Local art, vibrant flowers, powerful performances and delicious dining — April is in bloom with a bevy of Queen City entertainment. We’ve marked the following events on our calendar and have enough here to keep even the most social springtime butterflies entertained.
Through May 1, 2016: Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life
This is the last month to catch the fascinating and somewhat unnerving Body Worlds and Cycle of Life exhibit at Discovery Place. The 11,000-square-foot exhibition features real human bodies (gathered from an established body donation program) at all stages of development and levels of health. Witness how age and disease physically affects us and leave with a greater understanding of the human body. For tickets, visit discoveryplace.org.
April 1, 2016: South End Gallery Crawl
Every month artists and art-lovers alike head out to historic South End to marvel at the many gallery’s impressive collections of fine art. We get especially excited for this event in the spring when the nights are crisp but not too chilly. April creates perfect conditions for taking the free, self-guided tour, picking up delectable eats from Camden Road’s Food Truck Friday and sipping on a few craft beers. Learn more at historicsouthend.com.
April 1 – 3, 2016: Once The Musical
Adapted from the beloved Irish film, Once tells the story of a struggling musician on the streets of Dublin and the enchanting young woman who inspires him not to give up. The story’s reinvention on stage is the proud recipient of eight 2012 Tony Awards and features a multi-talented ensemble of performers who act, sing and play instruments on stage. Get tickets here: blumethalarts.org.
April 1 – 3, 2016: Grand Opening for Lucky Dog Bark and Brew
Give Charlotte’s new sports-bar/dog-care hybrid a warm welcome by enjoying a weekend filled with facility tours, music, giveaways and drink specials. This is a 21 and plus event—well, unless you’re a canine—all four-legged friends are welcome. In fact, Lucky Dog may just become your pup’s favorite spot in town with both indoor and outdoor play areas, grooming services and a fully operational doggie daycare. Learn more at luckydogbarkandbrew.com.
April 10, 14 and 16, 2016: Pagliacci and Aleko with Opera Carolina
The opera isn’t one to shy from the dramatic, and this double feature of Italian classic Pagliacci and the lesser-known Russian piece Aleko drives that point home. Heartbreak, betrayal and murder take center stage in the two one-act performances that will stay with you long after the curtain closes. For ticket information, visit operacarolina.com.
April 14, 2016: The Big Fake Wedding
Planning a wedding but tired of blase bridal shows? The Big Fake Wedding is a can’t-miss event that showcases what local vendors have to offer in the form of a real-life renewal ceremony and fun-filled reception. It’s a creative environment that makes it easy for guests to envision their own big day while connecting with those who can make it happen. This month’s theme is “Oil is the New Watercolor” so look forward to a rich color palette, lots of texture and artistic details. Learn more and get tickets at thebigfakewedding.com.
April 15, 2016: Festival of Tables
Festivals of Tables, put on by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, is a fundraiser designed with Charlotte hostesses in mind. Marvel at the various tablescape creations by local designers, listen to guest speaker Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International, and enjoy a delicious luncheon. Proceeds will benefit homeless women and children and provide college scholarships for those in need. Get tickets over at salvationarmycarolinas.org.
April 15, 2016: SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
At SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam, step into a world where the written word comes alive through rhythmic voice, passion and performance. This isn’t amateur hour, either—Charlotte’s team of spoken word poetry has two national championships and the current Slammaster, Bluz, is currently ranked the 13th best individual poet in the world. Learn more about this performance at blumenthalarts.org.
April 15 – 16, 2016: Spring Plant Sale
The weather is warming and our gardens are in need of a little TLC! From wildflowers to trees, peruse a wide selection of native plants and exotic botanicals at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ largest sale of the year. We’ll feel good about our purchases, too—all proceeds go to support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse. Learn more about the sale at gardens.uncc.edu.
April 17, 2016: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Calling all food nerds! This month culinary superstar Alton Brown will take the Belk Theater stage once again for the Charlotte stop on his new “Eat Your Science Tour”. This entertaining show blends science and song with multimedia presentations and reckless food demonstrations. Get tickets at blumenthalarts.org.
April 21 – 23, 2016: Charlotte Jazz Festival
The Leon Levine Foundation has lined up a talented group of seasoned and innovative jazz performers to bring the second annual Charlotte Jazz Festival to life. We are particularly excited about the festival’s opening night at the Mint Museum of Art which will provide an opportunity to see the uplifting Sammy Miller and the Congregation, indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres and mix and mingle with jazz aficionados. Get tickets for opening night at blumenthalarts.org.
April 22, 2016: Alabama Shakes
Concert weather is officially here and we’re pretty excited about it. First up on our concert docket? The Grammy-award-winning Alabama Shakes at the Uptown Charlotte Amphitheatre. Brittany Howard’s larger-than-life vocals paired with the band’s soul-pounding blues are a match made in heaven for this mega venue overlooking Queen City. Get tickets here: avidxchangemusicfactory.com.
April 23 – 24, 2016: Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run
This month at Ovens Auditorium, catch Tyler Perry as his iconic Madea character in Madea on the Run. Perry is known for producing both off-the-wall comedies and thoughtful dramas touching on tough issues—Madea on the Run falls decidedly into the comedy lot. For ticket information, head over to ovensauditorium.com.
April 27 – 30, 2016: Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend
For those who adore fantastic food and drink, this year’s Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend is sure to delight with its impressive lineup of dinner parties and tastings. Though labeled with a “weekend” moniker, events run from Wednesday through Saturday and feature sips and eats from leading chefs and wine makers from around the world. Highlights include Friday night’s multi-course grand gala and auction with all proceeds benefitting five select children’s charities. Learn more at charlottewineandfood.org.
April 28 – 30, 2016: Charlotte Ballet: Spring Works
Celebrate the bloom of spring with the Charlotte Ballet in Spring Works, an emotional presentation of three ballets that celebrate love and the human spirit. The trio includes a reprise of George Balanchine’s Who Care’s?, Associate Artistic Director Sasha James’ brilliant ballet Danced Through Life, and an invigorating brand-new ballet by Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden. Find tickets at blumenthalarts.org.
Enjoy the sunny days and cool breezes of this glorious month ahead!