What are the things to do this weekend in Charlotte?

Courtesy of Tipsy Taco

Friday

Celebrate Pride Month at Drag Me To Dinner, Rock Hill’s only drag dinner, held the second Friday of every month. During Pride Month, a portion of the proceeds from his June show will be donated to Rock Hill Pride. The ticket includes entrance and dinner prepared by Kre8 Xperiences and Kounter of Rock Hill. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets: $25. Online purchase. The Hide-A-Way, 405 E. Baskins Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730. https://bit.ly/394d7xW

Attend the Charlotte Symphony’s annual performance at Matthews. Bring your own blankets or chairs and enjoy a Boba Tea bar, craft beers from Seaboard Brewing, and goodies from Sweet & Cozy Bakery. 7-10 p.m. Prelude at 7:15 p.m. Symphony at 8:30 p.m. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105. https://bit.ly/3NY3OOQ

Saturday

Cheer on home team Charlotte FC as the team take on the New York Red Bulls. 3 p.m. Tickets: starting at $31. Online purchase. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28202. https://bit.ly/3zkJvH3

Discover local cuisine from black-owned restaurants and food artists at the EatBlkCharlotte Food & Culture Festival. The family-friendly event will feature food trucks, vendors, live music and more, and is part of Eat Black Charlotte Week, a week of pre-fixed lunch and dinner menus from restaurants owned by Charlotte area Blacks, available through Sunday, June 12. 12pm-4pm Free. Online purchase. 835 Gesco St. Charlotte, North Carolina 28208. https://bit.ly/3zlCeGW

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Eat Black Charlotte Week includes the Eat Black Charlotte Food & Culture Festival on June 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Lower Tuck. Eat black charlotte

Dance while raising awareness and funds for a great cause at beloved radio host’s Matt & Ramona Show on MIX 107.9 FM, Ramona Holloway’s #ENDALZ Family Dance Party. The event will include LA Productions’ DJ Arroe Collins, games, food and a dance contest with a top prize of $500. Tickets: $10. Online purchase. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. Charlotte, NC 28211. https://bit.ly/3Q38vZp

Enjoy an action-packed day by the lake at the Smithfield® Hot Grill Summer Cookout and Movie event. The brand partners with local chefs and owners of What The Fries, Gregory Williams and Jamie Barnes, to create original dishes using Smithfield® products, including Smithfield Gold Finger Spareribs, Smithfield Spicy Strawberry Vinegar Pulled Pork BBQ Fries , and more. After the sun goes down, head to the amphitheater in nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Park for an outdoor screening of the classic film The Goonies from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and enjoy outdoor games as well as a range free snack options. offered during the film, including popcorn sprinkled with Smithfield Maple Thick Cut bacon and candied bacon. Kitchen: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Film screening: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Free. Lake Norman State Park Picnic Ground, 759 State Park Rd. Troutman, NC 28166. Martin Luther King Jr. Amphitheater, 911 Lakewood Dr., Statesville, NC 28677 https://bit. ly/3mn1apN

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Jamie Barnes, left, and Gregory Williams are chefs and co-owners of What The Fries. Alex Cason Photography CharlotteFive

Sunday

Hear live swing tunes from the big band era during the 2022 opener of the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series. Free. 8:15-9:30 p.m. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. https://bit.ly/3MhSM5L

Monday

Take your kids of all ages to Cotton Bean Goat Farm for a kid cuddle session. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets: $18. Online purchase. 29631 Herrin Grove Rd. Mount Pleasant, NC 28124. https://bit.ly/3mhjPnd

Forget cooking and cleaning and enjoy affordable home cooking including chicken and dumplings, veal parmesan, manicotti and more at Charlotte’s Classic Eats favorite Tatsis restaurant, a family restaurant that has been serving Charlotteans for over 60 years . Tatsis Restaurant, 2328 N. Graham St., Charlotte, NC 28206. https://bit.ly/3GWOn7f

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Brothers Danny and Peter Yiottis of Tatsis. Alex Casson CharlotteFive

Tuesday

Get crafty with the whole family during a Creative Clay workshop hosted in partnership with Clayworks and the ASCs Culture Blocks program. Learn how to create your own work of clay art from a Clayworks Projects teacher-artist who will be taken to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being sent back to be picked up at Waymer Recreation. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. David B. Waymer Recreation Center, 14008 Holbrooks Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078. https://bit.ly/3th6mPY

Wednesday

Enjoy an intimate performance of legendary Queen tunes in a candlelit setting while enjoying beverages available for purchase from the Triple C Brewing Company. 7-8 p.m. $40. Online purchase. The Barrel Room, 2832 Griffith St., Charlotte, NC 28203. https://bit.ly/3zkXqwN

Check out our review of the winner of our Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donuts, Yummm Donuts. Then you’ll definitely want to visit them to try one of their winning cakes or yeast donuts available in flavors like Oreo, Fruity Pebbles and more. 2516 E. Franklin Blvd Ste. 9, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056. https://bit.ly/3xh7DrH

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An assortment of donuts from Yummm Donut at Gastonia. Melissa Oyler CharlotteFive

Thursday

Test your knowledge of the beloved early TV show, The Office, at Tipsy Taco’s themed quiz night hosted by Carolina DJs. The event includes $5 margaritas and frozen drinks, $2 Mexican draft beer, and three rounds of quizzes with prizes such as a Tipsy Taco loot bag ($50 value) for all three. first place winners and gift cards for the three second place winners. Free. 6-8 p.m. Tipsy Taco, 7708 Rea Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277. https://bit.ly/3tgE9bW

Solidify your summer travel plans by checking out our readers’ picks for the best beaches in the Carolinas. https://bit.ly/3mvlYvj

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A summer’s day at North Litchfield Beach. Melissa Oyler CharlotteFive

Mark your calendar

Map your selections for Untappd. The June 18 festival offers unlimited beer samples from over 300 choices from 100 of the social networking platform’s top-rated breweries, including some of your local favorites. Live music and souvenir mugs are included. Session 1 VIP entry begins at 11:00 a.m., doors open for general admission at 12:00 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. Session 2 VIP entry begins at 5:30 p.m., admission general starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends for the night at 10 p.m. General admission is $60, while VIP entry is $150. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218-1238 Armory Drive. https://bit.ly/354E16K

BayHaven Food & Wine Festival will kick off ticket sales for its 2022 festival, as well as celebrate June 19 and Father’s Day, with a June 19 launch carnival. Enjoy food and drink available for purchase from black-owned food trucks and vendors, as well as attractions and activities including a petting zoo, Ferris wheel and more. The ticket price covers admission only. $12 for adults; Free for children 12 and under. Camp North End, 300 Camp Road, Charlotte, NC 28206.

Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural Queen City Jam Sessions, a multi-day music festival August 19-21 presented by MaxxMusic and NoDa Brewing Company. Check out Greensky Bluegrass, Oteil and Friends, and Infamous Stringdusters and more at NoDa Brewing. A three-day general admission pass is $189. VIP passes cost $299 and include express entry, premium seating, two beers a day, and access to the private bar. Admission is free for children under 7 years old. Buy your tickets online. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3ENznYk

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