MONDAY, MAY 20
Unpretentious Preview: Aix French Market
Aix en Provence – Myers Park | 6-8:30 p.m. | $35 | Details
Why you should go: Unpretentious Palate is hosting a menu preview for Aix French Market, one of the concepts opening in Optimist Hall. You’ll eat family style samples of chicken, prime rib, frites, pastries and desserts. Food and gratuity is included in your ticket, drinks are separate.
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CLT: Beginner Hip-Hop Dance with SkillPop
The Project Space | 8-9:30 p.m. | $25 | Details
Why you should go: If you love early 2000s hip-hop music but have no idea what to do with your body when it comes on, this class is for you. Or if you happen to know how to dance, that’s cool too. Just wear comfy clothes and sneakers.
Artisan Breadmaking with SkillPop
Baked Well | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $40 | Details
Why you should go: New neighbor? Meeting your SO’s family? Just love bread? This class will teach you how to make a loaf of bread, the perfect heartfelt gift for others or yourself, from scratch.
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TUESDAY, MAY 21
Dessert & a Show: Cake Throwdown
Amelie’s French Bakery — Uptown | 6-7 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Five teams, consisting of bakers and chefs, will go head-to-head in a two-round cake bake-off. It’s essentially a live-action baking show where you actually get to eat what the contestants create when it’s done.
Prodigal Farm Cheese Tasting
Orrman’s Cheese Shop | 5-7 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Prodigal Farm, which specializes in goat cheese, will be on site with samples and cheese plates for sale. Bonus: wine flights are only $5 at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
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Fresh Pasta & Ricotta Workshop
Sweet Spot Studio CLT | 6:30-9 p.m. | $75 | Details
Why you should go: You’ll learn how to make pasta dough, roll and cut fresh pasta and make fresh ricotta and a tomato sauce. What could be better?
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
Harry Potter Trivia
Sugar Creek Brewing | 7 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Round up all your Potterheads and channel your inner Hermione, because competition will be stiff as a broom stick.
Celebrate Spring with Brews and Blooms!
Wooden Robot Brewery | 6-8 p.m. | $65 | Details
Why you should go: This is the perfect friend date, especially if you’re trying to get to know new pals. It combines drinking and a really fun activity with a defined start and end time.
THURSDAY, MAY 23
2019 Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola
Uptown | All day | $0-$20 | Details
Why you should go: The three-day event includes headliners Corey Smith, Brothers Osborne and Styx. There will also be live entertainment, NASCAR appearances, giveaways and interactive displays. Check out the full schedule here.
May MEGA Wine Tasting
Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $15 | Details
Why you should go: You can sample up to 20 different wines from all over the world. Pro tip: Parking is limited so walk (great evening for a Rail Trail stroll) or take a Lyft.
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Make & Mingle: Wood CLT Skyline
Discovery Place Science | 6-8 p.m. | $40 | Details
Why you should go: During this adults-only craft session you’ll get to make your own skyline art to take home. Your ticket includes the supplies, popcorn, a beer/wine ticket and free parking.
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square | 7:30 p.m. | $22-$28 | Details
Why you should go: “Oslo” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2017 and a slew of other awards, so it should be a great show.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Culture Quest Charlotte
6736 N. Tryon St. | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: It’s a three-day festival featuring food, music and fashion of different cultures, from African to Mexican to Indian.
Friday Night Fireworks
BB&T Ballpark | 6-10 p.m. | $9+ | Details
Why you should go: Watching fireworks at the ballpark is the pinnacle of summertime happiness, so cheer on the Knights while they take on the Durham Bulls and stay for the display afterward.
DRAG QUEEN BINGO
Lenny Boy Brewing | 7-10 p.m. | $5 donation | Details
Why you should go: A $5 donation gets you five Bingo cards, and Queen Lolita Van Dank will be running the show. Proceeds benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.