The spring weather’s here and there’s plenty to celebrate. Mark your calendars for live jazz performances, charity events and plenty of ways to celebrate National Beer Day on Saturday. Here’s what to do this weekend in Charlotte.
Spring Plant Sale
April 5 – 7 | Wing Haven Nursery
Stock up on plants, trees and shrubs with the help of expert volunteers at Wing Haven gardens. In addition to plant offerings, browse the Wing Haven Nursery Shop for art and homemade products. View the 2018 plant list to plan your haul.
Rite of Spring: Reinvented with Charlotte Ballet
April 6-7 | Belk Theater
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Ballet, local dance students and choreographer Peter Chu collaborate on this reinvention of Stravinksy’s Apollon Musagète and Rite of Spring. Don’t miss the pre-concert talk with musicologist and Harvard professor Thomas Kelly, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Room at Founders Hall. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Opening of the Beer Garden
Saturdays and Sundays, April 7 – July 21 | 12 – 4:30 p.m. | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Daniel Stowe is bringing local brews to the garden. Through July, guests can sip on craft beer overlooking the formal gardens, enjoy lawn games, listen to live music and grab a bite from food trucks on select days. Admission is free for members or included in general garden admission.
Group Red Wine Profile
Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.
The popular group profile is back! Taste red varietals to get to the bottom of your wine preferences. $42 per person.
Whiskey and Bourbon Cocktail Class
Nest restaurant and lounge | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the rich history of whiskey and bourbon while whipping up your own creations in this hands-on cocktail class. Participants will make (and drink!) four full-size cocktails, receive two hours of instruction and enjoy appetizer pairings with each cocktail. $70 per person.
Thai Gose Release + Fundraiser
Catawba Brewing Co. | 3 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy Catawba Brewing’s Thai Gose’s tart taste with hints of lemongrass and ginger while sipping for a cause. $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Charlotte Chapter through next Thursday.
Alive After Five Kickoff
210 E Trade St. | 5 – 10 p.m.
Alive After Five is back for its 18th season with two bands taking the stage each week and a new craft beer line-up. The series kicks off with Diamonds & Whiskey and Rebel Union.
Sakura Celebration at O-Ku
O-Ku Charlotte | 5 – 11 p.m.
Celebrate the return of Japan’s iconic sakura (cherry blossom) trees with an evening of festive cocktails and complimentary cites, served alongside the regular dinner menu.
Each and every Friday, Coaltrane’s hosts Music Bingo – a fun-filled mash-up of music trivia and bingo. Enjoy $3 drafts while you prove your music knowledge.
Jazz at the Bechtler: Horace Silver – Song for My Father
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 – and 8:15 p.m.
The Ziad Jazz Quartet will pay homage to Horace Silver, one of jazz’s most influential composers and musicians. Attendees will also enjoy light bites and a cash only bar. Performances are at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. $14 general admission, $8 for museum members. Purchase online or call 704.353.9200.
Choose Your Own Adventure Pairing – Cheese, Craft Beer & Cider
7th Street Public Market | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Orrman’s Cheese Shop and Tank’s Tap team up for this create-your-own tasting event. Tickets include two drink tokens redeemable at Tank’s Tap and a cheese plate from Orrman’s Cheese Shop, containing for cheeses to pair with your beer or cider.
Spring Break Improv with the Foxes
Free Range Brewing | 8 p.m.
Grab a pint and laugh it up as improv group Now Are The Foxes takes the stage at Free Range Brewing. $5 admission.
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House
Knight Theater | 8 p.m.
See local Charlotte stars shine in this ballroom competition supporting Carolina Breast Friends. WBTV’s Molly Grantham and retired NFL player DeAngelo Williams will host.
Beer Me BrewFest
200 E. Bland St. | 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Did you know Saturday is National Beer Day? Spend the day sampling beers from local and regional breweries and enjoying live music, games and vendor offerings. General admission tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Walk MS: Charlotte 2018
Symphony Park | 7:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. start time
Lace up to help end multiple sclerosis for good. This walk offers both one and three mile routes.
3 Year Anniversary & Backyard Bash
Brazwell’s Premium Pub- Ballantyne | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Help Brazwell’s celebrate three years with a backyard bash that goes from brunch to late-night eats. The anniversary brunch features $2 mimosas and $4 Bloody Mary bar, and is followed by live music at noon. The party continues with a BBQ sandwich eating contest at 2 p.m. and complimentary appetizers from 5-7 p.m.
South End Craft Crawl
South End Neighborhood | 1 – 7 p.m.
Wrap up Charlotte Craft Beer Week by hitting all eight stops along South End’s Craft Crawl. Free transportation aboard Charlotte Trolley makes getting from place to place easy. View all participating spots.
Bumpin’ Basement Drake Party
Draught Charlotte | 9 p.m.
Let loose as DJ Edward Shouse plays your favorite Drake hits from 9 p.m. to close. No cover!
Switchback Ridge Dinner for Charity
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room | 6:30 p.m.
This four-course dinner and wine pairing features selections from Switchback Ridge Winery and culinary creations from Chef Blake Harwick. Preview the four-course menu and wine pairings, and purchase tickets online. $150 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefitting HeartBright Foundation of Charlotte.
Charlotte Brunch Festival
April 7 | The Fillmore Charlotte
Brunch just got better. The Charlotte Brunch Festival features over 20 local restaurants and chefs serving samples from $2-6. Taste new brunch dishes and get a preview of Fahrenheit’s new spring brunch menu. $20 for general admission.
Three Spirits Food Truck/Crafts & Drafts Event
April 7 | Three Spirits Brewery
Celebrate NC Beer Month and Charlotte Craft Beer Week as Three Spirits Brewery hosts their second annual food truck rally. Expect plenty of food truck options, live music and offerings from local artisans.
Jazzin’ on the Terrace: Toes Tappin, Fingers Snappin’
Mint Museum UPTOWN | 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Get excited for the Charlotte Jazz Festival (coming April 9-15) with a free event featuring a free performance from Charlotte vocalist Nicci Canada and area jazz musicians. Plus, enjoy food trucks on-site, a cash bar, outdoor activities and free museum admission for Bank of America card holders.
Bark n Brew Pup Crawl
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Finally, a brewery tour made for man’s best friend. Start at Lucky Dog, then head to Resident Culture for a complimentary pour. Next, enjoy a free flight of beer at Birdsong Brewing Company and arrive back at Lucky Dog for one last brew. $45 per person.
Britney vs Christina Brunch
Draught Charlotte | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dine on chef Donnie’s brunch menu as your two favorite pop princesses battle it out with the help of DJ Matt Corleone. Specials include $2 single mimosas, $3 select draft beers, $5 bloody Marys and $2 man-mosas.
April Front Porch Sundays Kick-Off Market
2151 Hawkins Street | Noon – 5 p.m.
Front Porch Sundays is back with over 50 vendors. Enjoy a free workout, live music from Nathan Randall, food trucks, pet adoptions, coffee and more. View full vendor list.
Mother Shuckin’ Oyster Roast & Mother Shucker Release
NoDa Brewing Company
NoDa Brewing Company and Sea Level NC will team up to host the Mother Shuckin’ Oyster Roast. Come hungry and grab a tray of a dozen oysters for $10 or a bowl of chowder for $8. Wash it down with NoDa’s new oyster stout, the Mother Shucker.
Essex Bar & Bistro | 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Experience Essex’s new brunch menu, including a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Make reservations online.
Queen City Makers Market
Legion Brewing | 3 – 7 p.m.
Sunday’s Queen City Makers Market features local artisan vendors and new beers and bites from Legion Brewing. View all participating vendors here.