Aug 18, 2019 - Things to Do

Weekday Planner: 21 cool things to do in Charlotte this week — including Queen + Adam Lambert concert

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Rooftop Yoga

Rooftop 210 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | $5-$15 | Details

Why you should go: There’s no better to start your week than a mind-clearing yoga session, especially on a rooftop. Your ticket includes class and a drink ticket.

Cities of Tomorrow

Discovery Place Science | 5:30-8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Charlotte is growing a lot, and the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture and Discovery Place are hosting a discussion to break down our changing cityscape and talk about sustainability and growth throughout the world. They’ll have light snacks and a cash bar.



The Evening Muse | 7:30 p.m. | $10 | Details

Why you should go: Every month a comedians, poets, musicians, etc. share their talents, and the performances are followed by a discussion on mental health topics. This month standup comedian Lauren Faber is taking the stage, along with Gina & Brenda of Doubting Thomas.

The Smashing Pumpkins

PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $29.50-$129.50 | Details

Why you should go: There’s nothing better than a throwback concert, so party like it’s 1979.

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Sycamore Beer Pairing and Charcuterie Class

Sycamore Brewing | 6:30-8 p.m. | $25 | Details

Why you should go: Charcuterie boards are Lunchables for adults, making them an essential part of every grownups diet. Learn how to make the perfect board for your budget while sippin’ on some Sycamore beer.

Party in the Park

Romare Bearden Park | 6-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Gather your family (and leashed pets) for the perfect mid-week pick-me-up. You can pack a picnic or grab dinner from one of the vendors on site. too MUCH SyLviA is playing this week; expect dance music from from 60s to today.

Introduction to the Enneagram with SkillPop

Divine Barrel Brewing | 6:30-8:15 p.m. | $28 | Details

Why you should go: Just in case you need another way to label your personality type, you’ll learn how to use the Enneagram in this class. Bring something to take notes with.

Master the At-Home Blowout with SkillPop

The Daily Details | 6:30-8 p.m. | $30 | Details

Why you should go: There’s a lot of truth to the adage “look good, feel good,” and this class will teach you how use a round brush and hairdryer to achieve a salon look at home. Note: you’ll need to come with clean hair and your round brush/dryer.


Craft the Perfect Cheeseboard

Novel NoDa | 6:30-8 p.m. | $45 | Details

Why you should go: Along with doing your taxes, getting your oil changed and scheduling your own doctor appointments, learning how to make a cheese board is part of growing up (and it’s really fun). Bonus: You get to take home a small cheeseboard.

CLT Tech Meetup Mashup

Skookum | 7-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: If you love talking tech, pop into one of many discussions covering anything from up-and-coming technology to coding. Expect food and drinks, too.

Make & Mingle: Bottle Cap Map & Magnetic Cap Catcher

Discovery Place Science | 6-8 p.m. | $50 | Details

Why you should go: You’ll get a North Carolina-shaped piece of wood to cover in beer caps (great gift for any of your beer-loving friends/your significant other). Your ticket includes crafts supplies, popcorn, parking and beer/wine ticket.

River Jam

USNWC | 7-10 p.m. | Free, $6 parking | Details

Why you should go: River Jam runs through the end of September, so if you haven’t crossed it off your summer bucket list yet, now’s the time. Trae Pierce & the T-Stones will be playing.


Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly

USNWC | 8 p.m. | $32-$110 | Details

Why you should go: Opt for a 4-mile run or a half marathon, camp out under the stars, and then do it all again.

Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour

Spectrum Center | 8 p.m. | $49-$185 | Details

Why you should go: You are a champion, my friend. So you deserve a fun night out at this legendary concert.

Festbier Release/OktoBEERfest

Catawba Brewing | 5-11 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: They’ll have a new brew, stein and beer specials, German food, mini donuts, live music and more. Prost!

Southern Women’s Show

Charlotte Convention Center | All day | $10 online, $12 at the door | Details

Why you should go: Shop ’til you drop from hundreds of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, homemade treats and more.

Radio Haze Release

NoDa Brewing | 3-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: They gave their Juicy Hazy IPA a juicier twist; it’ll be on tap and you can buy it in four packs.

Black Food Truck Friday: “SummerMusicTour”

Recess CLT | 5-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: They’re celebrating black music all summer long, so go for the food trucks and stay for the music. This week they’re celebrating jazz.

Food Truck Friday Plaza Midwood 

Resident Culture Brewing | 5 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and six food trucks — Roaming Fork, TIN Kitchen, Nana’s Porch, Sun Burger, East Coast Tasting and Streamline Kitchen.

Food Truck Friday South End

Sycamore Brewing | 4-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: This weeks banging lineup includes Papi Queso Food Truck, TIN Kitchen, OooWee BBQ, Gyro Twins Truck, TOLA Rose Italian Eats Food Truck, New Wrap Order, GOGI, Chef Ray’s Cuban Cuisine and Holy City Waffles. They’ll have refreshing boozy drinks like Prosecco pops and frosé — plus the usual beer and cider.

Friday Nights at Camp North End

1824 Statesville Ave. | 5-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Every Friday, they’ll have food, music and a few surprises for a laid-back hangout. Note: Kids and leashed pets are welcome. 

Looking for more things to do? Here’s a full calendar of cool events in Charlotte. Cover image courtesy of Whitewater Center


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