Fun by the Light of the Moon
The sun going down doesn’t mean the end of a day of summer fun in Cabarrus County. Sure, some activities may be more adult-oriented in the evening, but there’s also lots to do with the family.
Downtown Concord is the site of Art Walk, which takes place June 9 and August 11 this summer. Shops and galleries open their doors and artists set up their wares.
“Art Walk features vendors in a variety of mediums: wood, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, photography, stained glass; there’s hand-made dolls, paintings, birdhouses, terrariums and lots more,” Elisabeth Thornton, Cabarrus Arts Council’s public relations director, says. “Typically, we see 300 to 400 walk through The Galleries during Art Walk, except at the November Art Walk, which coincides with the tree lighting in downtown. During our last November Art Walk, 1,238 visitors came through!”
June’s Art Walk will include an artist reception held for the Galleries’ current exhibition: Place Settings. Wyoming artists Connie Norman, Do Palma and Sue Sommers will be present.
Then, in August, the walk will feature artists that were at the first Art Walk in 2007 as well as those who’ve been loyal to the event over the past decade.
Live music and refreshments are part of the event, which also sees artists doing live demonstrations. For more information, visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.
Cabarrus Brewing Company
CBC has been adding a wide variety of events at its McGill Avenue location in Concord.
Live music takes place several times a month, and June is no exception. All artists perform from 7:30 to 10:00pm. On June 2, it’s Kevin Reid Band (modern blues); June 3: The Hazelgroves (blues, rock, jazz, folk); June 9: Elonzo Wesley (indie/folk); and June 10: Redleg Husky (country, bluegrass, and blues).
On Tuesday nights at 6:30, CBC Biceps & Beers gives participants a full-body group exercise
workout using superbands. All fitness levels are invited; no two classes are the same.
Brewasana, CBC’s Yoga Club, conducts classes on Wednesday nights at 6:30. A new instructor – Brandon – brings a different focus and theme each week. Participants should bring a mat, classes last about an hour, and it’s open to all experience and ability levels.
Also on Wednesdays, CBC Trivia Night starts at 7:45pm (arrive by 7:15pm to register a team). KanePunch Comedy’s Patrick & Joel pose three rounds of sports, history and pop culture trivia questions.
CBC Run Club meets on Thursday nights at 6:00 at the brewery. Runners cover three miles, it takes place rain or shine and runners of all abilities are invited.
Visit cabarrusbrewing.com for more information.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
A fun summer event for the whole family is the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. Charlotte Motor Speedway’s front stretch quarter-mile oval is the site of Legends, Bandolero or NASCAR stock car races, as well as school bus races.
Ten rounds of races take place June through July, with Champions Night – including an autograph session and fireworks – taking place on August 1.
On July 25, the Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels race takes place. Children ages 4 to 7 driving battery-operated Barbie Jeeps, little tractors and mini-monster trucks duke it out in a race like no other, competing in a one-lap race on the quarter-mile.
Spectator gates open at 5:00pm. Opening ceremonies take place at 7:00 with feature races scheduled to conclude by about 10:00.
For more information, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit charlottemotorspeedway.com.
City of Kannapolis
Music and movie lovers, unite. Kannapolis has scheduled a summer full of entertainment.
Concerts in the Park is held every other Saturday – on the 3rd, 17th and 30th (Friday) in June. Held at Village Park, 700 West C Street, the concerts last from 7:00 to 10:00pm. June has 38 Special, Confederate Railroad and Charlotte Symphony performing.
Residents may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics/coolers to this free event; concessions will be
available as well as a beer & wine tent. Pets, tobacco, grilling, glass bottles and outside alcohol are prohibited.
Thursdays on Main - Evening Series is held once monthly at Veterans Park, 118 South Main Street.
In June, Jim Quick and Coastline perform from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The same rules and regulations apply to these events as Concerts in the Park.
Movies in the Park takes place every other Saturday night in Village Park, 700 West C Street. The movies typically start at 8:45pm with music and entertainment beforehand. On June 9, Zootopia (PG) is being shown, and on June 23, it’s The Peanuts Movie (PG). Again, same rules and regulations apply, and children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Intimidators are offering some great promotionals this season.
To highlight a few, there’s Craft Beer Sampling Night on June 2. Fans can sample several varieties as well as food from local restaurants prior to the game. A valid ID must be provided.
On June 3, it’s Superhero Night with hero-themed postgame fireworks. It’s also Boy Scout Night & Campout with the Boy Scouts enjoying a post-game campout at the stadium.
On June 17, a Disney vacation will be given away and there will be postgame Disney-themed fireworks.
On July 1 and 3, Independence Day will be celebrated with a patriotic fireworks show after each game.
Visit intimidatorsbaseball.com for more information.
Town of Harrisburg
Join the 200 to 300 people who enjoy Movies in the Park. Taking place on June 2 and August 25 in Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway, the movies are shown on an inflatable screen at sunset. SING will be shown in June and Trolls will be shown in August.
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy free popcorn and children’s
activities before the show. The movies begin at sunset. For more information, contact Shawn Marble at 704-455-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin the Burg Concert Series is being held on the lawn of Harrisburg Town Center, 4100 Main Street, on June 17, July 3-4, August 12, September 9 and October 14. The party lasts from 5:00 to 9:00pm.
This free, family-friendly outdoor concert series features food trucks, a beer & wine garden and interactive art.
At June’s event, a Beer Garden sponsored by Cabarrus Brewing will be open 6:30 to 9:00pm. Rusty Knox will perform from 7:15 to 7:45, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra from 8:00 to 9:00.
So, married or single, with children or not, Cabarrus County has a recreational destination for everyone. It’s also a great way to get to know your neighbors.
Article By: Kim Cassell
Photos Courtesy: Michael A. Anderson Photography, Cabarrus Brewing Co., Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte Symphony, Town of Harrisburg