Agenda Weekender: 75+ things to do over your 4-day weekend, including Thanksgiving Eve celebrations, the region’s largest parade and Small Business Saturday

Agenda Weekender: 75+ things to do over your 4-day weekend, including Thanksgiving Eve celebrations, the region’s largest parade and Small Business Saturday
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Need somewhere to eat? Check our our guide to Thanksgiving feasts here.
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Thanksgiving Weekend Forecast

Wednesday: 63. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.
54. Partly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.
 60. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 64. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.
Sunday: 54. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Wednesday, November 22

Food & Drink

Thanksgiving Eve Bash at Mac’s Speed Shop: Enjoy food and drink specials, live music and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Eve Celebration at Sycamore Brewing: Enjoy a seasonal beer release, s’mores and food from Papi Queso around the fire pits. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Eve at Legion Brewing: Grab a beer and roast some marshmallows while you wait for Thursday morning to roll around. 2-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Eve with Wooden Robot at Brawley’s Beverage: Enjoy live music and 10 Wooden Robot beers on tap, including Good Morning Vietnam, Swirl It and Optimus Vine. 5 p.m. Free. Details.

$4 You-Call-It’s Night Before Thanksgiving at TILT: Karaoke will also be happening. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Friendsgiving at Ale’s at Angry Ale’s: Enjoy drink specials, a DJ and no cover. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Tipsy Turkey Fundraiser at Rooftop 210: Enjoy a night of trivia, corn hole, games, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $10 donation. Details.

Trivia & Pint Night at Helles & Dunkel: Featuring local beers on draft. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Details.

The Office Trivia at Brass Tap South End: Enjoy half-priced wine while you answer questions about everybody’s favorite show about a dysfunctional boss and his employees. 7:45-9:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Frozen Turkey Bowl at Vida Vida: The first annual Frozen Turkey Bowl will have players throwing frozen turkeys at bowling pins and participating in a Mexican Mashed Potato Eating Contest for awesome prizes. Enjoy $2 canned beer, $3 tequila and $4 margaritas, too. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Eve Pre-Game at Recess CLT: Enjoy $6 You Call Its, games and music. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Eve at Bubble: Blue Goose and The Sol Kitchen will be on-site. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Free Wednesday Evenings at Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph: Explore the galleries at both Mint locations for free. 5-9 p.m. Details.


Winter Wonderland SouthPark Grand Opening: Winter Wonderland’s ice skating rink features fun for the entire family including holiday lights and decor as well as attractions, such as Santa’s Pub. Throughout the season, enjoy special events, guests and activities plus 103.7 WSOC’s Country Christmas. Details.


NC Yoga Bar at Mint Museum Uptown: Head to the gallery for an hour of rejuvenating yoga followed by a perusal of the galleries, free of charge, as part of the Free Wednesday Evenings program. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free for members, $10 drop-in. Details.


Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Belleville Senators. 7 p.m. $18+. Details.

Thursday, November 23

Food & Drink

“Orphan” Thanksgiving at Belfast Mill: If you can’t join your family this year, join Belfast for their annual Orphan Thanksgiving, filled with classic Thanksgiving food including turkey and sides, plus plenty of drink specials and football. 4 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. Details.

Thanksgiving at Legion: BYO(Bird) at Legion Brewing: Bring your leftovers and hang out in the tap room for the night. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Platform! A Thanksgiving Disco Party + Food Drive! at Snug Harbor: Dance off all that turkey at this Platform disco party, all the way from Houston. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free with a canned food donation. Details.


Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park: The second annual village is back with local vendors, mulled wine and more, Thursday through Christmas Eve. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Drive under 3,000,000+ lights on a 3.5-mile course and stick around to shop a Christmas Village and enjoy a showing of “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $25+. Details.


Breakfast with Santa at Coco and the Director: Enjoy a breakfast sandwich, beverage and photo with Santa before making your way to the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tickets include breakfast and a VIP bleacher ticket. 7:30-9:30 a.m. $25. Details.


Healthy UCity Race Series: Turkey Trot 5k at 3024 Prosperity Church Road: Next up in the Healthy UCity Race Series is the Turkey Trot 5K complete with a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run benefiting 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 awarded to the top 3 costumes. 8 a.m. $12-$35. Details.

2017 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown: A Charlotte tradition since 1947 and now the largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Southeast. Join hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends who have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this annual event. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Friday, November 24

Food & Drink

Rainbow Friday at Comic Girl Coffee: Forget trying to find the best sale, they’re giving away free comic books to all visitors on Black Friday. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Black Friday at Draught: Snag $5 bar bites, $5 well drinks and $3 drafts all weekend long. Plus, bring in your holiday shopping receipt and you’ll get 10% off your purchase. Friday-Sunday. Details.

Black Friday at Parry’s Pizza: They’ll open early for breakfast pizzas, hot cocoa, The Big Apple Pie, $5 bloody Marys, mimosas, beermosas and more. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Bubbly Blowout Sale at NoDa Company Store: Enjoy $5 mimosas with a homemade juice bar shop ’til you drop for champagne, all of which will be 20% off. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $5+. Details.

Hoppy Holidays Release at NoDa Brewing Company: Enjoy the medium-bodied beer, brewed with spruce, and plenty of food from TIN Kitchen. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Blue Friday at Blue Blaze Brewing: Pitchers and growler fills of Altbier at just $6, plus there’ll be a release of Ursa Major Double IPA and plenty of merchandise to shop at 20% off. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Peanut Butter Stout & LD’s Belgian Tripel Release at Catawba Brewing Co.: Try the new Peanut Butter Stout, brewed with chocolate malts and conditioned on cacao nibs, peanuts and vanilla beans, and the Belgian Tripel Ale, featuring Belgian candi sugar. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Black (food truck) Friday at Three Spirits Brewery: Don’t stop the feast on Thursday. Get there early for doorbuster prizes. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Wild Turkey Thanksgiving at The Whiskey Club at Ballantyne: Enjoy a tasting of multiple types of Wild Turkey bourbon paired with light hors d’oeuvres. 6:30 p.m. $65++. Reservations required (704-248-4100). Details.

BLACKout FRIDAY at TILT: Enjoy $3 tequila, $3 vodka and $4 Blackouts. Enjoy Saturday morning, too.  8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Black Friday Black Light Balloon Drop at Whisky River: All gift cards will be BOGO and at midnight they’ll be dropping cash and prizes from the ceiling. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.


One Hundred Years of Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation: See the home and its grounds covered in period Christmas decor, enjoy a Christmas Vendor Village and more. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Free-$9. Details.

Ink for 24 Hours at The Ink Lounge NoDa Tattooing Lounge: Tattoos will start at $30 and all piercings will be just $10. 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $10+. Details.

Black Friday Sale at Lizard Thicket Boutique: Snag early bird specials until 10 a.m. and if you’re one of the first 100 in line, you’ll get a swag bag. 6 a.m. Details.

Black Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Shop a black Friday blow out at the Speedway tour for your chance to take a 3-lap drive around the 1.5-mile oval track. Must spend $50+ on merchandise or race tickets or donate $25 to Speedway Children’s Charities to qualify. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Open House at Versa Salon and Spa: They’ll have refreshments, 20% off all Aveda Holiday Gift Sets, raffles and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Christmas Tree Lot with Tree Elves at Symphony Park: King of Pops’ holiday elves are back to sell you the perfect Christmas tree at Symphony Park. November 24-December 17, times vary. Free. Details.

Silent Disco – Black Friday at Rooftop 210: Snag a pair of wireless headphones and choose which DJ’s set you’d like to dance most to. Want a show? Take off your headphones and watch people dance in total silence. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Free-$18. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: The musical comedy, adapted from the Barbara Robinson classic, is perfect for the entire family. Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m, 3 p.m.), and Sunday (2 and 4 p.m.). $12+. Details.

The Sound of Music at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: A brand new production of this all-time favorite is coming to Charlotte with an incredible cast. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score. Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. $25+. Details.

Holiday Jingle Jangle at Ciel Gallery: Shop a full range of paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more while you enjoy treats like hot chocolate and gingerbread men. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Warm Glow Paint Class at Wine & Design: Paint a masterpiece by following your instructor’s step-by-step instructions. BYOB. 7 p.m. $35. Details.


Winterfest Grand Opening at Carowinds: Experience the holiday spirit that the park’s Winter Wonderland provides. 5-10 p.m. $25+. Details.


Black Friday 12 Hour Run for Youth at Freedom Park: Run solo or as a team and see how many miles you can put together on the 4-mile loop. Proceeds benefit Let Me Run and Girls on the Run. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Details.

Saturday, November 25

Food & Drink

Small Business Saturday at Melt-In Your Mouth Cupcakes: Grab a few cupcakes, enter a few giveaways and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Brewery Saturday and Tour De Blaze at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy pints from 12 regional breweries on special for just $3 each after you join the Tour De Blaze, a 7.5-mile bike ride with stops at VBGB, Queen City Q and Palmer St. Gamebar. 12 p.m., Tour De Blaze departs at 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Maggiano’s Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy: This family-style dinner of entrees like bruschetta, ravioli and spaghetti has a sinister twist. Ticket includes tax, service and one drink. 7-10 p.m. $65. Details.


Small Business Saturday at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Let the regional farmers, makers, artisans and more thank you for your business. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Business Saturday with Eclectic Marketplace at 1911 Central Avenue: You’ll find this small marketplace behind Pure Pizza, with vendors that include Ganda Crafts, Gray Davis Art and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Shop 150+ artists from all over the region for holiday gifts and decor. All items are handmade, including pottery, jewelry, gourmet foods and more. Stick around for a Sip & Shop on the Dairy Barn’s back patio. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Business Saturday at Scott’s Karat Patch: Take $50 off a purchase of $250 and $100 off of a $500 purchase. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Business Saturday at Charlotte Art League: Knock a few items off of your holiday shopping list when you shop local handmade vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

DUDEAPALOOZA at C3 Lab: Shop plenty of guy-themed pop-ups at this market, and stick around for food trucks and a biergarten. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

South End Small Business Saturday in South End: Shop 200+ local businesses, eat at any one of the neighborhood’s 70 restaurants and take a free trolley ride. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Small Business Saturday Pop Up at Legion Brewing: Shop Mo’s Art, Creations of a Lunatic and Illustrations by Chris before you enjoy a few beers. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Find + Covet Mini-Market at Covet Atelier: A handful of regional makers will be popping up for this small market, including TWO FOLD and Spoon + Hook. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Tree Lighting at the Hall at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Watch as the tree is lit for the first time during a community celebration complete with rides and games. 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Gift Market at Free Range Brewing: Grab a beer and shop local makers before hitting the Blue Barn Bistro for dinner. Round out the night with a couple of growlers, priced at $10. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

That’s What She Said at Charlotte Comedy Theater: Enjoy this long-form show put on by an all-female cast. 8-9:30 p.m. $11. Details.


Santa Saturday! at BLACKLION: Stop by for free photos with Santa, fun selfie backdrops and more. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.


Clemson vs. South Carolina Watch Party at Draught: Join the Charlotte Clemson Alumni Club for $5 Tiger Paw shots and craft beer. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

College Football at UNC Charlotte: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on Florida Atlantic. 2 p.m. $20+. Details.

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Watch the Checkers take on the Providence Bruins. 6 p.m. $18+. Details.

Gamecocks vs. Clemson at Flight: The game will be shown on each TV while you enjoy specials like $18 buckets and $3.50 Miller Lite. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Details.

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the San Antonio Spurs. 7 p.m. $27+. Details.

Sunday, November 26

Food & Drink

Hot Pistol Release at NoDa Brewing Company: Get your hands on this chocolate raspberry habanero stout and a bite from TIN Kitchen. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.


GivingTuesdayCLT Blood Drive: Anyone that donates at 1 of the 9 participating locations will receive a t-shirt and coupon for a free one-topping pizza. November 26-28. Times and locations vary. Free. Details.

Hot-Stuff Holiday Pop-Up Market at Petra’s: Brunch, drink and shop vendors like Pet Wants Charlotte, Crowned Sparrow Co. and Originate Handcrafted Jewelry at this holiday-themed market. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Tats for Tots Toy Drive at The Tattoo Factory: Bring in a new, unwrapped toy and get a $25 tattoo in return. Toys should be near equal value. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Paint Your Pet at Paint Craze: Cat, dog, lizard, horse – you name it, you can paint it. BYOB, but all supplies are provided. 3 p.m. $40. Details.

Charlotte Civic Orchestra presents: Christmas Extravaganza at Halton Theatre: 300+ performers will be showcased in this Christmas-themed show. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $28+. Details.


Superhero Day with the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Meet your favorite superheroes on the concourse before the game. It’s also Teddy Bear Toss Night, during which fans will throw stuffed animals on the ice after the Checkers’ first goal to be donated to charity. 12 p.m. $16+. Details.

Black and Blue Blaze Tailgate at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy discounted pitchers, lawn games and fire pits before settling down to watch the game on a 12-foot screen. 12-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers at Jets at Queen Park Social: Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Jets. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Watch the Checkers take on the Providence Bruins. 6 p.m. $18+. Details.

We’re excited for…

Weihnachtsmarkt at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Shop a traditional German-inspired Christmas market with dozens of local vendors and plenty of beer. Fridays and Saturdays in December.

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour in Fourth Ward: Enjoy a self-guided walking tour through the most beautifully decorated private homes in the city’s quaintest neighborhood. You’ll find carolers, bell ensembles and horse-drawn carriage rides along with tasting stations and free samples at select stops. December 1-3.

Girl Tribe Holiday Pop-Up at Sugar Creek Brewing: Put a dent in your gift list when you shop dozens of women-owned businesses. December 9.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via Facebook.
Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.

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