Hello May. Your flowers are welcome here.

Blooming and Booming

Calling all artists and creatives! Charlotte is Creative is working with South End to pair creatives with South End businesses for weekend pop-up activations - "Blooms" -  May 15 through the end of June.

Blooms are three- to four-hour activations that can take place during the daytime or in the evening on-site at select South End Businesses.

Blooms might be performing live music or dance, playing host to an interactive (COVID-safe) activity or creating art for temporary or permanent installation.

The goal of South End Blooms is to lift up small businesses with surprising, creative experiences from Charlotte’s creative community.

Learn more and apply by 8pm on May 6. 

Walking into Spring 

From colorful murals and outdoor art to gallery crawls and art shows, art is everywhere and for everyone in the South End. Around every corner, you’ll discover the neighborhood’s vibrant and welcoming culture shaped by creativity and self-expression.

There are three opportunities for you to immerse yourself in art this weekend: Check out South End's First Friday Gallery Crawl and sign up for an interactive art walk led by Anne Low of Art Walks CLT and Charlotte-born artist and muralist Arko on May 7th or May 8th! In addition, The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute has created virtual City Walks for you to explore your neighborhood and beyond. You may see a few familiar faces, and murals, as you explore. 

Join our team! 

Center City Partners  is looking for a community engagement and programs coordinator for South End. This position will build relationships, and curate creative programs and events for South End. 

If you have outstanding people skills, and love outreach, public programming/events, meeting new people, bringing groups together, and listening for collaboration – please apply. 

Get in the Know

Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring a blood drive outside of Bradham Apartments (145 New Bern St.) on May 11 from 10 am - 4 pm. Click here to reserve your spot. 

Pizza News: Triple C Brewing has partnered with InTown delivery to hand deliver their fabulous pizzas and 4-packs of beer straight to your door (or the pool). 

Over 70 adults and 30 kids volunteered for the first Rail Trail clean-up on April 25th! The next clean up will be on May 16, from 10 am - 1 pm. You can find the Eventbrite link here after it goes live next week!

This Rail Trail clean-up was the first of many this year, as US Bank, Center City Partners, and South End Social (@southendsocial_clt) are collaborating to host one per month for the rest of the year. The clean-ups will fall on the third Sunday of each month, and include fun gifts, too!

No matter your mood, we have all you need for a great family friendly day in South End. Check out the best places to take your pup, our Retail Therapy guide, or our guide for the healthy and happy South Ender.

Ready to safely venture out or planning the perfect night in? Let our randomizer decide the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or a new place to shop. Spring is here, why not add a few surprises to your day? 
First photo: Brand The Moth - Dari Calimari
Second Photo: Hodges Taylor, In Process: Eleanor Annand 
Third Photo: Charlotte Center City Partners
Fourth Photo: @studiokmo and @triplecbrewing
Adventure around every corner. Grab your mask and go explore. 
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