May 8, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekday Planner: 20 things to do in Charlotte this week from a mahjong competition to an aerial show

Monday, May 8

Find Your Muse Open Mic Night

The Evening Muse | 7:30pm | $5 | Details

Why you should go: Comedians and songwriters are encouraged to perform at this open mic night — signups start at 7:15pm and showtime is at 7:30pm.

The Flaming Lips in Concert

The Fillmore | 8pm | $49.50+ | Details

Why you should go: See the psychedelic rock band, The Flaming Lips, live in concert. Doors open at 7pm; the show starts at 8pm.

First Miles Run Club

beSocial Charlotte | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Learn from experienced marathoners and runners from the community while practicing the basic techniques for a successful run.

Derby De Mayo Cocktails

Billy Sunday Charlotte | Special runs all day | $10 | Details

Why you should go: Derby Day meets Cinco De Mayo at Billy Sunday. Stop in May 1–14 and get the following cocktails for $10: paloma, margarita, brown derby and mint julep.

Tuesday, May 9

“Mahjong-a-thon” with Boem

Boem SouthPark | 11-6pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Snacks, drinks, shopping, and of course, Mahjong is what you’ll find at Boem’s second annual Mahjong-a-thon. There’ll be six tables of mahjong for groups of four, and Boem will offer shoppers a 20% discount all day.

Self Defense Class

Charlotte Running Co. Dilworth | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Take a free self-defense at Charlotte Running Co.’s Dilworth location, taught by the owner of King Tiger Tae Kwon Do, Terrance Evins.

Eh’vivi Pop Up at Free Range

Free Range Brewing NoDa | 6-9pm | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Eh’vivi Ghanian cuisine will be on-site at Free Range Noda with a menu that includes jollof rice, oxtails and plantains.

Mad Miles Run Club

YVY Training (Camp North End) | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Mad Miles is a Black-led run club open to people of all ages and paces. The free club meets every Tuesday, regardless of the weather. There’s no registration required; just show up ready to move and groove (every run turns into a dance party afterward).

Wednesday, May 10

Sunrise Yoga with Habitual Roots

Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters | 7-8am | $15.55 | Details

Why you should go: This beginner-friendly sunrise flow is aimed at connecting with yourself and those around you. Your ticket includes the one-hour yoga class, plus coffee from Giddy Goat.

Tequila Dinner

Billy Sunday Charlotte | 6:30pm | $85 | Details

Why you should go: It’s tequila time! Join Billy Sunday Charlotte for a four-course meal prepared by Chef Mark of AVA Pizzeria with cocktail pairings.

Ladies Lifestyle Network: Creating Confidence

Legion Brewing South Park | 6-8:30pm | $19 | Details

Why you should go: Join for an evening panel discussion on creating confidence with Ladies Lifestyle Network and hear from industry leaders, including a style and confidence coach.

North End Farmers Market

Camp North End (Keswick Avenue) | 4-8pm | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Head to the heart of Camp North End for the North End Farmers Market every Wednesday from April to October. Expect a mix of farmers, food artisans and other small businesses popping up along Keswick Avenue (between the Mount and Keswick districts).

[Go deeper: Detailed guide to 16 Charlotte-area farmers markets]

Thursday, May 11

SouthPark After Five

Symphony Park | 5-10pm | $0-$30 | Details

Why you should go: SouthPark After Five is happening from 5-9pm every Thursday through May 25. This Thursday will feature a performance by Sol Fusion Premier Variety Band and you’ll learn how to screen print your own tote bag with MacFly Fresh Printing Co.

[Go deeper: Alive After Five is back…kind of]

Birdsong’s Pink Robots Soured Ale Release 

Birdsong Brewing | 3pm | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate berry season with Birdsong’s newest kettle-soured ale, Pink Robots, brewed with raspberries and blackberries for easy sipping. Birdsong will also celebrate the release this Saturday with a silent disco.

Kokedama Workshop

PlantHouse Charlotte | 6:30pm | $25 | Details

Why you should go: Grab some friends and make your very own kokedama display with the PlantHouse crew.

West Charlotte High School Art Gala

West Charlotte High School | 5-7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: It’s an art showcase by the creatives of West Charlotte High School with the goal of spreading awareness of the importance of art to the community.

Friday, May 12

Cirque du Biere: Geeks & Gaymers Performance

Hi-Wire Brewing | 7pm | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Work For Your Beer and Hi-Wire are back with another Cirque du Biere — this time benefiting the Charlotte Gaymer’s Network. Aerialists will perform to geek/gamer-themed songs throughout the night. There’ll also be stations set up to play a variety of video games pre and post-show.

[Go deeper: Cirque du Biere combines aerial arts and Charlotte’s favorite pastime — drinking beer]

Sip N’ Social Meetup with Blk Prnt

Midnight Mulligan Brewing | 7-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Meet and connect with other Black women in Charlotte at Blk Prnt’s Sip N’ Social. It’s free to attend and you’ll find drink specials like a $5 tequila skyline + cin cocktail.

Speed Dating: 90s Edition

Devil’s Logic Brewing | 7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Dust off your Doc Martens and join Polished Dating for a night of 90s-themed speed dating at Devil’s Logic.

Strawberry Day

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 10am-2pm | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Taste North Carolina strawberry varieties and vote on the one with the best flavor. There’ll also be free activities for kids and recipes for adults.

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