May 18, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 32 things to do in Charlotte including a food truck and BBQ festival

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FRIDAY, May 19

79. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Anniversary at Intersection of Trade & Tryon Streets: Celebrate the MecDec with military and colonial re-enactors, historical readings, horses, military parades and cannon firing. Free. 12pm. Details

Country Night at The Horseshoe: Vibe to country tunes every Friday. Free. 9pm. Details

Live Music at The Wine Loft: Unwind from the workweek with wine, cocktail specials and live music. Free. 9pm. Details

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Visit tenants in each distinct and enjoy live music. Free. 5-9pm. Details

BLACK FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY at West Complex: Enjoy Black-owned food and retail vendors every Friday. Free. 4-9pm. Details

SUPERBAD at Starlight on 22nd: Shake your groove thing with a tribute to James Brown party. $5. 9pm-12am. Details

Play N’ Parlay at DUPP&SWAT: Compete in music trivia to win a cash prize. $20. 12am. Details

Cristoph at The Music Yard: Dance to progressive house and techno giant Cristoph. $25-$220. 6-11pm. Details

Jason Eady with Ben Danaher and Michael Cansler at The Evening Muse: Vibe to music from singer and songwriters Jason Eady, Ben Danaher and Michael Cansler. $20-$25. 7pm. Details

Reel Out Charlotte Celebration + Movie at Charlotte Art League: Watch Scott Pilgrim vs the World during this LGBTQ+ Film Festival and enjoy an open bar. Free. 5:30-9pm. Details

Spanish Tapas Cooking Class at The Perfect Beet: Learn how to create chef-inspired recipes through hands-on demonstrations, plus enjoy music and dancing. $65. 6:30-8:30pm. Details

Cheesecake & Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Taste craft-made cheesecake and enjoy cider pairings. $20. 7-8:30pm. Details

Live Music at RSVP South End: Vibe to a lineup of live DJ sets all weekend long. Free. Times vary. Details


83. Isolated thunderstorms. 30% chance of rain.

Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward at Historic Fourth Ward: Stroll through the gardens with complimentary food, beer and cocktail tasting. $30-$40. 12-4pm. Details

ONE Fest – Charlotte’s Yoga, Music + Healing Arts Festival at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Expect more than 80 workshops, vendors, yoga, giveaways, live music and food trucks plus a DJ Glow Dance party. $69-$99. 10am. Details

Cheerwine Festival at Downtown Salisbury.: Celebrate over a hundred years of Cheerwine with food trucks, vendors, rock climbing, a bounce house, a beer garden and live music. Free. 12pm-10pm. Details

Shakedown Alley at Divine Barrel Brewing: Shop from a vendor market and enjoy live music. Free. 4-11pm. Details

Yoga at Hi-Wire Brewing: Improve your alignment through static, flowing and repetitive yoga poses. Reward yourself with a beer afterward. $10. 11am-12pm. Details

R&B Vibes Picnic Food Truck Festival at Symphony Park: Vibe to classic and new R&B tunes while you enjoy food truck fare on your own blanket or lawn chair. $15-$750. 2-10pm. Details

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Taste all-you-can-eat BBQ and beer samples. $45-$75. 12-6pm. Details

Crawfish For A Cause at Suffolk Punch Brewing: Support the local nonprofit organization raising funds for mental health support services during this charity event offering live music from six bands, art, food, beer, seltzers and crawfish. $24.99. 11am-9pm. Details

NPHC D-9 Love Train at Weathered Souls: Meet other local members of the Divine Nine organizations on the Lynx Blue Line before gathering at Weathered Souls. Free. 4-8pm. Details

SOUL RETRO at XOXO Cocktail Lounge: Experience a celebration of Soul, Funk and R&B music over drinks. $20-$700. 4-9pm. Details

Yoga at Birdsong Brewing: Start your morning with a guided yoga flow. Afterward, reward yourself with a beverage of choice. $14. 11:30am.  Details

SUNDAY, May 21

82. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Camden Commons at South End: Discover 30 local vendors providing food, drinks, merchandise and giveaways. This family-friendly event is free and open to all. Free. 11am-5pm. Details

Charlotte Knights vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Truist Field: Cheer on the Charlotte Knights as they take on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. $23 and up. 1:05pm. Details

Mediterranean Cooking Class at The Perfect Beet: Learn how to create döner kebab (lemon garlic chicken), patatas bravas (Spanish roasted potatoes) and orange cardamom olive oil cake. $55. 1-3pm. Details

In My 20’s Brunch at Town Brewing: Join a table of six strangers over brunch and walk away with new friendships. $50-$60. 11am. Details

Music in the Garden Series at The Duke Mansion: Wind down from the weekend with live jazz and cocktails. $45. 5-7pm. Details

Forest Healing Hike at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve: Explore nature on a guided walk paired with activities to reduce stress. $5.55 donation. 10am-12pm. Details

Tipsy Terrarium & Tasting Workshop at Progtagonist: Create a 6″ terrarium while you enjoy a pint, beer flight, glass of wine, or draft cocktail over live music. $35. 4-6PM. Details

Summer Music Series at Seoul Food (Mill District): Grab food and drinks as you vibe to live music from local bands. Free. 3-pm. Details

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