Spring Color on the Greenway

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Spring has sprung!

Charlotte festival season is in full swing and going hard with Charlotte SHOUT! ongoing, the StrEATS Festival kicks off, there’s a full-on fair in Concord and a fair for auto lovers, too.

Charlotte StrEATS is almost here!  On April 17 and April 16 at Gateway Village, guests can try bites from 20 restaurants, enjoy craft cocktails created by local mixologists and sip on local beer and wine while enjoying demonstrations on the main stage.

StrEATS is proudly part of Charlotte SHOUT! which rolls on. The festival features light installations, painted eggs, inflatable gnomes, live music and light-up teeter totters closes Sunday so enjoy it all over Uptown while you still can.

Feeling musical? Then Moo, Brew & “Que is for you. Charlotte’s annual craft beer, burger and music festival now has barbeque. The event features 25+ local, regional and national breweries and over 75 great beers. Expect to see 15 area restaurants and food trucks competing for burger & barbecue bragging rights. Go see an amazing lineup of local, regional, and national music artists with Mt. Joy headlining Saturday and Chris Lane on Sunday.

How about a retro-feeling and family-friendly fair? Head to Concord for the Queen Charlotte Fair. It’s yours to visit through April 23 with all kinds of fun-filled entertainment, delicious food and thrilling rides. It also has attractions for all ages, carnival games, live shows and performances.

For the auto-enthusiast, there’s the Charlotte Auto Fair at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Go see the latest technology, trends, parts and products at the race track. Guests can witness iconic examples of machinery at the April 16 Smith Heritage Invitational, test-drive the current line of Chevrolet vehicles and ride along with professional Ford Performance Racing School drivers. The event goes through April 16.

There are sports, too! Charlotte FC is home for the first of three games at Bank of America Stadium. First up, is April 17 at 7:00pm against the Colorado Rapids. Go see our friends from Sportsradio 92.7 WFNZ at the Doghouse to pre-game or join the watch party.

The Charlotte Knights are home, too. It’s been Chicago Week all week at Truist Field and the homestand against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp continues through April 16. On April 14, there’s rain in the forecast which may wash out Fireworks Night. Get the WBTV First Alert forecast here. On 15, it’s Jackie Robinson Day. And on the 16th, kids can run the bases.

I can’t wrap up the article without mentioning that it is prime brunch szn. Lukcily, Axios Charlotte put together this handy guide of the best brunch places.

Enjoy your weekend!