EVENTS IN CHARLOTTE

Your Guide to Charlotte’s Must-Attend Events (APRIL – MAY)

Spring has sprung in the Queen City! Charlotte bursts with vibrant energy this season, offering a diverse calendar of events for every taste. From thrilling sports competitions to captivating cultural experiences and exciting family outings, unforgettable moments await.

Mark your calendars and get ready to explore all that Charlotte has to offer this spring!

Upcoming events

April 11 – 21: The Charlotte Fair

Feel the fresh spring breeze and dive into all the fun at the Charlotte Fair! Experience exhilarating rides, classic carnival games, mouthwatering food, captivating live performances, and a whole lot more entertainment.

Details: $6-$12, times vary; Route 29 Pavillion; 5650 Sandusky Blvd. Concord.

April 26 – 28: BOOM Charlotte

The 7th annual BOOM Charlotte Arts Festival returns with a multifaceted and immersive experience. Attendees will be met with an eclectic mix of dance, theatre, poetry, visual art, film, and more with ticketed performances indoors and outdoors.

Details:  Prices vary, times vary; Camp North End;300 Camp Road.

April 27 – 28: Charlotte Poetry Festival

Immerse yourself in Charlotte’s vibrant poetry scene! Enjoy readings, workshops & more at the 2-day Poetry Festival. Celebrate the power of words – for poets & enthusiasts alike!

Details: Free, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Goodyear Arts; 301 Camp Road #200.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Calling all michelada lovers! Charlotte’s spiciest micheladas are back, taking center stage at a bigger and brighter location: Symphony Park, Charlotte’s largest outdoor venue. Imagine your vibrant event surrounded by lush greenery – the perfect setting for unforgettable memories!

Details:12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; 4400 Sharon Rd

May 11 – Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival & Asian Festival

Join us for the Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race & Asian Festival on Saturday, May 11th. This annual family-friendly event celebrates the rich tapestry of Asian cultures through exciting dragon boat races, cultural performances, and delicious food.

Details: Times Vary; 18441 Nantz Rd, Cornelius

April 19 – 21: USNWC Tuck Fest 

Dive into the outdoor life! This festival offers competitions, exhibits, demos, and live music.

Details: Prices Vary, times vary; US National White Water Center; 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

May 18: 2024 Cheerwine Festival

Get ready for a down-home celebration of everything we love about the South. This family-friendly festival is a tastebud explosion of Cheerwine-inspired food & drinks, alongside live music from local and national acts. Browse arts & crafts, keep the little ones entertained with fun activities, and of course, quench your thirst with all the Cheerwine you can handle! Don’t miss this uniquely Southern tradition!

Details: Times vary; Salisbury

May 18: 17th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Get ready for a down-home celebration of everything we love about the South. This family-friendly festival is a tastebud explosion of Cheerwine-inspired food & drinks, alongside live music from local and national acts. Browse arts & crafts, keep the little ones entertained with fun activities, and of course, quench your thirst with all the Cheerwine you can handle! Don’t miss this uniquely Southern tradition!

Details: Prices vary: Times vary; 11611 N Community House Rd

May 18: May Rail Trail Clean Up

Make a Difference, Then Celebrate! Join our Rail Trail Cleanup followed by a fun Volunteer Appreciation Party at The Union.

Details: 10 a.m – 1 p.m.; New Bern St. Light Rail Station,129 New Bern St

April 20: Wine & Food Festival

Immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere with live music, international wines from Italy, Spain, France, and California, a selection of beers and spirits, and delectable food.

Details: $49 – $89; noon – 6 p.m.; Ballantyne’s Backyard; 11611 North Community House Road.

May 11: Mother’s Day Tea Party

Create lasting memories with Mom this Mother’s Day! Enjoy an elegant Tea Party with a live violinist, delectable treats, and artisanal activities perfect for mother-child bonding.

Details: Prices Vary;  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Gateway Village Promenade in uptown Charlotte

May 19: 19th Annual Festa Italiana

Celebrate all things Italian at Festa Italiana, Charlotte’s premier Italian gourmet food and wine festival!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19th. Indulge in a delicious spread of antipasti, brick oven pizza, pasta, and more, all while sipping on fine Italian wines and Peroni beer. The fun takes place at Gateway Village, and all proceeds benefit the Nevins Center.

Details: Prices Vary;  times vary; Gateway Village Promenade in uptown Charlotte

Charlotte FC

Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.

April 13 vs. Toronto FC

April 21 vs. Minnesota United FC

Charlotte Knights

Truist Field, 424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

April 2 – 7 vs. Norfolk Tides

April 21 vs. Syracuse Mets

April 30 – May 5 v Durhman Bulls

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy. S

April 4 – 7: Charlotte AutoFair

April 26 – 28: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Lacrosse Championship

American Legion Memorial Stadium

May 3 & 5: DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Wells Fargo Championship

QUAIL HOLLOW CLUB, CHARLOTTE

May 6 – 12: Fargo Championship

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Whether you’re drawn to the city’s vibrant culture, thriving sports scene or family-friendly atmosphere, Charlotte has something to offer everyone. Contact us today to learn more about living in the Queen City and discover your perfect home.