This month’s five essential dates
It’s officially summer when the open-air Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops concerts begin. Bring a picnic, blanket, or beach chair. Upcoming concerts are June 12, June 19, June 26, and July 1. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit orchestra. Tickets are $12 ($16 for the July 1 concert featuring fireworks). Park opens at 4 p.m.; concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.
The annual three-day Taste of Charlotte festivals draws hundreds to Uptown Charlotte’s streets for live music, street performances, shopping, and, of course, the chance to indulge in tastes from Charlotte restaurants. There will be more than 100 samples from area restaurants at this festive event. The festival spans five blocks of Tryon Street from Stonewall to Trade. Admission is free and you can purchase festival coins for samples and kids activities.
Four fathers and businessmen who support the mission of the American Diabetes Association will be feted at the annual Father of the Year Awards fundraising gala. This year’s honorees are Jeffrey “JB” Brown, CEO of Ally Financial; Fred Hargett, CFO of Novant Health; Michael W. Lamach, Chairman and CEO of Ingersoll Rand; and Malcomb D. Coley, Office Managing Partner of Ernst & Young. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $200. Westin, 601 S. College St.
For the fifth year, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting its Brew Stash Bash. The event features live music, tastings from a large variety of regional and national craft breweries, and the chance to enjoy it all in the center’s inviting outdoor setting. Tastings go from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is $5, and cards can be purchased to sample beers.
Restaurants across Charlotte will donate a portion of their sales this evening to Communities in Schools for the annual Dine Out For Kids. The group’s mission is to support students in need, helping them stay in school and achieve their goals. To choose where to contribute—and where to eat your dinner—visit the organization’s website, www.cischarlotte.org.