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Summer Pops Series - Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Don’t know your Brahms from your Beethoven? No problem. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops series is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a musical experience.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops Series is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a musical experience, while taking advantage of the weather you suffered through endless April showers to enjoy. Rather than in a concert hall, Summer Pops performances happen surrounded by Symphony Park’s lush greenery. Instead of classical music, the orchestra plays popular songs during shows like Best of Broadway and “Back to the Future” In Concert. If you’re skipping the beach trip this Fourth of July, grab tickets to the Celebrate America show on July 1, which culminates in a fireworks display.

The Summer Pops series has been a fan favorite since it began in 1983, and it had homes in Freedom Park and Independence Park before taking up residence in Symphony Park in 2002. If you go, pack accordingly. Attendees are allowed to bring food and drinks (including beer and wine!) to the show, as well as low-backed lawn chairs and blankets. It’s safe to say this isn’t your typical “did I really just spend $12 on a soda?” entertainment experience. President and CEO Mary A. Deissler encourages guests to “come as you are, wear what you’d like, bring your favorite snacks, and your family and neighbors. It’s a very relaxed and affordable way to bring our community together to share great music.”