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July’s five essential dates. 1 Start your Independence Day celebrations early with the Charlotte Symphony’s “Celebrating America” concert, part of the annual Summer Pops series, featuring popular patriotic songs. The performance ends with a bang, as fireworks go off after dark. Cost is $16 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 18, and free for children ages 12 and under.…

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June’s essential dates 1-3 Charlotte Ballet artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is departing after 20 years of leadership. For the final performance of his impressive tenure, Bonnefoux has created Charlotte Ballet: Inspired Works. The evenings at the Knight Theater feature a variety of dancers and styles, all set to inspire. www.blumenthalarts.org 9-11 The annual three-day Taste of Charlotte festival draws hundreds…

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May’s five essential dates. 5&6 The annual Midwood Maynia and Home Tour offers the chance to get a peek inside some of Charlotte’s most historic—and beautiful—homes and gardens in the charming Plaza Midwood neighborhood. In addition to the annual home tour, the weekend celebrates spring with a parade, live music, and food. www.plazamidwood.org 10 Myers Park’s SOCO Gallery is hosting an…

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April’s five essential dates. 1 This is the third year for the Levine Children’s Hospital Gala at Quail Hollow Club. The black-tie event evening, which benefits Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, features celebrity guests, musical performances from an award-winning artist, drinks and food, and impressive auction items. Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $62. www.givecarolinas.org 5 This month, the Mint Museum…