Agenda Weekender: 65+ things to do this weekend, including the Charlotte Marathon, Southern Christmas Show and Sycamore’s Fall Oyster Roast

Agenda Weekender: 65+ things to do this weekend, including the Charlotte Marathon, Southern Christmas Show and Sycamore’s Fall Oyster Roast
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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 57. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 50. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 53. Cloudy. 40% chance of afternoon rain.

Friday, November 10

Food & Drink

Veterans Day Breakfast and Tour at Billy Graham Library: Veterans will enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, fellowship and a guided journey of faith tour. 8 a.m. Free, though reservations are required. Details.

Harvest Feast Marathon at Harris Teeter Stonecrest: Donate food and money and enjoy superhero-themed family activities. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Wagner Family Wine Dinner at The Palm: Enjoy glasses of Caymus wine that have been paired with a selection of the chef’s dishes. 7-10 p.m. RSVP to Details.


Queen City Hackathon at Red Ventures: Join Charlotte’s tech community to solve some of the city’s most pressing problems.  This 24-hour event is open to all and there will be data science and engineering mentors on-hand to lend advice to teams. 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. Details.

Friends on Us at Humane Society of Charlotte: Zappos For Good has made it possible for the Humane Society to offer free adoptions to those qualified. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Young Affiliates of the Mint Fall Ball Gala at Mint Mueseum Randolph: Join the Young Affiliates of the Mint under the big top and celebrate performative art with live music, free beer and wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds from the event will offset the cost of student tours at the Mint Museum. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $100+. Details.

Adult Game Night at StrikeCity: Enjoy board games, drink specials, giveaways and more. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo Conference Center: Check off everyone on your list while shopping local and regional vendors, strolling through Christmas Tree Lane and enjoying dance and musical performances. Grab your tickets online to save $2. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (all other days) from November 9-19. $3-$19. Details.

Craft Night Out at 7th Street Public Market: Learn to make yarn pom poms to create a holiday wreath while you enjoy live music, food and drink. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $34. Details.

Fall Student Showcase at Aerial CLT: Check out students’ skills when it comes to silks, trapeze and lyra and enjoy shopping vendors, food and drink. 6:30-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Holiday Sip and Shop at Bold Missy Brewery: Shop women-run businesses and check off the rest of your holiday to-buy list. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Steelpan Orchestra at Knight Theater: Experience the sound that steel pianist and composer Andy Akiho has created when pairs Caribbean sounds with the orchestra’s. 7:30 p.m. $19+. Details.

Improv Double Header at Charlotte Comedy Theater: The latest performance teams will take the stage to entertain and humor you. 8 p.m. $10. Details.


Charlotte Marathon by Novant Health: Get ready for one of the biggest running events in town. Check out the Health & Wellness Expo on Friday before running the full marathon, half-marathon, 5K, relay or kids’ 1-mile. Afterwards, enjoy the post-run festival at Romare Bearden Park. Friday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). $15+. Details.

BlackLight Chakti Yoga at MoveStudio: Come in white and douse yourself in glow paint for this unique flow session. 7-8 p.m. $15. Details.

Marathon Sign Making Party at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Make signs to encourage the runners of Saturday morning’s marathon to keep going. Supplies provided while they last. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.


Hornets vs. Celtics at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia: They’ll have Coors Light, Jäger and Jägerbombs on special for you while you cheer on the Hornets. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, November 11

Food & Drink

Veteran’s Day at Blackfinn: All vets will enjoy a free order of Finn Fries. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Napa Wine Tasting at Shear Excellence: Small Lot Wine tours will be on-site with flights of wine from Napa’s boutique wineries. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 per flight. Details.

Veterans Day: USO of NC & The Mission Continues at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Meet Mark Bush, Air Force Veteran and author of I’MPOSSIBLE – Transitioning from There to Here. 20% of book sales will benefit The Mission Continues and a percentage of all sales at the brewery will go to the USO of NC. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Growlerfest at NoDa Brewing: The Greater Charlotte SPCA will be on-site with cornhole, vendors, raffles and adoptable dogs to raise money for sick and injured dogs currently in their care. 12-5 p.m. $25. Details.

Purple Beer for Vets at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Birdsong and Unknown Brewing are both releasing a special purple beer in honor of Veterans Day. $1 from each pint sold will go to Purple Heart Homes. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

NC Apple Pressing & Cider Day at Red Clay Ciderworks: Learn to make cider and press apples, paint some pumpkins and snack on cake pops, mulled cider and more. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Post Race Party at NoDa Brewing: Celebrate crossing the finish line with beer, food and a massage before Growlerfest. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

2nd Annual CLT s’MACdown at Rooftop 210: Enjoy mac-n-cheese and craft beer samples from 20+ restaurants and breweries, plus a DJ, games, vendors and a photo booth. Use promo code AGENDA to save $10 off your ticket. 2-6 p.m. $40+ ($10 off with code AGENDA). Details.

Fall Oyster Roast at Sycamore Brewing: Enjoy buckets of oysters provided by Sea Level NC and glasses of beer provided by Sycamore. See our guide to the event. 2-6 p.m. $9 for a bucket, $40 all-you-can-eat. Details.

Kids with PossAbilities Fundraiser at Howl at the Moon: Your ticket includes two drink tickets, appetizers and a silent auction. 80’s gear not required but strongly encouraged. 6-9 p.m. $75. Details.


Electric Marketplace at Pure Pizza: The market and Farmers Market are next to each other, which means you can knock out your grocery list and your holiday list at the same time. 9 a.m. Free. Details.

Community Pop Up Market at Sardis Workplace: Shop local vendors and enjoy an open mic competition with gift cards for the best performance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

National Pet Adoption Weekend at PetSmart: Adopt your new best friend from the South of the Bully & Friends Rescue. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Hops for Hope Supply Drive at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Donate an item for Supply Drive for the Animals of Puerto Rico and be entered to win a prize from Lenny Boy, Waggle Company, Barker Lounge, Pet Wants or Work for Your Beer. Items needed include dog bowls, food, leashes, collars and money. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Adopt A Cat & Help A Veteran at Heart of a Lion Rescue: Help a kitten or cat find a forever home, and they’ll donate $10 from every adoption to Pets for Vets. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Stand Up for Veterans at McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon: Bid on a silent auction with prizes like guitars, Panthers tickets and more up for grabs. A portion of the proceeds from food sold will be donated to Purple Heart Homes. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.

9th Annual Ties and Tails Gala at Hilton Charlotte Center City: Enjoy this dog-friendly fundraising event that celebrates donors, volunteers and the great work of the Humane Society of Charlotte. All funds raised support the HSC’s mission to improve the lives of companion animals through adoption, spay and neuter and education. 6-1 p.m. $200+ for humans, $50 for dogs. Details.

Learn Things

Takeover Days: City of Charlotte at Discovery Place Science: Engineers, professional organizations and corporations from all over Charlotte will be on-site to showcase industry-specific experiences and work currently being done in the region. Inlcuded in museum admission. Details.

Getting schooled in NASCAR at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Learn about the sport’s multiple career paths, such as mechanics, broadcasting and officiating. Kids welcome. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. Details.

Cups in Common at Clayworks: See 50+ handmade mugs from around the world while you enjoy special studio tours, demonstrations and food from Common Market and Your Mom’s Donuts. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

ProChoice Charlotte: #BeInvolved & Beer-aoke at Free Range Brewing: Learn how to get involved with ProChoice Charlotte in a fun environment with prizes, raffles and beer. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts: The classic is presented by St. Anne High School and features the John Paul the Great Program for the Arts. Saturday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m.). $10. Details.

Band Together for Care Ring at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Enjoy live music from two bands, two drinks, dinner from two food trucks, raffle and silent auction with the purchase of a ticket. Proceeds benefit Care Ring’s mission to provide healthcare for the uninsured. $30-$35. 6-10 p.m. Details.

Phantom of the Bingo at Grady Cole Center: RAIN’s Gay Bingo is back and just as unconventional, charitable and fun as ever. Proceeds benefit RAIN and there are great prizes up for grabs. 6:30-10 p.m. $35+. Details.

The Creative Connection at Camp North End: Peruse art created by both students and professionals to add to your collection. Light food and drink will be provided (a cash bar will also be available). 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Time Sawyer at the Neighborhood Theatre at Neighborhood Theatre: Don’t miss musical act Time Sawyer’s one night in the city. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

rewind: a charlotte storytellers [farewell] showcase at Resident Culture Brewing Company: This blast from the past will feature all the best stories over the years. Not suitable for younger ears. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

GOBSMACKED! at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: This next-generation a cappella show features the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists. The performance weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

The Breakfast Club at Visulite Theatre: The longest-running 80’s tribute band in the nation is here for one night. 9 p.m. $10. Details.


Fairy Fest at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Enjoy a day of activities and crafts including fairy house making, storytelling, wand making and tea parties. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included in Garden admission. Details.


Another Man’s Treasure at U.S. National Whitewater Center: The USNWC will be releasing some of their used bikes, boats and boards for purchase. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 for parking. Details.

Putting the OM in kOMbucha at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Enjoy an hour-long yoga session made for all levels of experience. $5 (includes a 6-ounce pour of kombucha). 10 a.m. Details.

Brooks Running Post Race Party at Run For Your Life: Come to celebrate your race with a beer from NoDa Brewing while you plan your next one. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Open House at Good Vibes Wellness: Enjoy a yoga class and mimosa before you explore the rest of Area 15. 11 a.m. Free. Details.


College Volleyball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Cheer on the 49ers volleyball team as they take on FAU in conference play 10 a.m. $5. Details.

Sunday, November 12

Food & Drink

Oyster Roast and orderfire Screening at Free Range Brewing: Enjoy oysters and other food from Rocksalt paired with the release of Free Range’s oyster stout, Sea of Companions. Stick around for a screening of season 3, episode 3 of orderfire. 12-5 p.m. $12. Details.

Pig and Pinot at The Cellar at Duckworth’s: Enjoy a unique selection of 4 pork dishes that have been paired with 7 pinot noirs. 1-3 p.m. $30. Details.

ThanksLiving at Fern, Flavors From the Garden: Enjoy a three-course holiday meal (wine included) while you hear from the directors of Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary. 5 and 7 p.m. $40. Details.

Hemp Dinner at Heirloom: Chef Clark has prepared the state’s first legal hemp dinner in over 80 years. It includes a 5-course tasting menu utilizing Carolina hemp products grown at Lucky Clays Farm and discussion on the product and the way it can be used in food. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65+. Details.


Microchip Clinic at PetPeople: Get both a microchip and lifetime registration for your pet. 1-3 p.m. $12. Details.

Pet Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall: Santa isn’t just for us humans, pets love him too! Bring your pet to the Center Court to pose for a picture with Santa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Finders Keepers Market at NoDa Brewing Company: Shop local vendors offering up everything from succulents to pet treats.  1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

The Classic Black Cinema Series – Get Christie Love at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Experience the museum’s film series specifically designed to expose the city black films’ artistic value over the years. This weekend’s showing, Get Christie Love, features a skilled undercover operative with the LAPD. 2 p.m. Included in museum admission. Details.

Ceramic Holiday Ornaments + Gift Tags at Blue Blaze Brewing: Learn to make ceramic gift tags and holiday ornaments with Modern Craft Collective at this low-key workshop. Supplies, instruction and firing provided. 12-4 p.m. $55. Details.

Wood Panel Paint Class at Wine & Design: Paint a holiday-themed wood-panel piece with step-by-step instructions while you enjoy drinks and snacks. BYOB. 3-5 p.m. $45. Details.


Camouflage Animals at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Enjoy an interactive program in which you’ll learn the patterns and camouflage abilities of different animals. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. 2-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village: Expect live music, a parade, local vendors and more. Proceeds benefit Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids. 3-8 p.m. Free. Details.


Move With Us at Free People: Enjoy an hour-long yoga class followed by snacks and shopping. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Sunday Runday at NoDa Brewing Company: Begin your morning with an hour-long deep stretch yoga session and top it off with a run (1-5 miles). Yoga is at 11 a.m., run begins at 12 p.m. $5 for yoga, but your Novant Health Marathon medal will earn you a discount. Details.


Spikeball at Freedom Park: All levels are welcome at this afternoon of Spikeball. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

We’re excited for…

#GivingTuesdayCLT Kickoff Party at Unknown Brewing Company: The evening features the more than 230 local nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT this year. Sample local seasonal brews, shop the pop-up market plus raffle prizes, Papi Queso food truck and a DJ. November 14.

Vintage Charlotte Winter Market at The Fillmore: Shop 60+ regional vintage and homemade vendors and knock out your Christmas to-do list. November 18.

Healthy UCity Race Series: Turkey Trot 5K at 3024 Prosperity Church Road: Run the Turkey Trot 5K, complete with a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run benefitting Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas. After the race, enjoy a mini-feast featuring food, drinks and music. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be award to the top 3 costumes. November 23.

See all the upcoming events here.

Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.

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