Charlotte Arts & Entertainment | Museums, Theaters, Music and Culture
Charlotte is home to a very diverse mixture of art and entertainment catering to a variety of tastes. Music fans, theatre buffs and art enthusiasts will find just what they are looking for in Charlotte. Learn more and check the websites linked below for upcoming events at the various venues throughout town.
Charlotte’s Mint Museum is the oldest art museum in North Carolina and has two locations in Charlotte; one being the Mint Museum Uptown and the other the Mint Museum Randolph. The Mint Museum is “dedicated to collecting, conserving, exhibiting, inspiring, publishing and protecting important works of art and design from all over the global art community” according to the Mint’s website. Both Mint Museum locations are free on Wednesday evenings between 5pm and 9pm. For all the happenings at the Mint Museum, be sure to check out their website at http://www.mintmuseum.org.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture
The Harvey B. Gannt Center “preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent.” The Center is located in Uptown, Charlotte between Tryon St. and College Ave. and is opened every day except Monday. For more information visit http://www.ganttcenter.org.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
The Bechtler Museum is the second museum in the country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. The museum features works from artists of the 20th century previously held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland. The mission of the Museum is to “share the joy and excellence of the Bechtler collection with all in order to inspire, inform and enhance cultural and intellectual life. The Bechtler Museum is located in Uptown Charlotte next to the Mint Museum on S. Tryon. For more information visit http://www.bechtler.org.
Levine Museum of the New South
The Levine Museum is focused on showcasing the “diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont” according to their website. The museum is located in Uptown, Charlotte on the corner of College and 7th Street. For more information visit http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
Discovery Place is Charlotte’s “Family-Friendly Science Museum” located in the heart of Uptown, Charlotte. Discovery Place is dedicated to educating visitors of all ages to “gain a greater understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting”. In addition to Discovery Place in Uptown, Discovery Place KIDS was opened in 2010 in Huntersville, NC with a second Discovery Place KIDS in Rockingham, NC in 2013. For more information visit the Discovery Place website at http://www.discoveryplace.org.
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Carolinas Aviation Museum is located at Charlotte/Douglass International Airport in Charlotte, NC. The museum features exhibits focused on commercial aviation, civil aircraft, military aviation and helicopters. One of the museum’s more recent claims to fame was the acquisition of US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus made famous by it’s emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009. Carolinas Aviation Museum acquired the aircraft in 2011 and has since been on display. For more information visit http://www.carolinasaviation.org.
The Evening Muse
The Evening Muse is one of a few music venues in the NoDa neighborhood. The Evening Muse is one of the more intimate music venues in Charlotte and features acts from local artists as well as performers from all over the world. For more information and upcoming shows, visit http://www.eveningmuse.com.
Neighborhood Theatre is another one of the NoDa neighborhood’s music venues; originally a movie theatre from the 40’s through the 70’s and restored as a music venue in 1997. In 2013 the venue came under new management having installed a new bar as well as making other renovations to the space. Today Neighborhood Theatre hosts a diverse line up of acts with a capacity of just over 950. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The Chop Shop NoDa
Having opened in 2011, The Chop Shop is one of the newer music venues in the NoDa arts district. The space is a converted textile plant and much of the interior elements were constructed from re-purposed industrial and automotive parts which add some great character to the venue. For upcoming shows check out http://chopshopnoda.com.
Snug Harbor is the premier music venue of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. Shows run pretty much every day of the week and can be as cheap as FREE. For upcoming shows, visit http://snugrock.com.
Double Door Inn
The Double Door Inn is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood and was opened in 1973, holding the title of “Oldest Blues Club In The U.S. Under Original Ownership.” However, The Double Door Inn doesn’t just stop at Blues but offers up performances throughout every music genre having hosted legendary performers including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dave Alvin, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy and others according to their website. For a list of upcoming shows visit http://www.doubledoorinn.com.
The Visulite Theatre is yet another great music venue in the Elizabeth neighborhood and hosts a variety of performers with shows ranging between $10 and $30 a ticket. For a list of upcoming events visit http://www.visulite.com.
Amos’ Southend Music Hall
Amos’ is located on S. Tryon St. in the heart of the Southend neighborhood and features a variety of music acts. Several bars and restaurants are located in the same area making for great food and drink prior to the show. For upcoming events check out Amos’ website at http://www.amossouthend.com.
Tremont Music Hall
The Tremont Music Hall is located in the Wilmore and South End neighborhood area right off of S. Tryon Street. The venue was opened in 1955 and has served as one of Charlotte’s premier venus for national and international music acts. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.tremontmusichall.com.
The Milestone Club
The Milestone Club originally opened in 1969 and is located on Tuckaseegee Road in Charlotte. In true punk rock style this club has become highlighted for its walls covered in graffiti and band stickers. The Milestone is simply a need-to-see place for any hardcore music fan in Charlotte. For more information and upcoming shows check out http://www.themilestoneclub.com.
NC Music Factory – The Fillmore, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater and much more
The NC Music Factory is located in its own unique area of Uptown, Charlotte and is a hotspot for nightlife and entertainment. The area is made up of several venues catering to a variety of individuals with their own unique interests. The two major venues include The Fillmore, an indoor music hall accommodating approximately 2000 fans and the Uptown Ampitheater, an outdoor venue accommodating 5000. Although music is its core, the NC Music Factory is also host to bars, clubs and restaurants making this area a key source of entertainment before and after events. For more information and a calendar of events, visit http://ncmusicfactory.com.
PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte
The PNC Music Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater located in the University neighborhood of Charlotte and is host to some of the areas larger outdoor concerts. For more information and upcoming events, visit http://www.livenation.com/venues/14471/pnc-music-pavilion-formerly-verizon-wireless-amp.
Performance Halls and Theaters
Ovens Auditorium is located on E. Independence Blvd. in Charlotte. The auditorium was opened in 1955 and has since hosted several thousand events ranging from high school and college graduations, family shows, a slew of comedians and even Wicked the musical. For more information and a calendar of events, visit http://www.ovensauditorium.com.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center was opened in Uptown, Charlotte in 1992. The Arts Center is comprised of the Belk Theater which is the largest theater with seating capacity just over 2,000, Booth Playhouse and Stage Door Theater. Additional theaters under Blumenthal Center management include McGlohon Theatre, Duke Power Theatre and Knight Theater. For more information and a calendar of events, visit http://www.blumenthalarts.org.