Food and drink
First Annual Bottle Cap Group bar crawl: You’ll start in Cornelius at Jack’s Corner Tap at 11 a.m. and make your way to Bottle Cap’s bars (Brazwells, Whiskey Warehouse, Hot Taco, All American Pub, Slate Charlotte and Oak Room) throughout the day. Tickets. Saturday, 4/30
Pints for Paws at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Pet adoption, dog contests, live music, vendor fair, raffle, event t-shirts and dog bandanas, and more benefitting Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation. Tickets. Saturday, 4/30 from noon to 5 p.m.
3rd Annual Hops for Hospice: Beer festival at Foxcroft Wine Co. (SouthPark location) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. benefitting Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte. There will be over 12 breweries, food from Foxcroft Wine and a silent auction. Saturday, 4/30
FuD at Salud’s First Anniversary Party: Waffle eating contest, special tap list, raffle and birthday cake waffles beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, 4/30
Hippie Fest: Vendors, artists, food trucks and music at the old Eastland Mall site from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free! Saturday, 4/30
International Sandwich Festival: Celebrate the international flavor of Charlotte’s east side community from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Aldersgate Retirement Community. Live music, dance performances, food and more. Saturday, 4/30
The Robot Showdown Scavenger Hunt at Wooden Robot Brewing: Challenges, puzzles, prizes and a robot costume contest beginning at 1 p.m. Hunt is free but teams must register by 5 p.m. on Friday. Saturday, 4/30
Inaugural ‘Live Without Boundaries’ Cornhole Tournament at Unknown Brewing Co: Prizes for the top three teams total $700. Live music, food trucks, beer, raffles and more all to benefit the Arc of Mecklenburg County. Saturday, 4/30
Coveted Couture: The Mint Museum’s 3rd Annual Spring Fundraising Gala: An elegant, glamorous and fun evening at the Mint Museum Randolph benefitting the Mint Annual Fund. $500 – register. Saturday, 4/30
Keep Pounding Blood Drive at Levine Children’s Hospital: Blood drive benefitting 27 area hospitals. Guest appearances by the Panthers, Keep Pounding giveaways and more. Register here with sponsor code “Panthers.” Sunday, 5/1
Open Streets 704: Streets from NoDa through Villa Heights and Optimist Park all the way to Memorial Stadium (map here) will be closed to cars and open to pedestrians. Activities will take place throughout the day in the streets. Sunday, 5/1
Front Porch Sunday in South End: Shop local vendors at the Shook Kelley building (next to Sycamore) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 5/1
Opening weekend of the Wee Houses: Places We Play exhibit at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. A child-friendly exhibit of forts, playhouses and tree houses created by local creatives. Opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Included with garden admission. Saturday, 4/30 and Sunday, 5/1
Celebrate Arbor Day at Discovery Place KIDS: Children will learn how trees help our environment through stories and crafts. Event takes place in I CAN Create at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is included with museum admission. Saturday, 4/30
Musical Petting Zoo at ImaginOn: Explore rhythms and rhymes and make your own music beginning at 11 a.m. For children 5 to 11 and their families. Saturday, 4/30
KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race: Adopt six ($30) or 12 ($60) rubber ducks and cheer them on as they race alongside over 17,000 other ducks down the canal at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on Sunday afternoon. There will be children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the race will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 5/1
Open house and farewell party at the McColl Center: Toast the Center’s Winter Artists-in-Residence and get another look at art for sale from the Studio Party 16. Free – register. Friday, 4/20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The New Latino Sound at Neighborhood Theatre: Concert will feature area Latino artists and is presented by Levine Museum of the New South. Doors at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. $10 – tickets. Friday, 4/29
Charlotte Symphony: Bruch Violin Concert No. 1: Performances take place at 8 p.m. both evenings at Belk Theater. There’s also an open rehearsal on Friday at 10 a.m. for $18.51. Tickets. Friday, 4/29 and Saturday, 4/30
The Nouveau Sud Project at Booth Playhouse: A social circus initiative rooted in the “underground” dance/acrobatic/physical theatre scene. Performances take place both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets. Friday, 4/29 and Saturday, 4/30
We are the Arts: An Evening of Music and Visual Art at McGlohon Theater: Community School of the Arts will showcase the many components of their school programing. Charlotte Children’s Choir, chamber ensembles and faculty members will present a concert followed by a gallery showing of student artwork. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets. Saturday, 4/30
Tunnel to Towers Stair Climb at the Duke Energy Center: Climb to the top of the Duke Energy Center to raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Climb begins at 8 a.m. Register. Saturday, 4/30
Squash: The SquashEmpower Festival of Squash at the Charlotte Squash Club now through Sunday. Event raises money for SquashEmpower, a youth program helping underserved youth with squash coaching, academic tutoring and mentoring. Tickets.
Baseball: The Knights host the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Stick around for live music following the game on Saturday night or bring your dog to Sunday’s game for “Bark in the Ballpark.” Tickets.
Basketball: The Hornets will be back in town in their 6th playoff game against the Miami Heat on Friday. Tickets.
Biking: Charlotte Criterium in Uptown benefitting the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas. Women’s race begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Lacrosse: Charlotte Hounds host the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Tickets.
Ultimate Frisbee: Charlotte Express faces the Dallas Roughnecks on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Irwin Belk Complex at Johnson C. Smith University. $15 at the gate.
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