May Events, Things to Do in Charlotte, NC



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Editor’s Note: CharlotteFive has limited coverage of in-person indoor events to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Masks are required at many Charlotte locations for indoor spaces or close environments.


Head to The Square at Trade and Tryon in Uptown to celebrate Meck Dec Day, the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This year’s celebration will include military and colonial re-enactments, historical readings, toasts, musket and cannon firing, military parades and more. Midday. Free. The Square, 100 N. Tryon St.

Learn about Armenian cuisine and culture at the annual get-together armenian festival. Authentic Armenian dishes including beef and chicken kebabs, side dishes, homemade pastas, pastries and more will be available with an online pre-order option for curbside pickup. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 7000 Park Road.


Taste ice-cold Cheerwine in the town where it was born 105 years ago, as well as Southern cuisine, family-friendly activities, local craft vendors, live music starting at 2 p.m., including legendary rock bands like Blues Traveler, Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors and more at The Cheerwine Festival. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Salisbury town centre. 217 Main Street S.

The Cheerwine Festival on May 21 will feature Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors. Courtesy of Cheerwine CharlotteFive archives

Explore Uptown’s secret urban gardens in the Historic District fourth quarter piece. The self-guided walking tour showcases a variety of private gardens and includes food and drink tastings in the gardens and restaurants along the route, as well as electric golf cart rides with Ride Charlotte. The tour will also highlight public art, historic homes, the historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery and special points of interest. The historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 7 and Tryon Streets will also offer tours of its gardens each day during visiting hours, as well as a free performance by the Charlotte Choir School in the sanctuary from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. 30 on Saturday only. Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from noon to 4:30 p.m. $ for one-day tickets. $40 for a flexible weekend ticket. Buy your tickets online. Historic Fourth Ward, West 9th Street and North Poplar Street.

Enjoy unlimited beer and bourbon samples at Charlotte’s 15th Annual Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Party, as well as live music, a multi-vendor BBQ, games, shopping, seminars with Southern master distillers, mine masters and brewmasters and more. VIP tickets from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. are sold out, but there are still general admission tickets available. $42. Online purchase. Designated driver tickets are sold onsite for $25. Ballantyne backyard. 11611 N. Community House Road.

If you are a sweets lover, you won’t want to miss Dessert Wars, a (delicious) competition between more than 50 local vendors vying to be voted favorite dessert. Ticket holders will taste some of Charlotte’s best cookies, cakes, donuts, ice cream and other treats, then vote for their favorite dessert. General admission is $45 + fees and taxes and includes 30 tickets for dessert samples, a “go-box” and admission to the 4 p.m. event. VIP tickets are $65 + fees and taxes and include 50 sample tickets, a go-box, and admission to the 3 p.m. event. Children 2 and under are free. Online purchase, because there are no tickets at the door. Park Expo Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.

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Admission to Dessert Wars includes tickets for samples and a “to-go box” to take the extras home. (Sorry, you can’t bring your own.) Munch Miami/Courtesy of Dessert Wars


Planning a future wedding and need some inspiration? Check Best of Charlotte’s Bridal Show, a boutique-style wedding show featuring a curated selection of vendors presented by Charlotte Bride Guide. 1 to 5 p.m. $5. Buy your tickets online. Lenny Boy Brewery. 3000 S.Tryon St.

For a day of shopping at women-owned businesses, food, cocktails and more, check out the Girl Tribe Pop Up in the Garden. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 in advance. $10 at the door. Buy your tickets online. Alexander Homestead, 4717 Shamrock Drive.


Experience a fun night mixing regional comedians with poets and spoken word artists from across the country at Laughter and stanzas, presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Free on registration. Register online. Social QC. 300 College Street N.


Watch a stand-up comedy about environmental justice at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern regional comedians during the comedy tour “There’s nothing funny about climate change”, organized by the Dogwood Alliance. Free but $10 suggested cover. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. 2918 The Plaza.


Bring your alien-themed VHS movies – the darker the better – for a special dual-feature event at VisArt Video, VHS Potluck (Alien Edition). Free but donations appreciated. 7:30 p.m. 3104 Eastway Drive.


Soak up the spring weather and listen to live music outdoors on the last night of the Shops at University PlaceThe Spring Concert Series. Free. 6-9 p.m. 8929 JM Keynes Drive.

Mark your calendar

If alcoholic seltzer water is your adult beverage of choice, you won’t want to miss the second annual World Seltzer Festival on Saturday, June 4, with unlimited samples of over 100 varieties of seltzer and craft beers, food trucks, live DJs, local vendors and Suite. 1 to 5 p.m. General admission tickets: $30 to $40. VIP lounge tickets: $45. Online purchase. South end. 200 E. Bland Street

Map your selections for Untappd. The June 18 festival offers unlimited beer samples from over 300 choices from 100 of the social networking platform’s top-rated breweries, including some of your local favorites. Live music and souvenir mugs are included. Session 1 VIP entry begins at 11:00 a.m., doors open for general admission at 12:00 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. Session 2 VIP entry begins at 5:30 p.m., admission general starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends for the night at 10 p.m. General admission is $60, while VIP entry is $150. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218-1238 Armory Drive.

Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural Queen City Jam Sessions, a multi-day music festival August 19-21 presented by MaxxMusic and NoDa Brewing Company. Check out Greensky Bluegrass, Oteil and Friends, and Infamous Stringdusters and more at NoDa Brewing. A three-day general admission pass is $189. VIP passes cost $299 and include express entry, premium seating, two beers a day, and access to the private bar. Admission is free for children under 7 years old. To buy tickets on line. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St.

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