If April showers bring May flowers, then Queen City is in for a treat this month! After a rainy and unpredictable April, Charlotte is ready for warmer weather and sunshine. Just like April, May is action-packed with events and fun things to do for the entire family both indoors and outside. Here is a list of some of our favorite upcoming May events in Charlotte.
May 1, 2018: Yoga in the Garden
NC Yoga Bar brings back their signature weekly warm weather yoga series at the McGill Rose Garden. Practice your vinyasa flow as you are surrounded by blooming flowers in one of Charlotte’s most magical places. For more information, visit ncyogabar.com.
May 3-6, 2018: Wells Fargo Championship
The Wells Fargo Championship is back in Charlotte, and it’s going to be better than ever with pros such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson committed to play. With shuttles and the Blue Line services running to the tournament, it’s easy to head in for the day to watch the pros. Just remember to wear sunscreen! wellsfargochampionship.com
May 4-5, 2018: The SC Strawberry Festival
For the ninth year, you can celebrate the start of strawberry season by driving to Fort Mill, SC, and enjoying a day of music, activities, food and, of course, strawberries. More information for this free event can be found here.
May 5, 2018: YAM Derby Days
Put on your seersucker, sundresses and hats, and head to the Mint Museum Randolph location for the 28th Annual YAM Derby Days. Join the Young Affiliates of the Mint for a day of lawn games, live music, complimentary beverages and viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Click mintmuseum.org for more information.
May 5-6, 2018: Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward
This walkable, self-guided garden tour showcases a mix of private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and unique outdoor living spaces nestled in the Historic Fourth Ward neighborhood. Tickets are $20 and include food and beverage tastings (while they last) along the tour route, as well as complimentary oysters from Charlotte restaurant Sea Level, and free B-Cycle and horse-drawn carriage rides. For additional information, visit fofw.org.
May 8-13, 2018: Blumenthal Performing Arts Presents Something Rotten!
With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is set in the 1590s and tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Prepare to laugh and get your tickets at blumenthalarts.org.
May 9, 2018: Mingle at the Mint — Mother’s Day Pop-up Shop
Looking for something special for Mom or even for yourself to celebrate Mother’s Day? Head to the Mint Museum Randolph for this free pop-up event. Look at the offerings of local vendors and take a guided tour of the gallery. There are also VIP tickets available ($20) that include bites, cocktails and a swag bag. For more information, click facebook.com.
May 10, 2018: Housingfest: A Concert to End Homelessness
Back again to raise money for Urban Ministries, this year’s Housingfest event is at a bigger venue (Ovens Auditorium) and has some big names performing. This year Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples will be headlining the event. Additional information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at charlottesgotalot.com.
May 10, 2018: Pink to Drink
Benefitting the 24 Foundation, the fifth annual “Pink to Drink” cancer fundraiser hopes to turn the LoSo area of Charlotte pink for a day. The block party will take place simultaneously at Sugar Creek Brewing Company, Broken Spoke, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Queen Park Social. Wear pink and enjoy an evening of live music, beer and food from ROOTS Catering. Proceeds from the event, silent auction and raffle will benefit 24 Foundation. Visit pink-to-drink.com for more information.
May 11, 2018: Bacon Fest at Sycamore Brewing
Do you love bacon? If so, this free event is for you. Head to Sycamore Brewing and enjoy all things bacon at this special themed Food Truck Friday. Food trucks will be serving their best bacon-inspired food for this event, and Sycamore will be offering special beer pairings that will complement the smoky and sweet flavors of your meal. More details here.
May 11-12, 2018: North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival
Head to Historic Rural Hill for two days filled with music and beer. Local breweries will be on hand to serve visitors the best in local craft beer and bands, and performances will be happening throughout the weekend. For more information, visit ncbrewsmusic.com.
May 12, 2018: Vintage Charlotte Summer Market
VTGCLT is back with their annual Summer Market! The market will be located in the historic Ford Building at Camp North End. Food, coffee and beer will be available for purchase as you browse and shop from the more than 80 vintage and handmade vendors. Find out more at facebook.com.
May 12, 2018: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Beer, bourbon and BBQ … oh my! There will be over 60 beers, 40 bourbons and plenty of BBQ for you to enjoy. The day will also include seminars regarding the food and beverages you are enjoying, as well as live music and other entertainment. Tickets include a tasting glass and unlimited samples. Visit beerandbourbon.com for more information.
May 18-25, 2018: Opera Carolina presents I Dream
The final 36 hours in the life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are recounted through flashbacks to the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King and wife Coretta’s journey together. I Dream is a contemporary opera incorporating elements of classical, jazz, contemporary and Broadway styles of music. Ticket information can be found at tix.carolinatix.org.
May 19, 2018: South End Hops Festival
For $35 (for general admission), attendees at the annual South End Hops Festival can enjoy unlimited samples of more than 70 craft beers. There will be live music stages, cooking demonstrations, a biergarten, picnic zone and a VIP area. For more information and tickets click southendhopsfest.org.
May 19, 2018: No Pants Ride at Unknown Brewing
Charlotte’s quirkiest brewery, Unknown Brewing, has joined forces with QueenCity Bicycles and the 24 Foundation for the third annual No Pants Ride. Pants-less cyclists will ride down the Light Rail Trail, starting at the Scaleybark station and will end at Unknown Brewing for a party featuring live music, food and cold beer. The ride is free, and Unknown Brewing will donate $1 per rider to Bike MS and 24 Hours of Booty. For more information, click facebook.com.
May 24-27, 2018: Coca-Cola 600 festivities
One of the biggest weekends in NASCAR and in Charlotte is the weekend of the Coca-Cola 600. Thursday, May 24 kicks off the Circle K Speed Street celebrations leading up to the race on May 27. This year, Speed Street will feature performances from Judah & the Lion, Easton Corbin, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Brett Young and more. More details (and tickets) can be found here. The race is May 27, and tickets can be purchased at charlottemotorspeedway.com.
May 25-27, 2018: Memorial Day Celebration at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Trail races, yoga, live music, fireworks and other activities will kick off the start to summer. Visit usnwc.org for a full list of activities and music lineup.
May 31-June 24, 2018: Charlotte Squawks 14: O Fourteena!
Mike Collins, Brian Kahn and the rest of the crazy crew with Charlotte Squawks are back and ready to make fun of more local and national news then ever before! Think “Saturday Night Live” meets Broadway meets Queen City. The question is who will be “squawked” this year? For ticket information, click blumenthalarts.org.
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