It's the Summer Concert Series You Can't Miss!May 26, 2017
While many people consider Memorial Day the unofficial start to summer, in Charlotte most people will tell you the Summer Pops concerts actually signal the start of the shorts and sandals season. The outdoor symphony concert series held at the amphitheater at SouthPark mall is on everyone's must-do list for the summer thanks to the laid-back vibe, the incredible performances and, let's be honest, the wine that most attendees are drinking.
The series, which dates back to the '80s, has been named "Best Concert Series in Charlotte" for several years running and was also named one of "50 things every Charlottean should do."
For years the month-long series every June was free, but the Charlotte Symphony started charging a few years ago to help pay the bills.
No matter, the crowds have continued to grow each year. That's why for the first time ever there will be premium seating and a chance to buy tickets ahead of time. There will also be some great new food offerings. We've got you covered on all things Pops, so all you have to do is show up, listen up and drink up!
This year Summer Pops is debuting a Premium Club Seating option, which includes reserved chair seating under a tent, VIP parking and a chef-curated picnic basket from Reid's Fine Foods. Premium Seating is $68 for June concerts and $76 for July 1st.
But you don't have to pony up the big bucks to get a seat.
It may not cost a lot to get a seat, but it might take some work. The show doesn't start until 7 p.m., but the doors open at five and you'll typically see people stopping by then to drop off their tarp to stake out their spaces. You'll also want to bring a blanket or low lawn chair to enjoy the show.
EATSOf course, part of the fun of the night is lounging on the lawn and snacking on the obligatory wine and cheese. This year that's easier than ever before. For the first time, Summer Pops is partnering with nearby (100 yards away) Reid's Fine Foods to make sure everyone has what they need.
They've come up with a menu of grab-and-go items that will be available for quick, easy shopping -- just steps from Symphony Park. Even the ultimate foodie will be happy with the selection. They'll have cheese and charcuterie trays, salads and fun weekly sandwich features (i.e. pulled pork for the June 4th concert, hamburgers and hot dogs for the Celebrate America! event). For the picky eater chicken fingers will be available each week along with an assortment of cookies and pastries and beer and wine.
You can, of course, bring your own spread, alcohol included (even glass bottles are allowed.)
Summer Pops Performance Line-Up
- June 4: Hooray For Hollywood
- June 11: Jazz At The Park
- June 18: Star Wars The Music
- June 25: Best of Broadway
- July 1: Celebrate America!
Reid's Summer Pops Sandwich Line-Up
- June 4: Pulled pork sandwiches
- June 11: Tacos
- June 18: Bucky's Brats with peppers and onions
- June 25: Spiedie's chicken skewers with zucchini, squash and red onion
- July 1: Hamburgers and hot dogs
By Michelle Boudin, StyleBlueprint
Original article here.