Things To Do In Charlotte

One Ticket to the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, December 6

Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game

Bank of America Stadium

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The defending National Champion Florida State take aim at a third straight conference title during the 2014 ACC championship game

$37.28 $25

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One or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Training at Breakaway Sports (Up to 78% Off)

Breakaway Sports

Derita - Statesville

CrossFit exercises focus on high-intensity interval training, powerlifting, and plyometrics to increase strength and endurance

$150 $35

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Nickelback at PNC Music Pavilion on August 28 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 38% Off)

Nickelback

PNC Music Pavilion

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Chart-topping rockers behind “How You Remind Me” deliver slick yet heavy hits in support of their latest album No Fixed Address

$32 $20

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French Montana with Jeremih at The Fillmore Charlotte on December 3 at 8 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

French Montana

The Fillmore Charlotte

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The rapper behind “Pop That” and “Don’t Panic” joins forces with the velvet-voiced singer of “Don’t Tell ‘Em”

$33.58 $17

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Choice of 5 or 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Advanced Therapeutics (Up to 77% Off)

Yoga Warrior Studio at Advanced Therapeutics

Dilworth

Wide range of yoga classes such as yoga basics, Power Vinyasa, and Soul Flow

$75 $19

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The Big Give Back Feat. Ginuwine and RL at Republic on Friday, December 5, at 10 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Big Give Back

Republic

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A duet of successful R&B singers from the ’90s passionately croon classic slow jams and new solo material

$37.92 $19

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Santa Bar Crawl Admission for Two or Four from Lazyday.com on Saturday, December 13 (Up to 63% Off)

Lazyday.com

BAR Charlotte

Fans of the holiday season travel among Uptown bars such as BAR Charlotte, Whisky River, and Strike City

$40 $19

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$5.49 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.25 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Charlotte, EpiCentre

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.25 $5.49

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Standup Comedy at The Comedy Zone at NC Music Factory (Up to 81% Off)

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone

Andrew Schulz, Nick Vatterott, and other touring acts bring unique sets to the stage

$40 $10

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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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Murder-Mystery Show for One or Two at The Dinner Detective (51% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Ponderosa - Wingate

Guests dig into appetizers and a 3-course meal while trying to solve an interactive murder mystery, where actors blend in among the diners

$79.94 $39

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Wine and Painting Class for One or Two at Wine and Canvas (Up to 46% Off)

Wine and Canvas

Multiple Locations

Classes open to all levels feature painting accompanied by instruction and drink specials at one of fifteen locations

$35 $22

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$29 for a One-Hour Practice Session with Bow-and-Arrow Rental for Two at Barefoot Archery ($50 Value)

Barefoot Archery

Old Pineville Road

Archers hone their aim on multicolored targets in an indoor archery range

$50 $29

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10 or 16 Karate Classes, One-Week Camp, or One-Month After-School Program at ATA Karate Inc.(Up to 93% Off)

ATA Karate Inc.

Multiple Locations

Classes, camps, and after-school programs teach self-confidence and self-defense to toddlers through adults

$324 $29

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10 CrossFit Classes for One or Two at CrossFit Surgo (Up to 71% Off)

CrossFit Surgo

Charlotte

Classes combine functional movements, high-intensity exercise and strength training to build powerful, lean bodies

$120 $39

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Busy Bee's Bodies (65% Off)

Busy Bee's Bodies

Charlotte

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

$120 $42

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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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One or Three Months of Fitness and Martial-Arts Classes at Hayastan-MMA Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 60% Off)

Hayastan-MMA Mixed Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Adults’ and kids’ classes teach subjects such as MMA, ground grappling, kick boxing and strength and conditioning

$190 $79

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$23 for $75 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Hatcher Systema

Hatcher Systema

Charlotte

From the merchant: Come and let me help you become faster, stronger, and better than you are now.

$75 $23

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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
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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.

300 Hawthorne Ln
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

As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.

Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.

210 E Trade St
Charlotte,
NC
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Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

707 Pavilion Blvd.
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