This month’s five essential dates.
Summer Pops goes out with a bang! The last in the Sunday night series of concerts under the stars performed by the Charlotte Symphony, Celebrate America features a selection of patriotic music and is followed by fireworks. Tickets are $16. Gates open at 5 p.m. ; prelude at 7 p.m.; concert at 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, www.charlottesymphony.com.
Celebrate Independence Day at the Ballantyne Beer Garden pop up featuring live music, a cookout, prizes, and, of course, local beer. The event, which is happening at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge from noon until 7 p.m., is open to the public and has no admission fee. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., www.theballantynehotel.com.
Celebrate the birth of our nation in a family-friendly setting that includes a street party, games, food, baseball, and fireworks at the annual WBT SkyShow. This year, the Charlotte Knights take on the Pawtucket Red Sox and after the game you can catch the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. Tickets start at $11. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. www.skyshowcharlotte.com.
Philanthropists Herb and Felicia Gray host the annual Gray Classic, a series of events held over one weekend that include a Business Roundtable, Golf Tournament, and Women’s Empowerment Brunch. Proceeds go to 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte’s mentoring and education programs for youth. Ticket prices vary. To register for events, visit www.thegrayclassic.com.
The semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week features three-course prix fixe dinners at more than 125 top restaurants around town. Check out the special menus from restaurants in almost every neighborhood, then make reservations—some of the more popular dining spots can fill up fast. Dinners are $30 or $35. For more information, visit www.CharlotteRestaurantWeek.com.