Along with lots of sunshine, summer in the Queen City can be exciting and full of fun that’ll keep you moving. Whether you want to sample local cuisine at a street fair, enter into a trail race or an afternoon walk through a beautiful garden, there’s something for everyone. So get out and explore with these Active Summer Events Around Charlotte.

Brew Dash 6K and 12K

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center – 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

What: “Trail racing with a hoppy finish. Choose from two distances; the 6-pack distance (6K) for those who prefer brews over running, or the 12-pack distance (12K) for those who prefer running over brews. After the race, enjoy four 4 oz. samples of small-batch craft beer from Sycamore Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Amor Artis Brewing, and New Sarum Brewing brewed exclusively for Brew Dash participants over the age of 21.” .One of the most popular events around Charlotte.

How Much: Pre-Registration – (Must register by June 13) $37 – 6K, $42 – 12K; Race-Day Registration – (if available) $40 – 6K, $45 – 12K


Visit Crowders Mountain State Park

When: 7 days a week, 7am-9pm from May to September


Park office and Sparrow Springs access – 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Linwood access – 4611 Linwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28086

Boulders access – 108 Van Dyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

What: Enjoy hiking the trails (difficulty levels from easy to strenuous) with some offering gorgeous views of the Charlotte skyline on a clear day, canoeing/kayaking, and fishing on the 9-acre lake, orienteering on two different trails, rock climbing, bouldering, picnicking and backpack or group camping. So grab some family and friends (including the furry kind) and explore this or other local state parks.

How Much: There is a variety of pricing depending on the activity or length of stay. Find out more at


Discover the Secret Gardens of the City

Where: McGill Rose Garden in NoDa or the gardens at The Duke Mansion and Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary in Myers Park.

What: Plan a lovely stroll through some of the most beautiful areas of Charlotte.

4th of July Celebration at USNWC

When: July 3 & 4, 2019 starting at 9am

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center – 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

What: “A summer classic, Whitewater’s two-day Fourth of July Celebration is back for its ninth year and will once again provide plenty of opportunities to get outside and active over the holidays. In addition to the typical pass activities and tour options, the festival will also feature live music, various yoga practices, Battle Royale SUP Sprint, and two days of booming firework shows overlooking the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.”

How Much: As with all of Whitewater’s Festivals, the Fourth of July Celebration events around Charlotte is free to attend, open to the public, and does not require tickets.


Summer Stream Stomp

When: July 7, 2019; 2:30pm – 4pm

Where: McDowell Nature Preserve – 15222 South York Road, Charlotte, NC  28278

What: Splashing around searching for macro-invertebrates is a great way to explore the biodiversity of a stream AND cool off during the hot summer days. Discover all the tiny creatures that make the stream their home, while experience the refreshing cool waters of your stream. Pre-registration required (for all participants, adult and child alike).

How Much: N/A


Take a Paddleboat Ride

When: Summer Hours (Apr to Sep)- Mon – Fri  6 PM – 9 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 9 PM

Where: Dave’s Paddle Boats At University Place – WT Harris Blvd and Hwy 29, Charlotte

What: Rent a paddleboat from Dave’s Paddle Boats at The Shoppes at University Place. The boats fit up to four people, so bring your family or friends.

How Much: $15.00 per Boat for 30-Minute Ride; Group Rate Information available upon request.


Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly

When: Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2019

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center – 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

What: “Grab your head lamp and get ready to hit the trails under the stars. The Tread Nightly Trail Half Marathon and 4 Miler takes place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, offering runners two distance options for this one-of-a-kind night race. Looking to run, sleep, and run again? Camp out with us, then rise with the sun for the Tread Brightly Half Marathon and 4 Miler the next morning. The morning edition offers both distances available the night before. Treadmeister Awards as well as Half Marathon Series points are up for grabs throughout each race.”

How Much: Pre-registration – Must register by August 21

    • $32 – 4 Miler distance
    • $55 – Half Marathon distance
    • $64 – 4 Miler and 4 Miler and Camping
    • $87 – Half and 4 Miler and Camping
    • $110 – Half and Half and Camping

Race day registration – if available

    • $37 – 4 Miler distance
    • $60 – Half Marathon distance
    • Camping not available for race day registration


Summertime Events around Charlotte has so much to offer! If you don’t see something that peaks your interest, a simple internet search can find an event or activity that you’ll be sure to love.

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