Food and drink
Amateur BBQ Smoke Off at Unknown Brewing: Unlimited samples from 20 amateur teams from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $10 at the door covers unlimited BBQ samples and you get to vote on your favorite. Event benefits Purple Heart Homes. Saturday, 4/23
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s 6th Annual Louisiana Spring Fest: Guest chef Brett Harris will be boiling up a Louisiana feast including crawdads flown in overnight, jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp and more. Live music, OMB beers, and more beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, 4/23
Chocolate 101 class with Potts Chocolate: This SkillPop class will make you love and appreciate chocolate even more. You’ll learn about cacao sources and the chocolate making process then tour the Potts’ production facility and enjoy a chocolate tasting. $30 – register. Saturday, 4/23
2nd Annual Whales for Wishes at OMB: Bottle share benefitting Make-A-Wish Central and Western NC at from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring bottles to share and a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish. Sunday, 4/24
Birdsong Beer Education Class #1: American Beer Revolution: One hour class beginning at 1 p.m. with Birdsong’s head brewer, beer tasting, Birdsong pint glass and private brewery tour. $12 – seating is limited, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Sunday, 4/24
Purses with a Purpose at The Lodge at Ballantyne: This annual public sale of gently used purses raises money for cancer initiatives. Sale takes place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, 4/23
Spring Wreath Making Class at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Artist and garden instructor Halle Russel will teach you how to make a custom wreath from scratch. Class takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $55 – register. Saturday, 4/23
Junior League Charlotte’s WearHouse Block Party: Bring your family and enjoy food, music, vendors and fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 4/23
Earth Day celebration at First Ward Park: Free event with food trucks, live music, and family-friendly environmental activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 4/23
Bloom: Annual Springtime Tea Event at Carolinas HealthCare System Union: This free event is open to all ages and will include tea, giveaways, photo booth, crafts and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Women and Children’s Center (CHS-Union). Consider bringing a Visa gift cards or gift cards to grocery stores, restaurants, clothing shops to donate to Turning Point shelter. RSVP. Saturday, 4/23
Charlotte Hounds ZERO K Race: Participate in the race that everyone wins – the Charlotte Hound’s 0K. Race benefits the Isabella Santos Foundation and festivities take place from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $30 ticket includes t-shirt, two drinks, live music and tickets to the Hounds game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4/23
Mutts & Mimosas at Atherton Mill: Food, drinks, raffles, local artistans and more to benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 4/24
Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree: On Friday, stop by Discovery Place or head to the Knight’s game at BB&T Ballpark where Trees Charlotte will be handing out seedlings to take home and plant. Friday, 4/22
The Magic Kite at ImaginOn: This production by the Children’s Theater of Charlotte tells the story of a child who’s father is sent back to Mexico. Show takes place in the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn and is recommended for children 7 and older. Tickets. Friday, 4/22 through Sunday, 5/1
Walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail at the Charlotte Nature Museum: One of the museum’s naturalist will lead the nature walk beginning at 10:15 a.m. Include with museum admission. Saturday, 4/23
Earth Day at Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville: Participate in a special Earth Day story time reading of Michael Recycle and join in on some kid-friendly recycling activities. Saturday, 4/23 at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and Sunday, 4/24 at 1:45 p.m.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! adult only performance: A musical adaptation of the classic TV show at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. VIP tickets include a pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with food and drinks. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets. Saturday, 4/23
Jimmy Buffett & Huey Lewis and the News at PNC Music Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tickets. Saturday, 4/23
Invictus at McGlohon Theater: Concert presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte featuring students from Northwest School of the Arts and guest star Steve Grand from Chicago. Performance starts at 8:04 p.m. Tickets. Saturday, 4/23
Fitness and health
FreeMoreWest 5k on the Greenway: If you’re not a morning person, this is the 5k for you. Food truck and beer sales begin at 5 p.m. and the race kicks off at 6 p.m. Race benefits Classroom Central. Register. Friday, 4/22
Health Seminar with Liz Hilliard: Join the creator and owner of Hilliard Studio Method from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a health seminar. Bring all your questions on health, fitness, wellness and life. Sign up here. Saturday, 4/23
Soccer: The Independence host the Richmond Kickers at Ramblewood Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets.
Baseball: The Knights play the Gwinnett Braves on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. Tickets.
Basketball: The Hornets are home for their third playoff game against the Miami Heat on Saturday. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets.
Lacrosse: Charlotte Hounds vs the Boston Cannons on Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Tickets.
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