Events: August 20 – August 26

Charlotte Events: The Editor’s Pick

Sam Van Aken: The Open Orchard
Now – 08/25/18 – Join the McColl Center for Art + Innovation to experience Sam Van Aken’s new exhibit, The Open Orchard. The exhibition will preserve heirloom and antique fruit varieties, Van Aken’s botanical illustrations, herbarium specimens and much more. Interactive demonstrations and workshops for visitors include printing, hand-coloring botanical illustrations, creating herbarium specimens and cooking dishes based upon featured fruits. This free event explores discussions of food scarcity and intertwined cultural implications.

More of This Week’s Quintessential Events

In the Open Air
Now-10/19 – In the Open Air is a group invitational featuring artists who work en plein air. Taking their painting process out of the studio and into nature, artists examine their subject through ever changing light and weather. The exhibition examines various approaches and styles of creating en plein air.

Bike-N-Brew with the Carolina Thread Trail
08/21/18 – The Carolina Thread Trail and Blue Blaze Brewing Co. present Bike-N-Brew: a four mile bike ride guided by the Carolina Thread Trail. The ride will highlight historic spots and information about the Carolina Thread Trail Project beginning at 6 p.m. This free event is for all ages and begins at Blue Blaze Brewing Co. After the event, riders are encouraged to hang around for a beer or kombucha.

The Lion King
08/22/18 – 09/09/18 – Performed at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, The Lion King is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. With six Tony Awards including “Best Musical” and music by artists none other than Elton John and Tim Rice, The Lion King is a theatre experience unlike any other. Tickets begin at $30.

Southern Women’s Show
08/24/18 – 08/26/18 – Held at the Charlotte Convention Center from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, the 36th annual show will feature an array of handbags, jewelry, beauty tips, runway fashion shows, cooking classes, and speakers such as Savannah Chrisley from Chrisley Knows Best on Aug. 25. Adult tickets are $10 in advance online, or $12 at the door, and Youth tickets (ages 6-12) are $6 at the door and online. Children six and under are free with a paying adult.

30th Anniversary Great Gatsby Gala
08/25/18 – Located at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, this event features live orchestra, swing dancing, and a silent auction, in addition to heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer from local Charlotte restaurants. The Gala raises money for the National MS Society’s Greater Carolinas Chapter, hoping to work towards a world free of MS.