Agenda Weekender: 65+ things to do this weekend, including a fun run in your underwear, Checkers hockey and plenty of Black Panther parties

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 75. 70% chance of afternoon showers.
Saturday: 48. 90% chance of rain.
Sunday: 62. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Friday, February 16

Food & Drink

Love Potion Wine Blending Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte: Enjoy a “Love Potion” wine blending experience using hand-selected red wines while you indulge in fondue. Friday through Sunday, 3-10 p.m. $65 per person. Details.

Extended Season of Love at Ruth’s Chris Steak House SouthPark: Didn’t get a chance to go out on Valentine’s Day, or just don’t want to stop celebrating your love? Ruth’s Chris will be offering their special Valentine’s Day menu through this weekend. Friday and Saturday, 4-9 p.m. $80++. Details.

Rarest Bean Taproom Only Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: The new Imperial Pastry Stout is brewed with two of the rarest beans in the world, which makes it the most exclusive beer in their history. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Griffith Street Gose Release at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Lenny Boy and Triple C have partnered to create this limited edition, 5% ABV beer that’s a mix of sour and salty. Enjoy a few while you down a Buddha Bowl from The Hunter’s Wife. 3-11 p.m. Free. Details.

70º Food Truck Friday in South End: Celebrate the warm weather with beer, cider, wine and dinner from a local truck. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Crime and Pun-ishment at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Enjoy a live and interactive murder mystery show that includes a 3-course dinner. 7-9 p.m. $90. Details.

Cookie & Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Enjoy four cookies that have been specially paired with the cidery’s own product. 7-8:30 p.m. $19.75. Details.


Great Backyard Bird Count at Wing Haven: Stroll through the gardens and help scientists at the same time by counting and recording the birds you see on your guided walk that includes hot chocolate. They’ll have guided walks and hot chocolate available. Friday through Sunday. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Mad Monster Party Carolina 2018 at Hilton Charlotte University Place: Be awed as the world’s top horror, sci-fi and fantasy celebrities and vendors are all in once place. Friday (7-11 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). $25+. Details.

The Official Blackest Weekend Ever Official After Parties all over Charlotte: Whether you like reggae, jazz, electronic or something else, there’s an after-premiere party for you this weekend. Full lineup available on Facebook. Friday through Sunday. $0-20. Details.

Silent Disco – The Month of Love at Rooftop 210: Choose from 3 different DJs to listen to through a pair of personal headphones for this Valentine’s Day-themed silent dance party. 21+ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Charlotte Build, Remodel, and Landscape Expo at Charlotte Convention Center: Learn the tricks of the trade directly from local experts. Friday and Saturday, 12-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Flirting With Food at Discovery Place Science: Is the way to your lover’s heart really through the stomach? Can certain foods actually increase your sex drive? Join Discovery Place Science for a special adults-only night at the Museum, featuring sex and aphrodisiacs, candy chemistry, Kinky Kitchen Trivia and more. Adults 21 and over only. 5-9 p.m. $10+. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Fortune Friday at Red Clay Ciderworks: Get a Tarot card reading from Fran Wilbourn. Friday and Saturday. $10. Details.

Jazz Room at Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Enjoy a tribute to Wayne Shorter by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Derek Douget. Friday (6 and 8:15 p.m.) and Saturday (7 and 9:15 p.m.). $14. Details.

Bechtler By Night: Game Night at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Play a round of Bechtler Trivia or giant Jenga before trying your hand at creating your own piece of art. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam at McGlohon Theater: Hear local poets, including SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster, Bluz (the 13th ranked individual poet in the world) perform their work. 8 p.m. $10. Details.

Open Mic Night at Mama’s Caribbean Bar and Grill: The stage will be filled with poetry, singing, magic tricks, dancing and more. 8:30-11 p.m. Free. Details.


The Blackest Weekend Ever Kickoff at Camp North End: Get ready for the release of Black Panther by shopping, mingling and donating to and with black business leaders. Friday, 8 p.m. til Saturday, 10 p.m. Details.

Valentine Lovers MarketAffair And Homeless Drive at Premier Events Multipurpose Center: Shop gifts by local artisans and enjoy a plate of BBQ while you’re at it. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, February 17

Food & Drink

2nd Anniversary at The Broken Spoke: Stop by any time during the day for 20s-inspired cocktails before the space transforms into a speakeasy with live jazz, a candlelit tour and photobooth. Tickets required, 21+ only after 6 p.m. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free-$5. Details.

Rare Beer Fest at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley: They’ll be featuring beers from breweries rarely seen in the Charlotte area, plus hard-to-find specialties from some of the local favorites. In addition to growler fills and flights, they’ll also have free pizza. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Winter Brew Fest at Flight: Try 10 featured winter beers from 10 different breweries. Plus, enjoy 25% off the food menu. 4-8 p.m. $7 in advance. Details.

Wishful Drinking at Blue Blaze Brewing: Drink a beer and enjoy a snack from Tin Kitchen, plus try your hand in a raffle. Proceeds benefit One Simple Wish. 7-9 p.m. $25 donation. Details.

Guinness Glass Engraving at Tyber Creek Pub: Snag a custom engraved Guinness glass just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.

AfroPop! at Morehead Tavern: Celebrate the premiere weekend of Black Panther with music from a DJ/Percussionist and plenty of goods from local vendors. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 before 12 a.m. Details.


Carowinds Job Fair at Carowinds: The theme park is looking to fill thousands of positions for this season – and the first 250 applicants to receive a job offer will get a Carowinds main season admission ticket. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

2018 Queen City Black Cultural Explosion at The Carole Hoefener Center: Celebrate Black History Month with shopping, giveaways, food, kids’ activities and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

2018 HRC North Carolina Gala at Le Meridien: Meet this year’s award winners and enjoy a silent auction, dinner and more. Throughout the day they’ll have events like yoga, networking and more. 5:30-10 p.m. $250. Details.

Open Streets Route Reveal Party at Free Range Brewing: Find out when and where the streets will be open while you enjoy live music, food and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Auction of Love 2018 at Rooftop 210: Each auction contestant represents a local charity with packages worth up to $500. After you’re done bidding, stick around for a silent auction and 50/50 raffles. 8-11:50 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

First Time Home Buyer Workshop at Valarie R. Brooks Real Estate: Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, this seminar will cover everything you need to know. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Patio Farming Mini Course: Planning, Plants & Particulars at Seeds on 36th: Learn the basics of how to grow some of your own food in an unexpected, small space like a patio. 1-3 p.m. $16. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

DIY Design Meetup with Artful Interiors at Sherwin-Williams: Celebrate the Color of the Year, Oceanside 6496, with giveaways from Pottery Barn’s spring color collection and trending millennial hues, plus a few product demos. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Prenatal DIY Workshop! at Little Nest Portraits: Meet other moms and moms-to-be while you create a headband or bowtie perfect to use at your newborn session. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

The Queen City at War Book Club at Charlotte Museum of History: Discuss Langston Hughes’ collection of short stories, The Ways of White Folks, which explores race relations in the 1920s and 1930s. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Live Podcast Recording at Advent Coworking: Watch as the hosts of Sci Fi Generation review Black Panther and talk about the latest science happenings. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.


NoDa Super Flea #4 at NoDa Company Store: Browse and shop goods from 15+ vendors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Handmade Popup at Savvy Seconds Marketplace: Shop locally made pottery, bath and body products, accessories, art and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Strike Out Domestic Violence at Ten Park Lanes: Help increase awareness of domestic violence and support both its victims and survivors while you bowl. Ticket includes 90 minutes of bowling, shoe rentals, t-shirts and food and drink specials. They’ll also be raffling off multiple prizes throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit The Steve Smith Family Foundation 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $134-170. Details.


Creature Feature: Coping with the Cold at Discovery Place Nature: Learn how animals survive the winter months. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Nature Game Day at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Get out of the house for a day of nature- and animal-themed games. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Charlotte 10 Miler & 4 Mile Run in Ballantyne: Run along the Greenway and cool off with post-race mimosas. 7:30 a.m. $40+. Details.

14th Annual Cupid’s Cup 5K and 1-Mile Walk at CMC-Myers Park: The race starts and ends close to CMC-Myers Park and proceeds benefit Cardiac Rehabilitation and the hospital’s new Cardiac Rehab “To-Go” programs. 8-10 a.m. $25+. Details.

Rise and Run at The People’s Market: Join the Charlotte Front Runners for a run around Dilworth before a social breakfast. 9-10 a.m. Free. Details.

Grand Reopening Celebration at CrossFit Eternal: Come celebrate, plus get a workout in and make some new friends. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Cupid’s Undie Run at Whisky River: Enjoy a 1-mile fun run in your underwear before you party to help find a cure to Neurofibromatosis. 12-4 p.m. $40. Details.

Sweet Heat #DanceYourFit at NoDa@28th Creative Arts Studios: Work off all those Valentine’s Day sweet in this energy-packed dance workout. 2-5 p.m. $18-20. Details.


2018 Season Opener: Charlotte Roller Derby Double Header at Grady Cole Center: Watch as the Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars take on the WB Scranton Roller Radicals before the B-Dazzlers take on the Soul City Sirens. 4:30-9 p.m. $12 in advance. Details.

College Basketball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners. 7-10 p.m. $5+. Details.

Sunday, February 19

Food & Drink

2-Year Luau Party at Seoul Food Meat Company: Dress in your best tropical outfit and help celebrate with $.25 local craft beers, cookies, ice cream and more. 11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Brunch at Red Clay Ciderworks: Get your hands on food from Two Chicks and a Truck, Pepperbox Doughnuts and more. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Birdsong Beer Dinner at The Cellar at Duckworth’s: Enjoy a 5-course dinner paired with some of Birdsong’s best beers. 1-4 p.m. $50+. Details.

Mingo Night (Music Bingo) at The Casual Pint: Enjoy a few beers and win a few prizes at this twist on a classic bingo night. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

17th Annual Charlotte Bartender’s Ball at Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown: Enjoy 20+ of Charlotte’s best bars, clubs, restaurants all in one place. Your ticket includes top shelf liquors, beer and wine, food, live music, DJs and more. Service Industry employees can get tickets for $50 by using promo code SIN50 at checkout. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $50-$100. Details.


Chinese New Year Celebration at Discovery Place Science: Join Chinese artists and exchange students with Tower Bridge International for a Chinese New Year cultural celebration featuring crafts and activities for families and kids 12-5 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Sunday Jazz at Barista Craft Highland Creek: A quartet of students from the UNC Charlotte Jazz studies program will be performing while the shop serves specials like $5 mimosas. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Pet Adoption Event at Thirsty Nomad Brewing: Come meet some of the Greater Charlotte SPCA’s adoptable pets nab a few specialty items from Pet Wants Charlotte: The Urban Feed Store (a portion of proceeds go back to the GCSPCA). 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Stream Habitat Restoration at Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve: Learn about the creek and how to help preserve it and restore its natural beauty and function. Pre-registration required. 2-3 p.m. Free. Details.

National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart: South Charlotte Dog Rescue will be on site with plenty of adoptable dogs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.


NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Enjoy an hour-long restorative yoga session and post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Yoga & Brunch at Yoga Warrior Studio @ Advanced Therapeutics: Start off with a gentle yoga flow, then refuel with a brunch. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy an hour-long session and a beer after. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Community WOD! at Kaiser CrossFit: They’ll be doing a “Fight Gone Bad” style workout open to the community 12 p.m. Free. Details.


Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Syracuse Crunch. 3 p.m. $18-38. Details.

We’re excited for…

Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour in Charlotte: March 16-17See 6 stunning kitchens on this self-guided tour, plus enjoy tastings, performances and more. .

Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Say hello to warmer weather with live music, beer and cider stations, t-shirts and more. April 14.

Girl Tribe Pop Up at 2116 Hawkins Street: Shop 90+ local vendors over 2 days in the new space at Girl Tribe Design District. April 20-22.

See all the upcoming events here.

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