The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. On exhibit through July 29. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org.
Botanica: In celebration of its 4th anniversary, Anne Neilson Fine Art is showcasing an exhibit of works by Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follmann, Pam Moxley, Vikki Stockton, Eliza Thomas and Nick Veasey. On view through June 1. Anne Neilson Fine Art, 532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite 100. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181. www.anneneilsonfineart.com.
Festival of Tables: A luncheon, silent auction, display of decorated tables and inspirational talk. Proceeds benefit the Pathway of Hope program at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and college scholarships for youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. Mistress of Ceremonies is Moira Quinn; keynote speaker is Jane McIntyre. 10 a.m. May 3. Sheraton hotel on South McDowell Street. $55. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org.
Stand Up For Mental Health: HopeWay's annual George C. Covington Educational Event features speaker David Granirer, a counselor and stand-up comic. David, who himself has depression, promotes laughter as an important form of therapy for those struggling with mental illness. 7:30 p.m. May 3. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $20; $15 for students. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. HopeWay is a nonprofit residential mental health facility. Details: www.hopewayfoundation.org.
Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour: Visit beautiful and unique gardens with expert residents on hand at each site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5; 1-4 p.m. May 6. Day-of-tour tickets are $35 at Wng Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, its programs and educational outreach. 704-331-0664; www.winghavengardens.com.
World War II Historic Reenactment: Reenactors will show what the lives of Allied and Axis troops were like during WWII. Battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. There are also food vendors, self-guided tours and a chance to visit with the reenactors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5-6 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. $9; $8 for 62 and up and students; free for 5 and younger. 704-875-2312; www.lattaplantation.org.
Kings Drive Art Walk: Paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, clay, sculpture from artists around the country will be on display along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown. There's also food, jazz and strolling musicians. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. Little Sugar Creek Greenway. www.kingsdriveartwalk.org.
World Citizen Award Dinner: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders, as its 2018 World Citizen. May 8 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Reception 6-7 p.m.; dinner and celebration 7:15-9 p.m. $175 (general reception and dinner; $250 VIP reception and dinner). Sold Out. Call 704-687-7762 to be placed on the wait list. www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.
Lafayette 148 New York: Shop a selection of pre-Fall clothes inspired by architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Available in sizes from petite to plus. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-May 12. Paul Simon Women. Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road, Suite X17. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.
HousingFest: Urban Ministry Center in conjunction with MaxxMusic presents this concert to help end homelessness in Charlotte. Headliners are Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples. May 10 at Ovens Auditorium. $51.50; $56.50; $66.50. Tickets: 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Art & Soul of South End: A spring festival for the South End neighborhood featuring food, artists, entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12. 1616 Camden Road in Historic South End. www.historicsouthend.com.
Charlotte Symphony: The finale of the symphony's classical series features Christopher Warren-Green conducting three works that displaying Mozart's musical genius, including his final symphony Jupiter. 7:30 p.m. May 11-12 at Knight Theater. $19; $36; $53; $72; $89. Tickets: www.charlottesymphony.org.
Colonial Gem: Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. Guests will enjoy dinner, live folk music, special tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander Home and a moonshine tasting. Community historian Tom Hanchett will speak about the importance of preserving history in a city of newcomers. All proceeds support the Charlotte Museum of History's mission and the ongoing preservation of the historic home site. 6-8:30 p.m. May 17. The Charlotte Museum of History. $100. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.
MeckDec Noon Commemoration: The annual commemoration of one of Charlotte's most important historic events, the signing of the famed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This annual celebration is hosted by The May 20th Society and includes military and Colonial re-enactors, historical readings and cannon firing in uptown Charlotte. Noon May 18, Independence Square, corner of Trade and Tryon streets. Free. www.may20thsociety.org.
MeckDec Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence with a day of family fun at The Charlotte Museum of History. Tour the city's oldest home, enjoy live fiddle music and experience a re-enactment of the signing of the MeckDec, followed by Colonial artillery demonstrations. Try your hand at pen-and-ink writing with quills and learn about 18th century tavern foods with cooking demos in the historic kitchen. Visit "Captain Jack's Tavern" in the barn for a Colonial beer brewing tutorial and then grab a drink from Bold Missy Brewery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. $10 adults, $8 children. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.
Studio Party: Enjoy cocktails, dining with artists, a live auction, dessert and dancing at this gala fundraiser for the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. 6-11 p.m. May 19. $250. $35 for the After Party only. www.mccollcenter.org.
A Night Of 4,000 Dreams: A celebration of A Child's Place and its supporters whose mission is to erase the impact of homelessness on the education of the more than 4,000 homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Features dinner, drinks and bidding on silent and live auction items including entertainment and travel packages. Black tie optional. 7-10 p.m. May 19. Westin, 601 S. College Street. $200. www.achildsplace.org.
Friendship Picnic: Grab your friends and join everyone at C3Lab for fun, friendship and food. Friendship Trays will be offering their usual selections of delicious lunch options; proceeds benefit the nonprofit that delivers healthy food to the homes of the elderly and infirm.. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 25. C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street.
Black Blooded: Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this exhibit is built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists, Preview is May 15-29. The public opening celebration is 7-11 p.m. May 30. Gallery Crawl is 6-9 p.m. May 31. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.
Charlotte Squawks: Saturday Night Live meets Broadway during the fourteenth edition of Squawks. Creative team Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1-2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-7; 8 p.m. June 8-9; 7:30 p.m. June 12-14; 8 p.m. June 15; 2 and 8 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; 8 p.m. June 22; 2 and 8 p.m. June 23; 3 p.m. June 24. Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bravo TVs Andy Cohen take the stage to talk about their lives and current events in news and popular culture. 8 p.m. June 15. Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. Tickets: $69.50, $79.50; $105; and $350. VIP Package includes premium seating: a Meet and Greet with Anderson and Andy; and a chance to have your picture made with them. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.