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Pop Up Picnic – October 21 at Metropolitan

Celebrate Green Spaces and Trails.

Come spread a blanket and enjoy an autumn evening outside with family and friends in support of our local green spaces and trails! This free, family-friendly community picnic is open to all and takes place at Metropolitan, just steps away from the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Free and open to all!
Advance registration is requested.

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Picnic basket sales are closed. A limited number may be available to purchase at the Picnic.

Bring your own picnic meal to enjoy. Sorry, no outside alcohol allowed.

Purchase from onsite food trucks K&N BBQ and Cutting Board CLT or one of the many nearby Metropolitan restaurants.


Local craft beer for sale from Petty Thieves Brewing and Blue Blaze Brewing

Wine for sale by Mere’s

Lemonade from A Simple Squeeze


Music by Asheville-based bluegrass band Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party and emerging country artist Austin McNeill. Bios below.

Kids crafts with Arts+,  hoop dancing by Priscilla Hoopmore, bubble artists and more! 

Event Information


1200 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte, NC

The Picnic will take place on the lawn adjacent to Open Rice and across from Midtown Ballroom.



Free parking is available in the Metropolitan parking deck where Trader Joe’s and Best Buy are located. We recommend going up to the office tower parking on levels 3-6. Guests with limited mobility may also be dropped off.


We encourage alternative transportation — walk or ride your bike on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway!


Porta-johns and a hand washing station will be available.

What to Bring

Blankets and lawn chairs

Picnic meal and non-alcoholic drinks if you did not pre-order a basket

Refillable water bottle for the water stations

What NOT to Bring

Outside alcohol

Tents, hammocks or large umbrellas

Glass containers or bottles

Unleashed dogs

2023 Hosts

Event Chairs

CT Anderson
Sarah and John Bourgeois
Maggie and William Blair
Nancy Falls
Claudia and Andy Heath

2023 Picnic Hosts

Robbie and Andrew Adams
CT Anderson
Sarah and John Bourgeois
Maggie and William Blair
Carol and Bill Carstarphen
Delane and Walter Clark
Nathan Clark
Leslie and John Culbertson
Donna and Al de Molina
Jennifer DeWitt and Oz Tuzcu
Anna and Dennis Elliott
Nancy Falls
Sherard Anne and Tom Gates
Claudia and Andy Heath
Becky and Jim Hovis
Leslie Johnson
Mary Scott Kennedy
Fran and Bart Landess
Katie and Tommy Lee
Martha and Tommy Odom
Lisa and Rob Phocas
Kathy and Lat Purser
Susan and Markus Scherer
Katie and Steve Scruggs
Kylan and Justin Smith
Mary and Bill Staton
Laura and David Truesdale


Kelley and Andy Anderson
Leslie and Kyle Carse
Caroline and Quin Cogdell
Demitra and Redmond Farha
Becca and Lucas Fries
Stephanie and Wells Herndon
Laura Little
Meg and Will MacBain
Jessie and Alston Mann
Cassidy and Cam Montgomery
Nancy and Harris Ralston
Jennings and Ashley Snider

Hosts receive access to picnic basket pre-sale and tickets to hospitality tent with private open bar. 


Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party marries folk pop melodies with the lonesome sound of traditionalJackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party Appalachian music. In a region with a strong music culture, it is no surprise that Grimm’s songwriting is representative of his musical birthplace: Asheville, NC.

The Bull Moose Party was Grimm’s backing band for his 2018 debut album which was hailed “..a basically perfect Americana album” (country.de). Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party bring a perfect mixture of high-energy bluegrass, beautiful melodies, and real, raw songwriting.

Austin McNeill is an independent artist who was born and raised in Rowan County, NC. He has been chasing his music dreams since first finding his passion in a small Southern Baptist church choir at the age of 5. Austin’s sound ranges from Country to Southern Rock, influenced by the likes of Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lynard Skynard, BlackBerry Smoke, and Motown blues.

Austin was chosen to be one of Tractor Supply’s Emerging Artists in 2023 and had his breakout debut single “Ridin’ Highways” featured during the 2023 CMT awards. He made his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry in October 2023.




Your sponsorship makes this free community picnic open to all while supporting the preservation of local green spaces and building more trails! Sponsors receive recognition and benefits for their investment.