Warm Weather Fun in Charlotte Has Only Just Begun

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New attraction offering all things NASCAR, and time-tested events are a visitor's best bet for spring.

Race cars take to the track for the NASCAR Sprint Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Carolina blue skies and climbing temperatures are Charlotte's perfect backdrop for countless festivals, outdoor events and attractions.

Carolina blue skies and climbing temperatures are Charlotte’s perfect backdrop for countless festivals, outdoor events and attractions, and several new offerings add to the excitement. Although we’ve got plenty of NASCAR traditions worth celebrating this season, there are also plenty of other happenings for those looking to soak up the sun. For more information, see the NASCAR and spring events pages on charlottesgotalot.com.

New this year, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden adds Meadowood Walk, an area that will nearly double the size of the garden, and the free-access Persimmon Trail for nature lovers. Thrill seekers can zip line through treetops and cross aerial challenges on the new Canopy Tour at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Also added is the stand-up paddle boarding to their extensive list of outdoor activities. Be sure to catch the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Niki De Saint Phalle exhibit, featuring huge, brightly colored statues on neighboring park The Green, as well as the all-new million dollar light show and nightly fireworks display at Carowinds, the “thrill capital of the Southeast.”

Time-tested annual events always draw lively crowds in Charlotte. Queen’s Cup Steeplechase on April 30 and the PGA Wells Fargo Championship May 2 – May 8 return as springtime classics, while the weekly Alive After Five at the EpiCentre in Center City and River Jam free concert series at the U.S. National Whitewater Center provide laid-back live music each Thursday through the fall. Celebrate the release of new spring wines at all five Vineyards of Swan Creek and the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, an ideal day trip just 45 minutes from Charlotte.

And as spring rolls in, so does NASCAR, bringing high-profile races and fun family events to the Queen City. Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the NASCAR Sprint Series All-Star Race on May 21 and Coca-Cola 600 on May 29. Stars, cars and guitars fill Center City for the Food Lion Speed Street 600 Festival, while the NASCAR Hall of Fame honors racing legends at their annual Induction Ceremony on May 23.

With so much to see and do, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, go to charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at 800-231-4636.

With an organization-wide vision of Southern hospitality and world-class customer service, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) seeks to ensure that the visitors and events that come to the area have a positive experience. Our responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management/operations responsibilities for the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Ovens Auditorium, Bojangles’ Coliseum, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA also works to promote the region’s destination brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ through a number of marketing channels and partnerships.

Guided by three main mission objectives, the CRVA markets by bringing visitors and events to the Charlotte region, manages by making the visitors’ experiences positive and the events successful, and maximizes by marketing and managing in a way that continues to bring visitors and events back to the region.

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