Get Outside this Weekend

Farmers market events, festivals, and educational opportunities draw us outdoors
Photo by Logan Cyrus
This water oak is thought to be 150 years old. As our city's trees age, they require maintenance for their health and others' safety.

Spring weekends in Charlotte are packed with get-up-and-go events.

Saturday, the Chantilly Neighborhood Association sponsors a one-hour program called Citizen Arborist at 10 a.m. Tim Porter, assistant city arborist for the City of Charlotte, will talk with attendees about Charlotte's tree canopy. He will provide tips about signs to look for as trees age to keep track of their health. The program is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. For more information, click here.

Also on Saturday morning, Peter White will speak at Wing Haven Gardens. White is the former director of the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, and his presentation is titled "Wildflowers, Ecology, and Conservation Challenges in North Carolina." With 4,000 different native plants, North Carolina is one of the most ecologically diverse states in the Southeast. More than 300 of those plant varieties are endangered. White will discuss what we can do to preserve our landscape. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is partnering with Wing Haven for the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The event is free, but registration is required. Click here for registration instructions.

Matthews Community Farmers' Market holds its baking competition on Saturday morning. This year's theme is "healthy yeasted or sourdough breads." The competition is for amateur bakers. All breads must be at the judges' table by 9 a.m. A panel of judges, led by master baker Peter Reinhart of Johnson & Wales University, will evaluate the entries based on taste, texture, appearance, and creativity. Prizes include farmers market gift certificates and merchandise, and the first place winner also receives a copy of one of Reinhart's baking books. If you're not a baker, sample the entries and vote for the people's choice winner. You can find more details here.

The fifth-annual Kings Drive Art Walk runs for two days this weekend: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It takes place along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Kings Drive. The Art Walk is the smaller sibling of longtime favorite Festival in the Park. The Art Walk includes a variety of artists, from painters and potters to sculptors and carvers. Live music will take place on the JazzArts Music Stage. Aerial dancers, minstrels, and jugglers will round out the festival atmosphere. The event is free. More details are available on the Art Walk website.

And if you're looking for a day trip, the Liberty Antiques Festival takes place Friday and Saturday. It's less than two hours away in Staley. Learn more about this festival and other antiques events in this recent Charlotte Magazine article.

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