Agenda Weekender: 66 things to do this weekend, including the Yiasou Greek Festival, Mad About Modern Home Tour and Charlotte Oktoberfest

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 78 and sunny with a 0% chance of rain.
Saturday: 78 and sunny with a 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 74 and mostly sunny with a 0% chance of rain.

Friday, September 8

Food & Drink

Culture Feast at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza & Downtown and Cornelius: Share a community table dinner, enjoy unique cultural happenings and dance the night away with music from RevelWood Mission in Uptown Charlotte and the Lake Norman Big Band in downtown Cornelius. Craft beer provided by Triple C Brewing Company and wine by Shelton Vineyards is included in the ticket price. Vegetarian option available. 7 p.m. $35. Details.

Games To Aid Fundraiser at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Do your part for helping Texas in the most fun way possible – for every $5 you donate, you’ll get 20 game tokens. All proceeds go to the Red Cross. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $5+. Details.

Sip and Stroll Art and Wine Festival at Rooftop 210: Over 40 vineyards will be serving up their best tastings, and you can shop and learn from of local artisans. Friday and Saturday. $30+. Details.


Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral: Opa! The “Yiasou” (the Greek word for ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘cheers’) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and homemade pastries, entertainment, live music and dancing, wine tastings, art, shopping and more. Friday through Sunday. $3. Details.

Southern Ideal Home Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Discover the latest in home decor, design, landscaping and more. Friday through Sunday. $9. Details.

Charlotte Loves Houston Supply Drive at SouthPark Mall: Come drop off supplies and fill up the trucks to be sent to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Check out the website to see what to donate. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: The life-size silk and paper lanterns will include animals like lions, dragons, flamingos and more. Stay for the Shadow Plays, marketplace and new Asian-inspired displayed in the Garden. Friday through Sunday. $14.95+. Details.

Learn Things

Introduction to Essential Oils at Stowe Creek: Learn all the simple and affordable benefits of using essential oils. Registration includes a goody bag and light refreshments. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Drive-in Movie at World Worship Church: Park the car or bring a chair and tune into the radio to enjoy the movie SING. They’ll have kids activities and food for sale. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Andy Braitman, One Man Show at Shain Gallery: Come celebrate and meet the favorite local artist. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Bob Trotman: Business As Usual at UNC Charlotte: Presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, the Business As Usual display will kick off at Projective Eye Gallery. The display will be featured at two different galleries showcasing a selection of 30+ sculptures, 50 maquettes and 18 drawings. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Ballet at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: To wrap up the exhibition celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana, the Charlotte Ballet will be performing two ballets. Stop by beforehand for a reception with snacks and drinks. 6-9 p.m. $10. Details.

Paint Nite at Fox and Hound: Come paint a masterpiece with a cocktail in hand. Ticket includes materials and instruction. 7-9:30 p.m. $45. Details.

Whitewater Film Series at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: This Friday, enjoy a double header of Teton Gravity Research’s films Proximity and unReal. 7:40-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.


Friday Night Flights Bootcamp at Blue Blaze Brewing: SilverWolf Fitness will host a HIIT workout open to all levels on the greenway outside of the taproom. Afterward, stick around for a Blue Blaze flight that’s included in the price of the class. 5:30-6:15 p.m. $15. Details.

Saturday, September 9

Food & Drink

Fiddle ‘n Pig Shindig at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Anne Springs Close Greenway’s Fiddle ‘n Pig Shindig brings together some of the Carolinas’ best bluegrass talent and barbeque purveyors for one day of music, brews and ‘cue. Don’t miss the Shindig Biergarten, featuring more than 40 unique tastings of the region’s best craft beer. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $10+. Details.

Days of Pups at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: They’ll be giving out free King of Pups treats and there will be a photographer on site for portraits alongside drink specials all day. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte International Jerk Fest at Char-Meck Meadows Business Park: This is a celebration of Caribbean food and music that anyone can enjoy. Expect food, vendors and live music. Proceeds benefit Youth Hope International 12-9 p.m. $15+. Details.

18th Charlotte Oktoberfest at Symphony Park: Presented by the Carolina BrewMasters, Charlotte Oktoberfest is North Carolina’s premier beer festival. #CLTOKTFST18 will feature 75+ craft beers and plenty of food to snack on and proceeds will benefit RescuedMe, Charlotte Family Housing and On Eagles’ Wings. 12:30-6 p.m. $45+. Details.

10th anniversary at Rocky River Vineyards: Join Rocky River Vineyards for a tropical-themed celebration with live music, specialty tastings, grape stomping, shopping, food trucks and more. 1-7 p.m. Details.

Tour of the U.S.: East Coast Wines at Corkbuzz Restaurant: Learn the ins and outs of drinking local by learning about the major appellations, best producer and different grapes of the Finger Lakes, Long Island and Virginia. 1-2:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Taste of Carolina at Berewick: This pre-fall community festival will include vendors like The Wine Shop at Rivergate, Steele Creek Liquid Engineers and The Winery at the Biltmore. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

9 Year Anniversary Party at Blackfinn Ameripub Uptown: They’ll have drink specials and prizes for each of the 9 years they’ve been partying. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Details.

Grand Reopening at Crown Station: They’re back and better than ever with DJ Dan (in stereo) to get things rolling. 21+. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-$15. Details.


Singles Serve at Beds for Kids: If you’re single and love helping others, this event is for you. Meet other singles while teaming up for a great cause, then head over to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for drinks and food afterwards. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Farmers and Artisans Market at Atherton: Local farmers and artisans will be showing off their meats, produce, handmades, plants and more. There will be wine and coffee for sale, and dogs are welcome. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Packing Party at Morton Malloy Realtors: Over 3.5 million homeless Americans have limited or no access to period products. Help to change this by donating and creating care packets to be distributed in public schools and shelters. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Mad About Modern Home Tour: Tour seven houses that embrace their midcentury architectural history. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-$30. Details.

Save the Date in Style at Specialty Shops SouthPark: Calling all brides-to-be in CLT – take a break from planning and let specialty shops treat you with a boutique experience of sipping, shopping and strolling. Indulge in discounts and specialty services all for you with storewide specials, complimentary food and drink, raffle opportunities and more. Registration required. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Eid Festival at the Muslim Education Center: Come celebrate Eid al Adha with moon bounces, halal food and more. 3-8 p.m. $5. Details.

Festival of India at Belk Theater: Expect Bollywood dance performances, savory dishes and Indian American artisans. Saturday and Sunday. $6-$7. Details.

Learn Things

Becoming Your Own #Girlboss at Hygge Coworking: Cosmolinx brings you this course to help you let your inner entrepreneur thrive. Figure out the steps you need to take to start your own business. 12-2 p.m. $20. Details.

People’s Power Assembly at West Charlotte High School: Gather with other like-minded people and organizations to discuss the issues surrounding housing justice and how to address them. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Potters Market Invitational at Mint Museum Randolph: Come see artwork and demonstrations from renowned potters, listen to live music and enjoy great food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, 2 for $20. Details.

Joe’s Raw Bar – Old School Comedy at Charlotte Comedy Theater: The cast of Joe’s Raw Bar is celebrating the dicey and resilient history of CCT. This team is experienced and has been playing together for over a decade, so get ready to laugh. 8 p.m. $10. Details.


Camp Gladiator Birthday Party at First Ward Arts Elementary: CG is turning 9, and they want you to help celebrate. Come out for a community workout followed by festivities, vendors and more. 9-11 a.m. Free. Details.


PurpleStride Charlotte 2017 at First Ward Park: This is an uplifting and family-friendly 5K timed awareness walk/run and celebration for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. 7-11 a.m. Donation-based. Details.

Healthy UCity Race Series – Be The Match at University Research Park: The 1K and 5K routes are using the paved streets surrounding the University Research Park and will have a Tot Trot for kids. Whether you are walking or running, the money you raise will go to improving the likelihood of a patient receiving a life-saving match. 7:30 a.m. $15+. Details.

Charity 5K Rock ‘N Run at AvidXchange Music Factory: The run/walk was created to promote economic development, raise community awareness, and create business alliances in the North End Smart District. Expect live music, vendors, raffle giveaways and healthy-living information. 8 a.m. $5+. Details.

Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Duke Energy Center: Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The Stair Climb benefits the FDNY CSU, helps with costs for FDNY families attending Memorial Weekend and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Donation-based. Details.

Hurricane Relief Charity Bootcamp at Stax Charlotte: DetailsRandy Moss and Emily Breeze will host a special Bootcamp to help raise funds for hurricane victims. Entry is $5 or a donation of cleaning supplies. 8:30 a.m. Donation-based. .

4th Annual South End Shuffle: The race, benefiting the Charlotte Rail Trail and Purple Promise Foundation to End Melanoma is doable solo or with a team and will be followed up by live music and Wooden Robot beer. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-$35. Details.

TXstrongCLT Hurricane Relief Yoga at Sugar Creek Brewing: This donation-based class will benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation. OrthoCarolina will match the first $1,000 in donations. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $10. Details.

Karma Yoga at Okra: Come support the Trini Foundation in honor of National Recovery Month. The class will be a modified ashtanga primary series, so it’s great for all levels. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Minimum $7 donation. Details.

Lunge a Mile in Another Man’s Boots at NoDa Brewing: Whether or not you’re game to run a mile in steel toed boots, this event will be fun and charitable. Expect tie-dye, food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte 12:30-4 p.m. $27.37. Details.

Run and Ride at Carowinds: Run through the park, then ride all the rides. There’s a 5K and 1 mile run on Saturday, and a half and quarter marathon on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday. $45+. Details.


Roller Derby Double Header at Grady Cole Center: They’ll have a tailgate before the Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars take on the Greensboro Roller Derby. Stick around to watch the B teams compete to round out the night. 4:30-9 p.m. $12 in advance, $16 at the door. Details.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigers at Flight: Watch South Carolina take on Missouri at 7 p.m. with drink specials and great food at the city’s official Gamecock bar. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday, September 10

Food & Drink

Mutts and Mimosas at Sycamore Brewing: Bring your pets out for a boozy brunch with live music benefiting the victims of hurricane Harvey. $1 of every mimosa or beermosa purchased will be donated. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Booch and Pooch at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Come out and make a personalized dog toy for your pet. There will also be a photographer on site. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

LGBTQ and Ally Pool Party at Craft City Social Club: End the summer on a high note at this pool party complete with a DJ, bar and cabanas. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.


Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event at Sharon Presbyterian Church: Make a positive impact for hungry families around the world by packing meals to be distributed. They’ll have lunch beforehand. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Order/Fire Season 3 Premiere at Free Range Brewing: Watch the premiere of Charlotte’s very own documentary featuring the city’s best eats. Chef of the Year Matthew Krenz will be at the viewing party. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

The Classic Black Cinema Series at Harvey B. Gantt Center: This film series is designed to offer exposure to the vast artistic value black film has had. This weekend, they’re showing Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. 2-4 p.m. Included with admission. Details.

Charlotte Jazz Orchestra at Morehead Tavern: Enjoy the live music while you sip and snack. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Cocktail Choir at Boulevard 1820: Join the singers of Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte for great cocktails and open karaoke. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

First Ever Miss All Natural Pageant at UNC Charlotte Cone Center, McKnight Hall: Come out and support the young girls that have spent the past months focusing on internal beauty. Expect performances, guest speakers and competition. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $17+. Details.


Spartan Workout at Harris YMCA Kids & Families: Led by SGX-certified coaches, the Workout Tour is open to both rookies and seasoned veterans. T-shirt included. 9-11 a.m. $10. Details.

Waggle for Your Beer 10 Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Bring your pets and burn off some energy on a 1.5-mile walk or a 3- or 5-mile run. Human participants get a 6 oz. pour of kombucha and $20 towards the Waggle Company Dog Walking. 11 a.m. $5. Details.

Donation Workout at Orangetheory Fitness Ballantyne: Donate either a flat $20 or $.05 for every calorie burned to benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation to help children with cancer. 1-3 p.m. $20. Details.


Cleveland Browns Watch Party at Flight: The Browns will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and you can watch with drink specials and a DJ. 1-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolina Panthers Kickoff Party at Wild Wing Café: They’ll have a DJ to hype you up, free swag, games, great food and cold beer. 3-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers at 49ers Watch Party at the Queen City Riot at Dilworth Grille: Queen City Riot is the new atrium bar in the basement of Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, and they’re celebrating their opening with the season opener for the Panthers. They’ll have a DJ before the game and during commercials, and special blue shots. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Easy Football Sunday at The Spoke Easy: Kick off the new season with local beer, a viewing party and a football skills challenge during halftime with Spoke Easy Swag on the line. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers at 49ers Party at Queen Park Social: Eat, drink, be social and watch football. 4:30-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Womens Soccer at Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field: Watch the Charlotte 49ers take on East Carolina. 7-10 p.m. $5. Details.

We’re excited for…

Warehouse Moving Sale at Red Tag Vogue: Get up to 70% off of shoes, clothing, accessories and more. Brands include Lululemon, Jack Rogers, Vineyard Vines and more. September 13-16.

Catena Zapata Wine Dinner at Pump House: Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four of Catena Zapata’s wines. $125++. September 13.

WeWork Creator Crawl Housewarming Party at WeWork: Expect food, drink, a DJ and photobooth at the coworking giant’s housewarming party. September 14.

See all the upcoming events here.

Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.

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