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FRIDAY, MAY 18
81. 80% chance of thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
World Goth Day at Tommy’s Pub: They’re celebrating the whole weekend with a full lineup both nights of Charlotte’s best local dark music and drink specials. Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Lobster & Cold Craft Beer Summer Lunch at Sycamore Brewing: Take an extended lunch to enjoy one of Sycamore’s signature beer paired with lobster from the insanely popular Cousins Maine Lobster. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.
NoDajito Release at NoDa Brewing Co.: Get your hands on the brewery staple, a Mojito-inspired Belgian Wit infused with mint leaves and lime zest. Hello, summer. 3:30-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Spring Wine Walk at Blakeney: Grab your sampling cup and Wine Passport and hit the shops for various red, white and sparkling wine samples. Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. 5-8 p.m. $25. Details.
Exclusive Hampton Water Wine Tasting at Reid’s Fine Foods: Sip the rosé by Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse and Gérard Bertrand at this happy hour. 5:30-7:30 at both locations. Details.
From Garden to Glass: Summer Cocktail Class Series at Hygge Coworking: Learn to make 3 killer cocktails with infused liquors, simple syrups, fruit purée and more. Get there early for live music, food trucks and a beer garden at Camp North End. 6:30 p.m. $65. Details.
Robert Foley Vineyards Dinner for Charity at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room: Indulge in 5 courses, each specially paired with a different wine, in the name of charity. Proceeds benefit the HeartBright Foundation. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $150. Details.
Spring Rooftop Party at The Peculiar Rabbit: Have a few drinks and work up the courage to break it down to mambo, salsa, bachata and more on the dance floor. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
OnStage 2018 at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: 150 students from the School of Theatre Training will be performing Snow Queen, Xanadu Jr., The Trojan Women and Pirates of Penzance Jr. Friday (6 & 8 p.m.), Saturday (2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.) and Sunday (2 & 4 p.m.). $10. Details.
Days of the Dead at Sheraton Charlotte: If you’re a horror fan, this has your name written all over it, with special screenings of some of the genre’s best films and appearances by industry stars. Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.). $30-$75. Details.
Reel Out Charlotte at Camp North End: The annual GayCharlotte Film Festival has rebranded for its 10th year and will include events with actors and directors each day of the festival. Friday through Sunday. $5-$10/screening, $75 for weekend pass. Details.
Brian Rutenberg: Thunderhead Opening Weekend at Jerald Melberg Gallery: See the latest collection of oil paintings by Rutenberg, and hear him give a lecture on Saturday. Friday (6-8 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.). Free. Details.
Crowned Sparrow Co: Crafty Hour at Catalyst: DIY a succulent garden that’s hard even for a person with a black thumb to kill. They’ll have all supplies on-hand, so just BYO snacks and drinks. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $22. Details.
Sounds on the Square: Ultimate Acapella at Spirit Square: Impromptu, a small a capella group specializing in vocal jazz and songs spanning the ’40s to the ’00s, will be tonight’s performers. Food and drink will be available for purchase, but BYO lawn chair. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Harry Potter Trivia Paint Night at Wine & Design: Test your HP smarts and artistic skills at this paint class designed for couples and pairs. 18+. 7-9 p.m. $35. Details.
Outdoor Movie Series at Promenade on Providence: Watch Coco on the big screen. BYO lawn chair and blankets. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Science on the Rocks: Don’t Try This at Home at Discovery Place Science: This night of NSFW science includes licking batteries, touching jellyfish, testing pop rocks and soda and getting electrified by Tesla coils. 21+ only. 5-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Details.
Disney Trivia and Karaoke at StrikeCity: Think you’re the expert on all things Disney? Prove it. Costumes strongly encouraged. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Discover McDowell at McDowell Nature Preserve: Explore the grounds, on- or off-trail, with staff to explore native flora and fauna. 18+. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Details.
Venture on or off-trail with staff as you discover the secrets of McDowell Nature Preserve through citizen science and exploration of native flora and fauna. 18+ 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Free
The Techstars Experience: 3 Female Founders Share Their Story at Hygge Camp North End: Last year, three female-founded startups made their way from Charlotte to Techstars Austin, the 3-month, mentor-driven accelerator program that helps founders do more, faster. Listen to the founders of Milkful, Skillpop and The Waggle Company get in-depth about their experience. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.
Rock The Ride Fridays at CLT Powerhouse: Grab a bike and head to live music, Unknown Brewing beer, prizes and more. 5 p.m. Free. Details.
Carrie Kirkpatrick Golf Tournament at The Tradition Golf Club: Tickets include a Captain’s Choice 18-round golf game, a golf cart, lunch, prizes and more. All proceeds benefit the St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry. 7 a.m. $85 per player, $340 per foursome. Details.
Reedy Creek Exploration at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Get in on the fun that is STEAM Co-Op’s Summer Sprayground ‘n Creek Hop, with hiking, swimming and more. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Details.
National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart (9911 Rea Road): Hang out with adoptable dogs looking for a furever home. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
78. 80% chance of thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
Royal Wedding Party at Big Ben British Restaurant and Pub: With a Full English Breakfast and the royal wedding broadcast on the big screen, it’ll almost be like you’re there. 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Royal Wedding Festivities at The Ballantyne: Celebrate Harry and Meghan with a festive brunch at Gallery, afternoon tea and more. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Bottle Release: Réserve Blanc at Wooden Robot Brewery: The super-exclusive Sour Golden Ale, aged in sauvignon blanc barrels, will be released in a limited quantity of small pours for on-site consumption. Take it home, too – each person can purchase up to 4 bottles while supplies last. 10 a.m. $20 per bottle. Details.
Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Enjoy a Carolina Sparkle Party beermosa while you peruse the brunch menu. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Hop Showcase & AHA Rally at NoDa Brewing Co.: Try out creations by a number of Charlotte-area home brew clubs, meet brewers and staff, take a VIP brewery tour and wine prizes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.
Brewster Tour at Flight: Hit Bold Missy, Heist and Unknown on this afternoon tour for samples, giveaways and more. 12:45-4:15 p.m. $35. Details.
South End Hops Festival: An insane amount of breweries will all converge in South End for this day of tasting, eating and more. Look for a special Triple C release, a beer-flavored ice cream from Golden Cow and more. 1-6 p.m. $10-$40. Details.
6th Annual Charlotte Beer Party at Rooftop 210: Sample plenty of craft, import and specialty beers, play a round of table pong and more at this dog-friendly festival. Registration includes drinking tickets and a souvenir glass. 3-7 p.m. $18-$35. Details.
Fifty Shades of Rosé at Draught: Sip your way through 9 rosé samples before you get to work on unlimited glasses of Three Olives Rosé and Angry Orchard Rosé. 4-7 p.m. $20. Details.
Giving Tap at Flight: Pouring for Charity at Flight: Drink your favorite beers from six local breweries, each of which has donated a 1/2 barrel to support their chosen cause. Charities will receive 30% of sales, and the winning charity will receive 50% of all sales from their brewery. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.
Montford Park Block Party at 1515 Mockingbird Lane: Hang out with live music, local breweries and restaurants, plus plenty of community vendors. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.
Vegan Tasting ft. Nourish at 7th Street Public Market: This 4-course Nourish vegan dinner has been paired specially with wines from Assorted Table. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50. Details.
Fete de Bordeaux People’s Choice at Dilworth Tasting Room: Drink and choose your top 5 favorite wines for the Dilworth People’s Choice Awards. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte. 7 p.m. $25. Details.
Prom-Enade Formal Pub Crawl in NoDa: Break your best creative formalwear from any decade for a night of crawling from Sanctuary Pub to Bartique. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Macrame + Mimosas at Living Kitchen SouthPark: Enjoy a mimosa and a few treats while you learn to make a macrame planter. 10 a.m. $30 (plant and materials included). Details.
Romare Fest at Romare Bearden Park: Enjoy a family-friendly evening full of food, fun and live music (Next Level Band of Charlotte and Marion Meadows are playing). 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.
667-Miles Away on Tour at Charlotte Ballet: Immerse yourself in an array of diverse, talented artists that challenge the arts and dance norm. 8 p.m. $20. Details.
Summer Opener at Craft City Social Club: Welcome the summer at the popular pool bar with a lineup of DJs, a cash bar and more. 12-6 p.m. $10. Details.
Lucky Dog’s Fur-BALL to benefit The Greater Charlotte SPCA at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew: Bring your pup dressed to the nines to enter them to win from a variety of cause-worthy titles like Prom King & Queen, Mr.& Ms. Congeniality, Best Smile and more for a $10 donation. Plus, you can expect a raffle, photo booth, drink specials and adoptable dogs on-site. 21+. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.
10th Annual Charlotte Cuban Festival at A Piece of Havana: Embrace the culture with authentic food, live music and more. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Aquaponics Greenhouse Tour at Myers Park High School: Get an overview of the school’s aquaponics programming, a sample of the produce, a look at lesson plans and a Q&A session. 11 a.m. $5. Details.
MeckDec Day Celebration at Charlotte Museum of History: Tour the oldest homesite in the county, where one of the MeckDec signers was living when it was written. Plus, read the declaration, experience a signing reenactment, take in artillery demonstrations and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Details.
Wine & Cheese Home Buying Event at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices: Learn everything you need to know about homebuying, including the pros and cons, financing tips and how to navigate contracts. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Run! Ballantyne 8K/5K at Sara’s YMCA: Hit the pavement to support the Y’s Annual Campaign. 7:45 a.m. $20-$35. Details.
The Charlotte Mile at Whitehall Business Park: It’s the city’s easiest race, clocking in at 1 mile, and supports Let Me Run Greater Charlotte. 8 a.m. $30-$45. 8 a.m. $30-$45 in advance. Details.
Open House at Pure Barre SouthPark: See what all the fuss is about with a free class, socializing with instructors and plenty of shopping. 8 a.m. Free. Details.
The Super Run 5k at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Make sure you bring your cape, superhero, as you’ll be raising funds for 7 different charities in one fell swoop. 8 a.m. $40 (includes a medal and Superhero Galactic Blaster Cuffs). Details.
Take Steps Walk at Symphony Park: Join other patients and families affected by IBS for a day of walking followed by music, food, activities and local entertainment. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Donation-based. Details.
Yoga on the Deck at 400 South Tryon Street: Get your morning workout in with a 60-minute slow flow on the parking deck. Tickets include a mimosa and 10% off of your Rhino Market brunch. 9 a.m. $10 (sign up early for free parking). Details.
No Pants Ride at Unknown Brewing Company: Take a particularly breezy ride from the Scaleybark light rail station all the way to Unknown Brewing, where you’ll drink, enjoy Passport Dough & Co. pizza and more. Proceeds benefit the 24 Foundation. 1-6 p.m. Free, but for everyone that shows up, the brewery will donate $1. Details.
LAPD Centurions vs Charlotte Cobras at North Mecklenburg High School: Watch as the Cobras, a football team made up of members of local public safety agencies like CMPD and CFD, take on the Centurions to raise money for various charities in Charlotte. 1-5 p.m. $10. Details.
Roller Derby at Grady Cole Center: Cheer on the All-Stars as they take on the Little Steel Derby Girls from Ohio. 5 p.m. $12 in advance. Details.
Slippery Salamanders & Fantastic Frogs at Discovery Place Nature: Learn about the numerous species of salamander the state is home to during this day of animal encounters and hikes. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Included in admission. Details.
A Day in the Life: Nursing with Atrium Health at Discovery Place Science: Let the kids take care of their own teddy bear during this hands-on clinic that introduces them to nursing and pediatric sciences. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in admission. Details.
Kids Fest 2018 at Cane Creek Park: Come for the interactive games and activities, stay for a performance by Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old Wal-Mart yodeling prodigy. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.
3rd Annual Let’s Talk About It Mental Health Awareness Walk at Reedy Creek Park: Show support for the 42 million Americans battling mental illness at this walk. 9:30 a.m. Donation-based. Details.
Adopt-A-Thon at Woof Gang Baker & Grooming SouthPark: Join Furever Angels Animal Rescue to meet adoptable dogs, win a few prizes and go home with a handful of freebies. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.
Adoption Event at Four Dogs Pet Supplies: Hang out with adoptable puppies, pamper your own with baths and nail trimmings, get lunch and bid on a silent auction at this afternoon event. Proceeds benefit Harvey’s Heroes. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
2018 CrownTown Throwdown at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Registration includes 2 beer tickets, lunch and a t-shirt, and benefits InReach, a nonprofit that aims to help those with special needs live a normal life. If you’re not playing, stop by for live music, raffles and a silent auction anyway. 11:30 a.m. $40 per person, $80 per team. Details.
Jamz4Joedance at The Suffolk Punch: Join Guys With Ties for a lineup that includes 3 bands, 2 food trucks, 1 DJ and plenty of opportunities to support their cause. 2-8 p.m. Free. Details.
Relay For Life at First Ward Park: Round up a few teammates and walk laps, continue fundraising efforts and more to end cancer together. 5-8 p.m. Donation-based. Details.
7th Annual Sweet Escapes at Mint Museum Randolph: Join Community Link for an evening with over 500 pounds of chocolate to try, drinks, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Community Link, which helps support those that are homeless or struggling to afford housing. 7 p.m. $100. Details.
The Let’s Talk About It Mental Health Gala at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Show your support for those battling mental disorders in Charlotte with a networking hour, show program and dancing. Registration includes heavy hors-d’oeuvres, desserts and cash bars. 8 p.m.2- a.m. $50-$100. Details.
The NoDa Flea at 33737 Atmore Street: Get your hands on incredibly-priced furniture, art, clothing and more. 10 a.m. Free. Details.
Carolina Makers and Co. at Not Just Coffee Packard Place: Join local artists and makers for a morning of shopping homemade jewelry, candles and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Gather The Vows at Basal Coffee: Browse local makers and vendors at this wedding market designed with modern, design-oriented couples in mind. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.
2nd Annual Queen City Sneaker Expo & 3v3 Tournament at The Carole Hoefener Center: Shop a huge selection of new and used sneakers, watch a 3v3 basketball tournament, shop vendors, enjoy live music and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
82. 50% chance of morning thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Enjoy a Carolina Sparkle Party beermosa while you peruse the brunch menu. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Mec Dec Day at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Celebrate May 20, 1775, when the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was drafted, with a mug of Captain Jack, the brewery’s staple pilsner, which was brewed in Captain James Jack’s honor. Expect colonial impersonators, a Colonial Beer Dinner and more in celebration. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Brunch from a Truck at Catawba Brewing Co.: Wash your Fresh Med down with a beer or mimosa. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Queens Who Brunch at Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina: This weekend’s drag queen brunch will include a full Mexican brunch buffet, plus an appearance by Kimora Blac of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $39+. Details.
Vegan Farmer’s Market at Central Food Hub: Get your hands on plenty of plant-based produced, baked goods, sweets and coffee at the city’s first dedicated farmers market. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Sunday Brunch with PepperBox Doughnuts at Red Clay Ciderworks: Stop by for a Cidermosa, bellini or South Beach to enjoy with your doughnut. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.
GET BAKED Dessert Market at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Over 20 bakeries and dessert trucks will be on-site, treats in hand. Gluten-free, vegan and pet-friendly options will all be available. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Festa Italiana at Gateway Village: Indulge in all-you-can-eat Italian food from local restaurants and award-winning chefs, all paired with bottomless wines, proseccos and Peroni. Local artists and authors, a silent auction, live music and kids’ activities will all be on-site as well. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony’s Foundation of Charlotte. 1-7 p.m. $100. Details.
Wine and Whiskey Tasting at The Broken Spoke: Enjoy four small plates, each paired with a different Impero wine, before topping it off with a sample of GWR’s Rúa Ameircan Single Malt Whiskey and Rúa chocolate. 3-5 p.m. $25. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Mystic India at Ovens Auditorium: The internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular will make its Charlotte debut. 7 p.m. $32+. Details.
Naturals N the Park at Independence Park: Presented by the Alesia Thomas Foundation, this festival includes food, vendors, giveaways and live music. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Careers in Craft at Rhino Market & Deli: Learn to turn your love of craft beer into a career at this panel of industry professionals. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Emilio Sosa at Mint Museum Randolph: Sosa, who has appeared on Project Runway and received a Tony Award for his costume design, will be on-site to speak about his career. Stick around for light refreshments. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Savage Blitz – 3-5 Mile Endurance/Obstacle Run at Hodges Family Farm: Put your strength to the test in this obstacle course, which includes mud, fire, barbed wire and 15-20 other obstacles. 8 a.m. $105. Details.
Yoga Flow at Free People: Enjoy an all-levels practice and refuel by shopping and healthy snacking. 10-11 a.m. Free. Details.
NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Co.: Flow through an all-levels practice at the brewery before heading to the Beers & Burpees Summer Kick-Off. Ticket includes a beer. 10:45-11:50 a.m. $5. Details.
Beers & Burpees Summer Kick-Off at NoDa Brewing Co.: This charity event will include multiple demos and classes, appearances and giveaways by lululemon, free giveaways and more. 10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.
Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Class includes a 13-ounce beer and tip. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.
Namastay at Legion Brewing: Embrace the Sunday Scaries at this class, designed to be suitable for yogis of all levels. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7, includes a pint. Details.
Captain Jack Historical Bike Ride at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Join OMB for a ride through plenty of historical locations relevant to Captain James Jack, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Adoption Event at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Visit with adoptable dogs from Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue while you enjoy a beer or two. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.
QCMakers Market at Legion Brewing: Grab a beer, a bite to eat and a few things to take home from over 10 local makers. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.
ON THE AGENDA
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Tickets include admission to an Eli Young Band concert and one of the best races NASCAR has to offer. May 27.
Taste of Charlotte in Uptown: Sample 100+ restaurants, enjoy live music and street performances, take an interactive tour and more during this 3-day festival. June 8-10.
Summer Yoga Fest at Symphony Park: Center yourself with 2 free classes on the lawn and a live DJ, local vendors and a raffle drawing afterward. June 9.
See all the upcoming events here.
Feature photo via Cousins Maine Lobster.