Spring has sprung in Charlotte, which means there is a whole lot in store for Queen City residents as the streets fill with fun – from festivals to sports games and everything in between, this spring is the perfect time to let your love of Charlotte grow! Check out some of our favorite events popping up around the city.
One of everyone’s favorite things about Charlotte weather is the beautiful spring weather which gives folks a well-deserved chance to go outside and interact with their neighborhood, whether they’re in LoSo, Myers Park, South End, or Bryant Park. A great way to dive in is with one of Charlotte’s several festivals, starting with I Heart Rail Trail: Lights 2022 running from March 4th-20th. This event uses Charlotte’s iconic Light Rail Trail to showcase the beautiful light installations created by local artists to give Charlotteans the chance to enjoy some of their favorite food and drink spots along the trail while taking photos and interacting with the displays. Another festival that recently happened in Charlotte this March was the Rich & Bennett St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, a 20-year favorite of the city that is set for March 12th and offers crawlers all the green fun you can imagine. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!
If you’re hoping to head out of the city for a bit this spring, take a short drive over to Huntersville, NC and enjoy the Lake Norman Highland games at Historic Rural Farm on April 9th and 10th. Throw a battle axe, enjoy a whisky tasting or try your hand at kilted running in this beautiful landscape less than 30 minutes outside the city. Later in April, Digital Gardens will be having its Music and Arts Celebration on the 22nd and 23rd featuring visual art, live music, food trucks, and more for those who want to tap into their electronic side. For the last weekend in April, the Annual Spring Festival offers fun with no admission fee – access to vendors, food trucks, wine, and a DJ are available all afternoon on April 30th.
Looking for something a little more low-key? Charlotte offers many incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts, whether at a museum, auditorium, or even the Spectrum center, which boasts over 19,000 seats. In terms of visual art, the Art of Banksy: “Without Limits” will be exhibited at the AvidXchange Music Factory through April 10th, giving you plenty of time to view 155 of the notorious artist’s works. If you’re hoping to tap into local music, the Charlotte Symphony will have several exciting performances this spring, including Charlotte Symphony does Star Wars and On Tap at NoDa Brewing, which allows guests to enjoy their favorite beer while relaxing to both contemporary and classical music.
Several plays and musicals will also be in town this spring, from Jesus Christ Superstar,
Pretty Woman: The Musical, Hamilton and Detroit ‘67 – a play about the changing and sometimes conflicting lives of two siblings as they manage a juke joint in their basement in 1967 Detroit. Other live performances include musicians from Aminé to Eric Church and comedians such as John Mulaney and Iliza Shlesinger. To top it off, April marks the beginning of Music at the Met, an outdoor acoustic concert series each Thursday running through September.
Don’t lose heart sports fans, Charlotte has several spring events designed just for you, too! The Big South Basketball Championship tournament will be the first week of March, and the Hornets’ regular season runs through mid-April, with hopefully some playoff games as well. WWE will be hosting a Friday Night Smackdown in the Spectrum Center on March 18th, letting fans get a check out the action in person.
Hockey fans can enjoy the Charlotte AHL team the Checkers through the end of April, so northern transplants don’t have to miss out on this major cold weather pastime. Soccer fans can now enjoy the beautiful game right in Queen City as Charlotte FC kicks off their inaugural season on March 5th. However, we all know that it wouldn’t be a Charlotte sports conversation without mentioning the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, and this year it will be hosting the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals from April 29th through May 1st.
With all this and more, filling your social calendar this spring is going to be easier than ever before. If you want to be in the thick of it all, Hopper Communities has availability in a number of communities ready and waiting for you in some of Charlotte’s most outstanding neighborhoods.