Celebrate the 4th of July in Charlotte NC and other events | Wender Mind Kids

Ballantyne's inaugural Friday Summer Concert Series, Live at 11, takes place on Friday 1 July.

Ballantyne’s inaugural Friday Summer Concert Series, Live at 11, takes place on Friday 1 July.


End your week with live music with the return of Ballantyne’s first summer concert series on Friday, Live at 11. The event includes performances by local artists, Justin Mintun and N-SPIRE, food trucks, local beers and wine. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Classroom Central. 5:30pm-9:30pm $10. Buy tickets online. Ballantyne’s backyard, 11611 N Community House Road. https://bit.ly/39ZqLTj

Enjoy an evening of live jazz music at The Bechtler from American actress, singer and speaker Maria Howell. Shows are at 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $16 for museum members; $20 for non-members. Call 704-353-9209 or purchase tickets online. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3u2VYM6


Start your weekend with a hike and make friends with other beer lovers along the way. The Blue Blaze Hiking Club runs a series of hikes once or twice a month on Saturdays. 10am-1pm Free. To sign up and keep up to date with upcoming hikes, join the Blue Blaze Hiking Club Facebook page. McDowell Nature Reserve, 15222 York Road. https://bit.ly/3OqkKOn

Get your Independence Day celebrations off to an early start with Star Spangled Saturday, a fireworks celebration with live music and food and drink specialties at Optimist Hall. 18:15-22:00 Free. Optimist Hall, 1115 N. Brevard St. https://bit.ly/3biYhEg


Celebrate the Fourth of July for two full days in the great outdoors with free yoga, live music and more at the return of the US National Whitewater Center Fourth of July Celebrations. As of now there will be no fireworks but live music from 6pm to 8pm, Sunday nights from CBDB and Doom Flamingo and Monday nights from Big Daddy Love and Sam Bush. Free admission. Parking $6. Center activities are at regular price. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. https://bit.ly/3OtpTVZ


Experience a US oath and naturalization ceremony for new US citizens, along with VIP guest speakers, a live performance by Drums4Life, the ringing of the American Liberty Bell and more. 10:30am-12:30pm Free. Register online. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. https://bit.ly/3xSmbyd

New U.S. citizens take the Oath of Citizenship of the United States at the 2019 ceremony at the Charlotte Museum of History.jpg
The Charlotte Museum of History is celebrating Independence Day for the first time since 2019 with a naturalization ceremony for new US citizens. The Charlotte Museum of History


Learn about wine and pairings at The Generous Pour, The Capital Grille’s summer wine event. From July 5th to September 4th, taste as many wines as you like from a collection of six red, white and rosé wines from Antinori family wineries around the world. After dinner you will have the opportunity to buy bottles of your favorite wines. $32 per person with dinner. Book reservations online. The Capital Grille, 201 N. Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3HUItDY

Take the kids to the SEED Wildlife Garden for storytelling and crafting with Rutherford Rabbit, then explore the gardens. Recommended for children under 10 and their families, but all ages are welcome. 1pm-3pm Free for members; $10 per family for non-members. Online registration required. SEED Wildlife & Children’s Garden, 260 Ridgewood Ave. https://bit.ly/3ngJ4X4


Enjoy lunch while supporting a good cause at the opening of the Bonefish Grill at the Matthews Festival Shopping Center. Start at 11:00 am after 10:30 am. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, co-hosted with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, the restaurant will open for lunch and donate all of the day’s sales up to $3,000 to two local charities working together to help end hunger across Charlotte, Loaves & Fishs, Combat and Friendship Trays. 11am-10pm Bonefish Grill, 10430 East Independence Blvd. https://bit.ly/3OHFEbq

Unleash your inner Van Gogh at a paint-and-sip abstract/impressionist-style event at the Catawba Brewing Company. The class includes everything you need to make your artwork and a complimentary drink of your choice. 6:30-8:30pm $25. Register online. Catawba Brewing Company, 933 Louise Ave., #105. https://bit.ly/3Oq7OrY


Enjoy a healthy, sustainable pop-up buffet at Chi Catering’s Sustainable Supper Club. 6-9pm $10. Buy tickets online. RePour at The Innovation Barn, 932 Seigle Ave. https://bit.ly/3OquOa7

mark your calendar

Secure your tickets for the Tacos ‘N Taps Festival now. Get ready to sample over 60 craft beers, mezcals, margaritas and tequilas, sample over 30 different styles of tacos, dance to mariachi bands and, if you’re feeling brave, compete in bell pepper contests. Aug 20 12-5pm VIP: $75; General Admission: $39; Taco Only Ticket: $30. Ballantyne’s Backyard, 11611 N. Community House Road. https://bit.ly/3MYUYPS

Tickets to the inaugural Queen City Jam Sessions, a multi-day music festival August 19-21 presented by MaxxMusic and NoDa Brewing Company, are available now. See Greensky Bluegrass, Oteil and Friends and Infamous Stringdusters and more at NoDa Brewing. A three-day general admission pass is $189. VIP passes cost $299 and include express entry, premium seating, two beers per day, and access to the private bar. Children under 7 are admitted free. Buy tickets online. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3ENznYk

Get ready to refill your coffee cup at Charlotte’s first and only craft coffee festival, No Filter Coffee Fest, returning on September 25 after a two-year hiatus. Formerly known as the POUR Coffee Festival, the all-day tasting event will feature over three dozen Southeastern coffee roasters, tea suppliers, local food artisans, live music and more. Tickets now on sale. $25. Buy online. Camp north end, 300 Camp Road. https://bit.ly/3xAZnmt

This story was originally published June 29, 2022 5:50 am.

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