Your704 Weekender: Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte

Your704 Weekender: Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte
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Fill your weekend with outdoor movies, sizzling concerts and fun festivals. Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte this weekend.

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Kick off the weekend at Friday Night Live in Belmont. The concert series returns this week and features a ‘90s alternative, pop and rock tribute band.

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Shop local from vendors, grab a bite to eat from a food truck and listen to live music at the Lake Norman Block Party on Friday at D9 Brewing.

Get your fill of food truck goodness and live music at Beats ‘n Bites on Friday at Stumptown Park in Matthews.

Listen to live music, see local art and get in some retail therapy on Friday at the Old Town Night Market in Rock Hill. Several restaurants will have food and drink specials during the event.

Watch a free movie under the stars. On Friday see “Luca” on the Park Plaza in Weddington or “Finding Nemo” on the lawn at Johnston YMCA in NoDa.

It’s also movie night at Pineville’s Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series on Friday. See “The Goonies” at Pineville Lake Park.

Music fans can check out James Taylor on Friday at Spectrum Center or the Backstreet Boys at PNC Music Pavilion.

Join the Humane Society of Charlotte for its Dogs Days of Summer Party that will be held at the agency’s new Animal Resource Center on Friday. There will be music, food trucks and plenty of adoptable pets if you’re looking for a new furry friend.

See superheroes and the artists who create them at the Heroes Convention, which is happening at the Charlotte Convention Center from Friday through Sunday. The event is celebrating its 40th anniversary and features top name graphic novel and comics artists, creators and exhibitors.

Another spot where you can watch a free outdoor movie is The Green at Prosperity Village. On Saturday see “Jungle Cruise” and grab a bite from one of the food trucks that will be onsite.

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See colorful dance performances and other entertainment at the Charlotte Caribbean Carnival Village and Street Parade on Saturday in Uptown.

Celebrate International Yoga Day with a free yoga session at the Hindu Center of Charlotte on Saturday.

See local art and listen to live music at the Art Walk on Union festival on Saturday in downtown Concord.

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free concert from Air Supply at the Kannapolis Summer Concert Series on Saturday at Village Park.

Cheer on the home team when the Charlotte Thunder professional arena football team takes on the Palmetto Colts in the last game of the season on Saturday at Bojangles Coliseum.

There are a couple of opportunities to see the Charlotte Symphony this weekend. On Saturday at Ovens Auditorium, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack from “Jurassic Park” while the movie is projected on a giant screen; and on Sunday, the symphony will wrap up its popular Summer Pops series at Symphony Park.

Listen to live music, see drag queens and shop from local LGBTQIA+ vendors during Rock Hill’s Pride Festival on Saturday.

Enjoy a variety of festivities and activities at the Concord-Cabarrus Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday at Marvin Caldwell Park.

Pack a picnic and check out a concert on The Green in downtown Davidson on Saturday.

Get an early start on Fourth of July festivities at Denver’s fireworks and concert festival on Saturday at East Lincoln High School.

Have a groovy time at the Hippie Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Dallas Lavender Lane Farm. There will be bands, craft and food vendors, farm animals to see and other activities.

South End’s main street, Camden Road, will be transformed into an outdoor living room on Sunday during Camden Commons, which features games and music.

See the silly shenanigans from popular YouTubers live at the Dude Perfect Summer Tour on Sunday at Spectrum Center.

Enjoy performances, live mural paintings and other activities at the Summerstock Charlotte festival at The Art Haus on Sunday.

Grab a bite from a food truck and listen to live music at the Mint Museum Randolph’s monthly Party in the Park on Sunday. Admission to the museum is free, too.

Broadway fans can see a Disney favorite come to life at Belk Theater in uptown. “Frozen” the musical is playing through Sunday.

Get ready to laugh out loud at Charlotte Squawks, the annual comedy show that pokes fun at politics, pop culture, sports and all things Charlotte through satire and musical parodies. Performances run through Sunday at Booth Playhouse in uptown.

Ready for a road trip? The Biltmore in Asheville is hosting a yearlong series of multisensory experiences featuring works of famous artists. “Monet and Friends: Life, Light and Color,” on display through July 10, highlights the works of Claude Monet and famous impressionist masters such as Pissarro, Cézanne and Renoir. The works of da Vinci are still to come.

Ongoing events:

Experience the ocean as you’ve never imagined during Discovery Place Science’s latest exhibition “Unseen Oceans,” which is on display through Sept. 18.

Kick back and relax to good music and good times at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s River Jam concert series. Enjoy free performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through October.

Crayola IDEAworks, a traveling, state-of-the-art interactive exhibition bursting with colors, is on display for a limited time at Camp North End.

Explore Charlotte’s history, watch the sunset and listen to live music at Friday Nights at Camp North End, which runs through October.

Food Truck Friday has returned to University City and takes place at Armored Cow Brewing. Each week there is a new rotation of food trucks, as well as live music and craft vendors.

Food Truck Friday is also back in Plaza Midwood, and takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Company.

Food Truck Friday has returned to Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord and features a variety of trucks, as well as live music.

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