This month’s five essential dates.
Enjoy a warm summer evening by relaxing under the night sky and watching a fun movie with your family and friends. Starting at 7 p.m. every Friday in August, there will be live music, activities, and food at SouthPark Mall’s Movies Under the Stars. The movies start at dusk, and admittance is free for everyone—just bring blankets and lawn chairs to unwind on! Aug. 5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Aug.12 Zootopia, Aug. 19 Kung Fu Panda 3, Aug. 16 Peanuts. 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. www.simon.com/mall/southpark
The annual Joedance Film Festival raises funds and awareness of rare pediatric cancers— specifically sarcomas, blastomas, and brain tumors— for research at Levine Children’s Hospital. Along with honoring the late Joe Restaino, the festival brings awareness to the local film industry by showcasing films with a Charlotte connection. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. at 308 W. 10th St., Charlotte. www.joedance.org
The U.S. National Whitewater Center opened in August 2006, and has since become the go-to spot for outdoor exercise, relaxation, and fun. Now, the center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with Festival X. There will be live music, craft beer, a cornhole tournament, and plenty of outdoor adventure to go around. The cornhole tournament is at 3 p.m., and live music plays at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. 500 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. Cornhole registration is $30. www.usnwc.org
Discover gorgeous jewelry and handbags, learn makeup tips and tricks, and snack on delicious food at the Southern Women’s Show. There will be shopping, runway fashion shows, cooking classes, and guest speakers. Bring your sisters, mothers, and best friends to the Charlotte Convention Center for this ultimate girls’ day. 501 S. College St., Charlotte. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 at door, $10 online. www.southernshows.com
If happiness is a cup of tea, then there will be high spirits at the Charlotte Museum of History, which is hosting Teas of the British Isles: English Colonies in America an afternoon tea is accompanied by talks that explore the history of the British Isles. There will be a Scottish themed menu of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts, along with a flavorful Scottish tea and a whole lot of history. 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. www.charlottemuseum.org