MONDAY, MAY 6
Citywide | All day | Most events are free | Details
Why you should go: All together there will be more than 75 interactive displays, performances and arts-related events going on through May 11. You can see the giant bunnies and seesaws Uptown, take a cooking class at 7th Street Public Market, or participate in a six-course dinner tasting through CPCC. Check out the full lineup of events here.
Interior Design Basics with SkillPop
Hygge Coworking West, 2128 Remount Road | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $30 | Details
Why you should go: You’ll learn how to pick the right pain colors, make small changes to your home, come up with a design plan and more.
[Agenda guide: 17 best interior designers in Charlotte]
Perfecting Homemade Pizza Dough with SkillPop
Baked Well | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $38 | Details
Why you should go: BYOB and learn how to make the perfect pizza crust — a useful skill we should all want to have.
[Agenda guide: The best pizza in Charlotte]
TUESDAY, MAY 7
Picnic at SouthPark
The Pavilion at Symphony Park | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | $12-$15 | Details
Why you should go: Expect a picnic lunch and live entertainment. More than 500 business and community members are expected to be there.
#ShareTheLove Flower Wall
Bechtler Museum Plaza | 11 a.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: In honor of Mother’s Day, Belk and the Bechtler Museum have teamed up to create a giant flower wall with 1,500 bouquets for you to take.
Met Sweat: Barre Code With Lauren
1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Free for SweatNET users, $15 for non-members | Details
Why you should go: Barre Code, a new boutique barre studio, is hosting a class at The Metropolitan. You’ll do a ton of isometric movements using your body weight. Expect a tough workout, bring a mat, and consider bringing sticky socks.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Cocktails, Conversation, and a Book Signing
The Mint Museum – Randolph | 6:30 p.m. | $150 | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate Tonne Goodman’s recently published book “Point of View” with cocktails, chatting with Goodman and a signed copy of the book. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Mint Annual Fund.
Talent Jam Charlotte
Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts | 6-9 p.m. | $12-$30 | Details
Why you should go: The idea is to connect talent with innovative companies, so each side will get the chance to do a 60-second pitch (why you should want to work here, why you should hire me sort of thing). Your ticket includes one drink ticket, a chance to pitch and an appetizer buffet.
Mobile Photography with SkillPop
Hygge Coworking, 809 W. Hill St. | 6:30-8:15 p.m. | $35 | Details
Why you should go: You don’t need a fancy camera to create cool Instagram photos, and this class is going to teach you how to use your phone to up your photo game.
The Garage at Packard Place | 8-10 a.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Listen to local start-ups pitch ideas and network with other entrepreneurs.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
New Charlotte SHOUT! installations
Uptown | All day | Most events are free | Details
Why you should go: Charlotte SHOUT! has some really cool installations scheduled to roll out for the last few days of the festival, including The Soap Bubble Circus — a hands-on bubble-making experience — and Prismatica, a collection of 25 2-meter colorful prisms designed to make the street look like a giant kaleidoscope.
What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood- Live!
Booth Playhouse | 7:30 p.m. | $24.50+ | Details
Why you should go: Comedians Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables typically share their hilarious hot takes on motherhood over their podcast, but they’re bringing the entertainment live — perfect for a moms’ night out.
USNWC | 7-10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: River Jam has finally began, so expect live music, clinics, yoga and more every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer. Shamarr Allen, who combines jazz, hip-hop and other music styles, will be performing.
Ballantyne Social Hour
15801 Brixham Hill Ave. | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Expect live music and food and drinks from Brewers at 4001 Yancey, Shelton Vineyards and Cabo Fish Taco. Free activities start at 5:30 p.m. and include yoga (bring your own mat) and a drop-in brush lettering class.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Kicking It With Cam
Bank of America Stadium | 4 p.m. | $4.66 | Details
Why you should go: Cam Newton and other celebrities will face off in a game of kickball to benefit CNF (Cam Newton Foundation). This is the event’s fifth year, but the first time it’ll be at the Panthers Stadium.
Camp North End | 5-10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Tons of events are going on all weekend to celebrate all things Camp North End. For Friday you can expect ood, live music, including a jazz band, and arts and cultural programming.
Vegetarian Food Truck Friday!
Sycamore Brewing | 5-10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: In addition to the usual beer and live music, eight food trucks will be serving up vegetarian dishes.
2019 North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival
Historic Rural Hill | 3 p.m. | $8-$50 | Details
Why you should go: The festival kicks off Friday afternoon with a ton of live music, and the campgrounds open up for those staying the night. The beer tasting is only on Saturday.