Agenda Weekender: 40+ things to do this weekend, including an oyster roast, brunch cocktail class and Bulldog Beauty Pageant

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Even with low temps, it’s worth it to get out of the house this weekend – and you’ll have cozy, door-to-door transportation thanks to Lyft.

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 67. 90% chance of thunderstorms.
Saturday: 46. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.
Sunday: 41. Partly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.

Friday, January 12

Food & Drink

River’s Edge Craft Dinner at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: The Whitewater Center has partnered with Legal Remedy Brewing Co. to create a 3-course menu with special beer pairings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $60. Details.

Bourbon Dinner at Napa on Providence: Join Napa on Providence for a tour through some of the finest bourbons from Heaven Hill Distillery. Enjoy 4 courses of custom dishes matched with exquisite bourbons. 7 p.m. $75++. Details.

Cheese & Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Enjoy an evening of unexpected pairings from Red Clay and Orrman’s Cheese Shop. 7 p.m. $19. Details.

8th Anniversary at Whiskey Warehouse: Enjoy live music and drink specials while you help them celebrate 8 years in business. 8 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Adult Game Night at StrikeCity: Expect plenty of board games, drink specials, giveaways and more. 8-11 p.m. Free if you RSVP. Details.

Learn Things

Intersectionality in Specialty Coffee: A Panel at LaCa Projects: Listen as a panel discusses how to elevate marginalized voices within Charlotte’s coffee community while touching on first-hand experience and advice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

School of Rock at Ovens Auditorium: This hilarious musical, based on the hit film, will have everyone fist pumping. Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 and 7 p.m.). $25+. Details.

Charlotte Symphony’s John Williams Unlimited at Belk Theater: Christoper James Lees will lead the orchestra through Williams’ legendary film scores, including Indiana Jones, Superman and Star Wars, just to name a few. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $54+. Details.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Come see the 1930s musical based on the beloved children’s book. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $20. Details.

BreatheINK Youth Poetry Slam at Spirit Square: Teens age 13-19 will be performing stories and poems. Signups are just before the show. 8-11 p.m. $7 for audience members, free for performers. Details.

Sports

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Toronto Marlies. 7:15 p.m. $18+. Details.

Saturday, January 13

Food & Drink

Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Class: Brunch at Nest: Learn how to wow guests with homemade Bloody Marys and more. Registration includes brunch bites and 3 full-sized cocktails. 12-2 p.m. $65. Details.

Dual IPA Can Release Party at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate the releases of both The Big Fat Juicy: Mango Milkshake and First Clouds in one fell swoop. Limited cases, first come first served. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Block Party at 1801 Commonwealth Avenue: Welcome the warmer weather with a local mobile golf startup, contests, food and drink. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Pop Up Tasting at Foxcroft Wine Co.: Taste 6 delicious Cabernet Sauvignons from Mountain Valley Canyon, California. 2-4 p.m. $5. Details.

Oyster Roast at Reid’s SouthPark: Enjoy an afternoon on the patio complete with plenty of oysters. 3-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

City of Charlotte Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Uptown: A tradition since 1981, the Parade in Uptown includes more than 100 community organizations, marching bands, floats and dance performers. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

2018 Bulldog Beauty Pageant at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Bullies from all over can come and compete for titles like “best butt wiggle,” “most handsome” and more. Proceeds benefit the Bullies 2 The Rescue group. 21+. 4-8 p.m. $20 pageant entry, free for spectators. Details.

Owl Prowl at Bird House on the Greenway: Naturalist Taylor Piephoff will lead a walk along the Four Mile Creek Greenway looking for Barred and Great Horned Owls. Pre-registration required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Rick And Morty’s Rave Adventures at SERJ: Grab your portal gun and go on an adventure decked out in your favorite Rick and Morty clothing or costumes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Details.

Improv Jam at Charlotte Comedy Theater & Training Center: Come watch some fun improv games – you may even get a chance to be a part of the show. 10-11:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Learn about railroading by researching its engineering, artistry and historical roots. Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). $13-$17. Details.

Self Defense Night at Spectrum Center: Take part in a self-defense course on the court led by UFC GYM Matthews/Charlotte. All participants will receive a Hornets gift, behind-the-scenes access and tickets to watch the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder later that night. 12-9 p.m. $30. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Local Author Event at Barnes & Noble: Meet some Charlotte-based authors such as Susan Todd, Shonali Thomas, Patricia Bostic and more. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

LifeLifePoetry presents The InkBlot Slam at The Fresh Shop: The winner of the slam takes the whole prize pot, and the runner up will get gas money. 7-11 p.m. $10+. Details.

Abbey Road LIVE! at Visulite Theatre: This Beatles-inspired cover band will bring to life some of the best of the Beatles. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $12. Details.

Do Good

MLK Call to Service at Blythe Elementary School, East Mecklenburg High School, Piedmont Open IB Middle School and Renaissance West STEAM Academy: Fulfill your resolution by donating your time at one of the multiple projects in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. You can decorate cards, pack literacy kits and more at four locations throughout the city. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Takeover Days: Roush Fenway Racing at Discovery Place Science: Meet the Nascar professionals from Roush Fenway Racing and learn about the science behind stock car racing. All day. Included in admission. Details.

Puppy Power Story Time at SAS Cupcakes – Blakeney: Kids can frost their own cupcakes, meet the Fire Pup, hear a story and more. Must register in advance. 10:30 a.m. $9. Details.

Fitness

The Whole Enchilada at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Think you have what it takes to ride all of the trails the USNWC has to offer? Put yourself to the test with the whole enchilada (35 miles) or the half enchilada (15 miles). 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Details.

CG + Legion Workout Party at Legion Brewing: Earn your beer with a dynamic 60-minute outdoor mat workout from Camp Gladiator. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

9Round in the Brewhouse at Bold Missy Brewery: Try out this kickboxing-inspired circuit workout and reward yourself with half a pint afterwards. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Details.

Yoga Soul Lounge at Root to Crown Productions: Enjoy a yoga session complete with a DJ and Spoken Story meditation at the end. 6-7 p.m. $5. Details.

Sports

NFL Playoffs at Craft City Social Club: Watch as the Falcons take on the Eagles at 4:35 before the Titans take on the Patriots. Drink specials include $3 beers and 1/2-off appetizers. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

NFL Playoffs Watch Party Saturday at The Press Box: Watch the games on over 75 HDTVs and enjoy all-day drink specials. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Checkers Nascar Night at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Ryan Newman, along with other NASCAR celebrities, will be signing autographs before the Checkers take on the Toronto Marlies. 4:30-5:30 p.m. $18+. Details.

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. $37. Details.

College Basketball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 7-10 p.m. $10+. Details.

Sunday, January 14

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Kick off your Sunday with $4 beermosas, made-to-order brunch and football on the big screens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

#BrushNBrunchCLT at Apostrophe Lounge: Enjoy classic brunch food while you party and paint your own masterpiece with the help of a professional artist. 12 p.m. $25+. Details.

Urban Gourmet Farm Dinner at Heirloom: This dinner will feature dishes with organically grown mushrooms from a local farm. Plus, for an extra cost, you can pair your meal with drinks from local breweries and distilleries. 5-9 p.m. $65+. Details.

Experience

Plaza Midwood Scavenger Hunt in Plaza Midwood: Grab a team of 2-4 and compete to find clues and trinkets throughout Plaza Midwood. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 1-5 p.m. $60/team. Details.

Learn Things

A Day in the Life of a Botanist at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: David Campbell of HARP will share why botany is important and highlight some of the rare plants found in Polk County NC as an example. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Sunday Fun Day- It’s Elementary, Dear Artson! at Mint Museum Uptown: Enjoy art projects, an all-ages yoga session, gallery visits and a special performance. 1-4 p.m. Free for kids, $6 for adults. Details.

The Classic Black Cinema Series: Losing Ground at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Come see what’s only the second feature length film to be directed by an African-American woman. 2-4 p.m. Included in museum admission. Details.

Art, Women, Power! at St. Lawrence & Martin: Come out for the opening reception for an exhibit that features three women in art, two of which are based in Charlotte. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Bridging Musical Worlds at Friendship  Missionary Baptist Church: Enjoy a selection of pieces dedicated to the life and works of Martin Luther King, Junior. 5 p.m. $5. Details.

Paint your Pet! at Studio Cellar: Send in a picture of your pet in advance and they’ll have a canvas prepped for you when you get there. You can even bring your pet to the studio for a live muse. 7-10 p.m. $46. Details.

Shopping

The Diggers Delight Record Swap at Tip Top Daily Market: Come add to your collection or bring some pieces along that you’re hoping to sell or trade. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Kids’ Yoga Class at Okra: Let the kids experience yoga & mindfulness through age-appropriate activities that make it fun and engaging. 2-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Co.: Enjoy a restorative yoga session perfect for beginners and then stick around for a free beer afterward. 11 a.m. $5. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Find your center in this 1-hour class that includes a 13-ounce beer once you’ve found it. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Namastay at Legion Yoga at Legion Brewing: Practice with Legion’s own Luis Bayon before enjoying a pint on the house. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7. Details.

Sports

NFL Playoffs at Craft City Social Club: Watch as the Jaguars take on the Steelers at 1:05 before the Saints face the Vikings at 4:40. Drink specials include $3 beers and 1/2-off appetizers. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

We’re excited for…

Queen’s Feast throughout Charlotte: Get a delicious start on 2018 as you eat your way through 130+ restaurants’ 3-course prix fixe menus. January 19-28.

Charlotte Women’s March at First Ward Park: Show your support for the continued effort and work being done by supporters locally and all over the country. January 20.

2018 Winter Beer Fest at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Enjoy unlimited beer samples while your dogs wear themselves out on the patio. January 27.

See all the upcoming events here.

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