Welcome to the Queen City Calendar, your ultimate guide for what to do in and around Charlotte. Have an event you think should be listed here? Shoot us an email to charlottefive@charlottefive.com.

Community deadlines

Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition: This competition is hosted by Opera Carolina from April 24-28. After three days of preliminary rounds for up to 100 contestants, three finalists will be featured in a gala concert at Belk Theater on Friday, April 28. Applicants can submit online and must be aspiring opera singers between the ages of 21 and 35. A PDF application is available for download on Opera Carolina’s website. The completed form, along with a recording of the applicant singing two arias in MP4 format, should be emailed to auditions@operacarolina.org by March 15, 2017 at midnight.

Recurring events

Thankful Thursdays: Three Spirits Brewery is teaming up with local charities for Thankful Thursdays. Every Thursday from 6-8 they have a different charity in and they donate $1 for every pint and flight sold to the charity for that Thursday. Upcoming events are March 23, March 29 and March 30.

Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m.

NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.

Coco and the Director’s series of events: 

Every other Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.

Each Friday, Final-E Friday Acoustic hosts local musicians that perform a variety of genres from pop and R&B to rock and country. Guests can enjoy $4 tall boys while enjoying to the music.

Trivia night is now every other Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. Next dates: March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20.

On Mondays, enjoy: Team Trivia at Rhino Market. It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.

Free Fitness Saturdays at Northlake Mall: Free Fitness Saturdays will now occur on the first Saturday of every month, led by fitness instructors from the McCrorey Family YMCA. Saturdays, March 4-Dec. 2, 2017, 10-11 a.m. Upper Level near Entry 4 at Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.


March 15-April 2

A tribute to Maya Angelou: The Gantt Center will celebrate the life of Dr. Maya Angelou with two programs: An art competition for students at Northwest School of the Arts and a screening of the feature-length documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” The art will be on display from March 15-April 2, and the Gantt Center will screen the documentary March 30. Tickets available here. 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.

March 28

“Power of One” fundraiser: This event on Thursday, March 28 features guest speakers Toussaint Romain and Venessa Harrison. Tickets are free but donations support The Project One Scholarship Fund. Register here. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave.

March 29

CLTMAP presents Pricing Art in the New Millennium: Anna Gelich and Laura Powell will present their research about the future of pricing fine art for up and coming artists using animation. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments and snacks provided by Wooden Robot Brewery and QC Catering, and the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free admittance, with a target audience of young adults aged 21-35. March 29. Elder Art Gallery, 1520 S. Tryon St.

March 30

#instabeerupCLT: Join Corri Smith and Rémy Thurston for the March #instabeerupCLT at NoDa Brewing Company. Get in for free, meet new people and invite friends. All you have to do is pay for your drinks. 6-9 p.m. 2921 N. Tryon St.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise: On March 30, celebrate Maya Angelou from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with a screening of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” that will air on WTVI PBS Charlotte during March. $10 general admission, $5 members. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St.

March 31

“Utah’s Whiskey History” with High West Distillery at The Gallery: 
This informative tasting led by Trevor Hague, Regional Manager of High West Distillery, will detail the history of Whiskey in Utah, as well as the first whiskey-fest out West, “Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.” Hague will also discuss whiskey’s medicinal purposes. In addition, Hague will talk about the High West Distillery in Park City, Utah’s success and outstanding products within its portfolio. This event is part of the monthly series with The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne, a monthly tasting open to the public. 6:30 p.m. $65. Reserve your spot by calling (704) 248-4100. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Changing the Odds Against MS:  Keith and Karen Kaplan are hosting this event March 31, five years after Keith was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Proceeds will benefit the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. Expect a night of jazz, live and silent auctions, and casino entertainment. 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz, auctions and entertainment. CenterStage@ NoDa, 2315 North Davidson St.


April 1

Tour De Blaze: WestEnd + Uptown: Combine two of your favorite things – beer and bike riding – on a Tour De Blaze bike ride! Make stops at your favorite WestEnd & Uptown bars, pubs, restaurants, bottle shops – you name it! Each stop will feature one of Blue Blaze’s unique blazes for your tasting pleasure. The ride begins at 1:30 p.m., but those who come early get a free bike inspection by Uptown Cycles and a chance to grab a brew before the ride. Confirmed stops: Draught Charlotte, Flight, Queen City Q, Rhino Deli Market, and Pinky’s Westside Grill. April 1, 1-6:30 p.m. Blue Blaze Brewing 528 S. Turner Ave.

Voices from the Past: Voices from the Past is a free historical event in Charlotte’s oldest cemeteries — Settlers’, Pinewood and Elmwood in Uptown Charlotte. The event will feature over 50 costumed reenactors who will share the stories of many famous and infamous residents of these historic graveyards — hosted by the Mecklenburg Historical Association. April 1, 1-5 p.m. Old Settlers’ Cemetery, 200 W Trade St.

NAMA-STAY TURNT: Join NC Yoga Bar & THE JAM: CLT for dance + yoga. Expect 45 minutes of hip-hop dance + a 30-minute yoga cool down. All levels welcome. NC Yoga Bar passport holders can use their passes, THE JAM: CLT class pass holders can use their passes. All other drop-ins are $12. April 1, 1-2 p.m. The Unknown Brewing Co., 1327 S. Mint St.

April 2

Front Porch Sundays: Front Porch Sundays return to South End with more than 50 vendors and makers at the front porch at Shook Kelley. This craft fair has grown over the years into a full-blown, monthly, neighborhood block party featuring live music, yoga and craft beer. April 2, noon-5 p.m. 2151 Hawkins St.

April 4

1 Million Cups – Charlotte: This free monthly meetup provides Education, Connection and Support for local entrepreneurs who can apply to practice their pitch (and polish their presentation skills) with a six minute spotlight in front of a live audience. Attendees benefit from the incredible culture of collaboration that exists as well as the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback to the Queen City’s start-up scene. Hosted on the first Wednesday of every month between 8:30a-10am at Industry Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/1MillionCups

Janette Sadik-Khan: Change the Street, Change the World: Janette Sadik-Khan is coming to Charlotte to speak about her work to make NYC more pedestrian and bike friendly. During her tenure as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw the addition of 400 miles of new bike lanes, helped implement the nation’s largest bike-sharing system, converted 60 plazas into spaces where people could sit and relax, and repurposed 180 acres of asphalt for pedestrian and bike use. In her new book “Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”—written with her longtime colleague and chief media strategist Seth Solomonow—Sadik-Khan tells the story of how she made it happen. April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St.

April 6

“50 Shades of Gris”: This is the second Somm. Series hosted by 5Church Charlotte with Beverage Director Patricia Smith. Patricia will guide an intimate group through an interactive and instructive tasting of four different types of wines from the Pinot family. All attendees will be provided with four 4-oz. pours paired with a special selection of bites from Executive Chef Jamie Lynch. Tickets are $38/person (including gratuity and tax) and can be purchased through TicketLeap. April 6, 6-7:30 p.m. 127 N Tryon St. #8.

April 7-8

Rebuilding Together volunteer opportunity: Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte will be partnering with the city to revitalize the homes of four deserving residents in the Came Greene neighborhood in Charlotte. Rebuilding Together works with the elderly, disabled and veterans to provide critical home repairs that will ensure safety, accessibility and healthier living conditions. Grants and volunteers for this project have been generously provided by Wells Fargo and Spectrum. If you want more information on Rebuilding Together or would like to volunteer, please contact Rachel Demeter Racheldemeter@gmail.com or 574-261-8221.

April 8

Tosco Music Party: Charlotte’s quarterly concert series returns for its spring show and features an eclectic mix of all styles of music — and sing-a-longs. Fifteen acts — professional and amateur — will play one or two songs each. Read more about the series here. $14-$24. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.

Wanderlust 108: Join this “mindful triathlon” on April 8. This involves a 5K run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class and a guided meditation. There will also be music, artisanal vendors, local foods and other happenings. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Doggy Day the Fiber Space: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is partnering with Google Fiber to throw a paw-sitively perfect pawty to celebrate Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s opening of “Go, Dog. Go!” This dog-friendly pawty is on April 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and features multiple dog adoption agencies, multiple therapy dogs, dog photographers, the Dog Salon and multiple other dog vendors. The pawty happens at Google Fiber’s space, 301 E. 7th St., and in front of ImaginOn, 300 E. 17 St. This event is free to attend.

April 10-14

Spring Break at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Guests are invited to explore science, technology and racing history with a special scavenger hunt during spring break. And all kids ages 10 and under will receive a free beach ball while supplies last. A special Ready, Set, Race! Experience will also be available to guests on April 11 and 13 during normal operating hours. Cost: $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors (60+) and military with ID, $12.95 for children (5-12) and free for members and kids under 5. April 10-April 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Get more info here.

April 18

Market Charlotte Dinner: CMO Panel on 2017 Marketing Trends: The American Marketing Association’s signature Market Charlotte event will be a dinner with a CMO panel discussing the 2016 marketing trends at Maggiano’s. The dinner includes an open bar for beer and wine and there are options to sit and network with the CMOs as well as other marketing professionals. ($75 – $150.) 6-8:30 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road.

April 21

Rethinking the Museum for the 21st Century: Michael Whittington, President and CEO, Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City presents this timely topic. If you are a regular museum goer, you may have noticed changes at some institutions. If not a regular, come learn how museums are changing to meet visitor – and potential visitor interests. Michael Whittington is a former Curator of Ancient American and African Art at the Mint Museum. Open to the public and free with museum admission. Friday, April 21. 10 a.m. coffee. 10:30 a.m. program. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.

Portugal vs. The States Wine Tasting: Enjoy a delicious and informative tasting led by Certified Specialist of Wine Ryan Gilbert of Country Vintner and Sommelier Juan Fernandez in Gallery Restaurant’s Private Dining Room. This tasting will be a side-by-side blind comparison of four different styles of wines from each country. Attendees will try and guess the correct country of origin for each wine while enjoying a series of Chef de Cuisine Matt Tilman’s tapas-style small plates. The cost is $55 per person (plus tax & gratuity), and reservations are required at 704-248-4100. April 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Gallery, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

April 22

University City Wine Fest: This is your chance to experience more than 100 old and new wines from more than 25 wineries. There will be entertainment and appetizers from area restaurants. Proceeds will benefit literacy programming at Charlotte Mecklenburg University City and Sugar Creek Libraries. April 22, 2-6 p.m. 8929 J M Keynes Dr.

Roots Festival – Earth Day at Savona Mill: Enjoy this celebration of planet Earth and Charlotte Culture with live music, guest speakers, Charlotte food trucks, a ribbon cutting ceremony, family activities, live wood demonstrations, local green vendors and beer from Blue Blaze Brewing. April 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 500 S. Turner Ave.


April 22, May 20

The Patio Concert Series: Head to Reid’s Fine Foods at SouthPark for their three-part concert series. The first concert is March 18 with Boy Named Banjo, an Americana-roots group out of Nashville. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale March 13 at the Reid’s store at SouthPark Mall. The second concert is April 22 with The Charlotte-based Holdouts performing cover songs from The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes and others. The Spring Patio Concert Series finale is May 20 with the Blue Dogs, a bluegrass/country-rock band. Tickets to that show will be $20, and will go on sale at the Reid’s SouthPark store on May 15. Each concert is 7-10 p.m. 4331 Barclay Downs Dr.

April 23

JCC Earth Day and Spring Clean Festival: The event will feature four 15-20 minute presentations at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Also: Live music by South Branch Bluegrass, lunch available by Izzy’s Catering, kid’s crafts and activities, and electronics recycling and paper shredding. Free canvas bags for the first 100 attendees. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 5007 Providence Road.

April 27

Mayors Ride — Bike to Breakfast: This is your chance to ride with City elected officials and private leaders for the kickoff of BIKE! Charlotte. There will be free breakfast provided by Charlotte Center City Partners and coffee and juice provided by Charlotte B-cycle. Event Start Location: Dowd YMCA, 400 E. Morehead St. in the parking lot behind the YMCA. Event End Location: Government Center Plaza, 600 East 4th Street. April 27, 7:45 a.m.


May 3

1 Million Cups – Charlotte: This free monthly meetup provides Education, Connection and Support for local entrepreneurs who can apply to practice their pitch (and polish their presentation skills) with a six minute spotlight in front of a live audience. Attendees benefit from the incredible culture of collaboration that exists as well as the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback to the Queen City’s start-up scene. Hosted on the first Wednesday of every month between 8:30-10 a.m. at Industry Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

May 4

The WINGS Charlotte SOAR Awards Luncheon: On May 4, the SOAR Awards will showcase and celebrate advocates in our community who have championed equality in education, out-of-school-time and advocated on behalf of those less privileged.This year’s award winners are: The Honorable Jennifer Roberts, Mayor of Charlotte; Debra Plousha Moore, Systems Chief of Staff, Carolinas HealtheCare System; Jay Everette, Senior Vice President Community Affairs, Wells Fargo; and Richard “Stick” Williams, Retired, Duke Energy Foundation. Doors open at 11 a.m. The lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
For tickets: www.soarawards.eventbrite.com or sponsorships 980-216-8872. Proceeds benefit WINGS for Kids Charlotte.
Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.

May 13

South End Hops Fest: RescuedMe is proud to announce the 4th Annual Greystar South End Hops Fest Presented by Muse Sleep & Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. This year’s festival will feature 80 plus different NC & SC craft beers from over 40 amazing breweries. Plus, this year you will experience new additions like the first ever Blue Blaze Brewing Biergarten, live cooking with craft beer demos by Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke Charlotte and, in VIP, a backyard cookout experience with local chefs presented by Curcio Law Firm, PLLC. Your festival ticket helps RescuedMe to continue their mission to provide education, prevention, intervention and adoption services to ensure that lost or abandoned dogs enjoy long, healthy lives in loving, safe, appropriate homes. P.S. you can bring your dog! May 13, 2-6 p.m. Historic South End, 308 W. Carson Blvd.

May 17

Omni-Channel: Developing digital experiences that support in-store and online growth, with Eric Hanson: Hanson is the Director of Digital Experience, Product Management and Omni-Channel Integration at Lowe’s Home Improvement). The event is open to the public ($10-$15) but American Marketing Association members receive a discounted ticket. May 17, 6- 8 p.m. at the Unknown Brewing Company. Hosted by the American Marketing Association.

May 20

DRUMSTRONG: On May 20, the 11th Anniversary Global Rhythm DRUMSTRONG fest to beat cancer will be free, with Free Range Brewing hosting DRUMSTRONG 2017. Raise funds, drum to beat cancer for 24 hours and support education, survivorship and research. 2320 N. Davidson St.

May 20

Charlotte Symphony Pro-Am experience: Participants will prepare selections like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and selections from Bizet’s Carmen. The full orchestra and community musicians will join to rehearse with Christopher Warren-Green at 10 a.m., followed by a group lunch. The finale is a free, open performance in Knight Theater at 2:30 p.m. Registration costs $125 and includes a boxed lunch and commemorative T-shirt. Register here. 10 a.m., May 20. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St.


Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer

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