIPs get a mimosa and brunch buffet package.

Summer Pops

June 8 to July 3 | Belk Theater & Symphony Park | 7:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. | $0-$20 general admission | Details

Why you should go: One of the city’s best-loved summer traditions, the Charlotte Symphony puts on six shows throughout the summer, ending with a July Fourth firework celebration. June show themes include Queen covers, Star Wars, Hip-Hop, video games live and Broadway.

Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour

June 10 | Spectrum Center | 8 p.m. | $200-$2,000+ | Details

Why you should go: This concert begs you to try your best party pony, rally your best girls, and sing your heart out to “7 rings,”  “Thank U, Next” and whatever else Ariana graces you with.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas 2019

June 13-16 | 1215 Thomas Ave. | All day | Free | Details

Why you should go: This annual festival is a celebration of African culture and marks the day enslaved Africans learned they were freed in the South. Expect live music, food, vendors, artwork displays and more.

Heroes Convention

June 14-16 | Carolinas Convention Center | Varies | $0-$37 | Details

Why you should go: For 37 years this convention has brought some of the best in comics together. Expects tons of vendors, exhibits, professionals and all things comics.

Thomas Rhett: Very Hot Summer Tour 2019

June 14 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $48-$132+ | Details

Why you should go: Thomas Rhett has a ton of top-chart country songs like “T-Shirt,” “Die A Happy Man,” “Mary Me,” “Crash and Burn,” and more. Plus, the other three acts (Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins) are great too — it’ll be a fun show start to end.

theSkimm Night Out

June 14 | McGlohon Theater | 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. | $45+ | Details

Why you should go: You’ll get to hear some real talk from Skimm founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, a signed copy of their new book and access to a pre-show networking session. You’re going to walk out a smarter better person (listen to their podcast Skimm’d from The Couch if you want to get hype for the event). Plus, Brooklyn Decker is moderating.

Lobster & Beer Fest!

June 15 | Sycamore Brewing | Noon to 11 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Cousins Maine Lobster, Baltimore Crab Cake Company Charlotte, The Feathered Fin and more food trucks will be on site serving up lobster rolls and other delicious lobster-inspired eats. Plus, Sycamore will have their usual tasty beers and ciders.

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Rally & Celebration

June 15 | Romare Bearden Park & Bar Argon | 2-4 p.m. & 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Charlotte Pride, Inc. Board of Directors passes a resolution annually that demands anti-LGBTQ policies be repealed and calls for more protections to be put in place for the LGTBQ community. The afternoon rally is in honor of the Stonewall Riots and Uprising (which happened in New York 50 years ago) and the party will go into the night.

Brew Dash 6K and 12 K

June 15 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | 8 a.m. | $37-$45 | Details

Why you should go:  You can pick between two distances, and you’ll get four 4-ounce samples from Sycamore Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Amor Artis Brewing and New Sarum Brewing when you’re done running.

Rooftop & Rosé

June 21 | 300 N. College St. | 7-9 p.m. | $20 | Details

Why you should go: For many of us, Rosé season has already begun, but why not celebrate with all-you-can-sip samples and live music?

2019 Strides for Shelter 5K

June 22 | McAlpine Creek Greenway Park | 8:30 a.m. | $15-$35 | Details

Why you should go: You can participate in the 5K or a fun run, and afterward there will be family activities, food and entertainment. Proceeds from the event The Relatives, a crisis center for youth, young adults, and families.

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