Mark your calendar with these April must-dos

Here are this month’s five essential dates:


April 5-8
Some of the Queen City’s most talented filmmakers will showcase their works during the eighth-annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. This year’s theme is “Essence of Creativity,” and the film showings—as well as workshops, classes, and networking events—will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Cost is $40 for a movie pass or $150 for access to all festival events.


April 19-22
Celebrate your love for the outdoors at the sixth-annual Tuck Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Named for the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historic landmark on the USNWC property, the four-day festival is packed with obstacle courses, yoga classes, raft races, marathons, bicycle shows, live music, and more. Admission is free. Registration for all races is one fee of $25 for youth and $35 for adults. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.


April 20
Show your support for education at UNC Charlotte’s fifth-annual Green Tie Gala. This year’s theme is Triple Crown, so don your most elegant derby cocktail attire as you enjoy the live entertainment, dancing, mystery box auction, cocktail hour, and plated dinner. The event will be 7-11 p.m. at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel, 222 E. 3rd St. Proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for students at UNCC. Early-bird tickets are $65.


April 21
Pet-lovers, unite at the annual Pet Palooza Festival & Walk. This 2K fundraising walk supports the Humane Society of Charlotte, and will include an adoption area, music, a picnic pavilion, food, beer trucks, and other activities for families, kids, and pets. Event starts at 11 a.m. at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. Walk registration is $35 and includes a T-shirt and dog bandana.


April 26-28
Marvel at the work of three new choreographers at the Charlotte Ballet’s “Spring Works,” as they bring new and exciting ideas to the stage. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Saturday is a family matinee performance, with interactive, activities starting in the lobby at 1 p.m.; the show starts at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 for children, and adult tickets start at $25.


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