Charlotte is truly a world class city, and you can see that by the scale and scope of upcoming events. There are so many events happening each weekend that there is something for every person to get plugged into. These events range from sporting events and concerts, to Pride events and parties, to farmers markets and shopping. Social events are a great way to get to know a new community and meet like minded people. Here is a rundown of a few of the events we are most excited about happening this weekend.

  • Queen City Music Jam at NoDa Brewing Company: The three-day festival runs all weekend and will feature 40 bands, food trucks, art vendors and NoDa beer. Gate opens at 2pm with music performances starting at 4pm. Ticket prices start at $89
  • Carolina Panthers Preseason Game at New England Patriots: This game is an away game, but sports bars and venues all over the Queen City will be broadcasting the game while you eat and drink and support our team.
  • The Charlotte Pride Festival in Uptown: After a two-year without, the two-day pride event will feature local entertainers, bands, vendors and food. 12-10pm. Free.
  • Christopher Cross at the Fillmore: If you’re looking for a good show, check out Christopher Cross in concert. This consummate entertainer will have you dancing and singing along. Friday at 8pm. Tickets start at $83. 
  • Tacos ‘N Taps Festival at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Enjoy some of the best tacos, Mexican food, beer and tequila, along with dancing to music from local bands, margaritas and contests. 1-5pm. $25
  • Sweet Treat Giveaway at South End Farmers Market: If you want to celebrate the start of the school year, there’s no better way than this annual back to school event. The event features 200 free paletas from Morelia Gourmet Paletas to celebrate the end of summer break. 9am. Free.
  • Circle K Monster Truck Bash at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Watch all of the action with monster trucks taking the stage on The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pit party opens up at 4pm. Tickets start at $10.
  • Charlotte Pride Parade in Uptown: On Sunday, watch more than 40 floats and 10,000 marchers make their way down a rainbow filled Tryon St. 1-4pm Sunday. Free.

In addition to these large events, there are many other small scale events all around the area. If you are not in the mood to hang out with other people, there are many places to get out and enjoy nature, from a hike up Grandfather Mountain, to boating on Lake Wylie or Lake Norman, to a bike ride on one of the many greenways, there is truly something for everyone in this beautiful area. And wherever you explore, be sure to check out the neighborhoods nearby so you can decide if that new spot could be home. As always, be sure to check out a new neighborhood at different times of day and different days of the week to make sure you are ready for the amount of traffic, on street parking, or kids playing so you know it really is the right neighborhood for you.