As Charlotte enters phase 2 of the state’s re-opening plan, there are a few more options to fill your days off. Whether you’re staying in or venturing out, here are our top picks for where to go and things to do in Charlotte this weekend.


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Reopens

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will reopen to members only on Thursday, May 28. Reserve a free ticket online before heading to the garden so staff can monitor attendance levels. Learn more about garden membership here.

Grab Some Donuts ~ at a Brewery

Free Range Brewing offers pick-up for @yourmoms_donuts on Mondays by 10pm for Wednesday pick up & by 10pm Thursday for Saturday pick up. Visit and choose the N. Davidson location in the pick up options. The brewery is also offering grocery pick up via @freshlistclt Get your orders in by 3pm Tuesday for Saturday pick up.

Oakhurst Mess Market

Head to the Oakhurst neighborhood to shop produce, groceries, flowers, pantry staples and more, all socially distanced. Find it at 4431 Monroe Road.

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms opens for swimming

Open swim at The Quarry is now open. Take the family and be sure to read the facility’s updated operating guidelines before planning your trip. EDITOR’S note: experts agree chlorine kills virus & bacteria in swimming pools, and here’s the latest from some experts on lake and ocean water transmission.

Take an Art Walk through Historic South End

Grab a water bottle, smartphone and your walking shoes and take a tour of the public art installations throughout the Historic South End neighborhood. Use this guide to plan your route. From murals to sculptures, even traffic signal boxes transformed into beautiful works of art, you’ll explore the neighborhood and local art while getting some much needed fresh air.

📷: @rogueeroque 🎨: by @dilworthartisanstation artist @adrianchuredmond

Get some fresh air at a CLT hidden gem park or nature preserve

Want to get outside but still safely keep your distance? Head to one of these 9 spots in and around Charlotte.

Head back to local favorite Renfrow Hardware

Renfrow hardware is now open Tuesdays – Fridays, 8am – 4:30pm, until further notice. Closed Saturdays – Mondays. (with reduced staff, they cannot adequately handle the level of Saturday crowds so made the difficult decision to remain closed on Saturdays at this time). Back parking lot & back door will also be open. Their back warehouse room and restroom will be closed off, but the greenhouse and 3 main hardware rooms are all accessible.

If you are not comfortable with coming inside the store at this time and would prefer curbside service, please email any order requests to [email protected] and/or call the store at 704-847-4088 .

Visit Uptown’s Socially Distanced Farmer’s Market

Stock up on essentials at Uptown’s socially distanced farmer’s market, each Saturday from 8 am – 12:30 pm. The market takes safety seriously, with hand-washing stations, spaced out vendors, masks and social distancing guidelines for visitors. Find the market at 300 S. Davidson Street.


Virtual Keep Pounding 5K
Through May 30

This year, participants can lace up at home any time between May 23 and 30 for the Keep Pounding 5K, benefitting the Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. Times can be submitted by taking a picture of your watch, phone, or other personal timing device and uploading it online. 

WFAE Presents A Songversation with Tosco Music Founder
May 28 | 12 pm

In this part-performance, part-conversation session, WFAE and Amplifier podcast host Joni Deutsch chats with with Tosco Music founder John Tosco on Facebook Live.

Virtually Hilarious with Beerly Funny Starring Sean Finnerty
May 28 | 8 pm

This live, virtual comedy show on Zoom will feature NYC’s Sean Finnerty and host Lauren Ansley. $10 tickets.

CLT After Dark
May 29 | 10 pm

CLT After Dark returns for another week of virtual variety show fun from host and local musician Noel Freidlinem and well-known guests.

Virtual Class- Botanical Macro Photography with your Smartphone
May 30 | 10 am

Wendy Wilson, an avid iPhone photographer, will lead this class covering the right lenses and techniques you need to capture nature’s details with your smartphone. $25 for Non-member, $20 Members.

Take a virtual gallery tour of The Drawing Room in The Mint Museum’s “Classic Black” exhibition

via Facebook

Join curator Brian Gallagher on a virtual gallery tour of the Gallery Room in The Mint Musem’s Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Josiah Wedgwood and His Contemporaries exhibition, the first in the world to focus on black basalt sculpture.

Tune in to #OCHappyHour

Each Thursday, tune in to Opera Carolina’s #OCHappyHour, featuring surprise and special guests making their favorite cocktails at 5 p.m.⁣⁣⁣

Regional Italian Pasta Making Class
May 29 | 6 pm

Learn how to make your own traditional Italian pasta dishes with instruction from Alex Piatt, Executive Chef of Aria Tuscan Grill & Cicchetti, and Brion Cephus, Retail Manager of Cicchetti. $100 per package (serves two people).

Free Modern Dance Class
May 30 | 10 am

via Facebook

Join teaching artist Ashley Suttlar-Martin for a free virtual Modern dance class open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. This event is sponsored by Culture Blocks, a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County.

Connected Art Workshop: Abstract Acrylic Painting
May 30 | 10 am

via Facebook

Charlotte-based artist Laurie Smithwick will lead participants in painting a simple abstract composition using only palette knives. The workshop covers the basics of defining a color palette, mixing acrylic paint, and applying paint to the canvas with a few different techniques. $70 for members, $75 for non-members, which includes art box supplies and delivery within Mecklenburg County.