Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this weekend, including a craft beer crawl, pop-up date night experience and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities

Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this weekend, including a craft beer crawl, pop-up date night experience and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities
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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 79. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 76. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.
Sunday: 76. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Friday, November 3

Food & Drink

Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Papi Queso, OooWee BBQ, Fresh Med and more, plus live music and beer, will all be on-site. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Burly Wine Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House SouthPark: Enjoy an exclusive wine pairing with each course, hosted by Burly Wine owner Hank McCrorie. 6:30 p.m. $115++. Details.

Vegan Wine and Cheese Tasting at 7th Street Public Market: Experience three pairings of wine and cheese from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Viva Raw. 6:30-8 p.m. $25. Details.

Craft Beer Crawl at the EpiCentre: Enjoy samples of craft beer at ten bars along the way. Tickets include 20 samples and a souvenir glass. 7-10 p.m. $12.50. Details.

Bringing Back The 80’s Spades and Networking Event at Hickory Tavern: Enjoy a fun night of spades, dressing up, networking, mixing and mingling and more. 7-11:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Day of the Dead Margarita Festival at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: They’ll have a sugar skull face-painting, contest giveaways and specials on margaritas. Admission includes 1 margarita and 20 game tokens. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Groovy Friday at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar: Stop by for relaxing, networking and drinking while a live groove band plays. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.


Charlotte Auto Show at Charlotte Convention Center: Take a stroll through over 6 football fields worth of cars. In the market for a new car? The Charlotte Auto Show is the best way to shop new vehicles. See the latest in technology, luxury and even take a test drive. Thursday and Friday (12-9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m-10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Free-$12. Details.

Dia de Los Casi Muertos Closing Celebration at C3 Lab: Take in a multimedia project exploring the differences in death and aging in Mexico and America. Costumes encouraged! 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation at The Art of Living: The course begins with personal instruction on mantras and sound, then continues with a group meditation and a Q&A session. Friday through Sunday. $395. Details.

Skookum Tech Talk: Trends & Technology Driving The Rooftop Solar Revolution at Skookum: Join Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial, as he discusses key solar market trends, new technologies and why access to capital is saving homeowners money and driving rooftop solar adoption. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

On Your Feet! at Ovens Auditorium: It’s the last weekend to see this Broadway musical. Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 and 7 p.m.). $25+. Details.

Hand to God at Hadley Theater at Queens University of Charlotte: Enjoy a foul-mouthed puppet show that tackles faith and morality. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Suggested $10 donation. Details.

South End Gallery Crawl in Historic South End: Visit eleven art galleries and destinations in this self-guided tour and finish it with live music at Kingston Connection. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Jazz at the Bechtler at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Six-time GRAMMY Award nominee Nnenna Freelon and the Ziad Jazz Quartet will perform classic songs like “God Bless the Child”, “Let It Be Me”, Stevie Wonder’s “Lately” and “Smile”. 6 and 8:15 p.m. $18. Details.

Paint and Sip Panthers Style with Stoli Vodka at Draught: Your ticket gets you two drinks and a pre-sketched Panthers canvas to paint. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Details.


Santa’s Arrival at SouthPark Mall: Be there to welcome Santa with music, crafts and a story time. He’ll be in town through Christmas Eve. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.


Family Fitness Test at Kinetic Heights: Take over the ground floor and speak with Independent Phsyicians of the Carolinas to learn about healthcare providers outside of the two major hospital systems. RSVP required. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Zumba Dance Party at Infinity Ballroom Charlotte: Join a Zumba International instructor for a 90-minute Brazilian dance workout 7 p.m. $20. Details.


Special Olympics Fall Tournament at Bojangle’s Coliseum: Cheer on more than 1,000 athletes as they compete in 6 different sports (basketball, bocce, golf, roller skating, golf and tennis). They’re looking for volunteers, so get involved if you can. Friday through Sunday. Free. Details.

Hornets Watch Party at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the San Antonio Spurs with drink specials on Coors Light, Jäger and Jägerbombs. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, November 4

Food & Drink

Leafy Green Vegetable Day at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Snag green-centered recipes from the vendors to up your game in the kitchen. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Grand Opening at Coltrane’s: Celebrate the opening of the restaurant’s newest Plaza Midwood location with games, music, food and drink. The first 50 guests will get free chicken for a year. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Extra Life at Carolina Tabletop Games: This 24-hour gaming marathon will raise money for Levine Children’s Hospital. Gamers will start at Waldhorn Restaurant for a kick-off event and then head to Carolina Tabletop Games to play until noon on Sunday. 10:30 a.m. $15 donation required. Details.

Two Year Anniversary at TLC Food and Dairy Bar: Celebrate with food, raffles, music, kids’ activities and more. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

4th Anniversary at Four Dogs Pet Supplies: Stop by for beer from Birdsong and food from the Hiya Food Truck, plus giveaways. Proceeds benefit Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and Humane Society iBuild. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party at Sports One: Enjoy a southern-style brunch, champagne specials and live performances. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Pizza Fur a Paws at Inizio Pizza Dilworth: Stop by for pizza, adoptable dogs, vendors, training demonstrations and more. $5 from every pizza sold that day to Greater Charlotte SPCA. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Two Year Anniversary at Three Spirits Brewery: Shop local artists, enjoy BBQ, listen to live music and more. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Cornhole Tournament at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Grab a partner and enter to win the $100 cash grand prize. 1-4 p.m. $20 per team. Details.

Lenny Boy Q and Brew at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: A Bao Time will be smoking a whole hog from a local farm, plus there will be live music at 3 p.m. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Tara And Victoria Benefit at Tank Town Tavern: Raise money for victims of assault by enjoying food, music and a 50/50 auction. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Country Fest at Rí Rá: Dust off those cowboy boots in the name of $4 drinks and $5 appetizers. A portion of each ticket benefits hurricane relief efforts. 4-7 p.m. $20. Details.

Strange Brew Beer Festival at The Unknown Brewing Company: Taste beers created based on things you wouldn’t expect to find in one and vote on your favorite. 6:30-10 p.m. $25. Details.


Pirates’ Christmas at Carolina Renaissance Festival: Knock a few people off of your holiday shopping list while you compete in a pirate costume contest and other themed activities. Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. $25. Details.

CLT Wedding Flea at 3646 Central Avenue: Save some money on your upcoming wedding at this flea market-style event when you buy wedding décor from newly married couples. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 at the door. Details.

Holiday Open House at BLACKLION: Get ahead of your holiday shopping and grab a picture with Santa while you’re at it. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with Santa onsite from 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Get Rowdy for Reading at NoDa Brewing Company: Indulge in live music, food trucks, face painting for the kids and an auction, all benefitting the Augustine Literacy Project. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Business Saturday at The Carole Hoefener Center: Shop 50+ local companies and enter to win a vacation giveaway or swag bag. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

SHOOT Tournament at Catawba Brewing Co.: Join Doing My Part and Wastequip for an intense rock-paper-scissors tournament, complete with a $250 cash prize. 2-4 p.m. $20. Details.

Inside|Out Day of the Dead at University Shoppes at the Lake: Pay homage to the holiday with educational activities and booths focused on history and traditions. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Diggers Delight Record Swap at Tip Top Daily Market: Add to your collection or thin it out and this swap. PepperBox doughnuts will also be onsite. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Craft Denim Gala at Roc’s Jazz Bar: Enjoy a night of networking in denim. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Pop-Up Date Night at Red Clay Ciderworks: You’ll get three date nights in one with this date experience, including a meal, cider sampling and massage lessons. 7-9 p.m. $75. Details.

Learn Things

Opening of Da Vinci’s Machines Exhibit at Discovery Place Science: Explore Renaissance Man Leonardo Da Vinci’s work through interactions, inventions and iconic artwork. Da Vinci Machines brings the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to life, featuring over 75 exhibits reconstructed from illustrations and writings by the mastermind. Exhibit runs through May 28, 2018 during museum hours. Free with admission. Details.

Handlettering Basics at Hygge Coworking: Join calligrapher Kaley Olsen to learn the style of calligraphy that’s definitely having a moment right now. 12-2 p.m. $30. Details.

Basic Obedience Dog Training at Bijou Workspace #1: Bring your puppy, rescue or old dog to learn new tricks from Certified Canine Training Specialist Lori Parrish, who will show you the steps to get your dog to cooperate and listen to you. 1-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Wellness in the Wild at McDowell Nature Preserve: Enjoy fort building, capture the flag, yoga and hikes. 18+. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $3. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Holiday Art Market at Ross Gallery: Join CPCC alumni, staff and students selling their artwork at prices below $250. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Extravaganza at Village Emporium: Get all of this season’s decorations in one place. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Second Anniversary at Moxie Mercantile: Celebrate the community’s artists and makers with live music, cocktails and cake. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Sip and Paint at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Each ticket includes wine, light snacks and a painting lesson. 2-4 p.m. $30. Details.

Marc Hoffman at K Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton: Enjoy standards and originals from the jazz pianist and vocalist. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual Art Auction at The Light Factory: This auction is perfect for anyone starting, adding to or completing their collection. 6:30-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Latin Night at Snug Harbor: Enjoy authentic Latin music from four performers. 18+. 10 p.m. $10. Details.


Engineer in Residence at Discovery Place Science: Learn how to use recyclable materials and liquids to find an electricity-free way to light homes during the day. Advance registration required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free with admission. Details.

EpicFest Family Festival at ImaginOn: Join nationally-recognized authors and illustrators for children and young adults and enjoy a performance by New York Times Bestselling-author Eric Litwin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Monthly Bird Walk at Discovery Place Nature: Enjoy a guided walk around the museum and Freedom Park to discover birds that can be seasonally or permanently found in and around Charlotte. 10:15 a.m. Free. Details.

Abstract Art Making Workshop at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: This month’s installment of the Family First series will include a viewing of works on display and lessons on abstraction and watercolor mixing. Ages 5-10. 11 a.m.-1 p.m Free with admission. Details.

Dilworth Block Party at Giving Tree Realty: Enjoy games, bounce houses and drawings (plus food, beer, live music for the adults). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Let Them Soar 5K at Christ Covenant Church: Run to raise funds for the Recreational Day, School Day Out and other programs that the Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte offers to those with disabilities. 8 a.m. $20+. Details.

Light the Night at Romare Bearden Park: Choose a lantern color at this walk hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (red for supporters, white for patients and survivors and gold for remembrance) and start fundraising. This year’s goal is $1 million. 4:30 p.m. Details.


Gamecocks vs. Bulldogs Watch Party at Flight: They’ll have cans and buckets on special, food and live music at 10 p.m. for Gamecocks fans. 3:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Men’s College Soccer at Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field: Cheer on the 49ers men’s soccer team as they take on Kentucky in this conference game. 7-10 p.m. $5. Details.

Sunday, November 5

Food & Drink

Artisan’s Market: A Pastry Collaborative at The Village at Commonwealth: Come try samples from 10+ of the city’s best pastry chefs and artisans. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Brunch at Red Clay Ciderworks: Indulge in food from Ole Buddy’s Oinker Express, hot mulled cider and cider-based cocktails. Free. Details.

Evan’s Epilepsy Event at NoDa Brewing Company: Join a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina. Proceeds will go to research and medicine. Registration is tax-deductible and includes lunch, too. 12-5 p.m. $25. Details.

The Bridal Brunch at Sophia’s Lounge: Celebrate your engagement over brunch, ask wedding planners your questions, win prizes and leave with a goody bag in hand. 1-3 p.m. $15. Details.

Dads, Football and Brews at Free Range Brewing: Cheer on your favorite team, win big prizes and meet other families. Look for your chance to win 2 free tickets to the Panthers-Packers game. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sippin’ On Sundays: Panthers Edition at Fire House Bar & Lounge: They’ll have live music, food and drinks for you after you’re done cheering on the Panthers. 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Christmas Tree Decorating at BLACKLION: Learn the 10 steps to perfectly decorating your christmas tree and mantel while you enjoy cocktails, appetizers and a Secret Santa drawing. 2-4:30 p.m. $20. Details.


Family Campfire at McDowell Nature Preserve: Enjoy roasting marshmallows, telling stories and learning about winter programs the preserve has to offer. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.


Yoga for Vets at NoDa Yoga: Join Team RWB Charlotte and NoDa Yoga for a deep stretch session open to any and all experience levels. 8 a.m. Free. Details.

Fight the Flame 5k at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Run and help raise funds for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy research, education and awareness. 9 a.m. $30. Details.

Waggle For Your Beer at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Burn off some of your four-legged friend’s energy on a 1.5-mile walk or 3-5-mile run on this “Tails on the Rail Trail” outing. Two-legged participants will get a 6 oz. pour of kombucha plus $20 to the Waggle Company. 11 a.m. Free. Details.


Panthers Watch Party at Coca-Cola DogHouse: Pregame the Panthers game with a full bar, food trucks, games and more. If you don’t have tickets to the game, stick around to watch it on the big screen. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers Pregame at Reebok Crossfit Uptown: Stop by for an indoor/outdoor pop-up bar, just a block from the stadium for live music, food and drinks. 10:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Black & Blue Blaze Tailgate at Blue Blaze Brewing: Tailgate with fire pits, lawn games and drink specials before watching a 12-foot projection of the game on the big screen. Free. Details.

NFL Football at Bank of America Stadium: Watch the Panthers take on the Atlanta Falcons. 1 p.m. $90+. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: They’ll have brunch until 2 p.m. plus wings, bloody Marys and domestic beers on special all day. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers Watch Party at Queen Park Social: Watch the Panthers take on the Falcons while you eat, drink and bowl. 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Hornets Watch Party at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. They’ll have wings, bloody Marys and domestic beers on special. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

We’re excited for…

2nd Annual CLT s’MACdown at Rooftop 210: Sample mac-n-cheese and craft beer from 20+ restaurants and breweries, plus a DJ, games, vendors and a photo booth. Use promo code AGENDA to save $10 off your ticket. November 11.

Fall Oyster Roast at Sycamore Brewing: Condiments, shucking tables and shucking knives will all be provided, which means all you have to worry about is how many buckets of oysters to order. $9/bucket or $40 for all-you-can-eat. November 11.

Vintage Charlotte Winter Market at The Fillmore: You’ll shop over 60 regional vintage and homemade vendors, which means your Christmas to-do list just shrank. November 17.

See all the upcoming events here.

Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.
Feature photo via The Panthers.

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