Sep 7, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 31 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a Greek Festival and football

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FRIDAY, Sept. 8 

90. PM Thunderstorms. 40% chance of rain.

Yiasou Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral: Experience Greek culture with Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic cuisine, homemade pastries, entertainment, live music, dancing, wine tastings, art and shopping. $5. Runs through Sunday. Details 

Art After Dark: Wearable Renaissance at Harvey B. Gantt Center: Explore the museum, which is offering a digital-hybrid fashion show, hands-on fabric and textile workshops, live music and community conversation. Free. 6-10pm. Details

Back to the 80’s at The Music Yard: Vibe to throwback musical hits from the ’80s over drinks. $0-$100. 7-11pm. Details

Live Music at The Coterie Concept: Unwind from the weekend with live jazz over wine and cocktails. Free. 8-10pm. Details

Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls at Truist Field: Cheer on the home team as they take on the Durham Bulls. $23. 7:04pm. Details

CreativeMornings at The Amp Ballantyne: Check out live music, breakfast, coffee and giveaways before listening to the breakfast series featuring comedian from “Whose Line is it Anyway” Colin Mochrie and world-renowned hypnotist Asad Mecci. Free. 8am. Details

The Wrecks at The Amp Ballantyne: Listen to a performance from the alternative pop band The Wrecks. Free. 6pm. Details

Improv Comedy Double Header at VAPA Center: Laugh the night away with an improv comedy show. $12. 7:30pm. Details

Shawn Wayans at The Comedy Zone: EMMY Award-winning actor Shawn Wayans, best known for his role in White Chicks, will be in town. $35-$55. Multiple showings. Details

Caamp at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre: Vibe to live music from the folk band Caamp. $70+. 8pm. Details

SATURDAY, Sept. 9 

86. PM Thunderstorms. 40% chance of rain.

Charlotte Jollof Festival at Free Range Brewing: Taste multiple versions of Jollof from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone as chefs compete for the title of “Best Jollof Rice.” $35-$50. 2-7pm. Details

Jewelry Making at Harvey B. Gantt Center: Design a creative beaded bracelet to gift or keep for yourself. $10. 12-2pm. Details

Immersive Yoga Experience at Wray Ward: Enjoy a yoga flow with live EDM music plus shop from local artists and vendors. $30-$45. 6-10pm. Details

Cocktails & Convos at Park Road Park: Connect with like-minded individuals over cocktails and conversation. $40-$60. 4pm. Details

Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Festival: Vibe to musical performances from American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson and Tedeschi Trucks Band. $35+. 4:45pm. Details

LL COOL J: The F.O.R.C.E. Live at Spectrum Center: Sing along to songs from rapper LL Cool J. $45. 8pm. Details

SkillPop: Gold Leaf Abstract Art at 201 Camp: Learn how to create an abstract painting with gold leaf from local abstract artist Kelly Aiken of Copeley Designs. $48. 10-12pm. Details

10th Annual South End Shuffle 5k & Mile Run at Wooden Robot Brewery: Run in the tenth annual run and get an exclusive shirt, finisher medal, free beer (21+) or ice cream. $35-$45. 8:30am. Details

ArtPop Upcycled Fashion Show at Griffith Hall at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Support 14 talented upcycle designers who have transformed ArtPop billboards into couture outfits for the runway. $95-$150. 6-8pm. Details

DBB Oktoberfest at Divine Barrel Brewing: Celebrate like its Oktoberfest with German bier, music, food trucks, and competitions with prizes. Free. Noon. Details

Chris Tucker at Belk Theater: Laugh through the night with award-winning actor, producer and comedian Chris Tucker. $45+. 8pm. Details

Community Yard Sale at Dilworth Neighborhood: Shop from 10 participating houses in the neighborhood hosting sales in their front yards. Free. 8am-11am. Details  

Nebel’s Alley Night Market at 101 W. Worthington Ave.: Shop from 30+ small businesses and take photos in this Harry Potter-themed pop market. Free. 4-9pm. Details

SUNDAY, Sept. 10 

85. Scattered Thunderstorms. 30% chance of rain.

Princess Party Brunch at Urban District Market: Take your kids to meet princesses plus enjoy activities and a brunch buffet. $15-$25. 10am-12pm. Details

Kit-Tea Tasting at Humane Society of Charlotte: Sample a variety of teas and desserts with cuddles from kittens. A portion of the proceeds support the Humane Society. $30. 2-3:30pm. Details

Fall Music in the Garden at The Duke Mansion: Bring your lawn chair to listen to live music from “Blue Grass” with Flat Tire Trio on the lawn. $45. 5-7pm. Details

Best of Charlotte Bridal Show at Resident Culture South End: Shop and chat with local vendors to help you plan your wedding. Free. 1-4pm. Details

Zelda Kittens Wine Tasting Fundraiser at The Wine Vault Elizabeth: Enjoy a wine tasting and play with kittens. Proceeds from the event support RescuedMe, a nonprofit which helps animals in need. 2-6pm. $20. Details

So You Think You Can Bark at Halton Theater: Watch eight pet contestants compete to win prizes by performing trick-filled routines on stage. Proceeds benefit Stand For Animals’ Medical Assistance Fund, which provides quality veterinary care to pets in need. $39. 2pm. Details

First Responder Appreciation Day at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Honor our first responders with a buffet and a live concert. Free. 4-9pm. Details

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers on FOX: Cheer on the Carolina Panthers as they take on the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Watch the game on FOX. 1pm. Details

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Editor’s note: This guide has been updated to reflect that the Panthers game on Sunday takes place in Atlanta, not Charlotte.

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