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The Best Memorial Day Weekend Events in Charlotte!

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Memorial Day Weekend is here y’all! And you know what that means? It is officially the start of summer. The weather is WAY warmer, the days are longer and there are so many awesome events to look forward to.

If you’re staying in Charlotte this holiday weekend, have no fear because there is still plenty to do! Check them out below!

For all of you that have decided to stay in town this Memorial Day Weekend and don’t have access to a boat but are dying to get on the water, the USNWC is throwing their Annual Memorial Day Celebration!

The festivities go all weekend long starting with River Jam each night this weekend. For those who don’t know what River Jam is, it’s a free outdoor concert that the USNWC puts on every year from May–September. During holiday weekends, live music is also played on Sunday night.

If you’re looking to be active this Memorial Day you’re in luck because there will be LOADS of ways to get moving at the USNWC. Starting Sunday morning at 9AM there is a 5 mile and 8-mile trail race.

Running isn’t your thing? No worries because there will be everything from yoga, kayaking, SUP yoga, and so much more! If the outdoor activities aren’t enough to get you out there let us just remind you that the USNWC is one of the only places putting on a fireworks display.

Like all festivals here, this is one’s entirely free and open to the public! So come out and enjoy the outdoors.

Event Details
🗓 MAY 27 | 9AM–10PM
📍 U.S. National Whitewater Center

One of the best weekends of the year is back this Memorial Day Weekend! Circle-K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola will be taking over Uptown. Expect vendor displays, kid’s activities, racing-related fun, and chances to get autographs from some of your favorite drivers.

There will also be loads of interactive displays that will get everyone on their feet. Oh, and did we mention there will also be tons of giveaways as well? Who doesn’t love some free swag!

For all you NASCAR fanatics out there, there will be show cars on display and racing simulators to put your driving skills to the test.

If you’re more into the music aspect of Speed Street, we’re here to tell you that this year’s lineup is next level. The headliners include Corey Smith, Brothers Osborne, and Styx! Along with the headliners, there will also be two opening acts. Some of the openers include Sugarcreek, Abby Anderson, Tyler Rich, and more!

Tickets are only $20 online and $25 the day of. FYI, some participating Circle-K’s in NC, SC, and GA are giving away free Corey Smith tickets!  You can also purchase 3 Day tickets at Circle-K stores! So hurry up and get yours now!

Event Details
🗓 MAY 23–25 | 12PM–11PM
📍 Uptown Charlotte
🎟 Price Varies
📸 600 Festival Association

Oysters on Memorial Day? So Hamptons of you, NoDa Company Store. We’re not complaining though, we love anything that has to do with oysters!

This Saturday, NoDa Company Store is throwing a Memorial Day Oyster Roast. The guys over at Oysters Carolina will be providing all the yummy oysters for this shindig. Of course, there will be loads of beer, wine, and other delicious drinks to accompany all those delicious oysters you will be enjoying.

Whatever your preference is, grilled or raw, they will be serving up both kinds! Oysters Carolina will also be bringing their yummy proprietary compound butter–our mouths are already watering just thinking about it.

There will also be live bluegrass from Tobacco Road Revival Band from 3PM to 7PM. Then on Sunday, they will be having their #SundayFunday where you can expect yummy drinks, good vibes, and awesome people. The best part? No work on Monday!

Event Details
🗓 MAY 25| 12PM–7PM
📍 NoDa Company Store
🎟 FREE Entry

What’s more American than baseball? Perhaps, maybe, hot dogs? What about if you combine the two? And combine them on Memorial Day? Yeah, sounds like the ultimate way to spend your Memorial Day.

The Charlotte Knights are playing the Durham BullsTriple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays this Memorial Day. If you haven’t been to a game at the BB&T Ballpark yet, this is for sure a game you will not want to miss. Fans, no matter the age, will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs Sahlen’s Hot Dogs during the entirety of the game! Unlike alcohol, there will be no cut off times for these babies.

BB&T Ballpark is located in beautiful Uptown. There are loads of places to visit after or before the game to grab a drink or two. Our favorite is Graham Street Pub, you can’t beat their rooftop views of the stadium. 

Just a friendly reminder not to drink and drive this holiday weekend! Luckily, the stadium is within walking distance of the Light Rail, just jump off at the Third Street/Convention Center stop and walk a couple of blocks and your there! Or if you are itching for football season and feeling nostalgic hop off at Stonewall Station to walk past Bank of America Stadium.

Event Details
🗓 MAY 27 | 1PM–5PM
📍BB&T Ballpark
🎟 $1 for Hot Dogs | Price Varies for Tickets

For those who are not familiar with Joyfest, it’s an annual Gospel concert series that takes place at Carowinds every year. There will be performances all afternoon and will carry on into the night (maybe even past park hours).

Some of the biggest names in Gospel music will be hitting the stage on the 25th. Some of the artists include Mary Mary, Travis Greene, Marvin Snapp, and so many more!

Park admission is included in the $54 adult ticket. There are other ticket prices and discounts for season ticket holders available as well. Come on what’s better than loads of concerts and admission to the best theme park in the Carolinas? Not much if you ask us!

Pastors who attend Joyfest are invited to a special Cheesecake Reception hosted by Energize Ministries, which provides proactive, preventive care to pastors, ministry leaders, and their families.

Event Details
🗓 MAY 25 | 4PM–7PM
📍 Carowinds
🎟 $54

Did Someone Say Mimosa?

A Mimosa Festival coming to Charlotte? Where do we sign up? Time to celebrate the real MVP of brunch!

One of our favorite breweries, Unknown Brewing Company, is throwing the First Annual Charlotte Mimosa Festival on June 2nd. You may be thinking, “Interesting for a brewery to be throwing a Mimosa Festival,” BUT we’re here to tell you these guys know what they’re doing. 

For starters, there will be UNLIMITED mimosa tastings all afternoon. Unfortunately, VIP tickets are already sold out but if you were one of the lucky ones who opted to get VIP tickets, you scored an extra hour of tasting starting at 12PM, a private VIP bar area with catered food, and unique mimosa flavors. No worries if you didn’t though, GA still gets you hours of unlimited tastings and a bunch of different flavored mimosas to choose from. 

If and when you get hungry you’ll be happy to know that there will be some amazing local Charlotte food trucks on site dishing out food all afternoon. There will also be pop-up shops for those of you who love to get their shop on. Oh, and we can’t forget that there will be live music playing all afternoon. 

So come out to Unknown for the closest thing Charlotte has to a bottomless brunch!

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Chessie Abplanalp

Chessie Abplanalp

Chessie is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the   Stuff to Do in Charlotte blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Charlotte area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinCharlotte on Instagram and Facebook.

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