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 June 1, 2019
Engage Art Contest
Performing Arts | Film
Date: June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020
The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses. The current contest runs until May 31,
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 February 12, 2020
Congressional Art Competition
Performing Arts | Film
Date: February 12 - April 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The Competition is open for all students who either live, or attend school, in North Carolina’s 12th
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 February 14, 2020
Blues and Soul Hidden Music History Tour
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 am - 2:00 am
Full Description​: Go beyond the country music Nashville is famous for and find out about the city's rich history of blues and soul music on this 1-hour walking tour. Uncover insider facts about a city that never stops singing
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Nashville Black History Walking Tour 
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Full Description​: Trace the footsteps of legendary musicians such as country music star Charley Pride, and the iconic Fisk Jubilee Singers. Combine that with a splash of storytelling about early black life in Nashville. Enjoy
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Secret Network of Women in Civil Rights Tour 
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Full Description​: Regardless of your gender, this ​Nashville walking tour ​is a fun-filled experience uncovering the empowering history and controversies behind the key women of the civil rights movement. You will
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Murals, Music, and Museums Walking Tour 
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Full Description​: By combining the fascinating urban murals, blues music, and community museum, you’ll experience the authentic side of the city. Discover the rhythm and blues heritage of Historic Jefferson Street by
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Capturing Urban Street Art Photo Tour 
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Full Description​: Discover a collection of the most authentic and dynamic murals that locals love but tourists don’t know exist on this street art tour in Nashville. Learn about the history and personalities behind each
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Music City Soul Food Experience 
Education
Date: February 14 - October 31, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Full Description​: Explore the rich culinary tradition of soul food and it’s relevance to American history and identity on this food experience in Nashville. In just 60 minutes, you’ll meet and eat with a United
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 February 17, 2020
Bites, Sites, and Civil Rights Tour 
Education
Date: February 17 - October 31, 2020
Time: 12:00 am
Full Description​: Throughout this Nashville walking tour, you will enjoy sites, local food, and history. You’ll experience the civil rights story and gain an inspiring new perspective of Nashville. Combine that with
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1-Hour Local Food and History Experience 
Education
Date: February 17 - October 31, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Full Description​: Meet and eat with a friendly Nashville guide and fellow foodies in Downtown Nashville on this 1-hour culinary adventure. Head to a traditional style restaurant and enjoy a selection of delicious delicacies
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 March 4, 2020
Nazareth Child & Family Connection Foster Parenting Class
Meetings
Date: March 4 - May 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nazareth Child & Family Connection will offer foster parenting classes beginning Wednesday, March 4 and running for 10 weeks at its office at 165 Mahaley Ave. in Salisbury from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free classes are designed to
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 March 13, 2020
West End Food Truck Friday
Family Fun
Date: March 13 - May 29, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Discover Charlotte's best, new food truck rally that is hosted by West End's first craft brewery, Blue Blaze Brewing, in partnership with Historic West End Partners. Savor local food trucks with a variety of unique, dynamic, and delicious
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 April 7, 2020
Opportunity for Influence - Leadership Breakfast
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
kgrant@smartstartofmeck.org 704.943.9785 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 VIRUS
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 April 10, 2020
Easter at Freedom House
Religious
Date: April 10 - 12, 2020
Easter is coming and we have big plans. We've invited the Easter Bunny, baby chicks, and cute bunnies for you to hold. There will be amazing worship, plenty of photo ops, games, and lots of fun. Go to freedomhouse.cc for more information.
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 April 11, 2020
2020 Queen City Easter Festival
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The 2020 Queen City Easter Festival is full of festivities such as face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors, food and more! There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt and FREE Easter Bunny pictures. 100 Free swag bags will also
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 April 17, 2020
Boom Charlotte Festival
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 17 - 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. We’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses and
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Sense & Sensibility
Performing Arts | Film
Date: April 17 - 26, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Piedmont Theatre presents Sense & Sensibility Halton Theater Sisters Elinor and Marianne find themselves captivated by two very different men in this lively and dynamic adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.
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 April 18, 2020
Patriot Military Family Foundation Casino Night
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 am
Join us for an evening of “Las Vegas” style fun where all proceeds support our local military connected community. Music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a silent auction featuring top of the line trips and
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Hemophilia of North Carolina Family Festival & Walk for Bleeding Disorders
Family Fun
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Hemophilia of North Carolina for the 6th Annual Family Festival & Walk for Bleeding Disorders. Enjoy fun for the whole family including face painting, balloons, a photo booth, music, and more all to support Hemophilia of North
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A Spring Fling Thing
Family Fun
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join Blue Blaze Brewing as we celebrate the change in seasons! Come out with friends (or make new ones!) on Saturday, April 18 from 12pm to 10pm. Complete with Beer Releases, Food Trucks, Makers Market, and Live Music, this day will be
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April Popup Market at Lenny Boy
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Spring has sprung in Charlotte. Come out and shop till you drop from local area vendors and artists at Lenny Boy’s April outside market. The outside area is pet friendly, so bring the pups! 🐾 Vendor Sign up: coming soon.
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April Popup Market at Lenny Boy
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lenny Boy is the place to be on April 18th. Come out and shop til you drop, then go see Billy Joel, who's playing at the Bank of America Stadium later that night. It's going to be a great day to shop till you drop from local area vendors
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Popup Market at Lenny Boy Brewing
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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 April 24, 2020
Augusta Balloon Festival
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 24 - 25, 2020
The festival will have a Kids Zone, with games and rides including trains, bounce house's, mechanical bulls, and bungee jumps! Music for your entertainment from a variety of Artists. 100's of Craft & Retail Vendor Booths with tons of
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 April 25, 2020
8th Annual Bike LUCK Presented by The Charlotte Knights
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: April 25, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
The 8th Annual Bike LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids) Presented by Charlotte Knights is the annual charity bicycle ride for Camp LUCK. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of proceeds raised support Camp LUCK! Back by popular
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26 Acres Spring Popup Market
Festival | Celebration
Date: April 25, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
💜 April showers brings you inside markets!! Come shop from over 20 local artists and vendors at our INDOOR market! 🐾 pet friendly! 🍺 vendor list coming soon Put your money where your heart is, and shop local.
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 April 26, 2020
Pink Sunday
Health
Date: April 26, 2020
Pink Sunday is a free breast health educational event that will take place on Sunday, April 26, 2020. The purpose of Pink Sunday is to educate and promote breast health awareness, early detection and address health disparities among
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 May 2, 2020
Best Buddies Friendship Walk
Family Fun
Date: May 2, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When you walk with us, you can also expect to
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Best Buddies Friendship Walk
Family Fun
Date: May 2, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When you walk with us, you can also expect to
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 May 7, 2020
Jazzin' & Bluzin' With the Seniors
Concert
Date: May 7, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Dapper Street Presents Jazzin' & Bluzin' With the Seniors with the Dapper Street Jazz Band! Jazzin' & Bluzin is an hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a
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 May 9, 2020
Mother's Day Market at High Branch
Festival | Celebration
Date: May 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 am
💐 Spring Time at High Branch! We are counting down the days! 💐 Come grab your last minute Mother’s Day gifts from local artists and vendors! Confirmed Vendors Coming April 2020. Come put your money where your
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Walk to Cure Arthritis Charlotte
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: May 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. We aren't just helping the millions of people with arthritis to live better; we're
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 May 14, 2020
Sandra Ray Invitational Golf Tournament
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: May 14, 2020
Time: 7:15 am - 3:00 pm
Join the David Moore Foundation to hit the links to help end Alzheimer’s at its annual inaugural Sandra Ray Invitational golf tournament. Funds raised will support two of the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina
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 May 16, 2020
2020 Charlotte Memory Gala
Non-Profit | Fundraiser
Date: May 16, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join the Alzheimer's Association for the Fourth Annual Charlotte Memory Gala, a memorable night in the fight against a disease that erases such moments. This elegant affair includes a welcoming reception and silent auction, wine pull,
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 May 20, 2020
Homeschool Dy at the Carolina Raptor Center May 2020
Education
Date: May 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welcome homeschoolers for a day of fun and science at Carolina Raptor Center. Join us for a Meet the Raptors Presentation, where our staff present one of our resident birds on the glove. Walk the Raptor Trail and enjoy our 37 species of
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 May 22, 2020
Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational
Exhibit | Showcase
Date: May 22 - 24, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TKL World Class Cases presents the Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational gathering 33 luthiers from NC, VA, WV, TN, SC, GA and FL to exhibit their stunning, handcrafted, acoustic, string instruments including guitars, mandolins, fiddles,
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 May 23, 2020
Charleston Beer Festival
Festival | Celebration
Date: May 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thousands of beer enthusiasts and newbies alike will enjoy a day of craft beer, live music, and games, all to benefit a great cause. Charleston Beer Fest returns to Riverfront Park in North Charleston Sat. May 23 from 1-7 p.m. featuring
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 May 29, 2020
NoDa Food Truck Friday
Festival | Celebration
Date: May 29, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come one come all to the Noda Food Truck Friday. We will be closing the streets so you can enjoy the free concert, pop up shops, local brews, and food trucks.
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 June 4, 2020
Jazzin' & Bluzin' With the Seniors
Concert
Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Dapper Street Presents Jazzin' & Bluzin' With the Seniors with the Dapper Street Jazz Band! Jazzin' & Bluzin is an hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a
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 June 5, 2020
Taste of Charlotte Festival
Festival | Celebration
Date: June 5 - 7, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
The Taste of Charlotte Festival, June 5-7, 2020, is a 3 day festival featuring over 100 samples from area restaurants along with Live Music and Entertainment, Interactive Children’s Activities, Cooking Demos, Street Performances,
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 June 6, 2020
Race to the Taste 5k and 1-Mile Cupcake Fun Run/Walk
Sports | League
Date: June 6, 2020
Time: 8:45 am - 11:00 am
The Race to the Taste 5K, June 6, 2020, will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in beautiful uptown Charlotte! Runners can participate in the traditional full course 5k or can enjoy a lighter menu of the 1-mile Cupcake
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 June 28, 2020
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Concert
Date: June 28, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit open the 36th season of An Appalachian Summer Festival on Sunday, June 28 at 8pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The summer stop is part of the highly anticipated national tour behind the
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 July 15, 2020
25th Edition of European Biotechnology Conference
Education
Date: July 15 - 16, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Biotechnology 2020 invites all the participants and attendees from all over the world to attend 25th Edition of European Biotechnology Conference during July 15-16, 2020 to be held at London, UK with the Theme: Highlighting Latest
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 July 31, 2020
NoDa Food Truck Friday
Festival | Celebration
Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come one come all to the Noda Food Truck Friday. We will be closing the streets so you can enjoy the free concert, pop up shops, local brews, and food trucks.
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 September 25, 2020
NoDa Food Truck Friday
Festival | Celebration
Date: September 25, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come one come all to the Noda Food Truck Friday. We will be closing the streets so you can enjoy the free concert, pop up shops, local brews, and food trucks.
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Opportunity for Influence - Leadership Breakfast

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