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March 30, 2024

Hello, Saturday. It's Ashley, who is heading to Charlotte SHOUT! this weekend.

☀️ Weather: High 77.

🎂 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte member Janice Moore!

🥯 Situational awareness: The Accidental Baker, a new bakery in the Metropolitan, sold out in one hour on opening day.

Today's Smart Brevity™ count is 488 words — 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 📣 Scream and shout and let it all out

Don't miss the festivities in First Ward Park during Charlotte SHOUT! 2024. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte SHOUT! is back, filling Uptown with public art installations, dance parties, live music, ideas workshops and much more, Axios' Emma Way writes.

Why it matters: The free multi-week festival celebrates Charlotte's creativity and innovation with events and workshops around four pillars: art, music, food and ideas.

If you go: The crowd-favorite seesaws will be located in First Ward Park this year. The park will include the main stage where you can find live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus the Daybreaker dance party on March 30 and a silent disco on April 5 and 6.

  • All the action is centered around First Ward Park and Tryon Street (between Brooklyn Village and Trade).
  • Plus, check out deals for festival attendees at local restaurants, like Coquette's $11 croissant and cappuccino combo deal.
  • The festival runs through April 14.

Check out our full guide for event and parking details

2. ⛰ The mountains are calling

Black Mountain, N.C. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

People often flock to the beach when the weather heats up, but sometimes, you need to head to the mountains to escape the heat.

State of play: Four North Carolina mountain towns made Travel + Leisure's list of 10 Best Mountain Towns in the South.

No. 1 Highlands

  • Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • North Carolina's most expensive listing is located here. It could be yours for $49.99 million.

No. 4 Lansing

  • Distance from Charlotte: 2 hours, 20 minutes

No. 8 Bryson City

  • Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours

No. 10 Black Mountain

  • Distance from Charlotte: 2 hours

Check out our mountain town guide

3. 🐕 A huge dog park and other things we learned

The view from the main building at the Whitewater Center's new dog park. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

🐶 A 70-acre off-leash dog park opens at the Whitewater Center today.

🍽 Eight Charlotte chefs will create an eight-course experience to support Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that helps food service workers in times of hardship.

🍕 Pizza Baby East opened in Elizabeth this week, but it's more of a sibling than a twin to popular Pizza Baby West.

📺 "Love Is Blind" Season 6 is the most streamed season in franchise history, per Nielsen data.

🏨 Axios' Alexis Clinton rounded up 11 of Charlotte's best Uptown hotels because the more big events that come here, from music festivals to sporting events, the more people need to know their options.

4. 🍫 1 sweet thing to go

Miso chocolate tart. Photo: Courtesy of Restaurant Constance

Restaurant Constance has a new dessert menu from executive pastry chef Ann Marie Stefaney. A few highlights include:

☕️ Enderly Coffee pavlova ($12): It includes espresso from Charlotte coffee roaster Enderly Coffee, plus hazelnut and cream.

😋 Sticky toffee pudding ($14): It features local sorghum (a grain native to the Appalachian Mountains) and sweet cream.

🍫 Chocolate miso tart ($13): Expect black sesame shortbread, chocolate ganache, red miso caramel and mirin crème fraiche.

Restaurant Constance is at 2200 Thrift Rd., Ste. B. in west Charlotte.

️ ⚽️ A win or a draw for Charlotte FC tonight vs. Cincinnati would extend their home unbeaten run to 12 matches. Tickets start at $40. The match kicks off at 7:30pm.

Thanks to Amy Stern for copy editing this newsletter.