Spring Festivals for Families in Charlotte
Celebrate spring at these area Charlotte-area festivals.
Enjoy amusement rides for all ages, plus fair food and games at The Charlotte Spring Fair, happening March 30-April 15.
Charlotte Spring Fair
Get out and enjoy the mild weather at one of these festivals this season in the greater Charlotte area.
(March 30-April 15)
A midway featuring amusement rides, an assortment of food and drink, a petting zoo, carnival rides and games. Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$8. See website for times.
This statewide festival celebrates STEM activities in a variety of locations, including a Star Party at McDowell Nature Center. Check out science programming at ImaginOn, Discovery Place and Discovery Place Nature. See website for events and details.
Don't miss out on the science fun at a N.C. Science Festival event happening throughout the month of May at locations throughout Charlotte and North Carolina.
Photo courtesy of NC Science Festival
The Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts features more than 10,000 automotive vendor displays. Kids can get in on the fun too. Not only are children 13 and under admitted free with an adult ticket purchase, they have an entire play zone dedicated to their entertainment. This year’s play zone features inflatables, such as the patriot slide, a racecar moon-bounce and a bungee trampoline. This kid oasis of fun also includes a show car and carnival games. Last, and definitely not least, is the petting zoo. A 70-by-25-foot space filled with lovable animals. And don't miss the pig races just outside the showcase pavilion. Hogway Speedway is bringing their best lineup of pigs, ducks and goats for racing shows, with four shows each on Friday and Saturday. With the pigs scurrying, ducks waddling and goats hopping, take a break from the cars and witness the cutest speed on display. 800-455-3267. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. $11; free for children 13 and under with a paying adult.
This literary festival showcases events that celebrate literature, music, visual arts, history, culture and food. Various locations. Free; admission to certain events. See website for full schedule of events.
Bring your friendly dog to spend the day at this festival. There will be over 150 vendors, 25 dog rescue groups with dogs available for adoption, music, dog contests, demonstrations, food trucks, a kids playground, and a dog walk. First 300 dogs will receive a free bandana. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 10am-3pm. Free.
This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports and more. Locaions vary. See website for full schedule of events.
Live music is part of the family friendly fun at the Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill.
Photo by Blackston Photography
This railroading historic site hosts antique farm equipment, modern tractors, music, games and more for kids and adults. Friday is geared toward students. Saturday is for the public. N.C. Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer. $4-$12.
See modern tractors, antique equipment and steam-powered tractors at this agriculture and arts festival.
Photo courtesy of N.C. Transportation Museum
Come out to the Four Mile Creek Greenway behind the Matthews Community Center to celebrate Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day. Activities include eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, free trees and planting demos, hikes, fishing, scavenger hunts, kids crafts and fairy houses, food, music and more. Four Mile Creek Greenway, behind Matthews Community Center. 10am-2pm. Free.
Celebrate an early Earth Day at the Garden and enjoy crafts, lawn games, live music, guided hikes, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. Meet with earth-friendly vendors and learn more about sustainable living. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 11am-3pm. $7-$13, includes museum admission.
(April 14 and May 12)
Sample gourmet fare, stroll the streets, shop, and listen to live music. This event reoccurs the second Saturday of each month through October. Downtown Mooresville, North Main St. (between Moore and Iredell Ave.), Mooresville. 5-8:30pm. Free admission.
This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, live street performances, a variety of food and activities for kids. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 2-8pm. Free.
Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges, kids yoga, bicycle races and more. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.
Enjoy Border Collie dog demonstrations, cane-pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, facepainting, hiking, geocaching, lead-line horseback rides and more festive fun. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C. 9-11am.
Attend this family event with free "green" activities including arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, fishing and more. Fishing is limited and preregistration is required. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 10am-noon. Free.
This event kicks off with a fundraising 2K walk and includes live music, beer and food trucks, an adoption area, a picnic pavilion and more. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 10am-3pm. $35 registration fee for the walk.
This annual event celebrates all things Scottish and features athletic games, pipe bands, drumming, dancing, food vendors and a kids zone. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $8-$20.
Matthews Charter Academy is hosting an international fair open to the community with performances, food trucks, displays and more. 980-339-5449. Matthews Charter Academy, Mt. Harmony Church Road, Matthews. Starts at 5pm. Free.
Visit with environmentally conscious vendors, take a tree home with you and learn how to take care of the planet. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Square, Indian Trail. 10am-2pm. Free.
Enjoy activities, games, planetarium shows and more than 25 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 10am-3pm. Free.
Enjoy food from around the world and a rich blend of musical entertainment acts at this family-friendly festival. Popular food trucks and restaurants, including Yummi Banh Mi, Hiya and a Taste of Havana will be on hand for the culinary and cultural feast. Musical entertainment ranges from international vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles to jazz, soul and R&B. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. 704-532-5410. Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. 11am-6pm. Free.
This spring's Open Streets 704 route travels from NoDa through Optimist Park, Villa Heights and Belmont, all the way down to Commonwealth and Plaza Midwood. The always-popular Family Zone is highlighted in yellow. Plenty of fun activities can also be had in the Arts and Science Zone, Green Zone, and Wellness Zone. Charlotte B-Cycles will offer free bike rentals at Zone hubs along the route, and a limited number of children's bikes will be available from Trips For Kids. 1-5pm. Free.
Photo courtesy of Well-Run Media.
Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, sample strawberry pie, attend pig races and let the kids try out the rides. Fri., 4-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm. Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill, S.C.. Free admission; additional cost for activities.
A day of fun with music, food, and entertainment for all ages. 10am-3pm. Davidson Town Green, 216 S. Main St. Free.
Bring your four-legged friends out at this dog festival with demonstrations, contests, performances and giveaways. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail. 10am-3pm. Free.
(May 5 and 12)
The 2018 Queen City Mother's Day Festival is partnering with the #SingleMomsMatter Movement for this years festival theme "Buy from a mom for a mom." All vendors will be mothers. Guests can expect crafts, vendor shopping, art, food, games, 100 free swag bags and more. The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St. 1-5pm. Free entry.
Features fine art for sale, including paintings and drawings, sculptures, pottery, metal, stone, wood and glass works from emerging artists. The event also includes live music and family entertainment. Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Drive. Free. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.
This festival highlights local/regional area artists and musicians. STEM is a newly added component to this event from local businesses. Look for special “pop-up” performances throughout the event, visit local breweries, wineries, and food trucks while listening to live music and shopping the arts/crafts vendor booths. 2-6pm. Downtown Huntersville, 101-Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. Free.
Put your "toes in the sand" with live beach music, shag dancing, carnival rides, a kids' inflatable village, a car show, and more. Fri., 6-10pm., Sat., 10am-10pm. Stumptown Park, S. Trade St. Free.
An amazing two-day celebration of music, camping, the outdoors, and North Carolina’s craft beer. With an upbeat atmosphere and family-friendly culture, the NCBMF is great music festival and is fun for all ages. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 11am-10pm. $8-$50.
This festival promotes the visual and performing arts, and features musical entertainment, food vendors, a juried art show, and a children’s area. Historic Downtown Concord, 65 Union Street S., Concord. 10am-4pm. Free.
More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers will make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Then attend a huge free party. Enjoy live beach music from The Tim Clark Band, activities for children, food, giveaways, race cars on display and more. Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues, Concord. 5-8:30pm. Free.
Learn about various Asian cultures through food and activities. Plus, see teams race to the finish line in colorfully-decorated dragon boats. Boat races begin at 9am and the festival runs 11am-4pm. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Free.
Enjoy bluegrass and rock music, tours of the historic cabins, shopping, raffles, food and beverages. 11am-3pm. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. Free admission; charge for food and beverage.
Cheerwine fans can enjoy cold Cheerwine, live music, great Southern food, shopping for Cheerwine merchandise, family-friendly activities, a beer garden and local craft vendors. Downtown Salisbury. 10am-8pm. Free.
A showcase of local and regional art, featuring a variety of art forms including culinary arts, musical arts, performing arts, murals, and public art forms. There will be concessions and a Kids Zone complete with rides, inflatables, clowns, magicians, balloon twisters, facepainters, entertainers, and more. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., Noon-6pm. Downtown Historic Waxhaw. Free.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat Italian food. Bring the kids along to play in the special Kid Zone, visit with local artists and authors showcasing their work, browse offerings from the silent auction, and enjoy live music, dance, and overall festive fun atmosphere. Proceeds benefit people and children with special needs. Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St. 1-7pm.
Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related fun and more will run on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte until 8 p.m. Then national headliners will take the stage in Romare Bearden Park starting at 6:30 pm. Noon-8pm. Uptown Charlotte. Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performance.
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the founding of the town of Mint Hill with carnival rides, games, boardwalk-style food, and arts and crafts vendors, as well as live entertainment, a parade and fireworks. Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. Friday, 4-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free; costs for some activities. 704-545-2335.
Enjoy carnival rides and food, plus arts and crafts and live music at Mint Hill Madness.
Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Madness