March 30-April 16
The uptown festival Charlotte SHOUT! with 200+ installations, performances, events, and activation, almost all of which are free. charlotteshout.com
Saturday, April 1, 1-5 p.m.
Celebrate National Beer Day early with unlimited beer sampling—lagers, IPAs, ales, fruit beers, and ciders—from more than 25 national, regional, and local craft breweries. 1441 South Tryon St. Tickets start at $23, eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 8, 12-6 p.m.
Baked empanadas! Fried empanadas! Meat empanadas! Veggie empanadas! All of the empanadas! Plus, live music, a DJ, drinks, and dancing. Camp North End’s Ford Building. Free. camp.nc
Loch Norman Highland Games
A weekend celebrating Scottish history and culture with traditional highland games, longbow and battle axe competitions, music, food, highland and Scottish country dancing performances, traditional crafts, whiskey tasting, a kids’ zone, and more. Historic Rural Hill, Huntersville. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $20 for adults, lochnorman.com
Moo, Brew & ’Que Music Fest
One festival, over two days, dedicated to four things: music, craft beer, burgers, ‘n’ barbecue. Listen to headline artists Mt. Joy and Chris Lane, chow down on burgers and barbecue from local restaurants and food trucks, and sample unlimited beer from more than 25 national,
regional, and local craft breweries. Festival Grounds at AvidXchange. Music Factory. Tickets start at $25, mooandbrewfest.com
Boom Charlotte 2023
The 6th year for the artist-run arts festival will include the previous mix of indoor and outdoor venues, including its cutting-edge and experimental BOOM Fringe performances in more intimate settings and the BOOM Intersection central stage open to the public. Camp North End. boomcharlotte.org.
Charlotte African American Festival
The African American heritage festival, in its 10th year, features exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancing, speakers, vendors, pageant, and more. Brooklyn Village, 710 Martin Luther King Blvd. Free. eventbrite.com
Astro Pop Mural + Music Festival
Saturday, April 29, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Swing by the NoDa location of Wooden Robot for live mural paintings by artists like Osiris Rain, Kalin Renee, and Daflemingo and live music by Cyanca, Boy A/C, Jupiter Hearts, Noir Noir, and more. Wooden Robot, The Chamber. Free, eventbrite.com