Your704 Weekender: Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte

The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will be held May 21, 2022, at Elkin Municipal Park in the town of Elkin, NC.

CHARLOTTE — From food and culture festivals to cheering on the home teams — here’s what’s happening in Charlotte this weekend.

Please use the links provided to check for last-minute updates and safety protocols before you go.

Have a ball with the Charlotte Knights as they take on Norfolk at Truist Field this weekend. There will be fireworks following the game on Friday, and on Sunday kids can run the bases after the game.

Each year, events are held to commemorate and celebrate the Mecklenburg Declaration on May 20, which has also become known as MeckDec Day. On Friday, see reenactors dressed in colonial wear, a military parade and cannon firing at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets in uptown. On Saturday, join the May 20th Society and Queen City Bicycles for a bike ride that honors Captain James Jack’s historic ride to deliver the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to Congress.

The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate MeckDec Day with a special event on Saturday that includes a reading of the declaration and other festivities.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will also honor this uniquely Charlotte celebration by hosting the inaugural Captain Jack’s Music Fest on Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy good food, carnival games, live music, a children’s costume parade and other entertainment at the Italian Festival on Friday and Saturday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.

Free concerts are back in downtown Gastonia. On Friday, check out the Tim McGraw tribute band Indian Outlaw at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion. Food trucks will be onsite.

Get your fill of kebabs, homemade pastries and other fare at the Armenian Food Festival at Saint Sarkis Armenian Church on Park Road through Sunday.

Listen to live bands, watch a dog show and see cool cars at the Red Rose Festival in Lancaster on Friday and Saturday.

The annual Cheerwine Festival will take over downtown Salisbury on Saturday, bringing live music, family-friendly entertainment and plenty of Cheerwine-inspired food and drinks to fans of the cherry soda.

Enjoy arts and crafts, get your face painted and listen to a drum circle during the May Day Celebration at the University City Farmers Market on Saturday.

Enjoy a day of sipping brews and spirits, and eating ‘cue at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Saturday at Ballantyne’s Backyard. Admission includes unlimited tastings from more than 40 bourbons and 60 beers.

Music fans can check out the Cornelius Jazz Festival on Saturday at Smithville Park. In addition to live music, there will be food trucks and activities for kids.

Break out the beads and laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) at the MAY-di Gras Block Party on Saturday at 145 Brevard Court.

Cheer on the home team when the Charlotte Thunder professional arena football team takes on the Carolina Predators on Saturday at Bojangles Coliseum.

Make crafts, take a tour of the latest exhibition and go on an iSpy scavenger hunt during Family Day at The Galleries at Cabarrus Arts Council on Saturday.

After a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will return to Elkin Municipal Park with locally made wines, beach music and a family-friendly good time on Saturday.

Shop from more than 30 local craft vendors and enjoy live music at the Spring Fling on Saturday at Blackberry Ridge Farm. There will be food trucks, craft breweries and activities for kids, too.

Explore the hidden oases of one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods during the Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward tour on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the featured gardens, the tour includes complimentary food and drink tastings in gardens and restaurants along the tour route and other festivities.

Break out your black and blue as Charlotte FC takes on Vancouver on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

Get a taste from pitmasters from all over the Carolinas at the Carolina BBQ Festival on Sunday at Camp North End. There will also be live music, vendors, wine, beer and cocktails.

Ready for a road trip? The Biltmore in Asheville is hosting a yearlong series of multisensory experiences featuring works of famous artists. “Monet and Friends: Life, Light and Color,” on display through July 10, highlights the works of Claude Monet and famous impressionist masters such as Pissarro, Cézanne and Renoir. The works of da Vinci are still to come.

Ongoing events:

Crayola IDEAworks, a traveling, state-of-the-art interactive exhibition bursting with colors, is on display for a limited time at Camp North End.

Fans of the famous, elusive British street artist Banksy can now view an exhibition featuring reproductions of his works in Charlotte. “The Art of Banksy: Without Limits” is on display through May 29 at Silver Hammer Studios at the AvidXchange Music Factory, and features more than 155 pieces, including prints, photos, lithographs, sculptures, installations and murals — some of which were reproduced specifically for the exhibition.

Kick back and relax to good music and good times at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s River Jam concert series, which cranked back up this week. Enjoy free performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through October.

Explore Charlotte’s history, watch the sunset and listen to live music at Friday Nights at Camp North End, which kicks off this week and runs through October.

Food Truck Friday has returned to University City and takes place at Armored Cow Brewing. Each week there is a new rotation of food trucks, as well as live music and craft vendors.

Food Truck Friday is also back in Plaza Midwood, and takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Company.

Food Truck Friday has returned to Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord and features a variety of trucks, as well as live music.

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