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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES SPRING WITH EASTER FUN April 9, 2014

 

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The Easter bunny is hopping into Charlotte for EGG citing egg hunts and yummy spring celebrations!

Southpark Mall will have an Easter Egg Roll and Hop Tour on Saturday, April 12th. From 10-1:00pm the Easter Bunny will be available for photo opportunities and hop throughout the mall for Easter egg decorating, egg roll competitions and Hop Tour passport prizes!

Also in the beautiful Southpark area of Charlotte, Phillips Place will host the Easter Bunny 1-3:00pm. The fun will include Mister Twister balloon artist and face painting.

On April 18th, in Uptown Charlotte, Romare Bearden Park will have a spectacular Easter egg hunt. From 11am-1: 30pm families can enjoy a fun-filled adventure including a hula-hoop demonstration, juggling and illusion show.

St. Gabriel Church in South Charlotte will have its Annual Family Easter Egg Hunt on April 12 beginning at 10am. stgabrielchurch.org

Older children can enjoy a more sophisticated Easter celebration with parents at The Great EGGSPERIMENT Egg Drop contest at World Worship Church. The Egg Drop Contest is April 19th from 11am-2: 30 for all kids 2-Senior High. The winner receives a Season’s Pass to Carowinds! Families can also enjoy food, egg games and egg hunts. Family Paint and Easter Bunny Visit is a great way to celebrate spring at the Cajun Canvas! To inspire painters, the night will begin with the Easter bunny, then everyone will put on their Picasso and paint an Easter inspired painting!

Dying Easter Eggs is a fun, but messy tradition! Hop into the Whole Food Market on Fairview Road on April 15th and let someone else clean up after the little bunnies! Natural dyes using foods, plants and spices will safely create beautiful pastel colored eggs for the entire family to enjoy!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is a great way to hop into the spring season! Maggiano’s Little Italy is having Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12th, 8-11:00am. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet including an omelet and waffle station, visits from the Easter Bunny and a special treat to take home!

Easter Brunch at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is a great way to enjoy Easter! On Sunday, April 20th, 11am-3:00pm, families will enjoy seasonal entrées, carving stations, egg drawing and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny!

Spring in the Queen City is always stunningly beautiful and filled with Easter church activities, Easter egg hunts and family fun! Enjoy all the beauty Charlotte has to offer during the Easter season!

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CHARLOTTE GOES GREEN WITH ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS! March 11, 2014

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The Queen City is a lucky place to be on St. Patrick’s Day!

Families can enjoy the fun Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15th. The parade will have the traditional flags, floats and pipe band music filling the heart of Uptown. Children will especially like the kids area, food, Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers and Celtic vendors at the Charlotte Goes Green Festival between 3rd and Stonewall Street.

Another way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with terrific family fun is at Latta Plantation. Latta’s 2nd annual Celtic Festival on March 15-16, 10am-4pm, will include live music and Scottish dancing by Latta’s Kilts and Petticoats dancers. Grownups will enjoy local beers from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Food will be available from The Scottish Cottage, Appalachian Smoke, and Anna’s Sweet Treats. The children can play games, enjoy stories and visit the farm animals.  On March 16th, beginning at 6:00pm there will be a Celtic Night Fundraiser under the stars. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at one of Charlotte’s most beautiful historic sites!

Charlotte always offers fun sporting events!

On March 17 at 7:00pm, at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Bobcats will take on the Atlanta Hawks. What better way to wind down the busy St. Patrick’s Day weekend than to take the family to a great game of hoops?

An adrenaline filled day of Irish fun can be found at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on March 15th. The Green River Revival will start off with a heart pumping Color Me Green 5k. After the race families can enjoy riding the whitewater rapids colored a lovely Irish green and enjoy live music, food, drinks and a corn hole tournament.

If a true Irish experience is what you seek in Charlotte over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend than a visit to Fitzgerald’s is in order! Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub on the corner of 5th and N. College Street offers an authentic Irish experience on St. Patty’s Day. On March 15th and 17th from 11am to 2am, the St. Patrick’s Day Party features kegs and eggs. Cute little $5 baby Guinness will be served!

Paint the Queen City green with family and friends at one of the many Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Charlotte!

Erin go bragh!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES MARDI GRAS February 21, 2014

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Charlotte is celebrating Mardi Gras in true Nawlins style! The Queen City will be bursting with King Cake Babies, bead throwing and masquerade for a Fat Tuesday jubilation!

NoDa, Charlotte’s favorite art district, will be filled with Carnival fun at the 2nd Annual NoDa Gras Mardi Gras Bar Crawl. Admission includes complimentary beads, great specials at each stop, Cajun cuisine. Musicians will lead the way in a mini parade as you taste and drink at designated locations. The fun begins at 7:00 on February 28th.

Mardi Gras masks are a mysterious and beautiful part of Mardi Gras! Un BAL Masqué will be held at the Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Gala. This elaborate ball will benefit the Lupus foundation of America. Swing to live music, partake in a silent auction and enjoy having your fortune told! A masquerade contest and a coronation of the Gala King and Queen will top off the evening! The Masquerade Ball will be held on March 8, 7:00pm-12:00am at Center Stage, 2315 N. Davidson Street.

Charlotte Mardi Gras Parade of Beads Celebration will be on Fat Tuesday beginning at 6:00 pm! The Epicentre will have you partying in the French Quarter without ever leaving the fun of Uptown Charlotte! Special Creole menus will make your taste buds dance while your feet tap to New Orleans Zydeco favorites! A six-foot King Cake will welcome party goers at Libretto’s patio as they join the parade lead by several marching bands!

Everyone’s favorite Cajun King chef, Emeril Lagasse, will offer his specialty New Orleans-inspired American cuisine at e2 emeril’s eatery in Uptown Charlotte. Charlotteans will no doubt enjoy the festive Mardi Gras menu offered February 27-March 4. A live, horn-heavy band, and free parade beads will add to the festive atmosphere as diners choose from a specialties including crawfish etoufee, fried oysters and, of course, King Cake!

 The Cajun Queen at 1800 East 7th Street is a Queen City New Orleans style favorite! Authentic New Orleans cuisine, the spicy crawfish etouffee and seafood gumbo is only enhanced by the live jazz music from some of Charlotte’s best musicians! Delicious food, fun and music IS Mardi Gras at its best!

The Queen City celebrates Carnival in true Nawlins decadence and Southern style! Join in the parades, dancing and Cajun cuisine for a fabulous Mardi Gras!

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THE QUEEN CITY CELEBRATES LOVE February 5, 2014

Valentine-RosesValentine’s Day in Charlotte is a delectable experience for all beloveds! Whether you want the traditional romance of a fine restaurant or a fun filled evening of laughter and charm, Charlotte is alive with romance!

Traditional romantics will find a plethora of restaurants sure to sweep all loved ones off their feet!  The Royal Plateau is perfect for sharing with a loved one at George’s Brasserie; or, if you prefer the decadence of a perfect steak, Flemings Steakhouse offers a luxurious atmosphere perfect for gazing into your partner’s eyes while you enjoy a Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon and maybe buttery Truffled Poached Lobster! Nothing says, “I love you” more than the rich, sumptuous Italian food! Villa Antonio offers an enchanting atmosphere with an Osso Bucco that will make your taste buds dance!

If a full course dinner with your sweetie is a little too rich, Charlotte offers lighter fares with fun! Desserts First Valentines Day Celebration is 6-8pm at Cajun Canvas. There is a dessert buffet available, you can bring your own beverage and tap your inner artist, painting while you indulge!

Chocolate Adventure is Collaborative Ventures signature chocolate and wine pairing event! Chef Altonnia Wilkins will prepare desserts sure to make your taste buds sing, especially when paired with perfectly selected wines! Live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be a Valentine’s evening to remember!

The Melting Pot is a wonderfully fun fondue experience! Start with a fun gooey cheese fondue and top off the evening with melted chocolate! Interactive, delicious and casual romance!

Charlottean lovers can take advantage of North Carolina’s unique wineries at An Affair to Remember, Charlotte Valentines Wine Tour on February 15, 11:00am-5:00pm! The tour begins at Vivace’ at the Metropolitan and then continues with a romantic adventure of winetasting at Rocky River Vineyards, Cougar Run Winery and Daveste Vineyards. Round-trip group transportation is provided!

Athletic, adventure-seeking sweeties will enjoy Zip line &Dine at the U.S. Whitewater Center! Five zip lines; two roped bridges and a specially prepared dinner by Chef Joe Marx will be an adrenaline pumping Valentines!

Open Mic Night at the Mcglohon Theater in Spirit Square might just be the romantic gesture needed to make your partner swoon! The fun begins at 7:30 on February 14th.

The Queen City is a sweetheart’s paradise! Wine, dine, paint, sing, dance or zip into the heart of your Valentine!

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RESTAURANT WEEK OFFERS AFFORDABLE UPSCALE DINING January 20, 2014

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Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week has returned to Charlotte through January 26!

Restaurant Week is a highly anticipated culinary feast providing access to the finest restaurants in the Charlotte area. During Queen’s Feast, for $30 per person, Charlotte metro’s best restaurants will offer 3 or more courses.

Charlotteans and guests can enjoy the opportunity to experience fine dining without breaking the bank! Several of Charlotte’s acclaimed restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week and are eager to invite you to make your reservations!

Steak lovers wanting to stay on the South Side will enjoy Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  The mouth-watering sizzle of steak can also be enjoyed Uptown at the Capital Grille, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Diners who enjoy beautifully cooked finned main entrées can enjoy their fancy fish at Upstream in the Southpark area, or in the Uptown and Southpark areas at McCormick and Schmick’s.

Decadent French food can be enjoyed at George’s Brassiere, and Cafe Monte.

Italian comfort food is fabulous at Luce Ristorante e Bar and Villa Antonio on South Boulevard.

Whether your taste buds are craving Brazilian, Japanese, Mexican, or a combination of world culinary dishes, Charlotte has the restaurant to satisfy your appetite!

Charlotte Restaurant Week offers a Queen City Epicurean feast at over 100 restaurants within the city! Make a reservation at your favorite fancy fare during this week of great food at a great price!

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QUEEN CITY WARMTH IN A COLD SNAP January 7, 2014

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A Queen City Cold Snap has welcomed in 2014! Our usually mild, some say “perfect weather” city has surrendered to Mother Nature and  left our Southern tempered bodies shivering in bewilderment!

The bitter cold has,however, warmed the hearts of Charlotteans and prompted many to consider the less fortunate needing help.

Steve’s Coats for Kids Campaign is more important than ever and runs through January 15th. Spear headed by Steve Udelson, Eyewitness News Meteorologist, the campaign is in its 10th year of collecting new and gently used children’s coats of all sizes. Over 42 designated collections sights, including Channel 9, the Charlotte Fire Department and Ashley Furniture Home Stores will be accepting donations throughout the Charlotte area.

All coats are given to the Crisis Assistance Ministry, and independent non-profit agency. The coats spend less than 48 hours in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Store before received by someone in need.

Start your New Year by spreading the warmth  Charlotte is known for by donating to those who truly need your generosity in difficult times!

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SOUTH CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES NEW YEAR’S EVE! December 29, 2013


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South Charlotte is ringing in the New Year with food, fun and festivities!

Cosmos Café at 8490 Rea road, Village at Robinson Farm, Ballantyne is offering a fun Masquerade New Year’s! A four-course menu, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast will be included in the festivities.

Bradshaw Social House, also located in Ballantyne at the Village at Robinson Farm, will be offering New Year’s casualness with live music and a champagne toast.

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is having a New Year’s Party starting at 9pm with a live DJ, dancing, party favors and champagne toast. The Gallery Restaurant will be offering a special New Years Day menu.

Villa Antonio in Ballantyne Village is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party! Dinner seating starts at 4:30 with piano music beginning at 6:30 and DJ at 10:30.

SouthPark’s Upscale New Year’s Eve Party will be at City Tavern. Enjoy an appetizer buffet, outdoor fire pits, live DJ, private rooms and table service. Dinner reservations begin at 4pm and the party starts at 10pm.

Baku Japanese Restaurant and Lounge is having a NYE Soiree! The celebration will feature a special 12-taste chefs menu, music with DJ Ryan Crawford, a live saxophonist, dancing and more.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is having its 10th Annual NYE Party 9pm to 1am! Admission includes drinks and two buffets. Music will be from DJ DNIncredible G and Master C. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight.

Nan and Byron’s New Year’s Eve  Dec. 31, 10 p.m. features an open bar and buffet, music from DJ Clay Hefner, party favors, a live countdown of the ball drop, and a champagne toast at midnight. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital’s Give Here For Kids Here program

Venturing out of fun South Charlotte (for just a little bit )to include a traditional Uptown experience is easy with the Lynx line! Charlotte Area Transit System officials said extra Lynx Blue Line trains will run through 1:30 a.m. Buses will run on their weekday schedule, with select routes leaving the Charlotte Transportation Center at 1:30 a.m. First Night Charlotte will be 10 p.m. to Midnight. 
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First Night is the Charlotte’s “official” celebration. It’s an alcohol-free, family-friendly, cultural celebration in Uptown Charlotte. Artists, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians will take to the streets and venues to enjoy. If midnight is too late for the younger ones in your family, there’s a kid’s countdown earlier in the day. First Night Charlotte for Kids  is 1 to 6 p.m.
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South Charlotte is an exciting cosmopolitan area of the Queen City offering family friendly neighborhoods with many options to enjoy a sophisticated nightlife! South Charlotte is the place to be on New Year’s Eve!

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