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July starts out with a bang, full of American events made to bring out your patriotic side. But don’t plan on staying in the house after July 4th has passed; the rest of the month has many more opportunities for summer fun. Here are 13 Charlotte events going on in July that we think you’ll find just explosive.

Don’t miss out on all the firework displays this month has to offer. Image: Charlotte Symphony

Through July 21, 2017: Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show at Mint Uptown

Charlotte, get excited for Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show, hosted by the Young Affiliates of the Mint at Mint Uptown. In recent years, we have seen a lot of change and Gendered came about to create an inclusive arts forum for gender and its common intersectionalities with race, class, sexuality and identity. The show runs through July 21st. For more information, click here.

July 1, 2017: Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops: Celebrate America!

July certainly is not lacking in patriotic events, and the Charlotte Symphony is not about to skip out on this trend. The Symphony’s summer concert series closes out with a bang with Celebrate America! Starting at 7 p.m and ending with a spectacular fireworks display, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly spectacle. For more information, click here.

July 1, 2017: Red, White and Brews Epic Bar Crawl

Join in on the fun for one jam-packed evening of great brews with 10 bars, free cover and unbeatable drink specials. Participating bars include Blackfinn, Whisky River, Strike City, Rooftop 210, Vida Vida, Suite, Bubble, How at the Moon, Tin Roof and Lucky’s Bar Arcade. Registration is $10 and the crawl begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. at Rooftop210. For more information, click here.

July 3, 2017: Red, White & Blue Blaze at Blue Blaze Brewing

Join Blue Blaze Brewing on Monday, July 3rd for a Red, White and Blue Blaze celebration. Throughout the day, enjoy live music and entertainment by local Charlotte musicians. Since celebrating is sure to make you thirsty, Blue Blaze is offering $2 off pitchers all day long! It isn’t a proper Red, White and Blue celebration without grilling, so they are firing up the grill and cooking free gourmet hot dogs for customers from noon to 5 p.m. … or while they last! The fun kicks off at noon on Monday. For more information, click here.

July 3 & 4, 2017: U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 4th of July Celebration

The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 4th of July Festival is a two-day celebration perfect for the adventurous spirit. This event features outdoor adventures, yoga, live music and spectacular firework displays. The Belmont Abbey Island stage hosts musical performances that will take place in the afternoon and evening on both days, followed by stunning firework displays over the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Pack your blanket or chairs, scope out a great viewing spot and relax and enjoy the show after a long, eventful day. For more information, click here.

July 5-9, 2017: Blumenthal Performing Arts presents Jersey Boys

Oh what a night! You don’t have to go back to December 1963 to experience the tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ live and unlike you’ve ever heard them. Blumenthal Performing Arts brings Broadway to Charlotte with Jersey Boys, a musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons and the story of their rise to fame and hit record making. This show is just too good to be true! Tickets start at $25. For more information, click here.

July 6, 2017: Vans Warped Tour 2017

The traveling summer rock festival, Vans Warped Tour, makes its stop in Charlotte. Since its inception in 1995, this all-ages tour is iconic for its longevity and number of locations (40!) throughout the nation. Featuring music from genres of rock, punk rock, pop, metalcore, electronic, hip hop and ska, this festival has something for the rocker in all of us. Bands featured include Attila, CKY, Hawthorne Heights, Never Shout Never, Dance Gavin Dance, Watsky and 60 more. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tour takes place at the PNC Music Pavilion. For more information, click here.

July 7, 2017: South End Gallery Crawl

With every first Friday of the month comes the Gallery Crawl at South End, the largest concentration of art galleries in Charlotte. Spend your Friday night exploring new rotating galleries and supporting the local arts scene. Whether you like oil paintings, mosaics or clay sculptures, South End has it all. For more information, click here.

July 15, 2017: Art in the Park in Downtown Blowing Rock

Founded in 1962 by local artists and craftsmen, the Art in the Park in Downtown Blowing Rock showcases local talent in a fun environment. Ninety artists are featured, including works of pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry and wood works. This event is held one Saturday every month from May to October, so if you can’t make it to July’s date, mark your calendar for next month’s event on August 12th! For more information, click here.

July 16, 2017: Charlotte French Culture Festival

For a day, Nevin Park gets transformed into a Parisian paradise for an afternoon of French culture and celebration. Discover French wine and pastries (and of course crepes!), play at the pétanque tournament, get absorbed in live music and entertainment, take a stroll at the French style market and enjoy almost any other activity your Francophile heart could desire at this festival. Tickets are only $5 for adults and free for kids under 3 years. For more information, click here.

July 23, 2017: Beyond The Fountain: Home and Garden Tour at the Duke Mansion

For scenic gardens, rich history, Charlotte culture and more, make sure to attend the 3rd annual Open House at the Duke Mansion. Enjoy a free tour of the inside of this historic landmark home, as well as the 4.5 acres of newly restored and renovated gardens. These tours require an RSVP, so make sure to sign up for these slots as soon as possible. For more information, click here.

July 26, 2017: Bluegrass Brunch at Rí Rá

July 26th kicks off the weekly Bluegrass Brunch series at Rí Rá. Come enjoy a Southern-style brunch and Bloody Mary bar all while listening to a fun live bluegrass band. While walk-ins are allowed, reservations are suggested. For more information, click here.

July 29, 2017: Many Faces of Chocolate Exhibit and Reception

Join The Secret Chocolatier for the debut of its “Many Faces of Chocolate” exhibit. The chocolate shop’s storefront will be transformed into a chocolate art gallery, featuring approximately 20 handmade, pure chocolate sculptures ranging from an assortment of masks, a coral reef and an abstract broken clock, to other chocolate art creations by Chef Bill Dietz and his chocolatier team. There is no cost to attend the reception, which will include refreshments and chocolate sculpting demos with Chef Bill and his chocolate artistry team. For more information, click here.

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