Sep 14, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 30 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including the International Arts festival

Charlotte international arts festival

The Charlotte International Arts Festival displays artwork from local and international artists. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Charlotte Knights’ season wraps this weekend, and Friday through Sunday is Fan Appreciation Weekend. Expect giveaways, autographs, contests, on-field games and fireworks all weekend. Get tickets

FRIDAY, September 15

79. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place Science: Explore the museum plus new food trucks, live music, create custom apparel and signature cocktails. $22. 6pm. Details

Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes at Discovery Place Science: Celebrate 80+ years of the Marvel Universe with interactive installations, original costumes and hundreds of original Marvel artifacts. $35+. 9:30am-4:30pm. Details

Food Truck & Music in the Garden at Wing Haven: Grab dinner from a local food truck and listen to live music. $20-$25. 5:30-8pm. Details

Charlotte International Arts Festival at Multiple Locations: Celebrate visual and performing arts with 200+ attractions across the city. Prices vary. Times vary. Details

49th Annual Dilworth Home Tour at Dilworth neighborhood: Tour six homes and businesses representing the architectural diversity of the neighborhood. $35-$40. Times vary. Details

Knights Fan Appreciation Weekend at Truist Field: Catch a firework show after the game and get player autographs. Prices vary. Runs through Sunday. Details

Friday Nights at Camp North End: There’ll be live music, food, art and you can explore the locally-owned shops. Free. 5-9pm. Details

It’s Complicated, But in Color at Goodyear Arts: View a curated gallery show by artists from across the United States. Free. 6-9pm. Details

Art Exhibition at The George Gallery: View artwork from Magnolia Laurie called “In the Weeds.” Free. 6pm. Details 

Mecktoberfest at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Celebrate German culture locally with this weekend-long festival, offering traditional games, beer and live music. Free. Runs through Sunday. Details

Unknown Local Celebrities Improv at VAPA Center: Laugh the night away at a series of improv jokes from local comedians. $15. 7:30pm. Details

Musical Improv Show at Heist Brewery: Enjoy a night of improv comedy as the cast creates jokes based on the songs suggested by the audience. $15. 8pm. Details 

Dead Folks Solo Exhibition at the Social Status: Check out local Mexican artist Valentin Ramirez Cardiel‘s, AKA “Dead Folks,” first solo art show. You might recognize his work on the walls of Maria’s Mexican restaurant and Cali Colombian restaurant to name a few. Free. 6-9pm. Details

SATURDAY, September 16

82. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Road to Breakaway Carolina at Current Nostalgia: Participate in a skate competition to win tickets to the Breakaway Music Festival. Free. 12-9pm. Details

Truth or Dare Comedy at Birdsong Brewing: This free comedy show features local comedians daring to share embarrassing truths and performing hilarious dares. Free. 6pm. Details

Fall into September at OpenTap: Enjoy live music, drinks and food to help the Isabella Santos Foundation raise money to fight against rare childhood cancer. Free. 6-9pm. Details

Por La Cultura at Mint Street: Celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture with local Hispanic and Latino vendors, cultural performances and activations. Free. 3:30pm. Details

Empower Women’s Conference at Providence UMC: Connect with inspiring women from diverse backgrounds with a lineup of speakers. $85. 9am. Details

Charlotte FC vs. D.C. United at Bank of America Stadium: Cheer on Charlotte FC as they take on D.C. United. $15+. 7:30pm. Details

Charlotte 49ers vs. Georgia State Panthers at Jerry Richardson Stadium: Watch a college football game between UNC Charlotte and Georgia State. $22+. 6pm. Details

DUSK at Gordon Street Alley: Feel the creative spirit of Plaza Midwood through this four-part series with art and live performances. Free. 6pm. Details

5 Year Anniversary at Town Brewing Taproom: Enjoy live music, food and beer releases to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Town Brewing. Free. 3-9pm. Details

SHROOM SHOP at Innovation Barn: Get your hands dirty learning how to make a shiitake log. $40. 4-6pm. Details

SUNDAY, September 17

81. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

CHICAGO at Belk Theater: Watch the award-winning musical filled with music and dance. $25. Times vary. Details

Charlotte Mimosa Festival at Lenny Boy Brewing Company: Enjoy a Sunday fun day with mimosas and music. $20-$75. 1-5pm. Details

MOVE Wellness Experience at The Music Yard: Get a quick morning workout followed by a sound bath meditation, deep stretch, facials, massages and tarot card readings. $45. 10am. Details

Ultimate Sneaker Trade Show at Charlotte Convention Center: Buy, sell or trade your footwear, clothes and accessories. $25. 12-7pm. Details

So Sassy Sundays Drag Brunch at Slate Charlotte: Enjoy a Beyoncé-themed drag brunch with food, music and drinks. $25. 12-3pm. Details

Pilates Flow at Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary: Take an energizing pilates session with coach Allie from Aligned Movements. $15. 10:30am-12pm. Details

Women Supporting Women Gala at Bazal Gallery Nightclub: Attend a fundraising gala for local social services organization Crittenton. Expect cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and dancing. $175. 6:30-10pm. Details

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