July 2017 Around Town 1

SkyShow Charlotte

SkyShow Charlotte is a spectacular celebration of our nation’s independence and the largest fireworks display in the southeast! On July 4th, the day-long festivities begin with the SkyShow Street Party from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of the ballpark. Kid’s crafts and activities, fare from delicious vendors and live music in the evening keep all ages happy. The first pitch for the game—Team USA versus Team Cuba—will hit the air at 6:05 p.m. A ceremony to honor our veterans and active military will follow the game, and then it’s time for the finale: the SkyShow Fireworks! For the full lineup, check out SkyShowCharlotte.com.

GENDERED: An Inclusive Art Show

The Levine Center for the Arts is hosting a new kind of exhibit. GENDERED: An Inclusive Art Show explores the intersections of race, class, sexuality and identity, all under the question of gender. The Young Affiliates of the Mint created the show in order to quell the divisive political and social climate and unite perspectives through art, creating a safe space for expression and dialogue. With 24 artists from across the country and representing a variety of perspectives, the show asks viewers and artists alike to engage in conversation. GENDERED will be on display at the Mint Museum Uptown’s Level 5 expansion space at Levine Center for the Arts through July 21.

Watermelon Festival

It’s been a Southern tradition for decades, and it returns this July! The Pageland Watermelon Festival celebrates summer’s favorite fruit on July 21 and 22. Live music ushers in the end of day in Pageland, with vendors and crafters sharing their wares and foods through the evening. Saturday begins with the Melon Mile 5K and follows up with family-friendly fun like a parade, car show and amusement rides. The festival holds old fashioned contests too, including seed speeding and watermelon eating competitions. It’s a Carolina tradition! Check out PagelandWatermelonFestival.com for more details.