Summer is here! With summer comes lots of cookouts, pool outings and events to attend. June is a month full of outdoor and indoor activities and events perfect for couples, friends and for the whole family. Here is a rundown of some of the events we can’t wait to attend this month.

There’s plenty of food, drink and of fun to be had at Taste of Charlotte! Image: Taste of Charlotte

June 1, 2018: #WalkCLT 2018 Powered by OrthoCarolina

For the third year, #WalkCLT will take place to raise awareness around walking as a great mode of transportation, as well as the many social, environmental and economic benefits of walking. The event will take place in the FreeMoreWest area from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is free! eventbrite.com

June 1, 2018: Platinum Gala Benefitting Time Out Youth

Time Out Youth, which supports LGBTQ youth in the region, throws its annual gala featuring food, one drink ticket per person, a silent auction, dancing and entertainment. The event is at Le Meridien from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and tickets start at $100. eventbrite.com

June 1, 2018: Best of the Best Awards Party presented by Charlotte Magazine

Known as the BOB Awards, this annual event turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, Charlotte Magazine is hosting a Roaring ‘20s-themed awards party. Attendees are encouraged to dress in ‘20s attire and will enjoy food from the 10 restaurants on this year’s award winner list. The fun will take place at The Fillmore starting at 7 p.m. charlottemagazine.com

June 2, 2018: 2018 Keep Pounding 5K

Run for a good cause and maybe see a Panther in the process. The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. at Levine Cancer Institute and proceed up Morehead Street toward the stadium. Participants will get the chance to run through the North Gate Entrance and up the ramps to the 500 level with the route eventually ending at the Panthers Practice Field. Proceeds will go to the Keep Pounding Fund, which supports cancer research efforts throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Registration is $30. carolinashealthcarefoundation.org

June 2, 2018: Dudeapalooza

The annual “pop-up market for dudes” is the perfect place to shop for the men in your life, especially for Father’s Day gifts. The market takes place at C3 Lab from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have small businesses, food and fun! wilsonrocks.wixsite.com

June 2, 2018: Blue Blaze Second Anniversary

Blue Blaze Brewing is celebrating 2 years of providing Charlotte and surrounding communities with fresh, local craft beer. Attendees can expect special beer releases for the occasion, food trucks, music and other activities from noon to 10 p.m. This event is free to attend! facebook.com

June 3, 2018: We’ve Got the Jazz Festival

Join the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and CLTure at the Bechtler for their second annual We’ve Got the Jazz Festival. This family friendly event runs from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature live music on two stages, art activities, local vendors, food trucks, games and a cash bar. The Bechtler galleries will also be open. Tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. bechtler.org

June 7, 2018: A Night at the Museum Presented by the Urban Farm at Aldersgate

A Night at the Museum (the Charlotte History Museum) will feature cuisine prepared by six chefs from popular Charlotte restaurants Heirloom, The Yolk, Project 658, Yafo, 5 Church and Fern. There will also be drinks from Dover Vineyard, Shelton Vineyard and Resident Culture Brewing Company and a specialty beverage prepared by mixologist Bob Peters. Proceeds benefit The Urban Farm at Aldersgate, a non-profit collaboration to address food insecurity in east Charlotte and beyond. Tickets are $125 and the event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. carolinafarmtrust.org

June 8-10, 2018: Taste of Charlotte

Taste of Charlotte is a 3-day festival featuring over 100 samples from area restaurants, live music and entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and so much more! Admission is free, but you will need to purchase tokens to use for food samples, beverages and activities for kids. For more information about all of the participating restaurants and vendors and to view the schedule for the weekend, visit tasteofcharlotte.com.

June 9, 2018: Summer Yoga Fest

NC Yoga Bar and OrthoCarolina have joined forces to present Summer Yoga Fest at Symphony Park in SouthPark. They will host two free classes on the lawn – an all levels flow class and a gentle flow class. Attendees can take one or both classes to start their Saturday off right. For more information, visit their event page. facebook.com

June 10, 2018:  The Duke Mansion Home & Garden Tour

Learn about the history of the Duke Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, while walking the 4.5 acres of gardens and sipping your favorite drink. The event starts at 1 p.m. and the Twilight Tour on Sunday evening will feature a cash bar, music and small bites from Duke Mansion Chef Harrison Booth. There is free valet parking on site. All tours are free but require an RSVP as they fill up quickly. eventbrite.com

June 13, 2018: Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour

Get a unique perspective into American politics and hear Vice President Joe Biden discuss the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $25. blumenthalarts.org

June 14, 2018: Smoke + Spice Dinner

Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke and Chef Shai Fargian of YAFO Kitchen are teaming up for a Smoke + Spice dinner at Stoke on June 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This collaborative dinner will feature a six-course menu marrying local ingredients with the flavors of the Mediterranean. Tickets are $75 for the dinner or $90 with a pairing of NC and Mediterranean wines. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and securing local food systems. eventbrite.com

June 15-17, 2018: Heroes Convention

Celebrating its 36th Anniversary, Heroes Convention will feature over 600 artists and creators from across the comic-book industry, as well as over 200 comic book, toy, apparel and collectible dealers. This event is family friendly and kids 12 and under get in for free. One-day passes start at $20. For more information, visit heroesonline.com.

June 16, 2018: Paper Dreams: an Eco-Couture Fashion Show Fundraiser

If fashion is you passion, head to the Bechtler Museum of Modern art for the eco-friendly fashion show, “Paper Dreams” presented by Opera Recycles. The show, taking place on June 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature couture gowns designed by local artists using recycled Opera Carolina marketing materials. Tickets start at $50. eventbrite.com

June 16, 2018: Beer Camp with Sierra Nevada

Need a getaway from Charlotte? Sierra Nevada Beer Camp returns to Mills River, North Carolina (about two hours from Charlotte), and it is unlike any camp you’ve ever attended. From noon to 5 p.m., there will be games, a ropes course, keg bowling, Hammer-Schlagen®, a climbing wall, a Strider pump course and more. Enjoy full-sized pours of your favorite Sierra Nevada beers and special collaboration beers created just for Beer Camp. Tickets are $25. sierranevada.com

June 17, 2018: Summer Pops: Music of John Williams

Celebrate Father’s Day with Charlotte Symphony and the sounds of all of your favorite John Williams movie scores, including Jurassic Park, E.T., Superman, Star Wars and more at Symphony Park! The show starts at 8:15 p.m. and tickets are just $11. carolinatix.org

June 19, 2018: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case

Enjoy a night singing under the stars with two brilliant American singer-songwriters, Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case. The concert is at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater and tickets start at $39.50. concerts1.livenation.com

June 21, 2018: Gantt After Dark: Black Music Month Edition

This month’s at Gantt After Dark, come out and dance with 5th and York as they headline June’s Black Music Month edition! Enjoy classic favorites and more with a special line up of artists from the Queen City. Guests will enjoy a broad range of entertainment, artistic expression, light fare and drinks. Tickets are free, so claim yours now. ganttcenter.org

June 23, 2018: Margarita Wars presented by Creative Loafing

Hydrate ahead of time to prepare for this event as Charlotte bartenders battle it out to concoct the best margarita in the city. Attendees get to judge the drinks and vote on the best and most creative margaritas. General admission tickets are available for $20 and include margarita samplings from participating vendors. VIP Admission is $80 and includes one hour early admission, featured small batch margarita samples, two food tickets for the taco and salsa bar, plus margarita sampling all day! eventbrite.com

June 22, 2018: Back to the Future: Movie in Concert

Get ready to experience this unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen or heard it before. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform Alan Silvestri’s musical score from the movie live and in sync with the movie, which will be projected in high definition. The event beings at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $19. blumenthalarts.org

June 28, 2018: Charlotte AMA presents Market Charlotte

Join the Charlotte American Marketing Association (AMA) for this year’s Market Charlotte event featuring Allen Gannett, the CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics service whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot and GE, and author of “The Creative Curve.” Attendees will receive a copy of Allen’s book, parking, and food and beverages. Tickets start at $35 and the event happens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AvidXchange. eventbrite.com

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