20 Arts & Outdoor Experiences in Charlotte: May 2023

20 Arts & Outdoor Experiences in Charlotte: May 2023

In Bloom: 

Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies

A stretch of the Catawba River in Landsford Canal State Park in South Carolina—about a 45-minute drive from Charlotte—is home to the world’s largest colony of rocky shoals spider lilies, a rare species of aquatic white lily. The flowers, which bloom from May through mid-June, grow only in areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. View the Landsford colony from an overlook at the end of the park’s Canal Trail (1.5-miles round trip) or from the park’s paddling trail for canoes and kayaks (1.5 miles, moderate skill level). The park also hosts Lilyfest each year to celebrate the blooms. This year, the festival—on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.—features live music, food trucks, vendors, guided nature hikes, and more. Park admission is $6 per adult.


Strawberries,with,leaves.,isolated,on,a,white,background.10 Farmers Markets Open for the Season: 

North End Farmers Market

Opens: April 5
Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m.
Camp North End, 1701 N. Graham St.

Davidson Farmers Market

Opens: April 8
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
120 S. Main St., Davidson 

Plaza Midwood Farmers Market

Opens: April 15
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Common Market, 2007 Commonwealth Ave.

Farmers Market at Local Loaf NoDa

Opens: April 20
Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.
800 E. 35th St.

University City Farmers Market

Opens: April 29
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
The Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Drive

Cotswold Farmers Market

Opens: May 6
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
309 S. Sharon Amity Road

Fort Mill Farmers Market 

Opens: May 13
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Veterans Park, 106 N. White St., Fort Mill, S.C.

Kannapolis Farmers Market

Opens: May 4
Thursdays, 4-7 p.m.
Oak Avenue Mall, 358 Oak Avenue Mall Drive, Kannapolis 

Mint Hill Farmers Market

Opens: May 6
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill

Old Town Market

Opens: May 6
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Wells Fargo Lot, 101 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. 

Outdoor Movie Nights 

A slew of outdoor movie nights crop up in and around Charlotte as the weather warms up. Three to hit before things get muggy and buggy:


Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., FREE
Birkdale Village, Huntersville


Friday, May 5, Movie starts at sunset (around 8:10 p.m.), FREE
Ebenezer Park, Rock Hill, S.C.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 p.m., FREE
Torrence Chapel Park, Cornelius

Give Dance a Whirl: 

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space
May 4-6. Booth Playhouse. Tickets start at $25

Caroline Calouche & Co. tells the story of Stella, a young girl who imagines dancing through space, with contemporary dance and aerial circus arts.

Red Bull Dance Your Style
Saturday, May 6, 7 p.m. World Nightclub, Tickets start at $10

Local dancers of all styles—house, hip-hop, krumping, popping, break dance—battle it out to randomly selected music. The crowd is the judge, and Charlotte’s winner will advance to the national finals in Chicago. 

World Ballet Series: Cinderella 
Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. Tickets start at $50
See a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers perform the enchanting fairy tale. 

Cirque du Biere: Geeks & Gaymers
Friday, May 12, 7 p.m. Hi-Wire Brewing. Tickets: $20
Grab a Hi-Wire brew or two and watch the performance by Cirque du Biere’s aerialists. One dollar from each ticket purchase—and some beer purchases—will go to the Charlotte Gaymers Network. 

El Alma de la Luna Dance Recital
Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. Booth Playhouse. Tickets: $16
Catch the dance academy’s summer performance, which includes Latin American, modern, contemporary, and folkloric dance. 

The Wizard of Oz
May 26-27. Booth Playhouse. Tickets start at $17
You know the story. See it performed by Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center’s faculty and students. 

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