Live Music, Free Paletas, Strawberry Season, Derby Days, Cinco de Mayo, the Return of River Jam, Teacher Appreciation and More Things to Do This Weekend (4/29)

While it feels like Spring just arrived, the temps are already climbing and there’s no better place to be than outside – luckily there are plenty of choices this week in the Queen City! Catch some live music at The Met, grab a bite from your favorite food trucks, stroll the grounds at Duke Mansion or browse the work of local makers. As usual, Charlotte does not disappoint and we are just getting started.


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Music at the Met
Thursday, April 29, 6:00p – 9:00p
This week marks the start of a weekly acoustic music series at The Metropolitan. Bring a blanket, enjoy tunes from The Parks Brothers and grab some carry-out from one of the Met’s restaurants.

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Davidson College Art Galleries Annual Student Art Exhibition
Through April 30
Take a virtual tour of the Van Every Smith Galleries at Davidson College and enjoy the annual Student Art Exhibition.


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Grand Opening of Morelia Gourmet Paletas
Friday, April 30 & Saturday, May 1, 1:00p
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind ice cream experience at the Grand Opening of Morelia Gourmet Paletas in South End. Free Paletas will be available while supplies last!

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Strawberry Flick & Food at Walter Elisha Park
Friday, April 30, 5:00p – 11:00p
Enjoy an evening of live music and a showing of ‘The Goonies’ as a part of the South Carolina Strawberry Festival. Check schedule for more Strawberry Festival events.

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University City Food Truck Friday at Armored Cow Brewing
Friday, April 30, 5:00p – 9:00p
Enjoy live music from Chris Hitchcock while sipping on your favorite Armored Cow brew and browsing the work of local vendors.

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ThunderBus Pet Anxiety Response Team at CMPD Animal Care & Control
Friday, April 30, 1:00p – 2:30p
The creators of ThunderShirt are going on the road to educate pet owners about dealing with anxiety in their four-legged friends. The ThunderBus will continue on to Frazier Park after this stop, arriving at 4:00p.


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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Camp North End
Saturday, May 1, 6:00p – 11:00p
Put on your dancing shoes and head to Camp North End for live music, a DJ and plenty of food and drinks to go around.

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Spring Artisan Market at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Saturday, May 1, 9:00a – 4:00p
The first in a series of seasonal markets held at the Greenway, stop by and shop a wide variety of handmade and local items. Timed-entry tickets available now.

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Derby Days at The Mint Museum (waitlist)
Saturday, May 1, 3:00p – 7:00p
Take part in one of the best Derby parties around at The Mint Museum and support the Young Affliate’s group in their efforts to inspire a new generation of artists and art enthusiasts.

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition
Opens Saturday, May 1
Get a new perspective on one of the most famous works of art in history during this limited exhibition. Tickets now available.

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Grand Re-Opening of Ebenezer Park
Saturday, May 1, 11:00a – 1:00p
Celebrate lake season and enjoy the new amenities at the recently renovated Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill.

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River Jam at the US National Whitewater Center
Saturday, May 1, 6:30p
This fan-favorite event finally makes its return to the Whitewater Center! Hear live music from Three Star Revival and enjoy some much-deserved time with friends and family.


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Titanique with Blumenthal Performing Arts
Sunday, May 2, 7;30p
Ever wonder what really happened to Rose & Jack on that fateful night? Let Celine Dion tell you the real story during this hysterical virtual performance. Registration is required.

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Hello Huntersville at Veteran’s Park
Sunday, May 2, 2:00p – 6:00p
Help “Chalk the Block” and enjoy live music, food trucks, local breweries and the work of area artists and musicians.

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Teacher Appreciation Day Craft at Stevens Creek Nature Center
Sunday, May 2, 2:00p
Show some appreciation to the amazing teachers in your life with a handmade creation from your little one. This event is open to all but geared towards 5-10 year olds. Registration is required.

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Music in the Gardens at Duke Mansion
Sunday, May 2, 4:00p
Grab a drink, stroll the gardens and enjoy a live string quartet (plus special guest!) providing entertainment for the whole family. Tickets available now.

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Mother’s Day Luminaria at Truist Field with empowerHER
Sunday, May 2, 7:00p
Honor the amazing women in your life with a personalized luminaria bag on display at Truist Field. EmpowerHER, an organization that supports young girls who have lost their mothers, will receive 100% of the proceeds. Luminaria bags available for purchase now.

Upcoming Ticketed Events:

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Evenings at the Park at Symphony Park
Friday, May 7, 7:00p
Let the Charlotte Symphony provide the soundtrack for a relaxing evening in the park. Tickets available now.

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Mother’s Day Celebration at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9, 10:00a – 4:00p
Stroll the Garden with Mom and enjoy live music, food trucks and more. Admission is free for Moms but registration is required.

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South End Wine & Hops Fest
May 13 – 16
Celebrate all types of hops and grapes in South End! Tickets are available now for the Alchemy Wine Dinner, Skates & Bubbles and the 7th Annual Wine & Hops Fest.

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Wine Tasting Event at McNinch House Restaurant
Wednesday, May 19, 6:00p – 8:00p
Join sommelier Anthony ‘Wes’ Wesley on a journey to California’s Central Coast for a showcase of hidden gems from the region. Reservations are required.


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