Charlotte Events: The Editor’s Pick
We See Heaven Upside Down
Seven visual artists and one filmmaker, hailing from all across the world, each contributed pieces to the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art’s exhibition, We See Heaven Upside Down. International musicians have also contributed their pieces to this exhibition that strives to create an empathetic reaction of viewers. Stories of migration, displacement, and identity will all be represented through art.
More of This Month’s Quintessential Events
South End Art’s First Friday South End Gallery Crawl
Enjoy the beginning of sunny May along the streets of South End Charlotte for their monthly gallery crawl. The crawl consists of multiple art galleries and event spaces, all in South End. Guests will have the opportunity to sip on wine and munch light snacks while engaging in conversations with various local artists about their work on display.
The Future of Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Ellington Through the Ages
Renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads an all-Ellington showcase alongside bassist Rodney Whitaker, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Dan Block, and sixteen up-and-coming young artists.
Join Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys at Romare Bearden Park for the ultimate latin jazz dance party. This group is known for their high-energy performances, guaranteed to get you on your feet.
Charlotte Jazz Festival
This festival runs April 29th to May 4th and consists of multiple jazz events at many different venues throughout the city, both free and ticketed. The official event kickoff is May 1st with a performance by Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green trio in Romare Bearden Park.
7th Annual Bike LUCK Benefit Ride
Meet at the Grinnell Water Works and ride for Camp LUCK, a charity that provides supervised camp experiences for children with significant heart disease.
5.4.19 – 5.5.19
Kings Drive Art Walk
Located along the breezy Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Kings Drive Art Walk is a local art exhibition of many mediums. This festival consists of live performances, crafts, local music, and streets of tents with unique art for sale. The beautiful spring weather invites guests to take a stroll through the park have a chat with the local artists about their work.
Cocktails, Conversation, and a Book Signing
The Mint Museum collaborates with SOCO Gallery to celebrate the release of the new book Point of View: Four Decades of Defining Style by Tonne Goodman. This book focuses on Tonne’s career throughout the fashion industry, including as Vogue fashion director and as a working model. Tonne and Ivan Shaw will be signing books and answering questions. Cocktails will also be served.
Holly Coulis At Rest
This is the last day to visit SOCO Gallery for a walk-through of Georgia-based artist Holly Coulis’s modern take on traditional still life paintings. She brings everyday items to new life with multiple styles and bright colors.
Mother’s Day Brunch at The Ballantyne
An exquisite Mother’s Day Brunch experience will be offered at The Ballantyne Hotel’s pristine ballroom. This contemporary designed brunch will have an exquisite cuisine to cater to the families who are celebrating this special day. Reservations are required.
Modernism + Film – Citizen Jane
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will host a reception and film screening for Citizen Jane, a film based on Jane Jacob’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a story of the struggles that modern architects and city planners go through to design a city. There will be a cash bar and free light bites in the lobby before the screening.
5.17.19 – 5.19.19
Charlotte Symphony Presents Ravel Boleroj
Ravel Boleroj is a seductive and vibrant orchestral masterpiece originally by Maurice Ravel. The Charlotte Symphony’s adaptation will be conducted by the Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Christopher James Lee, who will be holding an informative talk before the performance.
6th Annual South End Hops Festival
This yearly festival in historic South End features craft brews from all of Charlotte’s favorite local breweries, live bluegrass music, and delicious food truck options. The festival’s proceeds will benefit Rescued Me dog mission.
The Tony-award winning Play Oslo by J.T. Rogers makes its Charlotte debut at the Duke Energy Theater. This dark-humored and stunningly imaged play is based on the history leading up to the moment when Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands to make peace at the White House.
Memorial Day Celebration at the U.S National Whitewater Center
How better to celebrate your holiday than with a free festival with yoga, vibrant live music, and an unforgettable fireworks display? The U.S National Whitewater Center holds their annual Memorial Day Celebration including all of that, plus the 5 and 8 mile trail races.