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Looking for cool things to do in August? Here’s a quick list of the 14 top August events, ranging from Confluence at the Whitewater Center to Charlotte Pride to Fan Fest.
(1) IPA Day 2019 at Sycamore
August 1 | Sycamore | 2-10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Calling all IPA-lovers. Sycamore will have tons of IPAs on tap, and the first 200 people get a free pint glass and the first fill up is free. The Garbage Truck will be serving up lunch and dinner, so you can darty the day away.
(2) Fan Fest
August 2 | Bank of America Stadium | 6 p.m. | $5 | Details
Why you should go: To kickoff football season, the Panthers put on a huge festival with performances from the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and the Black & Blue Crew. Plus, you get to watch the Panthers practice on their home field at Bank of America Stadium.
August 3-4 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: The stages will be packed with local musicians, you can get behind-the-scenes info on the Charlotte music industry through panels, and you can check out a bunch of music-related vendors. This festival is for people who want to learn more about local music, get some exposure or love music in general. The event is free, and the full schedule is here.
(4) Melty Fest Tour
August 5 | Hello, Sailor | 6-9 p.m. | $65 | Details
Why you should go: Your ticket includes dinner, drinks and ice cream. Expect a whole hog barbecue, boozy slushies, a DJ, ice cream, and cheesy dishes by chefs from Kindred and Hello, Sailor; Rhubarb and Buxton Hall from Asheville; and Saint James Seafood from Durham.
(5) Dierks Bentley: Burning Man 2019
August 8 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $39.25-$109 | Details
Why you should go: 5-1-5-0 somebody call the po-po because Dierks Bentley is coming to Charlotte, and it’s going to be a great concert.
(6) LoSo Block Party
August 10 | 4150 Yancey Road | 2-11 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery,Queen Park Social, Red Clay Ciderworks, Sugar Creek Brewing Co., The Brewers at 4001 Yancey and their neighbors are throwing down all day. Expect food, brews, music, kids’ activities, dog areas and more.
(7) John Mayer
August 9 | Spectrum Center | 7:30 p.m. | $40-$150 | Details
Why you should go: We all know John Mayer is a beautiful artist, and if you love emotional roller coasters, this would be the perfect concert for you.
(8) First Panthers home game of the season (vs. Buffalo Bills)
August 16 | Bank of America Stadium | 7 p.m. | $16-$269+ | Tickets
Why you should go: I know we’re all hype from binging “All or Nothing,” so be there to cheer on the Panthers for their first home game of the season.
(9) OrthoCarolina 10K Classic
August 17 | OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, Randolph Road | 7:30 a.m. | $30-$40 to run | Details
Why you should go: Challenge yourself and run a 5K or 10K, and then celebrate your accomplishments with food trucks, beer, music and more.
(10) Triple C 7th Anniversary Party
August 17 | Triple C | Noon to 10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Triple C (home of Golden Boy and Light Rail Pale Ale beers) is turning seven, and they’re celebrating with special beer releases, live music, food trucks and more.
(11) Lager Fest: A Celebration of Lager Beer
August 17 | Resident Culture | 5-10 p.m. | $5-$35 | Details
Why you should go: Resident Culture is hosting its inaugural Lager Fest to celebrate the best lager beers in the game.
(12) Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade 2019
August 17-18 | Uptown | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: It’s pride month in Charlotte, which means tons of pride events are going on all month long. Show support for the LGTBQ by hitting up the big events, the festival and parade and check out some of the other parties around the city, including PRIDE in the Sky 2019 and the 2019 Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant.
(13) Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health
August 24 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | 6:30 a.m. | $10-$35 | Details
Why you should go: Everyone who runs gets two tickets to the Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the area.
(14) Belk College Kickoff
August 31 | Bank of America Stadium | 3:30 p.m. | $45+ | Details
Why you should go: University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina are going to head to head to get everyone excited about college football season. Oh, and former UNC football player Chase Rice (now country artist) is performing the night before.
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