20 Charlotte-area spring festivals to put on your calendar now

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Fire up the group text and start blocking off your calendars because Charlotte’s weekends are about to get busy.

Spring festival season is just about here and if the weather this past weekend is any indication, we’re in for a treat with the city’s outdoor events.

You’ll find something for everyone with events centered on everything from vegan food, barbecue, beer, wine and burgers to yoga, film, heavy metal, art, dogs (the four-legged kind) and more.

So long, winter.


Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl 

Date: March 11
Location: Uptown
Time: Check in 12 – 3pm
Price: $20- $30 | Tickets


Date: March 11
Location: Grapevine Wine Shop in Baxter Village, 1012 Market Street, Fort Mill SC
Time: 2 – 6pm
Price: $21 (designated driver) – $53 (general admission) | Tickets

Charlotte Black Film Festival

Date: March 30 – April 2
Location: Charlotte Convention Center
Time: Schedule
Price: $15 – $150 | Tickets


Beer Me Brew Fest

Date: April 1
Location: South End Station, 1441 S. Tryon Street
Time: Gates open 1:30pm
Price: $20 – $50 | Tickets


Date: April 8
Location: Romare Bearden Park
Time: 7:30am – 3:30pm
Price: $21 – $45 | Tickets

Rural Hill Loch Norman Highland Games

Date: April 8-9
Location: Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville NC
Time: Schedule
Price: $8 – $27 | Tickets

Tuck Fest

Date: April 21-23
Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Time: Schedule
Price: $25 – $40 (participants), $45 – $150 (spectators) | Tickets

Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival

Date: April 22
Location: NC Music Factory
Time: 12:30 – 6pm | Schedule
Price: $30 | Tickets

Pet Palooza

Date: April 22
Location: Independence Park
Time: 10am – 3 pm
Price: Festival is FREE; 2K walk is $10 for kids and $25 for adults | Register

University City Wine Fest

Date: April 22
Location: Shoppes at University City Place
Time: 2pm
Price: $35 | Tickets

Charlotte VegFest

Date: April 29
Location: Freedom Hall at the Park Expo and Conference Center
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: FREE to get in; food prices vary by vendor


Kings Drive Art Walk

Date: May 5-6
Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Time: Saturday 11a – 6p, Sunday 11a – 5p
Price: FREE

Carolina Rebellion

Date: May 5-6
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Time: Schedule
Price: $99.50+ | Tickets

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Date: May 12-13
Location: Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville NC
Time: Schedule
Price: $8 – $76 | Tickets

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Date: May 13
Location: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
Time: VIP noon – 6pm, General Admission 2 – 6pm
Price: $29 – $77 | Tickets

Charlotte DragonBoat Festival

Date: May 13
Location: Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius NC
Time: 9am – 4pm
Price: FREE to attend

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South End Hops Festival

Date: May 13
Location: 308 W. Carson Boulevard
Time: Doors open at 2pm
Price: $10 (designated driver) – $40 (early admission) | Tickets

photo via Facebook

Kinfolk Soul Food Music Festival

Date: May 14
Location: 6845 Sandusky Boulevard, Cornelius NC
Time: Gates open at 2pm
Price: $35 – $65

Header photo of Carolina Rebellion via Facebook

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