Jan 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 35 things to do in Charlotte this MLK weekend

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FRIDAY, January 13

53. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

A Soldier’s Play at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: Watch the Tony award-winning play about a sergeant’s murder that prompts questions about sacrifice, service and identity in America. $25 and up. 8pm. Details

Live Music at The Wine Loft: Wrap up the work week with live tunes every Friday. Free. 9pm. Details

Future And Friends at Spectrum Center: Vibe to hip hop hits from Future, Polo G and EST Gee as they make their tour stop in Charlotte. $58-$263. 8-10:30pm. Details

TopShelf Candle Class at Tax and Tea Lounge: Learn how to create a scented candle to take home during a two-hour workshop. $50. 7-9pm. Details

Soul Gastro at Divine Barrel Brewing: Grab food favorites from Soul Gastro Lounge’s food truck and enjoy beers from Divine Barrel. Free. 5-9pm. Details

DIY Custom Lipstick Class at Lip n Pour: Create a custom lip product to take home and sip on champagne. $75. Times vary. Details

Moss Wall Workshop at Planthouse: Learn how to customize and attach moss to an in-set frame to take home. $45. 6:30-8pm. Details

Sip & See at the Gallery at Real African Art Gallery: View stone sculptures and paintings from African nations as you sip on glasses of wine. $10. 7-9pm. Details

Open house at MoxieCLT: Check out the newest fitness studio with light bites, giveaways and pop-ups from women-led businesses. Free. 4:30-7pm. Details

SATURDAY, January 14

49. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

George Lopez at Ovens Auditorium: Laugh the night away as George Lopez makes his stand-up tour stop in Charlotte. $39-$99. 7pm. Details

Honey Pie Release Event at Birdsong Brewing: Put your headphones on to dance to music in this silent disco to celebrate their limited-release beers. Free. 6:30-9:30pm. Details

I AM, A Retrospective Exhibition at Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery: View artwork spanning over 20 years as an evolution of Kevin Harris’ beliefs on love, relationships, beauty, music, dance, justice and family. Free. 6-8pm. Details

Hornets vs Celtics at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Charlotte Hornets as they play the Boston Celtics. $49-$775. 7pm. Details

King Day Party at Slate: Party through the long weekend with cocktails and music from a live DJ. $10-$175. 4-8pm. Details

Xtreme Hip Hop Beginner Class at MoveStudio Charlotte: Enjoy a hip hop based aerobics exercise with a beginner course. $7-$10. 1-2pm. Details

Mad Miles at Elizabeth Park: Start your morning with a walk, jog or run before celebrating to music from a live DJ. Free. 10:30am. Details

Winter Wish DIY Class at Charlotte Flower Market: Learn how to create a centerpiece to decorate your table with with blue and white flowers perfect for your winter decor. $65. 4-5pm. Details

Improv Jam at VAPA Center – Charlotte Comedy Theater: Play improv games with the cast and students of Charlotte Comedy Theater. Free. 10pm. Details

Aquaponics Vertical Farm Tour at Innovation Barn: Learn how to grow your own fresh fish and veggies in a symbiotic ecosystem and tour the aquaponics vertical farm. $10. Times vary. Details

SUNDAY, January 15

54. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Mimosa Sundays at Uniquities: Enjoy mimosas and treats as you shop. Free. 12-6pm. Details

Vibras Sunday at Broken Promises: Vibe to music and enjoy a chef-catered brunch during a Latin/international-themed day party. Free. 2-8pm. Details

MLK Unity March and Wreath-Laying at Marshall Park: Watch the unity march start at the intersection of Tryon and Montford Point Street and end at with a wreath laying at the Martin Luther King statue in Marshall Park. Free. 2:30pm. Details

Black to Love at Amnesia: Dance to EDM music from multiple local DJs. $5-$20. 10pm-2am. Details

Lolita’s Draglicious Brunch at Armored Cow Brewery: Watch Lolita Chanel and other drag queen performances as you enjoy drinks from Armored Cow. Free. 12-3:30pm. Details

Bridging Musical Worlds at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church: Celebrate MLK day with musical performances from A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas, Charlotte Strings Collective and UNC Charlotte’s music department. $10. 4-6pm. Details

Cultured Flow at Lenny Boy Brewing: Wind down with a gentle flow set yoga session to the sounds of traditional African drumming and songs. $10. 11:30am-12:30pm. Details

Social at Topgolf: Socialize with fellow golfers from the charlotte Golf League, enjoy food and watch NFL Wild Card football on TV. $70. 1:30-2:30pm. Details

DIY Candle Making Class at Paddywax Candles: Create a custom candle and scent through a guided class. $40. Times vary. Details

MONDAY, January 16

56. Partly cloudy. 40% chance of rain.

Trivia at Trolley Barn: Test your knowledge with trivia every Monday night. Free. 7pm. Details

MLK Holiday Celebration at Charlotte Convention Center: Enjoy an in-person breakfast event to celebrate the MLK holiday. Prices vary. 8am. Details

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Gantt Center: Take the entire family to celebrate the MLK holiday with story time, arts and crafts, films, music, trivia and art. Free. 9am-4pm. Details

Hornets Hoops MLK Day Clinic at The Carole Hoefener Center: Play five on five basketball, receive a Hornets Hoops t-shirt and two ticket vouchers to a 2022-23 Hornets regular season home game. $85. 9:30am-12pm. Details

Community Habitual Yoga at ALC: Stretch during this all levels yoga class and take mindful practices into the start of the week. $12.22. 6:30-7:30pm. Details

Mindfulness Monday at BeSocial: Clear your mind and set intentions for the week with affirmations, meditation and peaceful instrumentals. Free. 6-7pm. Details

Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics: Watch the Hornets play the Boston Celtics. $22-$575. 1pm. Details

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