Agenda Weekender: 60 things to do this weekend, including Grilled Cheese Fest, Cider Fest and Fall Finale

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 85. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 81. Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Sunday: 80. Scattered thunderstorms. 60% chance of rain.

Friday, October 6

Food & Drink

Murder Mystery at Mama’s Caribbean Bar and Grill: Audience members will investigate numerous suspects and work together to solve the investigation and determine #whodunit while enjoying an authentic four course Caribbean meal. Friday through Sunday, 7 p.m. $50+. Details.

Meet the Vinter  at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe: Meet winemaker Giampaolo Venica while you enjoy six wines (five whites and one red) along with small plates created by Zia Pia Imports + Italian Kitchen. 6-8 p.m. $40. Details.

Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Cure Benefit Event at Napa on Providence: Come out to Napa on Providence for the Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Cure Benefit Event. The night includes complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, live music by Gena Chambers and special guest, Panther safety Kurt Coleman. 6-9 p.m. $25 donation. Details.

Cider Fest at Rooftop 210: Spend an evening sipping your way through samples of ciders and learning about cider mixology. 6-10 p.m. $15-$20. Details.

Oyster Bash at Upstream: This fun cocktail party ambiance allows everyone to mingle among the seafood while enjoying great wines and live entertainment. 6:30-9 p.m. $125. Details.


Fall Finale at The US National Whitewater Center: Say goodbye to summer with the final River Jam concert, a cider sampling, build your own boat competition, obstacle race and more. Friday through Sunday. $5 to park, free admission. Details.

The Happiness Program at UNC Charlotte City Center: Learn practical but powerful techniques that will enable you to gain a greater vision of who you are and benefit you for the rest of your life. Friday (6:30-9:30 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). $395. Details.

Urban Gypsy Traveling Trunk Show at Area 15: Come shop local goods, get henna tattoos and tarot card readings and much more. Come in costume to receive a discount while you shop. Friday through Sunday. 12-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

One Night Wonder at Discovery Place Science: Engage your body and mind with the new health and biomedical exhibition and lab experience. Dress code is “dressy casual”, and proceeds benefit the museum’s Education and Outreach programs. 6 p.m. $250+ ($175 is tax deductible). Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Thrown Together Pottery Sale at Free Free Range Brewing: Get to know local potters and bring home some of their goods. 3-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Gallery Crawl in South End: Enjoy nine South End galleries, live music, a caricature artist and fall food from Cheesecake Carousel. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Three Women Show at Shain Gallery: Meet artists Kristin Blakeney, Casey Matthews and Lynn Sanders and admire their work. Each artist will be featuring new work to be displayed until October 20th. 6-8 p.m. $35+. Details.

Jazz at the Bechtler at Betchler Museum of Modern Art: Ziad Jazz Quartet will perform Miles Davis’ landmark 1959 album, Kind of Blue, while you enjoy light bites and a cash-only bar. Seats are first-come, first-served and then standing room only. 6 and 8:15 p.m. $14. Details.

Adult Takeover Game Night at Chima Steakhouse: Enjoy a night of games like spades, Uno, Taboo and bingo while you network, mix and mingle and drink the “It’s All Fun and Games” margarita ($6). 7-10 p.m. $3. Details.

Intersection Art Exhibit Opening at C3 Gallery: Styles, methods and artists with different styles, careers and lives come together through love at this unique exhibit. The show will run through October 25. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Whitewater Film Series at the USNWC: They’ll be showing “Kadoma” and “Locked In” starting at sundown. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Night of Gratitude at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Playing for Others will honor 10 change-makers from our community and use inspiration from their work to create original songs, spoken word poems and dance pieces and perform them for this concert event. 8 p.m. $22. Details.


Movie in the Patch at Greater Life Pumpkin Patch: Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be ready to watch a movie, shop for pumpkins and eat food from the on-site food truck. 7:45 p.m. Free. Details.


Volleyball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on University of Texas at El Paso. 6-9 p.m. $5. Details.

Men’s Soccer at Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field: Come cheer on the 49ers as they take on Old Dominion. 7-10 p.m. $5. Details.

Saturday, October 7

Food & Drink

Q and Brew Day at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Support local and enjoy some great food from the A Bao Time whole hog roast and Drip Cupcakes, tunes from VonHunter, and a brand new can release of the seasonal Ground Up coffee stout. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Grilled Cheese Fest at 1441 South Tryon Street: Eat your body weight in free and unlimited amounts of specialty grilled cheeses while you sip beer, wine and mimosas. At the end of the day, help decide who will get crowned with the best grilled cheese in the city. 12 p.m. $35+. Details.

Pizza Fur a Paws at Inizio Pizza: $5 from every pizza sold on Saturday will benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA, plus they’ll have adoptable dogs and vendors on site 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fry Me a River at NoDa Brewing: Enjoy a fish fry and art festival sponsored by Sea Level and 100 Gardens and its live music, local vendors and plenty of beer and fish. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

SouthEast Crab Feast at Park Road Park: Enjoy all you can eat fresh blue crabs with a side of fish and chips while you listen to live music music. 12-7 p.m. $30. Details.

Tap Takeover at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley: Wooden Robot will take over the taps with 4 IPAs, and Windy Hill Orchard will be pouring two of their beers. They’ll be serving up discounted pints and flights all day 12p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Birthday Bash at Jackalope Jack’s Restaurant and Bar: Jackalope Jack’s is finally of age and turning 21, and the Peculiar Rabbit is turning 6! Celebrate with free hot dogs, a free raffle, live music and giveaways. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Ballantyne Wine Festival at Ballantyne Village: Sip your way through a large selection of local, regional and national wine varieties and vineyards while you enjoy live music and entertainment from local radio hosts. 2-7 p.m. $20+. Details.

Totally 90’s Bar Crawl in Uptown: Break out the scrunchies, plaid and all other ’90s gear for this themed crawl. Tickets include drink specials and a free t-shirt if you finish. 2-9 p.m. $20+. Details.

Cold Ales and Happy Tails at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew: Come hang out with Hope Animal Rescue volunteers and 10% of drink sales will go back to the pups of the rescue. 4:30-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Hattie’s Turns 3! at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern: They’ll have live music from Party Battleship & Carpool Party, food by Amelia’s Tiny Kitchen, and a free Miller High Life pony bottle toast 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.


Mountain Khakis Warehouse Sale at the US National Whitewater Center: This warehouse sale has deals up to 85% off retail price, plus you’ll get a $5 off coupon upon entering the USNWC parking gate to use toward your purchase. Cash and credit card only, and remember to bring your own bag. Saturday (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 p.m.-4 p.m.). Free. Details.

CLT Boomer Expo at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: A day catered to the boomer generation, attendees can learn during workshops, shop local vendors and drink plenty of beer. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

4th Annual Watchtoberfest at Windsor Jewelers: See all of the latest styles and meet reps from top luxury watch brands like Bell & Ross, Bremont, Grand Seiko, Hamilton, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montegrappa and TAG Heuer – including a special Heuer 01 Road Show. Plus, get up to 3 years 0% interest financing on your purchase during the event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Grand Opening at Waverly: Meet the merchants and enjoy family-friendly activities like crafts, drumline music, bounce house an obstacle course and mascot appearances as well as live music. The event will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Details.

BYOB Competition at The US National Whitewater Center: Watch as human-made vessels take over the main channel in a race to the finish line. Judging will be based on the creativity and seaworthy-ness of each boat. 12 p.m. $30-$40. Details.

Hola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival on North Tryon: From Trade to 8th streets, this festival will offer arts and crafts, soccer and dance demos, authentic food, vendors and two stages of live music. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Starving Artist Market at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Come shop local goods like jewelry, candles, paintings, bakeries, chocolate, pottery and more. 2-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Ippolita Fall Trunk Show at Windsor Jewelers: Shop hand-sculpted collections of colorful gems and precious metals by Italian designer Ippolita while enjoying Bavarian fare. To RSVP, e-mail Ben. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolinas Fashion Genesis at Metropolitan Ballroom: Enjoy a night of food, fashion, music and a special entertainment presentation while supporting the Girl Talk Foundation and Justice Ministries. 6:30-10 p.m. $25. Details.

All Black Attire Affair at The Ritz-Carlton: Don your best all-black outfit and get ready to dance the night away in the ballroom. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $35+. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Exploring Abstract Expressionism at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery: This two-day intensive painting workshop will explore design, color theory, composition and the use of dynamic brush work to create abstract works of art. Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Sunday (12-4 p.m.). $200. Details.

Queen City Quiz Show Finale at Camp North End: It’s the season finale, so they’re pulling out all the stops with speakers, performers, local food vendors and breweries. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Kindness Rocks Project at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Paint a kindness rock with fun pictures or motivational words to be placed around the community for others to find and share. All materials provided. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.


Disney On Ice Presents: Frozen at Spectrum Center: Expect incredible ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport your little ones to Arendelle (and have “Let it Go” stuck in their – and your – heads for days). $27+. Details.

Pictures with Pumpkins at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: You’ve found the perfect spot for that family picture for this year’s Christmas card. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Monarch Festival at First Ward Park: Celebrate the monarch butterfly with a pollinator parade, monarch tagging demonstration, garden tours, arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Literary Festival of Charlotte at Little Rock Cultural Center: Enjoy storytelling, rhythmic song, dance, drumming and author readings alongside with cookbook and school supplies giveaways. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Area School Fair at BB&T Ballpark: Meet one-on-one with representatives of Charlotte-area private schools grades pre-K through 12. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Susan G Komen Charlotte: Race for the Cure in Uptown: Join Komen Charlotte at Race for the Cure, a 5K and 1-mile event to raise funds in the fight against breast cancer. All money raised will support the mission of saving lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. 6 a.m.-10 a.m. $35. Details.

Moving Together Charlotte at Free People: Enjoy a 45-minute yoga flow a fitness class followed by snacks and shopping that benefits Girls Inc. BYO mat 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Warrior Sclupt Yoga at Whole Foods Waverly: Warrior Sculpt yoga combines traditional yoga poses with resistance motions to increase strength and endurance. Remember to BYO yoga mat and water! 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Free. Details.


UNC vs. Notre Dame Watch Party at Moo & Brew: Come watch what was billed in the pre-season as the biggest game of the season with a late lunch or early dinner. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday, October 8

Food & Drink

The Get Well Podcast Brunch at McColl Center for Art + Innovation: Celebrate the launch of Get Well Podcast’s second season with delicious food and libations, live music and a discussion on wellness and self-care in an intimate community setting. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $45. Details.

Sukkot Food Truck Festival at Temple Israel: Papi Queso, King of Pops, New World Wrap, Fresh Med and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will be serving food and drinks at Shalom Park alongside kids’ activities and an opportunity to shake the lulay and etrog with a member clergy. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Michelle’s Mighty Mission at Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ and beer to support the sister of Sugar Creek Brewing’s co-founder, Michelle Pratt, in her battle against cholangiocarcinoma. In addition to food, they’ll have competitions, kids’ activities and live music. 3-7 p.m. $50. Details.


Tailgating Pawty at Bijou Workspace #1: Bring your lawn chairs & your dogs for this watch party with vendors, games, prizes and more. Your ticket includes a beer, a puppy pop and a raffle entry 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: They’ll be serving brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with wings, beer, bloody Marys and more on special all day while you cheer on the Panthers. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at Queen Park Social: Cheer for the Panthers as they take on the Lions. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The NASCAR fall classic begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are still available. $119 for 2. Details.

We’re excited for…

TEDxCharlotte at CPCC Halton Theatre: Listen to and get inspired by 12 speakers at this all-day event. $35+. October 13.

Bloody Mary Fest at The Fillmore & The Underground: Enjoy unlimited samples of the city’s best Bloody Marys and Marias while restaurants and bars battle it out to have their version of the classic hangover remendy crowned the #1 in the city. October 15.

GUTS Pumpkin Carving Competition at BB&T Ballpark: Take in the creations of some of the most impressive carvers around. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish and $40,000+ was raised last year. October 21.

See all the upcoming events here.

Feature photo of the Hola Charlotte Festival via Facebook.
Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.

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