May happenings


April 30, 2021

NOTE: Please check in advance with venues and event organizers to confirm details and hours.

Events + activities

Wells Fargo Championship

After a year hiatus, the prestigious golf tournament returns to Quail Hollow Club with limited fan attendance. May 3-9, ticket costs vary;

Charlotte Knights First Home Game of the 2021 Season

Charlotte’s beloved baseball team is back: Homer and the team will kick off the 2021 season in a home series vs. the Gwinnett Stripers at Truist Field. Can’t make the opener? The first two weeks of the season features a dozen home games. May 4, ticket costs and availability may vary;

Mother’s Day Tea at The Ballantyne Hotel

Treat mom to The Ballantyne’s take on classic tea with a Southern flair. May 8-9; $45 for adults or $60 with a glass of champagne; $25 for children 5-12;

Charlotte Symphony Evenings at the Park

The CSO welcomes audiences back in this mini-series of concerts at Symphony Park, featuring works inspired by nature and the outdoors. May 7, 21 and 28; advance tickets are available in pods of four or six at

Memorial Day Trail Race and Memorial Day Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center

The holiday weekend kicks off with a Saturday morning jaunt through the Whitewater Center’s trails on either a 5-mile or 8-mile route. On Sunday, cool off with rafting and enjoy cold beverages, good food, live music, yoga and fireworks. May 29-30; race registration and activity costs vary;

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Rev up your Memorial Day weekend with the 62nd running of NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. The event will include a pre-race military salute and performances by the 82nd Airborne Chorus and Lee Greenwood. May 30; tickets start at $49;

Museums + galleries

courtesy of Anne Neilson Fine Art

Figuratively Speaking at Anne Neilson Fine Art

The gallery commemorates its seven-year anniversary with an exhibition featuring seven painters, sculptors and mixed-media artists whose works celebrate the beauty of the human form. Featured artists include Caroline Boykin, Paul Day, Nick DeMarsico, Jacob Dhein, Lisa Moore, Pam Moxley and Lisa Noonis. May 1-June 12; 

Brian Rutenberg: Point of Pine at Jerald Melberg Gallery

In this solo exhibition featuring new abstract landscape paintings on linen and paper, Rutenberg returns to his reflections on the landscapes of the South Carolina low country. May 1-June 12;

The Round Chaos at SOCO Gallery

This exhibition curated by Dexter Wimberly includes paintings and mixed-media works by artists Alex Callender, Adin Kachisi, Jackie Milad and Senghor Reid. Through June 12;

Cathryn Miles & Blaire Wheeler at Shain Gallery

Cathryn Miles’ inspiration comes from her immediate environment, like the turbulence of the clouds and the natural patterning of the earth. Blaire Wheeler’s work is a balance of abstract and realism, highlighting the beauty in the everyday. May 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

Stitches and Stories presented by Mint Museum Uptown

This livestream event features a conversation about the work of quilt and fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, mother of artist Joyce J. Scott. This talk explores the rich contributions of African American craft artists as the Mint Museum celebrates the acquisition of Elizabeth Talford Scott’s Untitled Shield series. May 13, 4-5 p.m.; free to attend the Zoom event, but registration is required;

Levels of Abstraction at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

This exhibition celebrates the various approaches to abstraction — and invites the viewer to participate. May 26-Sept. 11;  SP

— compiled by Amanda Lea  

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