What’s Happening, Charlotte: 11 fun things you can do this weekend (May 19-21)

From a charity bachelor auction to a wine tour, there's plenty happening in the Qcity this weekend.

What’s Happening, Charlotte?

On Saturday, Romare Fest will be happening in Romare Bearden Park, where Pieces of a Dream will be the featured performer. While there, be sure to check out Spiral Odyssey, a new sculptural work by renowned African-American artist Richard Hunt. He created it to celebrate the works of Bearden.

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FRIDAY

Bechtler By Night
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.
Experience the museum galleries for free from 5-9 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Gather friends and view the extensive Bechtler collection under the cover of the night sky. More info

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Sounds on the Square
Spirit Square, uptown Charlotte
Free outdoor performances every Friday night this summer from 7-8:30 p.m.  Performing this week: Bluegrass sounds with The New Dixie Pharaohs. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Take your own lawn chair. More info

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, uptown Charlotte
SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement, and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through the monthly slam competitions. SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster, Bluz, is the 13th ranked individual poet in the world. More info

SATURDAY

African American Hidden Gems Tour
1705 Rosa Parks Place
May 19 is Queen Charlotte’s birthday, so The Males Place is celebrating with an interactive tour of Charlotte from an African-Centered perspective. Proceeds will help prepare tomorrow’s black leaders. More info

Romare Fest
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church Street
This FREE Park & Rec event will feature the legendary Pieces of a Dream. Opening performance by Peace and Love Band. Bring your lawn chairs. (5-9 p.m.) More info

Charity Bachelor Auction
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street
Grab your girlfriends, mother, sisters, church ladies, and bring your extra money for this 13th annual event. This is the ultimate ladies’ night you don’t want to miss. More info

Montfort Park Block Party
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Eat, drink and learn about Montfort Park neighborhood businesses. Jam out to live music, play cornhole, race through the YWCA obstacle course, and more! The event is free, but not the food an drink. More info

Charlotte Spring Fever Wine Tour
Departs from 7th Street Market, uptown Charlotte
Spend the day in wine country. You’ll sample wines at three vineyards and take in panoramic mountain views. Reservation required. More info

The Park Church Domestic Violence Awareness 5k Walk/Run
The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road
This event will raise money to assist Safe Alliance, the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage and other educational, prevention and victim services programs. More info

Charlotte Beer Fest
Rooftop 210 at the Epicentre, 210 E Trade St.
Sample many flavors of beer and listen to live music while you enjoy craft, import & specialty beers featuring some of your favorite breweries. More info

SUNDAY

The Blummy Awards
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
The Blumey Awards is designed to recognize and celebrate the best in high school musical theater and foster even greater achievements in the future. Winners will be announced in a host of categories. More info

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