Come See Me Festival
300 E. Main Street, Rock Hill
April 21-30, See website for activity locations and times
Summary:The Come-See-Me Festival is Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring. Each year, this ten-day festival brings over 60 events and activities to over 100,000 attendees. Loaded with frogs, music, and fun, the festival brings together friends, neighbors, and festival-lovers from all over the United States and the world.
Earth Day Celebration
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC
April 22-24, See website for activities and times, $5 per car
Summary:Celebrate Earth Day at the Anne Springs Close Greenway with exciting outdoor activities happening all weekend including lead-line horse rides, fishing clinics, kayaking, guided hikes, reptile encounters, historic cabin tours and more.
Queen Charlotte Fair
Route 29 Pavilion, Concord, NC
April 14-24, See website for activities and times
Summary:The Best 11 Days of Spring. Enjoy the thrilling rides, exciting games & great fair food. Fun for the entire family and free parking Monday – Thursday.
Ballantyne Earth Day
11611 North Community House Road, Charlotte, NC
April 22-23, See website for activities and times
Summary: Free document shredding and electronics recycling, movie night, yoga & mimosas and more!
Uptown Farmers Market
300 S. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC
Every Saturday, April 16-December 10
Summary:In an effort to help address food insecurity and promote healthy eating, the Uptown Farmers Market was established in Spring, 2020 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our location at 300 S. Davidson Street, right in the heart of the center city, provides an ideal location for the more than 110,000 residents that live within a 3-mile radius of the market’s site, as well as ample free parking for those that visit from around the expanding Charlotte area
Kids in Nature Day
Squirrel Lake Park
1631 Pleasant Planes Road, Matthews, NC
April 23, 10am-1pm, Free
Summary: Eco-Friendly exhibits & vendors, hikes and scavenger hunts,
kids nature crafts and STEM activities, FREE Family Fun!
Charlotte Earth Day Celebration
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
April 23, 10am-3pm, See website for activities and times, Free
Summary: The Family Celebration of Charlotte Earth Day is a theatrically oriented educationally interactive experience designed to engage participants creatively with the challenges facing our natural ecosystems. It features a Performance Stage and a self guided “around the World – Learn the Earth” orientation in the form of an Earth Passport that each child receives upon joining the event.
5th Annual Charlotte Kids Festival
9100 Robert N. Snyder Road, Charlotte, NC
April 23, 11am-4pm, Free
Summary: The mission of the Charlotte’s Kids Fest is to expand entertainment options for the children and their families in the Charlotte area. Kids will enjoy crafts, dance, interactive performing arts, interactive science activities, play zone, and big construction and emergency vehicles.
Kids Try Hockey for Free
Extreme Ice Center
4705 Indian Trail-Fairview road, Indian Trail, NC
April 23, 12:20pm, Free, Registration required, Ages 4-9 years
Summary:Try Hockey For Free days provide a completely free experience for families to experience hockey at no cost. There is no skating experience required to participate in one of our Try Hockey events. We will provide the necessary equipment for your child to participate in a Try Hockey event and ask that you dress your player in warm clothing.
South End Gallery Crawl
Historic South End
Summary: South End is home to a vast array of art in all forms: fine art galleries offering everything from the realist to the experimental, colorful public murals, larger-than-life installations on the Rail Trail and dozens of studio spaces where artists and artisans dream and create.
Take in the local art scene on South End First Friday–an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music. Build in a visit to any of the neighborhood’s restaurants and breweries, and it’s a whole night out!
South End Market at Atherton Mill
2140 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Every Saturday, 8am-1pm, Free
Summary: You can find everything from local produce to fresh fish to handmade pasta, and so much more! With live music on one end and a string of local farmers and creatives along the trail, this hub boasts the vibrant energy that we all long for to kick off our weekend. Plus, you can make a day of it by exploring all that Atherton Mill has to offer! There is free parking for shoppers at the Atherton Mill garage, or take the light rail to East/West Blvd Station!
Fairy Ring exhibit
2000-2140 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Local artist Meredith Connelly is lighting it up again! She is known in Charlotte for her Fairy Ring installation in the 2021 I Heart Rail Trail: Lights installation, and for her Lights art trail at the U.S. Whitewater Center in 2019 and 2020. This installation will be a supercharged version of the fairy ring of 2021. It will include about 100 cast fiberglass fungi of various sizes, representing mushrooms from around the world.Each mushroom has internal light that creates a soft glow around it. About the Artist.
Spring Brunch Food Truck Rally
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
March 27, 10am-2pm, Free admission, $5 parking, food and drinks may be cash only.
Summary: Move your Sunday Brunch to the beautiful scenic setting at Rural Hill. Mimosas (as well as craft beer and wine) along with delicious eats from your favorite food trucks. Listen to live music, and take a hay ride. Visit our historic cabin, and our fluffy Highland coos.
Kids Skate Free
Kate’s Skate – Indian Trial
14500 E. Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC
See website for schedule
Summary: Sign up your kids to skate during Kate’s Skating Rink Kids Skate Free, offered on select days/times during the week.
10200 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC
$10/jumper, ages 7 or under or parent, “SkySocks” required, must say Sky Zone.
Summary: A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.
Open play at Just Play
9535 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Just Play provides kids an opportunity to enjoy interactive play and discovery in a safe, clean, and fun environment. Call for details (704) 885-PLAY
Lil’ Bit Fit Time
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road, Matthews, NC
Monday-Friday, 10:30am-12:00pm, Toddler to TK with an adult, $6 per child, Registration required
Summary: Lil’ Bit Fit Time is a Parent-led open play time in our facility for you and your Lil’ Bit (Toddler). With your guidance, your Lil’ Bit can keep active by jumping on the trampoline, crawling through obstacles, and enjoying time with friends. This is a play time designated for “Toddlers to TK’ (children just starting to walk, up to age 5 and not yet in Kindergarten).
Open Gym Ninja Nation
14120 Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC
Daily, see website for times
Summary: Open gym is a non-instructional time for anyone to practice whatever they would like; to be creative and have a lot of fun. Coaches and Hosts are present for spotting and safety, giving helpful hints, and inspiring and motivating individuals.
Markets at 11 in Ballantyne
11611 N. Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Join us on the second Saturday of each month for Markets at 11!
Local businesses are bringing their craft to the South Charlotte community to shop and enjoy! Browse specialty beauty, health and home products on Ballantyne’s former golf course. Grab bites and brews from local food and drink vendors. Post up on your picnic blanket and get your groove on with musical artists all day long!
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
Smarty Pick of the Weekend at DP Science: The Batman in IMAX – Starts today and runs this weekend and next weekend!
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC
Summary: The Schiele Museum of Natural History is now open! The museum is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research. To see a list of events and plan your visit, click here.
Mecklenburg County Library Virtual Events
Free Virtual Events
Summary: Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library every week for a wide range of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Daily appointments for Reading Buddies and Tutoring and Enrichment for school-age children can be accessed by clicking here.