Aug 12, 2021 - Things to Do

Axios Weekender: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Charlotte Collective South End

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The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, host of the Circle K Monster Truck Bash on this Saturday. Expect a family-friendly night with Monster Truck rides, inflatables, autographs, food and souvenirs. Plus, kids get in for just $10.  


93. Mostly sunny. 24% chance of rain.

CLT Burger Week: This is the final weekend of the 6th annual CLT Burger Week, so make your way to any of the participating restaurants for unbeatable burger specials. Through August 15. $6. Details.

Birdsong Brewing Co. Vendor Spotlight at 1016 North Davidson St.: Maker’s Market Clt and Birdsong Brewing have teamed up to feature a local artist every month. Visitors can enjoy a beer and shop directly from the artist. 6-8pm. Free. Details.

Charlotte Art League Landscape NC Art Exhibit Opening at 4100A Raleigh St.: The latest exhibit from the Charlotte Art League, “Landscape NC,” features local artists’ depictions and reflections of North Carolina from its coastline to its jagged cityscapes. 6-9pm. Free. Details.

NoDa Brewing’s Miles & Music Summer Series at 2921 North Tryon St.: Join the team from Around the Crown for a run around the block followed by drinks in the taproom and live music from local artists. Every second Friday through August. 6-9:30pm. Free, registration required. Details.

Moon Hooch presents A Hooch Odyssey at The Music Yard 2433 South Blvd.: Have you ever seen a traffic cone used as an instrument? Well, now you can. Catch Moon Hooch perform live at The Music Yard with traffic cones among other things. 6-11pm. $15-$240. Details.

Mark Rapp Quartet: Jazz Meets Disney at Middle C Jazz Club: Award-winning trumpeter Mark Rapp and his quartet will bring to life their swinging and fun arrangements of beloved Disney classics. Rapp recorded three songs for Disney Jazz including his unique arrangements of “Circle of Life”, “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” and “Baby Mine.” 6:30-11pm. $34. Details.

Paranormal Examination of Charlotte Ghost Stories at Petty Thieves Brewing 413 Dalton Ave., Ste. B: It may be mid-August, but it’s never too early to start celebrating spooky season in my book. Join SpookyClt, Old North State Podcast and Hex Files Podcast on this Friday the 13th evening for chilling ghost stories about Charlotte and tarot card readings. 8pm. Free. Details.

Charlotte Pride Drag Show at Protagonist Brewing: The Southend location of Protagonist hosts its first-ever drag show with host Onya Nerves. 8pm. Free. Details.

Glow + Drop Sound Yoga at Alchemy-C3 Lab at 2525 Distribution St.: This outdoor glow-in-the-dark yoga flow incorporates glow sticks, glow rings and glow body paint under neon and black lights to create an exciting workout for all skill levels. Bring a mat and some water — glow materials will be provided. 8:15-9:45pm. $15. Details.


92. Isolated thunderstorms. 30% chance of rain.

Standup Paddle Board Yoga on Lake Wylie at 3990 Charlotte Hwy.: Join Habitual Roots for a relaxing yoga session in the middle of Lake Wylie. You’ll use a paddleboard as a mat and flow through a series of approachable yoga poses. 9am. Free, donations appreciated. Details.

Charlotte Collective South End Grand Opening at 110 West Blvd., Ste. B: Shop from more than 20 local vendors under one roof at Charlotte Collective’s new South End location. There will be mimosas to celebrate, plus the first 50 customers get a free gift with their purchase. 10am. Free. Details.

Ballantyne’s Markets at 11 at 11611 North Community House Rd.: Head to Ballantyne’s Backyard for outdoor yoga, live music, local vendors and food trucks. 11am to 6pm. Free. Details.

Storytelling and mask making at The Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 South Tryon St.: Learn about the importance and symbolism of masks in traditional African cultures through interactive mask-making. Teaching artist Carlo “Mama Lo” Dawson, will lead the session. Noon to 2pm. $5. Details.

Charlotte’s Cuban Festival at 11126 South Tryon St.: Celebrate the food, music and vibrance of Cuban culture at A Piece of Havana’s Cuban Festival. All are welcome. 3-10pm. $5. Details.

The Last Dance: The 8.5ish Anniversary Music Festival at The Unknown Brewing: As a part of their farewell festivities, Unknown Brewing is hosting its last music festival before the brewery and taproom close later this month. There will be food, music performances, water slides, super soakers and fireworks to round out the night. 5:30-11pm. Free. Details.

[Related story: Rocky Mount brewery acquires Unknown in South End]

Charlotte Pride Band Concert at Freedom Park (the bandshell): Bring a chair and a picnic for the Charlotte Pride Band’s performance in Freedom Park. 6-7pm. Free. Details.

Great Gatsby Gala by The National MS Society at 324 South Mint St.: This Roaring 20s-themed outdoor gala will have a live and silent auction, delicious food, drinks, and cocktails, music and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National MS Society. 6-11pm. $150. Details.


84. Scattered thunderstorms. 45% chance of rain.

Counterculture Club Outdoor Yoga Series at Camp North End: Join Counterculture Club Yoga in the Boileryard at Camp North End for a rejuvenating yoga flow, fit for all levels. 10am. $10. Details.

Lenny Boy Run Club at 3000 South Tryon St.: Join Lenny Boy Brewing’s Run Clun for a morning run through South End along the rail trail. After the run, hang out and enjoy a free 6 oz. kombucha. 11am to noon. Free. Details.

SummerFEST at Protagonist Southend at 227 Southside Dr., Unit A: Shop from more than 25 local vendors, listen to live music, and enjoy some food and drinks along the way. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

Skiptown Pet Pop Up at 222 Rampart St.: Pamper your pet with locally made goodies like dog treats, pet accessories, and pet grooming products at Skiptown’s Pet Pop-Up. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

Nothing Major Market at 2433 South Blvd.: Bop while you shop at the Music Yard’s Nothing Major Market. Expect Charlotte’s top local brands, DJs, drinks, tacos and more. 1-7pm. Free. Details.

Punchline at Pinhouse: Laugh away the Sunday scaries at Pinhouse’s monthly comedy showcase. The lineup includes national touring headliner Johnny Millwater, plus the incredibly funny Lauren Ansley and Jason Scholder. 7-10pm. $15. Details.

Check out more upcoming events on our Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our weekday newsletter. Have a scoop about a cool event? Email [email protected].

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