10 Things To Do At Art & Soul of South End

April 17, 2019 10:28 pm


Walk down the streets of South End on a spring day and you will see dogs of all sizes stepping down the Rail Trail, hear music drifting from the busy restaurant patios and maybe even catch a whiff of Price’s fried chicken floating on the air. For 17 years, Art & Soul of South End has been bringing people together on a Saturday in the spring to celebrate the neighbors who call South End home. This year, Art & Soul of South End will take over Camden Road on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind street festival celebrating craft, creativity and community.

Here are 10 things you can do at the festival this year:

  1. Warm Up With a Game of Mini-Golf on Camden

Who doesn’t love mini-golf? You don’t need your own clubs, or much skill, to have fun on this 9-hole course popping up on Camden for the day. Bring a friend or your family, and try your hand at this free, unique course designed by artists Arko & Owl. Perfect for all ages.

  1.  Green Your Thumb: Learn About Gardening & Growing Food

If spring has you wishing you knew more about all things green and growing, join the Jzar Family Homestead at Art & Soul to learn about urban farming and gardening. Planting and gardening demos (hands-on and great for kids or newbies) and ideas for living sustainably will inspire you, and then a visit to Malone’s Nursery pop-up at the festival will equip you with the plants you need to get started.

  1.  Make Something Beautiful

Being2Art, a local Charlotte artist, will craft a mural in the street, and you can help! Stop by during the festival to pick up your favorite color of chalk and help create a beautiful, temporary art installation.

  1.  A Pop-up Park Like No Other

South End is the place where we like to try new things, and here’s a really new one: pop-up parks gone coastal. For one-day only, part of Camden will transform into a sandy beach. There will be umbrellas, beach chairs and beach toys. Bring out your pail and dig your toes into the first taste of summer.

  1.  Enjoy Live, Local Music

Two stages will feature live music all day long. Nathan Davis and Emily Sage will play at a stage by Camden and Kingston. At the other end of the street, artists Stefan Kallander and Jeff Brown will perform at a stage at Worthington. There will be seating areas with adirondacks and umbrellas in front of the stages to sit back, relax and enjoy the music.

  1.  Nom, Nom, Nom

Whatever your lunch cravings are, there is a restaurant here to meet them. If fried chicken is your thing, you can go classic with Price’s legendary crispy bird, or pair it with a beer on the patio at Leroy Fox. You can get Tex-Mex tacos from Superica, or tacos auténticos at Sabor. Burgers at Pike’s and Bang Bang, bao buns at Hawkers, bulgogi at, well, Bulgogi Box. You won’t go hungry.

  1.  Get Your Hands Dirty

Clayworks, the non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of ceramic arts, will be on site to talk about their craft, their mission and teach you how to throw your own pot.

  1.  Shop Local Art & Artisan Craft

Over sixty of Charlotte’s best artists and artisans will be selling everything from jewelry to gourmet seasonings at the spring festival. Shop Charlotte specific goods from CLT Find, CLT Boutique and Glory Days Apparel, handmade leather goods from Artisanal Lab or photography from Point of Hues.

  1.  Explore the Neighborhood

South End is ever-changing, with new businesses and art added all the time. Debuting at the festival this year will be several themed walking tours: shopping, craft beer, public art, murals, history and Rail Trail exploration. Take a guided tour, or pick up a map at the festival info tent and chart your own adventure.

  1.  Something Sweet

End a great day in South End by cooling off from the warm weather with a popsicle from King of Pops (banana pudding pops!), ice cream from Golden Cow Creamery (the dunkaroos flavor will bring back all of your best childhood memories), cookies from Milk Mustache Cookies (Nutella Crunch), or sweet, delicious kettle corn from It’s Poppin’.

Click here for more details on Art & Soul of South End. 

Check out the list below for vendors participating in Art & Soul of South End!

Carolina Clutches

Edith store

Michael Lopez Designs LLC

SeaCoast Bags

Golden Reeds


CLT Find

International Treasures Boutique

worthy + badass

Hope Inside


The Marketplace

CLT Boutique


Creations By Alice


Enticing Essence

Fjord13 Specimen

Jewelry by Susan J


Purple Girl Designs by Amber

Stamped and Cashed

The Beeline Designs

Twenty Two West

zbeads by mara


Mama’s Gal

KeenaraShawn’s Handmade Jewelry

Mary Madison Jewelry

Nemesis Jewelry

Willow & Ruth

Belle Bélier

Sarah Wiley Jewelry

Artisanal Lab

Johnny Fly

Pet Wants Charlotte – The Urban Feed Store

Glory Day’s Apparel

Anna Gelbach Designs


Cat Babbie Makes

Happy Hart Co.

Mercy Creates

Mos art

Celia Elias Studio

Creative Art Company

Frnk Design Co.

West of More

The Card Gallery

C+R by the Sea

Jordan McDowell Illustration

Peter Tomlinson Photography

Point of Hues

Golden and Grey

Rheino Ceramics

Rhinos’ Exotic Wooden Pipes LLC

Southern Elegance Woodworks

Westwood Crafts

Alexa’s Attic

The Wood Den

Ador Creations

Dragonfly Apothecary

Pure Stella Skin Care

Zavia Handmade


Lou Moon Candle Co.

Mallory Candle Co

Pink Daisy Candle Company

Heavenly Scent Candle Co

Hedin Home & Garden

Elle G. Designs

Personalized Panda

Malones Nursery

Darbys Kitchen LLC

It’s Poppin Gourmet Kettle Korn

Marty’s Jerky & Pickles

Milk Mustache Cookies

Queen B Booch

UpDog Kombucha

Tommy’s Jerky Charlotte

My Fabulous Food, LLC

Kleine Beine Apiary

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