Discover Charlotte’s neighborhood stories

Explore South End, see art along a greenway

A crowd views the historic Highland Mill in the NoDa neighborhood. Photo: Mary Newsom

 

SUNDAY’S UNIVERSITY CITY WALK IS CANCELLED DUE TO FORECAST OF THUNDERSTORMS.

ORGANIZERS OF THE SUNDAY SLOW RIDE BICYCLE TOUR SAY THE RIDE GOES ON REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER


Upcoming walks: Visit fast-growing South End, see the Inside|Out art project along the Stewart Creek Greenway in Historic West End. Details below.

Charlotte neighborhoods have stories to tell – stories many residents have never heard. Explore some of the city’s neighborhoods and hear those stories during a month of City Walks in May. You can meander through McCrorey Heights and the area near Johnson C. Smith University, learning about Charlotte civil rights movement and the neighborhood where many of its leaders lived. Or you can hear the histories of those statues scattered along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown – whom they honor and how the statues came to be.

Those are among the 21 planned City Walks coming in May. And if you want a walk that isn’t already planned, you can plan your own City Walk.

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Scroll below for list of 2017 City Walks

Read about 2016 City Walks

City Walks are free, public walking tours throughout May that highlight the variety of neighborhoods in our city. They’re intended to inspire folks to get better acquainted with their own neighborhoods or to learn about parts of the city they don’t know well. PlanCharlotte, a publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, organizes City Walks with assistance from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, janeswalk.org  and local partnerships.

To date 21walks are planned for May 2017, but more will be announced. Check back often to see what’s in the works. You can follow City Walks Charlotte on Facebook to see when new walks are added.

Click here to RSVP to attend a walk

Jane Jacobs advocated for neighborhoods to stand up for their own best interests.

IS THIS JUST A CHARLOTTE THING?

City Walks are part of a national and global celebration – known in many cities as Jane Jacobs Walks or Jane's Walks – of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, a famous neighborhood champion who lived in New York and later in Toronto. Born on May 4, 1916, Jane Jacobs was a writer, activist and urban thinker who championed a community-based approach to city building, based on what she observed taking place in her neighborhood, Greenwich Village. She saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies and mixed uses.

Scorned at the time – the 1960s – by many professional planners, architects and city officials, Jacobs’ books and ideas are now routinely taught in planning and architecture schools.

The walks take place around the world during the first weekend in May, to honor her birthday, but in Charlotte they happen throughout the month of May. 

WANT A HAND PLANNING A WALK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Anyone can plan a City Walk. You don’t have to be a historian or a professor or a professional organizer. The idea is to encourage residents to get engaged and organizing walks for their neighbors and neighborhood.

Contact us for assistance. We can help with planning, research and publicity, or give you an experienced walk “mentor” to work with you. Contact:

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where PlanCharlotte.org is produced, is organizer for City Walks 2017 in Charlotte, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

A group enjoys the munching at a 2015 Munching Tour, with Tom Hanchett, at La Shish Kabob in east Charlotte.

SCHEDULED 2017 WALKS

(Registration is requested but not required for all walks except the three Munching Tours, which require registration.)

East Charlotte Munching Tour – THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Monday, May 1, 4:30-7 p.m. (See below for a second Munching Tour on May 16.)

What: From Ethiopia to Nepal to Jerusalem to Syria on a single suburban block. This is the sixth year for our most popular City Walk. Hosted by Tom Hanchett, the local historian and Charlotte Observer “Food From Home” columnist. This walk is limited to 15 attendees so registration is required to reserve your spot. RSVP at the link above. The walk is free to attend but please bring about $20 in cash to pay for any food you want to eat.  Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: The group will meet at 3113 N. Sharon Amity Road in front of the Nile Grocery.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs and seniors.

Parking: Parking is available in the lot at 3113 N. Sharon Amity.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, bus 17 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown travels through Plaza Midwood on Central and Commonwealth avenues, and stops a two-minute walk from 3113 N. Sharon Amity. See more at ridetransit.org.


A Walk on the West Side: Irwin Creek Greenway through Clanton Park and Revolution Park - THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.

What: Join Revolution Park community leader John Howard for a walking tour highlighting three west side neighborhoods and the contiguous system of public spaces linked by bike routes and a greenway. The walk will begin at the Dorothy Waddy Pavilion and end at Revolution Park Sports Academy. It will highlight community landmarks such as a community garden, influential community members, and discuss how the original community was developed from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Where: The group will meet at the Dorothy Waddy Pavilion, 3132 Manchester Drive, in the Clanton Park neighborhood.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.

Parking: Parking is available at the Dorothy Waddy Pavilion.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, bus 16 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown travels down South Tryon Street, then through Wilmore on West Boulevard, then runs along Barringer Drive. Get out at Manchester Drive and Graymont Drive and walk about a minute. See more at ridetransit.org.


Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour: NoDa – THESE WALKS ARE OVER

When: Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.; a second walk will begin at 11 a.m.

What: Join us for an hour walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood, an eclectic arts district and community that began as a mill village.  The tour will begin and end at Heist Brewery, 2909 North Davidson Street. Following the tour, we will have a reception at Heist Brewery.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: The group will meet at Heist Brewery, 2909 North Davidson Street.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.

Parking: Parking is available at Heist Brewery.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 3 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Davidson Street & 32nd Street stop. See details at ridetransit.org.

This walk is co-sponsored with the Charlotte Museum of History and the NoDa Neighborhood Association.


Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour: Belmont – THESE WALKS ARE OVER

When: Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m.; a second walk will begin at 4 p.m.

What: Join us for an hour walking tour of the Belmont neighborhood, Charlotte’s first working-class textile mill village.  Today, the diverse neighborhood is in the midst of transformation as persons seek single-family homes in close proximity to Uptown.  The tour will begin and end at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café, 1427 East 10th Street.  Following the tour, we will have a reception at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: The group will meet at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café, 1427 East 10th Street.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.

Parking: Parking is available at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 17 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Central Avenue & Louise Avenue stop, and walk about 1 minute. See details at ridetransit.org.

This walk is co-sponsored with the Charlotte Museum of History and the Belmont Neighborhood Association.


Grove Park Munching Tour –  THIS WALK IS OVER  

When: Saturday, May 6, 4-6 p.m.

What: Old shopping centers = foodie heaven? Yes! Where Sharon Amity Road meets W.T. Harris Blvd., stroll and sample Ray Leung’s “real Chinese” menu at Panda’s Den, Greek souvlaki with Kiki Kakavitsa at Parkway House, Ty Noble’s Caribbean flavors at Ty’s Wings & Tings, then coffee & Salvadoran pastries with Estefania Segovia at Salvadoreña. Grove Park neighborhood leader Mimi Davis and Charlotte Observer “Food From Home” columnist Tom Hanchett are your guides. This walk is limited to 15 attendees so registration is required to reserve your spot. RSVP at the link above or below. The walk is free to attend but please bring about $20 in cash to pay for any food you want to eat. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: The group will meet at the Ascension sculpture, corner of Sharon Amity Road & East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs and seniors.

Parking: Parking is available in the lot at 5724 East W.T. Harris Blvd.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 23 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Milton Road and Sharon Amity Road stop, and walk about one minute. See details at ridetransit.org.


Plaza Midwood Ramble – THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Sunday, May 7, 1:30-2:30pm

What: Wander through Plaza Midwood, a Charlotte neighborhood steeped with history, with community historians Jeff Byers and Tom Hanchett, who’ve both written extensively on the neighborhood. Learn the history of the Plaza Midwood business district and meet some of its denizens – including the shopkeeper restoring a 1942 airplane inside his bookstore. This walking tour is in conjunction with OpenStreets704, an event that will close some streets to vehicle traffic to allow walking, biking, skating, etc. Info: Tom@HistorySouth.orgDue to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: Meet at the swing next to the Charlotte Fire Department, 1201 The Plaza.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors, and children.

Parking: Find on-street parking nearby or use the city lot at Thomas Avenue and Central Avenue ... or bike/walk in using the car-fee OpenStreets704 route. 

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, bus 9 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown travels along Central Avenue. Get out at the Thomas Avenue stop.  See more at ridetransit.org.


From Grids to Curves: The Evolution of Dilworth– THIS WALK IS OVER 

When: Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.

What: Join urban design Professor Emeritus David Walters for an hour’s walking tour of the Dilworth neighborhood. Learn about Charlotte’s first “Streetcar Suburb” and how it transformed into a Romantic Garden Suburb. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: Meet outside Big Ben's British Restaurant, 2000 South Blvd., Suite 150.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors and children.

Parking: Parking is available at 2000 South Blvd.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take the Lynx Blue Line light rail from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the East/West Boulevard station, and walk about five minutes. Or take bus 16 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown or bus 25 from Novant Presbyterian Health Center. See details at ridetransit.org.


Trail of History along Little Sugar Creek Greenway THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m.

What: Led by local historian and author Scott Syfert, this walk will visit the Trail of History statues along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and tell the histories of the people depicted by the statues.

Where: The group will meet in front of the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College, at Seventh Street and Kings Drive.


Celebrating Jean Tinguely and “Santana” at the Bechtler and Beyond THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Thursday, May 11, 4  p.m.

What:  Join Jen Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, for a tour of the new exhibition, “Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana.” Edwards will highlight Tinguely’s iconic sculpture, “Santana,” which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016, as well as sculptures from both the Bechtler collection and on loan, drawings and prints, and personal correspondence between the artist and the Bechtler family. The tour will conclude with a walk to Carillon Tower (227 West Trade Street) to view Tinguely’s mark on Charlotte, “Cascade.” This was the artist’s last major work before he died. Following the tour, there will be a reception at Morton's Steakhouse. 

Where: Meet at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 South Tryon Street.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, seniors and children.

Parking: Parking garages, surface lots and metered spaces are available near the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 16  from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Tryon Street & Second Street stop, and walk about one minute. See details at ridetransit.org.


The Transformation of Place: University City and Transit-Oriented Development THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.

What:  Experience University City’s changing landscape on this one hour walk led by Tobe Holmes, the planning and development director at University City Partners. The tour will highlight key redevelopment plans as well as a few challenges and opportunities that will come on the heels of the Blue Line Extension.

Where: Meet outside the Famous Toastery, 8933 J. M. Keynes Drive #2.

Accessibility: This event will potentially traverse active construction areas that may not be as suitable for wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors or young children.

Parking: Parking is available at the Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J. M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 11  from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Tryon Street & JM Jeynes Drive stop, and walk about two minute. See details at ridetransit.org.


Walking Tour of Johnson C. Smith University and Nearby Neighborhood THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 13, 1:30-3:30pm

What: Learn about remarkable McCrorey Heights, a neighborhood built after World War II by and for African American leaders. Then stroll to the handsome campus of Johnson C. Smith University. Walk leaders will include historian Tom Hanchett and others.

Where: The group will meet at First Baptist Church-West, 1801 Oaklawn Avenue.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to bicycles, seniors, children.

Parking: Parking is available in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church-West.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 26 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown and get out at the Mulberry Avenue stop across the street from the church.  See more at ridetransit.org.


Walking Tour of Hebrew Cemetery and Brightwalk THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Sunday, May 14, 1-3 p.m.

What: Hear stories of the notables who rest in one of Charlotte’s oldest cemeteries, including best-selling author and civil rights activist Harry Golden. Then head next door to visit one of Charlotte’s newest neighborhoods, Brightwalk, a national model of mixed-income development. Brian Yesowitch of Temple Beth El will co-lead the walk with historian Tom Hanchett

Where: Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to bicycles, seniors, and children.

Parking: Limited parking is available at the cemetery.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 26 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown and get out at the Oaklawn Avenue intersection. Walk five minutes to the cemetery.  See more at ridetransit.org.


East Charlotte Munching Tour – Central Avenue – THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Tuesday, May 16, 4:30-7 p.m.

What: Enjoy Mexican and Colombian pastries, Honduran baleadas, Mexican tortas and get a glimpse of the surprisingly rich cultural life of Charlotte’s “salad bowl suburbs.” The walk is hosted by Tom Hanchett, the local historian and Charlotte Observer “Food From Home” columnist. This walk is limited to 15 attendees so registration is required to reserve your spot. RSVP at the link above. The walk is free to attend but please bring about $20 in cash to pay for any food you want to eat. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

Where: The group will meet in front of Lempira Restaurant, 4439 Central Avenue.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs and seniors.

Parking: Parking is available at 4439 Central Avenue.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, bus 9 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown travels along Central Avenue. Get out at the Progress Lane stop and walk about a minute. See more at ridetransit.org.


Uptown’s Wall Poems - THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m.

What: See, read, discuss and learn about Amy Bagwell and Graham Carew’s arts project, Wall Poems, which has put poetry on building walls around uptown Charlotte. The tour will begin at 7th Street Public Market and end at Dandelion Market with drinks and snacks. This walk is in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners, and the artists, who will join the walk.  

Where: The group will meet at 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs and seniors.

Parking: Parking is available at various paid lots and decks around uptown. After 6 p.m. most on-street metered spots are free. One nearby parking deck is Seventh Street Station; enter from Seventh Street between North College Street and the light rail tracks. The 7th Street Public Market on the ground floor will validate tickets for up to 90 minutes of free parking with a purchase from one of the businesses in the market. Take the parking ticket and proof of purchase to Greeneman Farms or Local Loaf. The market closes at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Transit: Multiple bus routes converge at the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown, a five-minute walk from 7th Street Public Market. If taking the Lynx Blue Line, get out at the Seventh Street stop. See more at ridetransit.org.


Layers of Development in Enderly Park - THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.

What: Learn about the social, geographical, and historical influences that have been part of the development of this west side neighborhood. From country farm and retreat to the current site of gentrification, we will see evidence of the many influences that comprise this neighborhood. This walk will be led by Greg Jarrell, Enderly Park neighbor and director of QC Family Tree.  

Where: The group will meet at Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, seniors and children.

Parking: Parking is available at Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 8 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Tuckaseegee Road and Karendale Ave stop. See details at ridetransit.org.


Walk Tall: Wander Among the Trees of University City's Green Heart, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens - THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 20, 1:30 p.m.

What: Join Associate Director Paula Gross for a walking tour through the 10-acre Botanical Garden at UNC Charlotte. The walk will start from the McMillan Greenhouse and head into the Van Landingham Glen – a woodland garden of thousands of native plants and rhododendron. We’ll follow winding paths below majestic trees, including a grove of bigleaf magnolia. The tour will continue to the Susie Harwood Garden through the Mellichamp Native Terrace and Asian Garden, and return to the greenhouse to tour its collection of carnivorous plants. 

Where: The group will meet at the McMillan Greenhouse on the UNC Charlotte campus, 9090 Craver Road.

Accessibility: The outdoor botanical gardens are not wheelchair-, walker- or bicycle-accessible. All ages welcome.

Parking: Parking available at the East Visitor Deck (5-minute walk to greenhouse) or any unmarked parking space on campus.

Transit: Bus 11 (North Tryon) to UNC Charlotte – Daily 5:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Or  Bus 29 (between UNCC and SouthPark Mall – Mondays-Saturdays from about 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


Liberty Walk through Uptown - THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m.

What: Uptown Charlotte saw plenty of action in the years before and during the Revolutionary War, including the 1780 Battle of Charlotte between local patriots and the forces of Lord Cornwallis, the British commander who spent 16 humiliating days in Charlotte during September 1780. Learn why the hornet’s nest is Charlotte’s symbol. (Hint: It involves an annoyed Cornwallis, after local militia pestered his men relentlessly.) Learn why May 20 is a significant date for Charlotte. Led by local historian and author Scott Syfert, this event will tell you about Charlotte’s Revolutionary history as you follow the Liberty Walk through uptown.

Where: The group will meet in front of the Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 South Tryon Street uptown.


The Story of Pinewood and Elmwood Cemeteries – THIS WALK IS OVER

When: Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m.

What: This walking tour will touch on local racial segregation in the Jim Crow era (how Elmwood was created for whites and Pinewood was created for blacks), the Civil War (and participants buried in Elmwood), the influenza epidemic of 1918, the historical significance of about two dozen people buried there, burial customs of the 19th century, present-day care of old grave markers, old cemeteries as a tool for genealogy research, at least one murder, several tragic deaths, and several scandals.This walk will be led by Bill Hart of the Fourth Ward neighborhood. Registration is required for this walk. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

While the City Walk is free, there will be a discounted rate for walk participants who'd like to take part in the Friends of Fourth Ward's Secret Gardens Tour. The Secret Gardens Tour is a self-guided tour that takes you into rarely seen gardens, courtyards and gathering spaces, with a tour guidebook of historical information, food and beverage tastings along the way and complimentary small bites at nearby restaurants such as The Poplar and The Asbury.  The Secret Gardens tour also includes docent-led tours of Fourth Ward Park, which has great public art and lots of special plantings. To receive the discounted rate please purchase Fourth Ward Secret Gardens Tour tickets by April 15th. Please click here for more information, http://www.fofw.org/garden-tour.

Where: The group will meet at the entrance of the Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery, West 6th Street.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, seniors and children.

Parking: Parking is available at the Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 86 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Trade Street & Cedar Street stop, and walk about seven minutes. See details at ridetransit.org.


Sunday Slow Rider's Bike Tour: Streetcars and Their Discontents - SUNDAY SLOW RIDES TAKE PLACE REGARDLESS OF WEATHER

When: Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m.

What: This special edition of the Sunday Slow Ride (a weekly bike ride) will explore the streetcar sububurbs of Charlotte, looking at signs past, present and future of how the humble streetcar has shaped and will continue to shape Charlotte. Topics will include historic development, segregation, and barriers and opportunities related to the current streetcar. The ride will be 10-15 miles at an easy 10 mph party pace. Please wear a helmet and make sure your bike is ready to
roll. 

Where: Meet at Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Avenue.

Accessibility: This tour is for bikes only. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet.

Parking: Parking is available along Commonwealth Avenue.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 9 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to Central Avenue & Thomas Avenue stop, and walk about three minutes. See details at ridetransit.org.


The Transformation of Place: University City and Transit-Oriented Development - THIS WALK IS CANCELLED DUE TO POTENTIAL STORMS 

When: Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m.

What:  Experience University City’s changing landscape on this one hour walk led by Tobe Holmes, the planning and development director at University City Partners. The tour will highlight key redevelopment plans as well as a few challenges and opportunities that will come on the heels of the Blue Line Extension.

Where: Meet outside the Famous Toastery, 8933 J. M. Keynes Drive #2.

Accessibility: This event will potentially traverse active construction areas that may not be as suitable for wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors or young children.

Parking: Parking is available at the Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J. M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 11  from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Tryon Street & JM Jeynes Drive stop, and walk about two minute. See details at ridetransit.org.


The Story of Pinewood and Elmwood Cemeteries – THIS WALK IS FULL

When: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m.

What: This walking tour will touch on local racial segregation in the Jim Crow era (how Elmwood was created for whites and Pinewood was created for blacks), the Civil War (and participants buried in Elmwood), the influenza epidemic of 1918, the historical significance of about two dozen people buried there, burial customs of the 19th century, present-day care of old grave markers, old cemeteries as a tool for genealogy research, at least one murder, several tragic deaths, and several scandals.This walk will be led by Lynn Weis of the Fourth Ward neighborhood. Registration is required for this walk. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.

While the City Walk is free, there will be a discounted rate for walk participants who'd like to take part in the Friends of Fourth Ward's Secret Gardens Tour. The Secret Gardens Tour is a self-guided tour that takes you into rarely seen gardens, courtyards and gathering spaces, with a tour guidebook of historical information, food and beverage tastings along the way and complimentary small bites at nearby restaurants such as The Poplar and The Asbury.  The Secret Gardens tour also includes docent-led tours of Fourth Ward Park, which has great public art and lots of special plantings. To receive the discounted rate please purchase Fourth Ward Secret Gardens Tour tickets by April 15th. Please click here for more information, http://www.fofw.org/garden-tour.

Where: The group will meet at the entrance of the Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery, West 6th Street.

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to wheelchairs, seniors and children.

Parking: Parking is available at the Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 86 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Trade Street & Cedar Street stop, and walk about seven minutes. See details at ridetransit.org.


NEWLY ADDED -  Explore South End

When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.

What: Explore this fast-redeveloping neighborhood along Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line light rail, with its art-filled rail trail.

Where: The group will meet at the Atherton Mill Market, 2140 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203, and will finish at a nearby restaurant.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take the Lynx Blue Line light rail from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the East/West Boulevard station, and walk about five minutes. Or take bus 16 from the Charlotte Transportation Center uptown or bus 25 from Novant Presbyterian Health Center. See details at ridetransit.org.


NEWLY ADDED -  Inside|Out Art Walking Tour

When: Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

What: Join the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art+Culture for a walking tour of the newest public art installations from Inside|Out Charlotte. Located in Seversville Park, participants will learn about these inspiring art pieces and how they came to West Charlotte. Inside|Out is a community activated art project that places high quality reproductions of artworks in neighborhoods across selected cities and is generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Inside|Out is a national program that launched in 2010 at Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and has since expanded to Akron Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The walk will be approximately three miles.

Where: The group will meet at Stewart Creek Greenway, 543 State Street. The Greenway is located on the corner or Turner Avenue and State Street. The walk will end at Frazier Park, 1201 W 4th Street Ext.

Accessibility: This event will potentially traverse terrain that may not be suitable for wheelchairs, seniors or young children.

Parking: Parking is available in the lot directly across Blue Blaze Brewing, 580 S. Turner Avenue. The Stewart Creek Greenway is located on the corner or Turner Avenue and State Street.

Transit: If you’d prefer not to drive, take bus 8 from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the State Street & Turner Avenue stop, and walk about one minute. See details at ridetransit.org.

Click here to RSVP to attend a walk