Weekender: 20 things to do this Mother’s Day weekend

Weekender: 20 things to do this Mother’s Day weekend

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The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway. May means motorsports at the Speedway. Get your tickets for NASCAR’s Memorial Day Weekend triple-header at the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway or check out the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway May 14-16. Check out the full schedule and get tickets.


FRIDAY, MAY 7

69. Mostly sunny. 18% chance of rain.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s Annual Golf Tournament at 6803 Stevens Mill Road: Golf for a good cause at the DSAGC’s annual golf tournament. The schedule of events includes a putting contest, shotgun start, ball drop and award ceremony. 7am to 1:30pm. $5-$20. Details.

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition at 401 S. Gardner Ave.: See the works of Michelangelo as you’ve never seen them before in this unique exhibition. These masterpieces will be displayed in a large floor-to-ceiling format, giving visitors a new, close-up perspective. Various times. $19.40. Details.

Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club 3700 Gleneagles Rd.: Witness some of the greatest golfers in the game at The Wells Fargo Championship. Tickets can be purchased for one day or the rest of the tournament. Runs May 3-9. 11am. $50-$225. Details.

Mecklenburg County Public Health Vaccination Event at 933 Louise Ave. Suite 105: Catawba Brewing Company is hosting a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic for all residents, age 18+. The clinic will be administering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Catawba will offer a $5 gift certificate to anyone 21+ that receives a vaccination on-site. Appointments are required. 3-7pm. Free, appointments required. Details.

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Mother’s Day Nailed It! Challenge with Sweet Spot Studio at 4418 Monroe Road, Suite. C: See how well you work with your mom (or your kids) in a series of fast-paced challenges. Teams of two will compete in two rounds of decorating challenges. 6:30pm. $140. Details.

River Jam at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: River Jam is back with live music at a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. The Mantras will take the stage this Friday. 6:30pm. Free, $6 parking. Details.

Evenings at the Park at Symphony Park 4400 Sharon Road: Join the Charlotte Symphony this May for a Spring classical mini-series in Symphony Park. Each performance will have selections from Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, and more. 7-8pm. $25 group of 4-6. Details.

Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Stripers 324 S Mint St.: Head to Truist Field to watch the Knights take on the Gwinnett Stripers in their fourth matchup. Post-game highlights will include fireworks. 7:04pm. $20. Details.

SATURDAY, MAY 8

72. Mostly sunny. 2% chance of rain.

Uptown Farmers Market at 300 S. Davidson St.: Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods. 8am to 12:30pm. Prices vary by vendor. Details.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens: Bring your mom out to the Gardens to stroll, enjoy live music and dine at a selection of food trucks. May 8 & 9, 10am to 4pm. Free for moms, reservations required. Details.

Markets at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard at 11611 N. Community House Road: This new open-air market will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Shop local vendors, enjoy live music, outdoor yoga, and food trucks. 11am to 6pm. Free admission and parking. Details.

Tea Party with Mom at Sweet Spot Studio: Treat your mom to a tea party at Sweet Spot Studio. You’ll make almond tea cakes, thumbprint cookies, and chocolate desserts and of course tea from Birch Fine Tea. 11am. $65. Details.

The Invigory x CycleBar Mother’s Day Ride and Recovery Event at Waverly Walk: Head to Waverly Walk for two classes led by CycleBar instructors, complimentary and discounted treatments from The Invigory, and an exciting line-up of even more Waverly vendors including Scout & Molly’s, Cafe Moka and Whole Foods among others. Noon to 2pm. Free. Details.

Axe Throwing at Lenny Boy Brewing: Great Axepectations is bringing the fun of axe throwing to Lenny Boy Brewing. Whether you’re new to throwing or a semi-professional, it’s sure to be an Axe-citing time. Noon to 8pm. $10 for 10 throws. Details.

Seafood Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Head to Sycamore Brewing to enjoy fresh seafood, cold beer and live music. Noon to 9 pm. Free. Details.

Charlotte Water Lantern Festival at 4400 Sharon Rd.: The pond at Symphony Park will illuminate with the glow of hundreds of lanterns during the touring Water Lantern Festival. Activities include music, food trucks, and decorating your lantern before the big release. 5:30pm. $45-$50. Details.

SUNDAY, MAY 9

81. Mostly cloudy. 7% chance of rain.

Mama Ricotta’s Mother’s Day Brunch at 601 S. Kings Drive, Suite AA: Celebrate Mother’s Day at Mama Ricotta’s with a special brunch menu and lunch and dinner features. 10am to 2:30pm. Prices vary. Details.

Leah & Louise Mother’s Day Brunch at 301 Camp Road: Enjoy a three-course family-style brunch menu featuring Leah & Louise brunch favorites and champagne. 11am. $100 for two. Details.

Mother’s Day at Fine & Fettle at 4905 Barclay Downs Drive: Fine & Fettle is hosting a ballroom brunch complete with a selection of made-to-order eggs, a carving station, a market seafood station, and hot buffet station. To make a reservation, email Nori.Schmidt@hilton.com with your preferred time slot. Masks and reservations are required. 11am and 1:30pm. $50 for adults, $18 for children ages 4-12, and free for children under 4. Details.

Mother’s Day at The Stanley: Treat mom to a special prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day at The Stanley. Each guest will choose a doughnut, a starter, and an entree. 10:30am to 1:30pm. $35 per person. Details.


Check out more upcoming events on our Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our newsletters’ Classifieds section. Have a scoop about a cool event? Email symphony.webber@axios.com.

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