Grand Opening Parties, After 5 Returns, Tuck Fest, Shopping Stroll, Pop Up, Camden Commons, and More Things to Do This Weekend (4/18)

Spring activities are in full effect and we’re not complaining. This weekend, spend time outdoors at the many free activities happening around town, including SouthPark After 5, Phillips Place Spring Market & Shopping Stroll, and Camden Commons. Don’t forget plenty of shopping markets and pop-ups, Love is Blind meet & greets, foodie events, grand openings, and more.


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Alice & Olivia Grand Opening Party Benefiting HEARTest Yard
Thursday, April 18, 5 – 7p
Come celebrate the grand opening of Alice + Olivia Charlotte! Enjoy cocktails, lite bites, and a percentage of sales from the evening will be donated back to the HEARTest Yard to support local heart families.

Western Week Pop Up at Capitol Clothing
April 16 – 18
Head to Capitol Clothing for their Western Week pop-up happening April 16 – 18.

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SouthPark After 5
Thursday, April 15, 5 – 9p
SouthPark After 5 is back! This free entertainment series brings live music, food trucks and drinks, hands-on art experiences, and tons of family fun every Thursday until May 28. This weekend, Sol Fusion Band will be performing, and there will be free face paintings with Face Art & More. The event is located at Symphony Park, at 4400 Sharon Rd., on the corner of Barclay Downs Drive and Carnegie Boulevard, adjacent to SouthPark Mall.


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Tuck Fest
Friday April 19 – Sunday April 21
Located at the White Water Center, Tuck Fest is not limited to live music and outdoor yoga. The annual Tuck Fest Half Marathon and 5K is just one of the many outdoor competition activities Tuck Fest is hosting this year. A variety of races on foot, bike, and paddle are featured.

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Love is Blind Meet & Greet with Lydia Arleen and Amy Tiffany
Friday, April 19, 5 – 8p
Fans of Love is Blind, get ready – this is your chance to meet two charming stars who captured our hearts on the screen. Hear firsthand about their journey at this meet and greet at Suffolk Punch Brewing South End. But that’s not all! Indulge your taste buds with mouthwatering food specials inspired by the vibrant flavors of Puerto Rico. They’ll be serving up tantalizing plates that will transport you to the sunny shores of the Caribbean.

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Daydream Concert Series at Suffolk Punch Brewing South End
Friday, April 19, 6 – 10p
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of live music while savoring Suffolk Punches Daydream Lager! Grab your friends, mark your calendars, and join them for an unforgettable night with Nashville-based folk-rock band – BOY CALLED BANJO.

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Beck Aesthetic Surgery Grand Opening
Friday, April 19, 7 -9p
Join Beck Aesthetic Surgery for an evening full of celebration of their state-of-the-art office in Rea Farms! Enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres as you tour their beautiful Beck Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, Surface MedSpa and Waverly Surgery Center. Meet with the providers and indulge in EVENT ONLY pricing on skincare + treatments!


Run! Ballantyne 8K, 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, April 20, 7:30a
This Ballantyne road race tradition is hitting its 20th year anniversary. Come support the YMCA while enjoying this event for runners and walkers of all ages.

Phillips Place Spring Market & Shopping Stroll
Saturday, April 20, 10a – 2p
Kick off the spring season at Phillips Place with exclusive shopping promotions and in-store experiences, seasonal treats and beverages, live music, local vendors, face painting, balloon art, a flower truck, and more. 

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Rail Trail Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 10a – 1p
Spend your Saturday morning doing some good for the community. The Rail Trail Cleanup will take place in person at the New Bern Light Rail Station anytime between 10am-11am. All supplies will be provided. Following the Cleanup, The Union will host a Volunteer Appreciation Event, beginning at 12 m, to celebrate all of our volunteers’ efforts and raffle off prizes from 30+ local business sponsors. The first 100 Volunteers will also receive a custom event drawstring bag with giveaway items.

HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K 
Saturday, April 20
Presented by LifeShare Carolinas, HEARTest Yard and Showmars team up to maximize their impact and fundraising potential to meet the needs of and care for as many children affected by congenital heart diseases and disorders as possible.

Drink Eat Relax Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, April 20, 1 – 6p
Join in the fun at the Wine & Food Festival @ Ballantyne, presented by Drink Eat Relax Events. On Saturday, April 20, indulge in a delightful array of local, national and international wines, beers, and spirits. Experience the culinary expertise of Charlotte’s finest pop-ups and food trucks while enjoying cooking demonstrations and gourmet delights at Ballantyne’s Backyard.

2024 Charlotte Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 2 – 4p
Head to the Charlotte Museum of History for an educational celebration of our environment and the local groups that work to improve it. The afternoon promises to be an inspirational, fun, enchanting, and enlightening event celebrating the Diversity & Beauty of Life on Earth, for the kids, for the grandkids, for us all.

Woodhouse Spa Grand Opening Event
Saturday, April 20, 5 – 8p
Champagne, light bites, demo spa services, & mingling amongst a curated crowd at Charlotte’s newest luxury spa. You’ll also have the chance to experience demo spa services, access to their Himalayan Salt Room & Infrared Sauna, and a chance to bring home incredible raffle prizes and gift bags.

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Tayor Swift Album Release Party at Trolley Barn Fermentory
Saturday, April 20, 6p
Calling all Swifties – Trolley is hosting its very own listening party for the much-anticipated release of “Tortured Poets Department.” Expect giveaways, activities such as making friendship bracelets and a Taylor-themed photo booth, Swiftie-themed cocktails, and more.


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Camden Commons
Sunday, April 21, 11a – 5p
Camden Road is about to be transformed into an outdoor living room, and you don’t want to miss out! Presented by Lowes, this block party brings nostalgic games, delicious food, and small business shopping right to the heart of South End. This event is welcome to all ages and free to the public!

Curated by Canopy Pop Up Shop
Sunday, April 21, 1 – 5p
Shop from a variety of local makers at the Canopy by Hilton in SouthPark. This pop-up shopping event is only happening on Sunday afternoon, so don’t miss it!

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Grand Farewell Dinner at Leah and Louise
Sunday, April 21
Ahead of moving to its new home in West End, Leah & Louise is saying farewell to their original location in Camp North End with a special menu inspired by their most beloved dishes, wine pairings, music and more.


FOUND Collection’s Spring Trunk Show
April 22 – 25
One of our favorite shows to shop, with mindfully sourced from their travels around the world, FOUND’s spring collection is full of the things we want this season. Grab a friend and pop by April 22 – 25th at the Foxcroft Hills Swim + Racquet Club at 2301 Sedley Road. Follow them on IG for sneak peeks at @shopfound.

Shafer Wine Dinner
April 24
Join Napa Kingsley for an unforgettable wine dinner event featuring 4 Shafer wines paired with a 5-course meal! Shafer Vineyards is known as one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated historic wineries, year after year producing wines that create delicious, memorable moments wherever they are poured around the world. $125 per person.