June 2017 Around Town

Taste of Charlotte

Sip, sample and sup June 9 through 11 in Uptown at the annual Taste of Charlotte. This three day festival features over 100 samples from area restaurants, live music and entertainment, cooking demos, street performances, vendors and kid’s activities. Since 1999, six blocks of Tryon turn into a foodie’s paradise every summer for this family-friendly festival. The best part? Admission is free! Attendees can purchase festival coins for restaurant samples, beverages and kid’s activities at the festival or online. If you feel like burning off a few of those extra calories, sign up for the 4th Annual Race to the Taste 5K on Saturday morning. TasteOfCharlotte.com

GayCharlotte 
Film Festival

Since 2009, the GayCharlotte Film Festival has been an integral event in the local film scene. The four day festival returns June 1 through 4, bringing thousands of artists and viewers together to celebrate the LGBTQ community through film. This year’s event, which takes place at the New Science Center Auditorium at Johnson C. Smith University, will include screenings, audience awards, and panel discussions. To grab your passes and learn more about this year’s featured films, visit CharlotteLGBTFilm.com

Summer Pops

Our favorite summertime tradition returns this month with the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops! This year’s Pops will feature a four-concert series and a Celebrate America! special event. From Hollywood favorites to jazz numbers to patriotic tunes accompanied by fireworks, these concerts are crowd-pleasers. Held at Symphony Park at Southpark Mall each Sunday in June and as well as Saturday, July 1 at 8:15 pm, these concerts send off the heat of summer with pizzaz. Gates open at 5 pm and performance preludes begin at 7 pm. This season will also include hors d’oeuvres 
and beverages, as well as chef-curated picnic baskets, from Reid’s Fine Foods. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CharlotteSymphony.org.

Mann Travels to Host River Cruise Series of Consumer Events

By now, most travelers are familiar with the concept of river cruises. Guests onboard these vessels experience the beauty of the smaller waterways of Europe and Asia in convenience and comfort—with no packing and unpacking. That said, awareness and continued education of the trends within this exciting segment of the travel industry continue to maintain high demand.

With the continued interest in river cruising top-of-mind, Mann Travels has partnered with Viking Cruises to host a series of consumer events so that clients from multiple geographical markets can learn more. Upcoming river cruise events that Mann Travels and Viking currently have organized include: Tuesday, May 2 at 6 pm at Providence Country Club; Thursday, May 4 at 6 pm at Rock Hill Country Club; and Tuesday, June 27 at 6 pm at Rock Barn Country Club & Spa.

Space is limited at all locations, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You may reserve your spot for any of these events by calling 1-800-343-MANN (6266) or by sending an email to rsvp@manntravels.com.