Carowinds Opens + Dessert Market, Sunrise Yoga, Spring Fling, Secret Gardens, Scavenger Hunt & More Things to Do This Weekend (5/20)

May 20th marks the anniversary of the official Mecklenburg Declaration and the beginning of the great city we love (be sure to catch a live reading of the document on Facebook thanks to The Charlotte Museum of History)! This week, celebrate Charlotte and all it has to offer with summer concerts, a Cuban festival, the grand re-opening of Carowinds and much more!


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Art Break with The Mint Museum
Thursday, May 20, 12:00p
Join educators and docents from local Charlotte museums as they explore specific themes in art. This month’s theme is ‘motherhood’ and will feature Susanna Hoschede’s Monet Sewing. Registration is required for this virtual event.

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Virtual Reading of the Meck Dec with The Charlotte Museum of History
Thursday, May 20, 10:00a
Back by popular demand, join The Charlotte Museum of History of a live reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration on Facebook.

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Summer Concert Series at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Thursday, May 20, 6:00p – 9:00p
Bring the family and a few comfy chairs for an evening of live music by Diamond and Whiskey. The Summer Concert Series will be back every Thursday through July 29.

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Ignite Night at McColl Center
Thursday, May 20, 6:00p – 9:00p
Celebrate Charlotte’s creative community with local artists and art lovers. During this hybrid event, all participants will be given the same supplies to create a unique piece of art. Registration required.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet featuring Wynton Marsalis at Victoria Yards
Thursday, May 20, 6:00p & 8:30p
Brought to you by Blumenthal Performing Arts, this live, outdoor concert will feature a broad array of jazz from rare historic compositions to Lincoln Center-commissioned works. Tickets are on sale now.


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Magic Hour Yoga at Jetton Park with Habitual Yoga
Friday, May 21, 7:00a
Start your Friday right with a peaceful yoga practice and the beauty of a Lake Norman sunrise.

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Ride with the Music with CATS
Friday, May 21, 5:00p – 7:00p
Enjoy live music from Jason Jet at the 36th Street Station. Check the schedule for more performances throughout the month of May.

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Black Food Truck Friday at Sonesta Charlotte
Friday, May 21, 3:00p – 9:00p
Support local, black-owned businesses and grab a bite with friends. Check back frequently as dates and locations are being added.


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1st Annual Haban Festival hosted by The Vintage
Saturday, May 22, 11:00a – 11:00p
Immerse yourself in everything Cuba during this all-day event. Taste traditional fare from El Palon Divino Food Truck, sip on handmade cocktails and enjoy music throughout the day.

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The Secret Gardens of the Fourth Ward Tour
Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 12:00p – 4:00p
Head out for a walkable, self-guided tour of the spectacular gardens of Fourth Ward that are rarely open to the public. Food and beverage tastings will be available throughout. Tickets are available now.

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Spring Fling at Blackberry Ridge Farm
Saturday, May 22, 2:00p – 8:00p
Celebrate Spring with the whole family and enjoy flowers, food and plenty of fun! Participate in a disc tossing competition, join in on a seed planting ceremony and stay for s’mores.

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Opening Day at Carowinds
Saturday, May 22
Excitement and thrills are in the air for the Grand Re-Opening of Carowinds! Check out their website for COVID safety protocols.

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University City Farmers Market at The Shoppes at University Place
Saturday, May 22, 9:00a – 1:00p
Get your fresh goods from local farmers and artisanal food makers and enjoy the best produce North Carolina has to offer. The Market runs Saturdays through October.

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Jump Into Summer Event with Charlotte Warehouse Sale
Saturday, May 22, 9:00a – 8:00p & Sunday, May 23, 12:00p – 6:00p
Shop thousands of name brand, overstock women’s items including all sizes and styles. All remaining inventory will be an additional 30% off this weekend.


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CLT Scavenger Hunt on the Rail Trail
Sunday, May 23 & Monday, May 24
In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day, CLT Scavenger Hunt will reveal clues along South End’s Rail Trail throughout both days. Expect the unexpected around every corner! A Grand Prize Raffle will be awarded on Monday, 5/24.

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Girl Tribe Pop-Up in the Garden at Alexander Homestead
Sunday, May 23, 10:00a – 5:00p
Enjoy a day of socially-distanced shopping with some of your favorite boutiques and beauty brands. Tickets are required to attend.

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Dessert Market at Unknown Brewing
Sunday, May 23, 1:00p – 4:00p
Indulge in the work of sixteen local bakeries and wash it down with a local brew from Unknown. The event is free to attend.

Next Week:

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2021 Blumey Awards
Airing on PBS, Tuesday, May 25, 8:00p
Join Blumenthal Performing Arts and celebrate local high school musical theatre. The program will include performances from the finalists for Best Actress and Best Actor, as well as an announcement of the winners in each category.

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Movies on the Lawn: The Princess Bride at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Wednesday, May 26, 5:30p
Enjoy the Gardens, grab dinner from local food trucks and cozy up for a showing of ‘The Princess Bride’ at sundown. Registration is required.

Save the Date:

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Evenings at the Park with Charlotte Symphony
Friday, June 11 & June 18, 7:00p
Let the Charlotte Symphony provide the soundtrack for a relaxing evening in the park. Tickets available now.


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