Agenda Weekender: 48 things to do including OMB’s Spring Fest, Hippie Fest and Tuck Fest at USNWC

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 89. PM thunderstorms. 50% chance of rain.
Saturday: 86. Scattered thunderstorms. 40% chance of rain.
Sunday: 77. Thunderstorms. 80% chance of rain.

Friday, April 21

Food & Drink

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 2017: Join for restaurant wine dinners and the Big Bottles & Blues casual tasting event. Dinners: $165-$175 | Big Bottles & Blues: $75-$125. Details.

Fridays On The Patio – Kickoff Party at Vida Cantina: Expect drink specials, $25 margarita towers, live music, tequila jello shots, party swag and a new menu. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Hot Pepper Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Each truck will be preparing select hot pepper dishes and Sycamore Brewing will be pouring a special hot pepper beer. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Bites & Brews at StoneCrest at Piper Glen: Expect food tastings, beer, wine and live music. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.


Charlotte Jazz Festival at Levine Center For The Arts: Scope out the new Jazz Tent at Romare Bearden Park and its lineup here; don’t forget the free events including lunchtime jazz with food trucks through Saturday, happy hour jazz Thursday and Friday, and Jazz Picnic at the Park on Sunday. Fri-Sun. Free. Details.

Caroline Calouche & Co presents Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space at Booth Playhouse: This performance blends 3D mapping with dance and circus arts. Fri-Sun. $25-$30. Details.

Tuck Fest at USNWC: A three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Fri-Sun. $25-$150. Details

Science on the Rocks: Steampunk Soiree at Discovery Place: This adults-only night at the Museum celebrates Steampunk-style artistry, science fiction and technology. 5-9 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

Green Tie Gala: Havana Nights at Hilton Charlotte Center City: Expect live music, dinner and dancing, and a “mystery box” auction with prizes worth $50-$800; open to everyone and helps raise money for student scholarships. 7-11 p.m. $70. Details.

Taboo! The 2017 Gala at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Expect food and drink, entertainment throughout the museum and a silent auction. 7-10 p.m. $250+. Details.

Learn Things

Skookum Tech Talk – How User Feedback Can Shape Digital Experiences at Skookum: Learn from Eric Hanson, the Director of Digital Experience, Product Management and Omni-Channel Integration at Lowe’s. 12 p.m. Free. Details.

The Strongest Man Alive at Charlotte Convention Center: Bill Kazmaier will cover a wide range of strength topics and relive some of his favorite moments in his reign on the World’s Strongest Man stage. 6-9 p.m. $30-$50. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Charlotte Country Day’s 35th Annual Art Sale at Charlotte Counry Day School: You can expect to see local and regional art and crafts. Fri: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Charlotte Knights vs. Rochester Red Wings 7:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Saturday, April 22

Food & Drink

Taste of the Carolinas Opening Weekend at Carowinds: Featuring regional dishes from 7 Carolina regions, authentic Carolina BBQ, local beer and wine, live bands, celebrity chef demos and arts and crafts. Sat-Sun. Details.

Moo and Brew Fest ft. Blues Traveler at NC Music Factory: Moo & Brew will offer samplings from various breweries and tastes from local restaurants vying for the title of “Creative Loafing’s Best Burger.” 12:30-6 p.m. $20-$40. Details.

University City Wine Festival at The Shoppes at University City Place: Expect 100+ wines from over 25 wineries paired with live music and entertainment. 2 p.m. $35-$50. Details.

Rosé Festival at Vin Master Wine Shop: 20+ Rosé tastings from all over the world with chocolate and cheese pairings and food trucks. 3-8 p.m. $15. Details.

Purple Rain: The Day Party at Firehouse Bar and Lounge: Celebrate the legacy of Prince at this darty. 3-8 p.m. $10+. Details.

Crawfish Boil – Plaza Midwood at The Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood: Head out to Plaza Midwood for an all-you-can-eat potato, corn and crawfish boil with Legion brews and live music. 5-7 p.m. $27. Details.

5th Annual Zombie Bar Crawl throughout Uptown: Expect free zombie makeup artists on site and four participating bars. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. $15. Details.


2017 Charlotte Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo at Charlotte Convention Center: Expect 100+ vendors, free samples, live sporting events and a kids zone. Sat-Sun. $20+. Details.

Yardapalooza 2K17 t Electro Techs: Expect kids activities, BBQ, yoga, live music and art, and a slew of other cool activities. Sat-Sun. Free. Details.

Earth Day Celebration at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Expect border collie demos, cane pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, face painting, geocaching, lead-line horse rides and farm animals. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

March for Science at Marshall Park: A celebration of passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Roots Festival — Earth Day at Savona Mill: Expect live music, food trucks, family activities, local vendors and beer from Blue Blaze Brewery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Pet Palooza Festival & Walk for the Animals at Independence Park: HSC’s annual 2K fundraising walk; expect 4,000 people and their pets at the festival during the walk, too. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $10-$40. Details.

Girl Tribe Pop Up – Spring Break Edition at Sugar Creek Brewing: Shop 60+ local, women-owned businesses that pop up for one day to create the ultimate girls’ day out. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$10. Details.

4th Annual Tossin for Tykes Cornhole Tournament at Draught: An annual cornhole tournament organized by the Charlotte Evening and Charlotte West Rotary clubs for local youth programs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $30. Details.

Hippie Fest at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: This festival will feature hundreds of North Carolina artists and vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and groovy vibes. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

7th Annual Spring Fest at OMB: Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris will be boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayous with jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob; the Biergarten will be strewn with Mardi Gras beads ready-to-wear, while Cajun and Bluegrass music plays all day. Sat-Sun. Free. Details.

Paws and Pasta at Vivace: Expect food from Vivace and adoptable dogs from South Charlotte Dog Rescue. 1-4 p.m. Details.

Recycle The Runway: Eco Avant Garde Fashion Show at Northlake Mall: Students are encouraged to create unique fashions while highlighting their commitment to recycling, and competing for thousands in cash prizes for their school. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Artist Talk – Andreas Bechtler x Maja Godlewska at New Gallery of Modern Art: See Andreas Bechtler (of The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art) and Maja Godlewska participate in an intimate Q & A about their shows currently on display. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

The Holdouts Live at Reid’s SouthPark: Enjoy live music on the patio along with food and drinks. 7-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Spring Free for All at Hart Witzen Gallery: A visual arts exhibit featuring current Hart Witzen studio artists and regional artists exhibiting recent works. 7-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Steve Martin and Martin Short at Ovens Auditorium: 8 p.m. $80+. Details.

The Hamiltones Live at Morehead Tavern: 8 p.m. $25. Details.


Family Farm Day at Historic Latta Plantation: Expect farm animals, fiber-working activities and open-hearth-cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9. Details.

Open Studio at McColl Center: Explore art and ideas with their artists-in-residence, hands-on art making activities and demos for all ages. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.


Miller Lite Weekend Warrior Charity Flag Football Tournament at Panther’s practice field: The two-day, non-contact tournament is for ages 21+ and features four skill divisions: Weekend Warrior, Couch Potato, 35 & Over and Co-Ed. Sat-Sun. $360/team. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Charlotte Knights vs. Rochester Red Wings 7:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Sunday, April 23

Food & Drink

International Food Festival at Muslim American Society: Expect food, a bounce house, pony rides, henna and face painting. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Smoke Off BBQ Competition at The Unknown Brewing Company: Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of BBQ and a vote for your favorite one. 1-5 p.m. $10. Details.


Wag for Wellness Pet Pawty at Pet Wants: Join local pet experts in health, wellness, training and nutrition. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Starving Artist Popup Market at Charlotte Art League: Expect local, handmade vendors, workshops, displays and a food truck. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Opera Carolina presents The Girl of the West at Belk Theater: A hard-drinkin’, poker-playin’, bona fide Western with an Italian operatic soundtrack. 2 p.m. $20+. Details.

Steel Panther at The Fillmore: 8 p.m. $35. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Charlotte Knights vs. Rochester Red Wings. 2:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

We’re excited for…

Sycamore Spring Fest ’17 at Sycamore Brewing: Expect live music on two stages, indoor and outdoor pouring stations, special beer releases and food trucks. 12-10 p.m. Free. April 29.

Art and Soul of South End at Camden Road: Spend a day exploring, shopping, dining and enjoying art and musical performances. 12-9 p.m. Free. April 29.

Queen’s Cup at Queen’s Cup Steeplechase: An annual horse racing event; check out the “Millennials Treehouse,” an all-inclusive package featuring beer, wine, transportation for patrons 21-35. $50+. April 29.

90’s Bar Crawl throughout Uptown: 2-5 p.m. $30. April 29.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via Tuck Fest.

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