This Weekend's Agenda: 35+ Events (May 17-May 23)

Arts, food, beer, and social events


Romare Fest returns to Romare Bearden Park this weekend.


5Church 6th Anniversary Party
Uptown, 6 p.m.–2 a.m., Price Varies
Head to uptown’s 5Church for their six-year anniversary party on Thursday, May 17, from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. A tasting menu crafted by executive chef Jamie Lynch with help from Chef de Cuisine Whitney Thomas and executive chef of 5Church Charleston, Adam Hodgson will be available. There will also be live music and complimentary beer and wine with dinner. Cocktail attire is required; book your spot by calling 704-919-1322. More details.

Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest
Concord, 5 p.m., Free
More than 30 NASCAR Cup car haulers take the streets of downtown Concord tonight as they make their ways to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. But because this is a fan fest, that’s not all. In addition to the parade, there will also be live music, food trucks, giveaways, and more. More details.

Fidelli Half-Price Wine Night
Dilworth, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Price Varies
Fidelli Kitchen in Dilworth hosts half-price wine night every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. plus live music on the porch (weather permitting). More details.

This Week’s River Jam Performances
West Charlotte, 7 p.m., Free
Through September, River Jam offers free outdoor music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s selection of food and beer and kick back. This week’s acts include John Papa Gros Band (May 17), Dragondeer (May 18), and Mike Strauss Band (May 19). More details.

Wine and Food Pairing at Not Just Coffee
Dilworth, 6-7:30 p.m., $35
Not Just Coffee in Dilworth is hosting a wine pairing, highlighting five rose wines curated by Assorted Table’s Josh Villapando on Thursday, May 17, starting at 6 p.m. The wine will be paired with accompanying small bites and the evening will be capped with an amaro digestif. Register for your spot here. More details.


Opera Carolina: I Dream
Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $20-$80
This Opera Carolina production, an operatic story about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., focuses on the last 36 hours of the civil rights icon’s life. The R&B opera, written by Douglas Tappin, is presented to coincide with the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination and the 55th anniversary of his famed March on Washington. More details.

Bechtler By Night
Uptown, 5 p.m., Free
On the third Friday of every month, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., opens its doors to its exhibits plus a special monthly themed party. This month’s theme is all things outer space. The event, which goes until 9 p.m., features games, a cash bar and more. More details.

Southern Soul Food & Cider at Red Clay Ciderworks
South End, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $40
The Gourmand Chef and Red Clay Ciderworks are teaming up for the southern soul food dinner on Friday, May 18. Tickets are $40 per person and include a multi-course meal with dishes like grilled NC shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken, and much more. More details.

North End, Times Vary, $75 for weekend passes and $10 for individual screenings
The annual LGBTQ film festival is back, with showings May 16-20. This year's event is held at Camp North End and has 10 films to show, along with chats with filmmakers and casts. More details.

Hampton Water Wine Co. Tasting
SouthPark and Myers Park, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Free
Reid’s Fine Foods is hosting an exclusive tasting of Hampton Water Wine Co., a collaboration between Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse, and Gérard Bertrand, on Friday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sip this divine Rosé and learn about its origins! More details.

Every Brilliant Thing at Duke Energy Theater
Uptown, 8 p.m., $22
A look at mental health that is both sobering and hilarious, this play concerns a 6-year-old who begins a list of every brilliant thing about Earth. The list becomes something much bigger. More details.

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s The Mermaid Hour
Myers Park, 7:30 p.m., $25-$44
Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's The Mermaid Hour This is the last weekend for this production, staged at Queens University's Hadley Theatre. From the show's official description: "For Pilar and Bird, navigating their tween daughter Violet’s gender transition is tricky as they juggle not only their own opposing parenting styles but her impulsive nature." More details.

Maggiano’s Murder Mystery Dinner
SouthPark, 7–10 p.m., $65
Head to Maggiano’s on Friday, May 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. for their monthly murder mystery dinner! The event features an interactive whodunit plus family style dinner including chicken marsala, rigatoni, Italian tossed salad, and much more. Tickets are $65 per person. More details.


No Pants Ride at Unknown Brewing
South End, 1 p.m., Free
Pants. Who needs ‘em? Let the wind flow through your favorite undergarments and join plenty of pantless others who take this ride on the Light Rail Trail from Scaleybark to the final destination of Unknown Brewing. More details.

Vegan Tasting Series at 7th Street Market
Uptown, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50
The 7th Street Public Market will host its next vegan tasting series on Saturday, May 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and highlight Nourish. The multi-course tasting will be paired with wine from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and tickets are $50 per person plus tax. More info here. More details.

Primus/Mastodon at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
AvidxChange Music Factory, 7 p.m., $19-$69
The renegade funk-metal legends Primus come to town with Mastodon, one of this era's premier metal acts. From both bands, you can expect dazzling guitar work and progressive approaches to rhythm. More details.

South End Hops Fest
South End, 2 p.m., $35-$40
Now in its fifth year, this festival has decided to create a weeklong occasion leading up to Saturday’s main event. More than 35 local and statewide breweries will be pouring unlimited samples, and there will be live music and food trucks on-site as well. More details.

Show at Elder Gallery
South End, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Free
This South End gallery changed ownership last year, with attorney and former journalist Sonya Pfeiffer taking over as owner and creative director. Pfeiffer's experience as a civil rights lawyer translates to socially conscious programming. Plein Air en Provence, THROUGH MAY 26, displays the works of Mary Erickson, Don Demers, and others from their travels in France. More details.

50 Shades of Rose at Draught
Uptown, 4-7 p.m., $20
Draught in uptown is hosting 50 Shades of Rose on Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. The $20 ticket entitles guests to nine samples of rose plus an unlimited sampling of the new Three Olives Rose and Angry Orchard Rose. There will also be small bites prepared by Chef Donnie Simmons. More details.

Two-Year Anniversary Party at the Range
Monroe, 3 p.m., Free
“The Range” is short for Southern Range, which has carved a solid niche in Monroe since opening in 2016. Smokin Guns is scheduled to perform at the brewery’s anniversary party, wand you can also expect some surprise beers to celebrate the occasion. More details.

Brian Rutenberg at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Cotswold, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free
Melberg’s gallery, founded in 1983, carries works of emerging painters such as Chris Clamp and trusted names such as Romare Bearden. Over the years, the gallery has worked with prestigious institutions such as New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Thunderhead, THROUGH JULY 21, displays the vibrant abstract landscapes of Brian Rutenberg, a native of South Carolina. More details.

Wizard Pub Bash
Plaza Midwood, 2 p.m., $18
Accio, beer! At this Harry Potter-themed bar crawl, you’ll get a wand upon check-in before heading to five area bars and restaurants that have each planned events like wizard-themed BINGO or have created a special wizard-themed drink menu for the evening. Registration is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave. More details.

6th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival at Rooftop 210
Uptown, 3-7 p.m., $15-30
For about half the price of the South End Hops Fest, you can buy a ticket to the sixth-annual Charlotte Beer Festival and partake in as many beer samples from 16 breweries as you want until 7 p.m. The catch? The most local one is Asheville’s Highlands Brewing because all the others are at the South End Hops Festival. More details.

The Clarks at Visulite Theatre
Elizabeth, 8 p.m., $15
The Pittsburgh-born rock act have released 10 albums and two live LPs over the past two decades, garnering a cult following. The most recent record, Rewind, is a collection of covers of tunes by the likes of The Rolling Stones, R.E.M, and The Replacements. More details.

7th Annual Sweet Escapes at Mint Museum Randolph
Uptown, 7-10 p.m., $100
The Mint Museum Randolph will host the 7th Annual Sweet Escapes fundraiser on Saturday, May 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person (with 80 percent going to charity) and entitle guests to a night of over the top chocolate. The evening also includes drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction. Buy tickets here. More details.

Two-Year Anniversary at The DreamChaser’s Brewery
Waxhaw, Noon, Free
The brewery known best for its terrific Yard Breather NE IPA is celebrating two years since opening its doors in Waxhaw. The DreamChaser’s will have a special anniversary tap list to commemorate the event. More details.

Romare Fest
Uptown, 7 p.m., Free
Celebrate the upcoming start of summer with this annual music festival in Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. Tonight’s live music features a mix of jazz to an eight-piece party band playing “beach music.” More details.


Whiskey and Wine Tasting at The Broken Spoke
South End, 3-5 p.m., $25
Head to The Broken Spoke on Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of whiskey and wine. Tickets are $25 per person and include four samples paired with small bites, plus a final sample of whiskey and chocolate. More details here and here.

The Blumey Awards Ceremony
Uptown, 8 p.m., $25 and up
The annual award show celebrating high school theater comes back to Belk Theater. The show, modeled after the Tonys, has performances from the six finalists for "Best Musical" and medley sets from the six finalists for "Best Actor" and "Best Actress." More details.

Get Baked Dessert Market at Lenny Boy Brewing
South End, 1-5 p.m., Free
Twenty local bakeries are bringing their best baked goods to this dessert market today for you to take home. The big bake sale will feature gluten-free desserts, vegan desserts, and, wait for it, dog desserts, so everyone can partake. The sweet celebration is at 3000 S. Tryon St. More details.

Exhibitions at Mint Museum Randolph
Eastover, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $15
As the state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. Resources include a reference library with more than 18,000 volumes. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, THROUGH JULY 29, examines the works of the legendary fashion designer. The exhibit displays de la Renta designs made in Spain, Paris, and New York. More details.


St. Vincent at the Fillmore
AvidxChange Music Factory, 8 p.m., $36-$108
Masseduction, the performer's fifth LP, is the artist's first top 10 record on the Billboard 200. Descriptions of her current sound range from "futuristic pop" to "glam rock." More details.

Liberty Walk
Uptown, Self-Guided, Free
With this free self-guided walking tour, you can learn about the development of Charlotte and how its citizens were involved in the American Revolution. To get information about the 19 markers along the walk, download a brochure at, or pick up a brochure at the Levine Museum of the New South or at the Visitor Info Center at 501 S. College St. (in the Charlotte Convention Center). A “Charlotte Liberty Walk” app is available at to help you along. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the Mecklenburg Historical Association at More details.


Barrington’s Collab Dinner
Foxcroft, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $130
Chef Bruce Moffett of Barrington’s welcomes Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 15 for a six course dinner collaboration starting at 6:30 p.m. The dishes – which include scallop crudo, lamb, and creamy spring onion soup will each be paired with wines from Spottswoode Winery. More details.

Tank and the Bangas at the Visulite
Elizabeth, 8 p.m., $12
Winning a national call for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, this New Orleans band continues its home city’s tradition of mixing genres. Their sound is hip-hop, funk, soul, and whatever else strikes their fancy at the time. More details.

Margo Price at Neighborhood Theatre
NoDa, 8 p.m., $20
Country singer-songwriter Margo Price has released two records through Jack White's Third Man Records. Fellow Nasvhille resident Erin Rae opens up on Price's “Nowhere Fast Tour.” More details.

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