Jan 4, 2018 - Things to Do

Agenda Weekender: 40+ things to do this weekend, including a dog-friendly brewery crawl and plenty of free workouts


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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 34. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Saturday: 35. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 40. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Friday, January 5

Food & Drink

First Friday Lunch Connect at City Barbeque: Everyone is welcome to attend this informal networking lunch where you’ll be able to connect with other business leaders. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to attend, but you’ll pay for your lunch. Details.

Birdsong Tap Takeover at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse: They’ll have 10 Birdsong beers on tap at the Park Road location, plus giveaways and more. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

River’s Edge Craft Dinner at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: This week’s menu incorporates pours from Highland Brewing Company into its 5-course meal. 6:30-9 p.m. $60. Details.

Fireball Friday at Tavern on the Tracks: Enjoy drink specials (on Fireball and more), raffles and a special appearance from the Fireball Ladies. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Bar Olympics at StrikeCity: Compete for cash with your team in games like battleship pong, basketball, punch out and more. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $5. Details.

Zeppelin Grand Opening at Zeppelin: Celebrate the opening of South End’s newest cocktail bar. Ticket includes light bites, drinks and live music. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $29. Details.


Monster Jam at Spectrum Center: Watch as 10.5-foot tall trucks that are 17 feet long and weigh 12,000 pounds compete in categories like racing, two-wheel skills, donuts and freestyle. Friday and Saturday. $15+. Details.

Owl Prowl Adult Hike at McDowell Nature Preserve: Set your alarms and get ready for a 1-2 mile guided hike where you’ll (hopefully) spot some owls. Registration required. 8-9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Vivaldi Four Seasons at Belk Theater: Experience one of the most treasured works in the orchestral repertoire that celebrates spring, summer, fall and winter. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $19+. Details.

January Gallery Crawl in Historic South End: Start off 2018 by taking in art at local galleries and enjoy live entertainment on this monthly crawl. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Post Holiday Blues at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: The Ziad Jazz Quartet will perform a set of post-holiday blues, complete with light bites and a cash-only bar. 6-10 p.m. $14. Details.

Textures – CLTextile Group Show at C3 Lab: Celebrate the diversity of local fiber and textile creatives at the exhibit’s opening reception. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, January 6

Food & Drink

Q & Brew at Lenny Boy Brewing: Enjoy a healthy dose of Korean BBQ from A Bao Time, including bulgogi beef and sweet peanut pancakes. Live music starts at 3 p.m. 12-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Bark N Brew Pup Crawl at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Bring your pup with you on this multi-stop brewery tour, complete with complimentary beers and raffles along the way. 12:45-5 p.m. $40. Details.

Sipping Tea Luncheon at Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Matthews: Come support (and be supported by) other girls and women while you discuss mental illness and enjoy lunch. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.


Dí­a de Reyes/Three Kings Day at Levine Museum of the New South: Celebrate the culmination of the 12 days of Christmas with music, family activities and refreshments. Ticket includes museum admission for the day. 2-4 p.m. $4. Details.

Twelfth Night at Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate what was the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers with live music, colonial games, festive food and more. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Art & Music Workshops at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Branch Libraries: Learn how to do things like draw body figures, play guitar chords and construct melodies. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Get Financially Fit in the New Year at Bellies and Babies: Learn how to lay a financial foundation for you and your family to start 2018 off right. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Details.

Billionaire Vision Board Party at Hampton Inn and Suites: Take a step towards a successful financial future with networking and advice from financial expert “The Credit Queen.” 1-4 p.m. $20. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Bank of America presents Museums on Us throughout Charlotte: Receive free admission to the Bechtler Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Levine Museum, and Mint Museum Uptown & Randolph for any Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Details.

Family First Presented by Novant Health: The Making of Crown at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Learn from and celebrate the award winning book, Crown. The writer will be reading the book, discussing his process and signing copies. RSVP required 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Art Crush Launch Party at Mint Museum Uptown: To celebrate the launch of their new podcast centered on all things Charlotte art, they’ll have live music, local beer, spirit tasting, snacks and more. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Details.

Take The Fall Farewell Show at The Milestone Club: They’re saying goodbye on the 5-year anniversary of their first show with their favorite bands. 8 p.m. $5 in advance. Details.


South End Farmers & Artisans Market at Atherton: Shop meats, produce, sauces, soaps, dog foods and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Charity Run/Walk for Edie at Sycamore Brewing: Help raise money for Edie, a 3 year old girl who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, by running (or walking) a 1, 3 or 5 mile loop. They’ll have hot chocolate afterwards, or you can donate $10 for free beer, wine or cider. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $5 donation. Details.

Medical Bill Fundraiser at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern: Help support Cindy West with food, live music, raffles and more. 1-4 p.m. Donation-based. Details.


American Girl Yoga Party at Charlotte Family Yoga Center: Kids ages 5-10 can bring their favorite American Girl Doll (or any doll) for a yoga class with games and mat decoration. 4-5:30 p.m. $24. Details.


PROUD Party Workout at The Fillmore Charlotte: Stick to your resolutions with a workout complete with a light and sound display. 8:30-10 a.m. Details.

Impact Workout at First Ward Arts Elementary: This workout is suitable for all fitness levels, plus all participants will have a chance to win a CG gift basket. 9-11 a.m. Free. Details.

Turn & Burn Grand Opening at Turn & Burn Fitness: To celebrate the grand opening, Raidedbarre will be offering free classes, refreshments and prizes. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Put the “Om” in “Kombucha” at Lenny Boy Brewing: Enjoy a yoga class and stick around for a 6-ounce pour included in admission. 10 a.m. $5. Details.

Start Strong Bootcamp at Blue Blaze Brewing: This free 60-minute bootcamp is hosted by Camp Gladiator and is great for any fitness level. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday, January 7

Food & Drink

Appalachian Heirloom New Year’s Dinner at Catawba Brewing Co.: Enjoy a special small batch beer, 5-course meal and tour of the brewery in support of the Chefs Collaborative. 7-10 p.m. $65. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Screening of Sustainable at Levine Jewish Community Center: The film shows an investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $8. Details.

A Night with Jack Dahlia at Bar Argon: Watch Jack Dahlia perform his unique pop up drag numbers, then join him at the bar for a meet and greet. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.


Free Workout Party at 2161 Hawkins Street: Sycamore is teaming up with Camp Gladiator for a chance to experience the training program for free. By participating, you’ll get 4 weeks of unlimited workouts with a personal trainer. Just bring your mat and water. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Waggle for Your Beer: Dog Walk at Lenny Boy Brewing: Walk a 1.5-mile loop through South End and get a $20 Waggle credit for free. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: The hour-long class includes a 13-ounce pour. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Sunday Runday – Marathon Edition at NoDa Brewing: Take part in a 1, 3 or 5 mile run before celebrating the official announcement of the date of this year’s big race with $1 purple Novant Health Charlotte Marathon cans. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Panthers vs. Saints Playoffs Party at Caswell Station: Start the day with brunch and boozy specials, then enjoy a DJ and the game and afterwards. 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers vs. Saints at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs with wings, beers and drinks on special all day. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

We’re excited for…

2018 Bulldog Beauty Pageant at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew: Bullies from all over will be competing for the prizes and titles like Best Butt Wiggle, Mr. & Mrs. Congeniality and more. 100% of proceeds benefit Bullies 2 The Rescue. 21+. January 13.

Queen’s Feast: Try all that 130+ restaurants have to offer in the form of discounted three-course meals. January 19-28.

Charlotte Women’s March: Help make history once again with a powerful march through Charlotte, and get there early for a speakers’ forum. January 20.

See all the upcoming events here.

Feature photo via Gregory Hurst.


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