Aug 17, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 33 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a Pride Festival and Parade

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FRIDAY, August 18

91. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Brunch at Hex Coffee: Grab your friend to enjoy a new brunch menu with mimosas before exploring Camp North End. Prices vary. 8am-12pm. Details

Live music at The Coterie Concept: Vibe to live jazz music every Friday evening. Free. 8-10pm. Details

Tiki & bikini night at Royal Tot: Join The Fashion Excursion for a party on the rooftop. Free. 10pm-2am. Details

Adult field day and open mic at 6301 Beatties Ford Road: Play outdoor games before you enjoy food and drinks. Free. 6-10:30pm. Details

Soul Samples (The R&B Exhibit) at Weathered Souls: Groove to smooth R&B tunes throughout the night. Free. 7:30pm. Details

Whisk & Wine – Summer Cook & Sip Series at Secret Location: Learn how to cook hors d’oeuvres from Chef Lisa while you sip on wine with friends. $125. 7-10pm. Details

Boozy bonsai workshop at PlantHouse: Pot a 4″ juniper bonsai tree while you sip on drinks. $40-$47. 6:30-8pm. Details

Black Food Truck Fridays at West Complex: Grab dinner from a lineup of food trucks before shopping from vendors. Free. 4-9pm. Details

Silent disco at Hi-Wire: Enjoy a list of Taylor Swifts hits in noise-canceling headphones and dance the night away. $12-$15. 7-11pm. Details

Pride pre-party at Wooden Robot Brewery in NoDa: Prep for the Pride-filled weekend with live music, LGBGTQ+ vendors and a drag show to party all night. $15. 8:30-10:30pm. Details

Trap karaoke at The Filmore: Sing along to popular hits all through Friday and Saturday night. $38-$72. 8pm-12am. Details 

SATURDAY, August 19 

89. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Lagerfest at Suffolk Punch Punch Brewing: Celebrate the sixth anniversary of Suffolk Punch with lager specials, live music, food, merchandise and giveaways. Free. 10am-11:30pm. Details

2023 Charlotte Pride Festival in Uptown: Celebrate more than 20 years of pride with live music, performances and vendors. Free. 12:30-11:30pm. Details

CLT FIT FEST at YVY Training: Start your morning with a hip-hop workout from celebrity trainers. $20. 8:30am. Details

CareFreeBlackGirl cookout at Divine Barrel: Join in celebrating melanin and pride with games, food, vendors and activations. $15-$35. 2-8pm. Details

HUG back to Hartigan’s Pride Party at Resident Culture in South End: Party for pride with drinks as ticket proceeds support local nonprofit HUG CLT. $25-$45. 7pm-2am. Details

Vanity House Pride Fest at Ink N Ivy: Experience a night of glamour with a special visit from RuPaul Drag Race’s Detox. $35+. 9pm. Details

Day Party at Imperial: Party to Afrobeats and Reggae on the dance floor or the rooftop. $10+. 4-9pm. Details

Soundbox Showcase at Legion Brewing West Morehead: Sip on brew and enjoy live music from songwriters and musicians. Free. 5-8pm. Details

Back 2 School Fun Day at Derita Park: Take kids to enjoy outdoor fun including bouncy houses, vendors and play areas. Free. 2:30-7:30pm. Details

Pride Fest Day Party at Victoria Yards: Enojy a mini festival with electric music, dancing, food trucks, vendors, live art and drinks. $10-$20. 4-10pm. Details

Day Party at RSVP South End: Make new friends through the social group CLT Social Club. Free. 2-5pm. Details

90’s RnB Day Party at The Royal Tot: Throw on your 90s fit to vibe R&B hits from a live DJ over cocktails. $20+. 1-6pm. Details

Peace in the Park Yoga at Freedom Park: Join in on self-care with a gentle yoga flow and meditation. $10. 11am-12pm. Details

Mad Miles at Elizabeth Park: Run, walk or jog a two-mile or four-mile route before celebrating the workout by dancing to music from a live DJ. Free. 10am. Details

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2500 Jackson Street at Starlight on 22nd: Groove to all of the musical hits from the Jackson 5. $5-$7. 9-12:30pm. Details

Bill Maher at Ovens Auditorium: Laugh the night away from jokes from comedian Bill Maher. $30+. 8pm. Details

SUNDAY, August 20 

93. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

2023 Pride Parade at Uptown: Watch or participate in the parade that travels through Tryon Street in Uptown. Free. 1-4pm. Details

Pete Davidson & Friends at The Filmore: Enjoy a night of jokes from former Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. $68.6pm and 9pm. Details

Summer Music Series at Seoul Food (Mill District): Vibe to live music with the family while the kids play in a splash pad and enjoy food from Urban District Market. Free. 3-8pm. Details

Brunch Day Party at Para: Eat a buffet-style brunch before partying to music from a live Dj. $10-$100. 12-8pm. Details

8th Annual Queen City’s Naturals N the Park at Park Road Park: Expect family-friendly activities, food, drinks, music and a bouncy house. Free. 2-5pm. Details

Experiential Sound Bath at Betty by Moxie: Wind down from the weekend with sound healing. $30. 4:30-6:30pm. Details

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