31. The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival Picnic under the stars as magic, romance, drama, and comedy all collide in the wonderful works of William Shakespeare. Collaborative Arts presents their annual Shakespeare Festival in uptown Charlotte. Performances take place outdoors at The Green (400 S. Tryon Street) Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. Admission is free, but a minimum donation of $5 per person is suggested. Free performance workshops for ages 8+ are offered on Sundays at 5pm.
32. Hickory Museum Of Art Come view exhibits , paintings and more! Daily admission is free! Location: 243 3rd Avenue Northeast Hickory, NC 28601-5168 (828) 327-8576 Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM – 4 PM, Closed on Mondays and Holidays Click here to view website
33. Catawba County Museum of History The Catawba County Museum of History offers testimony to the hardy settlers of the Catawba River Valley and their resourceful descendants who carved a world-renowned furniture and textile empire out of the backwoods. Admission is free, call 828.465.0383, to visit the website click here Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 1:30pm-4:30, Closed Monday and Tuesday
34. Summer Concert Series at Blakeney Grab your family and friends and join us for a summer night of great entertainment. Enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Acoustic, Blues and R&B every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – 10pm! For more info click here
35. Gallery Patone 287 Pantone 278 is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2009 by Marc Gustafson. Marc opened his gallery out of a desire to engage people in the appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art and his sense for the need to encourage emerging artists to develop lasting relationships with seasoned and nascent collectors. Located at 1710 Camden Charlotte, NC 28203 10am to 5:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday For more info click here
36. NoDa NoDa is now the home to the City’s best collection of galleries and performance venues; some of the funkiest full service restaurants including authentic Cajun cooking, Southwest cuisine, a Creative pizza eatery and more! Noda is located at the North Davidson Street at 36th Street just two miles North of Uptown Charlotte. Click here for more info.
37. The Light Factory The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. The Light Factory specializes in exhibiting independent film and nurturing emerging video-based storytelling. The Light Factory is located inside Spirit Square at the intersection of N. College and E. Seventh Streets in Center City Charlotte. 345 North College St. Charlotte, NC 28202 Hours: Monday through Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 704-333-9755 , or click here to visit the site.
38. Historic Latta Plantation Today, Historic Latta Plantation is still operated by Latta Place, Inc. In addition to daily tours, Latta offers 35 special events each year, five themed summer day camps, home school programs, workshops, educational field trips, and daily tours year-round. The 12,000 school children that visit the site annually are able to participate in unique interactive historical programming, visit rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock, see the process of growing short-staple cotton first hand, visit our honeybee exhibit, and much more! Click here for more info.
39. Ada Jenkins Center Volunteer! Unforeseen circumstances can place people of all walks of life at risk. The Ada Jenkins Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in crisis. Through partnership, collaborations, and volunteer mobilization, the center has grown rapidly to become a well-respected model for community centers in the region. Helping someone else is a personally fulfilling way to make a difference. Volunteer your time, it’s free and well worth the effort. For more info click here
40. Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve is a 188-acre urban forest, located in north central Mecklenburg County only four miles from center city Charlotte. The preserve protects a diversity of forest and wetland habitats, including one of the oldest American beech tree groves in the region. (4601 Nevin Rd Charlotte, NC 28269)