Bar Takeover, 5th Street Live, Yacht Rock, Pie Eating Contest, BeachFest, Pottery Fest, Spring Fest, Beer Pong, and More Things to Do This Week(end) – (5/9/24)

There’s a variety of things to do this weekend, from outdoor concerts, a golf tournament, foodie events, a pottery festival, and many ways to celebrate Mom. Take advantage of the beautiful weather predicted for Saturday & Sunday and fill up your schedule with these events:


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Employees Only Bar Takeover
May 8 and 9
Employees Only, a renowned bar listed on the World’s 50 Best Bars, is set for two takeover events at DTR. Led by Alejandro Ibanez, a former Employees Only bartender, the takeovers will reunite him with old teammates Franky and Boki. Featuring a special menu with five Employees Only cocktails and classics, the events will run from 6 to 10 p.m. DTR SouthPark will host on Wednesday, May 8, while Dilworth Tasting Room will take the reins on Thursday, May 9. Reservations are recommended.

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5th Street Live
Thursday, May 9, 5 – 10p
Calling all Uptown professionals and residents! Uptown’s favorite weekly after-
work networking event is BACK every Thursday until Fall. Brought to you by the 5th Street District and Truist Financial Corporation with support from Charlotte Center City Partners, 5th Street Live aims to provide Uptown with a vibrant, entertaining atmosphere to unwind each Thursday after a long work day. The plaza will be stocked full of beverage bars and food available for purchase. Be entertained by live music, and enjoy plentiful space
to gather with friends and coworkers alike.

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Wells Fargo Championship Tee Off Concert
May 9 & 11, 6 – 10p
This weekend is a special ticketed event for the Wells Fargo Championship. On Thursday, May 9, Yacht Rock Schooner will take the stage with opening act The Breakfast Club. On Saturday, May 11, September in the Park Ultimate Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chicago will play. 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.

Skyline Spirits: A Night of Artistry and Elegance
May 9
Join Merchant & Trade for “Skyline Spirits: A Night of Artistry and Elegance.” Guests can sip on signature cocktails inspired by local flavors, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, and take part in a guided gold leaf abstract skyline painting session led by SkillPop. RSVP by Wednesday, May 1, to secure your spot.

Pop Up at Capitol Clothing
May 9 & 10
Shop Irene Neuwirth & Julia De Libran pop-ups at Capitol Clothing this Thursday and Friday.

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First Annual Pie Eating Contest
Thursday, May 9, 6 – 8p
Join Thoughtful Baking Co. in their First Annual Pie Eating Contest at Birdsong Brewing to celebrate the release of their seasonal brew, Pink Robots. Entry is $5, signups are here. The winner takes home a $150 value prize! Get ready to indulge in some delicious pies and refreshing brews.


BeachFest Matthews
May 10-11, 2024
BeachFest Matthews returns for its 16th year to Stumptown Park! Enjoy music in the park, carnival attractions, street food, small shops, and much more.

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Beer Pong Tournament at Resident Culture – South End
Friday, May 10, 7 – 11p
Grab a friend & show up for the ultimate beer pong showdown! Happening on the second Friday of every month, this is your chance to win epic prizes and see your name in gold on the coveted trophy. Sign up your team here to secure your spot.

Wells Fargo Championship
May 6 – 12
The 2024 Wells Fargo Championship will be one of eight Signature Events on the PGA TOUR schedule, joining Sentry Tournament of Champions, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, RBC Heritage, the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday and the Travelers Championship. The Championship will take place at Quail Hollow Club all week long! Purchase your tickets here.


Walk A Mile
Saturday, May 11, 9a
This year, Charlotte’s Walk a Mile with Safe Alliance will be held May 11, 2024 at NoDa Brewing Company. Strap on your heels (or comfy sneakers) and join in and walk to bring awareness to the impact of sexual and domestic violence in our community. We will also see the return of the highly anticipated Silent Auction with some incredible items available to be bid on.

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, May 11
The Dragon Boat race is an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older. The Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival Race are organized by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association, and Visit Lake Norman.

Code 3 5K
Saturday, May 11
Head to Carowinds Amusement Park for a spirited 5K run that will take you running through Carowinds’ Amusement Park while being met with First Responders and their vehicles along the way. On top of enjoying a 5K supporting our First Responders, we are offering racers and family members a special deal to stay in Carowinds after the conclusion of the race for $40 per ticket. 

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Mamas and Mimosas
Saturday, May 11, 10a – 3p
Join Charlotte Collective for an afternoon filled with pampering your Mom! Expect fun activities such as DIY flower bouquets, a bracelet bar, Botox on-site, and MOMosas!

Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival
Saturday, May 11, 10a – 4p
Come experience the ceramic work of 60+ local artists of the greater Charlotte area, including long-time professionals and emerging artists. The festival will take place at the Ford Building in Camp North End, 400 Camp Road.

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Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing
Saturday, May 11, 11a – 11p
Get ready for a sun-soaked day of epic vibes and live music. Event features a full day of live music from DJs and bands on the beer garden and upper lawn stage from Radical Grove, Side Dish and Below The Belt. Plus: fun DIY activities, local vendors, exclusive cocktail offerings, big giveaways and more.

Experience Midwood Market + Art Crawl
Saturday, May 11, 12 – 5p
Experience Midwood Market and Art Crawl will transform the business district into an art gallery and market. Local artists and vendors will be popping up at participating brick-and-mortar businesses, allowing attendees to explore unique art pieces, handmade crafts, and one-of-a-kind goods while strolling the neighborhood.

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The Holdouts Concert at Reid’s SouthPark
Saturday, May 11, 7 – 10p
The Holdouts will be playing at Reid’s SouthPark and tickets are on sale for just $15. Standing Room Only. Call 704-377-7686 or visit the SouthPark location to reserve your tickets today.


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$5 Happy Hour at Fahrenheit
Enjoy happy hour with a view as Fahrenheit launches their $5 at 5 happy hour menu. $5 bar bites include cheeseburger sliders, calamari, Shanghai crispy beef, parmesan truffle fries and daily drink specials. Available Monday through Thursday from 5 PM till 6:30 PM, and all day on Sundays.

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Bark and Brunch
Sunday, May 12, 10a – 2p
Every Sunday, Charlotte Beer Garden hosts a brunch with your pup featuring a dog menu and a guided run provided by Fit With Fido. Remember to bring your essentials: water, running shoes, and a mat if you plan on staying for post-run stretching. You can also join without a dog.

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“Ma’s & Paw’s” Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12, 11a – 2p
Celebrate the love of all kinds of moms, whether with human children or fur babies! Enjoy good eats and drinks and spoil your pups with some goodies from our pop-up dog treat bakery.

Massage Envy’s MOTHER’S DAY BOGO Deal ~  buy one treatment (massage, facial, total body stretch) and you get one for half off. Choose from a relaxing 60-minute massage, facial or total body stretch.

Enjoy the day in SouthPark using our Guide to Mother’s Day in the Southpark neighborhood, HERE. Several businesses have special M’Day deals in play!

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Mother’s Day Tea at Duke Mansion
Sunday, May 12, 2 – 5p
If not sold out, treat your mom to a special experience at Duke Mansion. Tea service will include an assortment of afternoon delights including finger sandwiches, tartlets, desserts and more! Make the afternoon extra special with a pre-ordered bottle of bubbles for the table.

Mom’s bowl for free at Pins Mechanical all Mother’s Day long.


Customshop X Kultura
May 15, 5:30 & 8p
 Customshop, Elizabeth’s beloved neighborhood restaurant, is celebrating 2024 James Beard Finalist and Owner-Chef of Charleston’s Kultura, Nikko Cagalanan, by hosting a one-night-only collaboration event at Customshop on Wednesday, May 15 with seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.. Tickets are $125 (tax and tip not included), available here.