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10 things to do this weekend in Charlotte (April 21-23)

From the Charlotte Jazz Festival to an uptown culinary tour, Charlotte has no shortage of fun things to do this weekend. So get out and have some fun.

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Second Line Parade, Charlotte Jazz Festival. Photo: Phillip Hoffman

FRIDAY

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie (Charlotte Jazz Festival)
Knight Theater at Levin Center for the Arts, 430 S Tryon St.
Celebrate Dizzy’s legacy with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, percussionist Roman Diaz, and vocalist Brandie Sutton. More info

Late Night Jams (Charlotte Jazz Festival)
Soco Bar at Westin Hotel, 601 S College St, Charlotte
For you night owls, enjoy a late-night performance featuring guest appearances by members of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Free. Starting at 11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. More info

The Friday Release with Buff Dillard
BluNotes of Charlotte, 3425 David Cox Road
Buff Dillard is back for a great night of live music, cocktails and, of course, dancing. More info

SATURDAY

Wine Vault University City Wine Fest wine is your thing, then
Shops at University Place
All around the lake and boardwalk, wine lovers will get to sample more than 100 wines from around the world, plus live music and appetizers from UCcity restaurants. More info

‘Dog Parks & Coffee Shops’
Johnson C. Smith University Science Center, 100 Beatties Ford Road
Dr. Vanessa Perry, an expert on housing markets, screens her award-winning film, which explores the causes and effects of gentrification in three Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. Many of Charlotte’s close-in neighborhoods are undergoing similar transformations. More info

6th Annual Sweet Escapes
Mint Museum, Randolph Road, 2730 Randolph Rd
Over 500 pounds of chocolate. Need we say more?
If so, we might mention hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, live music, and a silent auction. More info

Lady Ella – A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald
Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers Street
It’s a 100th birthday celebration of Ella Fitzgerald. This jazzed-out event is a captivating tribute with big band swinging, jazzed-out singing and jitterbug dancing  that features the vocal styling of national recording artist Nicci Canada. More info

Creole Jazz Brunch (Charlotte Jazz Festival)
Wells Fargo Atrium, 401 South Tryon St.
Close your eyes and be transported to the French Quarter at this Saturday morning feast for the senses. The Ocie Davis Quintet, joined by acclaimed jazz vocalist Sasha Masakowksi and trumpeter Wendell Brunious, returns for a delectable New Orleans style brunch. More info

SUNDAY

Jazz Picnic at the Park (Charlotte Jazz Festival)
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St
Bring the entire family (and lunch) as Blumenthal Performing Arts celebrates the closing of the 2017 Charlotte Jazz Festival with an amazing tribute to Stevie Wonder from Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience. More info

Uptown Charlotte Walking Culinary Tour
7th Street Public Market, 224 E 7th Street
You’ll start at the 7th Street Market and make your way through along city streets, sampling farm-to-table restaurants, wonderful wine or champagne, fabulous pastries and more. You’ll meet the artisans who create these dishes and find out what motivates them, learn about Charlotte’s deep history and view the city’s architectural beauty. More info

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