31 coolest things to do this spring in Charlotte

31 coolest things to do this spring in Charlotte
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Warmer, sunnier days are ahead, folks. Celebrate with festivals, outdoor concerts, rooftop drinking, and sporting events.

Here are 30 must-do Charlotte spring events and activities.


(1) Buy lawn seats for an outdoor concert

Who to see: Big names are coming to PNC this season, including Jimmy Buffet, Lumineers, and Sam Hunt. Or you can see Garth Brooks at Bank of America.

Garth: Garth Brooks tickets are sold out, but you could stalk Ticketmaser to see if verified resale options pop up.

PNC: See the full lineup of concerts at PNC, plus snag tickets here.


(2) Celebrate St. Paddy’s at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Green River Revival

Details: It’s happening March 16 at from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m at the USNWC.

Stuff to experience: 

  • Slow Flow, Open Level Flow and Fun Flow yoga classes
  • Color Me Green 5K Trail Run ($35-$37 pre-race registration fee – sign up)
  • Irish Breakfast ($14)
  • Live music from the River Jam Stage
  • Seeing the river get dyed green

Cost: Free admission ($6 to park)

courtesy of whitewater center

Courtesy of Whitewater Center


(3) Join in on Rich & Bennett’s 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

When: Saturday, March 16 from noon to 10 p.m.

Participating bars: 204 North, Rooftop 210, Sip, Prohibition, Ri Ra, Fitzgeralds, The French Quarter, and more. See the full list.

Tickets: $25 online and $30 day of. Plus, you get a T-shirt. Buy here.

Why it’s cool: It’s the world’s largest pub crawl.


(4) Indulge in the final days of Oyster Roast season

Fourth Annual Roast and Toast at NoDA: $40 gets you all-you-can-eat oysters from Sea Level. Yum. March 22.

Spring Oyster Roast at Sycamore: Expect NC Oysters, live music, and $3 beers (select brews). March 28.

Agenda guide: The 11 best places to eat oysters in Charlotte

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Oysters at The Waterman


(5) Show your soccer fandom at the Mexico US Tour 2020 in Charlotte

Pumped for CLT’s MLS team? Good news: You don’t have to wait for our MLS team to start to see a soccer game at BofA. Cheer on Mexico with all of your soccer-obsessed friends. Tickets start at $36. March 26.

soccer in bank of america stadium


(6) Support women at the Girl Tribe Pop-Up

What: The season’s best excuse to shop (as if you need one, really). Support women-owned businesses, including boutiques, beauty brands, jewelers, and artists. Plus, you can expect cocktails and photo ops.

Details: The pop-up is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28 at Charlotte Convention Center. $5 GA, $25 VIP. Buy here.


(7) Spend the day walking, eating and drinking along the Rail Trail

Where to drink: New must-try spots include Pins Mechanical and Charlotte Beer Garden — or stop by Lost & Found if you’re feeling clubby.

Sip craft beer at Sycamore, Triple C, or Suffolk Punch. For wine, do Barcelona. If you need an iced coffee, stop by Not Just Coffee.

Where to eat: Go for margs and fajitas at Superica or wine and tapas at Barcelona Wine Bar. Do a group date at Hawker’s Asian Street Fare if you want to share some small plates.

Bonus stop: Around the corner from Jeni’s Ice Cream, snap a pic in front of Evelyn Henson’s Confetti Hearts Wall.

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(8) Stay in a treehouse with friends at Treehouse Vineyards

Treehouse rentals: 

Taste + tour: It’s only $8 per person for a wine tasting and tour. The tasting comes with a preselected flight and happen at the top of the hour from noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. No reservation needed.

Agenda guide: You can stay overnight in a treehouse at this vineyard just 25 miles from Charlotte


(9) Climb the summit of Crowder’s Mountain for an insta-worthy pic

Trails: Take Crowder’s Trail for a more moderate climb. Go with Rocktop Trail for a more strenuous hike and views along the way. If you want a shorter climb to the summit, hit up Backside Trail. It’s steep but it’ll get you to the top quicker.

Keep in mind: Trails are accessible from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during March and April and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May to September. The trails are always less crowded early.

Après hike: Veronét Vineyards is a 12-minute drive from Crowder’s, so go for a post-hike drink and snack.

Agenda guide: Top 6 places to hike near Charlotte, plus a guide to their best trails


(10) Grab a rooftop drink and take in Queen City views from new bars

Pins Mechanical: One of the hottest spots in Charlotte, the sprawling 23,000-square-foot facility has a rooftop bar with 24 taps and skyline views, four fire pits, and a stacked lineup of patio games, retro arcades, and duckpin bowling. Full guide here.

It’s located at 307 W Tremont Ave. near Common Market.

Charlotte Beer Garden: In total, CBG has 16,663-square-feet over three floors, 436 taps, and seating for 500 people.

The greenhouse-style, partially covered rooftop bar with 24 taps will be the main attraction this spring. It’s got picnic table seating and will be dripping in plants, shrubs, and vines. Look for CBG to add fire pits, lawn games like cornhole, and possibly even some axe-throwing lanes. The rooftop is available for private parties.

Oldies but goodies: Merchant & TradeCity Lights RooftopGraham St. Pub & Patio

Agenda guide: 18 rooftop bars in Charlotte for your next outdoor drinking excursion

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[Agenda related guide: 11 best cocktail bars in Charlotte]


(11) Take your family to see Broadway musical ANASTASIA

Details: There are eight showings April 28 to May 3 with tickets starting at $25. Buy here.


(12) Take a day trip, or do a weekend away

Belmont: Only 15 miles from Charlotte, there’s so much to love about Belmont. It offers a drastic change of pace without having to stray too far from home. See our full guide for 21 things to see, do, and eat in Belmont.

Charleston: Summer will be here before you know it, so if you want to sneak in a coastal vacation before the crowds become unbearable, now’s the time. Here’s the Agenda travel guide for your visit to the Holy City.

Blowing Rock: Go if you want a leisurely day of hiking, shopping, and snacking. The drive is 2 hours, but it’s easy enough to do in a day trip. Here are 20 things to see, do, and eat in Blowing Rock.


(13) Get your adrenaline pumping on a mountain bike trail ride

Trails listed by difficulty

  • Moderate: 7 Oaks Preserve Trail, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
  • Intermediate: Itusi Trail, 759 State Park Road, Troutman
  • Hard: Back Yard Trail, 5539 Farmbrook Drive

Pro tip: Check out the Tarheel Trailblazers website ahead of time for trail conditions.

Agenda guide: 5 mountain biking spots in and around Charlotte that enthusiasts swear by


(14) Go on a group date to Hello, Sailor and sit on the patio overlooking Lake Norman

What to eat: Share the hushpuppies ($3.99), oysters (market price), Florida blue crab claws ($13.49), Carolina shrimp calabash plate ($15.99) and lobster roll served on milk bread ($29.99).

What to drink: A Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushie ($8) or a Subterranean Spritz — vodka, smoked pineapple, falernum, agave, key lime and lime La Croix ($10)

Kind of a big deal: Hello, Sailor and Kindred owner, Joe Kindred was recently named a 2020 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for “Best Chef: Southeast” (he also nominated for the award in 2019).


(15) View waterfalls on this DuPont State Recreation Forest hike

Stats: 10,400 acres of forest. 86 miles of trail. 4 waterfalls. 2 hours from Charlotte. 

The waterfall hike: The 3-mile waterfall hike will take you to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls. It’s a laid-back hike that will still give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Fun fact: Scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed at the waterfalls in DuPont.

Agenda guide: This 3-mile hike through a 10,400-acre forest features three waterfalls – as seen in Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans

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(16) Go glamping and sleep comfortably under the stars

Glamping explained: It’s basically camping with a little more luxury than your traditional tent and sleeping bag set-up. Get all of the details on the experience here.

Places to stay

Agenda guide: Tipis, yurts and treehouses: 10 unique glamping sites within 3 hours of Charlotte


(17) Cheer on our Triple-A Charlotte Knights baseball team at BB&T Ballpark

When: The season opener is April 16 (yes, there will be fireworks) and games run through mid-September (about 70 home games).

Fireworks: The Knights will have a total of 19 firework shows throughout the season

Thirsty Thursday deal: $5 craft beers, $3 domestic beers, and $1 sodas. Here’s a full list of promos, including $1 hot dog nights, celebrity nights, and bobblehead nights.

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(18) Enjoy a Mountain Candy IPA and live music at Sycamore Brewing’s Spring Fest

When: April 11. It’s their biggest part of the year.

Details: Expect indoor and outdoor beer stations along with live music on two stages


(19) Spend the day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Tuck Fest

Details: April 24-26 at the USNWC. Admission is free, and it’s $6 to park. If you participate in any competitions or races, there’s a $40 pre-registration fee ($45 day of). That fee allows you to participate in all of Tuck Fest’s races and competitions. Register here.

Stuff to experience:

  • Twilight 5k Trail Race
  • Glow Yoga
  • Live music on the River Jam Stage
  • Family obstacle race
  • Kids’ yoga
  • SUP Race

Bands: Lake Street Drive, ZZ Ward, Oliver Hazard, Jade Bird, and more. See the full music schedule here.

See the full line-up of events

Agenda guide: First time to the Whitewater Center? Here’s what you need to know]

whitewater-center-charlotte


(20) Fore! Tee it up at Charlotte’s best golf courses

Best public golf courses: Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, Carolina Lakes Golf Club, The Golf Club at Ballantyne, Mooresville Golf Club and Eagle Chase Golf Club (full public golf course rankings).

Best country clubs: Our city’s country clubs have an indisputable upper tier, based on price, prestige and exclusivity – Charlotte Country Club, Myers Park Country Club, Quail Hollow, and Carmel Country Club.

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Pool at Quail Hollow


(21) Drink a margarita on RuRu’s patio

Popular margs:

  • ‘Friend Zone’ House margarita – house tequila, agave, lime juice, orange juice, salted rim ($9)
  • ‘You Talking To Me’ House infused jalapeno tequila, agave, lime juice, salted rim ($9.75)
  • ‘Mortimer Duke’ Herradurra Resposado, agave, lime juice, cointreau ($13)

Food to order: Start with the ‘I am McLovin’ queso blanco and chips ($6.95) and a round of tacos. The ‘Stage Five Clinger’ has crispy chicken, lettuce, spicy corn relish, pickled jalapeños, chipotle aioli ($3.95) or go with a ‘Long Duck Dong’ with Korean-style sweet & spicy steak, pickled cabbage, sesame seeds, cilantro ($4.29)

Specials: On Mondays you can get $5 ‘Friend Zone’ and ‘Magic Mike’ margaritas. Go on Tuesdays for $2 select tacos of the day.

Agenda guide: Hate spending money? 20 best weekly specials in Charlotte

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(22) Shoot sporting clays at The Fork

Location: The Fork Farm and Stables, 3200 Fork Road, Norwood

The courses: Set on 1,600 acres at the Pee Dee and Rocky Rivers, The Fork has two 14 station wooded and field courses, one 7-station small gauge course, a covered five-stand, and a four-person, eight-trap, 65-foot tower/flurry.

Cost: Gun rentals are $35 for the day and targets start at $12.50.


(23) Sip on a mint julep at Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

The event: Get dressed up and watch some of the most athletic thoroughbred horses race at speeds of up to 30 mph. Check out the hat contest and tailgate with mint juleps. There’s even a Jack Russell Terrier race, if you’re more of a dog person.

Details: Saturday, April 25 in Mineral Springs. General admission starts at $55. Buy tickets.

Tailgating: Queen’s Cup is all about the tailgate. Tailgating spots start at $150. Want to tailgate but don’t want to set up your own spot? Tailgate in the Treehouse party tent. Your ticket gets you access to the Treehouse tent, bottomless free beer and wine, catered lunch and access to the races. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Jamey Price


(24) Go for a ride at Rock Hill’s BMX Supercross Track

Where: 1307 Riverwalk Parkway, Rock Hill, SC

Riding options

  • Beginners can take the New Rider Orientation (Free)
  • There’s a Novice clinic for the next step up ($10)
  • For those with a little more experience, take the Intermediate clinic ($10)
  • Open practice (balance bikes only) is every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. ($5)

Rentals: Rent a BMX bike and helmet for $10 or a balance bike and helmet for $5.

See a race: The USA BMX Carolina Nationals and USA Cycling Elite National Championships are happening March 29-31. Free admission.


(25) Swim in a rock quarry at Carrigan Farms

About the quarry: It’s a natural, spring fed, body of water that was discovered back in the last 1960s when mining for granite stone. Now you can swim in it. 

Location: 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville

Swimming details: It’s $15/per person to swim at The Quarry (cash only). The next Open Swim will be on Memorial Day, May 27.


(26) Spot your favorite golfers tee off at the Wells Fargo Championship

Details: April 27 to May 3 at Quail Hollow Club.

What to expect: Big names in golf battling it out. Cold drinks. Good food. The best people watching of the year. And an overall chill day on the course.

Tickets: Single-day grounds tickets start at $55. Buy here.

Agenda related guide: 10 best country clubs in Charlotte and pricing data on each

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(27) Try craft beer at Untapped Beer Festival inside Bank of America Stadium

It’s happening, again: May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5:30-10 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium. Dope.

Details: Sample beer from over 100 brewers, many local and regional. Each booth will offer samples of 2-4 beers.

Tickets: There are three tiers – General Tickets ($50), Early Access Tickets ($65) and VIP Tickets ($200). Buy here.

Quote: “The beer and brewery scene continues to be a beacon for the growth of our region, and we can’t wait to welcome many local and national brewers to our stadium.” – Panthers President Tom Glick

 


(28) Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Coca-Cola 600

The event: Expect all the big names in NASCAR. A salute to military heroes. Beer. And 600 miles of loud, heart pumping racing.

Details: Sunday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Buy tickets.


(29) Take a dip in one of Charlotte’s swimming pools

YMCA pools: They’ve got over 15 pools and waterparks across our city.

Neighborhood pools: Here are the details on 8 neighborhood swim clubs you can join, including pricing, amenities, and waitlist times.

Apartment pools: Get ready to party because Charlotte’s apartment pool scene is huuuge. Here’s the 10 best apartment pools.

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Rooftop pool at the Museum Tower apartment community in Uptown. Related Agenda guide: 30+ best apartments in Charlotte, sorted by hot neighborhoods


(30) Ride a jet ski on Lake Norman

Places to rent jet skis

Pro tip: Chill out on Lake Norman’s Ramsey Creek Beach after your jet ski ride. It opens late May. 


(31) Climb the Deep Water Solo rock wall at USNWC

Details: The USNWC’s deep water solo is a series of climbing walls (ranging 25 to 40 feet tall) that hang over a 20-foot deep pool. Climbers tackle the wall without a harness and nothing but water below.

Price: $59 adult day pass gets you access to all available land and water activities.

Agenda guide: I climbed Deep Water Solo at the Whitewater Center. Here’s what you need to know and how I did

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Featured photo at the top of the guide courtesy of the U.S. National Whitewater Center


Note: This guide is updated each spring with the coolest things to do and events. Have feedback? Drop us a note. Looking for more events? Here’s the full Charlotte Agenda event calendar

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