Oct 27, 2017 - Things to Do

Agenda Weekender: 105 things to do this weekend, including 50 Halloween-themed bar crawls, parties and movie marathons

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 72. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 71. 40% chance of afternoon showers.
Sunday: 59. 50% chance of morning showers.

Friday, October 27

Food & Drink

Gamble Everything Limited Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: The hazy double pale ale is dry hopped and brewed with flaked oats and creamy malts. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Bacon Fest Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: They’ll have 9 of the best local food trucks all serving up bacon specialties with special beer pairings and live music. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

12th Annual CharloWEEN: This all-access bar crawl lets you go to any participating bar throughout the night. The VIP ticket gets you in to the bar crawl on Friday and Saturday’s Grave Digger’s Ball. Must be 21+. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-$30. Details.

Haunted Circus at Tequila House: They’ll have 3 dance floors, 4 DJs, haunted performers and a costume contest with $500 cash prize. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 11:30. Details.

Chocolate and Cheese Pairing at Orrman’s Cheese Shop: Orrman’s is partnering with Potts Chocolate to bring you unique chocolate, cheese and wine pairings. 6-7 p.m. $28. Details.

Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: They’ll have a costume contest and treats for dogs (and for humans). 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Wines from Around the World Glassware Seminar at Ruth’s Chris SouthPark: Taste 5 wines from around the world using four differently shaped glasses and see how different the wines taste from each glass. You’ll go home with four souvenir glasses. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $44. Details.

Sam Adams Stein Hoist Competition at Draught Charlotte: Come out for your chance to become the Stein Hoister of the Year. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Cookies and Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Join cider maker Jay Bradish and baking scientist Monica Nye, who will walk you through four unique pairings. 7-9 p.m. $20. Details.

Halloween Party at Rush Espresso Cafe and Wine Bar: Enjoy a DJ, drinks, snacks and a costume contest. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Chiveoween at TILT: Expect a full bar and costume contest included with purchase of a ticket. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $30. Details.

Halloween Masquerade Party at The Press Box Bar and Grill: They’ll have masquerade costume and dance contests, food and drink specials and a DJ onsite. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free with Eventbrite RSVP. Details.

Boo’s and Booze at Whisky River: Ticket includes snacks, a drink, entry into the costume contest and drink specials. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $12. Details.

Halloweenie at Tin Roof Charlotte: See how many hot dogs you can eat for a shot at $200. 9:30 p.m. Free. Details.


Spirits of Rosedale at Historic Rosedale Plantation: Go on a tour through the plantation and learn about the spirits that are said to still hang around. Appropriate for ages 6+. Tours depart every 30 minutes. 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15. Details.

Ghost Walk Haunted Trail at Historic Latta Plantation: This haunted trail is not for the faint of heart. The plantation will be transformed into a haunted forest. They’ll have beers and sweets available for purchase (Saturday only). Friday and Saturday. 7-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Odd Tales at Free Range Brewing: Enjoy a selection of radio tales performed live with sound effects. 8-10 p.m. $10 in advance. Details.

Learn Things

Thomas Davis & Friends Halloween THRILLER Takeover at Discovery Place: Put on a costume and join Carolina Panther Thomas Davis and his NFL friends for The “THRILLER” Takeover featuring casino games, appetizers, open bar, prizes and Best Costume Contest. All proceeds benefit the Defending Dreams Foundation for programming provided to over 3,000 families annually. 7-11 p.m. $100. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Mozart and Beethoven at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts: The Charlotte symphony will be performing the Classical masters’ best music both Friday and Saturday night. 7:30 p.m. $19. Details.

Monsters and Monstrosities at Duke Energy Theater: Enjoy a cappella music and amazing make-up and costumes along with comedy and improvisation. Friday and Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Details.

Horror Night at Coco and the Director: Watch a selection of horror films told in just 100 words while you eat, drink and mingle with the filmmakers. 7 p.m. Free. Details.


Trick ‘r Treat with the Merchants at Promenade on Providence: Bring your kids in costume and set them loose with a bucket to be filled with treats from each store. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Creepy Crawley Critter-ween at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Learn about creepy crawlies, participate in costume contests, roast marshmallows by the fire and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.


Blacklight Party at Inner Peaks: Climb in costume and enjoy free food, beer, games, raffles and prizes and more. 6 p.m. Free (members only). Details.


NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Houston Rockets. 7 p.m. $15+. Details.

Saturday, October 28

Food & Drink

Buzzed City Beer Release Party at The Unknown Brewing Company: Shop local photography, snack on foods from Fitzgerald’s, eat free pizza from Brixx and try Buzzed City. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Halloween at Sycamore at Sycamore Brewing: Enjoy live music throughout the day and enter a costume contest with a $100 gift card to the brewery up for grabs. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Full Moon Shine Fest at The Broken Spoke: They’ll have live jazz music, BBQ and a drumlish infusions flight. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Wonka Halloween Bash at Oak Room: Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas will be on site along with $1,000 up for grabs in prizes and a live DJ. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.

Halloween Day Party at Tequila House: They’ll have drink specials and 3 DJs all day. 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Howl-O-Ween at NoDa Company Store: The best pet costume will win a $150 cash prize. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Couples’ Cooking Class at Heart-N-Soul Kitchen: Learn how to make wholesome dishes like seared salmon and sweet potato pie. 4-8 p.m. $160. Details.

Monster Bash at Abari Game Bar: Expect live music, freshly made arepas, festive punch and drink specials along with a costume contest and free plays on all ghoul-inspired games. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Zombie Apocalypse at Catawba Brewing Co.: They’ll have a DJ to get you dancing and $4 White Zombie cans if you need a little something extra. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Halloween in NoDa at NoDa Company Store: Come in costume for enjoy snacks, drinks, prizes and more. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Boo Bash at Coyote Joe’s: Break out your best costume because they’ve got $1,800 in cash prizes up for grabs along with $1.50 Bud and Bud Lites and $3.75 Purple Monsters. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.

Halloween Mask-Querade Party at Corkscrew on 5th: Instead of a full costume, just come in your best mask and enjoy their beer and wine specials while you listen to live music. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

American Horror Story Halloween Extravaganza at City Lights Rooftop: Your ticket includes admission, a free drink if you’re in costume, drink specials all night and entry into the costume contest. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $22. Details.

Halloween Dance Party at 8.2.0 Bar/Restaurant: Dance and drink the night away with a DJ and drink specials from VBGB. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Old School Halloween Party at Morehead Tavern: They’ll be playing old school music and serving up the classic dishes and drinks from their menu. Ages 30+ only. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.

Boulevard Blackout at The Wine Loft: They’ll have a DJ and drink specials like $6 well drinks, $10 doubles and $6 fireballs. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.

Carnivàle Party at Queen Park Social: They’ll have a live DJ and a costume contest with a $500 cash prize, so come dressed to impress. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Halloween Club Crawl at TILT: They’ll have complimentary welcome shots and drink specials at each of the four locations. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Details.

Wicked Willie’s Halloween Party at Wet Willie’s: Enjoy bloody finger shots and enter a costume contest for a shot at $250 in cash. 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Black Widow Halloween at Blackfinn Ameripub: They’ll have live music, drink specials, stein hoisting and a costume contest. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Oz Halloween Party at Ink N Ivy: Enjoy drink specials and costume contests with over $1,000 in cash prizes. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Details.

Terror in a Toga at Mortimer’s Cafe and Pub: Break out your best toga for a chance to win the costume contest, take advantage of drink specials and enjoy live music. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Grave Digger’s Afterparty at Whisky River: Your Grave Digger’s Ball ticket counts as your entry to this party, where they’ll have a costume contests with $500 in cash prizes. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Free with ticket. Details.


Vegetarian Day at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: October is National Vegetarian Month, so vendors will be offering vegetarian and vegan recipe options. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fall Soups and Stews Cooking Class at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen: Learn how to prepare fall soups and stews that will become part of your comfort cooking routine when the weather gets cold. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $39. Details.

Pop-Up Market at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.:Shop a Wild Hope Farm pop-up that offers an array of vegetables, sourdough bread and eggs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Rich & Bennett’s 17th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl in Uptown: Admission gets you free entry into participating venues, drink specials, a koozie, giveaways and more. 1-10 p.m. $20-$25. Details.

Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall Carving Party at 721 Clement: The neighborhood’s signature decoration is back for its 13th year, and all are welcome to come carve pumpkins to decorate the wall before it’s lit on October 29. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

New Growth Fest at 2525 North Graham Street: Celebrate the black community and bring awareness to black economics with live music, shopping, giveaways and more. 6-8 p.m. $12. Details.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at The Dinner Detective: Come dressed in costume and ready to find the killer that’s hidden somewhere in the room (it could even be you). 6-9 p.m. $60. Details.

Nightmare @ New Era at New Era Music House: Expect live performances, art vendors, costumes and more. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $8. Details.

Boos&Booze at Solstice Tavern: They’ll have a raffle, costume contest and more, all benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Charlotte. 8 p.m. $10 donation. Details.

Halloween Bowling Party at 10 Park Lanes: They’ll have a costume contest, live DJ, drink specials and a late night bowling special 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $15/person, and it’s all-you-can-bowl. Details.

Halloween Terror Show at Tequila House: Participate in a crowd-vote costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize and drink to forget you lost with $5 drink specials. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $17. Details.

The Many Faced Gods at Kandy Bar: Dress as your favorite Game of Thrones character for a chance to win a cash prize. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Chemistry Day at Discovery Place Science: Celebrate National Chemistry Day with halloween-themed experiments like Frankenstein toothpaste, boo bubbles and homemade slime. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Develar y Detonar: Contemporary Mexican Photography at Mint Museum UPTOWN: This ambitious multi-institution exhibition features the powerful, thought-provoking works of more than 40 of Mexico’s leading photographers. On display through June 17, 2018. $6-$15. Details.

Theatre Charlotte Presents The Grapes of Wrath at Theatre Charlotte: An American literature masterpiece, the story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California, conveys the loneliness of the open road with the assistance of an evocative score. This powerful stage version won a Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Playing through November 12. Times vary. $28. Details.

Java Jam and Arts Market at The Third Place: They’ll have scheduled performances followed by an open mic and tons of local artists selling their works, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Queen City Arts and Crafts at Carole Hoefener Center: Over 50 vendors will be on side showcasing their arts and crafts with food trucks and music. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Scary movie marathon at Coco and the Director: Enjoy family-friendly movies James & the Giant Peach and Monster House before transitioning into scarier ones like Saw and The Visit. Free candy and $1 popcorn will be available, with proceeds from popcorn sales going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Free. Details.

Magazine Release Party at Le Meridien Hotel: Celebrate the 6th edition of The Face magazine with an evening of shopping, drinks, fashion and socializing with designers. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $27+. Details.

Grave Digger’s Ball at Rooftop 210: Macklemore will be headlining the area’s largest costume party 6-11 p.m. $20+. Details.

Day of the Dead Cameo Painting at Painting with a Twist: Create your own self portrait to celebrate day of the dead. They’ll provide all supplies and designs needed. 7-9 p.m. $35. Details.

The Beyond Screening at Booth Playhouse: Enjoy a showing of the cult-classic Italian horror film THE BEYOND (1982) while the original music composer, Fabio Frizzi, performs live with his band. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Details.


Fall Carnival at Roundtree Plantation Garden Center: They’ll have children’s games, activities, snacks and prizes as well as deals on all of your favorite fall plants. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts and Crafts Festival at small hands big art: Enjoy fall inspired craft stations for the kids, pumpkin decorating and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Kid’s Fest at Robert D Snyder Road: Expect areas for education, play, discovery and creation. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl at Midwood Park: They’ll have a kids’ costume parade, trunk or treat, live music and plenty of food and beer for sale all day. They’ll also be selling all the tools you need if you’ve fallen victim to the cankerworm swarm. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Cupcake and Cookie Decorating Party at Jazzy Cheesecakes: Kids can come decorate a cupcake or cookie with their favorite halloween designs. First come, first serve. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

OPPP Fall Festival at Old Pineville Premium Pub: They’ll have games for the kids, treats for the dogs, BBQ plates and drink specials like a bloody mary bar for $4.75. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Halloween at Waverly at PetPlace: Start the afternoon with a costume pet parade followed by a human costume contest, DJ, yard games and more. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Trunk or Treat at Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries: Come out in costume with the whole family for cotton candy, food and drinks. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Not Too Spooky Haunted Hall at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Bring the kids for trick-or-treating around the hall, pumpkin decorating, games and showings of short films. Costumes encouraged, but not required. 6-9 p.m. $15. Details.

Carnival and Haunted Tour at Ray’s Splash Planet: Both the carnival and haunted tour are kid friendly, so bring the whole family. 6:30-9 p.m. $5. Details.


Novant Health Marathon Course Preview Run at Romare Bearden Park: Preview the second half of the course with other local runners. They’ll have water every 3 miles, and bring a headlamp if you have one. 6 a.m. Free. Details.

Hero Run at Fairview Plaza: Dress up as your favorite superhero for a 5k or 1k fun run. Proceeds benefit Charlotte Bridge Home, which honors military veterans. 8 a.m. $15+. Details.

Runway 5K at Charlotte Douglas Airport: Run on the runways of one of the country’s busiest airports as you watch the planes take off. Runners and spectators must register in advance. 8 a.m. $30. Details.

Women’s Ride for Breast Cancer Awareness at Trek Bicycle Store of South Charlotte: Enjoy a pinked-out social ride at an easy pace followed by refreshments and a chance to donate to Carolina Breast Friends. 8:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Boot Camp and Brews at Levine JCC: Squeeze in a bootcamp-style workout and reward yourself with Birdsong Brewing beer and burgers. Admission includes all costs including a custom beer glass. 4-7 p.m. $18. Details.


Hockey at Bojangle’s Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Utica Comets. 6 p.m. $22+. Details.

Sunday, October 29

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Choose from both the brunch menu and regular menu and wash it down with cold brew, pour-overs and $4 Carolina Sparkle Party beermosas. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

NoDa Brewing’s 6th Birthday Bash at NoDa Brewing Company: Celebrate six great years with a special brunch, live music, giveaways and a special Anniversary Ale release. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Unlock the BANDS at Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Help fund research for Cystic Fibrosis by drinking and listening to live music. The more money they raise, the more bands they’ll unlock and allow to play. 1-6 p.m. $30. Details.

Down. Stay. at Wooden Robot Brewery: Enter your dog in a costume contest while you down beer for a good cause – $1 from each sold will be donated to Leashes of Valor, which provides service dogs to veterans. 3-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Beers and Pyrs Halloween Social at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Hang out with a rescue pyrenees, all of whom will be dressed in costume, and enjoy a beer. RSVP in advance. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Queen City Fall Fest at eXtravaganza: Put on by Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary, your ticket includes live music, plant-based food and an open bar. 4-10 p.m. $25. Details.


Day of the Dead Festival at Levine Museum of the New South: Celebrate the holiday with games, an altar contest, music and dance performances along with traditional foods and sugar skull workshops. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Day of the Dead Festival at Shoppes at University Place: Pay homage to the historically rich Mexican holiday with educational activities, arts, crafts, music and live performances. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Beauty Brains and Business at Vivace Charlotte: Come learn and get a free grab bag from North Carolina’s top female entrepreneurs. 2-6 p.m. $75. Details.

Uptown Haunted Ghost Tours at 204 North: Learn the history and secrets of Uptown and 4th Ward from a costumed storyteller and enjoy dinner at 204 North afterward. Sunday and Monday. 8 p.m. $25 for 1, $45 for 2. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Scary movie marathon at Coco and the Director: Enjoy family-friendly movies Coraline and Frankenweenie before transitioning into scarier ones like Saw II and Saw III. Free candy and $1 popcorn will be available, with proceeds from popcorn sales going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Free. Details.

The Charlotte Jazz Orchestra at Morehead Tavern: They’re moving their performance up from next week to this Sunday due to the Panthers home game. Get there early for a good seat! 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Details.


Running Scared 5 Miler and Monster Mile at Romare Bearden Park: Grab your costume and lace up your running shoes for a quick run through Uptown and hang out at for food trucks, beer garden, kids’ area and entertainment after. 9 a.m. $25+. Details.


Panthers Tailgate and Watch Party at 1st Ward Beverage Co.: Enjoy beer, wine, mimosas, bratwursts on the grill and tailgate games like cornhole. All proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Black & Blue Blaze Tailgate at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy discounted pitchers, lawn games and more before you turn your attention to the game, which will be projected on a 12-foot screen. 12-8 p.m. Free. Details.

College Volleyball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Watch the 49ers as they take on Rice University. 1 p.m. $5. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at Queen Park Social: Come watch the Panthers take on the Buccaneers! And during each play, enjoy bowling, shuffleboard and a full bar to keep you busy. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Strike for a Cause at AMF University Lanes: Cost includes two hours of bowling and a shoe rentals and it all supports patients with connective tissue disease. 3-5 p.m. $20. Details.

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Orlando Magic 6 P.M. $14+. Details.

We’re excited for…

Charlotte Marathon in Uptown: Get ready for one of the biggest running events in the city. Choose from a full or half-marathon, 5K, Relay or Kids 1-mile and stick around for a festival at Romare Bearden. November 10-11.

GOBSMACKED! at Knight Theater: Take in a next-generation a capella show featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer and an international cast of vocalists. November 11.

Science on the Rocks: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away at Discovery Place Science: Break out your best Star Wars-themed gear for activities like a Storm Trooper Nerf battle, Yoda Karaoke and DIY Jabba the Hutt slime. November 17.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.


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