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Recurring events

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 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.

Art in Motion is a monthly open mic night featuring live painting, poets and musicians. Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Weekly “Waggle For Your Beer” Dog Walks:

Every week, Work For Your Beer and The Waggle Company host a free, 1.5-mile guided, group dog walk at a local brewery on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

First Wednesday of each month: Sycamore Brewing

Second Wednesday of each month: Free Range Brewing

Third Wednesday of each month: Legion Brewing

Fourth Wednesday of each month: Unknown Brewing

If there’s a fifth Wednesday in any month: NoDa Brewing

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Offerings:

Disc Golf Putting League: Every Tuesday night, we host a disc golf putting league. Open to beginners, we encourage drinking and putting in this league. Cost: $7. You can view the Facebook event here.
Taproom Trivia: Every Wednesday starting at 7 PM, we host trivia in the taproom. It’s free to participate, and there are prizes for first, second, and third place. You can view the Facebook event here.
Yoga: Vinyasa classes are hosted here every Saturday at 10 AM. With a large indoor space, this yoga class is affordable and a great way to kick off your Saturday. Cost: $5 (includes a 6 oz. kombucha pour). You can view the Facebook event here.
Bootcamp: Work For Your Beer hosts “Sip & Sweat” a bootcamp the first Sunday of every month at 10 AM. Open to all fitness levels. Cost: $6. You can view the Facebook event here.
Run Club: Every Sunday at 11 AM, we host a group run from the taproom to the Rail Trail. Enjoy a scenic run through South End, and enjoy a booch or brew post-run. Cost: Free.

Community deadlines

Joedance Film Festival has officially opened its call for film entries for the 2018 Festival. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2018. To submit a film, follow the link, https://joedance.org/film-submissions/. Joedance Film Festival, including related events year-round, honors the late Joe Restaino to raise awareness and funds at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital for rare pediatric cancer research, specifically sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors. Joedance is also committed to raising awareness of the local film industry by showcasing local films. The family chose a film festival to honor their son because of his love of movies. To date, Joedance has raised more than $150,000 for Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital in eight years, including $25,000 in 2017. (Info courtesy of Joedance Film Festival)

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April 18-21

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend: CWFW will be held April 18-21, 2018 in various restaurants and event venues around Charlotte. Attendees will taste an array of wines paired with unique food from the city’s hottest chefs, while supporting five child-focused charities in Charlotte through live and silent auctions featuring exclusive wine lots, dining and travel experiences, and other exciting packages. With 2018 being CWFW’s 30th year of fundraising, attendees can expect a unique schedule of events that include signature CWFW staples with a fresh twist: in-home dinners, restaurant/vintner dinners, a Grand Tasting with silent auction, the ever-popular 1000-Point Tasting, and the finale event – the Grand Gala and Live Auction. This year’s Grand Gala, taking place at the Mint Museum Uptown on the evening of Saturday, April 21, is presented by Spire Collection, a curated selection of fine wines from around the globe. The 1000-Point Tasting will be held the morning of April 21, featuring ten 100-Point wines. Master Sommelier Laura Maniec, co-founder of Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar and star of the documentary, SOMM, will host the tasting. Tickets: charlottewineandfood.org.

April 18

Tango Lovers Company: Tango Lovers Company will arrive on April 18, 2018 to the MCGLOHON Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, North Carolina with a troupe of 24 professionals with rich international careers, World tango dance champions and acclaimed musicians, dancers and singers. “I am Tango” by Tango Lover’s live music will be in charge of the young prodigy considered one of the four best bandoneons in the world, Lautaro Greco and the 12 dancers will be directed by the first dancer Tere Sánchez Terraf who graduated from the most prestigious dance schools, among them Juilliard in New York. Get tickets here.

April 19-22

Tuck Fest: Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). The festival features a variety of outdoor competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, obstacle, and adventure racing. The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the USNWC. New and unique outdoor experiences continue to be added year after year, including a cash purse competition on the world’s first Deep Water Solo Climbing Complex. In addition to outdoor competitions, the festival also offers musical performances each day including folk, bluegrass, roots rock, and Americana genres. Whether you live for the outdoors or are looking to experience the active lifestyle for the very first time, Tuck Fest offers you the chance to engage and explore by land, air, and water through competitions, demos, live music, and more.


April 20

Blakeney Spring Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund: Experience the charm of Blakeney Shopping Center during this year’s inaugural Blakeney Wine Walk! In partnership with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, this new event series debuts Friday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and returns April 20, and May 18. Wind down the work week at Blakeney while sipping and strolling through Charlotte’s best shops and restaurants. Enjoy exclusive promotions and sample various red, white and sparkling wine selections at select Blakeney retailers. Receive a sampling cup and Blakeney Wine Walk Passport allowing access to the event with a $25 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. All donations from ticket sales are directly provided to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to aid in the fight against all women’s cancers. Cost: $25 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund gets you your sampling cup and Blakeney Wine Walk Passport. 9839 Rea Road.

Ballantyne Earth Day Event: On Friday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., join Ballantyne for its annual Ballantyne Earth Day Event featuring music, a farmer’s market, food truck fare, on-site dog adoptions, great giveaways and over 40 local vendors showcasing their sustainable efforts or green products at the Brixham Tent at 15801 Brixham Hill Avenue. Take advantage of free, secure shredding and recycling opportunities beginning at 7 a.m. and participate in a hands-on volunteer project with Togetherhood. This event is free and open to the public. Recycling Opportunities: -Free, secure shredding provided by Shred It -Expired, unused medicine or medical supplies with Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office -Household items, clothing and digital devices to benefit Goodwill -Used laptops for E2D -New or used swim gear including bathing suits, goggles, beach towels and spray sunscreen for the YMCA‘s Safety Around Water program -New or used books for all ages to support Promising Pages. Volunteer Project: The community is also invited to participate in a hands-on Togetherhood volunteer project benefiting the YMCA’s Y Readers program. Stop by the Brixham Tent during the main event to create bookworms and write letters of inspiration to encourage reading among local students over the summer break. Bring a new or used children’s book donation to complete the reading kits. Visit goBallantyne.com for additional information.

April 20-21:

BOOM: The third annual BOOM festival brings a diverse lineup of art, music, dance, theater, spoken word and family activities to Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood April 20-21, 2018. BOOM features local and national artists with a focus on provocative work. Many performances are free and ticketed shows are only $10. Unlike any other Charlotte art event, BOOM is a showcase of contemporary and experimental work organized by local artists and performers. BOOM’s coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and neighborhood organizations is transforming the way art is made and shared. BOOM has something for everyone, no matter your age or taste.

April 20-22

Girl Tribe Pop Up: Girl Tribe Pop Up is returning to Charlotte for their largest pop up to date! GTPU is a Charlotte based business founded by Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom. What started as an online tee shirt brand is now one of the hottest shopping events landing in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greenville. With incredible momentum, the duo plan to expand nationally in 2018. To meet the demands of their large local following, the next pop up will be a *weekend affair* with a preview night Friday, April 20th (6-9pm) for $25/ticket and free general admission Saturday, April 21st (12-5pm) and Sunday, April 22nd (12-5pm). VIP entry is also available on Saturday (10am-12pm) for $10. Attendees who purchase the preview night will receive VIP entry. The pop up will take place in a 22,000 sq. ft. event space and host over 90 women-owned, local businesses like jewelry designers, fashion boutiques, home décor and children’s brands, beauty and gifts. Beyond a shopping event, the pop up offers activations like fitness classes and DIY workshops as well as delicious food, drinks, music and more. 2116 Hawkins St Charlotte, NC 28203.

April 21

5K for JA: Register for the 5K or mile run here – www.Bit.ly/5KforJA (register to be a volunteer by clicking the “Volunteer” button on the left column). The run is followed by a get together including music, a food truck, activities for younger children, and beverages available from Legion Brewing. Junior Achievement promotes financial literacy and work-readiness for grades K-12 through a series of hands-on, interactive programs. April 21, 8 am.

Yoga on the Lawn: Join 5 Points Realty at 9:30 a.m. on April 21 for their new collaborative class.

April 24

Inspiring Trust to Transform Charlotte: The Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Champions (WIE) and Levine Museum of the New South present a special program convening men across race and culture in Charlotte. The dialogue during this event will be based on excerpts from the groundbreaking film “The Color of Fear,” directed by Lee Mun Wah. The film addresses the painful scars of American racism and the price of reconciliation among North American men of Asian, European, Latino, and African descent. The conversation will be facilitated by the WIE Champions, community leaders, and diversity practitioners. Participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of cross-cultural differences and actionable insights for inspiring a community of trust among multicultural men in order to meaningfully address the most intractable problems of bias and racism in Charlotte. Tuesday, April 24, 6- 8 p.m. Free to attend. Registration is required at http://wi-ce.net/index.php/wieevents. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

April 25-May 30

The Ballantyne Rocks Music Series: Catch music by various artists on Wednesdays. 6-9 p.m. Ballantyne Village.

April 26

Jasmine Jordan at WP Kitchen + Bar: Join Jasmine Jordan, daughter of Michael Jordan, for a night at WP Kitchen + Bar on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. benefitting the Rakeem Christmas Foundation. 10% of the sales for the evening will go to Rakeem Christmas Foundation’s mission of creating safe havens for kids to grow and play. Make your reservation to meet Jasmine Jordan and dine for a good cause! Reservations will fill up quickly, so be sure to book yours soon by calling (704) 295-0101.

We Got This Event: Join Life Time Athletic Charlotte on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30pm–8:30pm for a FREE, fun, dynamic and goal-based workout and party experience that will expose guests to the TEAM Group Training community, camaraderie and coaches. The evening will celebrate all of the new and exciting things happening in small group training at Life Time by giving attendees a taste of four different TEAM workouts. The evening includes the following: 5:30 – 6:00 pm – Check-In & Large Group Warm-up. 6:00 – 7:15 pm – Workout (four 15-minute experiences, three 5-minute transitions). 7:15 – 8:30 pm – After Party Social. This event is complementary and open to Life Time Members & Non-Members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so please visit https://www.mylt.life/events/we-got-this/member-reservation.html to reserve your spot.

National Pretzel Day at Parliament: Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar in the heart of Uptown is offering special Buy One, Get One savings on their Housemade Soft Pretzels (priced at just $3) to celebrate National Pretzel Day on Thursday, April 26. Friends can enjoy mouthwatering Soft Pretzels alongside one of Parliament’s signature drip or brewed-to-order coffees, served hot or iced. Guests can also preorder their Soft Pretzels and beverages on the Parliament App, perfect for quick grab-and-go orders and pre-orders ready for pick up in around 10 minutes. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

April 28

April Sours Bring May Flowers: Expect a day full of Sour/Wild beers at Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse. April 28, 11 a.m. 4435 Park Road.

April 29

 Charlotte Concert Band “From Stage to Screen”: Join the Charlotte Concert Band as they take you on a melodic journey through the musical hits of the stage and screen. From the uplifting music of Les Misérables to the legendary score of Star Wars, this family concert will be sure to delight those of all ages. The CCB is a community instrumental ensemble providing qualified amateur and professional musicians the opportunity to participate in the performance of diverse wind band literature. Ticket Price: $15 – $25 dollars can be purchased in advance. 5 p.m. April 29. Knight Theatre – Levine Center for the Arts. Carolinatix.org.

Open Streets 704: The streets will once again be OPEN from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday April 29th, 2018 for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s fifth Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. The 4-mile event route will be within walking and biking distance of the Plaza Midwood, Belmont, Villa Heights, NoDa, Optimist Park and Commonwealth neighborhoods. Check it out here.

Meditation Workshop: Join Jennifer Busco at Life Time Athletic Charlotte for a Meditation Workshop on Sunday, April 29, from 1:30 to 3:30! Meditation is the art of looking inside and discovering one’s own inner being. It’s something that needs to be experienced and not read or learned. Meditation leads us not only to totally new inner experiences, but helps us also to transform our day-to-day life into a better, more meaningful and more fulfilling existence. Many studies have shown regular meditation can help alleviate symptoms of stress, aid physical health, sharpen your focus and promote inner peace and joy. Tickets are $30 a piece and can be found here.


May 1

Chevy Does Charlotte – A Variety Show at Canvas Tattoo: Chevy is a comedian who loves taking deep breaths in the mountains, dirty martinis, and paprika. From Austin to Boston, she’s performed in prestigious theatres, coffee shops, and broom closets. Now with your help, she’s ready to bust open Charlotte’s Pandora’s box of artsy awesomeness.Chevy Does Charlotte is a themed variety show featuring comics, storytellers, musicians and all walks of amazing artists at the one of a kind Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery. 7 p.m. 3012 N. Davidson St.

May 4

Twilight 5K: The family-friendly event includes free food, music, prizes, and more. Now in its 22nd year, Twilight 5K brings more than 1,000 people to Uptown Charlotte and is Right Moves for Youth’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will allow Right Moves for Youth to continue providing dropout prevention and youth development services to middle and high school students in Charlotte. Annually, they serve 1,800 students in 29 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sites. Friday, May 4, 2018 at Wells Fargo Atrium. The 5K starts at 7 p.m. with a 1K Kids Fun Run following at 8 p.m.

May 5

Derby Days: This is an annual event presented by the Young Affiliates of the Mint (The YAMs). They are the oldest and largest Young Professional group in Charlotte, and this will be the 28th year of Derby Days. This year, the event will be hosted on May 5th from 3PM-7PM on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph. They are expecting about 450+ of Charlotte’s most culturally involved young professionals, dressed to the nines in traditional Derby attire. 100% of proceeds go towards our annual fund, which is used to provide school tours of the Mint’s galleries to underprivileged CMS students. Get tickets here.

May 9

Friends of the Mint present: Parts and Labor – Artist Steven Ford. Friends’ last program for the year features a really interesting artist. Steven Ford trained as a painter and printmaker in St.Louis, Rome and Philadelphia. For 25 years, he has made art jewelry in collaboration with another artist. For the last 10 years, he has made inventive collages from parts printed on a small etching press. His process is unique and his prints evoke woven textiles. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:30 p.m. refreshments, program at 7. Free. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Find more information here.

May 12

AIDS WALK Charlotte, one of the largest HIV awareness and fundraising events in the Carolinas, is set for Saturday, May 12 in uptown Charlotte. An expected 1,200 walkers on the 1.8-mile path is a powerful visual representation of the region’s commitment to caring for neighbors in need and slowing the spread of HIV.

Voices on Canvas – In Support of The School of Rock: Canvas is pumped to team up with Johnny Moss, Drea Atkins and PBR Music Benefits in support of The School of Rock, featuring The Business People, It’s Snakes, School Of Rock House Band and more. May 12, 5 p.m. Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery, 3012 N Davidson St.

May 18

Blakeney Spring Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund: Experience the charm of Blakeney Shopping Center during this year’s inaugural Blakeney Wine Walk! In partnership with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, this new event series debuts Friday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and returns April 20, and May 18. Wind down the work week at Blakeney while sipping and strolling through Charlotte’s best shops and restaurants. Enjoy exclusive promotions and sample various red, white and sparkling wine selections at select Blakeney retailers. Receive a sampling cup and Blakeney Wine Walk Passport allowing access to the event with a $25 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. All donations from ticket sales are directly provided to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to aid in the fight against all women’s cancers. Cost: $25 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund gets you your sampling cup and Blakeney Wine Walk Passport. 9839 Rea Road.

Great Gatsby Party: Join the premier fundraising event for the Hands for Holly Fund, a financial resource to families who have critically ill or injured children in the hospital and are having trouble making ends meet due to caring for their sick child. May 18, 2018 at 6:30pm – 10:30pm. The Oak Room 200 E Bland St, Charlotte, NC 28203.

May 19

Montford Park Block Party: Head to Montford Park to eat, drink, learn about neighborhood businesses, enjoy live music, play cornhole, buy great food items and drinks. Attending the event is free. Delicious food and beverages will be for sale. 4-9 p.m. 1515 Mockingbird Ln.

Fly2Y2: Y2 Yoga is partnering up with Flywheel Sports to host another Fly2Y2 at 3:45 p.m. May 19. Expect a super energetic and challenging fitness event where attendees will enjoy a 30 minute Flywheel ride, then run either 1 mile or 1.5 mile to Y2 (there are two different runs that the attendees can choose between) where everyone will finish off with a 30 minute power flow at Y2 Yoga. Register here.


July 19

Young Professional Multi-Group Mixer 2018: Connect with over 50 different nonprofits while networking with other young professionals in Charlotte. #YPMixerCLT celebrates 6 years of bringing together some of the best nonprofits and young professionals in the Charlotte area. July 19, 6-8 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.


September 7-9

The North Carolina Folk Festival: This event in Greensboro celebrates the spirit and legacy of the National Folk Festival with hundreds of artists. September 7-9, 2018. Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.


October 12-13

Breakaway Music Festival: The Breakaway Music Festival will return to Charlotte, NC, bringing back its world-class production and talent to AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds with the addition of a second day, making it a 2-Day festival. The event will take place October 12– 13, 2018. Riding off of the success of the highly-hyped headlining performances of Grammy-winner Zedd, and Billboard chart-topper Lil Dicky, the festival received much praise for its well-rounded bill which also included Cheat Codes, Madeintyo, 24 HRS, and 5 additional acts (not including the 21+ Silent Disco performers). Pre-sale tickets will begin Thursday, March 29 at NOON EST and will last for 24 hours. Ticket buyers of last year’s Breakaway Festival will receive an access code via email before the pre-sale begins. General on sale will begin Friday, March 30 at NOON EST. Only multi-day tickets will be available, with single day tickets on sale at a later date.

Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer


  1. Hey guys,

    Sorry, thought I sent in this venue correction for DRUMSTRONG 2017.

    We had to relocate and would appreciate you sharing this on your event calendar (and wherever else you can…)

    ¡Let FreeeeDrumRing! The 11th Anniversary Global Rhythm DRUMSTRONG fest to BEAT cancer will be free!

    Misty Meadows Farm is hosting DRUMSTRONG 2017!
    455 Providence Rd S., Weddington, NC 28173 (just a few miles south of Charlotte on Providence Rd & Ennis Rd)

    Come, Enjoy! get yer YaYas out, Groove with us, Support important health initiatives with your per-hour-drumming sponsorship pledges and your HeartBeat, win Prizes (including Drums!), Health Expo, GREAT art and food vendors, unique raffles, Hammock Garden, REMO the fire-breathing Dragon!, YogaThon, 6 hour non-stop Drum Circle, participate in the world’s most collaborative event ever!

    rain or SHINE! (We have BIG tents)

    We’re drumming to BEAT cancer :: supporting Survivorship, Education and Research http://www.drumstrong.org

  2. I have an event I’d like you to add to your calendar. It’s a fundraiser being held on September 16th in uptown to support a local group, Young Elites. How do I submit information for this event? Thank you!!

  3. Hey @megan, I realize it’s been over two months since you posted your question asking how to have your event added to the QC Calendar (and almost a month since your event date) – but I thought I’d answer anyway — just in case other people read this far down and have the same question themselves . . .

    At the VERY TOP of this calendar page are the words I’ve copied and pasted below in the PS -=
    (providing the email address to send your event information to.)


    PS = 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.