Multiple locations, uptown
July 3-10, barbershop.org
You’ll hear singing all over uptown—in the Convention Center and in hotel lobbies, in restaurants and on street corners, predicts Brian Lynch, spokesman for the Barbershop Harmony Society. “You truly cannot stop people from singing at a barbershop convention.”
The Barbershop Harmony Society was founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has hosted annual conventions throughout the country ever since. This year, for the first time, it stops in Charlotte. Expect eight days of contests, performances, a festival, educational activities, and camaraderie, culminating in the Quartet Championship Finals. Buy passes for individual events, days, or the entire convention.
“The most important thing to know as an attendee is, when you see someone singing, ask if you can sing along,” Lynch says. “Because every barbershopper in the world gets so excited if someone says, ‘Can I sing with you?’ Our North American culture, generally, has pushed singing off into a corner as belonging only to the professionals … but we are people who love to sing and love to share that love of singing.”
Any Charlotte-area eateries you’ve been itching to try? For 10 days each January and July, nearly 100 participating restaurants serve three-course dinners at special prix fixe prices that range from $30 to $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included). This summer’s participants include La Belle Helene,
Sea Level, Church & Union, Calle Sol, El Puro, Dolce Osteria, and Standard Oyster Company.
No tickets necessary; reservations highly recommended.
Blue Man Group
Join the three popular blue dudes for shows jam-packed with performance art, music, comedy, miming, fun props and lighting, and audience participation. The shows are family-oriented and energetic—and will keep your kids engaged. Children of all ages are welcome, but the shows are best for 3 and older. Tickets start at $29.50, carolinatix.org
Your kids’ jaws will drop as monster trucks pop wheelies and flips, catch big air, and put the pedal to the metal in races, two-wheel skills competitions, and freestyle competitions. For an additional $20, add on a Pit Pass to get into the Pit Party, a pre-show event where you and the offspring can catch the monster trucks up close, get autographs, take pictures, participate in Q&As with drivers, and more. Tickets start at $20, ticketmaster.com