Nov 18, 2020 - Things to Do

Agenda Weekender: 16 things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

The Agenda Weekender is proudly presented by Speedway Christmas, in partnership with Count on Me NC. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drive-through holiday light show is back this Saturday and it features more than 4 million lights over a 3.75-mile course. Speedway Christmas will also include drive-in holiday movies and an outdoor ice skating rink. Check out the schedule and get tickets. 

Note: The Weekender is a list of happenings around the city. Use your discretion to decide what’s in your comfort zone. As always, wear a mask and practice social distancing in public.


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Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Blue Blaze Brewing: With Thanksgiving next week, consider making a donation in the form of canned goods or other shelf-stable food items to Loaves and Fishes. 1-8 p.m. Free. Details

University City Food Truck Friday at Armored Cow Brewing Co.: Head over to Armored Cow Brewing Co. to enjoy live music and food trucks. This week’s food truck line-up includes Ace of Spuds, Another Food Truck, Chimi Spot, ScratchKitchen CLT, Donut I Love You, Yappy Hour, and music by Heroes at Last. 4-9:30 p.m. Menu Pricing. Details

Local on Tryon Pop-Up Market at 329 S. Tryon St.: Shop Charlotte-centric items and gifts from five local vendors. 5-8 p.m. Prices vary. Details

Uptown Street Eats at N. Tryon St.: All weekend there will be street dining and pop-up entertainment throughout Uptown, as part of the Show UP for Uptown push. Find free and reduced parking sites here. 6-9 p.m. Varies. Details

Apple Cider & Apple Cider Donuts Class at Sweet Spot Studio: Chef Alyssa Barefield is going to show you how to make fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts with an apple cider glaze. 6:30 p.m. $80. Details

N.C. Transportation Museum In Lights: A Drive-Thru Experience: For the first time ever, thousands of lights will illuminate the grounds of the historic N.C. Transportation Museum throughout the holiday season. 6-10 p.m. $8. Details

Movies at Victoria Yards at 408 N. Tryon St.: Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy food trucks and live music. Then at 8:30 p.m. catch a screening of “Elf.” Seating is extremely limited, and attendees must follow CDC guidelines. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Details


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Go for a socially distanced hike: Crowders Mountain is the obvious go-to, but there’s also Uwharrie National Recreation Trail and Morrow Mountain. Here’s our full guide to 16 hikes near Charlotte.

University City Farmers Market at The Shoppes at University: Head to the University City Farmers Market to shop for locally sourced fruits, veggies, fresh produce, and even natural beauty products. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices vary. Details

Meditation for Stress Relief with Mood House: Join Mood House instructor, Afeni Grace, for a 30-minute guided meditation accompanied by a live guitarist. 9-9:30 a.m. Free, reservations required. Details

[Related Agenda Story: Massage spa Mood House opening this fall calls itself the ‘SoulCycle of massage.’ Memberships now available]

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at SouthPark Mall: This popular, pink cafe and shop on wheels is making a stop at SouthPark Mall for all of Charlotte’s Hello Kitty fans. Guests can shop new and exclusive merch and limited-edition collectibles like the Hello Kitty Cafe Cookie Plush, canvas totes, t-shirts, and other “purr-fect” items. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices vary. Details

Sidewalk Market at 7th Street Public Market: Enjoy a beautiful day in Uptown with pop-up vendors along the Rail Trail side of 7th Street Public Market. Shop local and then grab a bite to eat from one of the great market food vendors. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Speedway Christmas Opening Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway: America’s Home of Racing is transforming into a Winter Wonderland for the holiday season. Speedway Christmas has the largest drive-thru Christmas light show in the Southeast, an all-new 5,400-square-foot ice rink complete with real ice, and holiday movie nights on the giant Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday. Masks are required. 6-10 p.m. Ice Skating: $15/hour, drive-thru light display: $10/car. Details


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North Carolina Virtual Team Hope Walk: The North Carolina Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is hosting a virtual walk to raise money and awareness for the rare disease. Choose your own course, whether it’s your driveway, neighborhood, a spot in your house, hiking trail, park, or even a treadmill. 11 a.m. Details.

Mutts and Mimosas Brunch at Sycamore Brewing: Bring your furry friend and enjoy tasty beverages to benefit The Humane Society of Charlotte. 12-9 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Details

[Related Agenda guide: The 15 best brunch spots in Charlotte]

Weekend Waffles at Stroke: Head to Stroke Putt to try their weekend waffle menu which has sweet and savory waffles, and brunch bevvies. As an added incentive, guests have the chance to win a free round of golf if the Panthers win on Sunday. All-day. Menu pricing. Details

Check out more upcoming events on the Agenda Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our newsletters’ Classifieds section.


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