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A Guide to 2022 Spring Events in Charlotte

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Charlotte FC players huddle up
Charlotte FC players huddle up (Photo by Taylor Banner/Charlotte FC)

Listen, we can’t say whether the pandemic is over or not, but we can let you know about these outdoor events to hit up this spring as the weather warms up. Hang out and stay safe.


Music

PNC Music Pavilion

707 Pavilion Blvd.

April 30: Jimmy Buffet
May 8: AJR: The OK Orchestra
May 12: Tim McGraw
May 20: Dave Matthews Band
May 24: Foo Fighters
May 27: Halsey
June 2: Morgan Wallen
June 8: The Doobie Brothers
June 13: Tears for Fears
June 17: Kid Rock

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters (Photo by Mr. Rossi/CC)

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

April 2: KALEO
April 20: Modest Mouse
May 3: Khruangbin
May 16: Leon Bridges
May 22: Parkway Drive
June 5: Barenaked Ladies
June 8: Russ
June 9: Ben Rector
June 14: The War on Drugs
June 17: Cody Johnson & Friends

Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges (Photo by Cal Quinn/CC)

Bank of America Stadium

800 S. Mint St.

April 23: Billy Joel
April 30: Kenny Chesney

Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing

April 23 | Noon-10 p.m. | Sycamore Brewing | Free

Live music on two stages featuring seven artists, plus indoor and outdoor pouring stations, local vendors and food trucks.

EpiPalooza III

May 15 | 12:30-5 p.m. | Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts | $15-$25

Live music featuring Pröwess to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation.


Arts, Culture and Retail

Girl Tribe Pop Up in the Garden

March 20 & May 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Alexander Homestead | $5-$10

Shopping, cocktails and food featuring a lineup of women-owned businesses and brands.

CRAFT Fest

March 26-27 | 11 a.nm.-7 p.m. & Noon-4 p.m. | Sleepy Poet Antique Mall | Free

A blend of craft vendors, a viewers’ choice art show, demonstrations, classes and food trucks.

Charlotte SHOUT!

April 1-17 | Center City Charlotte | Free

A celebration of creativity and innovation through art, music, food and ideas, featuring large-scale installations throughout Uptown.

Charlotte's SHOUT! Festival in 2019
Charlotte SHOUT! Festival (Courtesy photo)

Paws in the Park

April 2 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pineville Lake Park | Free

A pet-friendly party that promotes dog rescues and adoption.

Loch Norman Highland Games

April 9-10 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Historic Rural Hill | $8 and up

Experience Scottish history and culture through traditional dancing, food, bagpiping, athletics and reenactments.

Joedance Rock the Cemetery

April 23 | 6 p.m. | Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery | $20 and up

Live music from Southbound and screenings of four short films. 

Brightfire Music & Arts Festival

April 30 | 4-10 p.m. | Historic Rural Hill | $20 and up

A kaleidoscopic celebration of life, hope and renewal through music, art, fire, dance and nature.

Reel Out Film Festival

May 11-15 | Times vary | Camp North End Boileryard | Prices vary

An annual LGBTQ film festival and program of Charlotte Pride.

Water Lantern Festival

May 28 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall | $15 and up

A festival that includes DIY floating lanterns made to reflect messages of love, hope and happiness.

Water lanterns with messages of love, hope and happiness
Water lanterns adorned with messages. (Courtesy of Water Lantern Festival)

Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out Live

May 29 | 8 p.m. | PNC Music Pavilion | $29.50 and up

A live run of MTV’s improv/competition show with comedy, variety and game show elements.

North Carolina Juneteenth Festival

June 18 | 1-5 p.m. | Cabarrus Arena | Free

Themed “Educating, Empowering, Entertaining,” this festival features 40 Black-owned companies, crafts, performances, art and kids activities.

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Food, Drink and Wellness

Walks, Runs & Races

March 20: Dash for Down Syndrome
March 26: Craft Beer Half Marathon & 5-Milers
March 26: Get your Rear in Gear 5K
March 26: USNWC: The Whole Enchilada MTB Race
April 2: Hemophilia Walk for Blood Disorders
April 2: USNWC: New South Trail Marathon
April 9: Charlotte Racefest
April 9: USNWC: Whitewater Triathlon
April 30: Elizabeth 8K
May 12: USNWC: River Jam Run Race Edition
May 20: USNWC: Time Lapse 24-Hour Relay Race

CLT Donut Festival

March 27 | 1-5 p.m. | Norfolk Hall | $25 and up

A showcase of donuts and other treats, plus coffee, smoothies and alcoholic beverages.

Empanada Fest

April 9 | Noon | Camp North End | Free

Pastry turnovers, live music and dancing.

Tuck Fest

April 29-May 1 | Times vary | U.S. National Whitewater Center | Free

A celebration of the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music.

NC Brewers & Music Festival

May 6-7 | 5:30-10 p.m. & 12:30-10 p.m. | Historic Rural Hill | $8 and up

A weekend of local craft beer and live music.

NC Brewers & Music Festival
NC Brewers & Music Festival (Photo by Amelia Winchester)

Charlotte Seltzerland

May 7 | 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Paradise Valley Golf Club | $35 and up

Fairways lined with 100-plus varieties of hard seltzer to sample, plus photo ops, music and activities. 

Cup in Hand Kickball Tournament

May 14 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Veterans Park | Free

Play kickball with a cup of liquid in your hand and try not to spill or drop it. Beer and mimosas included, plus cornhole, beer pong and flip cup.

Wing a Ding Ding Festival

May 14 | 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. | Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall | $15-$45

Over 30 kinds of wings and fried chicken to sample from top chefs and food vendors.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

May 21 | Noon-6 p.m. | Ballantyne’s Backyard | $42-$75

An all-you-can-taste sampling of beer and bourbon, plus live entertainment.


Sports

Charlotte FC

Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.

March 19 vs. New England Revolution
March 26 vs. FC Cincinnati
April 10 vs. Atlanta United FC
May 7 vs. Inter Miami CF
May 14 vs. CF Montreal
May 22 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
June 11 vs. New York Red Bulls

Charlotte FC soccer player winds up to kick the ball
Charlotte FC’s inaugural season has already kicked off.(Photo by Taylor Banner/Charlotte FC)

Charlotte Knights

Truist Field, 424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

April 12-17 vs. Memphis Redbirds
April 19-24 vs. Nashville Sounds
April 26-May 1 vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
May 3-8 vs. Gwinnett Stripers
May 10-15 vs. Indianapolis Indians
May 17-22 vs. Norfolk Tides
May 24-29 vs. Durham Bulls
May 31-June 5 vs. Memphis Redbirds
June 7-12 vs. Louisville Bats
June 14-19 vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Other Baseball at Truist Field

424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Mar. 23: Davidson College vs. UNC Charlotte
Apr. 5: University of South Carolina vs. University of North Carolina

Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights
Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights. (Photo by Laura Wolff)

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy. S

April 7-10: Charlotte AutoFair
April 29-May 1: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
May 11-14: Colossal 100
May 27: NC Education Lottery 200
May 28: ALSCO Uniforms 300
May 29: Coca-Cola 600
June 13-14: Summer Shootout

Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

April 30 | 10 a.m. | Queen’s Cup Grounds | $60 and up

Dress like you’re going to a fine-dining establishment, drink like you’re going to a NASCAR race.


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