Maycember is what the Moms call it. Nothin’ but a party is what the single girls call it. May ~ the golf tournament, the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Memorial Weekend and all the fun in between, there’s plenty to celebrate this month. Grab your girlfriends for a night of DIY (that’s also BYOB!), gallery openings, sip n’shops and more. Here are our picks for the best Charlotte Girls Nights Out this May:
Featured GNO: (scoopexclusive discount!)
Our girls night out feature this month is presented by AR Workshops, the DIY venture from designers Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. Perfect for girl’s night out, a fun experience Mother’s Day gift, or just because, each workshop guides you through creating your own plank wood signs, centerpiece boxes, lazy susans and other home decor. All materials and instruction are included, and you can even bring your own wine and beer to most classes. Simply choose your project, get $10 off with your Scoop exclusive code (GIRLSNIGHT10) and get ready to tap into your creative side. Featured workshops this month include:
DIY Plank Wood Sign or Round Lazy Susan
Thursday, May 10 | 117 Middleton Drive | 7 p.m. | BYOB | From $39.50.
Ladies Night – FRAMED Wood Sign, TRAY or CENTERPIECE BOX Workshop
Friday, May 11 | 117 Middleton Drive | 7 p.m. | BYOB | From $49.50
DIY FRAMED Wood Sign or CENTERPIECE BOX Workshop
Thursday, May 24 | 117 Middleton Drive | 7 p.m. | BYOB | From $49.50
The Best of the Rest
10th Annual Golf Night at Piedmont Town Center
May 4 | Piedmont Town Center | 7 p.m.
The 10th annual golf night features live music from The Voltage Brothers, pre-party fun at Brio and a post-party at Del Frisco’s. Free Event and Open to the Public.
The Holdouts & Travis Avenue LIVE
Saturday, May 5 | Reid’s SouthPark | 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the weather and the patio at Reid’s SouthPark as The Holdouts and Travis Avenue take the stage. $10. Tickets available at both Reid’s locations.
28th Annual YAM Derby Days
Saturday, May 5 | Mint Museum Randolph | 3 p.m.
Break out your sundresses, hats and seersucker for the 28th Annual YAM Derby Days. Enjoy a day of live music, lawn games, drinks, food trucks, a raffle, viewing of the derby and plenty of mint juleps. $45-80.
Tory Burch Mother’s Day Event
Tuesday, May 8 | Tory Burch, SouthPark Mall | 6 p.m.
Shop, sip and do good in honor of Mother’s Day with the Isabella Santos Foundation and Tory Burch. Fix your own bouquet in the flower shop and personalize a sweater or scarf (for you or for mom) with an embroidered monogram. 20% of proceeds will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation and the fight against pediatric cancer.
Mother’s Day Floral & Fizz Event
Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12 | Hey Sugar Shop | Multiple times
Team up with girlfriends to create your own tasty treat for mom – a fruit and floral sugar cookie cake. While you’re creating, enjoy a mimosa bar and punch station, full appetizer and dessert bar, instruction and gift packing for your cookie cake. Four event times offered between Friday and Saturday. $75 per person, $125 for two.
Mother’s Day Sip & Shop
Friday, May 11 | 7th Street Public Market | 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Locally-owned businesses and full-time market vendors and offer the perfect venue to find the perfect gifts for the mothers in your life. The pop-up offers free sparkling wine for the first 100 guests.
Ballantyne Spring Wine Festival
Saturday, May 12 | Ballantyne Village | 2 – 7 p.m.
Tell your fellow vino lovers to start counting down – the Ballantyne Village Spring Wine Festival is coming May 12. Sip your way through new and favorite vineyards and wineries, enjoy live music and shop from local vendors. $30 for general admission, $40 for VIP.
Rosé Patio Party
Wednesday, May 14 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 5:30 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends as Corkbuzz opens the largest bottle of rosé (15L bottle) in Charlotte. Enjoy all you can drink AIX rosé and light hors d’ oeuvres on the patio. $23.
Tracing the Azimuth Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 16 | SOCO Gallery | 6 – 8 p.m.
Discover new works by Liz Nielsen as SOCO Gallery welcomes Tracing the Azimuth, on display through July 27. The public opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a porch party at 7 p.m.
Bechtler By Night: Celestial
Friday, May 18 | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5 – 9 p.m
Celestial, this month’s Bechtler by Night, offers you and your girlfriends the chance to explore what lies in the galaxies beyond through free exhibit admission, hands-on activities, gallery games, the Blue Lagoon featured cocktail and more. Free admission.
Brian Rutenberg: Thunderhead Opening Weekend
May 18 – 19 | Jerald Melberg Gallery
Jerald Melberg Gallery welcomes Thunderhead, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brian Rutenberg. The opening reception is from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, followed by an artist lecture Saturday at 11 a.m.
50 Shades of Rosé
Saturday, May 19 | Draught Charlotte | 4 – 7 p.m.
Can’t get enough rosé? Head to Draught’s mega rosé tasting to sample nine different wines – plus the new Three Olives Rosé and Angry Orchard Rosé. While you sip, enjoy small bites crafted by Chef Donnie. $20 per person.
Royal Wedding Festivities at The Ballantyne
Saturday, May 19 | The Ballantyne Hotel
Because we’re sure our invitation got lost in the mail, The Ballantyne offers two ways to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style. For the ultimate girls day out, enjoy brunch at Gallery Restaurant featuring a menu inspired by the couples’ favorite fare. 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Follow brunch with afternoon tea, served from 1 – 4 p.m. In addition to classic teas offered in England’s tea houses and traditional sandwiches, scores and sweets, indulge in savories including the Markle quiche and smoked salmon. $45 per adult. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve.
GET BAKED Dessert Market
Sunday, May 20 | Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 1 – 5 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends for the ultimate sugar rush. Taste and savor desserts from over 15 local bakeries and food trucks, plus enjoy beer and kombucha from Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
Group Red Wine Profile: ft. French Reds
Friday, May 25 | Corkbuzz Restaurant | 6:30 p.m.
France produces some of the best red wines in the world, isn’t it time you got acquainted? Your crew can learn, taste and discover new favorites with the guidance of a sommelier. $42 per person.
Taste of the Mint – Oscar de la Renta
Saturday, May 26 | Mint Museum Randolph | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Art, food, and wine all in the same place for you to enjoy! Go on a curator-led tour of the special exhibition The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta , and then wine & dine on small plate tastings.