What’s happening, Charlotte?
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there.
If you’re going to stick around this weekend, be sure to get out and have some fun. There’s certainly no shortage of events, as you will see below.
Here’s a piece we posted today about an unlikely effort to bring more live music to Charlotte.
And don’t forget to check out Toni Baker-Tyson’s new three-minute podcast. It’s fun for grown folks.
Sounds on the Square: The Kevin Jones Experience
The Square at Spirit Square, 345 N College St.
Guaranteed to whet your appetite for tomorrow’s Queen City Jazz Fest. If you were uptown on Thursday, you may have gotten a taste of the Kevin Jones Experience. More info
Bechtler by Night: Painting with Bob Ross
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.
Art enthusiasts across the city have made this one of Charlotte’s most popular artistic events. This month: painting with Bob Ross. More info
Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N College St.
Hosted by Charlotte’s two-time national championship team, this monthly event is all about the spoken word and those who love the art form. More info
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
House of Africa, 1215 Thomas Ave
This three-day festival – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – is in the heart of Plaza Midwood. Multicultural vendors will showcase food, art, culture and more. More info
Healthy Achievement 5k Walk-Run
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Mint Street
This is a signature fundraiser to support the Kappa Foundation’s vision and mentoring programs. Plus, it’s good for your body. More info
Belmont Juneteenth Celebration
Stowe Park, 24 N. Main St., Belmont, N.C.
Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This Belmont festival will emphasize music, art and culture…with food vendors, of course. More info
The Jazz Room: Mark Braud Plays Traditional New Orleans
Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, North College and 5th streets.
A special performance by trumpeter and vocalist Mark Braud playing the music of Crescent City. The music of New Orleans has been likened to “a gumbo medley, borrowing from various cultural influences and traditions.” More info
Queen City Jazz Fest
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd
A one-day event featuring local and national jazz artists in an outdoor venue, attracting mature patrons and jazz lovers to Uptown Charlotte. More info
Fathers Day at the Gantt Center
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, 551 South Tryon St.
Fathers with kids get in free. Take a selfie in front of your favorite artwork and tag it #FatherFiguresatGanttCenter and you might just win an annual membership. More info
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch
7th Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St,
Close out your weekend of jazz with an encore performance by Jeff Bradshaw from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. While guests enjoy the music, the market will have special offers for dad – including beer for $2.
Charlotte Symphony presents Summer Pops
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd.
Grab your blanket, a picnic basket and your favorite someone and enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars digging music from the film Star Wars. More info