Looking for an excuse to plan a girls’ night out? We’ve got plenty. Here are our picks for May’s best girls’ nights out in Charlotte:

FUN TO-DO’S

Ladies Who Lunch After Dark
May 14 | Mere’s CLT | 7 – 9 p.m.

Hear Shelly L. Henderson talk about how everyone can “start from scratch” and help celebrate the launch of her new project with Fashion & Compassion.

Women for Animal Welfare Cocktail Reception
May 15 | Myers Park Country Club | 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Raise a glass to the Humane Society of Charlotte at the 6th Annual Women for Animal Welfare Cocktail Reception presented by Charlotte Skin & Laser. You’ll enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, live music and a presentation from guest speaker Lou Solomon of Interact Authentic Communication.

Art in the Garden Tour
May 18 – 19 | Various tour stops

This two-day garden tour features six unique residential gardens, plain-air painters and an after-tour party and art show at Mint Museum Randolph after the tours close on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance for Mint and Garden Club members, $30 for general public. Day-of tickets are $25 for members, $35 for the public.

Speak PINK
May 29 | 12 p.m. | The Westin

For a meaningful girls day out, hear how Amy Robach, breast cancer survivor, co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20” and reporter for Good Morning America and ABC News, stayed positive throughout her treatment and learn about the importance of local breast cancer research and early detection.

Opening Gala – The Southern Living Inspired Home at The Bramble
May 31 | 427 Bramble Way, Fort Mill | 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Be there for the unveiling of Charlotte’s first Southern Living Inspired Home at the opening gala, complete with a catered dinner, handcrafted cocktails, live music and a live charity auction. $150+.

SIPS & BITES

‘Tis the season for rosé! Grab your girlfriends and raise a toast at one of these rosé events this month:

Strawberry Tasting Dinner
May 6 | 7th Street Public Market | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

At this sweet tasting dinner, enjoy six courses created by different market vendors using summer’s favorite fruit: strawberries. Assorted Table Wine Shop and Tank’s Tap will also pair wine and beer with the dishes. $60 per person.

LUNG FORCE Turquoise Tasting
May 16 | The Duke Mansion | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Grab the girls and enjoy an evening at the Duke Mansion in support of LUNG FORCE, the American Lung Association’s lung cancer initiative. You’ll try seasonal bites paired with wine and beer, a silent auction, wine pull and live music.

Hands-On Cocktail Class: Cocktail Fundamentals
May 17 | Liberate Your Palate | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Learning is more fun together – especially when there are cocktails involved. In this hands-on class, you and your crew will learn all of the fundamentals of cocktail-making, including how to shake a cocktail, when to shake or stir and proper muddling techniques. $75 per person.

SHOPPING & BEAUTY

Counter Conversations Charlotte with Brooklyn Decker & Beautycounter
May 7 | Byron’s South End | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hear from Gregg Renfrew, CEO and founder of Beautycounter and Brooklyn Decker (Charlotte native) about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, the importance of sustainability in business, how to be a fearless leader, and priceless advice on how to balance it all. There will also be food, activities and networking.

Scoop’s Mother’s Day Sip and Shop
May 8 | Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center | 6 – 8 p.m.

Invite your mom, daughter and girlfriends for a girls night out to benefit the The Isabella Santos Foundation and enjoy fabulous shopping, bubbles, beauty and treats. Your ticket includes two glasses of sparkling wine and the opportunity to shop some of scoopcharlotte’s favorite businesses.
The first 100 ticket purchasers will receive a scoopcharlotte swag bag!

ARTS & CULTURE

Ladies Sing The Blues (Blues Triple Header)
May 3 | The Jazz Garden Tent at Romare Bearden Park | 6 p.m.

See three talented women sing and play the blues in Romare Bearden Park’s Jazz Tent. The Donna Hopkins Band, Deva Mahal and Maria Muldaur will each perform a full-length set. Tickets start at $24.50.

Cocktails, Conversation, and a Book Signing with Vogue Editor
May 8 | Mint Museum Randolph | 6:30 p.m.

The Mint Museum, SOCO Gallery and Wells Fargo Private Bank team up for Cocktails, Conversation, and a Book Signing with Tonne Goodman and Ivan Shaw in celebration of the newly published Point of View. Tickets are $150 per person and include a signed copy of the book. A percentage of proceeds will support the Mint Annual Fund.

What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood LIVE Podcast
May 9 | Booth Playhouse | 7:30 p.m.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this moms-night-out will have you laughing – and relating – to the hilarious stories told by Amy Wilson and comedy writer Margaret. Get your tickets here.

Adult Art Party: Block Prints
May 10 | Mint Museum Uptown | 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Get your artist smock ready for a hands-on DIY night at the museum. You’ll design and hand cut soft inoleum into a custom block or stamp of your choice, then take a mini tour of the galleries. Registration includes admission, materials, instruction, wine or beer and light refreshments. $40 general admission, $30 for Mint members.

“In Bloom” Opening Reception
May 10 | Sozo Gallery | 6 – 8 p.m.

Start your Friday GNO with the opening reception of In Bloom at Sozo Gallery. The exhibit features vibrant works from Ed Nash, Bre Crowell, Mary Ann Forehand, Liz Barber and more. Plus, Foxglove Fine Flowers, John Lupton Events, Pagoda Event Designs and Darling Dogwood will bring to life floral interpretations of works from the exhibits.

Shout! Out: Charlotte Hip Hop
May 10 | Knight Theater | 7:30 p.m.

The best hip hop performers from around the world and down the road will take the stage at Knight Theater to show off their best moves. Expect a showcase of hip hop culture and contemporary dance and music from DJ Steel Wheel in the lobby. $25 general admission.

End-to-End
May 10 – 11 | Camp North End

Make plans to attend this free part symposium, part art exhibition, part immersive music and part art installation. In celebration of the creative process, expect a tech symposium, pop-up foodie events, a Goodyear Arts showcase, immersive installations and more.

Carol Burnett
May 14 | Ovens Auditorium | 7:30 p.m.

Get ready to laugh out load when Carol Burnett takes the stage at Ovens Auditorium. In a fun twist, the audience asks the questions during this show. $67+.

Charlotte Ballet’s Brews & Ballet
May 18 | Center for Dance | 1 – 3 p.m.

Thought the worlds of beer and ballet could never collide? Think again. The first Brews & Ballet will feature performances of local, choreographic voices paired with local craft beers. You and your crew can enjoy a craft beer reception on the lawn outside Center for Dance, followed by an abbreviated performance of Choreographic Lab at 2 p.m.