• Taste of Charlotte
When: June 2-3, 11am-11pm; June 4, 11am-6pm.
Where: Tryon Street in downtown Charlotte, between 1st and 6th Streets.
• The 29th Annual Yiasou Greek Festival
When: September 7-10, Thursday-Friday events 11am-10pm and Sunday 12-8pm.
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte.
Price: Tix are $2.
• Greater Hickory Smoke BBQ Festival (Kansas City-style contest)
When: May 26-27.
Where: Catawba Furniture Mall, 377 US Highway 70 SW I-40 Exit 123, Hickory, NC.
• Sand Bar at River City Marina, Lake Norman
When: Open lunch, dinner and late night, Tuesday through Sunday.
Where: 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, NC.
Check out: Various menu specials, including full rack of ribs at half rack price, free pool and live entertainment from 9pm-12am on Friday nights. This waterfront facility is open year-round.
• Center City Green Market
When: Saturdays, May 20 to September 23, 8am-1pm.
Where: 7th Street and College (across from Reid's Fine Foods).