Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation with larger-than-life bug models that guide you through hands-on activities and challenges. Explore four immersive chambers throughout the exhibition and get up close and personal with four insects and their amazing adaptations.
Grab your smartest friends and get in on this weekly trivia night complete with $1 off all draughts. Prizes include a $50 gift card and bragging rights for 1st place, a $25 gift card for 2nd place and a $10 gift card for third place.
Join Hop Culture Magazine for an afternoon of basketball and beer with unlimited pours from some of the country’s best breweries, as well as screenings of March Madness games, and merch and glassware from designer Sam Taylor. Feel free to come supporting your favorite college basketball team.
Resident Culture Brewing Company / $20-$85 / 12-4 p.m.
The annual SEED20 program by Social Venture Partners identifies, highlights and connects the community to the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. This culminating event is more than a competition, it is a chance to network and support social entrepreneurs. Ten finalists will give fast-paced 3-minute pitches of their ideas to a panel of judges and a live audience. Ticket includes admission, drinks, dinner and mingling before and after.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts / $65-$85 / 5:30 p.m.
Explore the world of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter, a determined explorer, who will lead you from the Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar – and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar.
Hear from Bryn Chancellor herself about her award-winning novel Sycamore (chosen in 2017 for Oprah’s “O’s Top 20 Books to Read This Summer” and optioned for television) which transports you to a small town where a corpse of a missing teenage girl has been accidentally uncovered and leads the entire town to reflect on the victim and themselves, dredging up old memories and old hurts.
Join Leading on Opportunity Council Co-Chairs James Ford and Andrea Smith, Council Members and Community Partners to learn how we drive economic mobility for all. Hear the conversation about what’s been accomplished, what lies ahead and how you can help. Business and community leaders will share what they will do to support their vision for Charlotte-Mecklenburg and 15+ nonprofits will be available to talk about their work and how you can get involved.
SOCO Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Georgia-based painter Holly Coulis. Coulis’s gouaches and oil paintings are iconic interpretations of traditional still lifes. The artist creates playful compositions that incorporate multiple points of view and complicate preconceived notions of space and transparency. Wednesday, March 27 is the Opening Reception and Thursday, March 28 is the Artist Walkthrough.
Join Shea Urban in the grand opening event of their new modern townhome neighborhoods in NoDa and Plaza Midwood. Enjoy brews and food, compliments of Shea Urban, and mingle while you get the skinny on the new urban communities. RSVP by March 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tidying trend is on the rise, and while it may seem overwhelming, it’s a process that anyone can achieve with a little guidance. This class will help remove the intimidation of decluttering by providing tips, tools and mindsets to move toward the implementation of this life-changing process. You’ll learn about what decluttering is, how to approach and move through the process, and what to do with the clutter once you’ve decided to let it go.
American Tire Distributors is excited to sponsor #ReinventTheWheel – a 24-hour data hackathon challenging 20 teams of the sharpest data science minds to solve a real-world problem and transform the tire industry (think Shark Tank for hackers).
Centerstage in NoDa / Free / 5 p.m. on March 29 – 9 p.m. March 30
The whole family can enjoy face painting, games, dance performances, a bake sale, crafts, vendors, food and more! There will also be free makeovers (hair, makeup, nails) and 100 free swag bags up for grabs.
The 2nd Annual Charlie’s Carnival celebrates the life of Charlie Holt. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, activities, bounce houses, and several local food trucks. All proceeds from the carnival will support the mission of Charlie’s Heart Foundation. In the event of inclement weather, Charlie’s Carnival will take place at Matthews United Methodist Church.
Stumptown Park in Matthews / Donations appreciated / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more than 50 years, the Come-See-Me Festival has served as Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring featuring nearly 80 events and activities plus beautiful gardens, friendly folks, and plenty of festival fun like a parade, live music, food trucks, fireworks, a barbecue cook-off and entertainment for all ages.
Rock Hill, SC / Free (for most events) / See full schedule
This traveling dinosaur is stopping in our city and bringing more rides, activities, and dinosaurs than ever before. Can’t-miss attractions include the riding the largest rideable dinosaur in the country and a dino petting zoo for the little ones.
The Park Expo & Conference Center / $20-$36 / Friday 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Enjoy some of the best craft beverages in the Carolinas from breweries like Wicked Weed, Green Man, Foothills and more plus live music from The Smokin’ J’s and The Shana Blake Band by beautiful Winthrop Lake. Snag a VIP ticket for exclusive access to the VIP Sampling Garden with unlimited tastings or you can buy beer and wine in the general admission area for $5 each. Please no coolers or pets.
Winthrop Lake - 1160 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill 29733 / $30-$40 / 2-7 p.m.
Lace up for a Fun Run, 5K or 10K with gift cards awarded to overall male and female winners in two age categories. The Fun Run is free, no registration required and open to strollers. Both 5K and 10K courses are USATF, require registration and for participants 21 and over, enjoy a complimentary beer (or soft drink) and pizza after the race. Runners are asked to bring a pair of old athletic shoes to be recycled.
Winthrop Coliseum - 1162 Eden Terrace Rock, Hill 29733 / $30-$55 / 7:30 a.m.
The Blue Jean Bash celebrates Habitat Charlotte’s accomplishments over the past year and raises funds to increase affordable homeownership in our community. Join friends for dinner, dancing, and an exciting live auction. Last year’s bash raised $325,000, helping Habitat serve 119 families in Charlotte.
Celebrate spring with Mrs. Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter himself! Family-focused activities include crafts, entertainment and more. Grab a bite from a food truck, enjoy a beverage in the Beer Garden and walk throughout the beautiful flowering Garden. Also register in advance for the Mad Hatter Tea Party or Spring Family Photos.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden / Free for Members or General Admission $7.95-$14.95 / 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day
Connect for Charity is a GIANT Connect Four tournament hosted by Passport to raise funding for Project Scientist, an organization which provides STEM education to girls ages 4-12. This single elimination tournament will be accessible and fun for Connect Four amateurs and advanced professionals alike.
Lenny Boy Brewing / $300/team or $25 admission / 1-5 p.m.
Join Ted Frank, MD, heart failure/transplant cardiologist, as he runs the distance for heart transplant patients at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. The Heart Transplant Run is both a virtual fundraising event and a marathon—open to all skill levels and with no running distance requirement. 100% of funds raised through the Heart Transplant Run will support Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute transplant patients with special healthcare and related needs.
Back for the 5th year, this epic bottle share raises money for Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina. This year, the fundraising goal is $50,000 which is enough to 100% fund over 8 wishes for kids who need a little hope, strength and joy as they battle their conditions.
Resident Culture Brewing Company / Free / 12-4 p.m.
Experience Highland Dancing and music, a giant Kid’s Zone, Scottish merchants, traditional foods, historic reenactments, NC beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events, axe throwing and so much more.
Spread a blanket and enjoy a relaxing evening outside with family and friends for a free community picnic that celebrates local food and the importance of conservation complete with local beer and wine, live music and family-friendly activities. Bring your own food or purchase a picnic basket curated by local restaurants with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail.
Mint Museum Randolph / Free admission / 6-8:30 p.m.
Held on one of the best dance floors in Charlotte, enjoy 4 hours of Afro-House, Afro-Cuban, and Latin American dance rhythms with a DJ, live musicians, and unique themes to celebrate multi-cultures, ethnic and gender diversity, dance, visual and performing art. Guests can samba, salsa, bachata, cha cha, line dance, and step to other dance forms relative to various global communities as well as enjoy other performing and visual art like live painting. Pro tip: free dance lessons at 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Celebrate spring, music, beer drinking weather and great beer! Expect live music and performances on two stages by local, regional and national talent including Of Good Nature, Zach Deputy, Falconheart and more plus indoor and outdoor beer and cider stations, Prosecco-Pops, Frosé and limited edition T-shirts and koozies.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend a night celebrating your favorite spies and covert operatives. Put your talent to the test and see if you’re stealthy enough to pass through the laser maze undetected, pull a MacGyver and see what you can make with rubber bands, clothespins and tape, outwit your fellow operatives in a nail-biting spy movie trivia challenge and see how quickly can you change into your disguise in the Quick Change Challenge.
Learn how to conserve and harvest water using a rain barrel. In this workshop (friendly for all ages), you will discover the importance of water conservation and explore ways to prevent water pollution through hands-on activities and story time.
Science is shaken, not stirred, every third Friday of the month at Science on the Rocks. Each month features themed activities and a chance for adults age 21+ to explore the Museum after-hours. Science on the Rocks transforms each floor of the Museum with crazy activities, costume contests, bars and great tunes.
Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. / $10 in advance | $12 at the door | add IMAX for $5 / 5-9 p.m.
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.