April showers may bring May flowers, but with all the outdoor events in April, we hope showers keep to a minimum as the month is action-packed. Mark your calendars for food truck rallies, horse races, shopping pop-ups, shows and more. Read on for our top picks for April events and happenings.

The annual spring sale at Wing Haven Nursery is a can’t-miss event! Image: winghavengardens.org

April 5-7, 2018: Spring Plant Sale at Wing Haven Nursery

The annual Wing Haven Spring Plant Sale is a must for anyone who loves beautiful flowers and plants, even if you don’t plan to buy. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shop a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs assisted by volunteers who can give you a lesson on each plant. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, programs and educational outreach. Visit winghavengardens.org for additional information.

April 6, 2018: Rural Hill Food Truck Rally

With over 20 food trucks in attendance, the Rural Hill Food Truck Rally has become a staple event for Charlotte. Craft beer, wine, live music, bounce houses (for the kids), hayrides for all and more will keep you and your family entertained. The event takes place on Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit ruralhill.net for more information.

April 6, 2018: Jazz at the Bechtler

On the first Friday of each month, the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art becomes Charlotte’s version of a jazz club. With different themes and special guests, no two performances are ever the same. Shows are offered at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Visit bechtler.org to buy your ticket.

April 9-15, 2018: The Charlotte Jazz Festival

The Charlotte Jazz Festival is back! With performances ranging from free outside lunchtime shows in Uptown to performances at the Knight Theater, even the jazz newbie will hear something he/she likes this week. Tickets start at $20. Visit blumenthalarts.org for the full schedule.

April 12, 2018: Charlotte Knights Home Opener

The Knights will kick off their fifth season at BB&T Ballpark with their home opener against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees). Come cheer on your hometown team and Homer the Dragon, and eat your weight in Dippin’ Dots and hotdogs. Visit bbtballparkcharlotte.com for season ticket information for the Knights.

April 13, 2018: FreeMoreWest 5K to Benefit Classroom Central

The FreeMoreWest 5K is an evening run, starting at 6 p.m., through one of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods. Come run and then stay to drink and eat and raise funds for Classroom Central. Register for $30 before the day of the race or on the day of for $35. Registration and course information can be found at freemorewest5k.racesonline.com.

April 14, 2018: #ShapingCLT

#ShapingCLT is a solutions-oriented variety show aimed at vanquishing apathy. The April brunch edition on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 2 p.m., will explore the cultural turning point of the #MeToo Movement and potential next steps as a community and country. Visit museumofthenewsouth.org for additional information about the event and how to purchase tickets.

April 14, 2018: CLT Find Market at Catawba Brewing Co.

The first annual CLT Find Market kicks off on Saturday, April 14, and is a partnership between Work For Your Beer and CLT Find. Start the day with a 60-minute yoga class and then stay for a celebratory beer (you worked for it after all), the opening of the market and three opportunities to take craft classes with Crowned Sparrow Co. Food trucks will be on hand and the entire family is invited. facebook.com

April 14, 2018: Catawba Lands Conservancy’s Second Annual Pop-Up Picnic

Order one of 20+ picnic basket options stocked with a delicious picnic meal ahead of time, and bring your blanket and your friends to the second annual Catawba Lands Conservancy Pop-Up Picnic in Freedom Park. Enjoy music under the stars while supporting the Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail. There will also be food trucks on-site if that’s your preference. catawbalands.org

April 15-21, 2018: Opera Carolina Presents The Marriage of Figaro

A frisky count, his neglected wife, the object of his desire and her weary, but cunning fiancé combine to create a complicated, yet entertaining performance. Join Opera Carolina as they bring this famous opera to life (sung in Italian with projected English titles). For performance and ticket information, visit blumenthalarts.org.

April 16, 2018: FORE 24 Foundation Golf Tournament

Support the 24 Foundation, formerly 24 Hours of Booty, at the inaugural FORE 24 Foundation Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the 24 Foundation and the work they are doing for cancer survivors and their families. The tournament will take place at Cedarwood Country Club and feature a four-person Captain’s Choice shot gun start, box lunch and an awards reception. For information on sponsorships and registration, visit fore24foundation.org.

April 18-21, 2018: Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

Come experience delicious food and wine at Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend. Events will take place throughout the Charlotte area and include a variety of restaurant dinners, tastings, a seminar and a gala. A portion of proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Charlotte Concerts, The Council for Children’s Rights, Mitchell’s Fund, Pat’s Place Family Advocacy and The Relatives. Visit charlottewineandfood.org for a full schedule of the weekend.

April 19, 2018: Tomorrow’s Leaders Launch Party

Looking to get involved with a cause? The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Charlotte is launching its newest program, Tomorrow’s Leaders, which is their young professionals program. Tomorrow’s Leaders Charlotte is part of a wider national program designed to offer like-minded professionals leadership development and networking opportunities while making a difference in the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. cff.org

April 19-22, 2018: Tuck Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music at the Whitewater Center. Participate in activities such as trail running, kayaking, biking, yoga, wall climbing and watch live music performances and a deep water solo climbing competition for a cash prize. See the full schedule at tuckfest.usnwc.org.

April 20-22, 2018: BOOM Festival

Billed as “three days of art, performance and the unexpected,” BOOM returns to Plaza Midwood for a weekend of contemporary and experimental art. From original theatrical, musical and dance performances, BOOM has something for all artistic tastes. See boomcharlotte.org for the schedule and ticket options.

April 20-22, 2018: Girl Tribe Pop Up

The Girl Tribe Pop Up is back and better than ever with a full weekend of shopping from over 90 women-owned businesses, activities and events. Tickets to the event range from general admission (free) to VIP ($25). girltribepopup.com

April 26-28, 2018: Spring Works presented by Charlotte Ballet

The Charlotte Ballet, with three new choreographers, will showcase their creativity and skill without a single Sugarplum Fairy in sight. See charlotteballet.org for performance schedules and ticket options.

April 28, 2018: The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

Get your gingham and fascinator ready … it’s time for The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase. Watch horse races and the ever-popular terrier dog races while tailgating with your friends in a beautiful setting. Ticket options vary depending on what experience you are looking for, so visit queenscup.org for options.

April 28, 2018: Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival

Burgers and other culinary samples from local restaurants and samples from 30 local, regional and national breweries make this a “must” event in Charlotte. This year, Shovels & Rope will be one of the bands performing. Tickets start at $35 and proceeds support Second Harvest Food Bank. mooandbrewfest.com

April 29, 2018: Opening of The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit

Part of the Mint Museum’s “Year of Fashion” exhibit, the Mint Museum Randolph unveils the Oscar de la Renta exhibit to the public. The exhibit will showcase some of de la Renta’s most iconic designs ranging from pieces worn by celebrities to First Ladies. mintmuseum.org

April 29, 2018: Tea Time in the Garden

Enjoy high tea, including treats from local bakeries, in the gardens at Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tour the garden, sip your tea and participate in some of the events designed for all ages at Wing Haven. Visit winghavengardens.org for more information.


Happy April! For more events, please visit our Happenings page.

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