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45 of the Hottest Things to Do This Spring

Spring is just around the corner and Charlotte is poised to come alive with beautiful blooms, Carolina blue sky and that all familiar urge to do something new. Here are some ways to enjoy the city this Spring

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1. Spend the day enjoying the outdoors at Camp North End. Explore 12 food and drink spots, 14 shops and art collectives, 50+ murals, and seating across 76 acres. From food and drink spots to shopping and art, a Wednesday night Farmers Market and live music every Friday, it’s easy to come and stay awhile.

2. Enjoy the lights at Atherton Mill and Market I Heart Rail Trail: Lights. The 2022 exhibit will feature light installations from six artists who have created unique works that make the perfect backdrop for a photo op, enjoying a meal or just taking a stroll along the Rail Trail.
When: March 4-20, 2022

3. Check out the Art of Banksy Exhibit at AvidXchange. This immersive art experience showcases more than 155 of Banksy’s works, a biographical documentary of his life and some reproductions of pieces done via stencil.
When: March 11, 2022 through May 22, 2022

4. Get an adrenaline rush at Carowinds with rides, shows and games. The park will debut the State Line Celebration, which will feature local food and beverage favorites.
When: April 9, 2022 through May 8, 2022 (select days)

5. Grab a beer with a skyline view at Petty Thieves. Celebrate their 1 ½ year anniversary with a bike race and live music. They’ll host their second annual Field Day at Dogwood Farms, complete with beer, food, music and competitions.
When: May 7, 2022

NASCAR Hall of Fame - Photography by Jamey Price

6. Satisfy your need for speed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For a limited time, Bubba Wallace’s winning Talladega car will be on display, along with numerous other artifacts from NASCAR’s illustrious history. Watch the Atlanta Motor Speedway Race at a viewing party in the High Octane Viewing Theater.
When: March 20, 2022

7. Take the kids to the Art Kiddo Pop-Up at Camp North End. The free event invites families with kids of all ages to engage in creating art.
When: March 26, 2021

8. Find a furry friend at Paws in the Park. This is one of the largest dog events in Charlotte and features rescues looking to place dogs for adoption, dog contests and live music.
When: April 2, 2022

9. Take the kids to The Green in Uptown to enjoy Ideas on the Green: A Family Festival. Storytellers will weave tales of peace from around the globe, there will be music and sensory activities for kids of all ages.
When: April 9, 2022

10. Celebrate spring holidays across the city. Take a Passover cooking class with Chef Alyssa (April 11). Enjoy Easter traditions with the kids from the Easter Bunny to hidden eggs. You can bring the family to the kid-friendly Where my Peeps At? Festival (April 2). The 2022 North Carolina Easter Festival comes to the Cabarrus Arena on April 16.

11. Head to a Blumenthal Performing Arts production for unique performances and the PNC Broadway Lights Series. Check out Pretty Woman: The Musical at Belk Theater from April 12-17, Waitress from April 19-May 22, Hamilton from April 26-May 15 and Charlotte Ballet: Sleeping Beauty from April 29-May 8.

12. Enjoy classic family fun with the Harlem Globetrotters. The Bojangles Coliseum will host the world-famous basketball team for a boisterous evening of basketball and stunts.
When: April 15, 2022

13. Update your style at the Vintage Charlotte Spring Market. VTGCLT will host their spring market at Camp North End. More than 80 vendors will display vintage and handmade goods in the historic Ford building.
When: April 16, 2022

14. Get outside at the Charlotte Kid’s Fest held at UNC Charlotte. Explore six zones at this outdoor festival: Create, Dance, Discover, Learn, Play and Go.
When: April 22, 2022

15. Enjoy a femme-centric day out at Girl Tribe Pop Up. This curated pop-up returns to The Charlotte Convention Center and features women-owned businesses from across the region for a day of shopping you won’t want to miss.
When: April 30, 2022

16. Take in BrightFire Music & Arts Festival at Rural Hill. Featuring local makers, delicious food and live music, as well as fire performances and a tea party with fairies, this is an event for all ages. The festival is designed with the Celtic tradition of welcoming summer, called Beltane, in mind.
When: April 30, 2022

17. Enjoy a concert at Bank of America Stadium. Jam out at the Kenny Chesney concert where he will be joined by Old Dominion, Carly Pearce and Dan + Shay. on April 30. Billy Joel arrives for his long-awaited show after postponing the original 2021 date.
When: April 23

18. Place your bets at The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase. Start by tailgating and showing off your fanciest hat then enjoy the beloved horse race we’ve all been waiting for.
When: April 30, 2022

19. Grab a glass at Crave CLT Food & Wine Fest and enjoy multiple culinary experiences all over the city. You can try food and beverages you’ve never experienced before all while benefiting Envision Charlotte. The grand tasting celebration will take place May 7 at 1 p.m. in Romare Bearden Park.
When: May 3-8, 2022

20. Jam out at the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival. Head out to Rural Hill for two days of beer, good food and live music. You can purchase tickets to camp during the weekend event or just a pass to jam out to acts like The Steeldrivers, Acoustic Syndicate and Jade Bird.
When: May 6-7, 2022

21. Find your groove at Free Range’s Vinyl Night at their Camp North End location. They’ll be playing a wide range of music, including customer contributions, and serving $3 beers each Thursday night this spring.

22. Catch a guided tour with Issa Vibe Adventures. Get on the trails with group guided hikes, kayaking experiences or water play days right here in Charlotte.

23. Roam through spring blooms at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Spend an afternoon taking in the various gardens and trails, as well shopping at their garden store.

24. Bask in the great outdoors at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Buy a day pass to enjoy rafting, flat water activities, biking and climbing or sign up to race at Tuck Fest, running April 29-May 1. River Jam kicks off this spring and runs through September with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

25. Take in the sites around town on the Funny Bus comedy tour. An informational tour of the city is combined with plenty of laughs for this entertaining ride through town. It’s a BYOB situation, so come prepared.

26. Have a picnic in Romare Bearden Park. Grab lunch from nearby Rhino Market or Mellow Mushroom. Bring a soccer ball to kick around, a book to lounge with or grab a park bench and take in some people watching.

27. Expand your musical taste with a concert. Charlotte will welcome a variety of artists this spring. View our Spring Concert Guide for the comprehensive list of can't-miss acts.

28. Join the hype and cheer on the Charlotte Football Club during their inaugural season. After a rousing opener at Bank of America Stadium, the soccer team is bringing the excitement of “futbol” to the Carolinas.

29. Plan a night at the BOplex for a variety of entertainment–from hockey to music to family entertainment, the complex has you covered.

30. Have a cocktail on a rooftop and take in panoramic views. Choose your new favorite spot from our roundup of Rooftops Restaurants and Bars around the city.

31. Visit the eclectic variety of murals around town. Check out art that honors Black History, the murals in NoDa, or the many displays at Camp North End.

32. Grab some friends and take a swing at Topgolf. This social club and driving range now has two locations, University and Southwest Charlotte and makes a great date night or family outing.

33. Have a ball at a Charlotte Knights game. Kicking off in April, the downtown views at a springtime baseball game can’t be beat. Get tickets for the Thirsty Thursday games to enjoy drink specials, like $1 sodas, $3 domestics and $5 craft beers.

34. Get a tee time at any of the golf courses in the area. Check out our roundup of Where to Play Golf in Charlotte to take a look at your options.

35. Freshen up your plants for the season. When searching for all things green head out to your favorite nursery, like Oakdale Greenhouse or plant shop, like Grow, for something new. For a full list of nearby shops and nurseries, read our article here.

36. Sip a glass of wine at area wineries. Veronet Vineyards boasts sweeping views while Monroe’s Treehouse Vineyards offers unique overnight accommodations.

37. Learn something new at Discovery Place via their latest exhibit, Mental Health: Mind Matters, which focuses on mental health and mindfulness through April 10.

38. Take a leisurely bike ride around your favorite neighborhood. BYOB (bring your own bike) or rent from Joy Rides and enjoy a cruise around Freedom Park, Camp North End or the Rail Trail.

39. Get some retail therapy at outdoor shopping retailers. Birkdale Village in Huntersville has green spaces for roaming or eating a picnic lunch between retail stops. Charlotte Premium Outlets provides the chance to take a stroll outdoors in between shopping at Nike, Michael Kors and Coach. In Southpark, Phillips Place has outdoor dining and high end retailers like Brooks Brother and Eileen Fisher.

40. Soak in some nature at Anne Springs Close Greenway. Roam around more than two thousand acres or, for guided fun, try a yoga class or mountain biking clinic.

41. Shop for fresh and produce at local farmers markets. Vendors are selling weekly at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, North End Farmers Market, Davidson Farmer’s Market, and Matthews Community Farmers’ Market.

42. Catch a show at The Children’s Theater of Charlotte. This spring the theater will feature Shrek the Musical, a version suitable for the youngest attendees, and One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom, the one-man show of an enslaved African American who finds his way to freedom.

43. Plan a visit to the Carolina Raptor Center along Mountain Island Lake. Open seven days a week, the Carolina Raptor Center offers daily tours or you can attend PhotoWILD to take pictures of the beautiful birds.

44. Take in a movie under the stars at Rea Farms. Different movies will play each Friday night starting April 1. Grab some takeout, a lawn chair and camp out to enjoy the show.

45. Spend the day following the Charlotte Trail Guide. Choose a trail, lace up your walking shoes and discover new spots around the Queen City.

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