Mar 3, 2022 - Things to Do

Weekender: 25 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

I Heart Rail Trail 2021

I Heart Rail Trail 2021 “Fairy Ring” Installation by Meredith Connelly. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

The Weekender is proudly presented by The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway, now offering limited seating for the general public. Enjoy a world-class menu, great cocktails and Speedway views. Call 704-455-3216 for reservations.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

63. Mostly Sunny. 6% chance of rain.

I Heart Rail Trail: Lights in South End: I Heart Rail Trail will once again illuminate South End. Check out the five temporary interactive exhibits along the one-mile stretch along the Rail Trail. Happening March 4-20. Free. Details.

Mardi Paws at Skiptown: Party with your pup and enjoy treats like beignets, live music, beads and photo props. 11:30am. Free. Details.

Charlotte FC Season Kickoff Party at Lenny Boy Brewing: It’s gameday eve at long last and Lenny Boy is celebrating with food from Another Food Truck and a new beer release. 5:30pm. Free. Details.

Infiltrating the Perception Opening Reception at Goodyear Arts (Camp North End): This new exhibition uses art to visualize mental health through the lens of several featured artists. 6-9pm. Free. Details.

Carnivorous Terrarium Workshop at PlantHouse: Learn about carnivorous plants from the PlantHouse team and create a terrarium using venus fly traps, sundews and pitcher plants among other options. 6:30-8pm. $44. Details.

Morehouse College Glee Club at Belk Theater: Proceeds from the concert will provide scholarships to Charlotte-area students attending Morehouse. 7:30pm. $10-$99. Details.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

76. AM Clouds/PM Sun. 10% chance of rain.

Truist Corporate Cup 5K & Half Marathon at Truist Field: Run in-person or virtually through March 5 then celebrate the race finish with a post-race party in Uptown featuring music, food and vendors. 7:40am – Half Marathon; 8am – 5K. $45-$85. Details.

OH Well: Eat the Frog Fitness at Optimist Hall: Break a sweat at this free group workout. 10am. Free. Details.

Charlotte’s Dog Jog at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Jog or walk with or without a pup at this family-friendly and fur-friendly 5K suited for all fitness levels. 11am. $18-$45. Details.

Hoppin’s 4th Anniversary Party at Hoppin’: Hop on over to the taproom for giveaways for the first 250 guests, food by Tacos Ricko and for Hoppin’s debut of frozen liquor. 11am to 11:30pm. Free. Details.

Small Business Pop-Up Market at Sycamore Brewing: Stop by the Sycamore patio to browse the 50+ small businesses and local makers that will be on-site and grab a bite from food trucks. There will be live music and good ole’ craft beer. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

VAPA Open Studios at The VAPA Center: Tour the center, meet the artists and performers and learn how this collaborative space is connecting with the arts community. 1-6pm. Free. Details.

2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Armored Cow Brewing Co.: Sign up to be a chili contestant or a tester. 1st place wins $100; 2nd Place wins $50 and 3rd Place wins $25 – may the best chili win. 1-4pm. $10-$30. (On ToastTab scroll to Chili Event 2022) Details.

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day at Resident Culture South End: This celebration will include a women’s panel about being a woman in the brewing industry followed by a self-care and wellness session and mini-market featuring local female-owned businesses. 1-5pm. Free. Details.

Pop-Up & Roll at Birdsong Brewing Co.: B.Y.O. skates or rent out a pair of wheels for this pop-up roller skating event in the tank room of Birdsong. 4pm; 6pm and 8pm on March 5; 2pm and 4pm on March 6. $20-$25. Details.

Chana’s Mixology Mix-Up at Dupp&Swat Camp North End: Mixologist Chana Blackette will teach you how to make a deliciously crafted cocktail in a relaxed social setting. 7-9:30pm. $20. Details.

Charlotte FC vs. LA Galaxy at Bank of America Stadium: It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Charlotte FC’s inaugural season is upon us and their first game on home turf is against LA Galaxy. 7:30pm. $50+. Details.

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Mike Massé: Epic Acoustic Classic Rock at Stage Door Theater: Internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist Mike Massé will be performing a medley of the best classic rock songs spanning from the ’60s to the ’90s. 7:30pm. $40. Details.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

80. AM Clouds/PM Sun. 8% chance of rain.

Bike and Brunch at Devil’s Logic: Cruise with Devil’s Logic on a 12-mile bike ride through the city then fill up with brunch following the ride. 9-10am; every first Sunday. Free. Details.

Super Sunday Fundraiser at the Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts at Shalom Park: Following a year of increased antisemitism and growing social service needs, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte invites the community to volunteer at this phone-a-thon event to raise money to strengthen and unite the local Jewish community. 9:30am to 3:30pm. Details.

CHRCH: A Yoga Class for Creatives at MacFly Fresh Printing Co.: Join artist and yoga instructor, Tiya Caniel for a Sunday morning yoga session and meditation to help get your creative juices flowing. 10am to noon. Details.

Pop-Up Workout at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Start your Sunday off with an energizing yoga flow then stick around to hang out at the brewery. 10:30am. Details.

Slay Sunday Drag Brunch at Queen Park Social: Bring your friends to enjoy an energy-filled drag performance featuring local queens. 11am to 3:30pm. $15. Details.

CLT Free Skate Scavenger Hunt at 1425 Winnifred St.: Bring your wheels and roll with CLT Free Skate for its first event of 2022 – a community scavenger hunt. 4-9pm. $5-$35. Details.

I Am Queen Charlotte at Belk Theater: This live storytelling will feature local performers telling the stories of Black women in Charlotte with musical accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina and Lady Jess, a Charlotte-born-and-raised violinist. The show is also the kick-off of Queen Charlotte Week happening March 6-12. 7pm. $20-$40. 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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