Sep 15, 2017 - Things to Do

Agenda Weekender: 65 things to do this weekend including Sycamore’s Pumpkin Fest and Camp North End’s Big Block Party

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 83. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 85. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Sunday: 84. Mostly sunny. 20% chance of rain.

Friday, September 15

Food & Drink

Networking Breakfast at the Charlotte Convention Center: If you’re involved in a leadership position, then you’ll probably benefit from this breakfast. Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, President of Duke Energy South Carolina, will be the guest speaker. 7-9 a.m. $50. Details.

Free Wheelin’ Fridays at Common Market Plaza Midwood: Do you bike to work? Get rewarded (and refueled) on the way with a free breakfast and coffee for bike commuters. 7:15-8:15 a.m. Free. Details.

Local Wine Event at 201 Central Cafe, Beer and Wine: Sample a variety of wines from local vendors, then relax at the bar with more local beers and wines. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Vegas at Discovery Place Science: Plan on a night out at Discovery Place’s Science on the Rocks: Vegas. Expect all the glitz and glamour at this adults only party complete with casino games, karaoke contests and magic shows. 5-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Details.

Ryder Estate Wine Tasting at Earth Fare SouthPark: This educational wine tasting will feature award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Call for times. Free. Details.

ACC Bar Crawl in Uptown: Come decked out in your school’s colors and join fellow ACC fans in the sportiest bar crawl in the city. Registration includes a koozie, drink specials and free entry into bars. 7 p.m. $10. Details.

Cheese and Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Red Clay has joined forces with Orrman’s Cheese Shop to walk you through four different pairings. 7-9 p.m. $20. Details.

Adult Game Night at StrikeCity: Games will include What Do You Meme, adult Jenga, Twister and more. They’ll have drink specials like beer buckets and cocktail towers and giveaways all night. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.


Dilworth Home Tour in Dilworth: Experience seven gorgeous and diverse homes. Friday and Saturday. $25-$30. Details.

Sethi Couture & Alex Sepkus Trunk Show: Donald Haack will host designers Sethi Couture and Alex Sepkus for a trunk show sale featuring contemporary jewelry. Friday and Saturday. Free. Details.

Five Buck Friday Swing Dance at Gottaswing Charlotte: This is great for beginners and pros because they’ll have free intro lessons before the DJ starts at 8:30. No partner necessary. 7-11:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210: You choose the music you want to dance to, and they’ll broadcast it to a pair of wireless headphones. At these events, people watching is half the fun. 8-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Skookum Tech Talk: Delivering for Clients With a High Tech/High Touch Strategy at Skookum: Aditya Bhasin of Bank of America will speak to the bank’s integrated technology strategy, how they meet the needs of their 47+ million clients, the important role of innovation plays in this strategy and how Bank of America partners with emerging technology companies and other key partners. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Peace and Love Party at Musa Moon, LLC: They’ll teach you how to relax while learning about the healing properties of herbs. Detox with a food soak and peach tea and make an herbal bath salt. 7-9 p.m. $30. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Shakespeare on the Green at the CPCC Cato Ampitheater: Bring a picnic (but leave the alcohol at home) and enjoy a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s shortest and most entertaining plays, The Comedy of Errors. Friday and Saturday. 7 p.m. $5+. Details.

NC Trans Pride at The Light Factory: Come out for a day of vendors, speakers, workshops and skill shares centering on trans resiliency and resistance. This years theme is “centering care and unlearning oppression.” Free. Friday-Sunday. Details.

Bechtler By Night: Hecho En México at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Get an early look at the latest second-floor exhibition, Paul Strand in Mexico, while you enjoy free Insomnia cookies and play gallery games. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

AFROFUNK CLT 2017 at Harvey B. Gantt Center: Enjoy a collaboration between A Sign of the Times & DJ Fannie Mae. They’ll be playing old & new school jams, afrobeats, afro-caribbean and Afro-latin music. 6:30-10 p.m. $12+. Details.

GNO – Alcohol-Based Inks at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery: Create your own masterpiece with alcohol-based inks on Yupo paper while you sip wine. 21+, pre-registration required. 7-8:30 p.m. $40. Details.


Outdoor Movie – Fan Vote at Promenade on Providence: Choose between Beauty and the Beast, the Secret Life of Pets, Moana, or Storks and come out with your blanket and lawn chairs for a family movie night. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Parents’ Night Out at AIR Aerial Fitness: Drop off your kids for 90 minutes of you-time. The kids will spend 60 minutes playing on the hammocks and 30 playing interactive games and more. 7:30-9 p.m. $30. Details.


EY Fit Fest at Romare Bearden Park: This community event aims to connect working professionals with local fitness studios. They’ll have free fitness classes all afternoon – just BYO mat and water bottle. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, September 16

Food & Drink

Halfway to Paddy’s Day at Rí Ra: Expect live music straight from Ireland and other festive performers, as well as specials on Guinness and other classic food and drinks all day. 10 a.m.-2a.m. Free. Details.

First Birthday at City Barbeque Ballantyne: City Barbeque is turning 1, and to celebrate they’ll have free cake for everyone and 10% of all sales will go to Pediatric Cancer Research. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Woofstock at NoDa Brewing Company: Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue are teaming up to bring vendors, rescues, adoptable dogs, a silent auction, food and drink and great music to NoDa. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 donation at the door gets you your first craft brew on the house. Details.

Splash Bash Pool Party at Craft City Social Club: Expect trendy floaties, craft beer, good food and a DJ. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Oktoberfest at Blue Blaze: They’ll be tapping Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest Ale, releasing it for the first time in cans and offering $2 off each pitcher you buy. JJ’s Red Hots will be on-site with a limited-edition brat made with the Ale. 12-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Pumpkin Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Seasonal fall beers, including Gourd Have Mercy, will be on tap, along with giveaways, live music and food trucks. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Block Party at Angry Ale’s: Round up a team and enter their cornhole and beer pong tournaments with all team fees benefitting those impacted by Hurricane Irma. They’ll have free beer and hot dogs on hand while you play. 1 p.m. $10. Details.

Drunken Pumpkin at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew: Ring in fall with unlimited samples from tons of local breweries and food trucks. Tickets are limited (to ensure short lines the day of the event). 3-6 p.m. $20 in advance. Details.

Black and Blue Bar Crawl at Fitzgerald’s: The best way to kick off Panthers season is at a bar crawl featuring all your favorite spots, with a chance to win tickets to the game at each. First 100 people receive a free t-shirt. 3-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Guac Fest at Vida Vida: Saturday is National Guacamole Day, and Vida Vida will be celebrating with guac-themed samples, appetizer, tacos and even a guacamole margarita. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. 2-6 p.m. $15 in advance. Details.

One Year Anniversary at Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne: The celebration will start with a boozy brunch ($2 mimosas and menu specials), followed by an oyster roast on the plaza and finished with live music and giveaways. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.


Lock and Key Singles Mix and Mingle at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: Every woman gets a padlock and every man gets a key. Each unlock gets you a new lock or key and enters you into a prize drawing. Ticket includes drink specials. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $21. Details.

Girl Tribe Pop Up at Sugar Creek Brewing: Shop a collection of 60+ local, women-owned businesses that are popping up for one day. Fashion boutiques, jewelry designers, calligraphers, artists, makers and up-and-coming brands will be on hand along with local brews, a photo booth, discounts and snacks. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$10. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte’s Big Block Party at Camp North End: The Big Block Party showcases local visual and performing artists, in addition to food trucks, continuous music from the main stage and fun for all ages. 5-11 p.m. $5. Details.

Queen City Quiz Show at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: South End and North End will battle it out during a series of questions about Charlotte’s past and present, making it a family friendly event that’s a great chance to learn more about your home city. Free food and drinks before the show. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Listen Up, Charlotte at Mallard Creek Recreation Center: In order to promote active listening and understanding, personal stories of African-Americans’ experience with music will be integrated into the performance. This event is cohosted by the Charlotte Symphony, A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas and the Levine Museum of the New South.  6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Magic in the Streets at N. Tryon and W. Trade: Make your night a little more magical by stopping by to see Leon the Illusionist perform live. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.


Power of the Turtle: Tales of Being Dead Last Book Signing at Charlotte Running Company Promenade: Johanna Outlaw is an endurance athlete who’s not afraid to talk about coming in last, so she’ll be signing books and answering questions all afternoon. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Beers and Burpees Charity Event at 9535 Monroe Road: Over 15 local gyms and 1,000 people will come together to workout, drink beer and raise money for the Dream on 3 Charity. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $80+ for two. Details.

St. Jude Charlotte Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on Mint Street: Join supporters across the nation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 8-10:30 a.m. $10. Details.

Epic Muddy Maze at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Part mud race, part obstacle course, part maze, this race is definitely a challenge. Registration includes entry into the maze, an afterparty, giveaway and a free beer or root beer. Ages 15 and over only. 9 a.m. $15-70. Details.

Yoga on the Deck at 400 South Tryon: Get your yoga fix with a skyline view and free mimosas at Yoga on the Deck, presented by Trinity Partners and NC Yoga Bar. Keep your class ticket for 10% off brunch downstairs at the new Rhino Market & Deli afterward, plus free parking in the 400 South Tryon deck. #NCYBpassport will be accepted. 9 a.m. $10. Details.


Gus Macker 2017 Basketball Tournament at Lake Norman: Lineberger Orthodontics presents this 2nd annual, 3-on-3 basketball tournament with food trucks, retail vendors and Lake Norman views. Tournaments available for ballers of all ages. Saturday and Sunday. $144/team. Details.

Buffalo Bills Backers Pre-Tailgate Party at Tavern on the Tracks: With a classic rock band and food and drink specials all night, this is the place to be if you’re a Bills fan the night before the game. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

App State vs. Texas State at Angry Ale’s University: Appalachian Cookie Co. and Collegiate Apparel will be on site as your cheer on your team. Free 7-10 p.m. Details.

Gamecocks vs. Wildcats Watch Party at Flight: Watch the game on multiple TVs while you enjoy drink specials (like $15 beer buckets and $3.50 Miller and Coors Lite). Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Details.

Sunday, September 17

Food & Drink

Ruth’s Chris Uptown’s Sunday Football Game Special at Ruth’s Chris Uptown: Upgrade your game day at Ruth’s Chris Uptown with their $15 lunch menu, special brunch drinks, and 10% off food with ticket stub. Details.

Whole Hog Tailigate at Sauceman’s: For every home game, Sauceman’s will be smoking a whole hog to help you fill up on beer and BBQ before heading to the game. For $5, you can get a draft and a pork sandwich and watch all the NFL games with their Sunday Ticket. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Rosé All Day at City Lights: $30 endless rosé tastings, $8 bloody Marys and live music to make the Sunday Scaries obsolete. 11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Pig and Pilsner at Vivace Charlotte: Come out after the game for two of life’s staples. They’ll be serving up sophisticated BBQ alongside $3 OMB brews. 4:30-9 p.m. $25+. Details.

Mushroom Tasting Menu at Heirloom: The health department just approved foraged mushrooms in restaurants, and to celebrate, Chef Clark Barlowe has prepared a 5-course tasting menu with some of his favorite finds. 6:30-9 p.m. $25+. Details.


Midwood Market Block Party on Commonwealth Avenue: Shop 40+ vendors, throw down at Legion’s Panthers vs. Bills tailgate and viewing party and enjoy live music, games, activities and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Paint Party at Chima Charlotte: Choose your favorite wine glass shape and design it however you want. Registration includes all supplies needed. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $30. Details.

Painting With a Purpose at Painting With a Twist: 100% of the proceeds from this painting session will be donated to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. BYO drinks and food, but all other supplies are included. 6-8 p.m. $35. Details.


Terrace Takeover at Whole Foods Market Waverly Walk: Work up a sweat at a Burn Boot Camp. All you need is your athletic wear, water bottle and some effort. 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Details.

Friends, Family and Bar Method at Athleta: Bring a yoga mat and a friend and enjoy a Bar Method class. Afterward, shop the gear at the shop for the Friends and Family Sale. 11 a.m. Free. Details.


Tailgate Party at Sycamore Brewing: Get the party started early with a special brunch menu from TIN Kitchen, a free t-shirt with the purchase of a pitcher and free trolley transportation to the stadium. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Tailgate Supporting Purple Heart Homes at BooneOakley: Rally behind your favorite team and a great charity dedicated to proving housing solutions for vets. They’ll have live music, but BYO food/drink. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Piedmont to Panthers Bus at Piedmont Social House: Your ticket includes luxury transportation to the game, three beers onsite and a few more on the way, where you’ll find a VIP tailgate area loaded with games. 11 a.m. $40. Details.

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium: Tickets are still available. 1-4 p.m. $100+. Details.

Men’s Soccer at Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field: Watch the Charlotte 49ers take on Jacksonville. 1-5 p.m. $5. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at The Brass Tap South End: They’ll be showing the game on 20 TVs and a 13 foot projector, serving up $0.50 boneless wings and giving away free stuff every time our boys score. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

We’re excited for…

2Cellos at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre: Watch as this famous Croatian duo put their own instrumental twist on well-known pop and rock songs. September 20.

Movies on the Deck: The Big Sick at 400 South Tryon: Say goodbye to summer on the 400 South Tryon parking deck with live music, food and drinks as well as a free showing of “The Big Sick.” September 21.

Festival in the Park at Freedom Park: Enjoy work from 150+ artisans, music from the Charlotte Symphony and food and drink. September 22-24.

See all the upcoming events here.

Feature photo via the Carolina Panthers.
Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.


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