Charlotte, NC – May 1 – 7, 2015 Events – Jazz, Festivals, and Cinco De Mayo

By David Boling

I hope you like being outside and constantly on the move. The first week of May is packed with music, festivals and Cinco De Mayo.

Featured recurring event: Alive After Five at the EpiCenter in Uptown Charlotte. It’s an after work favorite during Spring and Summer on Thursdays.

Last Chance to see: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat by the Children’s Theatre at the McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn. Last show is Sunday, May 3rd.

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Friday, May 1st : Jazz at the Bechtler: 5th Anniversary Fan favorites

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler is bringing in the Ziad Jazz Quartet to perform the most requested songs from the audience. Show up for the 6pm show for a special “extreme sculpting” performance by Peter Rubino.

More Information here!


NoDa Neighborhood

FREE! One of our favorite neighborhoods, NoDa, also known as The Arts District,  is hosting a special event to include over 40 artists and vendors. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday outside in a special Charlotte neighborhood, and also to help benefit Crisis Assistance Ministries.

More Information here!

Saturday, May 2nd : Romare Fest

Romare Bearden Park

Their website says it best:

“Romare Fest, a free, Saturday festival featuring nationally known and regional musical acts, art and family-friendly activities to kick off the season’s cultural happenings at Romare Bearden Park. This year’s Romare Fest will present the legendary alt-rock quartet The Spin Doctors.”

More Information here.

Saturday, May 2nd : Art & Soul of South End

Historic South End

South End is Charlotte’s hottest up and coming neighborhood, and they are hosting their signature arts festival. Head on out from 12-6pm at the Rail Trail Enjoy music, artists, retailers and more.

More Information here!

Watch a video of South End here. And if you fall in love with the neighborhood like we know you will, check out this loft that’s currently on the market.

Saturday – Wednesday, May 2nd – 6th : cinco de mayo uptown


From Chihuahua Races to festive times at the great bars and venues at the EpiCenter this is going to be a 5th of May to remember.

More Information here!

These are just a few of my personal picks of things to do in Charlotte. For more information on Charlotte events I suggest you check out these great resources.

Charlotte’s Got A Lot • Blumenthal Arts • Charlotte Center City

US National Whitewater Center • Tosco Music PartyCarolina Panthers

Charlotte CheckersCharlotte HornetsCharlotte Knights

Charlotte EaglesCharlotte HoundsCharlotte Independence

David is a guest blogger for and will be providing content occasionally that we hope you’ll find useful and valuable. He grew up in Charlotte, so has intimate knowledge of Charlotte’s neighborhoods, restaurants, hot spots, and also hidden gems. When not guest blogging for us, he runs a successful branding and media consulting company.  

Charlotte, NC – May 1 – 7, 2015 Events – Jazz, Festivals, and Cinco De Mayo