With all that’s going on around town, it can be hard to know what’s worth your precious time off. We’ve done the hard work for you in our day-by-day round-up of what to do this weekend in Charlotte.
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Blowing the Roof Off
May 11 – 12 | Coaltrane’s Char Grill
Take patio weather to the next level at Coaltrane’s rooftop bar launch, happening all weekend long. Expect DJ, $3 shots, $4 draft beer and $5 mixed drinks.
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.
May 11 – 12 | Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
The Charlotte Symphony returns to close out their classical series with three works from Mozart, including his final symphony Jupiter. Enjoy a Pre-Concert Talk before Friday’s performance and a Pre-Concert Performance from the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Hats Off to Mom
May 10 – May 13 | Historic Rosedale Plantation
Don your best hat and bring mom to this special program at Historic Rosedale Plantation. View unique and historic hats on display, including the plantation’s prized green bonnet. Program times are 1:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday with an additional time at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Elijah Craig 4 Course Whiskey Dinner
The Cellar at Duckworth’s | 5 – 8 p.m.
Join The Cellar at Duckworth’s and The Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers for a four-course pairing of chef-prepared plates, Elijah Craig whiskey tastings and original cocktails. $75 per person. Call 980.349.4078 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Steely Dan With The Doobie Brothers: The Summer Of Living Dangerously
PNC Music Pavilion | 7:30 p.m.
Keep off the pre-weekend by catching the show outdoors from the lawn or under the pavilion.$25+.
Mother’s Day Sip & Shop
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.
Sycamore Brewing | 5 – 10 p.m.
Calling all bacon lovers! The best local food trucks will offer their best bacon-themed dishes at this week’s Food Truck Friday. Attendees will also enjoy live music and special beer pairings by Sycamore Brewing.
Cheese & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Jay Bradish with Red Clay Ciderworks and Rachel Klebaur from Orrman’s Cheese Shop to walk guests through four cheese and cider pairing. $19.
Food Truck Friday Dilworth
1324 East Blvd. (Corner of Scott Ave. & East Blvd.) | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Dilworth’s food truck rally features picnic table seating, a BYO cooler policy, live music from La Acoustics, kids activities and more. The food truck line-up includes Cousins Maine Lobster, Boone’s BBQ, Bebos Mac Shack, King of Pops and more.
Sounds on the Square
Spirit Square | 7 – 9 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair Uptown for Sound on the Square, a free concert event in Spirit Square. This week, The Trailblazers take the stage.
The Unknown Spring Market
The Unknown Brewing Company | 6 – 9 p.m.
Pick up something for mom or discover something for yourself at a pop-up vendor market featuring 15 local small business owners.
Reimagine Fashion -10th Year Anniversary of Charlotte International Fashion Week
The Mint Museum Uptown | 6 p.m.
Celebrate some of the best emerging designers, artists and models from around the country during the Reimagine Fashion Show, an art-inspired showcase. Guests will enjoy a VIP cocktail hour, a red carpet experience, complimentary appetizers and a fashion show. $20+.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The market’s Annual Strawberry Day will feature free strawberry ice cream and recipes, along with special offers from market vendors.
Art & Soul of South End
1600 & 1700 blocks of Camden Road, between Park Ave and West Boulevard | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Since 2002, the Art & Soul of South End Festival has highlighted the artists and businesses that shape Charlotte’s growing South End neighborhood. This year, the free festival features vendors, demonstrations, activities from neighborhood businesses, music and opportunities to meet artists, makers and chefs.
Lil Wayne House Party
Draught Charlotte | 9 p.m.
Go all out on a Saturday with Draught’s Lil Wayne party, featuring no cover, drink specials and DJ Edward Shouse.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Saturday, May 12 | Symphony Park
This celebration of tasty beer, bourbon and BBQ features Over 60 beers, 40 bourbons and plenty of ‘que. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and seminars. VIP and general admission tickets available.
Mother’s Day Blooms in the Art Lounge at Nordstrom
Nordstrom SouthPark | 2 p.m.
Bring mom or a friend to the Art Lounge at Nordstrom SouthPark to craft your own beautiful flower arrangement just in time for Mother’s Day. $65.
2nd Annual Low Country Boil
Piedmont Social House | 3 – 6 p.m.
The 2nd annual low country boil features all-you-can-eat crawfish, shrimp, kielbasa, potatoes, and corn for $35. Upgrade to VIP for two additional drink tickets and admission one hour early.
1st Annual Uptown Whiskey Walk
Charlotte Center City | 2 – 6 p.m.
Novices and experts alike will enjoy sipping from spot to spot in the inaugural Uptown Whiskey Walk. Stops include 204 North Kitchen and Cocktails, Cowbell Burger and Whiskey Bar, Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant and Sip Bar and Cellar. $25-$40.
The Music Yard Concert Series
The Music Yard | 6 – 11 p.m.
The Music Yard’s spring concert series continues as Dark Water Rising and Hustle Souls take the stage this week. Before the show, take part in a workout class ($5) then stick around for music and offerings from SouthBound’s Taco Stand.
Pop the Top- 1 year Anniversary Party
Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop | Noon – 11 p.m.
Help Pop the Top celebrate their first year with a free pint glass for the first 50 customers, free food and special beer releases.
Starving Artist Market
Lenny Boy Brewing | 1 – 6 p.m.
Shop (and drink) local as over 30 handmade artists and vendors offer jewelry, candles, paintings, gifts, pottery and more at Lenny Boy Brewing. A Bao Time food truck will be on site.
Bold Missy’s One Year Anniversary
Bold Missy Brewery | Noon – 10 p.m.
Raise your glass and enjoy special releases throughout the day to one full year of Bold Missy Brewery. VIP ticket holders will receive 4 oz. tastings of each new brew, a pour in a commemorative glass and access to all five new beers all day.
2018 Vintage Charlotte Summer Market
Camp North End | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 7th annual summer market features over 80 of the region’s best vintage and handmade vendors. Yelp Charlotte will supply shopping bags for the first 500 guests, plus food and beverage vendors will be on site. $7 early bird entry at 10 a.m., $2 general admission 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
Spring into Arts Festival
Downtown Concord | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Downtown Concord’s annual Spring Into Arts Festival showcases and promotes visual and performing arts with a juried art show, live entertainment, local beer and wine, kids activities and more.
The Catawba SwimRun
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Back for its second year, 11.4 mile The Catawba SwimRun Race combines swim and run elements on a brand new course and two divisions. $60-$70 for solo competitors-$110-$120 for a team of two.
CCM Spring Pottery Festival
Carolina Clay Matters | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Over 60 potters will showcase their work at the Carolina Clay matters Pottery Festival, which is free and open to the public.
Truffle Making Workshop
The Secret Chocolatier | 2 – 4 p.m.
Become a real chocolatier with hands-on instruction in a professional kitchen. Learn to make truffle ganache through infusing, dipping and coating, plus take home your leftover creations. $60.
The H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery Mother’s Day 5K
Symphony Park | 8 a.m.
Start a new family tradition with a 5K course, kids activities and free mimosas and beer for moms. $40.
Mother’s Day Chocolate Mead, Roses & Truffles
GoodRoad CiderWorks | Noon – 7 p.m.
Treat mom to a limited batch of chocolate mead, a rose in appreciation and raspberry truffles from The Underground Truffle, LLC.
Reps and Rosé Barre
Fidelli Kitchen | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Round out your Sunday with Reps and Rosé, a 50-minute barre class followed by a well-deserved glass of wine. $8.