From family-friendly festivals to the only 600-mile race in NASCAR, here are a few of our favorite happenings this holiday weekend:
Get revved up for the Coca-Cola 600 with concerts, NASCAR driver and celebrity appearances, interactive displays and food trucks at Circle K Speed Street, a three-day festival happening in uptown Thursday through Saturday. Click here for more details.
Have a ball with the Charlotte Knights who are playing at home at BB&T Ballpark Friday through Monday. Click here for more details.
Celebrate Memorial Day at Mint Hill Madness, a family-friendly festival offering boardwalk-style food, live music, carnival rides, an all-American parade and fireworks Friday through Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park. Click here for more details.
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The city of Lowell will celebrate the holiday Friday and Saturday with the Freedom Festival, which features live music, shows, rides, games and food. Click here for more details.
Take in a little music and adventure Sunday at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Memorial Day Celebration. Click here for more details.
The Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s only 600-mile race, has been a Memorial Day weekend tradition in the Carolinas for as long as we can remember. Sunday’s prerace festivities include a performance from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, along with a patriotic salute to military heroes. Click here for more details.
See a new exhibit featuring dozens of vibrant glass sculptures, including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants and energetic Venus flytraps, at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Click here for more details.
Go “Back to the Future” with Marty McFly and Doc Brown when Movie Night at Seventh and Tryon returns to uptown Saturday. The free event takes place in the lot on the corner or 7th street and North Tryon street. Click here for more details.
Jazz up your Sunday afternoon at the city of Kannapolis’ new free jazz series happening at Veterans Park. Click here for more details.
Ready for a road trip?
Raise a glass at the 19th annual North Carolina Wine Festival, one of the largest and longest-running wine festivals in the Tar Heel State, happening Saturday at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. Click here for more details.
Charleston’s famous Spoleto Festival USA kicks off Friday and continues through June 9 offering performances by renowned artists in theater, dance, jazz music and more. Click here for more details.
Kick off your weekend early at Alive After Five happening every Thursday through Sept. 12 at the EpiCentre in uptown. Click here for more details.
Stroll around a scenic lake while you enjoy live music during the spring concert series happening every Thursday in May at the Shoppes at University Place. 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.
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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