May 25, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 40 things to do in Charlotte this Memorial Day weekend

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FRIDAY, May 26

75. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

The Wizard of Oz at Booth Playhouse: Follow the yellow brick road for a performance of The Wizard of Oz by the students at the Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center. $17-$22. 7pm. Details

Green Garlic Festival at Dover Vineyards: Enjoy farm-to-table dinners with wine pairings from chefs Treasure Williams and Reyana Radcliff. $100. Times vary. Details

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Rev up the Coca-Cola 600 weekend with live music, Doobie Brothers pre-race concert, a pre-race military salute and performances by the 82nd Airborne Chorus. $45 and up. Times vary. Details

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Explore the different districts within Camp North End offering live music, food, shops and local art. Free. 5-9pm Details

Lake Norman Foodees Food and Culture Festival at Lake Norman Family Branch YMCA: A three-day celebration of food, art and community with 25 food trucks and food vendors, artists and crafters. Free. 1-7pm. Details

Friday Night Sip & See at Real African Art Gallery: View artwork from a list of African nations with wine and music. $10. 7-9pm. Details

WILDFLOWERS: A Night of Tom Petty at The Music Yard: Vibe to rock & roll sounds from a five-piece band playing Tom Petty tunes. $15-$240. 7-11pm. Details

The Backseat Lovers: Waiting To Spill World Tour at The Fillmore: Rock out to the alternative rock band The Backseat Lovers as they make their tour stop in Charlotte. $125-$245. 8pm. Details


69. Showers. 40% chance of rain.

Yoga & Mimosas at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Start your weekend with an outdoor yoga flow with noise-canceling headphones. $15. 10am. Details

CLT Asian Eats Food Truck Rally at Divine Barrel Brewing: Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month with food trucks, drinks, a live DJ and karaoke. Free. 3-9pm. Details

BLACK GAZE: THROUGH A WOMAN’S EYES at 700 N Tryon St: View an installment of work from eight emerging Black female photographers. This was produced in a mentorship program with Titus Brooks Heagins. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. Details

Empanada Festival 2023 at Ford Building: Enjoy Latin America’s famous pastry turnovers, drinks, music and dancing. Free. 12-6pm. Details

Potions & Pixels: Saturday Afternoon Board Games at 701 Keswick: Play a variety of board games for all ages and skill levels. Free. 12-3pm. Details

Carolina’s Greek Picnic at QC SoundStage: Connect with other members from the Divine Nine that advance the community through uplift. $25-$40. 12-5pm. Details

Aquaponics Vertical Farm Tour at Innovation Barn: Tour the aquaponics vertical farm to learn about growing your own fresh fish and veggies in a symbiotic ecosystem. $10. 1-1:30pm. Details

ANCHOR at Mint Museum – Randolph: Start your day with a gentle yoga flow with noise-isolating headphones. $10. 10-11am. Details

Mommy & Me Tea Party Picnic at Freedom Park: Enjoy an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party with games and food. $5-$25. 2:30pm. Details

Tequila Made Me Do It at XOXO Lounge: Kick off the long weekend with a day party and drink specials. Free. 4-10pm. Details 

Memorial Day Trail Race at U.S. Whitewater Center: Start your morning with a five to eight-mile race. $37-$47. 7-10:45am. Details

SUNDAY, May 28

74. Scattered showers. 30% chance of rain.

Sip & Stretch Sundays at Boileryard: Unwind with outdoor yoga and nonalcoholic drinks. Free. 10am-1pm. Details

Slow It Down Sundays at You Vs Yourself: Relax with guided meditation and sound baths. $10. 6-7pm. Details

Recess | The Ultimate Sunday Funday at Veterans Memorial Park: Kick-off Sunday Funday with kickball, food, drinks, games and vendors. $5. 11am-6pm. Details

Sips & Sounds Memorial Day Cookout at Charlotte Art League: Enjoy a cookout with food, music, drinks, two live DJs, open art gallery, kid-friendly activities and a 360 Photobooth. Free. 1-7pm. Details

Figure Drawing at Free Range Brew NoDa: Bring your own supplies to draw and sip on a beer while you create. Free. 11am-1:30pm. Details

8th Annual Queen City’s Naturals N the Park at Park Road Park: Take the entire family to enjoy food, games, raffles, vendors, music and a bounce house. Free. 2-5pm. Details

Straight Ahead Jazz Concerts at Arts Factory: Enjoy a two-hour long smooth jazz performance. $10. 4-6pm. Details

Beginner Sword Fighting Workshop at CrossFit Mountain Island: Learn how to sword fight in a guided workshop. $15. 12-2pm. Details

One Night Only Reunion Drag Show at 2301 Freedom Dr: Watch drag queen performances throughout the night. $5-$150. 10pm-3am. Details

Le Reve En Blanc at Novelty House: Party during the day with brunch, live music and rooftop vibes. $20-$150. 12-8pm. Details

THE SOPHISTICATED ALL-WHITE AFFAIR DAY PARTY at Sofie’s Steakhouse: Put on your all-white outfit for a day party with live music. $20-$250. 4-9pm. Details

Memorial Day Celebration at U.S. Whitewater Center: Start the holiday a race, yoga, live music and fireworks on Sunday evening. Free. Times vary. Details 

Monday, May 29

78. Scattered showers. 30% chance of rain.

4th Annual Memorial Day Ride to Remember at 1129 E 3rd St: Observe the holiday with hundreds of motorcyclists as they travel from Charlotte to Kernersville visiting monuments. Free. 7:30am. Details

CLT Paddle Battle Pickleball League Summer 2023 Season at Multiple Locations: Put your pickleball skills to the test at any court with players on your level. $20. Times vary. Details

Puzzle Challenge at Hi-Wire Brewing: Complete a 500-piece puzzle to win a Hi-Wire gift card. Free. 7-9pm. Details

Trivia at Trolley Barn: Take a friend to enjoy trivia, snacks, drinks plus prizes for the winning team. Free. 7pm. Details

Open Mic at Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood: Showcase your singing/songwriting skills with other artists. Free. 6-8:30pm. Details

Birdie Bingo at Stroke: Play bingo with donations benefitting rotating charities. Free. 7:30pm. Details

Comedy Open Mic at Triple C Brewing Company: Laugh the night away with a rotating list of comedians. Free. 7-9pm. Details

First Miles Run Club at beSocial Charlotte: Learn from experienced marathoners and run directors from the community for basic techniques for a successful run. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. Details

Yoga w/Habitual Roots at Freedom Park: Enjoy a guided yoga flow for all levels. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Details

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