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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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March Happenings

Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival , Green River Revival, 6th Annual Green Party

A category of its own: CIAA parties and more

Sports: NCAA March Madness, Bring Fido to the Charlotte Checkers Pooch Party

Music: Amos Lee, 2 Chainz, Pentatonix, Switchfoot, The Naked and the Famous, Dropkick Murphys, Emblem3, 2 Good to be T.R.U., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, The Ten Tenors on Broadway, Comeback Kid, Houndmouth, Ski Lodge, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Matthew Mayfield, Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Performing Arts: Post Secret Live! with Frank Warren, Evita, Brown Bag Matinees at the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, Dvorak Symphony No. 8, A Little Knight Music, The Flying Dutchman, An evening with Gregory Porter, Celtic Nights, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Julius Ceasar

Flicks: Saturday night Cine Club : Caeser must die, Banff Mountain Film Festival

For laughs: Brian Regan, Craig Robinson, Mike Birbiglia , Moshe Kasher, Russell Peters

For the kids: Too Many Frogs, Sunjata Kamalenya, Spelling 2-5-5, Paws to Read, The Stinky Cheeseman and other stupid fairy tales, Pajmarama Storytime, Read a Book Learn to Cook, Before Rock N Roll, National Try Hockey for Free Day, NC Dance Theatre: Cinderella, HeartBeat, Alice in Wonderland, Fun with Stem, Fishing with Dr.Suess, Go Kids Go!, Lego Movie Building Event, African drumming for kids, 101 Inventions

Races: Carolina Spartan Sprint, NC Half Marathon, Run Jen Run, Pure Religion 5k, Sticks and Bones Trail Race, Alston & Bird Corporate Cup 5k and half marathon

Chews&Booze: Sweet Tooth Festival ,Charlotte Craft Beer Week, St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, Iron Fork, All Ale to the Queen, Green Drinks Charlotte, Pizza Wars, FREE pancakes on IHOP National Pancake Day, $5 meal deals at La Tagliatelle, NoDa Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Other fun events: Inkfest Live Tour, Mad Monster Party, Celebration of Hope Gala, 8th Annual Mardi Gras Gala, Gluten Free for Life Expo, Shift Charlotte, Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, Bring your own friend day at IKEA, Bright Blessings Gala, Davidson Art Crawl, Teal Masquerade, Strike Out Domestic Violence, Academy Awards Viewing Party

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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Designing Women Lawyers: Fashion & the Law, a stylish pairing

When thinking of the world’s fashion capitals, Charlotte, NC would most assuredly fall to the bottom of the list (especially considering our first H&M store opened four months ago). For designer threads, you’ve got to trek to Milan, Paris, or New York.

Speaking of, today begins Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week  in New York where the who’s who of the industry’s finest, well-dressed celebs included, have descended. When watching tall, thin models in fabulous frocks strut down the runway, I bet no one’s thinking about intellectual property or international trade and government regulation, or the legal implications of buying a fake Gucci purse in Chinatown.

Fordham Law School, however, has been thinking about it, since 2010 when they established The Fashion Law Institute, “the world’s first fashion law center, will provide legal services for design students and designers, train the fashion lawyers and designers of the future, and offer information and assistance on issues facing the fashion industry“. As recently as last year, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles launched it’s own fashion law project. Fashion forward cities like NYC and LA are setting the trend for other law schools to follow by introducing fashion law into the law school curriculum, proving that fashion law is unquestionably woven into the fabric of our lives.

Want to learn more about fashion law in today’s headlines? Check out these blogs:

Fashion Law Blog

The Fashion Law

Center for the study of Fashion, Law and Society

Fashion and Apparel Law Blog

Fashion Counsel

Fashion Law and Business Report

Re:Marks Blog on Copyright and Trademark Blog

Wigs and Gowns

Case Clothesed

Design Patent Lookbook

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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February Happenings

The second month of the year is jam packed with lots to do in Charlotte!

Super Bowl XLVIII is Sunday February 2 at 6:30 pm. The CIAA Basketball Tournament is always a crowd pleaser!

Valentine’s Day is February 14th, lovebirds! Be seranded by a $12 jazz concert at the Bechlter before or after a special 3 courses for $30 dinner at e2 Emeril’s. For those who haven’t been struck by Cupid’s arrow, check out these alternatives: Love Sux Party , Guys&Dolls Bachelor+Bachelorette Auction, I Would Cuddle You So Hard Bar Crawl.

With or without a “plus one”, continue the revelry at Queen City Brewer’s Festival , Bartender’s Ball, 2nd Annual Banana Crawl, Party with a Purpose. Laissez les bon temps rouler at Charlotte’s version of Mardi Gras.

Music: Demi Levato, Iron and Wine, Artic Monkeys, Angelique Kidjo, Vanessa Carlton, Joe Pug, Lauryn Hill, Jon Batiste&Stay Human, Pat Metheny Unity Group, Tinsley Ellis, Housingfest: A Concert to End Homelessness with The Blind Boys of Alabama & Jim Lauderdale, Mayer Hawthorne, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic,  Jagged Edge

Performing Arts: C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce, The Mountaintop, Jake Shimabukuro, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, UNC Clef Hangers, Tosco Music Party, Rock of Ages, Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath no Fury like a Woman Scorned,Boeing Boeing, The Other Place, By the way meet Vera Stark, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, An Evening with Mika and Joe

For laughs: Wayne Brady, Ron White, Frank Caliendo, Steve Rannazzisi

For the kids: Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, Petite Rouge: a Cajun Little Red Riding Hood, Ringling Bros. & Barnam & Bailey Circus, 101 Inventions that Changed the World at Discovery Place, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Day at the Gantt Center, Puppet Show, SeaLife Aquarium opens at Concord Mills, Family Day at the Bechlter

Keep those New Year’s Resolutions up and running! Races: Cupid’s Cup 5k and Fitness Walk, Frigid 5k Run and Plunge, Charlotte 10 Miler. Scope out local gyms during Fitness Crawl.

Other fun eventsBroadway Rocks!, NC Dance Theatre’s Innovative Works, Art with Heart, Hoops&Heels Ladies Night, Taste of the Mint, Pink in the Rink, Al Gore

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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January Happenings

Happy New Year, one and all! Start 2014 off with some fun!

MLK Day events: Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast, volunteer opportunities with Hands on Charlotte

RacesCommitment Day 5k, Rumble in the Concrete Jungle, CRC Winter Classic 8k, CRC Trail Race, First Footin 5k Hike

Performing Arts: Shen Yun, Sleeping Beauty, Il Trittico , The Miss Firecracker Contest, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Other Place, Boeing Boeing, Call me Madam

Music: Winter Jam, Jay Z, B.B.King, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Holly Williams, Bettye Lavette, Phosphorescent, Nipsey Hustle, Found Footage Festival, Abbey Road Live!,  Jam for Jim, On the Run, The Jazz Room at Stage Door Theatre, Rusted Root, moe, The Marshall Tucker Band, Mickie James, Lucy Kaplansky, New Politics, Catie Curtis, The Front Bottoms and You Blew it!, Amon Amarth

Just for laughs: Laugh for the Cure, Jeff Dye, Dave Coulier, John Heffron, Willie Barcena, Aries Spears , Steve Hofstetter

For the kids: Omimeo’s Black Light Magic, Don’t tell me I can’t fly, McDowell after Dark, Fun with Letters, Gaston Regional Science Fair, Young Explorers:Winter Friends, Winter Tree ID, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Fresh Beat Band

Other events: New South for the New Southerner series, Faculty readings at Queens, Jazz at the Bechtler, Music and Museum, Monster Jam, Charlotte Build Remodel and Landscape Expo, Holiday Party for the Animals, Repticon

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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November Happenings

A cornucopia of fun awaits you in November. From overindulging on all things turkey to feasting on the second installment of the Hunger Games movie, this month is stuffed with fun things to do!

Seasonal Fun: Thanksgiving Day Parade , Gobblefest at the Harris YMCA, Turkey Trot, Turkey Dash, Turkey Talk, Thanksgiving Crafts

Music/Performing Arts: Live and Let Die:Paul McCartney Tribute, Drake, Miguel, The Eagles, MattyB, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Brickman, Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Midtown Men-4 Stars from the Original Jersey Boys, The Sphinx Virtuosi,Venus in Fur, Sleeping Beauty, Celtic Thunder Mythology, Forbidden Broadway, The Newport Effect, Irish Tenors, Joe Bonamassa, Adventure in Space, Rusted Root, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Avett (father of the Avett Brothers), Huey Mack, Taking Back Sunday, Ben Bridwell, Tim Kasher, David Ramirez, Hanson

NoDa Fall Musicfest

Chews&Booze: Dining with Friends, Totally 80′s Murder Mystery Dinner, 2nd Annual SausageFest, Halfway to Cinco de Mayo at Vida Cantina, Zipline&Dine

For the film buffs: Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Book Thief, Thor: The Dark World

For laughs: Chris Tucker, Carlos Mencina, Almost Homeless Comedy Tour, Pam Ann Cockpit Tour, John Oliver, Bobby Lee

For the kids: Reedy Creek Eco Race, Billy Jonas, Miracle on 34th Street, Hansel&Gretel, Willy Wonka, Zootastic Park, Narnia, Family Day at the Bechtler Museum, Adventures in Outer Space, Kids can try hockey for free

For the four-legged kids: FidoFest

Races: Tough Mudder, Thunder Road, Cure Search Walk, Light the Night Walk, 2nd Annual Charlotte Checkers 5k, St.Jude Give thanks Walk

Other fun events:

Charlotte International Auto Show, Fall Ball,Southern Christmas Show, Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Gown Sale and Expo,Henry Frye, NC’s first African American Chief Justice , Renaissance Festival , ScanFest, Holiday Books and Coffee presented by the Friends of the Library at Queens

Of particular interest this month is the Levine Museum’s New South for the New Southerner series highlighting public art around town. Your $12 admission includes a buffet dinner from Mert’s.

  Gobble gobble, ya’ll!

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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Veggin’ out in Charlotte

Vegetarians in Charlotte get no love: seemingly every week, there is the
grand opening of yet another hamburger, steak or barbeque joint, while the
options for vegetarian remain consistently anemic.  The benefits
of a vegetarian diet
are well established and its menu includes more than just salads and veggie burgers, yet finding some delicious meatless eats is a chore.  What’s a veggie to do?  Well, stick with me kids, because we’ve canvassed the Queen City and discovered a bunch of tasty vegetarian and vegan eateries, bakeries and recipe blogs.

Sit down dining

Luna’s Living Kitchen is an organic raw food café nestled next to the Atherton Mill Market in SouthEnd serving raw lasagnas (aptly named lunasagnas), kale salads, spicy living burritos wrapped in collard greens and fresh juices. Entrées start at $12 and can be enjoyed on Luna’s outdoor patio, where you might spot a television actor from a locally filmed series.

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Fern offers a wildly inventive vegetarian menu that changes with the season. The entrées are a little more expensive than Luna’s, because the tastes are more thoughtful and sophisticated. Try the OM burger or the “chicken” and waffles at their weekend brunch. Wash it all down with a $1 bloody mary.

Bean Vegan Cuisine has a mostly fried menu featuring burgers promising to taste like Big Macs. Crabby patties and fried tofu fingers satisfy the little ones, or even the kids-at-heart. Try the jackfruit tacos and the Kitty Kat cake for dessert-you’ll be amazed how well crackers and peanut butter mousse go together. Now serving brunch all day Sunday!

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Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine is an eastside restaurant dishing out all the savory flavors of India sans meat. Start your meal with some samoas and end it with a cup of rice pudding.

Additionally, Pizza Fusion, Uncle Maddio’s, Brixx, and Mellow Mushroom all offer vegan pizzas.

Takeout

Berrybrook Farm is a petite health food market in the heart of Dilworth offering heart-healthy wraps, smoothies and other nutritious grab and go snacks.

Zizi’s Vegan Takeout is a “blink and you’ll miss it” University eatery with a menu featuring vegan fish&chips, tempeh steak, “turkey” and gravy and $3.50 smoothies.

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Outside of Charlotte

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Just across the border in Fort Mill, SC is Eat Well . Their menu is full of tamales, quiche, and chai waffles. Whatever you order, save room for dessert – the raw chocolate cheesecake is worth the trip.

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Speaking of dessert, these local bakeries are 100% vegan: Novel Sweets, Your Veganesse, Laullipop&Co., Chelly’s Cakes and Pastries

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VegCharlotte and Queen City Vegan are valuable resources for how to enjoy meat-free dining in the QC.

Check out these fun food blogs for meat-free recipes: Thug Kitchen and veganstoner

Need more tips on healthy eating? The Fresh Expo taking place on October 12th at the Sheraton Hotel features samples from health food vendors, cooking demonstrations, lectures on GMOs and other healthy living topics.

                                        ~Cory Lenz & Jamie Sunnycalb~

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October Events in Charlotte

Whether you like tricks or treats, October in Charlotte has something for everyone!

Halloween activities: Scarowinds, Ghost Tales in the Dark, NoDaWeen Rocky Horror Picture Show, Campground MassacreScary Dairy, The Maze of TerrorSpirits of Rosedale Tour, Elizabeth Neighborhood Pumpkin Wall, Scarrigan Farms, The Haunted Mill, Masquerade Ball, Camp Fear, Hickory Grove Haunted Trail, The Old Haunted School, Dracula Bites, Shake your ghoul thing 2, Music Monsters and Mayhem at NC Music Factory, Kryptonite Halloween Bash + Costume Contest, Halloween at Wing Haven, Aw Shucks Farm, 13th Acre Haunted Trail, Haunted Trail at Latta Plantation Equestrian Center

Festivals:  Renaissance Festival Latin America Festival, Queen City Fringe FestivalCarolina Balloon Fest, Carnival for St.Ann’s Parish, Lake Norma Folk Art Festival, Lexington BBQ Festival, Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival, Center City Literary Festival , Day of the Dead Festival , Hola Festival, Kaleidoscope Cultural Festival, Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival , Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival

Chews&Booze: 2nd Annual Taste of Freemore featuring a Dunkin’ Donut Eating Contest with a chance to win $250, Plaza Midwood Chantilly Chili Cook Off, Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship ,Chocolate for a Cure, Mecktoberfest , Bachtoberfest: Bach&Beer at the Knight Theatre for a (K)night out for only $29, Halloween Pub Crawl, Halloween Howler Bar Crawl, Clips Beer and Film Tour, Southeast Crab Fest, Taste of the World

Tunes: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Aimee Mann, India Arie, Hinder, Zac Brown Band, They Might be Giants, Emeli Sande, Will Hoge, Michael Buble, Matt Nathanson, Selena Gomez, Bullet for my Valentine, Vanessa Carlton, KISS 95.1′s Grave Digger’s Ball with Flo-rida

For the little goblins: Rural Hill’s Amazing Maize Maze, Great Amazing Race, Scarrigan Farms, Fall Farm Festival , Tarzan: the Stage Musical, Hansel and Gretel, 5th Annual Fall Festival at Naomi Drenan Rec Center, Creepy Crawly Critter-ween, Palisades Wicked Welcome Home, Bootanical at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Hoot and Howl at the Carolina Raptor Center, Disney on Ice, Hodges Family Pumpkin Patch, Riverbend Farm, Country Daze Corn Maze, The Hunter Farm, Hall Family Farm, Regal Corn Maze

For a howlin’ good time with Fido: Trails for Tails, Humane Society’s Ties and Tails Gala

For the fashionistasLights, Camera, Fashion, Simon Fashion Now, Wine, Women and Shoes , Lust for Life

For the thrill seekers: Over the Edge Charlotte , Hero Rush

Tickle your funny bone with: David Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, Cedric the Entertainer, Sarah Bernhard

Thrilling Races: The Color Run 5K, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, City Solve Urban Race, Race for the Cure

Other fun events: Creative Loafing’s Best Of Charlotte Party, Geek Gala, BarCamp,Venus in Fur, Women of Faith conference, International House 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala, Little Shop of Horrors, Opera Carolina: Aida, New Mythologies: William Villalongo, Arsenic and Old Lace, Bank of America 500, Dollar General 300, Gospel Shout!, Explore History: Veterans Day Program, Charlotte Book Fair, Metrolina Expo Marketplace,

For your health: Michael Pollan: How Cooking can Change your Life, The Fresh Expo  has everything you need to learn about healthy living

Get out of Town: For a scenic day trip, ride the rails to North Carolina’s capital and enjoy the NC State Fair with rides, games, food, exhibits, livestock, etc.

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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September Happenings

Celebrate Labor Day: Charlotte Labor Day Parade, Labor Day festivities at USNWC

Music: Muse, Cage the Elephant, John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Matisyahu, Ben Harper, Howie Day,Weenie Roast

FestivalsGreek Festival, Festival of India, UNCC International Festival, Festival in the Park, Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Cabarrus County Fair, Lincoln County Apple Festival, Mount Holly Arts Festival, Indian Land Fall Festival

Races: Greek Festival 5K, Hog Jog 5K, Showmars Pediatric Hearts 5K, Big Red Shoe 5K, Carowinds Color Mob 5K, Hit the Brixx 5K, Rock and Read 5K, Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon, Doggie Dash 5K

For laughs: Lewis Black, Jay Pharaoh

For the kids: Reedy Creek Eco Race, Day out with Thomas at the NC Transportation Museum, Reptile and Amphibian Day, Tarzan,Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Other fun events: Southern Women’s Show (If you were born in 1982, your admission is free!), Charlotte Fashion Week,Style Night Out ,Green Drinks Charlotte, 4th Annual Sip and Stroll at the Epicentre, Charlotte Auto Fair, Woofstock, Matthews Alive, Know Your Farms tour, Yard Art Day, Charlotte Magazine’s 45th Anniversary Party, Inaugural UNCC football game

Enjoy the last month of Alive After 5 for the year!

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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Welcome to Charlotte: an updated guide to CSL’s new home

Welcome to Charlotte Plaza! With Charlotte Law’s new address comes new dining options. A variety of restaurants are now just steps away!

Overstreet Mall:  McDonald’s, Brad’s Brew, Freshii

One Wells Fargo Center: Charlotte Coffee Station, Fujo, Childress Klein YMCA fitness bar, Smoothie King

Two Wells Fargo Center: Just Fresh, Mimosa Grill, College Place Cafe

Three Wells Fargo Center: Halfpenny’s

Hilton hotel’s Coastal Kitchen&Bar has $8.50 daily lunch buffets

Bank of America Plaza: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, The Frozen Isle, Just Fresh, Salsarita’s, Trade Restaurant (inside the Omni Hotel), Energy Cafe, Onoki Sushi, Starbucks

Founders Hall in the Bank of America building: Jamba Juice, City Smoke, Aria, Caribou Coffee, Taste cafe

Ivey’s Building restaurants: Spice 9 Express Indian Cuisine, Bojangles, Qdoba, Just Fresh, Quiznos

Eats on College: Bojangles, Fuel Pizza, Brazz Carvery and Steakhouse, Rooster’s, Mert’s Heart and Soul, Cosmos Cafe, BLT Steak, Caffe Siena in the Holiday Inn (breakfast & lunch buffets), Soho China Bistro, Pita Pit, Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub (half off burgers every Thursday), Ember Grille at the Westin Hotel, Blue (2 for $10 apps in the bar Monday to Friday 5-7)

Epicentre restaurants: Firehouse Subs, Five Guys, Bruegger’s Bagels, Jason’s Deli, Libretto’s Pizzeria, Tin Roof, Smoothie King, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, La Tagliatella, Wild Wing Cafe, Whisky River, Blackfinn American Saloon, Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, Fuji Hibachi & Teriyaki, Fuel Smoothie Bar, Mortimer’s Cafe and Pub, Bubble Charlotte, Fleming’s ($6 apps served at the bar until 7), Studio Movie Grill, Yoforia, Corfu

Eats on Tryon: Halycon, Salsarita’s, Johnny Burrito, Quiznos, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba, Newk’s Express Cafe, Showmars, Soho Bistro, Subway, Tic Toc Diner, Jack’s New Yorker Deli, Harvest Moon Grille, Dean and Deluca, Rock Bottom Brewery, Fox and the Hound, Amelie’s, Something Classic Cafe, RiRa’s, Chick fil-A, Uptown Sundries, Vapiano, Tin Tin Box & Noodles, Luce, Room 112, Hazelnuts Creperie, KO Sushi, Nirvana II, The Capital Grille, Mimosa Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s(daily happy hour 4-7), Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Emzy Sushi, Bernardin’s, Ruth’s Chris ($8 apps 4:30-6:30 Monday-Friday), The Wooden Vine, Room 112 Modern Asian Cuisine, Ivy Burger Company, Jewell Treats

Trade&Tryon: Farmers’ market(Tuesdays & Fridays May-October)

Eats on Church: American Roadside Burgers, 5Church , Valhalla Pub & Eatery, McNinch House, Levant Mediterranean Cuisine, Dillinger’s Tap Room ($1 tacos on Tuesdays), Mellow Mushroom

Eats on 5th:  Cowbell Burgers, Dandelion Market, Basil Thai Cuisine, Phil’s New York Deli and Tavern, Crave Dessert Bar

Latta Arcade: Pie in the Sky Pizza, French Quarter, Quiznos, Chicks Restaurant, Flavors of India, Crisp

Eats on the Green: Matt’s Chicago Dog, The Sandwich Club

Levine Avenue: e2

Eats on Graham: Fourth Ward Bread Company

Eats on Brevard: Lola’s, Einstein Bagels

Eats on Trade: Morton’s Steakhouse, The King’s Kitchen

Eats on Trade inside the bus depot: Burger King, Bojangles, Subway

Eats on 4th: Green’s Lunch, Cluck n Cup, Quiznos, OneWay Smokehouse & Grill

Eats on 6th: Brixx, Queen City Q, 505E

7th Street Public Market Not Just Coffee, Pure pizza, Novel sweets, Local Loaf Bakery, Cloud 9 Confections, Bonsai Sushi, Viva Raw

Fahrenheit on the roof of Skye Condominiums

Coffee on Tryon: Starbucks, Port City Java, Dean and Deluca, Java Joe’s, Amelie’s

Neighborhood Eats

Midtown: Original Pancake House, Chipolte, Zoe’s Kitchen, Pisces Sushi, Which Wich, Pizza Fusion, La Paz, Hickory Tavern, Vivace, Dressler’s

South End: Pike’s soda shop, Price’s Chicken Coop, Common Market, The Icehouse, Carrabba’s, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Luna’s Living Kitchen, Tupelo Honey Cafe ,Phat Burrito, The Liberty

Dilworth: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, JJ’s Red Hots, Cantina 1511, Outback Steakhouse, Crisp, Brixx, Just Fresh, Menchie’s, Berrybrook Farm, 131 Main, Moe’s, Lebowski’s, Fran’s Filling Station, RuSan’s Sushi

Myers Park: Fenwick’s, Ginbu 401, Taipei Express, Deejai Thai, Panera, Hubee D’s, Boston Market, Mellow Mushroom, Selwyn Pub, Reid’s Fine Foods Market

South Park: American Roadside, Panera, Rooster’s, Cowfish, Chuy’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Harper’s, Original Pancake House, Maggiano’s

Elizabeth: Hawthorne’s Pizza, Crisp, Carpe Diem, Nothing But Noodles, Viva Chicken, Jackalope Jack’s, Cajun Queen, Kennedy’s, Sunflour Baking Company, Ho Ho Cherry House, Showmars

Plaza Midwood: Central Coffee Company, Intermezzo, Loco Lime, Kickstand, Joe Hooper’s, Fern,  Midwood Smokehouse, Soul Gastrolounge, The Peculiar Rabbit, Whiskey Warehouse, Pizza Peel , Dish, The Penguin, Thomas Street Tavern, Diamond, Fuel Pizza, Zada Jane’s, Akihana Asian Bistro, Lulu, Krazy Fish, Three Amigos (all you can eat enchiladas on Thursdays), Crazy Taco(Buy your tickets now for Taste of the World in October!)

NoDa: Cabo Fish Taco, Crepe Cellar, Growlers Pourhouse, Jack Beagle’s, Amelie’s, Revolution Pizza, Boudreaux’s

NC Music Factory: Osso, Wet Willie’s, Mattie’s Diner, The Saloon, VBGB Beer Hall & Garden

Getting Around Town: Lynx light rail, Gold Rush trolley, CATS bus

When not enjoying the culinary diversity of the Queen City, check out these fun things to do around town:

Sports: Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Knights, Charlotte Hounds, Charlotte Checkers, UNCC 49ersCharlotte Roller Derby Girls, Carolina Panthers, NASCAR, Charlotte Eagles, Charlotte Lady Eagles

With the kids: Discovery Place, Imaginon, Carowinds, Lazy 5 Ranch, Charlotte Nature Museum, Ray’s Splash Planet, Carolina Raptor Center

The Great Outdoors: US National Whitewater Center, Hiking at Crowders Mountain, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Parks: Freedom Park, Frazier Park, Bryant Park

Music Venues: NC Music Factory, Time Warner Cable Arena, Evening Muse, Neighborhood Theatre, Visulite Theatre, Ovens Auditorium, Double Door Inn, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Performing Arts:

Knight Theatre, The Billy Graham LibraryCarolinas Aviation Museum, Levine Museum of the New South, Harvey B. Gantt for African American Arts + Culture, Historic Latta Plantation, McColl Center for Visual ArtBechtler Museum, Mint Museum (free admission Wednesdays after 5 pm), Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Actors Theatre Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

Shopping: SouthPark Mall, Northlake Mall, Carolina Place Mall, Concord Mills Mall, Birkdale Village

Other Attractions: NASCAR Hall of Fame, gallery crawls, The Light Factory, Charlotte History Museum

More resources to help you get acquainted with the Queen City:

Living Here by Charlotte Observer, Charlotte’s Got a Lot, Charlotte Magazine, Find your Center, Charlotte on the Cheap, Charlotte ParentCreative Loafing, Keep Charlotte Boring

Need help navigating? Get around town easily with: Lynx light rail, Gold Rush trolley, CATS bus

Feel free to stop by the library with any questions. We’re always happy to help!

Welcome to Charlotte!

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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