Snag 50% off all bottles of wine every Thursday with a carefully curated selection from Old World to California Classics plus some natural wines as well. While you sip, you can grab food from a rotating on-site food truck or one of Orrman’s Cheese Shop plates available for purchase.
Resident Culture Brewing Company / 1/2 off bottles of wine / 3-11 p.m.
The next installation of this quarterly themed discussion series will feature chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Bruce Moffett, in a conversation moderated by local historian and foodie Dr. Tom Hanchett. Expect light bites and beer for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.
The weekend brings together leading winemakers and chefs from around the world to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great wine and food while making contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. Events include special dinners, wine seminars and a grand tasting.
This multi-day festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music Competitions include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, obstacle and adventure racing.
USNWC / Free to experience, $40-$45 to compete, $50 for terrace access / All day
Kick off the Music at the Met series with free live music from Natty Boh Duo, a local acoustic band, plus games like giant jenga, cornhole and more, popsicles, drink and food specials, giveaways and fun for all. Pro-tip: Music at the Met will be every Thursday from April 25th to June 13th.
Grab a bite any time throughout the day and Salsarita’s will donate a portion of the day’s sales to HATS – Helping Animals to Survive. Pro-tip: Get the Salsarita’s app, sign up and earn points on any purchase before May 31 and you’ll get a BOGO Entree to use on or after June 1.
112 South NC-16 Business / Free admission / 11 a.m.
Join Bob and Kelly Foley of Robert Foley Vineyards for a 5-course meal paired with their wines. Each ticket you purchase covers the cost of treating one patient in HeartBright’s free comprehensive cardiac clinic for an entire year. Advance reservations required.
Enjoy an open bar, late-night bites and sweet treats provided by La-Tea-Da’s. Live band Groove Nation will get the party started, and DJ DOMii will take over with late-night beats. Attire ranges from cocktail to black tie.
Mint Museum Randolph / $100 per person / 9:30 p.m.
This free festival features international flavor and intergenerational fun. Enjoy sandwiches from around the world, a rich blend of international entertainment and kids’ activities at this family-friendly festival.
Enjoy food from Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris, who will be boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayou. Other staples include mouthwatering jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. They’ll also have live music and a stein hoisting competition.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery / Free / 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The event will feature a walk along the wide dog-friendly paths of McAlpine Creek Park as well as a vendor fair, adoption area, music, a picnic pavilion, food trucks and a beer garden sponsored by Brewers at 4001 Yancey. Expect fun activities for people and pets alike!
The annual Garibaldi Festival celebrates Belmont’s community through art, crafts and music. The event features live music by DownTown Abby and The Echoes as well as Caleb Davis plus craft beer from Gaston County’s Cavendish Brewing Company. Bonus: be a part of beautifying Belmont through a participatory public art project.
Stowe Park and South Main Street in Belmont / Free / 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The two-week event features more than 75 concerts, installations (including lighted seesaws and giant bunnies) and performances in Uptown’s public space and theaters. While most attractions are free, tickets will also go on sale for the larger acts closer to the festival date.
Compete for a $1,000 grand prize as well as round-by-round prizes with proceeds benefitting Taylor Soloff Memorial Endowment. They’ll have live music from Operation Hotmother, Cousins Maine Lobster will be on-site and Resident Culture will have their usual top-notch roster of brews on draft.
Resident Culture Brewing Company / $100 for a team of up to 4 people / 6-9:30 p.m.
Get a taste of Ayrsley restaurants and bars through a sampling of some of their most popular dishes and beverages. The Ayrsley Event Lawn will be home to food tastings, brews, a kids area, live music and a marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans and businesses. All ages are welcome and this event is pet-friendly.
Don’t miss this award-winning event that brings together 400+ Charlotte young professionals to enjoy a day of live music, lawn games, Mint Juleps, open wine and beer, food trucks, Kentucky Derby raffle and a large-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby. All proceeds raised at the event will sponsor free tours of The Mint Museum for Charlotte Mecklenburg school students to inspire a new generation of artists, art enthusiasts, and leaders.
Beer enthusiasts and brewers from around the world will assemble on the field at the stadium to celebrate beer and breweries from across the cpimtry. Over 100 brewers will pour samples of between two and four beers at booths stationed on the field at Bank of America Stadium.
Calling all cat lovers! Daily Mews Cat Cafe is turning one and they want to celebrate their first year of business and 100+ successful adoptions with a day filled of fun activities like cat toy crafting and a guided wine tasting, special giveaways, a silent pawction, cat-themed drink specials and more.
Don’t miss this free street fair in Downtown Concord featuring craft beer, live music, arts and craft vendors, a juried art show, a children’s area and food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, Hot Tamale and Bayou Betty.
Union Street in Downtown Concord / Free / 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
How could you not want to cook up some delicious food with the dynamic duo that is Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen? Chef Alyssa and her husband, Andrew, provide a comfortable and social environment that allows any level of chef to enhance their skills for those who love to cook and eat well. It’s super fun and you can even bring your own cooler of brews along.
Fahrenheit restaurant has views of Uptown Charlotte that will blow your mind. Grab a cocktail and a flatbread and take it all in. Pro tips: Brunch is Sundays from 11-3 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
Expect 20+ classic arcade games, speciality game themed cocktails, old and new pinball machines, craft beers and a whole section for people to relax on couches and play classic console games. For all of you that are kids at heart, this place is for you.
Gather around the table with FEAST Food Tours and Charlotte’s culinary community. Savor food and drinks from a variety of locally owned and operated culinary hotspots, and connect with the chefs, restaurateurs and artisans who are defining the flavors of the Queen City.
Uptown, NoDa, South End and Plaza Midwood / $55-80 per person including food & beverage /
What better way to enjoy Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens than with a drink in hand? In the golden evening hours when the warm light of the setting sun illuminates thousands of buds and blooms, you can sip a beverage and unwind with a stroll through the gardens. On select nights, live music will fill the air at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens / $12.95 / 5-9 p.m.
In Charlotte, there are countless ways to work out (and drink) 7 days a week. Every Tuesday at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, a different instructor teaches a community yoga class for all levels. Your ticket includes a well-earned beer or soda from the brewery post-flow.
If you are looking for a friendly place to shop for fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, jellies, soap, flowers and more, you can find it all at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. You can actually talk to the farmer who grew the freshly harvested produce and/or fruit. If the products were any fresher, they’d still be in the garden!
The rail trail is a public path that runs through the heart of the city, passing many landmarks on the way. Walk or bike it for a good workout with great food and art stops along the way. We even have an itinerary for you – just search “rail trail itineraries” on the CA website.
The midnight diner is an iconic establishment in South End. The silvery throwback serves up some best cheap grub in the city, and its perfect for any meal (including late night). Their fried chicken and golden buttery waffles is a can’t miss classic.
The landmark coffee shop has sold over 1.4 million of these decadent little babies. They’re available with and without gluten and they bake over 400 a day, so there’s no excuse not to get your hands on one ASAP.
This place is well worth the drive north. Kindred was rated as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the country when it first opened, and dishes like its squid ink conchiglie, cinnamon rolls and the milk bread have continued its popularity. The hardest part about eating here is restraining yourself from eating a whole milk bread loaf so you save room to enjoy the rest of your meal. Make sure you make a reservation!
The 7th Street Public Market is a gathering place for all kinds of people—hipsters and families, entrepreneurs and artists—from the region and beyond. Its energy is palpable when you walk through the door. And then there are the smells: fresh bread, the best coffee in Charlotte, hot crepes. Every visit is sure to offers something new.
The Funny Bus is the most entertaining way to get to know the Queen City. The 90-minute tour puts a comedic spin on everything you need to know about Charlotte’s history and architecture. Best part? You can bring your own beer or wine.
Despite its unassuming appearance (it’s inside an Asian strip mall with a pothole-ridden parking lot), Le’s sells the best Bahn Mi, and possibly the best overall sandwich, in all of Charlotte. Its cash only and your meal will probably cost less than $5.
4520 N Tryon St. #41 / 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday
This 93-foot luxury yacht serves up a four-course chef-crafted meal on Lake Norman. “The Lady” has two enclosed floors, each with fully-equipped bars and an upper floor open balcony that provides a beautiful view of the lake. Enjoy the relaxing setting and indulge in a truly classy yachting experience.
Dive right into the Charlotte brewery scene with a Charlotte Brews Cruise. The tours offer guests the opportunity to safely and easily visit multiple breweries, taste plenty of samples, learn the brewing process, see behind-the-scenes where the beer is made and talk to the people who make it.
It’s not summertime if you don’t eat a ridiculous amount of popsicles. King of Pops is making it easy and delicious with their healthy, homemade treats in tons of flavors. They’re sold all around the city, or stop into their Pop Shop 7 days a week.