Oct 5, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 40 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend including festivals and live music

Charlotte Vintage Market. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

FRIDAY, October 6

81. Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Friday Flea Live Music and Vendor Market at Triple C Brewing Company: Shop from local vendors, listen to live music and grab food from Izzy’s Food Truck. Free. 5-9pm. Details

First Friday Gallery Crawl at Multiple Locations: Take in the local art scene with galleries and shops offering extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music. Free. 5-9pm. Details

Comedy Showcase at Common Market: Laugh the night away at jokes from a rotating list of comedians. 8pm. Free. Details

The Charlotte Nite Street Market at FITTEDS: Shop from a list of small locally owned businesses. Free. 5-10pm. Details

NC Dance Festival at Goodyear Arts: Watch dance performances from various choreographers from Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. Prices vary. 7:30-9:30pm. Details

THE TAYLOR PARTY at The Fillmore: Vibe to Taylor Swift songs all night long. $20-$25. 9:30pm. Details

The Flavors of Fall Wine Tasting at The Coterie Concept: Sip on several wines, plus create your own charcuterie board. $30. 6-7:30pm. Details

MOREHEAD’S HAUNTED TAVERN at The Tavern: Get in the spooky spirit and walk through a haunted house with a bar. $20-$150. time. Details

BayHaven Food & Wine Festival: Enjoy a festival celebrating Black chefs through a series of events all weekend long. Prices vary. Runs through Sunday. Details 

SATURDAY, October 7

73. Cloudy. 30% chance of rain.

Ballantyne Brunch Festival at The Amp Ballantyne: Enjoy live music, brunch bites, specialty drinks and family-friendly activities to help fight pediatric cancer. $25. 11am-3pm. Details

Home.Grown CLT: All-Encompassing Local Arts Festival at Charlotte Art League: Celebrate the arts with music, dance, theater, comedy and food. $25-$75. 3-10pm. Details

Pink Cupcake Walk & Breast Cancer Lap at Truist Field: Walk, enjoy cupcakes, and cheer on breast cancer survivors, fighters and thrivers. $35. 10am. Details

Oktoberfest at Suffolk Punch: Celebrate German culture with beer, music, glassware giveaway and food. Free. 10am. Details

Horse Lovers Day at 9101 Overcash Road: Enjoy a fall festival with food trucks, six bands, horse-drawn carriage rides, 40+ vendors, an auction, kid zone, plus horse and pony rides. $5. 10am-4pm. Details

Mecklenburg Oktoberfest 2023 at Truist Field: Celebrate Oktoberfest with entertainment, craft beer, food, a pumpkin patch and a Pink Cupcake Walk. Free. 11am. Details

MOVIES IN THE PARK at Wilmore Centennial Park: Grab your picnic blanket to watch a screening of Hocus Pocus, plus enjoy children’s activities and music. Free. 6-9:30pm. Details

The Congregation Show 2023 at FORD BUILDING: Check out a vintage car and bike show with motorcycle builders and vendors. $20. 12-8pm. Details

Annual Oktoberfest at Fonta Flora: Enjoy a keg-rolling race, a stein-holding contest and craft brews. Free. 4:30pm. Details

Craft Vintage Market at RSVP South End: Shop from 25+ vintage clothing businesses at this monthly pop-up. Free. 12pm.  Details

Charlotte Vintage Market at Queen Park Social: Shop from local vintage clothing vendors. Free. 12-5pm. Details

Hola Charlotte at Uptown: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, food and giveaways. Free. 12-6pm. Details

Luke Bryan: Country On Tour 2023 at PNC Pavilion: Vibe to country music hits from Luke Bryan as he makes his tour stop in Charlotte: $54.50+. 7pm. Details

SUNDAY, October 8 

68. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road: Experience the Renaissance times through performances, food and music. $20-$32. Times vary. Details

Dog Adoption & Fundraiser at Monday Night Garden Co.: Meet adoptable dogs, learn about volunteer and foster opportunities, and enjoy a beer. Proceeds benefit Carolina P.A.W.S. Free. 4-6pm. Details

2023 Talking Walls Mural Festival at Optimist Hall: Take the entire family to enjoy live painting, kid-friendly activities and music. Free. 4-8pm. Details

Bank of America ROVAL 400 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Spend your Sunday watching NASCAR drivers race. $60+. 2pm. Details

Music in the Garden Series at The Duke Mansion: Unwind to music in the gardens while you sip on cocktails. $45. 5-7pm. Details

Scarowinds at Carowinds: Get a scare from Carowinds Halloween themed nights or check out The Great Pumpkin Fest during the day. $44.99+. Times vary. Details

Better Luck TMRW at RSVP South End: Party with friends while controlling the DJ’s playlist through QR codes, plus enjoy signature cocktails. $12. 4-9pm. Details

2nd Anniversary at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee: Enjoy discounted drinks, giveaways, games and contests to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Free. 8am. Details

TASTE of the CARIBBEAN/AFRICA at West Complex: Immerse yourself in a cultural celebration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day though food, drinks, music and entertainment. Free. 12-8pm. Details

MJ – The Musical at Belk Theater: Sing along to all of Michael Jackson’s hits songs. $53. 1:30pm. Details  

Serving the Soul Reception at Embassy Suites: Enjoy a two-part dinner hosted by Serving The Culture with a six-course meal, drinks and music. $175. 7-10pm. Details

MONDAY, October 9 

72. Sunny. 3% chance of rain.

Mad Miles Run Club at Social Status: Rub, walk or jog a two-mile route before celebrating a workout with a dancing to music from a DJ. Free. 6:30pm. Details

Trivia Night: Mindless Minutia at Birdsong Brewing: Challenge yourself or a friend to trivia. Prices vary. 7-9pm. Details

Chess Game Night at Urban District Market: Play a game of chess before rewarding yourself with food from one of the stalls at Urban District market. Free. 6-7:30pm. Details

DIY Terrarium Building at PlantHouse: Get your hands dirty by learning how to build a terrarium. $25. Times vary. Details

Candle Class at Paddywax Candle Bar: Create your custom fall scented candle. $45. Tines vary. Details

CRAFT DINNER at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Try beer samples from local breweries along with a four-course dinner. $75. 6:30-9pm. Details

DAY PASS at Skiptown: Take your pup to play with other dogs while you enjoy drinks from the bar. Free. 1-9pm. Details

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