Friday: 94. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Saturday: 94. PM thunderstorms. 50% chance of rain.
Sunday: 94. PM thunderstorms. 60% chance of rain.
Friday, July 29
Food and Drink
Friendship Picnic at C3 Labs: Grab your friends and picnic together; Friendship Market box lunches will be available for purchase in C3Lab’s Event Space and all purchased meals support Friendship Trays. 11:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Craft Cocktail Tour: With the purchase of a Passbook, craft cocktail enthusiasts receive a pocket-sized booklet filled with $5 cocktail specials at participating locations in the city. July 29-Sep 30. $30. Details.
River’s Edge Craft Dinner at USNWC: Check the newly updated restaurant while enjoying a five-course dinner created by Chef Michael Rayfield with a 6 oz. beer pairing for each course. 7-9 p.m. $50. Details.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens at McGuire Nuclear Station’s Energy Explorium: Perfect for viewing by land or boat; bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show; refreshments available for purchase. 8:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre at AvidXchange Music Factory: 7 p.m. $15-$55. Tickets.
Benefit For Local Victims of the Orlando Tragedy – Day 2 at Label Charlotte: Carolina Fight Nights will host a concert by Dennis Reed and The Gap and professional boxing. 5-9 p.m. $40-$75. Details.
Summer Fest at Howl at the Moon: The house band will try their hand at their best pop, indie rock and rock-n-roll personas to make you feel like you were right in the middle of Bonnaroo. All day. Free with summer festival attire. Details.
Legally Blonde, The Musical at Armour Street Theatre: Teen Summer Stock Series presents Legally Blonde, the Musical, a fabulously fun award-winning musical. Varies. $10-$12. Details.
Bands, Brews & BBQs at Carowinds: On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, July 29 through August 14, you can sample BBQs and craft beers from all over and enjoy tunes on the porch of Harmony Hall. Fri-Sun. Cost of admission. Details.
Sing-Along Dive-In Movies at Craft City Social Club: Watch Dirty Dancing with free popcorn and $10 Barrel-Aged Flights. 9-11 p.m. Free. Details.
SkillPop: Building a Non-tech Company in a Technology-Driven World at Skookum: Hear from founder Haley Bohon about what it’s been like to build a non-technology company, how technology has played a strong role in the growth of SkillPop, and future plans. Noon. Free. Details.
Tech + Hip Hop Symposium at Hygge Coworking: Charlotte thought leaders in the technology, non-profit and cultural sectors will meet to discuss current and future solutions for tackling the digital divide in our community. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Details.
Best of Open Mic Celebration at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square: Recent audiences submitted names of their favorite acts and they’re being asked to return to the stage for this special event. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Charlotte Artist Showcase at Sugar Creek Brewing: A fun community event featuring local beers, local artists and benefitting the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation; first 100 people to donate to the Levine Children’s Hospital will receive a free artist print! 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.
View Finder: Constructive Narrative (opening reception) at C3 Labs: Exploring the medium of photography as an artistic form. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.
2nd Annual QC Summerfest at Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: 3-day weekend of music in Uptown Charlotte with the biggest names in jazz and contemporary R&B, followed by after parties in the lobby with live music. Fri-Sun: 6 p.m. $40-$70. Details.
Charlotte Fit Fest at Romare Bearden Park: Expect a meet-and-greet with 100+ representatives from 30+ fitness studios in the Charlotte area, with 30 minute classes hosted throughout the event by sponsoring studios. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Details.
24 Hours of Booty at Queens University & Myers Park Traditional School: 15th annual 24-hour bike ride on the Booty Loop in Charlotte; over 1,200 riders and will raise funds local non-profits. 7 p.m.-7 p.m. $45-$75. Details.
Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Clippers vs. Knights. Fri-Sun: 7:05 p.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m. $8-$50. Tickets.
Charlotte Street Vault at The Broken Spoke: The first annual Charlotte Street Vault will take place outside of The Broken Spoke. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Details.
Saturday, July 30
Food and Drink
Project Life Movement Sip & Swab at Sugar Creek Brewing: Opportunity to swab your cheek, get on the national bone marrow registry and save a life; ticket includes 2 beer tickets, light appetizers and a silent auction. 7-10 p.m. $20. Details.
Donut Ice Cream Party Summer 2016 at Joe’s Doughs: Two of Charlottes best sweet spots, Joe’s Doughs and Hart’s Soda Shop will offer four specialty donuts and four specialty sundaes combined. 11-3 p.m. Details.
Beer and BBQ Festival at JP Charlotte: Expect craft beer from NoDa Brewing Co., cocktail samples from Jack Daniels, live performances from Sinners & Saints and Elonzo Wesley and corn hole. 1-5 p.m. $35. Details.
Ultimate Pizza Experience with Charlotte Pizza Review: Seats are limited (10-12 per tour); pick from pairing your pies with a vineyard, making your own in a brick oven or hopping from spot to spot to compare and contrast. Sat-Sun. $30-$55. Details.
The Great American Bar Crawl around Charlotte: Bust out the star spangled shorts, your Uncle Sam hat and your American flags and show Downtown Charlotte some American pride. 3-9 p.m. $23-$40. Details.
Ace &TJ’s Grin Kids Charity Weekend at NorthStone Country Club: All proceeds from the golf tournament and auction will go to supporting Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. July 30-Aug 1. Details.
BarkAid, Charity Dog Wash & Local Vendor Marketplace at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte: Master hair stylist Patrick Lomantini and his team will be providing hair cuts as a fundraiser for FurBabies and Hope for all Dogs Rescue as part of his 50 States Tour; appointment must be made before Friday. 9-4 p.m. $25 (people) $10 (dog) minimum donation. Details.
Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Charlotte Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway: AMA Pro Flat Track is highly regarded as the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. 5-10 p.m. $31-$42. Details.
NC Polynesian Festival at Charlotte Open Air Market: Experience the South Pacific Islands in Charlotte; food, dancing, fire knife shows. 11-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Digital Hip Hop Summit CLT at JCSU STEM Building: Topics include social media 101, viral videos, starting an online business, online job applications, teacher tech 101, world of the Web and more. 11-4:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Date Night – Light on the Horizon at Cajun Canvas: Create a 2 panel painting of “Light On The Horizon” for date night. 7-9 p.m. $45. Details.
REI Free Weekend Celebration at the Itusi Trailhead in Lake Norman State Park: Free snacks, drinks, sunscreen; learn valuable skills from REI’s outdoor experts. 10-3 p.m. Free. Details.
Harry Potter Midnight Release Party at 2nd & Charles: Kids activities start at 2 p.m. with wand making, coloring, potions class and house sorting. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.
National Dance Day at Wells Fargo Plaza: A grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move. Free. Details.
Soccer at Bank of America Stadium: International Champions Cup: Inter v FC Bayern Munich. 5 p.m. $35+. Tickets.
Pre-Game Tailgate Bayern Munchen vs Inter Milan at Unknown Brewing: Live music, food from SOCA mobile eatery, soccer theme games, gear giveaway and a special beer release. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.
FC Bayern Munich Pre-Match Party at Draught Charlotte: Join FC Bayern Munich fans and enjoy drinks and food specials with a Bavarian theme; raffles and giveaways, special guest appearances and DJ. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Bayern Munich Watch Party at OMB: Come decked-out in your Bayern Munich hats, scarves, jerseys, etc. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.
Sunday, July 31
Food and Drink
Pints+Puppies at Sycamore Brewing: Tickets allow you to enjoy the costume competition with your puppy, have 2 beers from Sycamore, and 2 sliders or tacos from Tin Kitchen Food Truck. 2:30-5 p.m. $20. Details.
Splash Bash Poolside Party at Craft City Social Club: Live DJ, private cabana rentals, pitchers of summer cocktails, an inspired grilled Nuevo Latino menu and complimentary game areas. 12-6 p.m. $10. Details.
Hot Stuff Summer Pop Up Market at Petra’s: Petra’s first ever pop-up market featuring local food, local crafts, local artisans and local beer. 1-7 p.m. Free. Details.
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