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FRIDAY, APRIL 16
71. Partly cloudy. 1% chance of rain.
2nd Annual CLT Taco Week: Enjoy $3 specialty tacos from more than 15 Charlotte restaurants all week long. Download the CLT Taco Week Passport for a chance to win a taco party for 15 people complete with all the fixings. All-day, April 16-25. $3. Details.
Simpson’s Produce Farmers’ Market at 938 S. Kings Drive: Shop fresh fruits and veggies and other local goods at the outdoor farmers’ market. 6am to 7pm. Free. Details.
Earth Day Celebration Weekend at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Celebrate Earth Day at Anne Springs Close Greenway and enjoy a weekend of earth-focused events, like an art show, fishing clinics, reptile encounters, campfire snacks demos and a guided hike history. 9am to 6pm. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Details.
West End Food Truck Friday at 528 S. Turner Ave.: Head to Blue Blaze Brewing to enjoy dishes from local food trucks paired with great brews. West End Food Truck Friday is dog- and family-friendly. 4-9pm. Free. Details.
Covered Tracks: An Outdoor Murder Mystery at 300 Camp Road: Travel back in time to solve the murder of a technology titan in this immersive, outdoor experience hosted by Theater Charlotte. You and a small group of investigators will hear suspects’ testimonies, gather clues and hold your own interrogations. Groups can be booked for six to eight people. 6:30pm & 8:30pm. $25. Details.
SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam Virtual Event: Tune in to hear an impressive lineup of local poets including the current Slammaster, Bluz who is the 13th ranked individual poet in the world. 8pm. Free, donations accepted. Details.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
65. Cloudy. 24% chance of rain.
St. Suffolk’s Day Saturday at The Suffolk Punch: Celebrate patio season at The Suffolk Punch as they release their first-ever Sours Bottle. There will be live music, a Das Tea Cup challenge, and a patio grill out. 10am to close. Free. Details.
Indian Land Fall Festival at 8746 Charlotte Highway: It’s all the fun of a fall festival but in the spring. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, a farm zone and a lineup of excellent food trucks. Masks and social distancing are advised. 10am to 9pm. $5 per person, free for kids 10 and under. Details.
Southern Spring Fest at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten: Head to the OMB for a lively celebration of music, food, and bier. There will be bands playing the Biergarten, low country favorites like oyster Po’Boys, Louisiana crawfish boil, and a selection of barbeque, and OMB’s newly released seasonal Munzler’s Vienna Lager. April 17 & 18, 11am to 10pm. Details.
Seltzerland at Paradise Valley Golf Club at 110 Barton Creek Drive: Seltzerland, a nationally-touring hard seltzer festival, is coming to Charlotte for the first time this year. Brands participating include White Claw, Bud Light Seltzer, Natural Light Seltzer and Bravazzi among others. 11am. $29. Details.
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Dancing the Poem: A Free Virtual Collaborative Movement and Poetry Writing Workshop: Sarah Council Dance Projects has partnered with the Arts & Science Council’s Culture Blocks Program to offer a free virtual movement and poetry workshop series called Dancing the Poem. In addition to movement creation, the workshops will include collaborative poetry writing explorations that reflect on participant experiences. 11am to noon, various dates. Free. Details.
Virtual 100 Gardens Homegrown Tomato Festival: This year’s Homegrown Tomato Festival is going virtual and will be held in two sessions. The first event will feature guests and speakers from around the country including Charlotte’s own Greg & Subrina Collier of Leah & Louise and Uptown Yolk. Noon to 5pm. $18. Details.
Dover Vineyards Strawberry Festival at 3600 Concord Pkwy S.: Head to Dover Vineyards for an afternoon of kids activities, live music, wine, and lots of strawberry shortcake. 1-8 pm. $10. Details.
Nebel’s Alley Night Market at 1920 Camden Road: The alleys of the Design Center in South End will become an open-air market featuring 25 vendors, live jazz and delicious food from neighboring restaurants. 3-9pm. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18
72. Partly cloudy. 8% chance of rain.
DO GOOD Week: DO GOOD Week is a local celebration of the National Volunteer Week where you can commit your time to support the work of those in Charlotte’s nonprofit community. April 18-24. Free. Details.
Yoga & Brunch at 2517 Distribution St: Certified yoga instructor Jasmine Vializ will guide you through an energizing yoga class followed by brunch at Alchemy at C3 Lab. Ticket price includes the class, one brunch item and a drink. 9-10am. $35. Details.
Pet Pop-Up at Skiptown at 222 Rampart St.: Shop locally made dog treats, pet accessories, and pet grooming products at Skiptown’s Pet Pop-Up. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.
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