Enjoying life on the South side of 51? We’ve got scoop just for you. Here’s the latest in openings, fun events and family outings for this May:

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Castaways Beer & Wine Garden
10007 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land

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Looking to take a summer getaway without leaving town? Head to Castaways, an island-themed outdoor beer and wine garden. It’s right next to the High Seas Miniature Golf course and has tons of outdoor yard games. Open Thursday 12 – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 7 p.m.

Spice Asian Kitchen
251 Textile Way, Fort Mill

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Now open in Fort Mill, Spice Asian Kitchen infuses flavors from each region in Asia and locally-sourced ingredients into refreshing takes on classic dishes. Menu favorites include dumplings, green curry mussels, tuna nachos, bibimbap and more. View the full menu here.

CAVA

CAVA’s newest location near Waverly offers a “pickup by car option” where you can order online and drive up to a pick-up window. Find them at 6307 Providence Farm Lane.

Sensi 

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Experience the authentic flavors and aromas of traditional Italian fare at Sensi, a new concept led by Michelin-starred chef Luigi Nastri, coming to Rea Farms in South Charlotte. Find them at 9825 Sandy Rock Place.

Splash Pad now open in Waverly

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Just in time for summer, Waverly’s splash pad is now open. Beat the heat daily from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Open Rice – Coming soon

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Coming soon to Blakeney Shopping Center, Open Rice features signature dishes of Hong Kong, including popular street food, sharable dishes, ramen noodles, stir fry and bubble waffles. View the full menu here. Find them soon at 9882 Rea Road Suite F. We’re also keeping an eye on the upcoming Burtons Grill and Bar expected to take the spot of The Liberty in Blakeney.

FUN TO -DOS

Music on the Green Live Music Series
Friday and Saturday Nights | Promenade on Providence | 7 – 10 p.m.

Promenade on Providence’s music on the green series is back Fridays and Saturdays from 7 – 10 p.m. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and blankets. May performances include music from Borderlyne, Caution! Blind Driver, Stark Reality, Leslie & Friends, Stepside Deluxe, and Russell N’ Woods.

Ballantyne Yoga Series
Every Thursday, April 4-May 30 | Brixham Tent, Ballantyne

Sara’s YMCA instructors will lead this free weekly class at the Brixham Tent every Thursday through May 30. Stick around after for treats from King of Pops Charlotte.

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!

Fashion & Compassion Trunk Show
May 8 | Crossings On Main, Fort Mill | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fashion & Compassion, a non-profit boutique that offers fair trade jewelry made by women overcoming poverty and injustice around the world, will host a truck show May 8. Shop for mom (or yourself) at the Crossings on Main.

CSO On the Go
May 8 | South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church | 7:30 p.m.

The next Charlotte Symphony On the Go performance will feature a program composed of Mozart, Holst, Haydn, and contemporary composer Alicia Bachorik, led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees. General admission tickets are $15.

Kimberly Jones Wine Dinner
May 9 | The Pump House, Rock Hill | 6:30 p.m.

Head to The Pump House in Fort Mill to enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines by winemaker Kimberly Jones. $85++ per person.

Yoga at the Amphitheater
May 9 | Kingsley Town Center, Fort Mill | 6 – 7 p.m.

Unwind with this outdoor yoga class taught by Lisa Felton Gajdzis. $10 admission includes the class and a drink voucher to Carolina Ale House. Sign up online in advance or pay at the event (cash only).

Wine Club of Ballantyne Pairing
May 10 | The Ballantyne | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The next Wine Club of Ballantyne event features a chef and sommelier-driven wine and culinary pairing with the owner of Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, Peter Thompson. $95 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.

Moms & Mimosas
May 11 | Crossings On Main, Fort Mill | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Treat yourself with a DIY mimosa bar, 15% all clothing and the debut of the expanded space at Crossings on Main. The first 25 guests will score swag bags and the first 50 will get a tase of delicious bButton Macarons.

A Night with Neil Diamond (Conner Lorre)
May 11 | Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 7:30 p.m.

Experience the best of Neil Diamond’s hits through tribute artist Conner Lorre. There’s also an option to enjoy a three-course meal as part of your night out.

Wine Tasting ~ Scheid Vineyards
May 14 | grapevine Wine Shop / Wine Bar – Riverwalk | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Head to Grapevine Wine Shop to taste six different wines from the Scheid Vineyards portfolio. On the tasting menu:

  • District 7 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Ryder Estate Chardonnay
  • Metz Road Pinot Noir
  • Ranch 32 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • VDR Red Blend
  • Stokes Ghost Petite Sirah

Reservations required. $15 per person.

Wine Dinners at Bistro D’Antonio
May 15 and 29 | Bistro D’Antonio, Waxhaw

You have two chances to enjoy a wine pairing dinner at Waxhaw’s Bistro D’Antonio. On May 15 and 29, dine on a five-course menu with wine pairings from various vineyards. $55 per person. Call 704.243.0633 to make your reservations.

Women Empower Women Lecture with Angela Hosking
May 18 | The Bar Method (Charlotte – Waverly) | 11:15 a.m.

Join Angela Hosking, author of Woman on Top: Lead Like a Lady Boss, as she speaks on the power of women supporting women and finding your inspiration.

May Pop-Up Market
May 18 | Ballantyne Village | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shop the latest in fashion, accessories and art from Ballantyne Village boutiques and more than 30 local vendors, plus a fresh produce market.

Ballantyne Village Wine Festival
May 18 | Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 12 – 7 p.m.

Get your wine glasses ready to sip and taste a wide selection of local, regional and national wine varieties and vineyards. The day also includes live music and local vendors. General Admission: $30 in advance / $35 at the door.

Goat Yoga at the Historic White Home
May 18 | The White Home, Rock Hill | 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Yoga with goats? You bet. Head to Rock Hill’s historic White Home for an hour-long yoga class with friendly goats and spring babies in the garden. $25 per person.

Farm to Brew Beer Dinner
May 20 | Legal Remedy Brewing, Rock Hill | 6:30 p.m.

This four-course beer dinner brings together farmers, chefs and brewers for an evening of handcrafted cuisine, brews and local art on display. $75 per person.

Big View Classic French Inspired Baking Class
May 23 | Big View restaurant | 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to whip up the fresh flavors of spring in this strawberry-themed baking class. You’ll learn how to make strawberry rhubarb custard pie, linger cookies with strawberry jam and key lime cake with strawberry frosting. Dinner is included. $45 per person.

FAMILY FUN

Weddington Food Truck Fridays
Fridays in May | Weddington Town Hall Parking Lot

Food Truck Fridays are coming to Weddington. Mark your calendar for Fridays in May from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

2nd Annual Celebration of Moms
May 8 | BMX Supercross Track, Rock Hill | 9:45 a.m.

The 2nd Annual Celebration of Moms event includes a Stroller Strides workout, raffle prizes, kids activities, mommy and me photos and more.

24th Annual St. Philip Neri Italian Festival
May 16 – 18 | 292 Munn Road East, Fort Mill

The 24th annual St. Philip Neri Italian Festival has something for everyone: Plenty of tasty food, music, games, rides, silent and live auctions, wine tastings, live entertainment, a 5K Cannoli Run and Family Walk and more.

Kids Cooking Class
May 17 | The Southern Olive, Fort Mill | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Get your kids comfortable in the kitchen with this hands-on cooking class. Chefs-in-training will make Basil Pesto Crustini Italian Chicken and Herbed Baby Bakers. They’ll also plant some herbs to take home and grow. $40.

Rock Hill Food Truck Fridays
May 17 (Every third Friday) | Fountain Park | 6 – 10 p.m.

Food Truck Friday is back at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill. This go-to favorite for families includes food trucks, local beers, wine, kids activities and live music. On May 17, see Brooks Dixon Band take the stage.

Kaleidoscope Fest 2019
May 18 | Downtown Waxhaw | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Waxhaw’s one-day food, music and art festival promotes the town’s arts and culture through bites from more than 14 local restaurants, work on display by 50 artists and crafters and live music through the streets of downtown.

Glencairn BloomFest – Garden and Craft Fair
May 18 | 825 Edgemont Ave, Rock Hill | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This free, family event features strolling musicians, garden tours, garden art, local vendors, kids activities, food and dessert trucks and more.

Run! Ballantyne
May 18| Sara’s YMCA in Ballantyne | 7:30 a.m.

The second race in the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Race Series is perfect for walkers and runners of all levels: There are 8K, 5K and Fun Run routes plus a post-race party with a DJ, food trucks, door prizes and more.