Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in April

Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in April
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Here are the events you can’t miss this April – chronologically, so you can hit them all.

This month’s jam-packed with so many awesome events, we had to include an honorable mentions section. See you out there, and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.

4th Annual Ales for Autism

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 1 | NoDa Brewing Company | 5-9 p.m. | $25-$65

Why you should go: Autism Charlotte is bringing together brewery lovers, tastemakers and community champions for an evening of Sensory Overload 4.0. Expect live music, food and brews. All money raised stays in Charlotte to benefit local children with autism.


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Mother Shuckin’ Oyster Roast

Date | Location | Time: April 2 | NoDa Brewing Company | 1-6 p.m.

Why you should go: NoDa Brewing Company has teamed up with Sea Level NC for a good ole fashioned oyster roast. They’ll have beer by the glass and oysters by the single oyster, bucket or all you can eat.

Craft Freedom Festival

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 7 | OMB | 6-9 p.m. | $30

Why you should go: Celebrate craft beer with samples from 11 breweries around town and live music. Ticket includes admission and a celebratory glass.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery


Date | Location | Time | Price: April 8 | Romare Bearden Park | 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $21-$45

Why you should go: Wanderlust features a 5k run, guided yoga and a meditation session to calm down. After you complete your triathalon, grab lunch and catch one of the many local yoga, hooping, meditation or other classes offered in the afternoon.


Date | Location | Price: April 21-23 | USNWC | $25-$150

Why you should go: Tuck Fest is a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Expect trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddle boarding and adventure racing.

Photo via USNWC.

Moo and Brew Fest ft. Blues Traveler

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 22 | NC Music Factory | 12:30-6 p.m. | $20-$40

Why you should go: Moo & Brew will offer samplings from various breweries and tastes from local restaurants vying for the title of “Creative Loafing’s Best Burger.” Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and The Heartbright Foundation, so you’ll be partying for a great cause.

Photo via Instagram.

Hippie Fest

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 22 | Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free

Why you should go: This festival will feature hundreds of North Carolina artists and vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and groovy vibes.

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7th Annual Spring Fest

Date | Location | Price: April 22-23 | OMB | Free

Why you should go: Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris is back, and will be boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayous. Other staples include mouthwatering jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. The Biergarten will be strewn with Mardi Gras beads ready-to-wear, while Cajun and Bluegrass music plays all day.

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Queen’s Cup

Date | Location | Price: April 29 | Queen’s Cup Steeplechase | $50+

Why you should go: The Queen’s Cup is an annual horse racing event. With new amenities, including a “Millennials Treehouse,” an all-inclusive package featuring beer, wine, transportation and more for 21- to 35-year-olds, this year’s event is sure to be one for the books.

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’90s Bar Crawl

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 29 | Uptown | 2-5 p.m. | $18-$40

Why you should go: Lace up your LA Gears, slap on your bracelets and saddle up your Furbies. Get ready to take on Charlotte ’90s style with a welcome beer at registration, drink specials all day, and of course the angstiest of ’90s music everywhere you go.

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Honorable Mentions

Paradise City Release/Spring Beak Beach Party

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 1 | Birdsong Brewing Co | 12-10 p.m. | Free

Why you should go: Celebrate Paradise City being the first year-round beer to join the Birdsong lineup with tiki torches, beach balls, leis and sand. They’ll have live music and food trucks all day, plus a Paradise City Pop from King of Pops.
Pro tip: bring your beach chair and best beach day attire to win some prizes.

Photo via Facebook.

Beer Me BrewFest

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 1 | South End Station | 12:30-5:30 p.m. | $25-$50

Why you should go: Drink all the local and regional craft beers you want on National Beer Day. Plus, enjoy local entertainment, participating in fun activities and celebrating the start of Spring.

Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt

Date | Location | Price: April 14-15 | Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch | $5/child

Why you should go: Join the Easter tradition of egg hunting, playing games and hanging with bunnies at Hodges Family Farm. There will be tons of animals to play with and plenty of kid activities.

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Pet Palooza Festival & Walk for the Animals

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 22 | Independence Park | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $10-$40

Why you should go: Pet Palooza Walk for the Animals is the Humane Society’s annual 2K fundraising walk. Each year, 4,000 people and their pets head to Independence Park and ‘paw’ty on down at the festival that takes place alongside the walk.

University City Wine Festival

Date | Location | Time | Price: April 22 | Shoppes at University City Place | 2 p.m. | $35-$50

Why you should go: Sip on more than 100 wines from over 25 wineries while you stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and interactive entertainment. This event’s perfect for seasoned experts and intrigued beginners.


Want more April events? See more here.

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