Things To Do In Charlotte

Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson at PNC Music Pavilion on June 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Train

PNC Music Pavilion

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$32 $15

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Charlotte Craft Cocktail Crawl for Two or Four on March 6, 2015 from Full House Productions (50% Off)

Charlotte Craft Cocktail Crawl

EpiCentre

Sample different craft cocktails at local establishments such as Whisky River, Tin Roof, and Bubble

$15 $7.50

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Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Special Guest Alice Cooper on Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Motley Crue

Time Warner Cable Arena

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The final tour sees Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, & Mick Mars going out big, performing glam-metal hits with special guest Alice Cooper

$60.20 $36

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Learn To Curl Training Session for One, Two, or Four at the Charlotte Curling Association (Up to 55% Off)

Charlotte Curling Association

Charlotte

Training sessions introduce players to curling with a brief round of off-ice instruction and two hours of play, with after-game socializing

$25 $12

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$425 for a Round-Trip Charlotte-Cincinnati Charter Flight from Ultimate Air Shuttle ($595 Value)

Ultimate Air Shuttle

Wilson Air Center

Skip airport hassles and enjoy the VIP treatment during charter flights that offer complimentary snacks and drinks

$595 $425

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Three-Month Membership for One, Two, or Four at Art in the Dairy (Up to 53% Off)

Art in the Dairy

Pawtuckett

Memberships include discounts on all art classes and purchases, as well as invites to member events

$50 $25

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North Carolina Concealed-Carry-Handgun Class for One or Two at Steele Creek Outdoor Survival (Up to 68% Off)

Steele Creek Outdoor Survival

Charlotte

Those who complete the class receive a certificate that qualifies them to apply for a license in all North Carolina counties

$175 $64

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Birthday Party for Up to 10 or 25 Kids at Pools & Play (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Pools & Play

Charlotte

During birthday parties, kids romp on wooden play sets in a 5,000-square-foot indoor playground

$175 $85

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Five CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Axon (65% Off)

Crossfit Axon

Brookdale

Valid for Foundations classes—four classes to learn the basic Crossfit movements

$100 $35

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Month of Mommy and Me, On My Own, or School-Aged Classes at Noah’s Art (Up to 50% Off)

Noah's Art

Provincetowne

Classes foster kids’ creative side in weekly sessions geared toward a variety of ages and interests

$70 $36

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One Month of Unlimited Fitness or Martial-Arts Classes at FTF Fitness and Self Defense (Up to 75% Off)

FTF Fitness and Self Defense

Southeast Charlotte

Students learn moves in krav maga, jujitsu, & kickboxing classes or torch calories with heavy bags and interval workouts in fitness classes

$75 $19

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$44 for a Harlem Globetrotters Game at Halton Arena at UNC Charlotte on March 28, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. ($73.50 Value)

Harlem Globetrotters

Halton Arena at UNC Charlotte

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$73.50 $44

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UniverSoul Circus at Freedom Shopping Mart Center on November 18–23 (Up to 43% Off)

UniverSoul Circus

Freedom Shopping Mart Center across from Freedom Mall

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Worldly cast dazzles audiences with aerial performances, exotic animals, and hip-hop dance set to pulsating music ranging from soul to Latin

$32.82 $26.25

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Interactive Haunted House Admission for One, Two, or Four from America Is Haunted (Up to 51% Off)

America Is Haunted

Westchester

Come face to face with creatures ranging from eerie to gruesome

$35 $18

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Admission for One, Two, or Four to Carolinas Aviation Museum (Up to42% Off)

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Charlotte

See historic war, commercial, and private planes, including the salvaged aircraft from the 2009 Miracle on the Hudson

$12 $7

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Open Bounce, Parents' Night Out, One-Day Camp, Pre-K Drop-Off, or Bounce Party at BounceU (Up to 50% Off) 

BounceU

Charlotte

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

$8.99 $4.50

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One BYOB Canvas Painting Class for Two or Four at Cajun Canvas (47% Off)

Cajun Canvas

Charlotte

Students bring their favorite wine to enjoy as they paint along with step-by-step instruction provided by a professional artist

$70 $38

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$13 for $30 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Urban Revolution Martial Arts

Urban Revolution Martial Arts

Charlotte

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$30 $13

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Two-Hour Wine-Making Class for One or Two at Seven Jars Products (Up to 54% Off)

Seven Jars Products

Charlotte

Two-hour classes equip students with the know-how to bottle their own wine

$99 $49

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Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.

Audience members who want to plqy the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.

9129 Monroe Road
Charlotte,
NC
US

Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.

Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.

10211 Prosperity Park Drive
Charlotte,
NC
US

Global Restaurant's Chef Bernard grew up along the sun-soaked shores of the southern French village of Nice, where his grandfather was a pastry chef and his father owned a fish shop. This rich familial and Francophilic culinary heritage inspired him to take chef apprenticeships in Paris, the United Kingdom, Russia, and upon globe-roving cruise ships. His travels infused an eclectic edge into his cooking, which still incorporates traditional meals, fusion concepts, and a French spirit. His journeys also yielded him more than recipes — during one of his cruises, he met his wife, Shannon, whose experience with the front end of the food-and-beverage industry led the pair to open their own restaurant in Charlotte.

Inside the duo's creation, Global Restaurant, electric blues and oranges brighten the space, and crisp tablecloths lay a canvas for dishes with inventive flavors and artistic presentations. Chef Bernard's specialties include cauliflower-goat-cheese sauce, boldly splashed across a seared sea bass, and date chutney and caramelized apples that dance across an all-natural duck.

The menu, which is in many ways a travelogue of Bernard and Shannon's journeys, has snagged the attention of the Charlotte Observer and of WCNC's Charlotte Today, which invited Bernard on air for a live cooking demo, where he seared some of his famous diver scallops atop the weatherman's greenscreen.

3520 Toringdon Way
Charlotte,
NC
US

It may be difficult to decide who has a better time at Energy Sports & Fitness: parents or kids. Adults not only burn calories with a huge selection of weights, on a full-size racquetball court, or in the circuit-training area, but also catch up on favorite shows in the cardio theater or at more than 100 cardio stations with individual televisions. Youngsters with a Kid Zone membership romp through more than 2,500 feet of supervised play space outfitted with a Wii, jungle gym, basketball court, and homework stations with computers. The area even has a video camera so parents can check in from their treadmills to see if their child is actually a vampire. Families refuel after a workout with fresh smoothies, chicken wraps, and supplements at the Grand Slam Cafe.

The staff—which includes the 2010 NPC Charlotte Cup novice division bodybuilding winner—opens the gym at 5 a.m. on weekdays and teaches group fitness classes ranging from Zumba to yoga. The crew also offers SilverSneakers, a program designed to encourage physical and social activity for older adults or people who have trouble working out in ruby slippers.

2408 Sardis Rd N
Charlotte,
NC
US

Carolina Dance Capital is a family affair. Husband and wife duo Fritz and Annette Schulte own the studio along with their daughter, Nina, who serves as artistic director. The rest of the staff includes eight regular dance instructors and more than 15 guest teachers and choreographers. In a variety of classes, they help students as young as two and as old as whatever to get fit and express themselves through ballet, jazz, tap, yoga, and Zumba.

Class sizes are kept small to encourage close personal attention and a supportive atmosphere. Six studios occupy the 8,700 square foot facility, and each is outfitted with observation windows, spring-loaded floors to prevent injury, and Super Soakers to facilitate Gene Kelly impressions. In addition to classes, pupils of all abilities can partake in cheer camps, workshops, and competitive dance teams. A waiting area for parents is equipped with complimentary WiFi.

12210 Copper Way
Charlotte,
NC
US

Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.

2600 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte,
NC
US