Exploring Charlotte

Maybe you’re new to Charlotte. Or maybe you’ve been here for a while, but are still eager to get plugged in. We’re your guide to the surging creative energy of our city – the diverse neighborhoods, the colorful details, the must-see projects, the must-attend events, and all the ways to get involved. (After all, you become a true Charlottean the moment you get your uniform dirty.) In addition to covering the newest Queen City creators, offerings and trends, we’re equally passionate about making sure you know the trailblazing people, businesses and organizations that have been keeping the creative pilot light burning in Charlotte for decades. (After all, they laid the foundation for the rest of us.) And in our ongoing series #WhereAreWeInCLT, you can always count on us to capture the vibrant details and delights hiding in plain sight, around every corner of the city. Our team always has our eyes peeled, searching for the next surprise to share. Our goal is to inspire you to explore Charlotte and discover fascinating areas of Crown Town that just might become your new favorite spot.



Something Old, Something New – Dim Sum & Hawkers

Exploring Charlotte, O.G. CLT | January 31, 2020

We love the latest greatest AND the oldies but goodies! That’s why we suggest you try a “Something Old/Something New” approach when exploring the Queen City. Here we offer up a new-ish restaurant/brewery/venue/shop we enjoy and match it with a simila… read more »




Interesting Events – The Odd Couple, Karaoke Roulette, Comics & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | January 30, 2020

The events are coming! The events are coming! Go ahead and open your Google Calendar, save these dates, and send invites to your closest friends so they don’t miss out on all of the action. We’ve got 12 events happening this week that are sure to del… read more »




Four to Follow: Antonio Livingston’s Picks

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | January 24, 2020

Antonio Livingston sees his job as a senior graphic designer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as “dynamically impacting students, schools and other departments, as well as community partners through creative design and mentoring,” which is awesome… read more »




5 Ridiculous Questions with CLT Development

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | January 24, 2020

If you’ve read The Biscuit or followed our social feeds recently, it’s pretty apparent that we have a bit of a crush on @CLTDevelopment. (Hey! We have our reasons.) Clayton Sealey’s use of levity, humor and sarcasm in the pursuit of educating people… read more »




Something Old, Something New – Canine Cafe Charlotte & Pet Wants

Exploring Charlotte, O.G. CLT | January 24, 2020

For “Something Old, Something New,” we share a new restaurant/brewery/venue/shop and pair it with a similar #OGclt spot that’s been in Crown Town for years, and in some cases, decades. Today, we want to make your furry friends happy and introduce you… read more »




Interesting Events – Podcasting 101, Puppy Bowl, Purple Steppers & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | January 22, 2020

How does that one Olivia Newton-John song go? Let’s get eventful! Eventful! Let me hear your calendar talk, your planner talk, let me hear your calendar talk! Yeah, that sounds right! If you want to make next week eventful, we have 11 interesting eve… read more »




“Space to Work Together” – EY wavespace Arrives at The RailYard

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | January 22, 2020

“Charlotte, as its forming its identity, needs to be pulling from all the different sectors, all the different groups — nonprofit, corporate, start-up. That’s what we want to be doing here.” – Sarah Smith, EY wavespace™ Facilitator Charlotte’s burge… read more »




Interesting Events – Thorgy Thor, MLK Day, Women’s March & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | January 16, 2020

If it’s events you want, it’s events you shall get! We’ve compiled a list of 12 of our favorite happenings in the Queen City over the next week… so get out there, get creative, and explore Charlotte! Now let’s dig in and see what we have coming up…. read more »




Four to Follow: Pandalorian’s Picks

Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | January 16, 2020

Charlotte’s blessed with some truly incredible Instagram accounts. But, you can only follow so many before your thumbs fall off. Where do you start? We ask a different Queen City creative each week to recommend four choice accounts. This week, we ask… read more »




The “Lights” Are Still Bright at the Whitewater Center

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | January 15, 2020

The holiday lights have been packed up and put away for another year across the city, but there is still holiday magic alive in the air (and the woods) at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. “Lights,” an immersive light exhibit installed along a hal… read more »




You Don’t Say: Ok, Kannapolis Boomer

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | January 15, 2020

The Kannapolis Intimidators minor league baseball team recently changed their name to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. With this new name comes a new mascot and according to WFAE’s Dashiell Coleman, the Cannon Ballers decided on mustached baseball name… read more »




Interesting Events – Twelfth Night, Jazzy Birthdays, Baby Yoda & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | January 2, 2020

Did you open your Google Calendar to see that January 2020 page in all it’s glory and found it … *GASP* … empty?!?! Never fear, we are here to help! We’ve made it our New Year’s Resolution to help Charlotteans keep their calendars full so they ca… read more »




Bright Future. Same Ol’ Complaints.

Exploring Charlotte | January 1, 2020

So … wow. It’s 2020. That used to feel so very far away. Shouldn’t we be living on the moon or working at Spacely Sprockets or plugged into the Matrix or be putting down a robot revolution by now? When is the future going to be, you know, the “futu… read more »




An #OGclt Guide for Guests in the Queen City

Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers, O.G. CLT | December 24, 2019

The family is coming into town this week for the holidays and you want to show off your city, but where should you take them? “Shiny and new” is good, but you can’t go wrong with visiting some #OGclt spots — the places in Charlotte that have stood t… read more »




Interesting Events – 100 Gardens, Ugly Sweaters, Prince & More

CLT Nonprofits, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | December 18, 2019

Oh no! Your family is coming into town for the Holidays but you’ve been so busy with office Christmas parties that you forgot to plan anything! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite events happening before the New Year. Grab yo… read more »




Interesting Events – Singing Trees, Improved Plays, Pet Portraits & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | December 13, 2019

There are only two weeks left in the decade, so we’re here to help you end it on a high note with a jam-packed calendar of our favorite events. If you feel like you didn’t explore Charlotte enough in the first 99.9% of the 2010s, now is your time to… read more »




Interesting Events – Miracles, Giving Tuesday, DaBaby & More

CLT Nonprofits, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | December 3, 2019

‘Tis the season of events in Charlotte. Here are a few that have us excited and intrigued. There’s Still Time to Taste the “Miracle on Monroe” Tonight  If you’ve been nibbling on The Biscuit, you’ll note that we have a sizeable crush on Chef Ron Ahle… read more »




Black Friday Sales … 100 Years Ago

Exploring Charlotte | November 29, 2019

Happy Black Friday! We love shopping. But, we love history more. So, to celebrate Post-Thanksgiving consumerism 2019, here are some fun ads from The Charlotte Observer and The Charlotte News on November 29 … 1919.




Interesting Events – Poptopia, Home Alone, Miracle on Monroe & More

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | November 26, 2019

‘Tis the season of events in Charlotte. Okay, we hear you, it’s always the season of events in Charlotte. Once you wake up from your tryptophan-induced haze on Friday morning, here are some of our favorites coming up this week and next. “Home Alone”… read more »




NERD ALERT! “Intelligent Nightlife” Series Coming to Charlotte Stages

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | November 26, 2019

Stages managed by Blumenthal Performing Arts rarely go unused, but there are odd times they can be quiet. And, there’s nothing lonelier than an empty stage. No worries, though. The Blumenthal team has a plan. About 18 months ago, Blumenthal Performin… read more »