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October Happenings

Never fear, we’ve got plenty of tricks and treats for this bewitching month!

HALLOWEEN: Misfit’s Witches Ball, Corn Mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, Scarowinds, Bootanical, Pumpkin Patch Party at Romare Bearden Park , GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest, Trunk or Treat, Queen City Ghost ToursRich and Bennett’s Halloween Pub Crawl, Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds, Spirits of Rosedale

KISS 95.1’s Grave Digger’s Ball

Performing Arts: A Mother’s Love, Charlotte Ballet: Dangerous Liaisons, Rouge, Things that go bump in the night, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Vagina Monologues, For the Love of Harlem, Just do it – Man’s Best Friend, Nabucco, Africa Umoja

Music: For the love of Harlem, Old 97’s, Taking Back Sunday, Chris Tile & Edgar Meyer, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Nick Carter & Jordan Knight, Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival, Midatlantic Music Fall Festival, Ne-Yo, Wynton Marsalis, Calvin Harris, Silent Disco, Macy Gray, Steep Canyon Rangers, Darius Rucker with David Nail & A Thousand Horses, Marketa Irglova, Los Lobos

Chews&Booze: Bachtoberfest, Amazing Race Bar Crawl, Oktoberfest at Waldhorn Restaurant, Bibliofeast, Dining for Friends Finale, Great Grapes! Food and Wine Festival,  National Taco Day, Taste of the World, Chili Cook Off, BBQ and Blues Festival, Mecktoberfest,  Clips Beer and Film Tour, Pink on the Lawn event at the Charlotte Observer with food trucks, All you can eat oysters at Georges Brasserie

Sports: Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers

Races: Race for the Cure, Runway 5k, Walk with Me, Walk like MADD, Charger Challenge 5k and Fun Run, Rocktoberfest, Hopebuilders 5k, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Just for laughs: Last Comic Standing, Tommy Davidson, Carlos Mencia

For the kids: The Lion and the Little Red Bird, 101 Dalmatians, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes, JAARS Day, Penguins 3D, Omimeo, Day out with Thomas, Myers Park Library Presents: Children’s Pumpkin Party, Book Fair, Bootanical

For the “furry” kids: Barktoberfest, Humane Society’s Ties and Tails Gala

Other fun events: NC Legal Geeks, Charlotte Magazine Bridal Show,  Goodguys 21st Southeastern Nationals, Hairwalk: The Movement, Bank of America 500, 2014 Gantt Symposium featuring Common, An Evening with Bob Woodruff, Latin American Festival, Renaissance Festival, Hola Charlotte Festival, Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival, Carolina Balloon Fest, Autumn Jubilee, Charlotte Fall Home Show, 18th Annual Carnival at St. Ann’s Parish, Soul Food: National Author and Diverse Panels, Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour, Pretty in Pink Fashion Show, Chocolate for a Cure, Wine Women and Shoes, Lights!Camera!Fashion!, Creative Loafing’s Best of Charlotte Cocktail Party, Geek Gala, Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail, Teresa Caputo, Festival of Praise Tour, Healthy Home Market Grand Opening

If your sense of adventure leads you outside the city limits, check out these attractions:

NC State Fair in Raleigh, NC. Why not ride the rails?

Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train in Blowing Rock, NC

Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to soak up some beautiful foliage sights.

Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, NC

BBQ Festival in Lexington, NC

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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September Happenings


There’s no shortage of entertainment this autumn so why not “fall” into something fun?

Music: Eric Church, Steve Forbert,  Keb Mo, Joshua James, Charlotte Symphony: Ben Folds, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Mike Epps, Christian Music Day, One Direction, Funk Fest, Christian Music Day, Parker Millsap, Brad Paisley, Weenie Roast, The Wood Brothers, Jazz at the Bechtler, Beethoven’s Eroica, Prince Royce, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Matisyahu, Rockin’ American Blues Revue, Tosco Music Party, Coheed and Cambria, Skid Row, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, R5, Grouplove, Orpheus Supertones

Northlake Mall Concerts in the Courtyard

Sunset Jazz Festival

Common Ground Plaza Midwood Music and Arts Festival

Performing Arts: Be a Lion,  House of Ichabod, Under the Streetlamp with Gentleman’s Rule, Once, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, River City, Footloose

Chews&Booze: Happy Hour at e2 Emeril’s Eatery, No Kid Hungry Charlotte, Competition Dining Series:Fire in the CityOktoberfest, Taste of the Mint: Beyond Craft, Zipline&Dine, Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chima, Men’s Breakfast and Tour of the Billy Graham Library, Discovery Place: Science on the Rocks 

SportsPanthers, Roller Derby

Races: Rock n Read 5k and walk, Hit the Brixx 10k&5k, South End Shuffle 5k, LungStrong 15k, Greater Charlotte Heart Walk, 2nd Annual Greater Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk

Festivals: Yiasou Greek Festival, Southern Women’s Show, Festival of India, Festival in the Park,  ArtFest of Matthews, 9th Annual Festa Italiana

For the kids: Scales and Tails, Dolphin Tale 2, Indian Fair, 101 Dalmatians, The Giver, Once Upon  a Time…exploring the world of fairy tales, Read with Baron the Dog, Water for Wildlife, Alien Worlds and Androids at Discovery Place

For the furry kidsWOOFSTOCK 2014 Black Dog Adoption Event

For laughs: Mary Lynn Rajskub,Craig Shoemaker, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, John Caparulo

For the fashionistasNeiman Marcus Beauty EventStyle Night OutFashion Scene BallCharlotte Fashion Weektiny Touch of Love’s 1st Annual Fashion Show

Other fun happenings: Samaritan’s Feet Golf Tournament, ScarowindsWalk a Mile in Her Shoes, FREE Queen City Health and Wellness Expo,  Purple Stride Charlotte, Thrive Yoga Festival, Over the Edge CharlotteCharlotte Greek Picnic, Auto Fair, Opening Reception for CityLynx Gold Line Public Art Exhibit, Laca Projects, 17th Annual Moms@work Conference, Blend Conference, Queen City Gala, 2014 Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Conference & Luncheon, Opera Carolina’s Gala Benefit Concert, Queen City Bike Fest, Stiletto Sprint, HER HRC Yoga, Charlotte United Nations International Day of Peace

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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August Happenings

Before heading back to school, take advantage of the last few weeks of summer!

Music: Miley Cyrus, Booker T Jones, Reevestock, Hillsong Worship, The Bacon Brothers, The Legendary Briarhoppers 80th Anniversary, James Taylor, Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson, NIN, Soundgarden, Keyshia Cole, David Gray, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic! at the Disco, One Republic, The Script, Scotty McCreery, Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, 3 Doors Down, Old Crow Medicine Show, Keith Urban, Needtobreathe, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rich Robinson, Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Passenger, G.Love and Special Sauce, K Michelle, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Enjoy the last month of Alive after Five at the Epicentre.

Performing Arts: Things you shouldn’t say past midnight, Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam, Dream a Little Dream, The Spice of Life, Narrow Daylight

Films: From Swastika to Jim CrowThe Golden Dream, Modernism+Film: Sagrada the Mystery of Creation, Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project

Sports: Charlotte Panthers pre-season games, Charlotte HoundsCharlotte Roller Girls

Charlotte Knights‘ Bark at the Ballpark invites fans to bring their four-legged friends to the game!

Festivals: Charlotte Pride Parade with headliner Leann Rimes, 9th Annual Shakespeare FestivalBon Odoro Festival, Hummingbird Festival, Queen City Bike Fest,  Matthews Alive,  Build your own Boat FestivalTriple C Summer Folk Festival

Chews&Booze: Taste of the Mint, Science on the Rocks,  Food Tours, Teas of the British Isles, Bar Cocoa Cooking Class: Baby cakes, Scotch Society Meeting

By the by, tickets for October’s Taste of the World go on sale August 1.

For the kids: Back to School event with free backpacks, haircuts and immunizations, SouthPark’s Movies under the Stars, The Fresh Beat Band, Uh-oh!, Alien Worlds and Androids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational,  Back to School Monster Truck Bash, 12 Angry Jurors, Sweeney Todd: School Edition , Shark Week at Discovery Place, Read with Baron the Dog, Penguins 3D, Geometrics and Pizza, Miss May’s Garden Tea

For laughs: Anjelah Johnson, Charlie Murphy, Dave Attell,  Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival with Louis CK, Aziz Ansari and Marc Maron, Caroline Rhea

Races: Charlotte Running Company Cross Country Run, 5k and fun dog walk, Sundae Run, Labor Day Trail Race, Yiasou Greek Festival 5k

Other fun happenings: Southern Ideal Home ShowThe Great Gatsby Gala, Repticon Charlotte Reptile and Exotic Animal Show, Sing for the Cure,  Bearden Birthday BashHairWalk:the Movement,  Stuff the Bus, Carolina Guitar Show, Labor Day celebration, Strand of Pearls Luncheon, Teal Tea Party

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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July Happenings

*July 4th*

There’s so much to see and do this Independence Day weekend: Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular at Knights Stadium, USNWC Fireworks, Independence Day at Raffaldini Vineyards, White Lights 4th of July party, Red White and Pabst Blue Ribbon party, 11th Annual Pool Party Weekend, Red White and Belmont, Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’, 4th of July at the Charlotte Museum of History, Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade, Indian Trail 4th of July Festival, Matthew’s People’s Parade, Waxhaw 4th of July Festival, Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration, 4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village

Music: Justin Timberlake, The Bacon Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Vans Warped Tour, Leon Russell, Matty B, Pete Seeger: A Musical Tribute to Courage, Chop Shop Music Fest, The Neighbourhood, GooGoo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Beck, Marc Cohn, The Fray, OAR, Phillip Phillips, Bad Company, Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green, KISS, Def Leppard, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Rascal Flats, Sheryl Crow, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Sara Bareillis, Zak Waters, Swans, River Jam, Brother Edge, New Edition, Touche Amore,  King Buzzo (of Melvins), Hank 3, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dirty Heads and Pepper, BarnStock

Musicbox Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park

Performing Arts: Porgy and Bess, Dream a Little Dream, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Narrow Daylight, Brothers of the Knight

Booze&Chews: Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week,SouthEast Crab Feast, Drink&Draw at Mellow Mushroom

Enjoy the last month for all you can eat Fall River Clam Bake for $20 at Emeril’s e2.

Just for laughs: Jerry Seinfeld, Lavell Crawford, Maria Bamford

Races: July 4th Spectacular 4 miler, River Jam Run, 25th Anniversary Prediction Run 5k

MoviesMade in 1984- Hollywood Films from 30 years ago

For the kiddos: Peter Pan Jr., Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Over the River and Through the Woods, Alien World and Androids, Paws to Read, Earth to Echo opens in theatres July 2nd, Kids Summer Paint Camp, Petapoolza at the Charlotte Nature Museum, Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales

Charlotte on the Cheap has a huge list for how to entertain the kids this summer.

Other fun eventsCharlotte Black Gay Pride, Hoshicon 2014, Charlotte Bachata and Salsa Festival, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Color Festival, Martini and a Makeover, Zimsculpt, Charity Magic Show, Carowinds Military Days, FREE Fishing Day

Need even more fun in your summer? Creative Loafing has its own guide to summer 2014. Check it out here!

     ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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June Happenings

Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day, Sunday June 15

Fathers Day Family Comedy Show

Doughnuts with Dad at the Billy Graham Library (their 7th anniversary celebration is June 7th)

Dads get into Ray’s Splash Planet for FREE on Father’s Day

Music: Elton John, Tim McGraw, Rock the Park, Jazz Fest, Lucinda Williams, Fourplay, Friday Live! at the Factory, Foxy Shazam, The Jazz Room: Christian Scott, Jack White, Zac Brown Band, Boston, The Head and the Heart, John Butler Trio, Die Antwoord, Cage the Elephant, Tab Benoit, Counting Crows, Hooterfest, Patty Griffin, Tantric, Boston, Under the Streetlamp, Andy Grammer, Art Garfunkel, The Voice Tour, Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops at SouthPark Mall

Performing Arts: We Will Rock You, Charlotte Squawks X: Ten Carolina Commandments, Heaven on Earth, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Jesus Christ Superstar, Moliere’s The Misanthrope,

Chews&Booze: Taste of Charlotte, Brew Stash Bash, Canned Craft Beer Festival, Allure of Flowers After Hours dinner, Bends Brunch and Bubbly, Bottoms Up for Booty, Uptown Progressive Dinner Crawl, Bacon and Brews Cruise-in

Summer Blockbusters: Transformers: Age of Extinction (6/27), The Fault in Our Stars (6/6), Edge of Tomorrow (6/6), 22 Jumpstreet (6/13), Free Film Fridays at the Light Factory

For laughs: Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Nate Bargatze , Tracy Morgan, Rachel Feinstein, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

For the kids: Reading programs at your local libary, World Oceans Day at Discovery Place, Shrek: the musical, Sunday Funday at the Mint Museum, Grandparents Day, Farm Day, Summer Movie Express, Explore the Outdoors, Kids Skate Free, Outdoor Summer Movies, Free Swim Lessons, Balloonacy, First Book 5k, Little Women: The Musical, Penguins 3D, Passenger Day, 13 The Musical, Wonders of Nature Scavenger Hunt,

For the “furry” kids: Dogtopia’s Annual Charity Dog Wash, Petapaloza

Races: Color Me Rad, NoDa 5k, Keep Pounding 5k, First Book 5k, Corona Light Race to the Taste & Cupcake Run, Offroad Fitness Run, River Run Jam, BrewDash 6k, Rubies Rising 5k, Heroes 6k, ROC Race,

Other fun happenings: Quicken Loans 400, Silent Disco, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Worldwide Knit in Public Day,  Women who lead luncheon with poet Maya Angelou, Charlotte Magazine Salon and Spa Week FREE fitness classes at Romare Bearden Park, Heroes Convention ,Juneteenth Festival, Hempfest, Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund luncheon, Glow Rage, An Evening of Believing Prom Kick Off Party,Body Party “In the Club”, Fashionistas Pop Up Market, Con A de Arte , Knights Baseball

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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May Happenings


May the fifth month of the year blossom with fun things to do!

Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11. Make reservations here.

Performing Arts: An evening with Sandi Thom, Poise, Al Gore, Jeanne Robertson, We Will Rock You, Eddie Izzard: force majeure, Peter and the Starcatcher, Angels in America, Other Desert Cities, Post Secret: the show, Hair,We Will Rock You

Music: SpeedStreet, Cher, Carnivale!, Hall& Oates, Gaslight Anthem, Luke Bryan, Foster the People, The Whigs, Mogwai, Dierks Bentley, Stu Larsen, Breast Fest 2014, Langhorne Slim and the Law, Suzanne Vega, Patrick Davis, Tegan and Sara, Bandstand Boogie!

Chews&Booze: Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival, Italian Festival, Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, VegFest, Sweet Escapes: A Chocolate Affair, Know Your Farm Tours

Sports: Charlotte Knights Baseball, Charlotte Roller Girls, Charlotte Eagles, Charlotte Hounds, Coca-Cola 600

For the kids: The Hundred Dresses, Sesame Street Live, Fairy Festival, VanGogh Alive, Spring Carnival and Day Camp Expo , World of Play, Mother’s Day at the Garden, Paws to Read, Penguins 3D

For the “furry” kids: 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races, PetExpo

Races: Lung Cancer Initiative Walk, Run, Relay, Rocks for Research JDRF, AIDS Walk, Ramblin’ Rose, Patriot Festival, Race to the Top, University City Duathlon, Trailblaze Challenge, The Big View, MLK Lion’s Pride 5k, Fitathon Challenge, DiscoDonut 5k, Tread the Thread 5k, Rocks for Research

Other fun events: Purses with a Purpose, FREE Comic Book Day, Coca-Cola 600, 4th Annual Hats off to Parks, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Romare Fest, Charlotte Grand Prix, Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best (BOB)Awards, Pass the Purse Empowerment Tea, Thomas Davis Charity Weekend, Bike Fest, Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival, McColl Center for Visual Art’s Studio Party 14, Chris D’elia, Frank Caliendo, Midwood Maynia , MeckDec Day

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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April Happenings

Here’s what’s happening this month, peeps!

Easter egg hunts:

PALS Easter celebration April 13 at 3:00 pm at Freedom Park (at the Princeton Road entrance). You’ll find everyone in the Princeton shelter!

Romare Bearden Park, Independence Park, Queens UniversityLatta Plantation, Historic Rosedale Plantation, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Peter Rabbit’s Garden Adventure. Charlotte on the cheap has even more!

Easter Brunch deals

Earth Day: Earth Day Play Date

Music Miley Cyrus, Miles and Coltrane, Lady Antebellum, Chevelle, Kenny Loggins, Kat Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Chick Corea, Weezer, Local Natives, Jimmy Buffett, Zucherro, Tuck Fest

Performing Arts: Othello, Other Desert Cities, Ghost the Musical, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dances of India, Debby Boone—Swing This!, Little Red Riding Hood, All Russian, Charlotte Symphony Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras Youth Festival Concert, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Post Secret: the show, Blue Man Group, Peter and the Starcatcher, Tao: Phoenix Rising, Ben Sollee, Spring Forward, Star Gazer: A Trek to Outer Space

Sports: BB&T Ballpark Grand Opening, Charity Golf Tournament, Wells Fargo Championship, Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

For laughs: DL Hughley, Nikki Glaser, Doug Benson, The Rich Guzzi Comedy Hypnosis Show

For the kids: The Reluctant Dragon, The Owl who was afraid of the dark,

For the “furry” kids: Pet Palooza, Bark in the Park

Chews&Booze: Amazing Race Bar Crawl, Taste of the New South Savor the Sixties, Taste of the the Nation, $15 all you can eat crawfish boil at e2, Free cone day at Ben&Jerry’s, Alive After 5

Races: Charlotte 5k Color Vibe, TuckFest Half Marathon, Freemorewest 5k on the Greenway

Other fun events: Girls’ Night Out, Passport for Fashion, Purses with a Purpose,Record Store Day, Jillian Michaels, Tiny House Conference, Dixie Charlotte Gun & Knife Show, Charlotte Auto Fair, Hands on Charlotte Day, Kings Drive Art Walk, Better Living  Home & Garden Expo

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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