Water Lanterns, Burger Fest, Black Food Truck Friday, Art Crawl, Outdoor Markets, Live Concerts, & More Things to Do This Weekend (5/6)

May marks the start of gardens in full bloom, a time to celebrate the Moms in our life and the last few weeks of school before the coveted summer months. This week, check out Charlotte’s newest CBD dispensary, support Black Food Truck Friday, learn how to be an Everyday Hero and show some love to all of the wonderful small businesses that call the Queen City home.


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Now Open – Lavender House CLT in NODA
Founded by creatives and business owners Wilfredro Rosa and Lindsey Smith, Lavender House CLT is the first black and minority-owned CBD dispensary in Charlotte. The shop will offer a wide variety of productions including organic CBD oil, Chapstick, pain salve, massage oil, CBD-themed merchandise, and hand sanitizer.

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Live Concerts at The Evening Muse
One of Charlotte’s favorite music venues is back, live and in-person. A full line-up of shows is already posted – grab your tickets today!

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River Jam at USNWC
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through summer, 6:30p
Join a yoga class, take on the big water, dive in for a quick swim – and then reward yourself with some live music and your favorite local brew. Check the schedule for weekly activities and musical acts.

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Yoga at USNWC
On-going through September
Yoga is back at the Whitewater Center with classes running daily all summer long. Slow Flow, Open Level Flow and Fun Flow options are available.

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Everyday Heroes with Pat’s Place
Various dates throughout May
Join Pat’s Place for a variety of informational Zoom sessions covering topics including talking to children about body safety, children’s paths to healing and myths about human trafficking. Registration is required.


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Laughter & Charcuterie Virtual Happy Hour with Mind Body Baby NC
Thursday, May 6, 7:00p
Need a mental break from parenting in the time of COVID? Enjoy the comedy stylings of Lauren Ansley and learn how to create the perfect grazing board from Brittany with Something Bleu Charcuterie, all while raising funds for vital mental health care for perinatal families in Charlotte.


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Black Food Truck Friday at Sonesta Charlotte
Friday, May 7, 3:00p – 9:00p
Support local, black-owned businesses and grab a bite with friends – and a vaccine! Mecklenburg County Public Health with be on-site with free COVID vaccinations during the event.

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Art Crawl at Dilworth Artisan Station
Friday, May 7, 4:00p – 8:00p & Saturday, May 8, 10:00a – 4:00p
Browse the work of over 30 local artists and creatives during this two-day showcase.

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Putts for Paws Virtual Golf Tournament
Friday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 18
Support the Humane Society of Charlotte and work on your golf game during the designated window, then submit your score to win prizes for the top team and more. Not a golfer? Make a donation or bid in the silent auction instead.


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Tea Party with Mom at Sweet Spot Studio
Saturday, May 8, 11:00a
Learn how to make desserts fit for tea with a Queen including almond tea cakes & thumbprint cookies. Birch Fine Tea will be served. Registration is required.

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Markets at 11 at Ballantyne’s Backyard
Saturday, May 8, 11:00a – 6:00p
Gather with other members of the South Charlotte community at the newest neighborhood hang-out. Enjoy an open-air market, food, live music and more on the second Saturday of the month.

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University City Farmer’s Market at The Shoppes at University Place
Saturday, May 8, 9:00a – 1:00p
Get your fresh goods from local farmers and artisanal food makers and enjoy the best North Carolina has to offer. The Market runs Saturdays through October.

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Water Lantern Festival at Symphony Park
Saturday, May 8, 6:00p
Bring the whole family to watch as the pond at Symphony Park lights up with the magic of water lanterns. Tickets available for purchase.

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Burger Fest NC with Aw Shucks Farms
Saturday, May 8, 5:00p – 10:00p
There are few better ways to spend a Saturday than gathering with friends & family to celebrate one of America’s favorite meals. Taste burgers from around the region, enjoy live music and shop quality arts & crafts from hand-selected vendors. Tickets available now.


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Concert in the Courtyard at Optimist Hall
Sunday, May 9, 11:00a – 2:00p
Grab a Mother’s Day brunch to-go and cozy up in the courtyard at Optimist Hall for live music from local musician, Colby Dobbs.

Upcoming Events:

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The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody with Blumenthal Performing Arts
May 20 – June 6
Fans of ‘The Office’ – unite! – and head uptown for this one-of-a-kind, interactive murder mystery parody walking tour. Tickets are available now.

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Charlotte Memory Gala with the Alzheimer’s Association
Friday, May 21, 6:30p
Celebrate the lives of friends and loved ones with dementia and help raise funds to support the mission of this important organization. The Gala will be virtual, with a welcome program and live and silent auctions. Registration is required and bidding for the silent auction opens May 12.

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Arts at Queens Outdoors at Queens Hall Lawn
Sunday, June 13, 2:00p
Reserve your spot on the lawn for a live performance by Brooklyn-based bluegrass trio Damn Tall Buildings. Tickets available now.


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