Top 10 things you MUST do in May

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Here’s hoping that April showers really do bring May flowers — along with some warm, sunny weather so that we can enjoy these upcoming events throughout the month.

(1) The 9th Annual SC Strawberry Festival.

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Friday, May 4 through Saturday, May 5. Free. 345 N. White St. Fort Mill, SC.

Celebrate the start of strawberry season at the 9th Annual SC Strawberry Festival in downtown Fort Mill, SC — just a 25-minute drive from Uptown Charlotte. Look forward to a line-up of local and regional bands, 135 vendors and artisans selling locally crafted products, and more than 40 food vendors serving Southern food and strawberries. More details here.

(2) Mingle at the Mint: Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop.

Wednesday, May 9. 6 – 9 p.m. Free general admission, or $15 early bird VIP. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd. 

Find that special gift for mom (or for yourself) at a special Mother’s Day pop-up shop at the Mint Museum Randolph. Browse exclusive vendor tables and take a free guided gallery tour. Or snag a VIP ticket, which includes small bites, cocktails, and a swag bag, plus the chance to relax in a VIP lounge. RSVPs are required to enter — you can either snag your free GA ticket or your VIP ticket here.

(3) Free Yoga at the Park with King of Pops.


Every Saturday in May (and beyond). 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Ln. 

Every Saturday in May (and all the way through October), you can enjoy a free, 60-minute outdoor yoga class led by Rebekah Coggins of Okra Charlotte. Head to the Southeast end of Independence Park, in front of King’s College, and look for the signature rainbow umbrella atop the King of Pops cart. Be sure to bring a mat or towel and a bottle of water, then cool down after class with a pop or two. Details here.

(4) Bacon Fest at Sycamore Brewing.

Friday, May 11. 5 – 10 p.m. Free to attend. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St.

Bacon-lovers, rejoice: this bacon-themed Food Truck Friday is back for yet another year at Sycamore Brewing! Get ready to enjoy bacon-inspired fare from Papi Queso, TIN Kitchen, Gyro Twins, OooWee BBQ, FreshMed, Roaming Fork, Yummy Bahn Mi and Golden Cow Creamery. Bonus: Sycamore Brewing will even offer special beer pairings to enjoy with your meaty treats. More details here.

(5) Twerk For Your Beer at The Music Yard (followed by the Spring Concert Series).


Saturday, May 12. 5 – 6 p.m. $5. The Music Yard, 2433 South Blvd. 

Twerk For Your Beer is a dance fitness class led by Zumba-certified instructor Kara Vasseur that will get your heart pounding and hips shaking. And it’s coming to The Music Yard, a new SoCal-inspired outdoor music venue between SouthBound and Mac’s Speed Shop on South Blvd. Just $5 gets you the hip-hop cardio class itself and a Ballast Point Brewing Co. beer.

Then you can stick around for tacos and margaritas while you enjoy the Spring Concert Series at The Music Yard, featuring Dark Water Rising with Hustle Souls. More details here.

[RELATED: South End’s newest concert venue opens this month between SouthBound and Mac’s Speed Shop]

(6) 2018 Vintage Charlotte Summer Market.

Saturday, May 12. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $2 general admission or $7 early bird entry. Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave.

VTGCLT is popping up in the historic Ford Building at Camp North End for its seventh annual Summer Market. Spend the day shopping from more than 80 of the region’s best vintage and handmade vendors. You can fuel up with food from Bleu Barn Bistro, The Dumpling Lady and King of Pops, stay caffeinated with HEX Coffee or grab a few cold beers from Birdsong Brewing Co. And be sure to stop by Studio Cultivate’s installation for a photo op. Find out more here.

(7) South End Hops Festival.

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Saturday, May 19. 2 – 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35. 308 W. Carson Blvd.

Spend four hours (or five, if you go VIP) enjoying unlimited samples of more than 70 craft beers at the annual South End Hops Festival, all in support of RescuedMe. Plus, there will be two live music stages, cooking with beer demos from Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke Charlotte, a Biergarten, picnic zone and a VIP area. More details (and tickets) here.

(8) Montford Park Block Party.

Saturday, May 19. 4 – 9 p.m. Free to attend. 1515 Mockingbird Ln.

Celebrate the Montford Park community with a day of food, beer and fun at the Montford Park Block Party. Enjoy live music from Dialed In, Pluto for Planet and Grievous Angels Band while sipping some cold beers from Legion Brewing and Sugar Creek Brewing. Grab grub from Jason’s Deli, Midwood Smokehouse (Park Road), Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse and Viva Chicken. Find out more here.

[RELATED: What is Charlotte’s best neighborhood? Meet the winner of the 2018 Charlotte Neighborhood Bracket]

(9) The 3rd Annual No Pants Ride at Unknown Brewing.

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Saturday, May 19. 1 – 6 p.m. Free to attend. Unknown Brewing, 1327 Mint St.

Get weird with Unknown Brewing, QueenCity Bicycles and 24 Foundation at the brewery’s third annual No Pants Ride. Pantsless cyclists will ride down the Light Rail Trail, starting at the Scaleybark light rail station and ending at Unknown Brewing for a party featuring live music, food from Passport Dough & Co. and cold beer. The ride is free, and Unknown Brewing will donate $1 per rider to Bike MS and 24 Hours of Booty. More information here.

(10) Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola.

Thursday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26. $25. 300 S. Church St.

Get your tickets now to hear music from Judah & the Lion, Easton Corbin, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Brett Young, Jaggermouth, Reaves, Travis Denning and Lindsay Ell at the 24th annual Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. More details (and tickets) can be found here.

Photo: Sycamore Brewing

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