Whether you’re planning a low-key holiday staycation or hosting out-of-towners, we’ve got plenty of fresh ideas to keep you entertained. Here’s your day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
A Bronx Tale
Belk Theater | Through April 21
Don’t miss your chance to see the show AM New York describes as “Jersey Boys meets West Side Story” through this weekend at the Belk Theater. You’ll head to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s to follow a young man as he gets caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.
Modernism in the Mountains
Knight Theater| 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Discover surprising story of Black Mountain College, a short-lived educational experiment from 1933-1957 in the North Carolina Mountains that revolutionized America’s art scene, through a panel discussion and a reception at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
April MEGA Wine Tasting
Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Every third Thursday of the month, Vin Master hosts a public tasting of up to 20 wines from all over the world for just $15! Event runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with a 7:45 p.m. cutoff. Pay on arrival and please tell them you saw it on scoop!!
The Loyalist Market, Matthews | 6:30 p.m.
Learn all about the best cured meats to grace your next charcuterie board from the professionals at Matthew’s The Loyalist Market. You’ll taste through their top artisan products, enjoy a glass of red and white wines and receive 15% off of your retail purchase in the shop (excluding beer and wine). $39 per participant. Call 704.814.9866 to reserve your spot.
Spring Weekly Tours
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens | 6 – 7 p.m.
Did you know that the UNC Botanical Garden offers weekly garden walks? From April through mid-May, the Gardens’ professional staff will take turns showcasing their favorite spots in the garden each week. $5 per person per walk (free for garden members).
Bath Tea Class
Savory Spice Shop | 6:30 p.m.
See flowers in a whole new way at Savory Spice Shop. In this class, you’ll learn about bath tea and make two of your own blends to take home using various flowers, teas, salts and sugars. You’ll also get 10% off your retail purchase. $15 per participant, call 980.225.5419 to reserve your spot.
Connollys Charlotte | 7 p.m.
Uptown at Connolleys, taste various whiskeys including Yellowspot, Greenspot and Redbreast 12 and 15 year. The night also includes light fare and giveaways. $20 per person.
20 Ride LIVE
Rooftop 210 | 5 – 8:30 p.m.
This Zac Brown Band tribute band unofficially kicks off the weekend at the next edition of Alive After Five.
Goodyear Arts | 7 p.m.
Help support the upcoming Vegfest 2019 with a day of vegan eats and local vendors. Expect bites from Nourish, Cooking with Joya, Fern, Banh Mi Brothers, Lady Go Go’s, Jai Food and Jyoti’s, as well as Move That Dough, Cafe Ganache, True Flour and Cinnaholic. There will also be a donation-based bar, vendors, giveaways and representatives from local non-profits if you’re looking to get involved.
Hot Glass Alley | 6 – 9 p.m.
At this open demonstration, watch artists in action glass blowing in the Hot Shop or flame working on the torches. Open to the public.
Hands-On Cocktail Class – Home Bar Basics
Liberate Your Palate | 6:30 p.m.
You’ve got the styled bar cart, now it’s time to master some classic recipes. In this hands-on class, learn to make four tried and true cocktails that form the core of any home bar menu, plus get a list of liquors, mixers and tools that are essential for setting up your home bar. $70 per participant.
Science on the Rocks: Shaken Not Stirred
Discovery Place Science | 5 – 9 p.m.
Head to Discovery Place Science for a spy-themed adults-only night at the museum. The night out includes specialty cocktails, spy movie trivia, hands-on activities, a laser maze and more. $12+ per person.
Anitpasto Platter Tasting
Reid’s Fine Foods Myers Park | 2 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy the variety and flavors of a classic antipasto platter at Reid’s. Meaning “before the meal”, these platters typically consist of charcuterie, cheese, pickled vegetables or olives and bread
Charlotte Ballet’s Barre Hops
Catawba Brewing Company | 7 p.m.
Join Charlotte Ballet company dancers for a 40-minute barre class at Catawba Brewing Company! The class is free and open to all skill levels.
Mint on the Dot!
Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph | 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Stop by during your visit at Mint Museum Uptown or Mint Museum Randolph for a 10-minute art chat in the Mint Museum Galleries. Free with museum admission.
Water Lantern Festival
Symphony Park | 5 p.m.
Create and launch your own water lantern at this festival in SouthPark. The evening also includes food trucks and music. $25+ in advance, $40 day of event.
2019 Smoke Off BBQ Competition
The Unknown Brewing Company | 4 – 8 p.m.
Get your taste buds ready – the Charlotte Smokeoff is back. $10 gets you unlimited samples from the best amateur BBQ masters in the Queen City. Plus, enjoy live music, craft beer and more in support of Purple Heart Homes.
Sycamore Spring Fest
Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 10 p.m.
Kick off beer garden season with Sycamore’s Spring Fest, a day full of live music on two stages, indoor and outdoor beer and cider stations, limited edition merchandise and more.
Uptown Flea April Market
406 N Tryon St. | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Uptown Flea will return this weekend at a new location: 406 North Tryon St. Shop more than 60 local, handmade and vintage vendors, plus enjoy food carts, mobile shops and more.
The Blind Pig | 2 – 5 p.m.
In NoDa, The Blind Pig will welcome spring with a day of drink specials, an Easter egg hunt and more.
6th Annual Easter Extravaganza
Ballantyne Village | 1 – 3 p.m.
Ballantyne Village’s sixth annual Easter Extravaganza has fun for the whole family. Kids can play with live bunnies, make arts and crafts and enjoy face painting and a balloon artists, then everyone can pose for photos with the Easter bunny.
Fairy Garden Workshop
Sardis Marketplace | 2 p.m.
Get spring started by making your very own fairy garden with plants and other unique items. $25 per person. Bring your own container. Call 704.837.7890 to reserve your spot.
Anniversary Celebration at The Union
The Union | 4 p.m. – Close
Help The Union celebrate its anniversary with $1 beer, $1 shots and $1 cocktails. $10 cover.
Happy Easter! We’ve rounded up the best spots for you to have your Easter Sunday brunch. Check them out here.