Tired of seeing all the weekend’s fun from someone else’s Instagram story? Let our round-up of over 50 Charlotte events help you ban FOMO from your vocabulary. Here’s where to go and what to do this weekend:
Wells Fargo Championship
Through May 6 | Quail Hollow Club
The 16th tournament returns to Quail Hollow. Thursday kicks off with the first day of play and concludes on Sunday. Tickets start at $55.
Kings Drive Art Walk
May 5 – May 6 | Kings Drive
Visit with vendors and browse unique works as artists line the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at one of spring’s favorite festivals. The Kings Drive Art Walk is free and open to the public Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward
May 5 – 6 | Fourth Ward Neighborhood
Discover the hidden gardens deep within Charlotte’s historic fourth ward neighborhood on this walkable, self-guided tour. Free food and beverage tastings dot the route (while they last). Noon to 4 p.m. both days.
Midwood Maynia and Plaza Midwood Home & Garden Tour
May 4 – 5 | Plaza Midwood Neighborhood
As part of the neighborhood’s annual Midwood Maynia event, the Home and Garden Tour features ten stunning Plaza Midwood homes and gardens. In addition to Saturday’s touring hours, which are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., attendees can opt to view the featured spots by candlelight on Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. Prefer to bike? Attendees can ride their way from stop to stop on free B-Cycle bikes. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 during event days.
24th Annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour
May 5 – 6 | Wing Haven
At Wing Haven, the 24th Gardeners’ Garden Tour features two days of private garden viewing and live music on Saturday night. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the days of the event, and includes admission for Saturday and Sunday.
SC Strawberry Festival
May 4-5 | 345 N. White Street, Fort Mill
The 30th South Carolina Strawberry Festival features two days of outdoor concerts, arts vendors, food eating contests, rides and more. Open Friday 5 – 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. View the full schedule.
Mother’s Day Art + Pottery Sale
May 5 – 6 | The Cornwell Center
Don’t wait til the last minute! Shop original works of art created by Greg Scott. Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 | Anne Neilson Fine Art | 6 – 8 p.m.
Anne Neilson Fine Art is celebrating their four year anniversary and the opening of BOTANICA with special guest visits, signature cocktails and feature works from Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Pam Moxley, Eliza Thomas, Paige Follmann, Vikki Stockton, Nick Veasey and Judith Vivell.
Thursday Night Trivia
Coaltrane’s Char Grill, Plaza Midwood | 8 p.m.
Test your trivia knowledge every Thursday at Coaltrane’s, plus enjoy great specials and prizes.
Stop and Shop
7th Street Public Market | 4 – 7 p.m.
Browse offerings from 4 -6 local businesses and enjoy live music along the light rail at 7th Street Public Market’s seasonal market.
Tequila Flight Night
The Improper Pig | 6 – 8 p.m.
Nothing kicks off the weekend like a tequila flight. get a guided tour and tasting of four tequilas and a signature Mary Margarita. $20 per person. Call 704.714.787 to reserve your spot.
2018 Festival of Tables
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The 30th Annual Festival of Tables, hosted by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, brings together the area’s finest designers for a day of fundraising and guest speakers. $55.
Beer Sampling w/ Sycamore Brewing
Little Big Burger CLT | 6 p.m.
Grab a pretzel cheeseburger and sample a variety of beer from Sycamore Brewing. Consider dinner planned.
Pump House Tequila Dinner
The Pump House, Hock Hill | 6:30 p.m.
Sip and dine on four handcrafted cocktails featuring tequila and custom dishes from executive chef Michael Griswold. $65+ per person. Call 803.329.8888 to reserve your seat.
Santadi Wine Dinner
AQUA e VINO | 7 p.m.
AQUA e VINO will offer a six-course wine dinner for $85 per person. Call 704.364.4445 to reserve your seat.
4th Annual Golf Tournament Party
JSam’s | 7 p.m.
Celebrate the return of the Wells Fargo Championship with a live DJ, no cover and $6 cocktails and wine at JSam’s.
Group White Wine Profile
Corkbuzz Restaurant – Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.
Have more confidence next time you look at a wine list. In this class, participants will explore their personal wine palate and preferences through 8 white wine tastings with a sommelier. $42 per person.
10th Annual Golf Night at Piedmont Town Center
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.
Jazz at the Bechtler: McCoy Tyner’s “Atlantis”
Friday, May 4 | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 and 8:15 p.m.
In the Bechtler’s monthly concert series, the Ziad Jazz Quartet will honor McCoy Tyner with performances of selections from two of his signature albums, Atlantis and Fly With the Wind. Light bites and cash-only bar. $14 general admission, $8 for museum members.
South End Gallery Crawl
First Friday of each month
Experience South End’s vibrant arts scene on the first Friday of each month, when neighborhood galleries and design studios open their doors for lively receptions and new exhibitions.
Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Friday
3115 Providence Rd. | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Cotwold’s family-friendly food truck rally is back for the 2018 season with local bands, tons of free parking, gated playgrounds and more. Events are BYOB and dog-friendly. Before heading out, check their Facebook page for the latest updates.
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.
Ballantyne Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 5 | The Ballantyne Hotel | 4 – 7 p.m.
Watch the 144th run-ing of the Kentucky Derby on the South lawn of The Ballantyne. The family-friendly event features Woodford Reserve and Maker’s Mark specialty cocktails, mint juleps, pony rides, a best hat competition and food available at à la carte pricing.
Charlotte’s Largest Cinco De Mayo Block Party
South End Station | All day
Hot Taco, All American Pub, Slate Charlotte and Oak Room team up for a block party featuring $2 tacos, margaritas, live music and giveaways. $10 raffle tickets will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their fight against cancer.
13th Annual Cinco de Montford Fiesta
Angry Ales | All day
The 13th annual Cinco de Montford Fiesta is back with a DJ, giveaways and drink specials: $2.50 Tecate cans, $3 Luna Azul Tequila Shots and $4 margaritas.
Tin Roof Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
Tin Roof Charlotte | All day
Looking for all-day live music? Tin Roof has you covered. Bands take the stage at noon and play through close. Between songs, fill up on tacos and margaritas off the menu.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Belfast Mill Irish Pub | All day
Belfast Mill is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with games, and $2 Tecate cans, $4 Lunazul tequila and $5 margaritas.
5 DE MAYO Celebration at Brazwells of Ballantyne
Brazwell’s Premium Pub- Ballantyne | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
In Ballantyne, head to the roof at Brazwells for a night of tequila, music from two DJs and more.
Cinco de Mayfest
JackBeagle’s Noda | 1 – 10 p.m.
The 17th annual Mayfest features four live bands and raises money for hospice via donations and t-shirt sales.
Fiesta in the Village
Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | All day
This fiesta has it all: a taco eating contest, live music, a Chihuahua costume contest and even a margarita tasting. $10 tasting ticket includes five margarita samples, chips and salsa bar and a raffle ticket.
Cinco de Mayo at the Market
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pick up some fresh ingredients and free recipes for your Cinco de Mayo meals from vendors at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Legion Brewing | All day
Your taste buds will thank you for spending Cinco de Mayo at Legion Brewing, where they will offer a churro-inspired waffle and spicy breakfast burrito for brunch, tacos and queso funded throughout the day and tap a Grapefruit- Jalapeño version of their Margarita Gose, “Juan Direction”. Patrons will also enjoy live music from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Kill the Keg-Cinco De Mayo at Midwood
Midwood Smokehouse Park Road | 2 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy craft beer, BBQ and a build-your-own nacho bar. $5 includes a 16 oz. pour of Legion Brewing’s Margarita Gose.
Cinco de Bow Wow
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 1 – 5 p.m.
Bring Fido to Lucky Dog Bark & Brew for a day of drink specials, adoptable pups, giveaways and more to support Lucky Pup Rescue SC.
Cinco de Derby
Hickory Tavern Metropolitan | 2 p.m.
Celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby with drink specials, a nacho and taco bar and $10 tequila flights.
Cinco de Mayo Vendor Pop-Up Market
The Barrel Room at Triple C | 2 – 7 p.m.
Shop from local vendors, enjoy live music, sip on a Triple C special release and grab a bite from the New Wrap Order food truck at this pop-up market.
Kentucky Derby Watch Party
Rí Rá Charlotte | 2 – 8:30 p.m.
Head to Rí Rá to catch all the excitement of the derby, along with Mint Juleps, Bourbon Margaritas and Bourbon BBQ Tacos. Wear your best hat to win $100 in the Crazy Hat Contest.
Gardening In Charlotte
May 5 | Historic Rosedale Plantation
This intimate lecture and hands-on workshop led by botanist Larry Mellichamp will teach attendees all about cultivating a thriving garden in the Southeast. Learn about pruning, bulbs, soil types, impact of local weather and more. Limited to 15 participants. $20 per person. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hats and Horses
The Broken Spoke | 2 p.m.
The Broken Spoke will feature Carolina Mint Juleps ($8) and wine spritzers ($6) along with their cheese boards and charcuterie. Don your best Derby Hat to win titles like “Largest Hat”, “Most Unique” and “Fan Favorite”.
Tati Soares Design Pop Up Show
Pottery Barn at SouthPark Mall | Noon – 4 p.m.
This special pop-up offers the perfect chance for you to create your own silk scarves, floral art prints and more for Mom.
ALL YOU CAN EAT CRAB FEAST- Summer Series
Loft & Cellar | 1 – 3:30 p.m.
This limited seat crab feast includes all-you-can-eat Maryland blue crabs, fried fish platters and peel-and-eat shrimp. Advance ticket purchase only. $25 – $55.
Derby Day Hat Competition
BLACKLION Park Road | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wear your best Kentucky Derby Hat out shopping for the chance to win fun giveaways throughout the store.
Chocolate Bark Making
The Secret Chocolatier | 2 – 3 p.m.
Learn all about tempering, how to make chocolate bark and even take some home in this beginner level class. $25.
Mac’s 13th Anniversary Party
Mac’s Speed Shop | 2 – 8 p.m.
Hep Mac’s celebrate their 13th anniversary with live music, anniversary t-shirts and $3 Pacifico, Corona and Corona Light cans.
Noda Day in May
McDowell & 35th | 1 – 7 p.m.
Discover local artists at NoDa Day in May, a free street festival featuring multiple vendors, food trucks, DJs, beer and more. A portion of proceeds supports Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Sedgefield Park | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join neighbors at Sedgefest, a celebration complete with live music from The Sammies, food trucks, a beer garden, art vendors, a kids zone, fire truck visit, raffles and more.
Seis De Mayo Brunch
Draught Charlotte | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Keep the fiesta going at Draught’s Seis De Mayo brunch, featuring a special menu by Chef Donnie. While you feast, enjoy beast from DJ Yona and $2 mimosas, $3 select beers, $15 champagne bottles, $5 Bloody Mary’s, $2 man-mosas and $20 sharable punches.
Bluzy Brunch at Coaltrane’s Char Grill
Coaltrane’s Char Grill, Plaza Midwood | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ease into your Sunday funday with blues music from Caleb Davis. Drink specials include $5 bloody Mary’s, $3 beer special and $3 mimosas.
Front Porch Sundays
First Sunday of every month April – November | Noon – 5 p.m.
Add some culture to your Sunday Funday by shopping a selection of local and handmade vendors at Front Porch Sundays. The monthly festival also includes food trucks, live music and workout classes.
Mother’s Day Brunch Class
Savory Spice Shop | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Savory Spice team and Chef Terra Ciotta from The Art Institute of Charlotte show guests how to whip up sweet and savory dishes for their own Mother’s Day feast. $15. Call 980.225.5419 to reserve your spot.