Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same things every weekend. Branch out and try something new with our day-by-day round-up of the best events in Charlotte this weekend.

Looking for something special just with girls? Read our Best June GNOs here. For Family To Do’s this week, our post is here. And early June foodie events, restaurant openings & closings? Here.

ALL WEEKEND

Taste of Charlotte 2019
June 7-9 | Uptown Charlotte

The 21st Annual Taste of Charlotte is a three-day celebration featuring the best of the city’s restaurants and culinary destinations. Enjoy six blocks of special restaurant tastings, sample, cooking demos, vendor shops, entertainment and more.

THURSDAY

Anne Springs Close Greenway Summer Concert Series
Comporium Amphitheater at the Anne Springs Close Greenway | 6:30 p.m.

The seventh annual Summer Concert Series kicks off with party band Next Level Band of Charlotte. Attendees can also expect food truck vendors and beer, wine and other refreshments for sale.

Open House
McColl Center for Art + Innovation | 6 – 9 p.m.

Help welcome the McColl Center’s summer artists-in-residence and celebrate the opening reception for our summer exhibition, New Works / Alumni Three. Expect art on display, a beer and wine bar, music by DJ Bo White, participatory art installations and free admission.

FRIDAY

Friday is National Donut Day and there are plenty of deals around town. Here’s our round up of the best donuts in the greater QC area, and deals where we know them!!


Jazz at the Bechtler: Latin Jazz 
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 and 8:15 p.m.

June’s Jazz at the Bechtler performance brings the sounds of Cuba Brazil and Latin America to Charlotte with a trio of special guests. $16 for the public and $10 for museum members.

June Nebel’s Alley Night Market
101 W Worthington Ave. | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

This night market set throughout the alleys of The Design Center features local businesses and vendors, jazz music, caricatures and more.

Succulent Box Workshop
AR Workshop Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.

Just in time for spring, create a centerpiece box filled with succulents (and learn how to care for them) with help of guest instructor Kimberly Giger.

South End Gallery Crawl
South End Neighborhood | 5 – 9 p.m.

Make plans to tour some of South End’s best art galleries during the neighborhood’s monthly crawl. Expect new exhibitions, music, receptions and the opportunity to meet the artists.

SATURDAY

Infusing Flavor in Seafood Cooking Class
Upstream Seafood | 10 a.m.

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Chef Diminich and the culinary staff at Upstream will teach class participants how to infuse flavor into seafood using a variety of spices, marinades and chiles to produce delicious dishes that are sure to impress. Class includes wine, tastings of each dish and step-by-step recipe cards so you can replicate each dish at home. $55 per person. Call 704.556.7730 to reserve your spot.

Bourbon Tasting & Dinner
The Asbury | 3 – 7 p.m.

Whether you’re a bourbon newbie or experienced connoisseur, all can enjoy five unique pours in a tasting led by Charles Wilkerson from Whiskey Tango Charlie, a Charlotte-based tasting club. The evening continues with a special menu created by Asbury Chef Mike Long. $95+.

Flower Crown Workshop
METROPOLITAN | 2 – 4 p.m.

Learn step-by-step instructions on how to craft your very own flower crown with handpicked flowers from Bookout Blooms. Guests will also enjoy charcuterie prepared by Dressler’s, 20% off at CRIV, giveaways and more. $20 per person.

Two Scoops Southend 1 Year Anniversary Party
Two Scoops Creamery Southend | 1 – 11 p.m.

Celebrate Two Scoops’ anniversary with free waffle cones all day with the purchase of a single, double or triple scoop.

The Music of Queen
Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m.

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The Charlotte Symphony will pay tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen with all the hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions” and “Somebody to Love.”

2019 Race to the Taste 5k
Taste of Charlotte Festival, Uptown | 9 a.m.

To offset all of the tasting and sampling, lace up for the Race to the Taste 5k, which starts and ends at Uptown’s Taste of Charlotte Festival. Complete the full 5K or opt for the 1-mile Cupcake Run/Walk. There will also be a Kids Dash for those under 12.

Grand Opening Party
Nekter Juice Bar (Myers Park) | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Nekter Juice Bar in Myers Park with free swag bags for the first 25 guests, $1.00 freshly made smoothies & juices (16oz. size only, limit 1 per person), $35 specials on any one-day cleanse pack, entertainment and games for the whole family.

National Gardening Week
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In honor of National Gardening Week (June 2 – 8 ), the market’s horticultural specialist will be onsite to answer all your questions about annuals, perennials, biennials, shrubs, trees, evergreens, bulbs, houseplants, ground-covers and more.

Monthly Wine Tasting-Wines from South Africa
Foxcroft Wine Co-SouthPark and Dilworth | 3 – 5 p.m.

Both SouthPark and Dilworth locations will be pouring the following six wines for just a $5 tasting fee

Charlotte Brunch Crawl
Uptown Charlotte | 12 – 6 p.m.

Toast to everyone’s favorite meal at Uptown’s go-to brunch spots with exclusive drink specials and brunch bites at each stop, plus giveaways.

3rd Annual Sip Sip Rosé Brunch
204 North Kitchen & Cocktails | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The third annual Sip, Sip, Rosé brunch is back with $10 Rose drink specials.

Farmer’s Market Cooking Class
Aix en Provence | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chef Nicholas will instruct participants on the cooking and preparation of three popular summer dishes ~ Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Chicken Milanese and Strawberry Shortcake. Participants will receive recipes and ingredients lists to take home. After instruction, enjoy these dishes in a special three-course lunch with wine pairings. $50+ per person. Call 704.332.1886 to save your seat.

HousingFest Unplugged featuring Robyn Springer
Charlotte Art League | 6 – 9 p.m.

Support the Urban Ministry Center’s ArtWorks 945 program with an evening of art and music. Visit artist studios, enjoy beer for purchase and music by R&B vocalist Robyn Springer.

Folkin Around
Sugar Creek Brewing | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

This all-day music festival includes performances by Dixie Dave Allen & Kayla Charlene and Dead Cat, along with the release of a new brew.

SUNDAY

Jester King Brewery Beer Dinner
The Cellar at Duckworth’s | 1 – 4 p.m.

This five-course dinner pairing features a special menu crafted by Chef Fred Quinones and beer by Jester King Brewery from Austin, TX. $80+.

Chocolate and Wine Benefit for Joedance Film Festival
307 Settlers Ln. | 4 – 6 p.m.

This chocolate and wine pairing benefits Uptown Charlotte’s own Joedance Film Festival with proceeds donated to Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. Enjoy four pairings of Potts Chocolate with wines from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. $30 per person.