The Top 5

May’s essential dates.

May 6

7th-Annual Timmy Belcher Memorial Rainbow Kidz Ride & Run: Get fit and benefit Rainbow Kidz, the pediatric program of hospice and palliative care during its annual 5K, 10K, and one-mile fun run and 10-, 30-, and 60-mile cycling routes. Rainbow Kidz supports patients and families who are dealing with a life-limiting illness or have experienced the loss of a loved one. Don’t miss out some great raffle items like compression socks, cycling shorts, and gift cards. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and races start from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 1206 Museum Road, Statesville.


Stand Up for Autism: Join professional paddle boarders as they stand up for autism at the Port City Club in Cornelius. This event will feature racing icon Ray Evernham, and My Aloha Paddle and Surf as they host the World Paddle Association points race to benefit the IGNITE Community Center in Davidson. Paddling newbie? No problem. There will be paddleboard and fitness demonstrations as well. 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius.

May 7

Hello Huntersville: Head over to Discovery Place Kids for Huntersville’s annual music and arts festival where you can enjoy beautiful works throughout the streets of downtown. There will be fun STEM activities, a rock wall, bounce house, and slide for kids. Moms and dads, don’t fret; there will be some awesome cultural performances and, of course, some beer and wine for you. 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

May 12–13

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival: How could you resist a day packed with two of our favorite things, music and beer? Spend the day tasting delicious local brews and taking in the wonderful sounds of everything from local bluegrass to national Americana. This is a sell-out event, so get your tickets early. Under 21 and designated driver tickets are also available. 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

May 13

18th-Annual Charlotte Asian Festival and 12th Dragon Boat Race Festival: Come out and celebrate the vast array of Asian cultures and history during this annual family-friendly event. Have some great food, see some amazing history, and cheer on your favorite dragon boat during the race. The Dragon Boat Race is an important part of the Chinese calendar which originated over 2,300 years ago. The team competition is open to ages 15 and older. 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius.