Updated Mar 15, 2024 - Things to Do

24 best things to do this spring in Charlotte

CLT Shout. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

CLT Shout. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

From road races and mountain hikes to beer and BBQ festivals, there's no shortage of things to keep you busy around Charlotte in the coming months.

Here are 24 must-do spring events and activities to add to your 2024 calendar.

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

Details: If you didn't watch a game last year leading up to the playoffs, don't worry — there will be plenty of opportunities to see our Major League Soccer team play on home turf this season.

Upcoming home games:

  • March 23 – v. Columbus Crew
  • March 30 – v. FC Cincinnati
  • April 13 – v. Toronto FC
  • April 21 – v. Minnesota United FC
  • May 4 – v. Portland Timbers

Related story: Charlotte FC aims to become the city's "can't miss" event

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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)

Learn a new skill with 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: Classes start at $25.

Photo: Courtesy of SkillPop

Ride all the coasters at Carowinds.

Details: Carowinds has more than 50 rides at varying thrill levels. Scan the park's 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.

Cost: Day passes cost $40 (or $37 if you enter after 4pm). You can also opt for a season pass, which includes unlimited visits.

  • Fast Lane pass: $75 to spare yourself the time spent standing in line for 29 rides and attractions. Season Fast Lane passes are $575.

Dates: Open for the season

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Check out the 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, Tuck Fest and Whitewater Triathalon.

Dates: Event dates are March 24, April 6, April 19-21, May 4.

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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 23, April 6 and April 20

Run 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:

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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 30+ best patios in Charlotte, right now

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Canopy Cocktails & Garden patio. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Interact with fun art installations and check out the activities at Charlotte SHOUT!

Details: Uptown will soon be brimming with interactive art installations like a miniature golf course and giant see-saws. Expect restaurant specials, pop-up markets, art and live music.

Dates: The festival runs March 29-April 14. Find the full schedule here.

Cost: Free (some events offer VIP tickets for an elevated experience).

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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, several dog rescue groups and shelters onsite, plus food trucks and entertainment.

Date: April 13 from 10am-3pm

Cost: Free

Catch a Knights game at Truist Field.

Details: The home opener is April 2 and there will be fireworks following the game.

Dates: The season runs through September. Get tickets here.

Truist Field
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Celebrate our local food scene at the annual Charlotte StrEATs Festival.

Details: Day one will kick off with the StrEATs Tasting Tour, where participants can taste their way through Charlotte's most iconic neighborhoods. Day two of the festival will have a cook-off, dessert and food trucks. There will also be live music, multiple cooking demonstrations and a pop-up market featuring local vendors.

Dates: April 13-14

Cost: Free to attend on Sunday; $95-$150 for a tasting ticket on Saturday. Get tickets here.

Hang out at Camden Commons.

Details: 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 21, May 19 and June 16 from 11am to 5pm.

Cost: Free

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

Immerse yourself in the arts at BOOM Charlotte.

Details: 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 26-28

Cost: TBD

Celebrate Charlotte Earth Day at The Charlotte Museum of History.

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

Dates: April 20

Cost: Free

Feast on burgers and barbecue at Moo, Brew and 'Que.

Details: The three-day festival will have food, music and craft brews from local, regional and national breweries serving over 50 beers. Expect local restaurants and food trucks to compete for burger and barbecue bragging rights.

Date: April 12-14 at AvidXchange Music Factory Grounds

Cost: Tickets range from $39-$249.

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

Details: The week will feature a series of tasting dinners, each with wines from different wineries to pair with each multi-course meal. Event proceeds benefit four local children's charities; A Child's Place, Augustine Literacy Project, GenOne and The Learning Collaborative.

Dates: April 16- 21

Cost: Tickets range from $75 to $750 depending on the event.

Climb to the summit of Crowders Mountain and take in the scenic views.

Trails: Take Crowders 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-8pm during March and April and from 8am-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 Crowders, 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

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Celebrate 107 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 18

Cost: Free

Get a plate with all the fixins at the Carolina BBQ Festival at Victoria Yards.

Details: Pit masters from across the Carolinas are coming together to showcase the three regions that make up Carolina BBQ. The experience includes BBQ tasting plates from multiple tents. There will also be live music, vendors, plus wine, beer and cocktails.

Date: April 5-6

Cost: $75 general admission, $125 VIP admission. Get your tickets here.

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

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

Date: May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Buy tickets.

Cost: Tickets range in price from $59-$129.

Sip on mimosas at Charlotte Brunch Festival.

Details: Expect live entertainment, brunch cocktails and a brunch menu from local chefs.

Date: April 13 at Pleasant Grove Farm

Cost: VIP tickets are $50. Check their social media platforms for tickets updates.

Get a hands-on culinary experience at Savor Charlotte

Details: It'll have a mix of hands-on classes and demonstrations, exclusive menus plus special offers from local chefs, mixologists, restaurateurs and bakers.

Date: March 12-26

Cost: Prices vary at participating restaurants. View the full list here.

Wake up and dance at DAYBREAKER.

Details: Join the global morning dance and wellness movement through a hour yoga flow followed by a two-hour dance party. You'll need to bring a yoga mat and water.

Date: March 30 at First Ward Park

Cost: Free

See big name artists at Lovin' Life Fest.

Details: The inaugural music festival debuts with headliners Stevie Nicks, Post Malone and Noah Kahn. The lineup features a list of other well-known artists set to perform across three days this spring in First Ward.

Date: May 3-5

Cost: Three day passes start at $299.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Lovin' Life Music Fest in Charlotte

Editor's note: We published this guide in 2022 and updated it with 2024 events on March 15, 2024.


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