South End in Bloom, Outdoor Theater, Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations, Fireworks, Nights at the Garden and More Things to Do This Weekend (5/27)

As the busy days of Spring fade into the slow, relaxing days of Summer, there is more time to fill – and thankfully, Charlotte has you covered! Honor the brave women and men who have served our country at one of many Memorial Day celebrations going on around town, and mark the unofficial launch of some of our favorite summer adventures.


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South End Blooms
On-going through June 15
Celebrate creativity and catch surprises blooming all over South End! Check out the schedule of upcoming events to find what inspires you.

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Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
Swim season is here and The Quarry is open! Reserve your swim time online and enjoy gorgeous views while you cool off in the deep, refreshing natural quarry.


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Atrium Health Vaccination Event at Resident Culture Brewing
Thursday, May 27, 4:00p – 7:00p
Roll up your sleeve, protect yourself and the community and enjoy a free beer while you’re at it! All those receiving shots will get a $5 gift card to the brewery (must be 21 to redeem). No reservations required.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Theatre Charlotte
Thursday, May 27 – Sunday, May 30, 7:00p
Watch a live, outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy at The Mint Museum Randolph during one of four shows this weekend. Tickets available now. Additional dates in June are listed.

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Garden Nights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Thursday, May 27, 5:30p – 9:00p
Enjoy a few extra hours at the Garden with live music, adult beverages and food trucks on-site.

Memorial Day Weekend:

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Memorial Day Weekend at The Ballantyne Hotel
Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31
Enjoy a low-country BBQ, afternoon tea, a cookie workshop and more during the weekend-long celebration. Registration is required.

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Opening of Mecklenburg County Spraygrounds
Friday, May 28, 10:00a
The temperature outside tells us it’s time for summer! What better way to beat the heat with the kids than to visit one of Mecklenburg County’s spraygrounds. Check listings for your nearest park.

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Live Under the Oaks at Birkdale Village
Friday, May 28, 6:00p – 8:00p
Grab some friends and start the weekend right at the Grove in Birkdale Village. Live music by the Mod 60s and a cash bar provided by Red Rocks Cafe will be on-site.

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Memorial Day Weekend at USNWC
Saturday, May 29 through Sunday, May 30
Start the weekend celebration with a trail run or a relaxing yoga class then settle in for live music and a Sunday evening fireworks display. Check the schedule for class times and more.

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University City Farmers Market at The Shoppes at University Place
Saturday, May 29, 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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LOL Stand-Up: The Spoken Word Bar at Stage Door Theater
Saturday, May 29, 7:00p
Take a little bit of stand-up comedy, throw in some spoken word and you are sure to get some good laughs. Tickets available now.

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Celebrate America Fireworks Show at Carowinds
Saturday, May 29 & Sunday, May 30, 8:45p
Celebrate the start of summer and enjoy fireworks set to an all-American soundtrack. No matter where you are in the park, when the show starts you have the best seat in the house.

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Party in the Park at The Mint Museum Randolph
Sunday, May 30, 1:00p – 5:00p
Spend Sunday afternoon in the park at Mint Museum Randolph. Food trucks, live music and a cash bar will be on-site and admission to the Museum is free.

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Treat a Hero at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Monday, May 31
Dine-in with a veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star family and their lunch or dinner is covered by Firebirds!

Next Week:

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From Here to Equality with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library
Wednesday, June 2, 6:30p – 8:00p
Join Dr. William Darity and Kirsten Mullen to explore the effects of racism and discrimination from the end of the Civil War to current day. This is a virtual event and registration is required.

Save the Date:

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Food & Culture Festival with Eat Black Charlotte
June 4 – 12
Check out local, black-owned restaurants and other food businesses serving prix fixe menus throughout the week. Registration required for special events held at the end of the week-long celebration.

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Seltzer World Festival at Summit Seltzer
Saturday, June 5, 12:00p – 7:00p
Celebrate everything seltzer with Summit Seltzer and a line-up of local and national brands. Tickets available now.

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Roses and Rosé at Winghaven Garden
Friday, June 11, 6:00p – 8:00p
Stroll around Winghaven’s Rose Garden, sample rosé wines and enjoy live music from harpist Marianna Adelman. Registration is required.


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