Apr 19, 2018 - Things to Do

Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this weekend, including Girl Tribe Pop Up, Tuck Fest and OMB’s Louisiana Spring Fest

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 67. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Saturday: 69. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 69. Partly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.

Friday, April 20

Food & Drink

Pizza Buffet at The Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood: Fill up on all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and soft drinks at this lunch buffet. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $4.20. Details.

Grand Opening at The Union: Celebrate with $3 Sweetwater 420 drafts, $5 cocktails and a live DJ. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Spring Wine Walk at Blakeney: Grab your sampling cup and passport to enjoy samples of red, white and sparkling wines at select retailers. Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. 5 p.m. $25. Details.

Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Company: Stop by for a few beers, dinner from a food truck and live music on the patio. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Fowler Porch Party at Bland Street Station: Celebrate the official opening of the Fowler Porch with light refreshments. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Celebrate Home at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Apartment Housing Month with Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC, and plenty of food plus a 50/50 raffle benefitting the TAA’s New Lease On Life. 6-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Around the World With Rosé at CorkBuzz: Get to know your girlfriend’s favorite wine in this rosé-centric class, including where it’s made, why it’s special and more. 6:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Tapas & Cider at Red Clay Ciderworks: Let cider maker Jay Bradish and chef Heather DiNittis walk you through plates that have been specially paired with the cidery’s product. Food includes buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ glazed pork belly and pimento cheese. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $40. Details.


Tuck Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: The festival is back for its 5th year with plenty of competitions, demos, clinics and vendors to explore. See the Agenda guide here. Friday through Sunday. Free ($6 to park). Details.

Loch Norman at Historic Rural Hill: The Scottish tradition comes straight to Charlotte’s backyard, complete with Highland athletics, a whisky tasting, dance, piping and drumming competitions, battle axe and longbow activities and music. Friday through Sunday. $6+. Details.

Ballantyne Earth Day Event at Brixham Tent: Stop by the Brixham Tent for Ballantyne’s annual Earth Day event featuring music, a farmer’s market, food truck fare, on-site dog adoptions, great giveaways and over 40 local green-friendly vendors. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with free shredding and recycling opportunities beginning at 7 a.m. Free. Details.

Harry Potter Trivia at Wine & Design: Create a Hogwarts or Platform 9 3/4 masterpiece while you compete against other Potterheads for bragging rights. BYOB. 7 p.m. $35. Details.

It’s Always Sunny Trivia at StrikeCity: Do you know all of the words to The Nightman and every step in the D.E.N.N.I.S. system? Prove it for your chance to win a prize or two. 8-10 p.m. Free in advance. Details.

Learn Things

Science on the Rocks: Nerd Olympics at Discovery Place Science: Participate in hands-on science experiments, play with 3D-printed toys and play brain games and trivia to keep your brain sharp. Come dressed in your nerdiest attire for the Nerdy Costume Contest. 21+. 5-9 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Boom Festival in Plaza Midwood: Experience firsthand Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art. Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday (1 p.m.). Free-$10. Details.

Pop Up Opera at 7th Street Public Market: Listen to popular opera, operetta and musical theater numbers by Opera Carolina artists while you indulge in specials from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Zia Pia Italian Kitchen. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Rockin’ With Dylan at Knight Theater: A six-student School of Rock house band will join the orchestra to pay tribute to legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and some of his greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. $19+. Details.


Girl Tribe Pop Up at Girl Tribe Design District (2116 Hawkins Street): Shop 90+ local vendors, participate in activities and snack on food and drink while you hang out at the new Design District. The weekend kicks off with a preview night before launching Saturday morning with a VIP shopping session. Friday (6-9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (12-5 p.m.). $0-25. Details.

Spring Beauty at Free People: Sip while you shop exclusive party styles at the store and get ready for all your spring events. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Dahlia Grove Fundraiser Event at 8.2.0: Admission includes food, drinks, auctions and entertainment. Proceeds from the night will benefit support efforts that train and employ survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and addiction. 6-10 p.m. $42. Details.

Icon: The 2018 Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Gala at Bechtler Museum of Art: This gala includes an inspired menu and bar, compelling décor, a silent auction and entertainment throughout the museum. Proceeds benefit exhibitions and community outreach initiatives. 7-11 p.m. $250 ($140 for Bechtler Young Visionary members). Details.

UNC Charlotte’s Green Tie Gala: Triple Crown at Hilton Charlotte Center City: Experience the Kentucky Derby in Uptown with live entertainment, dancing, auctions, a cocktail hour and plated dinner and more. Proceeds will be put toward needs-based student scholarships. 7-11 p.m. $80. Details.


Playoff Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Penguins in Round 1. 7 p.m. $20+. Details.

Saturday, April 21

Food & Drink

Louisiana Spring Fest at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: The festival is back for its 8th year, complete with live music and authentic Louisiana cooking with everything from jambalaya to boiled shrimp to fresh crawdads. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Details.

Essential Oils Shot Flights at Juice Bar: Learn what essential oils are and how they affect our bodies before trying them firsthand. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Fill up on brunch classics like a lox bagel and breakfast sliders, and try the new “A Blonde Named Rosa” coffee from Farmers First Coffee Company. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Jamaican Me Hoppy Craft Beer Festival at the corner of 7th St. and Caldwell: Listen to live music while you sample 20 breweries, 10 wineries, 5 distilleries and 10 food trucks. Entertainment includes a magician, fire juggling, eating contests and more. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. 12-6 p.m. $40-$55. Details.

Beer Garden Concert at Sycamore Brewing: Enjoy a full afternoon of live music on the brewery’s patio. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Block Party at Angry Ale’s: Celebrate the season with beer, hot dogs, cornhole and beer pong. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Smoke Off BBQ Competition at The Unknown Brewing Company: Get your fill of unlimited samples from amateur BBQers from all over the region before voting to help determine the best. Proceeds benefit Purple Heart Homes. 1-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Earth Day Party & Beer Release at Birdsong Brewing: Shop earth-friendly vendors and try the new Sunshine. Take the light rail or use a rideshare to get to the event for your chance to win a prize. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Taste of Ayrsley at Arsley Commons (lawn of Piedmont Social House): Enjoy samples from local restaurants plus live music, children’s activities and unique shopping from craft vendors. 1-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Art of Tea at The Ballantyne Hotel: Sip on your afternoon tea while you watch Leigh Williams of Awaken Gallery bring a piece to life. 1:30 p.m. $40. Details.

Taste of the Mint at Mint Museum Uptown: Follow along through the new, special William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016 exhibition on this tour and sketching class hybrid. Materials will be probided, as well as small plates and wine tastings from Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $45. Details.

Down the Rabbit Hole Bar Crawl at Flight: Show up in your best Alice in Wonderland getup for this themed bar crawl. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. $20. Details.


420 Fest at Infinity’s End South Boulevard: Get your hands on free samples, free henna and store discounts while watching live glass blowing and listening to live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

UNC Charlotte Spring Open House at UNC Charlotte: Meet faculty, staff and students to discuss your goals and get a taste of campus life. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, registration required. Details.

Herbal Remedies at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Learn the basics of herbal remedies and then cast off on your own to design and prepare your own herbal first aid kit. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $64. Details.

Money Smart Week Kick Off Celebration at ImaginOn: Get a little smarter about your money with a financial literacy-themed storytime and presentation by Money Smart Week. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Dances of India at Halton Theater: Experience the magic and wonder of the 16th Dances of India. 4 p.m. $10+. Details.

Movie Night at Coco and the Director: They’ll be screening the blockbuster hit The Hunger Games. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Make Me Laugh Festival Finals at Skylark Social Club: See the final round of the amateur comedy competition. 7-9 p.m. $12. Details.

Spring Free For All at Hart Witzen Gallery: The gallery will open its doors to the public for this diverse and inclusive visual arts exhibit that features recent works of both studio and regional artists 7-11 p.m. Free. Details.

The Marriage Of Figaro at Belk Theater: The performance of the famous tale of love and deceit will be sung in Italian with projected English subtitles, presented by Opera Carolina. 8 p.m. $21-$154. Details.

Shakespeare in a Day at Camp North End Event Space: Come see Chickspeare, the city’s all-female Shakespeare company, do their thing. Proceeds benefit the organization’s educational programs. 8-11 p.m. $23. Details.


Grand Opening at Palmetto Moon SouthPark: The first 400 customers to visit the store each day will win a Yeti Tumbler or a tote bag, and they’ll be raffling off more prizes every 15 minutes. Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Free. Details.

Carolina Makers & Co. at Not Just Coffee Packard Place: Shop 4 local makers and enjoy some of the best coffee around. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Pop Up Shop at Prosperity Village: Come shop 20+ local and big-name vendors at Docia Crossing. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Hands On Charlotte Day throughout Charlotte: Choose from over 15 volunteering opportunities to do a little good this weekend. All day. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Clean Up at Common Market: Help clean up the neighborhood and enjoy a slice or two of pizza afterward. 9-11 a.m. Free. Details.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Symphony Park: This walk will help support Best Buddies and its programs across the state that helps children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stick around for a party once you’ve crossed the finish line. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Donation-based. Details.

Pet Palooza Festival & Walk at Independence Park: This annual event attracts thousands of pet lovers for a day of fundraising and fun that includes a vendor fair, adoption area, music, food, beer and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5-$35. Details.

VolunBEERING to Celebrate DO GOOD Week at NoDa Brewing Company: Wrap up DO GOOD Week with an on-site volunteering event that features plenty of local nonprofits, beer from NoDa, a bite from TIN Kitchen and live music. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Creature Feature at Discovery Place Nature: Spend a morning with the museum’s feathered friends and learn about bird lore and more. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Kings Spring Carnival at Victory Christian Center School Elementary: Let the kids go wild with a bouncy house, horseback rides, oversized trike races, a dunking booth and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission, games are $.50. Details.


5K for JA at Camp North End: Presented by Empower Retirement, this 5K and Fun Run benefits Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Stick around for live music, food and awards in the Boiler Yard. 8 a.m. $10-$25. Details.

Community Workout at First Ward Arts Elementary: Get your heart rate up with an all-levels Camp Gladiator bootcamp workout. 9-11 a.m. Free. Details.

Pop Up Boot Camp at Burn Boot Camp: Come get a taste of a 45-minute, dynamic Burn Boot Camp workout in the parking lot of their future South Park location. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Fitness Classes on the Green at Promenade On Providence: Join Anytime Fitness for a bodyweight workout before Club Pilates cools you off with a yoga session. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Fitness and Mimosas at The VUE Charlotte: Jumpstart your day with three back-to-back Gold’s Gym classes and ease into your afternoon with a mimosa or two. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free-$10. Details.

Athletic Stretch Yoga at OrthoCarolina Wellness Center: BYO mat for this all-level class designed to stretch, restore and mobilize your body. 10:30-11:30 a.m. First class is free, every class after is $10. Details.


College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Support the 49ers as they take on the Old Dominion Monarchs. 2-5 p.m. $5-$10. Details.

Charlotte Football Spring Game at UNC Charlotte Jerry Richardson Stadium: Cheer on the 49ers and be one of the first 2,000 there for a Gold Standard t-shirt and poster. 6-9 p.m. $10. Details.

Playoff Hockey at Bojangle’s Coliseum: Watch as the Checkers face the Penguins in this Round 1 game. 6 p.m. $20+. Details.

Minor League Lacrosse at American Legion Memorial Stadium: Watch the Hounds take on the Boston Cannons. 7:30 p.m. $10+. Details.

Sunday, April 22

Food & Drink

Get Brunchy at Divine Barrel Brewing: Get your sugar and caffeine fix with the help of pour-overs from Villain Coffee Company and donuts from Your Moms Donuts and Craft Cakes Clt. Beer will start pouring at 10 a.m. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Fill up on brunch classics like a lox bagel and breakfast sliders. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Ales and Tails Brew Tour at Legion Brewing: Stop by to meet South of the Bully & Friends’ adoptable dogs, hanging out in the puppy kissing booth, have a few beers and more. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Farm to Table Beer Dinner at Pure Pizza: Eat your way through 4 farm-to-table courses that have been specially paired with 4 Legion Brewing beers. 5-7 p.m. $40. Details.


Earth Day at Reedy Creek Park: Celebrate the day by planting a seedling, designing a flower pot, learning about recycling and more. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Sunday Funday at Mint Museum Uptown: Celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, demos, yoga and activities using natural art materials. 1-4 p.m. Free for children, $6/adult. Details.

Spring Concert at Booth Playhouse: Join Open Door Studios’ Youth Ensemble and Pre Professional Dancers for a performance filled with both classical and contemporary works. 3 p.m. $16.50. Details.

Do Good

Mental Health Black Tie Fashion Show at Hilton Charlotte University Place: Join Girls Too Women Inc and support those with mental illness as they walk the runway and share their stories before enjoying a 4-course dinner together. 4:30 p.m. $45. Details.


Blacklight Brunch Power Yoga at The Rabbit Hole: Hit The Rabbit Hole for a 60-minute blacklight yoga class before heading to The Peculiar Rabbit for a discounted brunch. Your ticket includes the class, a mimosa and coffee. 10 a.m. $8. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Take a restorative yoga class and stick around for a post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Your ticket gets you admission to this all-levels yoga class plus a 13-ounce beer. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Earth Day Run at NoDa Brewing: After your 1-, 3-, or 5-mile run, grab and take home some seeds and plants for to plant. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Earth Day Yoga at Coco and the Director: Stretch it out during a 45-minute, all-levels Vinyasa yoga session. BYO mat. 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Details.


College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Watch the 49ers take on the Old Dominion Monarchs. 1-4 p.m. $5-$10. Details.

We’re excited for…

Charlotte Concert Band: From Stage to Screen at Knight Theatre: Relive the music from iconic scores including Les Misérables, Star Wars and more. April 29.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill: Celebrate all things local when it comes to music and beer with plenty of samples and live music to keep you busy. Admission includes unlimited samples and a tasting glass. May 11-12.

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola at Romare Bearden Park: In its 24th year, the festival will see Judah & the Lion headline, plus performances by Eastin Corbin and Brett Young. May 24.

See all the upcoming events here.

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