Your704 Weekender: Things to do around Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend in Charlotte with Father’s Day festivities and Juneteenth celebrations. Check out a few events we found that are happening soon:

Have a ball with the Charlotte Knights as they take on Jacksonville at Truist Field this week. There will be fireworks after the game on Friday, and on Sunday, kids can play catch on the field with dad before the game and run the bases after the game. Click here for more information.

After much anticipation, the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibition has opened at Camp North End. The show, which runs through Sept. 12, brings to life the art of Vincent Van Gogh through entrancing, moving images that highlight the brushstrokes, details and colors of each piece. Click here for more information.

Cruise on a coaster, check out the petting zoo and see a live performance from the Colombian Caribbean High Wire Thrill Show and Rattlesnake Dave at the Charlotte Fair happening through June 27 outside of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Click here for more information.

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The 24th annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas kicked off Thursday in Plaza Midwood and runs through the weekend. There will be a drum circle and clothing ceremony along with a freedom and unity march. Click here for more information.

Blumenthal Performing Arts will also host its first ever Juneteenth Jam with free events happening across multiple locations in uptown Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

>> See our list of Juneteenth celebrations

Check out a drive-in movie at Big View Diner. On the schedule for this Friday is “The Goonies.” Click here for more information.

Listen to a little homegrown music at the Earl Scruggs Center’s weekly bluegrass jam on Saturday. All playing levels are welcome. There will also be a drum circle for kids to join. Click here for more information.

See fireworks and a free performance from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. Click here for more information.

Ever wanted to drive on the iconic ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway? Check out the speedway’s Summer Laps for Charity event on Saturday. For a $40 donation to Speedway Children’s Charities, fans can take three laps on the ROVAL in their personal vehicle. Click here for more details.

Spend the day celebrating dad at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Father’s Day Fest on Saturday and Sunday. There will be live music in the biergarten, chipping stations where you can work on your golf swing and a special menu. Click here for more information.

Treat dad to a day on the lake at Queens Landing’s Papa Pah-Loozah on Sunday. Book a lunch or dinner cruise or stay landside and enjoy games and live music. They have even got a mechanical bull and dunk tank. Click here for more information.

>> Find more events and ideas for a memorable Father’s Day

Ongoing events

Kick back and relax to 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 to see the band schedule and for more information.

Experience artist Michelangelo’s iconic masterpieces without leaving the Queen City. “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” showcases his famous ceiling frescoes. The works have been reproduced photographically and displayed in their original sizes. The exhibition is on display now through July 31 at Savona Mill. Click here for more information.

Looking for a cool place to take a dip? Check out The Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Reservations are required – click here for more information.

Food Truck Friday in University City takes place at Armored Cow Brewing, and features a new rotation of trucks each week, as well as live music and craft vendors. Click here for more information.

Another spot to get your fill of food truck goodness, the West End Food Truck Friday at Blue Blaze Brewing is happening weekly through the end of summer. Click here for more information.

Food Truck Friday in Plaza Midwood takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Company. Click here for more information.

Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord also hosts a weekly Food Truck Friday featuring a variety of trucks, as well as live music. Click here for more information.

Music fans of all ages can check out family-friendly shows at Blakeney Shopping Center’s Summer Concert Series happening every Saturday through Sept. 4. There will also be an opportunity to give back, as select performances feature a non-profit partnership. Click here for more information.

Find your inner yogi at an outdoor yoga class at Camp North End on Sunday morning. Click here for more information.

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