Tickets in Mooresville

25% Off Package for Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

$2,000 $1,499

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Have your name plastered to a race car with sponsorship packages that include complimentary pit and garage passes

Up to 53% Off InkFest Live Tattoo Fest

Concord

$20 $10

Fest-goers get tattooed amid graffiti demonstrations, live music and DJ battles, a custom car and bike show, and tattoo-industry vendors

Repticon – 50% Off

Cabarrus Arena & Events Center

$30 $15

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

Joffrey Concert Group – Up to 50% Off Ballet Performance

Elevation Blakeney

$30 $18

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The touring company of the Joffrey Ballet School presents brand-new pieces and classic works

Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd – Up to 42% Off

PNC Music Pavilion

$33 $19

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Southern-rock legends behind “Sweet Home Alabama” join British ’70s giants of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” fame for evening of classic-rock hits

50% Off Southeast's Largest Bachelorette Party

EpiCentre

$20 $10

Ladies enjoy a night out on the town hopping from bar to bar, dancing to live DJs, and trying their hands at mechanical-bull riding

Up to 50% Off Improv at Charlotte Comedy Theater

Wet Willie's

$20 $10

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Interactive, R-rated performances featuring both long- and short-form improv

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Charlotte SMS Atrium

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Circus Blast – Up to 61% Off

THE PARK EXPO

$99.95 $39

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Animal acts, thrilling stunts, and clowns roll into town for a 90-minute family-friendly spectacle

$5 for a Movie Outing at Studio Movie Grill

Charlotte, EpiCentre

$10.25 $5

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from luxury recliners with wait service

Charlotte Checkers – Up to 56% Off Hockey Game

Time Warner Cable Arena

$21.40 $10

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Leading goal scorer Zach Boychuk, goalie John Muse, and the rest of the Charlotte Checkers look to turn season around with pair of home wins

Up to 56% Off Private Soccer Training

Multiple Locations

$75 $35

Coaches who are longtime soccer players focus on four aspects of athleticism to boost pupils' success on the pitch

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Piedmont School of Music and Dance has two locations. The school is the only performing arts school in the area to offer music and dance under one roof.

163 W B St
Kannapolis,
NC
US

Since 1936, the historic Gem Theatre has moved movie lovers to laughter and tears with films in an elegant, comfortable single-screen vintage theater. Peruse current showtimes and choose a first-run film, which may include a romantic romp, a superhero adventure, an independent feature, or Casablanca II: Electric Boogaloo. Guests pick up their sodas and popcorn at the concessions stand in the carpeted lobby, whose ornate table lamps cast soft light on potted plants and flowers. In the red and gold 916-seat amphitheater, upholstered floor seats beckon audience members and balcony perches provide a sky-high view behind marbled wood rails. Before the film, guests watch wrought-iron vines curl around colorful birds in sculptures flanking the screen. Sumptuous gold curtains hide the big screen until showtime, allowing staff members to finish reenacting each film’s climactic scene in private.

111 W 1st St
Kannapolis,
NC
US

• For $15, you get three tickets for the XDC qualifying round on Saturday, July 2nd from noon to 8 p.m. (a $30 value). • For $15, you get two tickets for the XDC Top 32 National Drift Competition on Sunday, July 3rd from noon to 8 p.m. (a $30 value).

5555 Concord Pkwy. S
Concord,
NC
US

For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.

5555 Concord Pkwy. S
Concord,
NC
US

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.

9535 Monroe Road
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
US