Mark your calendar with these August must-dos

Here are August’s five essential dates:

August 3

Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is coming to the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Prepare for contagious laughter at the Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour, with ticket prices ranging between $45-$125. The chuckles commence at 8 p.m.

August 3 – 4

Lovers of local talent can catch two nights of movie screenings produced by Charlotte filmmakers at the ninth annual Joedance Film Festival, held at 701 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $25 for theater seating, and the sales raise money for rare pediatric cancer research and clinical trials at Levine Children’s Hospital. The event starts at 8 p.m. both nights.

August 4 

Get your bean bag-throwing arm ready for DeAngelo Williams’ Throwin’ for a Cure Cornhole Tournament. For $100, a team of two can participate in the random bracket. Win two out of three games to advance. Ticket sales will benefit The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, which supports the development of preventative care and research to end breast cancer. The event starts at 8 a.m. at Performance Unlimited, 6300 Carmel Road.

August 22

Hakuna Matata: It means no worries, because The Lion King is coming to Charlotte. Sing along with Simba, Timon, Pumba, and the rest of the cast at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk Theater. Catch the world’s No.1 musical on opening night, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., with other performances at various times through September 9. Prices begin at $30.

August 25

Flappers and dappers are invited to the 30th annual Great Gatsby Gala, held at The Hilton Charlotte Center City. The evening brings you back to the roaring 20s for a night of swing dancing, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from your favorite Charlotte restaurants, and a silent auction. The gala raises money to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. General admission is $125, and the VIP experience is $250. The fun starts at 7 p.m.


Photo by Joan Marcus