Oct 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 37 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including homecoming events and fall festivals

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FRIDAY, October 13

74. Showers. 50% chance of rain.

Charlotte Checkers Opening Weekend at Bojangles Coliseum: Cheer on the Charlotte Checkers during their season-opening weekend. $5-$43. Times vary. Details

MOREHEAD’S HAUNTED TAVERN at The Tavern: Check out a haunted pop-up bar and grab spooky-themed cocktails. $20-$150. 7pm. Details

Tunnel of Horror at Aqua Wave Express: Face your fears as you drive through a spooky car wash. $30. 7-11pm. Details

Movie Showing at Belmont Drive-In: Watch “Friday the 13th” or “Haunted Mansion” from your car. $25. 7:50pm. Details

Cirque du Biere at Hi-Wire Brewing: Enjoy a spooky-themed aerial show as proceeds benefit local nonprofit Princeton’s Meow. $20. 7-9:30pm. Details

“One Big Day Party” at Encore Nightclub: Party during the day for JCSU’s homecoming. $10-$35. 4-9pm. Details

UNC Charlotte Homecoming Day Party at Explict Bistro & Lounge: Party with the Charlotte 49ers as they celebrate homecoming. $20+. 5-9pm. Details

BLACKOMING at Multiple locations: Celebrate UNC Charlotte’s homecoming all weekend long with parties at local bars, restaurants and clubs. Prices vary. Times vary. Details 

Art exhibit at Grand Bohemian Garden: View an exhibit that honors the cultural heritage of Hispanic and Latino immigrants. Free. 6:30pm. Details

Improv Comedy Show at Heist Brewery NODA: Laugh the night away at improv jokes. $15. 8pm. Details 

SATURDAY, October 14

78. Showers. 30% chance of rain.

Halloween Brunch at Urban District Market: Put on your costume to enjoy a Halloween superhero brunch. $20. 9am-12pm. Details

Ladies Love Hip Hop at Weathered Souls: Vibe to music from DJs and performances from female hip-hop artists. $20. 6-11pm. Details

Journaling Pop-Up at The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary: Connect with others on journaling through writing techniques over tea. Free. 1:30-2:30pm. Details

Charlotte Geek and Grub Market at Victoria Yards: Check out 30+ vendors, food and wizard-themed competitions. Free. 12-4pm. Details

6th Annual Nurturing Parenthood Event at NoDa Brewing Company: Learn about the local resources for parents. Free. 11am-2pm. Details

Fall Tosco Music Party at Knight Theater: Enjoy a local concert from local and regional musicians and bands of all genres. $19.50-$49.50. 7:30pm. Details

Carolina Clay Matters Fall Pottery Festival at Mora Barn: Check out more than 55 artists’ works, food trucks and live music. Free. 10am-4pm. Details

Latin Night at Boileryard: Dance through the evening to live music and enjoy authentic food. Free. 5pm. Details

Humane Society Ties and Tails 2023 Gala at The Revelry: Enjoy a four-course dinner, cocktails and auctions, and donate to the local nonprofit Humane Society. $25. 6-10pm. Details

Nebel’s Alley Night Market at Design Center of the Carolinas: Shop from 32 local vendors, listen to live music and explore the neighborhood. Free. 4-9pm. Details

Harlem Renaissance Themed Costume Party at The Coterie Concept: Unwind to live jazz in your Harlem Renaissance attire, plus enjoy hors d’oeuvres. $10-$30. 7:30-9:30pm. Details

Fall Festival at Optimist Hall: Celebrate the fall season with live music, lawn games, flower carts and festive fall-themed food. Free. 12-4pm. Details

COLLEGE GAME DAY AT SKIPTOWN: Dress your pup up in college gear to play while you sip on cocktails and watch football. Prices vary. Times vary. Details

Fall for Matthews Festival at Downtown Matthews: Sip and stroll while you check out local vendors, pumpkin patch and petting zoo. Free. 10am-4pm. Details

Maker’s Market at NoDa Brewing Company: Shop from small local businesses while you sip on beers. Free. 1-5pm. Details 

Build Your Own Boat Competition at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Watch competitors withstand rapids in their handcrafted boats. Free. 12-4pm. Details

BuildStrong Festival for Autism at Symphony Park: Take the family to enjoy BBQ, music, bounce houses, a cornhole tournament and more. Proceeds benefit the Autism Strong Foundation. Prices vary. 3-7pm. Details

Taste of Birkdale Village at The Plaza at Birkdale Village: Enjoy cocktails, live music and food. Ticket proceeds benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. $60. 2pm. Details

Gotcha Matcha & Espresso at Coterie Concept: Order a “Matcha Ta-Ta” drink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds benefit the National Cancer Society. Free. 7am-4pm. Details 

SUNDAY, October 15

69. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

10th International Fall Festival at OurBRIDGE for KIDS: Explore a range of cultures through food and games. Free. 3-7pm. Details

Harry Potter Day at Divine Barrel Brewing: Watch some of the classic Harry Potter movies and take a hands-on potion class. Free. 12pm. 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

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

North Carolina Bridal & Wedding Expo at The Park Expo & Conference Center: Shop from local vendors and experts to help you plan your next wedding. Free. 12-5pm. Details

Sunday Open Mic Night at Starlight on 22nd: Support others as they take the stage to showcase their talents. Free. 4pm. Details

Live music at Petty Thieves Brewing Co: Grab a drink and listen to folk tunes from the Charlotte Folk Society Old Time Band. Free. 3-5pm. Details

State Fair at NC Fair State Fair Grounds: Take the train to check out the first weekend of the fair. Prices vary. 9am-11pm. Details

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