July’s five essential dates.
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. 4400 Sharon Road.
Celebrate the Fourth of July all day at SkyShow Charlotte 2017. The Skyshow Street Party starts at 2 p.m. in front of BB&T Ballpark, with food, music, bouncy castles, and more. At 6:05 p.m., partake in America’s favorite pastime by watching the baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba. The party ends with one of the largest displays of fireworks in the Southeast. Cost is free to attend the Skyshow Street Party. For the game, tickets start at $11 for standing-room-only.
Open to the public, Charlotte’s annual Colombian Festival features live music, dancing, and authentic Colombian food. A celebration of Colombian culture, this festival is sure to enlighten those who aren’t familiar with Colombian traditions and enrich the lives of those who are. Cost is free to attend.
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is hosting QC Summerfest, a weekend-long music festival featuring jazz, funk, soul, and contemporary R&B artists. There will be midday and evening shows at Belk Theater in uptown Charlotte, followed by live music at the after parties in the lobby. Tickets start at $39.50.
The Mint Museum Uptown is hosting a Sunday Fun Day with an art and science theme. The event, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, and yoga—all of which show what happens when art, science, technology, and engineering intersect. Cost is $6 for adults and free for children and Mint members.