Mar 25, 2021 - Things to Do

Weekender: 21 things to do this weekend including drive-in movies and B.Y.O brunch boards

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Pastries from Suarez Bakery in Optimist Hall. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway – Home of the Coca-Cola 600. This year, Charlotte Motor Speedway is able to host fans at the Coca-Cola 600 at 30% capacity. Get tix now for Memorial Day Weekend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 26

81. Scattered thunderstorms. 38% chance of rain.

Shrooms Art Installation by Amigo and Amigo at 300 E 7th St.: This immersive installation features 10 giant inflatable mushrooms that bring color and light to The Joe & Joan Martin Center at ImaginOn. Running through April 18. Free. Details.

LOCAL/STREET Pop-Up Installation at 2730 Randolph Rd.: Head to the Mint Museum Randolph for a three-day pop-up exhibition showcasing over 40 local artists of color. Masks are required, and only 50 guests will be allowed in the exhibit at the same time. March 26–28. Free (today only). Details.

Dewberry Farm U-pick Tulip Days at 2585 Dewberry Farm Ln.: It’s officially springtime and Dewberry Farm is starting up its u-pick tulip season where visitors can admire the tulips and even clip some to take home. Bring your cut their own clippers or scissors, and basket or bucket. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Details.

West End Food Truck Friday at Blue Blaze Brewing: Savor foods from some of Charlotte’s best food trucks and award-winning local craft beer at Blue Blaze Brewing. West End Food Truck Friday is both dog- and family-friendly. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

University City Food Truck Friday at 8821 JW Clay Blvd #1: Shop from local artists and vendors every Friday, and munch on delicious grub from a rotating list of food trucks, all while enjoying your favorite brews from Armored Cow. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Sushi Making Workshop online with SkillPop: From cooking the rice to rolling the sushi, Chef Rosana Rivera will take you step-by-step through the sushi-making process. 5:30-7 p.m. $24. Details.

PORTRAYAL: An Alternative Portrait Exhibition at Goodyear Arts 301 Camp Rd #200: Head to the Goodyear Arts gallery in Camp North End to check out this alternative portrait exhibition featuring the work of several talented artists. Masks, social distancing, and capacity limits will be in effect. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Opening Weekend at Hound’s Drive-In: Double feature weekends return to Hound’s drive-in. This week’s screenings include Tom and Jerry and Space Jam on Screen 1. And Nobody and News of the World on Screen 2. Gates open at 6 p.m., movies start at dusk (around 8 p.m.) $20 per carload. Details.

Haunted History Tour at Historic Rosedale: If you’re interested in the supernatural, the Historic Rosedale Haunted History Tours are back. Take a guided tour of the gardens and grounds surrounding the historic 1815 house and reconstructed blacksmith shop. Masks are required and tours are limited to 20 people to allow for social distancing. 7-8 p.m. $20. Details.

SATURDAY, MARCH 27

77. Partly cloudy. 22% chance of rain.

The Whole Enchilada at the Whitewater Center: Riders can choose between The Whole Enchilada (~50 miles) and The Half Enchilada (~25 miles). The race will take place on March 27 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the USNWC. The last day to pre-register is March 25. Cost: $50 – The Whole Enchilada, $40 – The Half Enchilada. Details.

Uptown Sweat at 408 N. Tryon Street: Uptown Sweat is a free, all-day fitness event at Victoria Yards in Uptown where workouts are set to a live DJ and led by six of Charlotte’s best fitness instructors. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free, registration required. Details.

Build the Perfect Brunch Board online with SkillPop: Grab your favorite breakfast accouterments and join food blogger Chrissie Nelson Rotko for a step-by-step demonstration on how to build a beautiful brunch board. 10-11:15 a.m. $24. Details.

Brewhouse Yoga at Devil’s Logic Brewing at 1426 E 4th Street: Start your Saturday on the right foot (literally) and head to Devil’s Logic Brewing for a brewhouse yoga session led by Habitual Roots. Ticket includes the class and a beer or kombucha of your choice. Masks are required. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am. $10. Details.

2nd Annual Egg Quest at Aw Shucks Farm at 3718 Plyler Mill Road: Take the kiddos to Aw Shucks Farm for a fun Easter egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 Adults, $7 Kids. Details.

BLOOM! Pop-Up Market at Life Suites at 604 W. Morehead St. Ste. 6: Grab a friend and head uptown to the Bloom! Pop-Up Market at Life Suites to shop from 10+ local vendors specializing in art, jewelry, healing, and self-care products crafted in the QC. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, MARCH 28

75. Scattered thunderstorms. 54% chance of rain.

Morning Meditation at The Ballantyne Hotel: A meditation specialist will lead you through a transformative journey to reduce anxiety and melt away stress. 9:30-10:30 am. Free. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company 2921 N Tryon Street: Certified yoga instructor, Courtney Burrow will lead a relaxing yoga flow on the patio lawn or heated pavilion of NoDa Brewing Company. Tickets can be paid with exact cash, Venmo or Paypal. 10:45 a.m. to noon. $5. Details.

Besties & Brunch at Optimist Hall: Start your Sunday Funday at Optimist Hall with Besties & Brunch. Select tenants will have brunch menu items and specials. 11 am. Prices vary. Details.

‘Now That’s What I Call Brunch’ at Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo: Head to Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo for its 90s themed Sunday brunch series ‘Now That’s What I Call Brunch.’ The brunch items are sure to bring back 90s nostalgia with offerings like Sunny D mimosas and donut charcuterie boards. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Reservations are highly recommended and face masks are required. Noon to 5 p.m. Menu pricing. Details.

Cheeseboard and Chill at The Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters 1217 The Plaza: Join cheeseboard aficionado Laura, aka @cheeseboardandchill for a fun build-your-own-cheeseboard workshop. Everything you need to build your own personal board will be provided, including a selection of cheeses, meats, nuts, and fresh fruits. Your first glass of wine is included in the ticket price. Food items will be pre-portioned out, and gloves will be provided for all guests. 2-4 p.m. $55. Details.

Time Sawyer’s “Sam on Sunday” Livestream: Charlotte-based folk-rock band, Time Sawyer is back for their second installment in the “Sam on Sunday” live stream series. Performances are scheduled twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and streamed live from The Neighborhood Theatre. 7:30 pm. Free, donations appreciated. Details.

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