April Events, Things to Do in Charlotte, NC


The Counterculture Club hosts weekly outdoor yoga sessions on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. at Camp North End.

Editor’s Note: CharlotteFive has limited coverage of in-person indoor events to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Masks are required at many Charlotte locations for indoor spaces or close environments.


See Lady Patriot, which tells the story of Civil War heroine Mary Bowser, a black woman who participated in a pro-Union underground spy ring. The play written and directed by Ted Lange combines comedy and drama while breaking down the stereotypes prevalent in the South during the war. Performances are April 8 and 9 at 6 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. $14.26. Starlight on 22, 422 E. 22nd St. https://bit.ly/36EQLSr

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Lady Patriot, seen here in a Los Angeles production, will feature an ensemble cast in Charlotte that includes Ted Lange, Vincent Raye, Susan Walker, Kayla Pratt, Scott Tynes-Miller, Brian Lafontaine and Cynthia Harris. Kim Herrero/Lange Productions

Sample some of the first strawberries of the season at Hall Family Farm. Reservations aren’t required, but pick-up will be spotty at first, so check times before you go. Strawberries are $2.89 a pound if you pick them, and pre-picked berries are $3.39 a pound with a 60-cent-a-box fee if you don’t bring your own. 445 West Rebound Road, Lancaster, SC. https://hallfamilyfarm.com


Experience Highland dancing, pipe bands, re-enactments, whiskey tastings, ax throwing, children’s activities and more at Loch Norman Highland Games. You can even camp there, if you wish. Tickets start at $8 for children (5-12) and $15 for adults. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. https://bit.ly/36DssUL

Watch some of Charlotte’s top street dancers audition for a chance to compete in Atlanta at the Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals, hosted by Ohavia Phillips with DJ MickiBlendz. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the contest runs from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. The Music Yard at SouthBound, 2433 South Blvd. https://win.gs/3uFY3NH

Dassy performs at Red Bull Dance Your Style in Miami on October 17, 2021. Jesus Presinal/Red Bull

Hear Big Chief saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. and his quintet perform on JazzArts Charlotte’s monthly The Jazz Room series at the Stage Door Theater. They will play New Orleans grooves and his original creation, “Nouveau Swing”, a mix of jazz with R&B, hip-hop, rock and soul. Shows are at 6 and 8:15 p.m. on April 8 and at 7 and 9:15 p.m. on April 9. $25 in advance or $32 at the door. 155 N College Street https://bit.ly/3K96SWT

Reset with Counterculture Club’s seasonal and weekly outdoor yoga sessions on Sundays at Camp North End. Events are free for members of the Counterculture Club, which is an alcohol-free community that provides opportunities to meet like-minded people and have fun. Pricing is $10 in advance through Eventbrite, or $15 at the door. 10-11 a.m. 1824 Statesville Ave. https://bit.ly/3NKdHjH


Get out of your comfort zone with a stand-up comedy class as Charlotte Comedy Theater’s six-week course begins Monday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. $200. Mandatory full vaccination. VAPA Center, 700 N Tryon St. https://bit.ly/37k4o9f


Finalize your Passover or Easter meal plans. Passover meals are available from Kosher Charlotte. Easter reservations can be hard to find, but they do exist. You can also order takeout from Link & Pin, as well as cookies or pies from Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop or quiches, breads and cakes from Copain. https://bit.ly/3uXBbcG


Dine at the Golden Owl Tavern in University City, where new Executive Chef Andres Prussing has been working to revamp the menu to incorporate locally grown produce with the global flavors of his Chilean childhood. 9041 Robert D. Snyder Road. https://bit.ly/3JgGZmB


Explore the Queen Charlotte Fair, an annual family-owned and run event featuring carnival rides, food and shows for children of all ages. It starts today and lasts until April 24. $12 for adults, $7 for children (6-12), free for children 5 and under. Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. https://bit.ly/36DssUL

Mark your calendar

Celebrate Queen City’s food scene at the inaugural Charlotte StrEATS Festival on April 15-16. The event will include cooking demonstrations, vendors, family activities, food trucks and more. The festival is free, but a paid tasting on April 16 that showcases the city’s cuisine by neighborhood costs $85. 900 W Trade St. https://bit.ly/3iaeXyb

PAWty for a PAWpose at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew in Steele Creek on April 23 while you shop, listen to music and eat BBQ from the Smoking Rail food truck to benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA. First comers will receive a dog bag with treats for you and your pets. (But only bring your furry friends if they are secure, friendly and up to date with vaccinations.) 21 and over only. 1 to 5 p.m. Free with RSVP only. 13835 S Lakes Drive https://bit.ly/3DEnZNz

Grab your tickets for Charlotte Wine + Food Week from April 26-May 1, taking place at various venues in and around Charlotte. The festival kicks off with winemaker dinners, followed by a Friday night grand tasting featuring more than 100 wines, Charlotte-area restaurant tastings, and live music. Ticket prices and locations vary by event. https://bit.ly/3InpEbm

Walk through the SOUL exhibit. The inaugural event on April 30 will bring together members of Charlotte’s wellness community to share tools and offer goods for sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Central Piedmont Community College Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. https://bit.ly/3JNmu29

Attend the third annual Crave Charlotte Food and Wine Festival May 3-8, showcasing the work of the city’s chefs, mixologists and winemakers. There’s something new this year – a big culinary celebration at Romare Bearden Park on May 7th. Ticket prices and locations vary by event. https://www.cravelt.org/

Map your selections for Untappd. The June 18 festival offers unlimited beer samples from over 300 choices from 100 of the social networking platform’s top-rated breweries, including some of your local favorites. Live music and souvenir mugs are included. Session 1 VIP entry begins at 11:00 a.m., doors open for general admission at 12:00 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. Session 2 VIP entry begins at 5:30 p.m., admission general starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends for the night at 10 p.m. General admission is $60, while VIP entry is $150. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218-1238 Armory Drive. https://bit.ly/354E16K

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Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for CharlotteFive and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you’ll most likely find her in the suburbs driving the kids, volunteering, and indulging in foodie pursuits.

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