MAY EVENTS

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of  The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

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. 

Unstoppable  by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the  Botanica  exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Unstoppable by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the Botanica exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

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.

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

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. 

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

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.

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

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.

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

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.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6.   www.hofmannphoto.com.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6. www.hofmannphoto.com.

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. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

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.

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

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.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

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. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

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.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

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.

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

An Evening With James Taylor & His All-Star Band: The musical legend will perform two sets with a brief intermission. 7:30 p.m. May 16 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade Street, uptown. $68.50 and $103. Tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com. Details: www.jamestaylor.com.

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

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.

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

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.

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

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.

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

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.

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

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.

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

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. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

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.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

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.

COMING UP

Harry Connick Jr. brings his  A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration  tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr. brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr.: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning singer, pianist and composer brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. June 11-12. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25, $49.50, $84.50, $109.50 and $225. Tickets: www.blumenthalarts.org; 704-372-1000. 

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

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. 

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge: Following the 2017 death of their sister Joni, sisters Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge, the Grammy-nominated singers behind hits including We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer.They'll headline this fundraiser for Vision for Israel. 7 p.m. June 16. The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. $49. Tickets: www.sistersledgecharlotte.eventbrite.com; 1-866-351-0075. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

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.

MAY EVENTS

Tony Zeiss will receive the 2017 World Citizen Award during a sold-out ceremony May 2. 

Tony Zeiss will receive the 2017 World Citizen Award during a sold-out ceremony May 2. 

World Citizen Award: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents its 2017 World Citizen Award to Tony Zeiss, former president of Central Piedmont Community College, during this sold-out black tie gala at the Westin uptown. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; the dinner and awards ceremony is from 7:15 to 9 p.m. For details, click here.

One of the eight beautiful homes and gardens that are part of the annual Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour May 6-7 in the historic Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. 

One of the eight beautiful homes and gardens that are part of the annual Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour May 6-7 in the historic Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. 

Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour: Step inside eight of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the historic Plaza Midwood neighborhood during the annual Midwood Maynia celebration that also includes music, food and a parade. The Candlelight Home & Garden Tour is from 6 to 8 p.m. May 5. The Midwood Maynia Festival is May 6 and the Home & Garden Tour continues that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Home Tour tickets are $20 in advance; $25 the day of. They can be purchased online and picked up the day of the event at The Vine Church, 2101 Belvedere Avenue. Tickets are also available in advance at Common Market, Slate Interiors and Moxie Mercantile. On the day of the tour, tickets can only be purchased at The Vine Church 30 minutes before the event starts. For details, click here.

Go hog wild at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. 

Go hog wild at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. 

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival: Go hog wild during this festival that features...you guessed it...beer, bourbon and barbecue along with music, a barbecue competition and bacon tastings. Held May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall, there are two sessions; A VIP session from noon to 6 p.m. and a regular session from 2 to 6 p.m. VIP tickets are $69 in advance, $77 on site (only a limited number of tickets are available). Regular tickets are $39 in advance, $45 on site. For details, click here.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer will emcee the inaugural Pink Bow Gala May 19 at Charlotte Country Club. 

Emmy Award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer will emcee the inaugural Pink Bow Gala May 19 at Charlotte Country Club. 

Inaugural Pink Bow Gala: Madelyn's Fund founders Rachel Lee and her husband, Andy, a Carolina Panthers player, are hosting this first-time event in honor of their late daughter, Madelyn. Proceeds go to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients and their families including those who experience the trauma of infant loss. Held May 19 at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Country Club, it includes live music by the band Sleeping Booty, food, drinks and a live auction. Tickets are $125. For details, click here.

Enjoy food from Halcyon restaurant, wine and the Mint Museum Uptown's new "State of the Art" exhibit during Taste of the Mint on May 24. 

Enjoy food from Halcyon restaurant, wine and the Mint Museum Uptown's new "State of the Art" exhibit during Taste of the Mint on May 24. 

Taste of the Mint: Immerse yourself in food, wine and art during Taste of the Mint from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 24 at the Mint Museum Uptown. The elegant evening includes small plates from the museum's restaurant, Halcyon; curator-led tours of the new exhibit "State of the Art" featuring 75 works of art from around the country; and wine. Tickets are $40; museum members receive a discount. For details, click here.

After The Storm,  an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

After The Storm, an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

New Gallery of Modern Art: Visions of a Fractal Landscapes by Andreas Bechtler and The Ultimate Landscape by Maja Godlewska are on view through May 6.  May 11-June 24: After The Storm by Stephanie Hirsch. Meet Stephanie Hirsch during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. 

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. 

Soco Gallery: Through May 6: New paintings and works on paper by New York City artist Halsey Hathaway. May 10-July 8: Passage, photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.