Charlotte’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Party
Hot Taco, 200 E. Bland St.
Thursday, 4 p.m.: Hot Taco and South End Station are throwing what they deem to be the largest Cinco de Mayo party in town. The fiesta will include Mexican food, mariachis and piñatas. www.facebook.com/HotTacoCLT
U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Thursday, 7-10 p.m.: The twice-weekly outdoor summer concert series kicks off with a performance from Flatland Tourists. Concerts continue Thursdays and Saturdays through September. Free, but parking $5. www.usnwc.org
Flash of the Classics
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9201 University City Blvd.
Friday, noon – 1 p.m.: A free mini concert by a five-piece ensemble from the Charlotte Symphony. Bring a lunch and take a walk through the Gardens while being entertained. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day Tea
The Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.: The final day of a special afternoon tea for moms (also Thursday and Friday). Enjoy a special menu of tea sandwiches and sweets with the option to add a Champagne Rosebud for $8 or Pink Lady Cocktail for $10. Cost $36 adults, $18 children ages 5-12. Reservations required at 704-248-4100.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.
Saturday, noon – 4:30 p.m.: Learn about modern furniture and textiles by decorating fabric, sculpting a miniature chair and weaving a yarn tapestry using a cardboard loom. Admission free for children, $8 adults. www.bechtler.org