By Eric Cutchin
Celebrate your Nerdpendence this month with these slightly nerdy but extraordinary events.
Friday July 1 from 8:15-9:45 pm at Symphony Park – Tickets: $16
This very special patriotic Summer Pops series finale includes “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Services Salute,” “Liberty Fanfare,” and much more. The concert is followed by celebratory fireworks.
July 3 – 5 at Abari Game Bar. All machines just 25 cents
To celebrate this great nation Abari will be making ALL machines just 25 cents to play and they’re opening at 12 PM on Monday. There will be excellent drink specials and grilled foods for all lovely guests. Nothing says America like burgers, beers, and video games!
Enjoy a full day of celebrating our Independence with a street party, live music, baseball, and fireworks. The street party features food trucks, live entertainment, kids activities, and free American flags. You can take in America’s pastime as the Charlotte Knights take on the Pawtucket Red Sox at 6:05 pm. Once the game is over, prepare for the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. They can be viewed from the stadium or Romare Bearden Park.
July 5 -10 at Belk Theater. Tickets: $30-$110
Dorothy and her friends bring Oz to town for a week of performances. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all your favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Grab your family and follow the yellow brick road to see the Wizard.
July 8-9 at 7:45 (Movies begin 8:45pm) at The Square at Spirit Square. Free
The new Movie Nights in the Square, presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts, kicks off with two movies dedicated to the world of hip hop. On July 8 they will present Beat Street and Step Up on July 9. There will be free popcorn and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their on lawn chairs. Both movies will be preceded by a Lip Sync Battle hosted by With These Handz DJ Academy.
July 12 starting at 8 pm at Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets: $22-$25
After 30 years of touring, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen it before. Surrounded by 50,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd’s musical legacy continues as the band’s music captures the imagination and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects. Colorful lasers and lighting effects parallel the sonic journey during the nearly 2 ½ hour show. This year’s show celebrates the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon and will include the cult classic synchronization of Dark Side with Wizard of Oz.
July 15 -17 from 10am to 5pm at The Westin Charlotte. Tickets: $25-$35
Hoshicon is a three-day Japanese culture, animation, and video game event located at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte. A wide range of events caters to this cultural event including shopping, panels, a game room, cosplay contest, and much more.
July 15 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Discovery Place. Tickets: $10-$17
Avast ye mateys, it’s time to set sail for another night of discovering science while drinking. This month’s SOTR features a rum runner obstacle course, catapult beer pong, live jellyfish encounter, costume contest and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Carolina Mermaids.
July 15-16 at 7:45 (Movies begin at 8:45pm) at The Square at Spirit Square Free
The second installment of the new Movie Nights in the Square features a double dose of movie musicals. Hopefully the skies will be clear on July 15th for Singin’ in the Rain and The Royal Wedding on July 16.
July 18 starting at 7:05 pm at BB&T Ballpark. Tickets: $8-$50
It’s Festivus for the rest of us in July. Join the Charlotte Knights for a night dedicated to the classic Seinfeld holiday. The players will demonstrate their feats of strength while you air your grievances with the umpires. The Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) will be on hand for a meet and greet and signing autographs. But make sure you follow the rules or there will be “No soup for you!”
July 23 from 9:30 am to 5pm. Watch party starts at 1 pm at Savona Mill/Blue Blaze Brewing. Free to watch $25 to race
Drones aren’t just for taking huge group selfies or annoying your neighbors. Drone racing is a fast-growing spectator sport. Watch as the East Coast’s best FPV pilots compete head-to-head for one of two tickets to the IDRA National Race. The race takes place at Savona Mill and you can cheer on your favorite pilot next door at Blue Blaze Brewing.
July 23 at 6 pm and Adult Only at 9 pm at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation. Tickets: $15-$40
Bloom is the brainchild of performing duo Satarah. It is a community event showcasing performers of dance, aerial arts, and fire. The 4th annual show entitled Transformations will take you on a journey from Life to Death and Rebirth. Performers from around the country will bring you their passion using movement on the ground, in the air and through the flames. This immersive experience will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, allowing you to delve into the deepest caverns of your consciousness to create a connection with your power, sadness, fear and intense joy. The early 6pm show is family friendly and will feature flow arts (hooping, flow staff, etc) instead of fire. The adults only 9pm show will include fire artists who will set your senses aflame throughout the night.
July 30 starting at 1 pm at Wells Fargo Plaza. Free
National Dance Day is a grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move. Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance, created this annual event to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance. Blumenthal Performing Arts will join hundreds of other organizations across the country in hosting an array of participatory dance activities. This free event is open to people of all ages and no prior dance experience is necessary for participation. Put on your dancing shoes and move your body.
July 30 from Bank of America Stadium. Tickets: $34-$325
International soccer comes to the Queen City as 25-time German champions FC Bayern Munich take on 18-time Italian champions F.C. Internazionale Milano. With over 400 million supporters worldwide, FC Bayern is one of the strongest brands in global sports. Three time winners of the European Cup/Champions League, the Nerazzurri are the only Italian team never to have been relegated from the top flight and among the few sides in the world to have done the treble (domestic league and cup plus the Champions League). The pitch should be electric for this high-profile match.