Apr 28, 2016 - Things to Do

15 upcoming May festivals to have on your radar right now

Clear your weekend calendars and stock up on sunblock. Outdoor festival season is upon us.

Kindermourn Hope Floats Duck Race

Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Price: FREE to watch; adopt a rubber duck ($30 for 6, $60 for 12) for a chance to win $2,500

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North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Date: Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7
Time: Friday 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday 11:45 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
Price: Music only $26, Beer + Music $42, Camping $18 – $70

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 12 – 6 p.m. (first 2 hours VIP only)
Location: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
Price: $39 Regular, $69 VIP, $29 Designated Driver, $39 Designated Driver VIP

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Carolina Roots Musicfest

Date: Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14
Time: Friday 5 – 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC 28677 (near Statesville Regional Airport)
Price: Friday $32, Saturday $43, Both days $64, Camping $25

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Guinness World Record Bootcamp & Block Party

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: STAX, 3722 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28217
Price: FREE

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Greater Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: Races begin at 9 a.m. and run all day, Festival opens at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28031
Price: FREE

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South End Hops Festival

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 1 – 6 p.m. (first hour VIP only)
Location: 380 Carson Boulevard, Charlotte NC
Price: $35 21+, $50 21+ VIP, $10 Designated Driver, $25 Designated Driver VIP; buy tickets

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The Soul Food Festival

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: Gates open at 2 p.m.; shows start at 4 p.m.
Location: Route 29 Pavilion, 6845 Sandusky Boulevard, NC 28027
Price: $35 – $65; buy tickets

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Lost Hollow Music Fest

Date: Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15
Time: Saturday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Price: Free for members; additional pricing and ticket sales here

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The Charlotte Arab American Festival

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 12 – 5 p.m.
Location: Queens University of Charlotte
Price: $3

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Charlotte VegFest

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204
Price: FREE

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Festa Italiana

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 1 – 7 p.m.
Location: Queens University of Charlotte
Price: Youth $25, Adults $75; buy tickets

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Speed Street

Date: Thursday, May 26 – Saturday, May 28
Time: Festival 12 – 11 p.m. daily, Concert gates open at 6 p.m. for general admission
Location: Uptown Charlotte (Tryon Street)
Price: FREE for festival, $15 for concerts Friday and Saturday night; buy tickets

Mint Hill Madness

Date: May 27 – 29
Time: Friday 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.
Location: 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227
Price: FREE admission (rides cost extra)

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Joyfest

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: Park open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., shows start mid-afternoon
Location: Carowinds
Price: $24.99 – $106.99; buy here

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