One more month of some outdoor fun in the sun!
Welcome to August! Things may be a little tense, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a safe and fantastic end to summer. We’ve rounded up a list of great things to see, do, taste, and drink during these long summer days that we’re sure you’ll enjoy. From a foodie bucket list to brand new tiki bars, museums and lakeside getaways, here are 81 amazing things you can do in Charlotte (or near by) this August.
Belmont will be getting an additional restaurant this month with the opening of The Royal Tot, a vintage and rattan-style decor to its rooftop patio. This new urban oasis will be the perfect spot to spend a breezy August afternoon here in the Queen City, and we can’t wait to try. They’ll also be showcasing some delicious themed snacks like Kona Coffee-rubbed wings and dole whip!
Enjoy an afternoon or evening bathed in ambiance, delicious food, and boozy beverages. We’d highly recommend checking out some of these stunning restaurants with unique and elegant decor that serves as the perfect spot to bring your friends. From restaurants with waterfront views to secret gardens and remodeled churches, you’ll find no shortage of places to go this month.
We rounded up a list of 5 lakes that are under a four hour drive from Charlotte in case you need a bit of a water-fueled weekend. From the beautiful and tropical looking Lake Jocasse (pictured above) to Lake Norman which is the closest of the list, there’s plenty to do and lots of adventures to experience from kayaking to rafting to fishing.
We know that ramen isn’t exactly summer food, but what about those summer evenings? There’s quite a few delicious and hearty ramen places around Charlotte that we thought we worth highlighting, from traditional to modern.
Museums are like their own little worlds full of facts, ideas, and history, and it’d be a shame to ignore all of what Charlotte’s got to offer. You can explore your sense of wonder as a family or take yourself out on a little solo creative day.
We wrote this because we were inspired by international french fry day, but why can’t every day be international french fry day? In our heads, there’s never a bad day to enjoy french fries, and so here are some of the best and most unique fries we rounded up, from truffle to pimento cheese fries to lemon.
We asked you a simple question: “Where would you take someone who was visiting Charlotte if you could choose one place” and boy, did you guys deliver. From Southern to farm-fresh to globally inspired, elegant and casual, mom and pop to chains, we truly think this is the ultimate guide for eating your way across Charlotte.
If you haven’t been to The Artisan’s Palace in NoDa, then we highly recommend giving it a try. This is a sustainable and farm fresh restaurant that offers gallery spaces for some of North Carolina’s local artists. What’s even better is that they have a cute little outdoor patio garden that is perfect to spend the summer days.
We have been highly anticipating Calle Sol’s arrival to Plaza Midwood and finally that day arrived. Get a taste of a delicious medley of Peruvian and Cuban dishes like Cubanos, Tallerines, and Peruvian Ceviche that will surely hit the spot when the sun is blazing outside.
Head over to Lake Norman and enjoy one of their best restaurants where they’re cooking up plates of Southern-style seafood. What’s even better is the awesome lakeside views some of these restaurants offer, and one of them even has a parking dock for your boat, which makes it a convenient and delicious spot to grab a bite during those lakeside afternoons.
There’s a brand new JW Marriott hotel opening in Uptown Charlotte with a couple of new restaurants, a rooftop bar, and a spa! You can also join them on their grand opening night as the Marriott will be offering a promotion. Guests can enjoy a luxurious staycation, with dates starting from August 19th through October 31st. Guests can save 15% on their stay and get a $25 food & cocktail voucher per night. The voucher will be valid at their new restaurants and cocktail bar.
At Mac Tabby Cate Cafe, not only do you get to enjoy a cup of expertly brewed coffee, but you also can hang out with some cute cats while doing so. (Note: the cat cafe and regular cafe are separate, but in the same building). Come and hang out with some of Charlotte’s most eligible cats and if you fall in love then good news, because these cuties are adoptable and looking for a forever home.
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