Charlotte is a major city and commercial hub in North Carolina. Its modern city center (Uptown) is home to the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post–Civil War history in the South, and hands-on science displays at Discovery Place. Uptown is also known for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which celebrates the sport of auto racing through interactive exhibits and films. In 2014, the estimated population of Charlotte was 809,958. Winters are short and generally cool, with a January daily average of 40.1 °F (4.5 °C). Summers are hot and humid, with a daily average in July of 78.5 °F (15.8 °C). The Charlotte region is home to many annual festivals and special events including Carolina Renaissance Festival, operating Saturdays and Sundays, October and November. This fair features has 11-stages of outdoor variety entertainment, a 11-acre village marketplace, an interactive circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast. There are many museums, theatres and art galleries in Charlotte.