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.
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.
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
Shop Wing Haven’s wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs assisted by their expert garden volunteers. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, programs and educational outreach. Also, enjoy the Nursery Shop with arts and related merchandise and stroll the 3+ acres of Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary before or after you purchase and plan for your dream garden.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join an incredible group of cyclists traveling more than 180 miles on a three-day journey that raises funds exclusively to benefit the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program at Carolinas Rehabilitation. The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program provides competitive and recreational adaptive sports opportunities for individuals of all ages with physical disabilities.
Charlotte, NC to North Myrtle Beach, SC / $100 registration fee / TBD
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
Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,100 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs throughout the US, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.
City life getting too hectic? Lace up your sneakers and take a day to explore Crowder’s Mountain, which has multiple hikes of varying distances to keep you busy all day. The view from the top is enough to make you forget all about the I-77 traffic. You might even be able to see the city skyline if the weather is clear.
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.
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!
You don’t need a boat or waterfront property to enjoy a day by the water. Ramsey Creek Park offers a public beachfront on Lake Norman with picnic spots and volleyball courts to boot. Pack a lunch and pile in the car for a day of swimming, tanning and relaxing.
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.
Freedom park is a sprawling park centered arounda 7 acre lake between Dilworth and Myers Park. It also boasts sports fields, a concession stand, playgrounds, a bandshell and demonstration gardens. You could easily spend a day relaxing here.