Spring Festivals for Families in Charlotte
Celebrate spring at these area Charlotte-area festivals.
Celebrate the strawberry at the SC Strawberry Festival, May 5-6.
Get out and enjoy the mild weather at one of these festivals this season in the greater Charlotte area.
Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, sample strawberry pie, and let the kids try out the rides. Fri., 4:45-11pm; Sat., 10am-10pm. Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill, S.C.. Free admission; additional cost for activities.
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, including the Cirque Stage with performances by aerial artists from Caroline and Calouche. Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Drive. Free. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.
A day of fun with inflatables for kids, a giant sand pile with sand toys, a dunking booth, Lego derby, face painting, photos booth with costumes, carnival games, music, entertainment and food. 10am-3pm. Davidson Town Green, 216 S. Main St. Free.
Pack your blankets and chairs and settle in for historic tunes, folk songs and bluegrass music, along with North Carolina barbeque and sides. 11am-3pm. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. Free admission; small charge for food.
Featuring live music, rides, chalk drawing, and plenty of other family-friendly activities. 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., 6:30-10pm., Sat., 10:30am-10pm. Stumptown Park, S. Trade St. Free.
Learn about various Asian cultures through food and activities. Plus, see teams race to the finish line in colorfully-decorated dragon boats. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Free.
Bring your four-legged friends out (or find one to adopt) at this dog festival with vendors, demonstrations and giveaways. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail. 10am-3pm. Free.
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.
Cheerwine celebrates its fans for 100 years of cheer with a free Centennial Celebration. The outdoor bash includes live music, barbecue, food, activities for kids, and of course, free Cheerwine. North Main St., Salisbury. Noon-8pm. Free. 704-637-5881. See Facebook event page for details.
A showcase of local and regional art, acoustic musical entertainment and street performances, concessions and a Kids Zone. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., Noon-6pm. Downtown Historic Waxhaw, Price Street.
Live music, barbecue, historic games, storytelling, craft demonstrations by costumed interpreters and tours of the historic Barber and Cornwell homes. Kings Mountain Historical Museum, 100 East Mountain St., Kings Mountain. Noon-4pm. Free admission for museum members; $10 for nonmembers. 704-739-1019.
Featuring 10 of the area’s best chefs of Italian cuisine, plus music, wine, art and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit people and children with special needs. Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St. 1-7pm. $15-$45.
Live musical entertainment, appearances by top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities, dynamic exhibits for all ages and an assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators. The Mello Yellow stage has music for kids throughout the day. Festival opens each day at noon. Uptown Charlotte. Free.
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, an all-American parade and fireworks. Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. Friday, 4-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free. 704-545-2335.
Mint Hill Madness fun!
Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Madness
The Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. In addition, kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone, and Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel splashes in for two days of wave-riding fun on April 7-8. Paired with custom water skis and a life jacket, Twiggy will entertain fans and promote an important cause – boat safety. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. Thurs.-Sat., 8am-6pm; Sun., 8am-4pm. $11; free for children 13 and under with a paying adult. 800-455-3267.
Charlotte motor speedway photo
Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel highlights the Friday and Saturday portion of Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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-$27.
Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Join in the Family Adventure Race Friday at 6pm. Kids who like a challenge can check out the Kids Obstacle Challenge Saturday and Sunday at 10am. And if you're wondering, the name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.
A family-friendly event with bluegrass musicians, nature and garden speakers, gardening and cooking demonstrations, heritage arts and crafts demonstrations, educational and creative activities and carnival games. Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. Turkey Run at 8am, festival from 9am-5pm. Free. 704-283-3822. See website for complete schedule.
The event kicks off with a 2K walk and includes live music, food trucks, agility demonstrations and dog contests, and a beer garden. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 10am-3pm.
Ten days of festivities at various locations throughout Rock Hill, including the Mayor's Frong Jump, a Teddy Bear Tea Party, live music, a parade, the Healthy Kids Zone, an Everything Trucks Event and so much more. See website for full schdule of events. comeseeme.org.
Photo by Matt Blackston
Children can learn bicycle and tricycle safety at the Healthy Kids Zone, April 22, at the Come-See-Me Festival.
Enjoy live bluegrass music, vendors, hands-on demonstrations and edutational programs. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Square, Indian Trail. 10am-3pm. Free.
Celebrate with animal and wildlife exhibits, food vendors, raffles, and other eco-friendly businesses and services. Stumptown Park, S. Trade St., Matthews.10am-2pm. Free.
Enjoy Border Collie dog demonstrations, cane-pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, geocaching, lead-line horseback rides and more festive fun. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C. Begins at 10am.
Enjoy activities, games, live entertainment and more than 30 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Pony rides and family-friendly foods available. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.10am-3pm. Free.
This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, live street performances, a variety of food and activities for kids. Cornelius Town Hall and Oak Street Mill, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 2-8pm. Free.
(March 31-April 9)
A midway featuring amusement rides, an assortment of food and drink, and carnival rides and games. $2 Tuesday on April 4. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. $3-$6. See website for times.
March and April
(March 31-April 9)
This literary festival showcases more than 50 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.