May’s five essential dates.
The annual Midwood Maynia and Home Tour offers the chance to get a peek inside some of Charlotte’s most historic—and beautiful—homes and gardens in the charming Plaza Midwood neighborhood. In addition to the annual home tour, the weekend celebrates spring with a parade, live music, and food. www.plazamidwood.org
Myers Park’s SOCO Gallery is hosting an opening reception for its Passage exhibit with native North Carolina photographer Linda Foard Roberts. Passage will feature five different series of Roberts’ images from the last decade, which are all chronicled in her newly published book also called “Passage.” The reception, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. and the exhibit continues through June 23. www.soco-gallery.com
Get ready to pig out. The annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at SouthPark Mall’s Symphony Park features an entire afternoon of beer and bourbon sipping alongside barbecue eating. The day also includes live music, a barbecue competition, and even bacon tastings. www.beerandbourbon.com
There are plenty of places to celebrate Mother’s Day around Charlotte, but none as scenic and sunny as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The garden hosts two days of celebrating with activities like carriage rides, live music, family crafts, wine walks, picnics, and more. Plus, the first 250 moms admitted each day receive a free potted plant. www.dsbg.org
Indulge in food, wine, and art at the Mint Museum’s Taste of the Mint series this month. The evening includes small plates from Halcyon, Flavors of the Earth and a curator-led tour of the museum’s newest exhibit, “State of the Art,” which features 75 works of art from around the country. Tickets are $40 and museum members save 25 persent. www.mintmuseum.org