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The Weekender: South End Hops Fest, Get Baked Dessert Market + More!

Our curated list of the best things to do in Charlotte the weekend of May 17–20!

Thursday
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Sip Up at Vin Master's Mega Wine Tasting

Vin Master, South End's hidden wine haven, hosts a monthly mega-tasting. With 20+ options of wines to sample, discounts on bottle purchases and light bites, we can't think of a better Thursday night!

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Sip Up at Vin Master's Mega Wine Tasting
$15   .  Vin Master   .  Charlotte
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Take an Art Break for Lunch

On the third Thursday of each month, pull yourself out of your normal work week rut and hit ArtBreak, free 30-minute, docent-led tours of the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler or the Gantt Center.

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Take an Art Break for Lunch
Free   .  Levine Center for the Arts   .  Charlotte
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Friday
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Peruse Art in the Evening at Bechtler By Night

Enjoy galley tours, scavenger hunts and live music at The Bechtler By Night. Wander the museum with a glass of wine in hand for a unique date night or get together with friends.

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Peruse Art in the Evening at Bechtler By Night
Free   .  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art   .  Charlotte
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Feast at Food Truck Friday

Take your pick of Charlotte's best food trucks every Friday, now at Sycamore Brewing.

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Feast at Food Truck Friday
$   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Saturday
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Stretch in the Sun at Ink n Ivy on Saturdays

Wake up early(ish) on Saturday and head to Ink n Ivy for yoga on the patio! Stretch and sweat in the sun. Post class enjoy your complimentary mimosa—afterall it is Saturday.

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Stretch in the Sun at Ink n Ivy on Saturdays
$5   .  Ink n Ivy   .  Charlotte
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Sunday
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Free Yoga at the Park with King of Pops

Head to Independence Park for free yoga in the sun! 1 p.m. classes are the perfect post-brunch weekend activity.

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Free Yoga at the Park with King of Pops
Free   .  Independence Park   .  Charlotte
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All Weekend
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Behold the Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta

See the Mint's newest exhibit showcasing the incredible work of Oscar de la Renta. Curated by André Leon Talley, this is about as glam as it gets. Members get early access!

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Behold the Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta
$6+   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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Steele Creek Live Concert Series

Bob your head to some great tunes this summer at Piedmont Social House during their Steele Creek Concert Series. Join them every Thursday on the lawn! This event is free of charge.

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Steele Creek Live Concert Series
Free   .  Piedmont Social House   .  Charlotte
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Science on the Rocks: Don't Try This at Home

Lick a battery, touch a jellyfish, test pop rocks & soda or get electrified by Tesla coils. The risk will be worth the reward.

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Science on the Rocks: Don't Try This at Home
$10   .  Discovery Place Science   .  Charlotte
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Crowntown Throwdown at OMB

Welcome to the Crowntown Throwdown Cornhole Tourney, a two player tournament at Olde Meck Brewing. Grab a ticket to complete, plus you'll snag brews, lunch and support a great cause, Inreach!

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Crowntown Throwdown at OMB
$40   .  The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery   .  Charlotte
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Mec Dec Day at OMB

This is a Charlotte holiday through and through. Come celebrate some Charlotte history by toasting a Captain Jack on Mec Dec Day on the patio at OMB.

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Mec Dec Day at OMB
Free   .  The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery   .  Charlotte
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Sweet Escapes Chocolate Fundraiser at the Mint

Eating well, doing good and have bangin' time—do it all at Sweet Escapes. This decadent night is all about chocolate (500 pounds to be exact), plus live entertainment and more!

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Sweet Escapes Chocolate Fundraiser at the Mint
$100   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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Get Baked Dessert Market

Over 20 local bakeries and dessert trucks will be dishing their tasty desserts! You can even snag treats for furry friends and your gluten-free and vegan friends.

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Get Baked Dessert Market
Free   .  Lenny Boy Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Reel Out Charlotte 2018

Join Charlotte Pride in Camp North End long in honoring 10 years of LBGTQ film in the Queen City! It's sure to be a Reel-y good time. Events are happening all weekend long. Mark your calendar! 

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Reel Out Charlotte 2018
$5-$175   .  Camp North End   .  Charlotte
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10th Annual Charlotte Cuban Festival

The 10th Annual Cuban Festival is taking over Tryon for a day of celebrating Cuban culture, food and performances.

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10th Annual Charlotte Cuban Festival (Rescheduled for May 26)
Free   .  A Piece of Havana   .  Charlotte
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Hear from a Fashion Powerhouse

Head to the Mint to hear from costume designer extraordinaire, Emilio Sosa. This Project Runway alum has a Tony nom and tons of incredible experience under his couture belt. 

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Hear from a Fashion Powerhouse
Free   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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50 Shades of Rosé

Treat yourself to an afternoon of rosé tasting. You'll sample 9 different rose wines, plus have unlimited sampling to a few new rose products. Pinkies out!

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50 Shades of Rosé
$20   .  Draught Restaurant & Bar   .  Charlotte
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Yoga on the Deck

Join NC Yoga Bar for a pop-up class with the best view in Charlotte! Yes, it's on a parking deck, but it's gonna be gorgeous! You'll also get discounts on mimosas and brunch at Rhino Market after!

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Yoga on the Deck
$10   .  Parking Deck Top Floor   .  Charlotte
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RomareFest Featuring Saxophonist Marion Meadows

RomareFest is an annual summer jam session held in the heart of uptown. Watch the sun set behind the picturesque Charlotte skyline to the smooth jazz sounds of Saxophonist Marion Meadows. 

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RomareFest Featuring Saxophonist Marion Meadows
Free   .  Romare Bearden Park   .  Charlotte
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Lucky Dog's Fur-BALL to Benefit The Greater Charlotte SPCA

Take your fur-baby by the paw and head to Lucky Dog's Fur-Ball! In exchange for a $10 donation, best dressed pups will be entered into a costume contest where they will compete for Prom King & Queen.

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Lucky Dog's Fur-BALL to Benefit The Greater Charlotte SPCA
Free/Donation   .  Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Montford Park Block Party

Dance the night away at a Montford Drive block party that you won't want to miss. Live music starts at 4:00 PM, as well as tasty beer and food vendors. Come support local Montford businesses!

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Montford Park Block Party
Free   .  Montford Drive   .  Charlotte
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6th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival

Sip and sample 50+ craft beers while jamming out to awesome live music during the 6th annual Craft Beer Festival. Tickets include a commemorative 2018 glass. Try them all!

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6th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival
$18+   .  Rooftop 210   .  Charlotte
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Spring Concert Series at Charlotte’s Newest Live Music Spot

The Music Yard is kicking off the warm weather with a free spring concert series every Saturday in April and May! Expect pop-up shops, art and more.

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Spring Concert Series at Charlotte’s Newest Live Music Spot
Free   .  The Music Yard   .  Charlotte
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South End Hops Festival

Hop on over to the award-winning South End Hops Festival to enjoy live music and over 70 craft brews. Plus, your ticket goes toward helping the pups from RescuedMe—nothing better than that!

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South End Hops Festival
$35+   .  308 W Carson Blvd   .  Charlotte
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Jump Start Spring With Saturday Morning Yoga

Try this yoga class at beautiful Anne Springs Close Greenway. A focus on essential oils, breathing techniques and yoga poses makes this the perfect class for beginners to experienced yogis.

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Jump Start Spring With Saturday Morning Yoga
$5+   .  Comporium Amphitheater   .  Fort Mill
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Immerse Yourself in Asian Culture at the Dragon Boat Festival

The Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival Race bring a day of family-oriented cultural immersion, plus an exciting sporting event that's been around for 2000+ years.

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Immerse Yourself in Asian Culture at the Dragon Boat Festival
Free   .  Ramsey Creek Park   .  Cornelius
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