Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun!

Make those Bucket Lists with help from Atrium Health Levine Children’s

By Atrium Health Levine Children’s June 15, 2023

Summer in the Queen City does NOT disappoint - from street festivals to baseball games, fun can be had all over town. Thanks to our friends at Atrium Health Levine Children’s, we’re rounding up all the summer fun from lake to lake and Charlotte to Rock Hill so that you and your family can spend time together having good, healthy fun! Please check ahead before you head out to ensure that activities are running as scheduled. We do our best to keep this guide updated, but there are things outside our control that sometimes interfere with fun!


North Carolina:


Taste of Charlotte
Tryon Street (Trade to Brooklyn Village Way); Uptown Charlotte
June 9 - 11, 2023
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas

House of Africa, 1215 Thomas Avenue, in Plaza Midwood
June 15 - 18, 2023
Please check website for specific event times

Indian Trail Juneteenth Festival
Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail
June 16, 2023
6 - 9 p.m.

Town of Waxhaw Juneteenth Celebration
Downtown Waxhaw
June 17, 2023
12 - 4 p.m.

4th of July Celebrations:

Uptown Charlotte/Skyshow
July 4, 2023
Fireworks following Knights Game (starts at 6:35 p.m.)

July 4, 2023
Check back for details

Symphony Park - Summer Pops Celebrates America
4400 Sharon Road
July 2, 2023 8 p.m.
Tickets required; $18 adults in advance, $25 at the gate; children ages 13-17 $5 in advance, $7 at the gate; children 12 and under are free but do require a ticket

US National Whitewater Center
July 3 - 4, 2023

City of Monroe
Belk Tonawanda Park
July 4, 2023 (fireworks at 9 p.m.)
Check back for details

Town of Indian Trail 4th of July Parade
Downtown Indian Trail
July 4, 2023
Details Coming


Town of Indian Trail National Night Out
Multiple locations
August 1, 2023
6 - 9 p.m.

Town of Waxhaw National Night Out
Downtown Waxhaw
August 1, 2023
6 - 9 p.m.

Town of Waxhaw Back to School Bash
Downtown Waxhaw
August 12, 2023
Check back for details

Charlotte Pride Festival
Uptown Charlotte (parade route available online)
August 19-20, 2023 (parade is Aug 20)
All Day

Matthews Alive Festival
Downtown Matthews, Stumptown Park
September 1-4, 2023
Most activities are pay-to-play (food and games) but attendance is FREE

South Carolina:


Rock Hill Juneteenth Festival
Downtown Rock Hill, Fountain Park
June 16-17, 2023

Rock Hill Pride Festival
Downtown Rock Hill
June 24, 2023
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

4th of July Celebrations:

Tega Cay
Windjammer Park
July 4th, 2023
Check back for details

Rock Hill’s Red White and Boom
Downtown Rock Hill; Fountain Park
July 3, 2023, 5 - 10 p.m.

Baxter Village Fourth of July
Check back for details

Historic Brattonsville
Check back for details

Van Wyck/Indian Land
July 4, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Non-4th July Events:

Pageland Watermelon Festival
Downtown Pageland
July 14-15, 2023


Downtown York
August 26, 2023
More information coming soon

Local Fun:

  • Baseball games 

Take the family out to a ball game! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the boys of summer. Catch the Charlotte Knights, The Gastonia Honey Hunters, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers or the Hickory Crawdads for an afternoon or evening game.

  • Soccer games 

Don’t miss a chance to see Charlotte FC in action! MLS games are a real treat to see. The players interact with the fans before and after the games. Protip: Grab a seat behind the goal. Families, please note that although this typically is the liveliest section, adult beverages are typically sprayed after each goal. It is part of the fun to be with fans, there are lots of families in the section, the cheers and the singing make these the best seats. 

You can also go watch Charlotte Independence, their games are super family-friendly, there are regular theme games with giveaways and halftime fun.

  • Kids Bowl Free
  • Summer Movies 
  • Local theater shows 
    • Children's Theatre of Charlotte has a full lineup through June and shows resume again in August. 
    • Belk Theater: Annie and Bluey will be in town this summer 


There is no shortage of places to see live music or a free movie in the summer. You can catch outdoor music at the following locations: 

South Charlotte

Blakeney Summer Concert Series
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
Details forthcoming

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
7800 Rea Road
Details forthcoming

Music at Promenade on Providence
10844 Providence Road
Details forthcoming 

Party at the Park at Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Last Sunday of month 1-5 PM

Music at the Met
Thursdays from April 20- October 5th
1111 Metropolitan Avenue, Charlotte

Matthews Beats ‘n Bites
The last Friday of the month, from April through September 5-9 PM
Stumptown Park

Mint Hill Family Fun Nights
July 15th, September 16th 6:30 p.m.
Mint Hill Veterans Park

Live at 11 in Ballantyne's Backyard
First Friday of each Month (July, August, September)
6 - 9 PM
$10 entry
11611 North Community House Road, Charlotte, North Carolina

South Carolina 

Tega Cay Concert Series
One Saturday a month from April to September
Runde Park and Catawba Park in Tega Cay

Main Street Live
Downtown Rock Hill
Details forthcoming

Music in the Park at Ebenezer Park
June 9th
Ebenezer Park

Anne Springs Close Greenway Summer Concert Series
Anne Springs Close Greenway

Union County 

Downtown Waxhaw’s Jammin’ By the Tracks
Two Fridays every month from June to August 2023
Community Corner, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw

Outdoor Movies

Information is still forthcoming - check back soon!





Charlotte has a ton of great patio options for you and your family to take advantage of great weather. You can find some of our favorites in this article or check out any of those listed below. They all have kid-friendly food and those with an asterisk have an option for a kid-safe play area.


  • Optimist Hall*
  • Mac’s Speed Shop
  • Olde Mecklenburg Brewery*
  • Middle James Brewery*
  • OpenTap*
  • Seoul Food Meat Co.*
  • Piedmont Social
  • Leroy Fox 
  • Improper Pig* 

Fort Mill / Rock Hill / Tega Cay

  • The Office (Indian Land)
  • Emmett’s Social Table (Fort Mill and Waxhaw)
  • Hobo’s (Fort Mill and Rock Hill)*
  • The Pump House (Rock Hill)
  • Farm Haus Butcher (Indian Land)
  • Fish Market (Fort Mill)*
  • Legal Remedy Brewing (Fort Mill)*

Union County

  • Franklin Court Grill (Waxhaw)*
  • Hacienda El  Rey (Indian Trail)
  • Marios Pizza (Indian Trail)*
  • Emmett’s Social Table (Waxhaw)

*please note: those with an asterisk have a safe/safer area for children to play


We have great farmers markets and U-pick farms that are open all summer long; make sure to check the schedules to see what reservations (if any) are needed and what’s in season. 


Fort Mill / Rock Hill Farmers Markets

Fort Mill / Rock Hill U-Pick Farms

Union County Farmers Markets

Union County U-Pick Farms


One thing Charlotte has a ton of is parks and playgrounds - after all, we are called the city of Trees! From Uptown to Rock Hill, we’ve got you covered. Linked below are playgrounds and parks across the Charlotte metro Area:

Our thanks to Atrium Health Levine Children's for sponsoring this guide to ensure you and your family have a fun, healthy summer.  For more information on how to keep your kids healthy and active this summer, always contact your pediatrician with questions. Looking for a pediatrician? Find one here.