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.

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READ a book, GIVE a book: Simplicity is holding a children’s book drive during the month of May to collect books for Windsor Park Elementary, a Title 1 school. Their goal is to collect at least 5,000 books by May 31. If you would like to drop-off a book in Ballantyne, Barclay Downs, Cotswold, Dilworth, Matthews, Myers Park, or Southpark, email info@simplicity-organizers.com, or you can drop-off books at Windsor Park Elementary, 3910 Sudbury Road.

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.

Greenway Summer Concert Series: Anne Springs Close Greenway has brought back this concert series for its fifth year, with 14 concerts scheduled every Thursday from June through August. Check out the schedule here. Attendees should bring a blanket and/or chairs. Food trucks will be in attendance and beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase. Free for Greenway members, $5 for non-members, $5 for parking, 6:30 p.m., Anne Springs Close Greenway, 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill.


May 25

“Bey Day” Class: It’s not May Day, it’s Bey Day. The Jam: CLT celebrates their dance deity & booty muse, Beyonce with one epic class. Get in formation with your freakum dress, six inch heels and invite Becky with the good hair. They’re crazy in love with Bey. May 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Dr.

Performance by Southern Silk: This R&B duo will perform an hour and a half program that is open to the public. Learn more here. Free to attend, May 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 N Idlewild Road.

May 27

Performance by John Tosco & The Healing Force: Come listen and enjoy this performance by John Tosco & The Healing Force. For more information, call 704.416.7200. Free to attend, May 27, 11:30 a.m., University City Regional Library, 310 East W T. Harris Blvd.

Performance by A Thousand Horses: The band, known as “Country’s coolest band” according to Rolling Stone Country, will headline New Belgium Brewing’s “Fat Tire Tour de Fat” Summer Concert Series. Tickets are available here. Proceeds will benefit BikeWalk NC. $25 per ticket plus fees, $5 for a 12 oz. pour of beer, donations for non-profits will be accepted at show, May 27, 4 – 9 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Sugar Creek Beer Dinner: Reid’s Fine Foods is hosting a beer dinner in partnership with Sugar Creek Brewing Company. The dinner consists of four courses and dessert, each paired with a beer. Some culinary highlights include charred octopus, sticky pork belly and espresso beignets. $55 per person. Reservations can be made at 704-377-1312. 7 p.m. Reid’s Fine Foods Myers Park, 2823 Selwyn Ave.

May 28

KellyFest: Bonterra Dining & Wine Room will be hosting KellyFest! KellyFest is a celebration of Kelly Kehoe’s favorite Southern foods paired with amazing wines from Robert Foley Vineyards and locally brewed beer from Triple C Brewing Co. Guests will be nibbling on crispy, down home fried chicken, Carolina barbecue, corn bread, and much more while enjoying music from the Robert Foley Band. They will also enjoy wines hand selected by Kelly Kehoe and beers from Triple C Brewing Co. Reservations for the event are required. The cost is $100 per person, all you can eat and drink. Guests may place reservations by calling 704.333.9463. May 28, 4 – 8 p.m. Bonterra, 1829 Cleveland Ave.

May 29

Patriot Festival 5K “Go The Extra Mile:” Run or walk the Patriot Festival 5L to honor our military heroes. Race t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 registrants, so register here today. The event is open to all ages. $15 for military and youth under age 12, $35 over age 12, $45 for F3 Nation Only/every F3 entry provides an entry for a military hero, May 29, 6 a.m. volunteer check-in, 6:45 a.m. registration opens for packet and chip pick-up, 7:30 a.m. 5k run/walk begins, 8:30 a.m. awards ceremony, 4401 Barclay Downs Drive.

May 31

Selwyn Farmers Market Grand Opening: The grand opening will be on May 31 to kick-off its weekly Wednesday farmers market. The event will have live music, cooking demos and a bouncy castle. Free to attend, May 31, 3 – 7 p.m., 3100 Selwyn Ave.


June 1

BLKTechCLT: Come get a tour of Camp North End as well as hear from featured guest and former Carolina Panther Muhsin Muhammad II and other top names in tech. Enjoy interactive tech demos, tech gift bags, music, food and drinks. Get your tickets here. Price ranges from $20-30, June 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave.

CoolSculpting Event: With bathing suit season right around the corner, Dr. Peter Capizzi and the rest of his team at Capizzi MD will be hosting an event offering employee pricing on any CoolSculpting session. Call and schedule your complimentary consultation at (704)655-8988. June 1, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Capizzi, M.D., 900 East Blvd.

Swim Across America Kickoff Night: Swim Across America, a national nonprofit, is launching the inaugural Charlotte Open Water Swim in September to benefit the Levine Cancer Institute. They will be hosting a public kickoff event at Legion Brewing where you can enter raffles, learn more about the organization and register for the swim. Katie Meili, two-time medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Ave.

June 2

WalkCLT Twilight Event: The twilight event will kick-off the WalkCLT initiative, which encourages walking as a form of transportation. Participants can walk, bike, or carpool to the event and check-in to log their miles walked in order to receive a wristband for discounts at select restaurants and shops in the area. Click here to check out the discounts offered. From the event, people can walk to nearby businesses together, like Blue Blaze Brewing. Free to attend, June 2, 5 – 8 p.m., Recover Brands, 1518 Bryant St.

Gender and Sexuality: An evening of Art, Music, Fashion, and Discussion: Larry Elder of Elder Gallery will be showing this special exhibit featuring two of his most prominent artists, Carl Plansky and Greg Siler, and outfits from this year’s Condom Couture. The event is open to the public, but is intended for an adult audience. Free to attend, June 2, 5 – 8 p.m., Elder Gallery, 1520 S Tryon Street.

June 3

Vintage Charlotte Summer Market: The sixth annual Summer Market will have over 80 vintage and handmade vendors (all local and regional!). Learn more here. $7 ‘early bird’ entry at 10 a.m., $2 general admission, June 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave.

CLT Wedding Flea: This flea market style event allows newly weds to sell their leftover decorations from their wedding that they have no more use for to the newly engaged. Reserve your vendor table here. General admission is $5 cash at the door, vendor tables are $20, June 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Project 658 Building, 3646 Central Ave.

June 8

Guitarist Willy Porter & Singer Carmen Nickerson Tour: Wisconsin-based guitarist/songwriter Willy Porter and singer/songwriter Carmen Nickerson will perform at The Evening Muse in support of their first full-length indie collaboration “Bonfire to Ash.” Get your tickets here. $17 for all ages in advance, $2 ‘Under 21’ surcharge at the door, June 8, doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m., The Evening Muse, 3227 N Davidson Street.

June 8-11

Chickspeare’s Comedy Of Errors: The all-female Shakespeare Company, Chickspeare, will bring their unique take on Shakespeare in the original sitcom Comedy of Errors, where two sets of identical twins are separated at birth and encounter a series of crazy mishaps. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets here to reserve your space online. June 8 is ‘Pay What You Will’ (PWYW), $20 in advance, $24 at the door, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., June 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., June 11 at 2 p.m., The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Ave, Cornelius.

June 9-11

Taste of Charlotte: This 3-day festival will have live music and entertainment, as well as 100 samples from restaurants in the surrounding area. There will also be a 5k that you can register for here. Admission to the festival is free, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., along Tryon St from Stonewall to 5th St (6 blocks).

June 10

2nd Saturday: Inside Petty’s Garage: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Inside Petty’s Garage,” an event focused on the family that has been closely associated with NASCAR: the Petty family. Coinciding with Richard Petty’s 80 birthday, the “PETTY: Building a Family Legacy” exhibit will give fans an interactive way to honor “The King” as he reaches this milestone. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), June 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

The 3.5ish Music Festival and Anniv Party: As Unknown Brewing Company’s biggest event of the year, the festival will consist of six bands performing, food trucks and Unknown’s own beer. There will be a ” Charity Tap,” where $1 will be donated to Purple Heart Homes for every pint sold at the event. Get your tickets here. $10 per person, June 10, 2 – 10 p.m., The Unknown Brewing Company, 1327 S Mint Street.

June 12

Get involved or STFU!: If you would like to get more involved in your community or neighborhood with a group that doesn’t just talk, but actually gets stuff done, this event is for you. ‘Get involved or STFU’ will be the second installment of the Donna Scott productions Women Entrepreneurs in Business and Arts Speakers series of 2017. Open to the public but seating is limited, so RSVP here. Free to attend, June 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road.

June 15

Superheroes After Dark: HeroesCon Launch Party: Assorted Table Wine Shoppe is welcoming the 2017 HeroesCon Comic Book Convention with a party the night before. Your ticket will give you access to wine tasting, “nerdy” appetizers, access to Artist Alley, Gayda Wines label coloring contest, music, a cash bar, mingling, and a four-course wine pairing dinner (limited to 20). Purchase your tickets here. $30 in advance, $40 at the door, $80 with wine pairing dinner (in advance only), June 15, 8 – 10:30 p.m., Assorted Table Wine Shoppe at 7th Street Public Market, 224 E 7th Street.

June 16

‘GENDERED: An Inclusive Art Show’ Opening Reception: GENDERED strives to create an inclusive arts forum for gender and its relationships with race, class, sexuality, and identity. The art show’s opening reception will take place on June 16, 7 – 10 p.m., Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon Street.

June 17

Tosco Music Beatles Tribute: Come see artists perform some of the Beatles classics as well as their own spin on some of the original tunes. Attendees are invited to come and sing along. Get your tickets here. 10% discounts are available for students, parties of 10+, or when purchasing tickets for more than one show at the same time. Tickets range from $18-$31, June 17, 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S Tryon Street.

June 21

Summer Salutations: Embrace your inner light by honoring the Summer Solstice with a flow of 108 Sun Salutations. Afterwards, enjoy food from Fresh Med food struck and live music by Analog Crash. The event will take place rain or shine. Please bring your own mat. $5 to attend, June 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S Turner Ave.

June 22

No Waste Summer Dinner Party: Learn how to throw a great Fourth of July barbecue with a delicious, healthy meal and changes in your waste behavior. Register here to join Healthy Communities for a No Waste Dinner. Free to attend, June 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street.


July 8

2nd Saturday: July’s Five: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “July’s Five,” an event that will familiarize attendees with five races, five tracks, and five states. Explore NASCAR’s July races and memorable moments at Daytona, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis and Pocono. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), July 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


August 10

Umphrey’s McGee & Moon Taxi at Symphony Park: This rock show will benefit the Charlotte Symphony. Get tickets here. Aug. 10, 6 – 11 p.m. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

Healthy Communities Cooking Class: Add more color and flavor into your diet by incorporating more fruits and vegetables. Learn how to make your side dishes the highlight of your meal by attending the Healthy Communities cooking class. Register here. Free to attend, August 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street.

August 12

2nd Saturday: Start Your Engines: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Start Your Engines,” an event that will delve into the behind the scenes work that goes into making a NASCAR experience different from any other sport, such as pre-race and infield activities. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), August 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


September 9

2nd Saturday: Back to the 80s: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Back to the 80s,” an event that will honor the ‘Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR’ by exploring NASCAR’s cars, drivers, style and culture in the 1980’s and designing your own retro t-shirt and hat. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

September 15-16

Dilworth Home Tour: Join us for the 45th annual Dilworth Home Tour! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Dilworth Soup Kitchen. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, September 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. and September 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

September 21

Stop Throwing Your Money Away (Literally): Proper Food Preparation and Storage class and Food Too Good to Waste Challenge Introduction: Join Healthy Communities and learn how to minimize your food waste, store your food properly and get an opportunity to sign up for the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge. Register here. Free to attend, September 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street.

September 23

Charlotte Open Water Swim: Swim Across America will be hosting Charlotte’s inaugural Open Water Swim. Swimmers and supporters of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in the event in Lake Norman. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. Proceeds from the swim will support leukemia research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. You can register to swim, volunteer or donate to the event at SAA’s website. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA Lakefront, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius, N.C.



October 14

2nd Saturday: In the Driver’s Seat: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “In the Driver’s Seat,” an event that will give attendees the opportunity to build different types of race cars and compete with their masterpieces. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), October 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


November 11

2nd Saturday: Getting Schooled in NASCAR: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Getting Schooled in NASCAR,” an event that will allow attendees to come and try out various careers in racing, such as mechanics, broadcasters, and officials. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), November 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


December 9

2nd Saturday: Holiday Workshop: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Holiday Workshop,” a workshop that will celebrate the the season by providing tools for you to craft your own version of a car for the future. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), December 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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