Agenda Weekender: 70+ things to do this warm weekend, including Food Truck Friday, the Southern Home & Garden Show and a banana bar crawl

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 78. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 77. Cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Sunday: 72. 80% chance of thunderstorms.

Friday, February 23

Food & Drink

Belgian Cellar Raid Weekend at Sugar Creek Brewing: They’ll be releasing 2 beers, each an interpretation of a Belgian classic, every day this weekend. Friday through Sunday. Free. Details.

Spring Food Truck Friday in South End: Celebrate the warmer weather with seasonally-inspired dishes, fresh beer, wine and cider. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

ShabbesFest! An Epic Shabbat Dinner with The Porch at Temple Beth El: Enjoy a casual, yet spirited, Shabbat dinner for young adults and families. BYO wine. 5:45-8 p.m. $10 for adults. Details.

The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne at The Ballantyne Hotel: Try Old Forester 1870 Original Batch, 1897 Bottled in Bond, 1920 Prohibition Style and Statesman alongside light hors d’oeuvres. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Taste After Dark at Levine Museum of the New South: Try hors d’oeuvres and cocktails inspired by the city while you enjoy live music and dancing. 9-11 p.m. $35-75. Details.

Decades of Dance Party at Draught Restaurant & Bar: The Charlotte DJ professionals playing music from the 80s to now through the night in an effort to raise awareness and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, who will cover your first beer. Proceeds benefit the foundation. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 in advance. Details.


Drunken Spelling Bee at Flight: Relive your middle school glory days with a few drinks in hand. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Roxbury 80’s 90’s Party at Roxbury Nightclub: Don your 80s and 90s best for dancing, drinking and more. Corona and Fireball will be on special. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Details.

Learn Things

Career Development Class at Earth Fare Healthy Supermarkets: Get some help writing or editing your résumé, learn how to use the résumé as your pitch and more. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at Park Expo and Conference Center: Get ideas on how to upgrade your own backyard through garden design, designer showcases, a farmer’s market and more. Friday through Sunday. $10. Details.

Odd Tales: Sci-Fi Edition at Free Range Brewing: See 4 sci-fi audio dramas written by Charlotteans brought to life with actors and sound effects. Friday and Saturday, 8-10 p.m. $10 in advance. Details.

I Am Not Your Negro at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: See the movie from filmmaker Raoul Peck, based on the unfinished manuscript that James Baldwin left behind. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Details.

10th Annual Art Exhibit and Reception at Charlotte Country Day School: This year features “From the Ground Up: Masterworks from the Carolinas (and Beyond)” and showcases traditional and innovative works of art in ceramics, metal, glass and textiles from the North and South Carolina region. Join Charlotte Country Day and Friends of the Arts for a reception to celebrate the exhibit. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Art in Motion at Coco and the Director: The series is back with art, live music and performances. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Escape From New York Comedy at Helles & Dunkel: A group of NYC-based comedians have left the city to come to Charlotte to perform with Charlotte native Fen Guillaume. 7-9:15 p.m. Free. Details.

An evening with InterStellar Overdrive at Visulite Theatre: The Pink Floyd tribute band will perform both Dark Side of the Moon and Animals in their entirety along with other classics. 8-11:59 p.m. $18 in advance. Details.

Do Good

Black Fathers ROCK! at Pease Auditorium at CPCC: Help end the narrative that black fathers are absent by spending a night celebrating Charlotte-area fathers and providing resources to those who need it. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Saturday, February 24

Food & Drink

Pancakes for a Purpose at Blackfinn Ameripub Ballantyne: Enjoy a short stack while you raise money for pancreatic cancer research. They’ll also have a raffle that will include signed items from the Panthers. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. $10. Details.

Claire’s Army Pancake Breakfast & Blood Drive at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Charlotte: Support families impacted by childhood cancer with a pancake breakfast. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Winter Warmer Festival at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Celebrate the (end) of the cold season with winter beers, s’mores, live music and more. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Battle of the Breweries Chili Cook-Off at Draught Charlotte: Your favorite breweries, including Wooden Robot, Birdsong and D9, face off to see who cooks the best chili, and you’ll get to judge who wins. 12 p.m. Donation. Details.

Grand Opening at Seafood Connection Charlotte: Celebrate the grand opening by trying one of their famous Flavor Boxes. 12 p.m. Free. Details.

Blue Blaze Backyard BBQ & Bluegrass at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy a plate of freshly smoked BBQ while listening to River Ratz. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.

First Annual Oyster Roast and Chili Cook Off at Red Fez Shrine Club: Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters and chili, plus access to raffle and auction items. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital in Greenville. 1-5 p.m. $45, kids under 12 get. Details.

Cider and Chocolate Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Taste 4 different ciders, each perfectly paired with a truffle from Evolution through Chocolate. 3-5 p.m. $16. Details.

Charlotte’s 6th Annual Banana Bar Crawl at Whisky River: Tickets include a banana suit, admission to 9 bars and drink specials at all locations. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. $25. Details.

7th Street Public Market Vegan Multi-Course Tasting at 7th Street Public Market: Enjoy 3 wines and enjoy 4 courses of cashew cheese, salad, pasta and dessert from Viva Raw, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Zia Pia Imports + Italian Kitchen. 6:30-8 p.m. $35. Details.

Grits & Soul-Love Jones Edition PART II at FLO Bar and Lounge: Paint a masterpiece while you enjoy complimentary wine, appetizers and an open mic session. 7-9 p.m. $15+. Details.

The Ideal Cocktail Party at Grace AME Zion Church: Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres by Chef Greg Collier of The Yolk and cocktails inspired by Tom Bullock. 8-11 p.m. $35-45. Details.


African-American History Family Fun Day Celebration at Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s African-American community from the colonial period to the present with tours, demonstrations and more. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Forging Ahead at Historic Rosedale Plantation: Look back at the heritage of slavery in our nation, and celebrate the achievements of African Americans in our community with a unique smithy demonstration and more. 1-4 p.m. $10. Details.

2018 Queen City Black Heritage Festival at The Carole Hoefener Center: Celebrate with crafts, culture, food, art, information and more from over 40 black-owned companies. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

The Males Place: All Black Tie Dinner & Gala at Deltas of Charlotte: Enjoy an elegant 4-course dining experience from internationally-acclaimed chef and food activist Njathi Wa Kabui, music and dancing. 6-11 p.m. $75. Details.

A NIGHT IN RIO: 9th Annual Brazilian Carnaval Experience at Neighborhood Theatre: Get a taste of Brazilian Carnaval in Charlotte with live music, authentic food and drinks and dancing. 7 p.m. $15. Details.

Condom Couture at The Fillmore: See how designers put condoms to use in designing fashionable, wearable art. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. 7 p.m. $30. Details.

Learn Things

Active Killer Defense Training at FTF Charlotte: Learn how to stay safe and help others in the event of an attack. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Details.

Professional MBA Information Session from University of South Carolina at Moore School Charlotte Classrooms, BB&T Center: Earn a UofSC MBA without interrupting your career. Ranked #1 in SC and #16 in the US, the Professional MBA program offers flexible course options for students in Charlotte who want to have an immediate impact at their workplace while enhancing future career opportunities. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

WarriorGoddess:Reclaim in Plaza Midwood: This intensive, workshop-style event is designed to bring to the surface our most damaging thoughts and habits and challenge them. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $80. Details.

Your Heart Health with Dr. Aaron Ernst at Holiday Inn Express and Suites: Learn about our society’s heart health crisis, how to protect yours naturally and how to take control of your health. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Refresh Charlotte – Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at Elemental Healing Charlotte: Psychic Tamara Caulder Richardson (and 6-time near-death experiencer) will speak on how she brings heaven to earth. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Donation-based. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Art For the Paws at Wooden Robot Brewery: Sip a few beers while you admire local art and play with adoptable puppies, plus enter to win a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Laugh Your Tails Off at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Come support the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue with comedian Kenny Zimlinghaus, of Wake Up With Taylor on SiriusXM Radio fame. 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance. Details.

Film Screening at Theatre Charlotte: See the short films nominated for the 2018 Oscars’ Live Action category. 7:30-10 p.m. $12. Details.


Attic Sale at Party Reflections: Tables, chairs and linens will be available at steeply discounted rates. Cash only. 7 a.m. Details.

Community Pop Up Market at Sardis Marketplace: They’ll have have live music, tons of bargains, giveaways and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Stella and Dot Benefit Trunk Show with Lily Pad Haven at The Hop Shop: Part of proceeds will benefit Lily Pad Haven to support survivors of human trafficking. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Regional TreeStore at Southwood Corporation: Each Charlotte household is eligible for up to two free trees. Come gets yours to help the City of Charlotte and City Council reach their goal of planting 500,000 trees by by 2050. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Cornhole For Camp at Triple C Brewing Company: Register your team for a chance to win the $500 grand prize plus enjoy food trucks and craft beer. Proceeds benefit Camp Blue Skies Foundation’s “Send a Camper to Camp” fund. 1-4 p.m. $100 per team. Details.

Art With Heart at CenterStage@NODA: Enjoy a silent and live auction featuring all mediums and price points, hors d’oeuvres and drinks and more. Proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 7-10 p.m. $85. Details.


Princess Brunch at Maggiano’s: Enjoy a buffet, sing-a-long, story time and pictures with Frozen‘s Anna and Elsa. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $25-30. Details.

Glass Slipper Princess Story Time at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney: Kids will enjoy frosting cupcakes, reading a fairytale, meeting a princess and more. 10:30-11:15 a.m. $9. Details.


Ride at the Hive at Spectrum Center: Presented by CycleBar and the Charlotte Hornets, pedal with a purpose to raise money for the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. Prizes for top fundraisers include floor seats for any 2018-19 regular season game, a meet and greet with the Hornets players, a signed Hornets classic jersey and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 donation. Details.

Lenny Boy Yoga at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Enjoy a beginner-friendly vinyasa flow and a free 6-ounce kombucha pour. 10 a.m. $5. Details.

Athletic Stretch Yoga at OrthoCarolina Wellness Center: Bring your own mat to this all levels class is designed to stretch, restore, and mobilize athlete’s bodies. Each class focuses on gaining necessary flexibility and mobility to decrease your chance of injury and increase your body’s potential. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 1st class is free, $10 after. Details.

The Burn at Johnston YMCA: Enjoy a group exercise class, pool access and time on the fitness floor. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Details.

49er Fitness Series: Essential Thrive at MoveStudio Charlotte: Wear white and cover yourself in glow paint when you join the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association’s 49er Fitness Series for a Chakti Yoga session in blacklights. 6:30-8 p.m. $5. Details.


Charlotte Curling Open House – featuring an Olympian! at Charlotte Curling: 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist Carolyn McRorie will be hanging out, plus they’ll have a full bar with local beer and food and opportunities to get on the ice and learn to curl. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday, February 25

Food & Drink

The Bridal Brunch at Sophia’s Lounge: Enjoy champagne, cocktails and brunch before a Q&A session with on-site wedding planners. 1-3 p.m. $13-35. Details.

2nd Anniversary Party at 1st Ward Beverage Co.: Enjoy a free cookout and discounted Samuel Adams. 2-11 p.m. Free. Details.


Wedding Showcase at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: See the best that the area’s bridal industry has to offer, and score a discount for your own wedding when you book. They’ll have free champagne for the first 250 guests. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

DIY Arm Knitting at Little King Art: Learn how to knit with your arms and make a chunky and cozy scarf to take home while you enjoy beer, wine and cider. 2-4 p.m. $45. Details.

Riedel Glassware Seminar at Ruth’s Chris Steak House SouthPark: Learn how glassware affects your taste buds and can change your opinion when tasting wines. All guests will taste 5 wines and receive 4 souvenir wine glasses to take home. 5:30-7 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Mnozil Brass at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: See in real life the group that has established itself as one of the world’s premier brass ensembles. 7-9 p.m. $20+. Details.

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: They’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, so for the first time ever, they’ll bring the historic album to life in its entirety. 7-9 p.m. $25+. 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.

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.

Drop in Barre Class at DaFit Training: Join Lynn Fernandez for class before cooling off with a free organic juice from Clean Juice. 4-5 p.m. $10. Details.


NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Watch the Hornets take on the Detroit Pistons. 1 p.m. $15+. Details.

College Basketball at Dale F. Halton Arena: Cheer on the 49ers as they face the Blue Raiders. 1-4 p.m. $5. Details.

We’re excited for…

The Most Incredible Thing at Knight Theater: See the American debut of the fairytale pop ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable in which a King holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing.” March 9-18.

Tuck Fest at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Say hello to spring with competitions, exhibitions, yoga, obstacle challenges, live music and more. April 19-22.

Pet Palooza Festival & Walk at Independence Park: Enjoy a day of vendors, picnics, food, beer trucks and more for people and pets alike. April 21.

See all the upcoming events here.

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