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Skyshow 2017 will be at the BB&T Ballpark
Skyshow 2017 will be at the BB&T Ballpark ddeaton@charlotteobserver.com

Ready to plan your next three months? Check out these must-do events:

SkyShow Charlotte 2017

Tuesday, July 4

Events from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

BB&T Ballpark, 324 South Mint Street

Charlotte’s 4th of July fireworks will be set off from BB&T Ballpark, after the baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba, so the best views of the fireworks will be within the ballpark. However, tickets for the game might not be available. No worries, because you can view the fireworks from Romare Bearden Park or other nearby locations. The SkyShow Street Party will be happening on Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark starting at 2 p.m. and will feature live music and kids activities.

Charlotte French Culture Festival

Sunday, July 16

11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road

Celebrate all things French. Enjoy crepes, pastries, and, of course, wine. Shop at the French market and compete in a pétanque tournament. Pétanque is a kind of boule. Boule is like bocce. There will be live music, entertainment, kids activities and a costume contest for dogs, so this would finally be the perfect time to have your puppy sport his beret.

Homegrown Tomato Festival

Saturday, July 29

11 a.m.

Midwood Country Club, 2123 Central Avenue

Whether you grow tomatoes or just eat them, this will be a tasty festival. Sample the tomatoes of different growers and help crown the region’s best tomato grower. There will be live music, family fun, food trucks, tomato themed cocktails and more tomato-themed fun.

U.S. National Whitewater Center Labor Day Celebration

Sunday, September 3

9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

The Whitewater Center’s Labor Day Celebration starts out with trail runs, yoga, and SUP Yoga. SUP=Stand Up Paddle Board. So, yes, that’s yoga while balancing on a paddleboard in the Catawba River. The festivities continue with a cornhole tournament and live music. Fireworks cap off the evening. Admission is free. Parking is $5, and the trail races cost between $30 and $47.

Apocalyptica—Plays Metallica by Four Cellos Tour

Friday, September 8

8 p.m.

McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N College Street

Hear “Enter Sandman” and “Master of Puppets” like you’ve never heard them before, performed by a group of classically trained Finish cellists. One of the few cello metal bands in the world, Apocalyptica has sold more than four million albums worldwide. Tickets start at $25.

Potters Market International

Saturday, September 9

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road

Browse and shop on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph, where more than 50 North Carolina potters will be showing their work. Your $12 ticket also lets you watch pottery demonstrations, listen to live music and tour the museum.

Tosco Music Party

Saturday, September 16

7:30 p.m.

Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon Street

If you need a lot of samples before choosing an ice cream flavor, the Tosco Music Party, a twenty-plus year tradition in Charlotte, is for you. Local musician and music instructor John Tosco assembles a stellar and diverse group of performers three times a year for this show, which features just one or two songs from each artist or band, punctuated by audience sing-a-longs throughout the night. Tickets are $14-$24.

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, September 30

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall, 5440 Carnegie Boulevard

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the day. Your $35 ticket buys you a souvenir glass and unlimited samples from more than 220 wines from more than 20 wineries. The festival also features live music, a free kids’ area and festival food for sale.

Charlotte Film Festival

September 22 to October 1

This is the ninth year of the Charlotte Film Festival. Its tagline is “Discover Different.” Dozens of narrative and documentary films of all kinds will be shown, both shorts and full-length films. Many screenings are Charlotte, regional or national premieres.

Daily wine tasting

Every day

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Bottle Shop, Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 West Trade Street

Free wine tasting every evening. Meats and cheese available with wine.

Rent

September 26 – October 1

Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street

20th Anniversary touring production of the award-winning musical.

“The Nance” by Douglas Carter Beane

August 3 – August 12

Duke Energy Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N College Street

Queen City Theatre presents the regional premiere of the new work by the writer of Xanadu and Sister Act.

Carolina Panthers Preseason Games

Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 31

7:30 p.m.

Bank of America Stadium

Watch the Panthers take on the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Winston Churchill and the Second World War Tea

Sunday, August 27

4 p.m.

Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive

One in a continuing of series of history talks. Learn a little, enjoy a tea.

River Jam

Every Thursday and Saturday through September 30

U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

The U.S. Whitewater Center’s free concert series features an excellent lineup of touring musicians.

Jazz at the Bechtler

September 2

6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S Tryon Street

Jazz at the Bechtler takes place the first Friday of every month, but usually sells out in advance, so don’t delay buying your ticket. If this one is sold out, try the next month.

Festival in the Park

September 22 – September 24

Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard

The 53rd annual Festival in the Park brings live music, art, clowns and much more to Freedom Park.

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