Feb 23, 2020 - Things to Do

Weekday Planner: 15 cool things to do this week, including the 2020 CIAA Tournament

rail trail light installation

rail trail light installation


I Heart Rail Trail

South End Rail Trail | All day | Free | Details

Why you should go: There are four interactive light installations spread along a one-mile stretch of the Rail Trail, from Carson Street to Sycamore Brewing. So fire up your Instagram and stroll the four-mile trail.

[Agenda related story: 28 things to do, eat, and drink in South End]

Friends Themed Trivia Night

QC Pour House | 7 p.m. | Free, $5 beers | Details

Why you should go: I hope you binged plenty of Friends before Netflix took it away from us. Because it’s time to channel your inner Monica and crush your trivia competition.


Bartender Battle for Charity

O-Ku | 6-9 p.m. | Varies | Details

Why you should go: Henry Schmulling from Merchant + Trade is going up against O-Ku’s bar manager Larisa Yanicak. Both bartenders will create two drinks each featuring Don Julio Tequila and Diageo products.

Yoga at the Dairy Barn

Anne Springs Greenway | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | $5 class, $5 to enter the greenway | Details

Why you should go: Hello, I’ve picked the perfect friend date for you. Start out with a walk along the greenway, then head to the barn for an hour-long yoga class. Friendship plus fresh air plus yoga equals bliss.

Nintendo Nite Hi-Score Contest

Lower Left Brewing | 4 p.m. | $1 per play | Details

Why you should go: Calling all Nintendo nerds. Battle it out to win a 32-ounce crowler, and to support Levine Children’s Hospital.


Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks

Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $10-$345+ | Details

Why you should go: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the New York Knicks.

22nd Annual Echo Awards Event

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts | 6 p.m. | $45 | Details 

Why you should go: The event features a keynote presentation by 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist known as “Dr. Miracle” for his work in treating victims of sexual violence. The event will also include the presentation of the Echo Award Against Indifference to retired Bank of America executive, Bill Vandiver.


2020 CIAA Tournament

Spectrum Center and Bojangles’ Coliseum | Varies | Varies | Details

Why you should go: Twenty-two men’s and women’s games will be going on over the course of the weekend. Snag tickets while you can for the tournament’s last year in Charlotte.

Black Wealth Summit

Harvey B. Gantt Center | 5-9 p.m. | $25 | Details

Why you should go: The inaugural event will dive deeper into the wealth gap between black and non-black Americans. Topics covered include credit, home ownership, insurance, and other wealth-building topics.

Teal Masquerade

8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar | 7-10 p.m. | $50 | Details

Why you should go: Teal Diva is a local nonprofit that supports survivors of ovarian cancer and donates funds to ovarian cancer research. This Mardi Gras-themed fundraising gala marks the group’s 10-year anniversary, and will include hors d’oeuvres, two cash bars, a DJ, and a photo booth.


CIAA Fan Fest

Charlotte Convention Center | noon-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: The highlights of the first day of this free event include a high school band competition, a cheerleading competition, and national recording artist Layton Greene.

CIAA Step show

Charlotte Convention Center | 6-10 p.m. | $20-$30 | Details

Why you should go: The CIAA hosts two official step shows over its tournament weekend. The first is Greeks vs. Greeks on Friday night. Come witness the best stepping in the country, before the event moves to Baltimore next year. Teams include the Alpha Phi Alphas from Winston-Salem State, the Delta Sigma Thetas from UNC Chapel Hill, and the Sigma Gamma Rhos from N.C. Central. On Saturday night’s step show will have high schoolers from across the state — and even one team from Seattle.

Cinnaholic opening

3050 Derita Road, Concord | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | $1 | Details

Why you should go: You can get $1 cinnamon rolls to celebrate the new vegan bakery’s opening day.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

The Park Expo and Conference Center | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | $0-$12 | Details

Why you should go: Find all things home and garden, from granite countertop suppliers to roofing companies to blind and shutter shops.

Scotty McCreery

Coyote Joe’s | 11 p.m. | $34-$47 | Details

Why you should go: Put on your cowboy boots, and grab tickets to see the North Carolina native and country star perform live.

Looking for more fun things to do? Be sure to check out the full Agenda event board with 45+ other cool events.


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