• WEEKEND IN VIEW: What's happening in Charlotte


    From international soccer stars to summer concerts to Cirque du Soleil, here are a few of our favorite happenings this week:

    Travel to a whimsical frozen playground where figure skating mingles with acrobatics and aerial feats when Cirque du Soleil brings its first ice show, “Crystal,” to Spectrum Center from Wednesday through Sunday. Click here for more details.

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    Dine out on a deal during Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week, which returns for its usual midsummer pick-me-up Friday through July 28. Click here for more details.

    It’ll be another busy weekend at Charlotte’s largest two amphitheaters. PNC Music Pavilion will host the Dave Matthews Band on Friday, Tom Joyner’s One More Time Experience on Saturday and Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World on Sunday. At Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, you can see Greensky Bluegrass on Sunday. Click here for more details.   

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    Soccer fans can catch lots of action when Arsenal, of the English Premier League, and ACF Fiorentina, of Italy's Serie A, face off in the International Champions Cup Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. Click here for more details.

    In addition, the two-day pop-up festival House of Soccer will take over Romare Bearden Park on Friday and Saturday. Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn, of the U.S. Women’s World Cup-winning team, will be there, along with several former Panthers. Click here for more details.     

    Fans of comic books, graphic novels, anime and gaming can check out the annual mini comic con, ImagiCon, on Saturday at ImaginOn in uptown. Click here for more details.

    Celebrate diversity at the Charlotte Black Pride Expo at Le Meridien on Saturday. Click here for more details.

    Get down with Morris Day of “Purple Rain” fame Saturday at a free concert at Village Park in Kannapolis. Click here for more details.

    See towering glass sculptures of 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants and energetic Venus flytraps in Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's latest exhibit, “Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at the Garden.” Click here for more details.

    Check out some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers built to scale with Lego bricks, and put your own architectural skills to the test at “Towers of Tomorrow with Lego Bricks,” on display at Discovery Place ScienceClick here for more details.

    Ready for a road trip?

    Have a sweet time at the Pageland Watermelon Festival where you'll see a watermelon-themed parade, car show, rodeo, fireworks and lots more. Click here for more details.

    “Wine” down this weekend at the Swan Creek Wine Trail’s Gold Medal Riedel Classic. Sample a Gold Medal-winning wine served in a Reidel glass that will be yours to keep, paired with a delicious food item, at each of the trail’s four vineyards. Click here for more details.

    A model train exhibition is on display at the Biltmore in Asheville through Sept. 29, plus kids 16 and under get free admission to the estate with paid adult admission through Sept. 2. Click here for more details.   

    Ongoing events 

    Kick off your weekend early at Alive After Five, which happens every Thursday through Sept. 12 at the EpiCentre in uptown. Click here for more details. 

    Enjoy good music and good times at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s free River Jam concert series every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through September. Click here for more details.

    Explore Charlotte’s history, watch the sunset, grab a bite to eat and listen to live music at Friday Nights at Camp North End. Kids and dogs are welcome. Click here for more details.

    Wanna-be dragsters can enter their hot rod, street rod or motorcycle in the Outlaw Drag Wars at zMAX Dragway, every Friday night through Aug. 23. Click here for more details.

    Food Truck Friday in Plaza Midwood takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Co. and features a different lineup of trucks each week, as well as live music. Click here for more details.   

    Food Truck Friday South End takes place each week at Sycamore Brewing and features an ever-changing lineup of trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome. Click here for more details.

    Listen to live music and check out a variety of food and dessert trucks every second and fourth Friday at the Matthews Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series in downtown Matthews. Click here for more details.

    See a variety of vintage and modern European sports cars at Cars & Cappuccino, a free event held every third Sunday through November in SouthPark Mall’s parking lot. Click here for more details.

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