The South has a deep love for athletics, and that’s no different in North Carolina—some of the best Charlotte activities revolve around the city’s sports venues. Visitors can cheer on the newly rechristened Charlotte Hornets at the Time Warner Cable Arena, or watch stock cars zoom around the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Other Charlotte events are more about the spotlight than the stadium lights, however. Some of the best concerts in Charlotte, NC, go down at the Fillmore, a landmark known for hosting everything from punk-rock bands to hip-hop acts, whereas the Double Door Inn stages local blues groups seven nights a week.

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