Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | May 17-23

National, local and regional acts will play the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s music series through September.
National, local and regional acts will play the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s music series through September. Courtesy of U.S. National Whitewater Center


▪ Join Charlotte’s biggest “Game of Thrones” fans for Science on the Rocks: Winter Is Here, a themed evening for adults only at Discovery Place Science. Protect Bran in a Hodor “hold the door” tug-of-war challenge, undergo training with Swordwinds Historical Swordfighting so you can learn to fight like Podrick, enjoy specialty foods and drinks like The White Walker cocktail and more. 5-9 p.m. $12. 301 N. Tryon St.

▪ It’s officially River Jam season at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where you can find a free live music performance in a massive outdoor venue every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through the end of September. Make your way there this Friday to hear some folk and Americana from the band Old Salt Union. 7-10 p.m. 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free.


▪ Channel your inner-superhero at The Super Run 5K at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park. All participants (adults and children alike) will receive a “Caped Crusaders” superhero cape, event bib and finisher medal with their registration; VIP participants will also receive a hero-themed event t-shirt. And of course, don’t forget to get a photo in front of the Superhero photo screen before you leave. 8-11 a.m. 8711 Monroe Road. $29.99.

▪  Stop and smell the flowers at the 2019 Art in the Garden Tour, the Charlotte Garden Club’s annual fundraising event featuring six stunning residential gardens, art and festivities on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Artists will paint “en plein air” to capture the beauty of these Southern gardens while visitors tour each one. The after-tour party and art show will take place at Mint Museum Randolph from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 2730 Randolph Road. $35 ($25 for members).

▪ Celebrate the legendary soft drink of the South at the 3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival, just 45 minutes away from uptown. Sample regional flavors free of charge at the “Taste of the Carolinas” booth, discover more about Cheerwine’s 102-year history, listen to live music from a variety Carolinas-based bands as well as multi-platinum band Smashmouth, enjoy craft foods and beverages and more. Noon-10 p.m. Main Street in Salisbury. Free.

▪ Join the Charlotte Museum of History for the annual MeckDec Day Celebration, a day of revelry in celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Learn about the role Hezekiah Alexander played in declaring independence in Charlotte’s oldest home, take in the smells of liberty at a Colonial cooking demonstration, hear Captain James Jack read the Mecklenburg Declaration in a Colonial tavern and more. Noon-4 p.m. 3500 Shamrock Drive. Free.

▪ Bold Missy Brewery celebrates its second anniversary with limited edition beers, food trucks, a market of local female makers (from noon-5 p.m.) and live music from Comfortably Nuts. The brewery will have more than a dozen beers on tap, including new spinoffs of its five core beers. Bold Missy will also release 22-ounce bottles of Gombe, a bourbon-barrel-aged American brown ale that comes in at 7 percent ABV. Noon-10 p.m. 610 Anderson St. —Daniel Hartis


▪ Get your tickets to the 14th Annual Festa Italiana, Charlotte’s all you can eat (and drink) Italian food and wine festival. Look forward to bottomless wine, prosecco, and Peroni beers as well as endless pizza, risotto, cannoli, gelato and more. You’ll also be able to explore works by local Italian artists and authors, and enjoy a festive time featuring live music, dancing and much more. 1-7 p.m. 800 W. Trade St. $100.


▪ Join Camp North End and Discovery Place Science for a new free, shared science talk series called “Think & Drink,” which will feature discussions with some of Charlotte’s top thinkers and innovators. The series kicks off with Think & Drink: The Science of Sound with Joni Deutsch, where Deutsch (host of the Amplifier podcast for WFAE) will talk about why we love certain songs, why we hate certain sounds and more. 6-8 p.m. 1824 Statesville Ave. Free (food and drink available for purchase).


▪ Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola returns for its 25th year, turning uptown into one of the biggest events in the Southeast. Look forward to appearances from NASCAR drivers and celebrities, live music from nationally renowned bands, an impressive assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators, dynamic exhibits and more. Noon-10 p.m. (also May 24-26). W. 10th St. Costs vary.