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Savvy + Co. Real Estate experts know buyers and sellers. They know how to find the perfect place for their clients and how to get a home in top selling condition. They know how to negotiate and get the deal done with style.
They also know a lot about what makes this area special, including the special events that bring people together to soak up some sunshine, have some fun, raise money for a good cause and celebrate spring.
We asked these professionals what events always top their can’t miss list. Are you ready?
RunJenRun 5K, March 9
Event details: RunJenRun 5k is an annual event in its 7th year. All proceeds benefit the GoJenGo Foundation, a community assisting people in their fight against breast cancer.
When: March 9, 8 a.m.
Where: Symphony Park in SouthPark
Why it’s a can’t miss: “The time is here to get back outside after a season of hibernation. Days are longer, and the temperatures are starting to creep up, making it a great opportunity to dust off your running shoes. I am excited to join friends and participating in the RunJenRun 5k in South Park. Breast cancer inflicts so many women—nearly everyone has known a family member, friend, teacher or neighbor that has been impacted. My mother is a survivor. Charity runs are a good way to simultaneously do good for yourself and others.” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Danielle Potter
NoDa Costume Crawls, second Thursday of the month starting March 14
Event details: The second Thursday of each month, head to NoDa and dive into the action with featured drinks at NoDa hot spots, street vendors, performers, drum circles and more. Themed costumes are encouraged, but nothing that obscures a person’s face.
When: Second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m.
Why it’s a can’t miss: “One of my favorite Spring events is a new spin on an old tradition. The NoDa neighborhood is relaunching the popular NoDa Crawls with a costume themed twist. The first Costume Crawl is March 14, with a ’70s-’80s throwback. April 11 is Wedding and Prom Night, and May 9 is the Toga Crawl. Come dressed to impress.” —Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Dana Burleson
Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, March 16I
Event details: If you aren’t feeling the Irish spirit, the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run ought to do the trick. Now in its seventh year, this race challenges runners to avoid (or invite) being bombarded with green dye as they run through the USNWC trail system. After the race, enjoy the Green River Revival with yoga, live music and the whitewater channels turning shamrock green.
When: March 16, 10 a.m.
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Why it’s a can’t miss: “It’s a healthy and super festive way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, welcome spring, get active and enjoy the outdoors, friends and family. You can bring your lucky dog, too. I can’t wait to get back to my Irish roots with live music, yoga, food and drinks while we turn the Catawba green. It’s the perfect kick-off to the season at the Whitewater Center. You might just find a pot of gold at the end of the trail.” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Heather Claxton
Baxter Village Spring Fling, March 16
Event details: A family friendly all-day event in Baxter Village that takes place on Market Street. The celebration includes street vendors, kid-friendly activities, food and drink.
When: March 16, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Baxter Town Center
Why it’s a can’t miss: “For a family friendly day event, you cannot beat the Baxter Village Spring Fling. The celebration even features a parade that goes down Market Street. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16th to fling into spring!” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Dana Burleson
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to benefit The Pink House, March 30
Event details: Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte is a unique (and local) dance competition. The proceeds from what each star raises helps fund the many services Carolina Breast Friends provides at the Pink House. Thirteen Charlotte celebrities take to the stage and show off their moves to determine the ultimate winner. This year, the event will be hosted by WBTV’s Molly Grantham and the NFL’s Kurt Coleman.
When: March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Knight Theater
Why it’s a can’t miss: “I have many dear friends who have been affected by breast cancer, and the mission of Carolina Breast Friends is to serve the breast cancer community in a positive environment. They provide education, encouragement and friendship during any stage of the journey. It’s a great way to support an amazing organization and have a great time!” —Savvy—+ Co. Real Estate Agent Lara Bucci
Tuck Fest, April 25-28
Event details: Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates everything outdoors with races and competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. All this takes place at the beautiful U.S. National Whitewater Center.
When: Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Why it’s a can’t miss: “This is my favorite outdoor event because it is family friendly and welcoming for all levels of experience. Besides a million events to choose from, there are always great bands in the evenings! We have great memories of running with our kids in the Twilight 5K trail race and dancing to The Revivalists. Also, the youth obstacle course was a hit, and The Shakey Graves were rocking! This year we want to bring our furry family member for the Dog Jog and maybe try the Young and Old Tandem Kayak Race. My top tip? Arrive early.” —Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Perrin Morse
Charlotte Jazz Festival, April 29 – May 4
Event details: Charlotte showcases local and national talent during this
weeklong celebration of jazz. Many events are free and open to the public.
When: April 29 – May 4
Where: Multiple venues including Levine Center for the Arts, Romare Bearden Park and others
Why it’s a can’t miss: “This year’s jazz festival is all about highlighting both the history of jazz and its future in the Queen City. I’m especially excited to see one of my favorite musicians, Wynton Marsalis, perform in Charlotte.
I’m a big fan music and I see music as a conversation starter and a language that transcends cultural barriers.” – Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Victor Ahdieh
River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, May-September
Event details: If you like an awesome outdoor venue with your live music, this is totally your jam. River Jam is held in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, and it is the perfect place to rock out to roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, folk and funk on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Bring your friends, pack a chair or blanket, grab a cold brew and food, and soak up a night under the stars.
When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and USNWC’s festivals, May through September, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Why it’s a can’t miss: “The event is all about being outside, enjoying the various whitewater center activities like rafting and the yoga classes, then enjoying the weekly concerts at night. Anytime I can get out and about and enjoy the Carolina weather with a cold beer and live music, I jump at the chance.” —Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Matthew Means
Midwood Maynia, May 4
Event details: Plaza Midwood hosts its annual Midwood Maynia as a way to welcome the warmer weather. It’s an annual rite of passage to celebrate springtime and come together as a community with events such as home and garden tours, a 5k run, pet parade, plant swaps and a party in the park with music, beer and food vendors.
When: May 4 (get it? MAY-nia)
Where: Midwood Park, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
Why its a can’t miss: “Everybody looks forward to the warm weather, and this event celebrates all things outdoors. As a real-estate broker, I obviously enjoy the home and garden tours. It’s a great way to meet others who are obsessed with architecture and history, and view homes and gardens you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. There’s something for everyone—a home and garden tour, a 5k run, even a puppy parade for dog lovers. And if none of that peaks your interest, there’s always music, beer and food in the park. It’s such a community oriented weekend.” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Alison Goodman
North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, May 10-11
Event details: An awesome event where you can sip on local beer, enjoy live music and do some camping too!
When: May 10-11
Where: Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville
Why it’s a can’t miss: “I love an event where you can sample local beer, food trucks and hear local musicians play while enjoying the outdoors and hanging with friends and family. You can also camp at the event, which is pretty cool! You can purchase tickets on the website—either a nondrinking ticket, or a drinking ticket, which means you can sample as many beers as you like. Be safe and arrange for a ride home.” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Alyssa Roccanti
NoDa Brewery 5k, June 1
Event details: This Saturday afternoon 5k through the beautiful neighborhood of NoDa includes cool swag, beer, live music and food trucks. After you work up a sweat and cross the finish line, celebrate with a pint of beer.
When: June 1, 6 p.m.
Where: NoDa Brewing Company
Why it’s a can’t miss: “My favorite spring event is the NoDa Brewery 5k. The chip-timed race is the perfect mix of exercise and fun for all those who love a little cardio. You can register online through May 31 and in person on race day. Even if you aren’t much of a running enthusiast, I’m sure the great beer, food trucks, prizes and live music awaiting everyone across the finish line could entice anyone to participate!” — Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent Samara Brown
Start your spring right with these can’t miss events, and if one of your to-dos includes buying or selling your home this season, give the experts at Savvy + Co. Real Estate a call. Happy festival-going!
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