Black Restaurant Week, Tuck Fest, SC Strawberry Festival, Kings Drive Art Walk, Brightfire, Jimmy Buffett, Plant Swap, Crave CLT and More Things to Do This Weekend in Charlotte (4/28)

It’s a good week to be a foodie in the Queen City. Support local black-owned restaurants, bakeries and food trucks, try new and exciting food and wine pairings or register for one of the unique culinary experiences offered across six of Charlotte’s popular neighborhoods. There’s fresh strawberries, lobster and local beer, plus all kinds of outdoor fun, local art, festivals and more!

Also, a friendly reminder from the team at Scoop…In person Early Voting starts this week on 4/28.


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Carolinas Black Restaurant Week
Through May 1
Show some love to the delicious, local, black-owned food establishments across Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina. This year’s event includes not only restaurants but food trucks, bakeries, dessert and more. Check online for a map of all participating businesses.

Just Us Girls Beauty Blowout at Graper Harper
Through Friday 4/29
Save big on what you need for summer beauty at this popular beauty event. Call 704-375-7111 by Friday to purchase.

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Charlotte Wine & Food Week
Through May 1
Back for the first time since 2019, Food + Wine Week brings together fine wine and some of Charlotte’s most favored restaurants for a week of food, drink and doing good. Tickets are still available for many of the events and the full schedule can be found here!

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Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill
Through April 30
Check out the final days of Come-See-Me in Rock Hill with events like Broadway Night, Moonlight Jazz & Blues, Everything Trucks and more! Visit the festival website for more details about each day’s events.


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Tuck Fest
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
Celebrate Mother Nature and your love of the outdoors during this weekend-long festival at USNWC! Enjoy a variety of competitions and demos on land and water, visit with vendors who specialize in outdoor adventure, enjoy a drink and live music and much more.

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Goodyear Arts Spring Residency Showcase
Friday, April 29, 6:00p
Celebrate the hard work and talent of Goodyear’s Spring Artists-in-Residence – Brock Oakley Ailes, Joann Vega and Dana White. The show features their work which includes photography, sculpture, video and more.

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South Carolina Strawberry Festival
Celebration starts Friday, April 29
You can’t live in the Carolinas without taking some time every spring to celebrate strawberries. There are plenty of ways to show your love this week including the Miss./Ms. Strawberry Pageant, Strawberry Scavenger Hunt, Doggie Fashion Show, Festival Brunch and more.

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Beats ‘n Bites in Matthews
Friday, April 29, 5:00p – 9:00p
Sing along with the 20 Ride Band and enjoy a meal from a selection of local food trucks all gathered at Stumptown Park. This event will occur on the last Friday of the month through September.

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Spring Fest at Cabarrus Brewing
Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30
Stop by Cabarrus Brewing to celebrate spring during the inaugural SpringFest event. Enjoy German-style beer releases, live music and a craft market featuring over 100 local vendors.


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Kings Drive Art Walk
Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1
Back for its 12th year, the Kings Drive Art Walk brings together Charlotteans for a weekend of arts, crafts, music and fun for the whole family. Stroll along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and shop local during this spring art celebration.

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Brightfire at Historic Rural Hill
Saturday, April 30
Billed as ‘a kaleidoscopic celebration of life’, BrightFire brings together music, art, fire, dance and nature to mark the end of winter. Enjoy live performances, local food and drink, unique activities for kids and much more. Tickets are available now.

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Charlotte Art Collective Spring Show
Saturday, April 30, 10:00a – 4:00p
Support the artists of the Charlotte Art Collective and shop local fine art and craft at their Spring Show. There will be home decor, art for your garden, jewelry and more.

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Sip & Paint: Mother’s Day Edition at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Saturday, April 30, 11:00a – 1:00p
Bring your favorite Mom to the Garden for an afternoon of painting, plants and at little QT in preparation for Mother’s Day. Supplies are included and registration is required.

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Regional Festival of India in Matthews
Saturday, April 30, 12:00p
Join the India Association of Charlotte and the Town of Matthews for a celebration of the vibrant culture, food and traditions of India. The festival will be held at Stumptown Park and is free to attend.

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Lobster & Beer Extravaganza at Sycamore Brewing
Saturday, April 30, 12:00p
Pair your favorite under-the-sea meal with a local beer from Sycamore Brewing, enjoy live music and shop the Starving Artist Market during this spring-time extravaganza!

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at PNC Music Pavilion
Saturday, April 30, 5:00p
Nothing calls for warm weather and cold beer like an evening with Jimmy Buffett! Rescheduled after COVID-cancellations, Buffett will rock PNC Music Pavilion this weekend. Tickets are still available.

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JAM by the Lake at The Shoppes at University Place
Saturday, April 30, 10:00a
Celebrate National Jazz Month with live performances by the Howard McNair Jazz Trio and Dapper Street Kids at The Shoppes at University Place. This event is family-friendly and free to attend.

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CommUNITY Plant Swap with @theplantpapi + GROW
Saturday, April 30, 1:00p – 3:00p
Plant people are the best people! Join the commUNITY and swap some of your favorite plant friends for more to add to your collection. The swap will take place at Camp North End in front of GROW.


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Hello Huntersville Music and Arts Festival
Sunday, May 1, 12:00p – 6:00p
Gather with your neighbors to the north (Charlotte) for a celebration of art and music in downtown Huntersville. Bring the family and enjoy live music, local food & drink plus lots of artists and vendors.

Next Week:

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Pints & Puzzles at the Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Monday, May 2, 7:00p
Pick up a puzzle habit during quarantine? Put your problem solving skills to use during this fun challenge at Brewers at 4001 Yancey. Teams of up to 4 will compete to finish a custom branded puzzle for the chance to win prizes. This month’s puzzle theme goes with Victory Brewing’s release of Summer Love.

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Crave Charlotte
Tuesday, May 3 through Sunday, May 8
CRAVE Charlotte is back with a full slate of unique and exclusive culinary experiences throughout the Queen City. Tickets are still available for a number of events. Plan to wrap-up the week with a Grand Culinary Celebration at Romare Bearden Park on Saturday, May 7.

Save the Date:

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North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival
Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7
Get your tickets now for the 10th Annual NC Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill. Celebrate local beer and enjoy live music throughout the weekend, including a tasting session on Saturday.