Yes, the groundhog promised us 6 more weeks of winter, but spring is just around the corner, landing March 20 and staying with us until June 21. Here’s your guide to the things you can’t miss when it finally makes its long-awaited appearance.
Honorable mention: Rich & Bennett’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, March 17
It’s just a few days shy of the season, but with an expected attendance of over 20,000 and title of World’s Largest Pub Crawl, it’d be a crime to leave it off.
Tickets, which come in the form of a green t-shirt, go on sale tomorrow, February 8, and run $20-30. Admission includes admission to Uptown bars (itinerary will go live the week of), a koozy, drink specials and more. More details here.
7:04 p.m. Charlotte Knights games, beginning April 5
The Knights will host an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on March 26 before the season officially kicks off on April 5 with an away game in Durham before the season’s first home game on April 12. New for the 2018 season, games will begin at 7:04 p.m. rather than 7:05 p.m. as an homage to the city. See the full season schedule here.
But while we’re excited for the games, we’re even more excited for the promotions that the team runs, most notably Bark in the Park, where spectators can watch with their four-legged best friends, $1 hot dogs, Thirsty Thursday and Friday Night Fireworks. Plus, once the game is over, you’ll finally be able to head over to Graham St. Pub for a drink on the roof.
Tickets start at $22 and can be bought here beginning February 17 at 10 a.m.
Sycamore Spring Fest 2018, April 14
The brewery will be welcoming beer drinking weather the only way they know how: With two stages of live music, indoor and outdoor beer and cider stations, prosecco pops, limited edition t-shirts and more.
Admission to the party (April 14, 12-10 p.m.) is free, and details can be seen here.
Tuck Fest 2018, April 19-22
Basically the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s hello to the season, the annual festival sees competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music beginning Thursday, April 19 through the 22. Activities include yoga (SUP and otherwise), obstacle challenges, a half marathon trail race and music from Lettuce, Walden, Driftwood and more. Don’t miss the Deep Water Solo competition, either.
See the full schedule and lists of competitions, demos and clinics and music here. Admission is free (parking is $6), but some activities, like competitions and races, have fees associated with them. Learn more.
18th Annual Loch Norman Highland Games, April 20-22
The Scottish tradition comes straight to Charlotte’s backyard at Historic Rural Hill, complete with Highland athletics, dance, piping and drumming competitions, battle axe and longbow activities and music, plus, of course, a whisky tasting. See the full list of activities here.
Tickets start at $6 and can be bought here.
Girl Tribe Pop Up, April 20-22
For the first time ever, the pop up shop will fill two days with 90+ local vendors (plus discounts), activities, music, food and drink in its new space at Girl Tribe Design District (2116 Hawkins Street).
The weekend kicks off April 20 with a preview night (6-9 p.m., $25) before launching Saturday morning with a VIP shopping session (10 a.m.-12 p.m., $10). Details.
Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival, April 28
Spend a full afternoon at the AvidXchange Music Factory Grounds (in the parking lot behind Silver Hammer Studios) sampling the best burgers and 30+ types of beer from all over the city while you enjoy musical performances by Charley Crockett and Shovels & Rope.
The VIP session opens at 12:30 p.m., followed by general admission at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35-50 and can be bought here.
River Jam, beginning May 3
The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s weekly concert series hosts nationally-known musical acts to carry you through spring and into summer and fall. This season’s schedule hasn’t been released yet, but last year’s lineup included The Revivalists, Stop Light Observations and Grizfolk. Keep an eye on the forthcoming lineup here.
Shows are free, but the Whitewater Center’s parking fee applies ($6). Get there early for runs, swims, yoga sessions and more. Details.
Celebrate all things local music and beer with samples from breweries such as NoDa Brewing, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and over 10 more plus a lineup that includes Leftover Salmon, Cicada Rhythm and Arkansauce. Tickets include admission to the show, a program schedule, tasting glass and unlimited beer samples during Saturday’s 3-hour session. More information here.
This year’s festival will be held at Huntersville’s Rural Hill, about 20 minutes from Uptown. Tickets start at $8, and you can buy them here.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, May 12
Sample and enjoy over 60 beers, 40 bourbons and plenty of BBQ at this year’s festival, hosted at Symphony Park once more. The day will include seminars from master distillers, live music and exhibits about all things barbecue.
Tickets start at $29 for designated drivers and $39 for regular admission and $69 for VIP, and can be bought here. Tickets include a tasting glass and unlimited samples, while VIP attendees will see an extra 2 hours of tasting plus a dinner.
Memorial Day Celebration, May 25-27
The weekend will see everything from yoga (Acro, SUP and more) and River Jam to live music, two separate races and a fireworks show to round it all out.
Admission is free (parking is $6), but some events require registration and payment. More details here.
Feature photo via Tuck Fest