Agenda Weekender: 85+ things to do this weekend, including Sycamore’s Spring Fest, the University City Wine Fest and Barstool’s Rough N Rowdy Brawl

Agenda Weekender: 85+ things to do this weekend, including Sycamore’s Spring Fest, the University City Wine Fest and Barstool’s Rough N Rowdy Brawl
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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 80. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 82. Cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Sunday: 77. 90% chance of thunderstorms.

Friday, April 13

Food & Drink

Rough N’ Rowdy at Flight: No tickets, no problem. Flight is the official viewing party with the largest big screen in Uptown. Stick around for the afterparty. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Exploring Red Varietals at Corkbuzz: Learn what makes reds different from each other, including the grapes and regions they come from. 6:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Craft BBQ and Crafts at Anders Ruff Workshop: Customize a plank wood sign, tray or lazy suzan while you enjoy a plate of local BBQ. BYOB. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $60-$100. Details.

14th Annual St. Jude Charlotte Wine Dinner at Founders Hall: Enjoy food, wine, luxury auctions, entertainment and plenty of dancing. Contributions made will help ensure families never receive a bill from the hospital for any element of treatment. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $200. Details.

Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing: Spend the night on the patio with a few beers, dinner from one of 4 food trucks and live music. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.


Rough N Rowdy Brawl at Grady Cole Center: Barstool Sports is invading Uptown for their amateur boxing tournament. Oh boy. Friday and Saturday. $40-$200. Details.

The Nature of Greenways at Kirk Farm Fields: Take a relaxed walk and stop at points along the way to take a look at the natural side of the city’s active green spaces. Registration required. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Friday the 13th Party at Plaza Midwood Tattoo Co.: They’ll have discounts on select sheets of tattoos, plus movie screenings and snacks. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. $13 or $31 (depending on tattoo). Details.

Thrive! Women’s Night Out at Pritchard at South End: Stop by for giveaways, music and a talk about finding your purpose. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Adult Night: Late Night LaserTag at Laserquest: Grab some friends and head out for a night of adults-only fun with games and prizes. Your ticket includes 3 hours of play time and refreshments. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $34. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Lunch Hour Jazz at Levine Center for the Arts: Spend your lunch break enjoying a performance at the Jazz Pavilion. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Free. Details.

Craft Night Out at 7th Street Public Market: Join Crowned Sparrow Co. to learn the ins and outs of fiber weaving. All supplies provided, plus they’ll have food and drink for purchase. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Details.

Off the Books at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Main Branch: Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy performances by comedians from across the region. Proceeds benefit the library. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Film Screening at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Watch Maidentrip, the story of 14-year-old Laura Dekker who set out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. 7:55 p.m. Free. Details.


Curvy Fashion Weekend throughout Charlotte: Celebrate curves with a party at The Nest, brunch at Georges Brasserie and fashion show at C3 Lab. Friday (9:30 p.m.), Saturday (12-2 p.m.) and Sunday (7 p.m.). Free-$25. Details.

Spring Designer Showcase at Diamonds Direct SouthPark: Spring is here and Diamonds Direct SouthPark is making it a little brighter by offering 20% special savings on designer showcase pieces. Friday through Sunday. Free. Details.

Spring Plant Sale at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens: Shop an array of native plants, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, harder-to-find exotics, carnivorous plants and select veggies. Proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. Free admission. Details.


East Coast Aerial & Acrobatic Festival at Aerial CLT: Hone your skills with workshops in hand balancing, rope, silks, trapeze and more. Friday through Sunday. $50-$100 per workshop. Details.

FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway at FreeMoreWest Greenway: Enjoy a nice spring evening of running, eating and drinking in one of the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. This race supports Classroom Central, one of the neighborhood’s nonprofits. 6 p.m. $25-$35. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on Scranton. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

Saturday, April 14

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Get your hands on dishes like a Southwest Breakfast Burrito, Mixed Berry Parfait and lox bagel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Can Release at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Hazy IPAs Artists Only and Turn Style will both be released, albeit in very limited quantities, so be sure to get there early. 12-3 p.m. $15.99-$16.99 per 4-pack. Details.

Pints for Paws at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Bring your four-legged best friend for an afternoon in the biergarten with giveaways, contests, dog kissing booths, adoptions and more. Proceeds benefit the Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation. 12-5 p.m. Donation-based. Details.

Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate the warmer weather with two stages of live music, beer and cider stations, prosecco pops, limited edition t-shirts and more. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Rising Sun Release at Catawba Brewing Co.: Try the first release, which features apricot, honeydew and papaya notes, of the new Cloud Cover New England IPA Series. Available only in 4-packs. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Discover Concord at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley: Sip your way through the core and one-off beers from Cabarrus Brewing Company, High Branch Brewing Co. and Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Truffle Making Workshop at The Secret Chocolatier: Spend a couple of hours as a real chocolatier in a professional kitchen while you learn the step-by-step method of making truffle ganache. 2-4 p.m. $60. Details.

University City Wine Festival at 8708 JW Clay Boulevard: More than 100 wines from over 25 wineries will be available for unlimited sampling while you stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and entertainment. 2-6 p.m. $35+. Details.

Mixology with Bob Peters at Earl’s Grocery: Learn to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in your drinks at this Farm to Glass mixology class with the Punch Room’s famed Bob Peters. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Details.

National Ham Day at Dot Dot Dot: Taste a selection hams specially paired with Knob Creek’s Small Batch, Single Barrel, Rye and Smoke Maple. 3-4:30 p.m. $30++. Details.

5th Annual Ales for Autism at NoDa Brewery: Join brewery lovers, tastemakers and community champions for an evening of Sensory Overload 5.0, complete with live music, food and libations. 100% of money raised will benefit local children with autism. 5-9 p.m. $25-$50. Details.

Catawba Lands Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Pop-Up Picnic at Freedom Park: Join Catawba Lands Conservancy & Carolina Thread Trail for an evening of live music, local beer and wine, family-friendly activities and picnic baskets prepared by local restaurants, highlighting the importance of farmland conservation on our ability to eat local. 5:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Tavern Night at Historic Latta Plantation: The Ezekiel Alexander cabin will be converted into a tavern for the night and filled with beer, food, games and live music. Plus, they’ve teamed up with Free Range Brewing to create a limited edition beer inspired by a colonial era recipe. 5:30-8 p.m. $60. Details.

11th Birthday Bash at TILT: Celebrate all night with 11 cent beers and 11 cent wells. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $11. Details.


Charlotte African-American Festival at Spirit Square: Celebrate the African-American community’s rich heritage and accomplishments with vendors, entertainment and more. Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (3-9 p.m.). Free. Details.

Cars and Coffee at 135 Hive Drive: Come see other peoples cars or show off your own while you sip coffee. 7-11 a.m. Free. Details.

EarthFest at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Celebrate an early Earth Day with crafts, lawn games, live music, guided hikes and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

#ShapingCLT at Levine Museum of the New South: Hear from a panel of thought-leaders that explore the cultural turning point of the #MeToo movement and our next steps as a community and country over brunch at this solutions-oriented variety show aimed at vanquishing apathy.  21 and over, drinks and food will be available for purchase. 12-2 p.m. $10+. Details.

Two Year Anniversary Pawty at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Celebrate the past 2 years with live music, drink specials, giveaways and a free photo booth for you and your fur baby. Free. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Details.

Recycle the Runway 2018 at Northlake Mall: Students from Mecklenburg County public or private high schools will model the outfits they’ve designed using recyclable materials. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Bags and Bunnies Bar Crawl at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Hit seven different Uptown bars while you play a Cornhole golf course that includes throwing the bags up and down staircases, over obstacles and at moving targets. 5-11:30 p.m. $20 per team of 2. Details.

Ace & TJ’s 21st Annual 2nd Chance Prom at The Hilton Center City: Hang out with radio personalities and tear up the dance floor with hits from the last 30 years. Proceeds benefit the Grin Kids. 21+ only. 8 p.m. $35-$100. Details.

Learn Things

UofSC Professional MBA Information Session at Moore School Charlotte Classrooms, BB&T Center: Find out how you can earn a UofSC MBA without hitting pause on your career. The Professional MBA program combines an innovative, multi-location classroom format with insights from some of the region’s largest employers to develop high-impact business leaders and a network of strong and growing companies across the Carolinas. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Spring Into Your New Home at Allen Tate (University Office): Speak with on-site experts about credit repair, the mortgage process and more. Refreshments provided. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Black Maternal Health Week at Baby+Co.: Help spark change with Black Mamas Matter Alliance at this first-ever Week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donation-based. Details.

Homebuyer’s Seminar: The Right Path, Right Now at Scaleybark Library: Join the realtors of Carolinas Realty to learn the ins and outs of the home buying process, from contract to close. They’ll also have free refreshments and goodie bags on a first come first serve basis. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Voices from the Past at Elmwood Cemetery: Join the Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents to learn the stories of 30+ men, women and children from Charlotte’s past. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Hello Asia: EVOKE at Rowe Arts Building UNC Charlotte: Watch performers from UNC Charlotte and the local community showcase their Asian culture for this annual event. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Opera Guild of Charlotte Vocal Competition at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Take in performances by area opera singers in this unique competition. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

The Art of Fly Fishing and Other Gentlemanly Indulgences at Coffey and Thompson Art Gallery: Take in men-centric artwork and enjoy woodturning and fly fishing demonstrations, cigars, moonshine tasting, cars and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Open Studio at McColl Center for Art + Innovation: Meet the in-residence artists and make your own street art, cards and patterns. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Second Line Parade at Knight Theater: Join in the fun marching in this traditional New Orleans-style parade as part of the Charlotte Jazz Festival. 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolina Makers at SouthBound: Enjoy the second installment of the Spring Concert Series at The Music Yard, between SouthBound at Mac’s Speed Shop. Local food and vendors will be on-site. 6-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 at Knight Theater: Enjoy a tribute to the composer by the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Selections include music from West Side StoryCandide and others. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $20. Details.


Community Marketplace at Sardis Marketplace: Shop plenty of vendors while you listen to live music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

CLT Find Market at Catawba Brewing: Shop 30+ local vendors’ spring lines, take a class or two with Crowned Sparrow Co., listen to live music and grab lunch from a food truck. 12-7 p.m. Free (craft classes $18). Details.

Do Good

Charlotte Royals Rugby Club Charity Car Wash at Sidelines Sports Bar & Billiards: Get your car washed and help the team get to Amsterdam in June. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free-Donation. Details.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s & The Longest Day Expo at Oak Room: Network with other walkers and fundraisers to discuss strategies, receive merchandise and more in preparation for the walk. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Details.


Kid’s Cooking Class at Maggiano’s: After brunch, it’s time to let the kids run the kitchen for a change (at the guidance of the chef, of course). 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $27 for kids, $15 for adults. Details.

2nd Saturday at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Design, build and race your own car in Smokey’s Garage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.


RaceFest at SouthPark Mall: Pick between a 10k and half marathon and run your chosen route on a well-marked course with pacers and aid stations. Stick around for beer, food and music. Registration includes a finisher medal and tech tee. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $50-$80. Details.

Red Ventures 5K: The route will cover the roads and newly built trails around the massive campus, with 100% of proceeds going to Girls on the Run’s local chapters. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

#ChooseYou at Burn Boot Camp: Work through a bootcamp and stick around for samples and discounted bowls from Clean Eatz. Afterwards, rehab with a stretching session with Momentum Performance Therapy. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

3rd Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Event at Greenville Center: Sweat it out with Zumba and a 5k for a great cause. Registration begins at 8:30. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Yoga at Catawba Brewing: Before you shop the Find Market, join Work For Your Beer to get a 60-minute, all-levels yoga class under your belt. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $8, includes a beer. Details.

Group Exercise Hiring Event at Dowd YMCA: They’re searching for certified and experienced group exercise instructors for a number of branches (including the Dowd) and will be hosting auditions for general group exercise, barre, pilates, cycle and yoga. Registration is required. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, registration required. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on Scranton. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

Sunday, April 15

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Get your hands on dishes like a Southwest Breakfast Burrito, Mixed Berry Parfait and lox bagel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Sensoria Food & Wine Festival at Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Building at CPCC: This inaugural event is a celebration of food and wine featuring 11 of Charlotte’s finest chefs providing a locally-sourced dish paired with a North Carolina wine from 9 wineries. In addition to the tasting events, guests can partake in 6 wine appreciation classes during the afternoon celebration. Proceeds will be used to provide culinary scholarships to the next generation of chefs and food artisans. 12-4 p.m. $100. Details.

Sunday Brunch at Catawba Brewing: Enjoy brunch from Fresh Med. The menu rotates, but features dishes similar to spinach and goat cheese egg white wraps, lamb sausage and more. 12-5 p.m. Free.

Ballantyne Beer Garden at The Ballantyne: Enjoy live music, local beer and delicious food at à la carte pricing plus the premiere the exclusive Cherry Blossom Dubbel, the perfect seasonal brew in partnership with Sugar Creek Brewing Company. 12-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Local Brews Local Groves at The Underground: Come out for a food, beer, and music festival with 8+ bands and 20+ breweries. 21+ only. 2 p.m. $15. Details.


Rangostav Color Festival at Hindu Centre Charlotte: Celebrate Holi, a Hindu spring festival, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Cooking Demo at Savory Spice Shop: Join Santhoshi (of Santhoshi’s Kitchen) as she walks you through how to use her Savory Tomato Chutney in three different dishes. 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Student Jazz Band Showcase at Knight Theater: See local students perform all types of Jazz music. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.


Spring Fest at Midwood Market: Commonwealth Avenue will be open to foot traffic only, from Pecan to the Plaza, and the streets will be filled instead with local merchants,vendors, music and entertainment. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Rock to a Cure at The Comet Grill: The annual event is back with 12 hours of live music, along with a silent auction to raise funds for ovarian cancer research. 12 p.m. Free. Details.

Closet Cleanout Garage Sale at Bold Missy Brewery: Clean out your closet and donate unwanted items to be sold at this communal garage sale, where all proceeds will benefit Safe Alliance. Plus, $1 from every pint sold during the event will be donated to Safe Alliance and any unsold clothing will be donated to a women’s shelter. 1-5 p.m. All items under $10. Details.


Sensational Science at Discovery Place Science: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families are invited to engage with all Discovery Place Science has to offer but with a twist – modified lighting and sound to make for a more sensory-friendly experience. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $10. Details.

Da Vinci’s Birthday at Discovery Place Science: The famous inventor, painter and innovator was born over 500 years ago, so come celebrate and explore Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and technological wonders up close. 12-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.


In-Store Workout at Fabletics SouthPark: Earn your brunch at this free barre class. Register to receive a free workout towel and a shopping discount for after the workout. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Take a restorative yoga class and stick around for a post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Namaste Turnt at Sugar Creek Brewing: Join THE JAM: CLT for a dance party then stretch it all out with with NC Yoga Bar. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $12. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Flow through an hour-long practice perfect for all levels. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8, includes a beer. Details.

Sunday Runday at NoDa Brewing: Enjoy a 1-, 3- or 5-mile run that starts and ends at the brewery. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.


Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on Scranton. 2:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

We’re excited for…

Girl Tribe Pop Up at 2116 Hawkins Street: Shop 90+ local vendors and enjoy activities, music, food and drink at the new Girl Tribe Design District. April 20-22.

Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory Grounds: The best burgers and beer in the city will be in one place for one day only. April 28.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Symphony Park: Sample 60+ beers, 40 bourbons and plenty of barbecue during this day filled with seminars from master distillers, live music and plenty of exhibits on all things barbecue. May 12.

See all the upcoming events here.

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