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Easter is a beautiful spring celebration in the Queen City! Families and friends are attending church, going to Easter Egg hunts and looking forward to a lovely Easter brunch.

Charlotte offers Easter egg hunts and Easter brunches all throughout the city. Whether you are entertaining visitors or enjoying your hometown, Charlotte will satisfy your Easter expectations.

Annual Easter egg hunts are being held all about Charlotte!

Kids can visit the Easter Bunny at the Matthews Community Center on March 22nd. Easter crafts will be made, with the obligatory Easter Bunny picture being made. Matthews Community Center is located at 100 McDowell St.

Southpark will hold its Great Easter Egg Roll and Hop on March 23rd at 4400 Sharon Road. The great Easter egg roll is for all ages!

On March 28th kids can join in the annual Mallard Creek Easter Egg Hunt, at 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road. Egg hunting will begin at 10:00 am.

For those swim team members of the family who can’t get enough of the water, Ray’s Splash Planet will have an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on March 28th. Kids will hunt for eggs in the water. Ray’s is located at 215 N. Sycamore Street.

Grandmas and Grandpas can enjoy their grandchildren over the Easter Holiday while creating an Easter basket. The Methodist Home Recreation Center will have a Grandparents-Grandkids Easter Basket Making on March 29th. The home is located at 3200 Shamrock Drive.

On March 30th all bunnies can hop over to the Charlotte Easter Egg Hunt at Latta Park, 601 E. Park Avenue.  Activities as well as free food will be offered. This is considered the largest Easter egg hunt in Charlotte. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful park!

Brunch is an Easter tradition for many Charlotteans and there are many restaurants offering Easter specials to get you out of the kitchen and relaxing with family and friends!

Blackthorne Restaurant and Bar will offer an a la carte Easter Brunch menu. Located in the Ballantyne area, Blackthorne has a popular contemporary American cuisine. The salads are a delight to the senses, especially the Blackthorne Pear Pecan salad. Balckthorne is located at 11318 North Community House Road.

Ilios Noche Restaurant will satisfy for Greek craving on Easter! Easter specials will be offered. If you prefer a light snack, try one of the pastries and a cup of espresso on the patio. Ilios Noches is located at 11508 Providence Road, in the Ballantyne area.

131 Main in the Blakeney Center will be opening an hour earlier, at 10:00, on Easter. Their delicious brunch menu and a special Easter menu will be offered. The eggs benedict served with light and fluffy crab cakes is a favorite! 131 is located at 9886 Rea Road, as well as in Dilworth and Lake Norman.

The Terrace Café at 14815 Ballantyne Village Way will satisfy your Easter hunger with a special brunch menu. The popular S’mores French Toast and Red Velvet Waffles will be joined on the Easter menu with delicious Smoked Salmon Omelet and Cold Water Lobster Benedict. The Easter Brunch will be 8:00 am-2:30 pm.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is an upscale steakhouse located in the Southpark area, in the popular Piedmont Row. The Easter menu includes a 3-course meal, and a children’s menu. The homemade breads and sauces are an extra, delightful culinary experience added to the wonderful steak and seafood.

Red Rocks Café, a Charlotte favorite since 1992, is offering a fun, delicious Easter brunch buffet from 10:30a.m.-3:00p.m. Enjoy choosing a different meal as many times as you can! Red Rocks is located at 4223-8 Providence Road in the Strawberry Hill shopping Center.

Charlotte is a city of Easter celebration! Enjoy the beautiful Queen City Spring by joining in one of the many Easter egg hunts, celebrating in one of the many churches and enjoying a delicious brunch at one of the fine eateries throughout the Charlotte area.

Happy Easter Queen City!



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Friday without the luxury of consuming meat is a long-held tradition for people observing the Lenten season. Lent is a time of soul searching and searching for Friday fish and/or vegetarian meals. Luckily, Charlotte has many restaurants prepared to serve a delicious Friday Lenten meal!

Fish suppers are offered at many Charlotte Catholic churches during Lent, including the K of C Fish Dinner at St. Matthew Catholic Church, located in the Ballantyne area of South Charlotte and several Protestant churches including St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church located in Waxhaw.

Charlotte restaurants are ready with their catch of the day to help with your Lenten Fish Dinner search.  Showmars is a Charlotte favorite for fried fish and shrimp dinners. Order your dinner at the counter and find a seat to gobble up those delicious hushpuppies, fries and fish.

Bonefish Grill is also a Charlotte favorite for delicious fish frenzy. White Tuna Sashimi is a delicious starter at Bonefish and a main course favorite is the Devil’s Tail Redfish Romesco.

A little more upscale for your fishing expedition is McCormick and Schmick’s located both Uptown and on the Southside of Charlotte.  M and S will offer you a menu personalized with a special occasion message for your celebration (just tell the host when you make your reservations) and with fancy fish entrees including a delicious cashew encrusted tilapia and a lump crab tower.

Sushi on the Southside is offered at How Do You Roll?, a sushi, vegetarian, and kid friendly sushi bar located at 11318 N. Community House Rd in Ballantyne, or the family could seek out the sushi at Sushiya Japan on Providence Rd. Sushiya offers a wonderful Charlotte roll.

Vegetarian meals are also a favorite during Lent. Brixx Pizza has several locations in Charlotte, including the Ballantyne and Southpark areas. Pizzas can be made with vegan cheese and many vegetables of your choice. The pear-gorgonzola is a personal favorite.

Zada Jane’s on Central Avenue offers an all organic, all vegan menu.

If you prefer to cook your own vegetarian meal, Berrybrook Farm is Charlotte’s oldest natural food store.

Nothing But Noodles is a VERY kid-friendly restaurant where, of course, you can order nothing but plain noodles for your pickiest eater and add any sauce or fish to your noodles of choice. Nothing But Noodles is located in Stonecrest Shopping Center in Ballantyne and Elizabeth and Tryon streets in Uptown.

Q’doba Mexican Grille is a vegan friendly way to satisfy your growling tummy during Lent. A Veggie Burrito or 3-cheese Nachos are fun choices for a meatless meal! Q’doba has several locations in Charlotte, including Stonecrest in the Ballantyne area.

Go ahead, be adventurous and try that sushi your granddaughter has been pushing you to sample! Charlotte’s wonderful array of restaurants means sacrificing during Lent doesn’t mean sacrificing taste!




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                                                                                                                                                   Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Charlotte, N.C.


Charlotteans always feel lucky living in the beautiful Queen City! This St. Paddy’s Day, Charlotteans will be putting on the green and celebrating their good luck in true Irish style at  Saint Patrick’s Day festivities held throughout the city March 16th-17th!

The seventeenth annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013! The parade will begin at 11:00 am at Tryon and 9th Street in uptown Charlotte. The parade will march south to 3rd Street and end at Caldwell.  This is a true parade with music, floats and all people Irish for the day! The Grand Marshall will be our very own N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.

After you enjoy the parade, continue the fun at the 2013 Charlotte Goes Green Festival! The Festival will be happening close by the parade at S. Tryon Street, between 1st and 3rd Street.  Irish music, including the traditional bagpipers; Irish dancers, food and beverages, and a Celtic Kid Zone will be a treat for the entire family! The Festival is free!

Families wanting a little more frolicking on  St. Paddy’s Day can dance a jig out to the U.S. Whitewater Center and join in the Color Me Green Race. The race is a challenging 5K trail and participants must wear a white t-shirt to avoid the green dye bombardment throughout the course (awards for the cleanest and greenest shirts). The Color Me Green Race is on Saturday. March 16th. Registration and packet pickup is at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m.  After the race, celebrate with live music, Cornhole Tournament and the annual dying of the river. The green river will remain open for rafters and kayakers.

Celtic Music Night is another family-friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with the entire gang! Presented by Historic Latta Plantation at the 5225 Sample Road, on March 16th, 10a.m.-4p.m. This fundraising event will feature live music from Irish Temperance and The Highland Pipes.  Food will be provided by the Scottish Cottage and beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Kids welcome.

 If a good- old Irish belly laugh sounds like fun, Charlotteans can have their funny bones tickled by the Chuckleheads Kiss Us We’re Irish Happy St. Patrick’s Eve Comedy Musical Variety Extravaganza at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Rd. The show is improvisational comedy, with heavy audience participation. Located on corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and North Community House Road, approximately one mile from the Morrison YMCA in South Charlotte.

Adults wanting to imbibe in traditional Irish beverages can join in the St. Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pubcrawl in Charlotte. The Luck of the Irish Crawl begins at Vapiano, 201 South Tryon Street, from 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16th – 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 17th. At Valaiano you will receive a wristband, cup, and map, and then you’re free to hit the streets of Charlotte in search of all of the participating bars! Passes will be required.

Dixie’s Tavern will also offer Irish revelers a chance to visit over 30 different Uptown drinking establishments at Rick & Bennett’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Check in is at Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E 7th Street.

Enjoy all St. Patrick events in Charlotte and paint the town Green with family and friends! Erin go brah!




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Charlotte is the Queen City!  What could be more regal in the Queen City than an afternoon tea? A cup of tea will warm and sooth you with an elegant reprieve from the unpredictable February Charlotte weather. Charlotte offers afternoon tea throughout the city in a variety of venues.

A traditional afternoon tea is served at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, located in Charlotte’s South Side. Tea is served Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5pm. Patrons can choose from over twelve varieties of tea, tea sandwiches and confectionaries. Younger guests can choose from their own special menu which includes petite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Reservations required.

 At Urbána CitySpa and Tea Bar you can enjoy spa services to accompany your choice of over 100 variety of teas. You can order your tea by the cup or pot in their lounge or tea bar. Urbána’s ultramodern therapies include a complimentary cup of tea before and after services. Private tea parties are available. Located at 27510 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Private tea parties are also offered in the town of Monroe. Located a few minutes east of Charlotte, Sweatea’s Bakery and Tea room serves afternoon tea in a historic building with antique tables and chairs. Boasting a “True Edwardian English” experience with scones and sandwiches served with your tea, Sweatea’s requires reservations for afternoon tea time, Monday-Friday.

Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour and Gift Shoppe is located in the heart of Pinehurst. Pinehurst is a historic village famous for its golf course, host to the U.S. Open and the U.S. Men’s amateur championship. Lady Bedford invites you to enjoy afternoon tea in an “elegant atmosphere of gracious hospitality”. The Victorian style tea house serves over 60 teas from around the worlds accompanied by assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets. Afternoon tea is from 11-4pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

If you prefer to brew your own afternoon tea, Teavana Tea Emporium is sure to have your favorite blend. Located in the very upscale Southpark Mall, Teavana loose teas are said to be a much higher quality than tea bags. The tea-trained staff will help you choose your tea by flavor, type, and origin. You can create your own gourmet blend!

Tea served in the comfort of your own home can be as easy as reservations! Tealightful Tea Parties  located in Matthews,NC is a traveling tea party brought right to you! Complete with white-glove service vintage china and linens, Tealightful will accomodate any theme from bridal showers to princess parties. A personalized tea party menu can be created just for you! 

Tea drinkers in a hurry can always pop by any of Charlottes 30 plus Starbucks or over 1o Caribou Coffee locations to drink and run.

A cup of tea is a genteel indulgence suited for all Queen City sippers! A moment of soothing tea, peace and quiet awaits you in Charlotte!