Spring Guide 2022: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this spring

Spring Guide 2022: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this spring

Art and Soul of South End 2019. Photo: Kyo Nam/Charlotte Center City Partners.

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After two years of canceled events and virtual gatherings, this spring promises no shortage of fun things to do IRL.

Here are 23 must-do events and activities to add to your calendar this spring.

(1) Go to a Charlotte FC game or watch at a local restaurant/bar.

Details: If you weren’t one of the 74,479 people who attended Charlotte FC’s historic first home match, don’t worry – there will be plenty of opportunities to see our new soccer team play on home turf this season.

Upcoming games:

  • March 19 – v. New England @ BofA
  • March 26 – v. Cincinnati @ BofA
  • April 2 – v. Philidelphia away
  • April 10 – v. Atlanta
  • April 16 – v. New England away

Related story: Where to watch Charlotte FC

Daniel Rios

Daniel Rios watches a final attempt at a goal fall short at Charlotte FC’s inaugural home match at Bank of America Stadium on March 5, 2022. (Travis Dove for Axios Charlotte)

(2) Support women-owned businesses at the Girl Tribe Pop-Ups.

Details: Shop for a few new spring pieces, find gifts for friends and family, and take some fun pictures.

Dates: March 20, April 30 and May 22

Cost: $5 general admission, $25 VIP.

(3) Learn a new skill on SkillPop.

Details: The start of a new season is a great time to try something new. SkillPop offers a bunch of fun classes on a variety of topics ranging from cookie decorating basics to starting a business. Here are a few upcoming classes that caught our eye:

Cost: $19-$24

(4) Ride all the ‘coasters at Carowinds.

The rides: Carowinds has more than 50 rides at varying thrill levels. Scan Carowinds’ full list of rides here and sort by attraction type, thrill level, minimum height, and fast lane accommodations.

  • Kid-friendly: There are a number of kid- and family-friendly rides, including the Flying Ace Balloon Race and the Kiddy Hawk coaster.
  • The coasters: Carowinds is home to 14 roller coasters, including the world’s top-rated steel coaster, Fury 325. Copperhead Strike is the park’s latest coaster.

Cost: Day passes cost $45 (or $35 if you enter after 3pm). You can also opt for a season pass, which costs $125 and includes unlimited visits.

  • Fast Lane pass: Season Fast Lane passes are sold out, but you can add one onto a day trip for $75 to spare yourself the time spent standing in line for every ride.

Dates: Open for the season

fury 325 coaster at carowinds

(5) Participate in outdoor activities at the Whitewater Center.

Details: This season, the Whitewater Center is hosting The Whole (and Half) Enchilada MTB Race, The New South Half & Full Marathon, Whitewater Triathalon and the highly anticipated Tuck Fest.

Dates: Event dates are March 26, April 2, April 9 and April 29 respectively.

Whitewater Center

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

(6) Do yoga with the alpacas at Good Karma Ranch.

Details: You’ve heard of the downward-facing dog pose but during this outdoor yoga flow you’ll learn the downward-facing alpaca pose alongside a group of alpacas.

Cost: $25

Dates: March 26, 27; April 9, 10 and 24; May 14

(7) Participate in a local race.

Details: Whether you’re an avid runner, trying to get in shape, or looking to try something new the spring has serval races open to all running levels.

Upcoming Races:

Related story: 12 Charlotte races to run in 2022

(8) Sit out on a patio.

Details: You can find a good patio in just about every one of Charlotte’s neighborhoods. Here are a few to check out:

Related guide: The 21 best patios in Charlotte, right now

noda company store new patio

(9) Interact with fun art installations and participate in activities at Charlotte SHOUT!

What: Uptown will soon be brimming with interactive art installations, like a miniature golf course and giant see-saws.

  • Expect restaurant specials, yoga classes, comedy specials, and live music, too.
  • Of note: The popular bunnies won’t be there this year, but there is a new exhibit with a dozen giant Easter eggs.

Dates: The festival runs April 1-17, 2022. Find the full schedule here.

Cost: Free (some events provide the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets for an elevated experience).

Related story: 6 biggest events in Charlotte this spring

charlotte shout

(10) Bring your pup out for Paws in the Park.

Details: This family-friendly festival is one of the largest dog events in the area with more than 150 vendors, 20 dog rescue groups and shelters on-site plus food trucks and entertainment.

Date: April 2, 2022

Cost: Free

(11) Catch a Knights game at Truist Field.

Details: The home opener is April 12 and there will be fireworks following the game.

Knights Fest: Bring a glove and play catch on the field or partake in other family-friendly activities. April 2; 11am to 2pm. Get tickets here.

Dates: The season will run through September.

Truist Field

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

(12) Celebrate our local food scene at the first annual Charlotte StrEATs Festival.

Details: Day one of the festival will kick off with a family night featuring a cook-off, dessert and food trucks plus kid activities. On day two, foodies will walk through a mini-map of the city and taste their way through Charlotte’s most iconic neighborhoods. There will also be live music, multiple cooking demonstrations and a pop-up market featuring local vendors.

Dates: April 15-16, 2022

Cost: Free to attend on both days; $85 for a tasting ticket for Saturday. Register here and get tickets here.

(13) Hang out at Camden Commons.

What: Camden Road will close off to street traffic and transform into a pop-up outdoor living space where folks can hang out, play games, listen to music and eat tasty food from South End restaurants.

Dates: April TBD, May 14 and June TBD from 11am to 5pm.

Cost: Free

Art and Soul of South End 2019

Art and Soul of South End 2019. Photo: Kyo Nam/Charlotte Center City Partners.

(14) Immerse yourself in the arts at BOOM Charlotte.

What: This fringe art festival showcases the works of artists in a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music, spoken word, comedy, film, visual art, and public art installations.

Dates: April 22-23, 2022

Cost: TBD

(15) Celebrate Charlotte Earth Day at First Ward Park.

Details: Expect performances, children’s activities and educational activities for all ages.

Dates: April 23, 2022

Cost: Free

(16) Try delicious food and wine pairings during Charlotte Wine + Food Week.

Details: Throughout the week, there will be a series of tasting dinners each featuring wines from different wineries to pair with each multi-course meal.

Dates: April 26 through May 1, 2022

Cost: Tickets range in price from $95 to $250 depending on the event.

(17) Put on your finest derby attire for the in-person return of the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase.

Details: In addition to the main horse racing event, the day will also consist of festivities like a hat contest, pony rides for the kiddos, a series of Jack Russell terrier races, and a tailgating contest.

Date: April 30, 2022

Price: $60 general admission, $175 for tailgating and $395 for lawn boxes.

Photo courtesy of Queen’s Cup Steeplechase from 2021.


(18) Try a variety of spiked seltzers at Seltzerland.

What: This nationally-touring hard seltzer festival, is returning to Charlotte for the second year in a row.

Details: The festival will take place at Paradise Valley Golf Club (110 Barton Creek Drive). Brands participating include White Claw, Bud Light Seltzer, Natural Light Seltzer and Bravazzi among others.

Date: May 7, 2022

Cost: Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.

Related story: 8 Charlotte spots with craft spiked seltzer *and* great patios

Seltzerland 2021

Photo courtesy of Seltzerland.

(19) Climb to the summit of Crowder’s Mountain and take in the scenic views.

Trails: Take Crowder’s Trail for a more moderate climb. Go with Rocktop Trail for a more challenging hike and views along the way. If you want a shorter climb to the summit, hit up Backside Trail. It’s steep but it’ll get you to the top quicker.

Keep in mind: Trails are accessible from 8am to 8pm during March and April and from 8am to 9pm from May to September. The trails are always less crowded earlier in the day.

Après hike: Veronét Vineyards is a 12-minute drive from Crowder’s, so go for a post-hike drink and snack.

Related guide: Top 6 places to hike near Charlotte, plus a guide to their best trails

Photo: Alivia McAtee/Axios

(20) Celebrate 105 years of Cheerwine at the Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury.

Details: Try Cheerwine-inspired BBQ, desserts and drinks and enjoy entertainment from local, regional and national musical acts plus kid-friendly activities.

Dates: May 21, 2022

Cost: Free

(21) Get a plate with all the fixins at the Carolina BBQ Festival at Camp North End.

Details: Pitmasters from across the Carolinas are coming together to showcase the three regions that makeup Carolina BBQ. The experience includes whole-hog BBQ tasting plates from three tents. Plates come with two sides and a 10oz beer pairing. There will also be live music, vendors, plus wine, beer and cocktails.

Date: May 22, 2022

Cost: $75 general admission, $150 VIP admission. Get your tickets here.

Camp North End Boileryard

The festival will take place in the Boileryard at Camp North End. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

(22) Start your engines for a weekend of racing at the Coca-Cola 600.

The event: Expect all the big names in NASCAR, a salute to military heroes, beer and 600 miles of loud, heart-pumping racing.

Date: May 27-29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Buy tickets.

Cost: Tickets range in price from $49-$119.

charlotte motor speedway

(23) Experience the Water Lantern Festival at Symphony Park.

Details: Festival-goers can expect food trucks and music ahead of decorating their own lantern and releasing it into the water.

Dates: May 28; 5:30-10pm.

Cost: $35-$55

Symphony Park, SouthPark

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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