Does Uptown feel like too much of a hike from home to get to spring events? No need to waste valuable sunshine driving — we have the 9 best south Charlotte events to enjoy this spring:
Kick back outside for StoneCrest’s Music at the Fountain series on Fridays and Saturdays this spring, featuring music across genres like classic/new rock, pop, country, folk, blues and bluegrass. (If you really love it, you’ll be glad to know the series lasts April-September). April artists include Dukes & Smith, Randy Paul & the Revelry, and Flute Praise.
When: Select Fridays and Saturdays April 13-September, 7-10 p.m. See the full schedule here.
Where: Fountain Plaza, 7832 Rea Road.
Head to the Ballantyne to celebrate NC Beer Month at the Ballantyne Beer Garden, at the South Lawn. Get ready for the Ballantyne to premier its exclusive Cherry Blossom Dubbel, a seasonal brew crafted in partnership with Sugar Creek Brewing Company. There will be ample live music, local beer and food at à la carte pricing. This event is free and open to the public.
When: April 15, noon-5 p.m.
Where: South Lawn at the Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Local artist and social activist Edwin Gil is showing his “poetic abstraction full of minimalist color” at Modern Salon & Spa. He describes his art as an externalization of his emotions as a human, with the aim not to interpret, but to feel and to live. Gil creates his art with the hope to bridge cultures and diverse groups living in America. Learn more about him here.
When: April 19, 6 p.m.
Where: Modern Salon & Spa, 6908 Phillips Place Court
This inaugural, three-part series continues at Blakeney Shopping Center with samplings of red, white and sparkling wines at select retailers including Bevello, Waxhaw Candle Company and Casual Elegance.
When: April 20 and May 18, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 9839 Rea Road.
This annual shindig features music, a farmers market, food trucks, giveaways, on-site dog adoptions and more than 40 local vendors with displays of their sustainable efforts or green products. You can also join in the Togetherhood volunteer project benefiting the YMCA’s Y Readers program to create bookworms and write letters of inspiration to young students. Bonus: Free, secure shredding provided by Shred It and recycling opportunities (including donating new and used books to Promising Pages) will start at 7 a.m.
When: April 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: the Brixham Tent at 15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
Meet Jasmine Jordan at WP Kitchen + Bar
Here’s your chance to meet and mingle with Jasmine Jordan, daughter of Michael Jordan, while enjoying WP’s food and drinks to benefit the Rakeem Christmas Foundation. Ten percent of evening sales will benefit the foundation, which seeks to create safe havens for children. Book your reservation by calling (704) 295-0101.
When: April 26, 5-10 p.m.
Where: WP Kitchen + Bar, 6706 Phillips Pl Ct C
Get active in the sun and register for the annual 5K run/walk and help raise awareness and funds for melanoma skin cancer that will benefit the Melanoma and Immunotherapy Fund at Carolinas HealthCare System’s (now Atrium Health’s) Levine Cancer Institute. This event, held in memory of the late Amy Robinson, has raised more than $150,000 for the fund. Register ($10-$30), donate or volunteer here.
When: April 28, 8 a.m.
Where: Arboretum Shopping Center at Omega Sports, 8008 Providence Road
Get festive during this annual fundraiser presented by the Young Affiliates of the Mint (The YAMs) to benefit their annual fund, which supports school tours of the Mint’s galleries to underprivileged CMS students. Derby Days draws in about 450 young professionals dressed in traditional Derby attire (there are always some great hats to check out) and enjoying live music, lawn games, Mint Juleps, free wine and beer, food trucks, a raffle and a large-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Get tickets ($45-$80) here.
When: May 5, 3-7 p.m.
Where: On the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Patio Concerts at Reid’s Fine Foods
Reid’s in SouthPark is rocking out on the patio this spring with The Holdouts and Travis Avenue Patio Concert ($10), with two Charlotte-based bands co-headlining the show; as well as The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Patio Concert ($20) by On The Border, who were named “the greatest Eagles tribute band in the world” in 2015.
When: The Holdouts and Travis Avenue Patio Concert is May 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Get your tickets in store beginning April 30.) The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Patio Concert is June 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Purchase tickets in store beginning May 28.)
Where: Reid’s Fine Foods in SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr.
Featured photo courtesy of Northwood Office.