It’s the perfect weekend to get out and enjoy everything that the Queen City has to offer. Make your plans with the help of our day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
April 29 – May 11
This first ever, biggest ever QC festival Uptown wraps up this week. Here are our picks on the best things to do at SHOUT this week, including the openings of both the Prismatica and Entre les Rangs installations, sky high aerial dancers and the headliner music.
Mother’s Day Weekend at the Garden
May 10 – 11 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Mother’s Day at the garden is worthy of a two-day celebration. In addition to strolling the gardens, moms and their families can shop local vendors, do arts and crafts, enjoy lunch from a food truck, listen to live music and more. Don’t miss the wine walk from 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturday. The first 250 mothers admitted each day beginning at 9 a.m. will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Rountree Plantation Garden Center.
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.
May 9 – 10 | Art House Charlotte
Shop beautiful, original work from more than 20 local artists at Art House Charlotte’s Fresh Works. Designers welcome.
Purple Arts-Help Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Napa on Providence | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join the fight against pancreatic cancer with an evening of local art, appetizers and wine on Napa’s patio. $30 donation. Call 704.900.8535 to reserve your spot.
Distillery Pairing at the Market
7th Street Market | 5 – 8 p.m.
At this pairing, you’ll find six local distilleries at six businesses throughout the market. Sample spirits and enjoy a complimentary appetizer, dessert or drink at each stop. The night also includes live music.
STOKE Wine Dinner
Stoke Charlotte | 6 p.m.
In partnership with Charlotte SHOUT, Stoke Charlotte will celebrate Charlotte’s 250th anniversary a multi-course meal made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients paired with complementary wines. View the full menu here. $95 per person.
Colonial Gem 2019
Charlotte Museum of History | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The premier fundraising event for The Charlotte Museum of History includes live music, specialty drink tastings and great food in support of the museum’s mission.
What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood LIVE Podcast
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.
Artist Talk: Carolyn DeMeritt
The Light Factory | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hear artist Carolyn DeMeritt discuss her career spanning 35 years and how The Light Factory influenced her as an artist in a program entitled “An Eclectic Retrospective.”
Music at the Met
METROPOLITAN | 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Jeff Edwards Band will take the stage at this week’s Music at the Met. There will also be food and drink specials, oversized yard games, corn hole, a popsicle stand and more.
Goodyear Arts: March/April Residency Showcase
Goodyear Arts | 6 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate March and April’s Artists-in-Residence Anna Kenar, Llucy Llong, Casey Malone and Kilee Price with new works, complimentary beer from NoDa Brewing (while it lasts) and vegan treats and popsicles.
Mother’s Day Sip & Shop
7th Street Public Market | 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Find the perfect gift for mom at the market’s sip and shop. The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Romare Bearden Park | 8 p.m.
Jam along to the music of Umphrey’s McGee in the heart of Uptown. G. Love and Special Sauce will open the show. $35 per person.
Kicking It With Cam
Bank of America Stadium | 4 p.m.
The fifth annual Kicking It With Cam celebrity kickball tournament will be played on the field of Bank of America Stadium for the first time. All proceeds benefit The Cam Newton Foundation.
Mixology with Bob Peters: The Joys of Mezcal
Earl’s Grocery | 2:30 p.m.
One of the city’s leading mixologists leads this exploration of cocktails made with mezcal, focusing on three brands: Mezcal Creyente, Ilegal Mezcal, and Montelobos Mezcal. Admission is free but seating is limited.
Annual Mega Rosé Tasting at Dilworth
Foxcroft Wine Co-Dilworth | 1 – 4 p.m.
Dilworth’s Foxcroft Wine Co. location will be pouring curated selection of more than 40 rosé wines at this “mega-tasting”. There will also be light Mediterranean fare. $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Big Al’s 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil
Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 10 p.m.
Help raise awareness and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness at Big Al’s 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil. Ticket price includes crawfish, jambalaya and live jazz by Keenan McKenzie Music. Proceeds support the Charlotte-based HopeWay Foundation, the only mental health treatment center of its kind in the region.
QC Sip and Shop
The Unknown Brewing Company | 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
In addition to shopping more than 30 vendors, enjoy live music, food trucks and of course, plenty of beer.
Mommy & Me Mother’s Day Class
The Bar Method (Charlotte – Southpark) | 10 a.m.
Invite your little one to class for a Mommy & Me class in honor of Mother’s Day.
3rd Annual Memory Gala
The Westin Charlotte | 6 – 11 p.m.
Help raise awareness and funding for the Alzheimer’s Association with a gala including a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, dancing, musical entertainment, wine pull and silent and live auctions.
5th Annual Teal Diva 5k for Ovarian and Other Gyn Cancers
NASCAR Hall of Fame | 9:30 a.m.
Lace up for the fifth annual Teal Diva 5K. Teal costumes, wigs and tutu’s are encouraged as the organization aims to raise awareness and funding for more research initiatives dedicated to ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.
Mother’s Day Bazaar
Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts | 11 a.m.
Shop local vendors and enjoy live music at this day-long bazaar. There will also be giveaways and drink specials: expect $5 mimosas, $5 beer-mosas and $2 off any glass of regular or sparkling wine.
Free Cheese Plates in the Park
First Ward Park | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Between your Saturday Charlotte SHOUT! events, stop by First Ward Park to snag one of 50 free cheese plates from Orrman’s Cheese Shop. First come first serve.
Soul Food Sessions Dinner
7th Street Public Market | 6:30 p.m.
The first Saturday Night Soul food sessions dinner will be sweet potato themed and feature Soul Food Sessions chefs, Chefs Anika Rucker of Farenheit, Darryl Cooper of The Cooking Coop, Marlene Barber, Treasure Williams, Maria Elena Lundy and Mixologists Justin Hazelton and Jaquan Bowser.
Catawba Charlotte’s 2nd Anniversary
Catawba Brewing Company – Charlotte | 12 – 11 p.m.
Help Catawba celebrate their second anniversary with specialty beer releases, live music on the porch all afternoon, food trucks and treats, plus local artists offering their latest works at the Starving Artist Market.
HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K
CMC Myers Park, 1350 S. Kings Drive | 8 a.m.
The HEARTest Yard Program and Showmars Restaurants will join forces to host the fourth annual HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K. After crossing the finish line, stick around for refreshments, music and kids activities. All proceeds will benefit programs (HEARTest Yard Program/Program for Pediatric Hearts) at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Forgot to make Mother’s Day reservations? From the Lake to South Charlotte, here’s where you should book a brunch for mom.