Agenda Weekender: 70+ things to do this Memorial Day Weekend, including the Whitewater Center’s Memorial Day Celebration, the Coca-Cola 600 and Rí Rá’s 21st birthday celebration

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FRIDAY, MAY 25

82. 40% chance of afternoon showers.

Food & Drink

Boo Radler Release at Bold Missy Brewery: The beer is light and refreshing, made with citrus zest and juice and named in honor of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Kitten Snuggles Limited Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: You asked, they delivered. The farmhouse ale, brewed with milk, sugar, fuzzy apricots and catnip flowers, is back for a limited time. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

21st Anniversary Party at Rí Rá: Celebrate their birthday with a packed schedule that includes trivia, live music and plenty of prizes to win, including a trip for two to Ireland. Guinness, Jameson and a few Irish dishes will be on special. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Free, but space is limited, so RSVP soon. Details.

Race Fan Appreciation Party at Whisky River: Stop by for $3 Miller Lites, light appetizers and plenty of chances to win a few prizes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Spring Awakening at Theatre Charlotte: See the Broadway classic that watches a group of teenagers discover their own sexuality and celebrates youth and rebellion. Through June 10. $28. Details.

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola in Uptown: Judah & the Lion headline this year’s festival. See the full guide to what to expect here. $25-$35 for concerts, everything else is free. Friday and Saturday. Details.

Movie Nights in the Square at Spirit Square: Share a round or two of popcorn while you watch Footloose and The Lion King in the Square. Food and drink will be available for purchase, but BYO chair. Friday and Saturday. 8:45 p.m. Details.

I Dream at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: See the final 36 hours of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life unfold in this opera, peppered with flashbacks to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and his relationship with Coretta. 7:30 p.m. $20+. Details.

Experience

Memorial Day Celebration at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: The 3-day celebration kicks off on Friday and includes River Jam, yoga sessions (SUP and otherwise), a trail race and fireworks. Friday through Sunday. Free, though some activities do require purchasing ($6 to park). Details.

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Drop in for live music, food and more. 5-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Fitness

Lake Wylie Sunrise Kayak Tour at McDowell Nature Preserve: Take a breather before work while you take in the views of the preserve at sunrise while learning about its history. 18+. 6 a.m.-8 a.m. $15. Details.

Bike Happy Hour at Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Studio: BYO bike or grab a B-Cycle and make your way over for food, drink, live music and prizes from Queen City Bicycles. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Kick off your MDW in patriotic style as the Knights face the Indianapolis Indians. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

Kids

Art Play Pop-Up at Camp North End: Join Art Kiddo for a pop-up shop geared toward providing children with the materials they need to create a masterpiece. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

84. 40% chance of afternoon showers.

Food & Drink

Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Vendors will be on site both days stocked with everything you need for your weekend festivities, including recipe cards. Saturday (8 a.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Free admission. Details.

Toast Our Troops at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: A portion of the day’s proceeds will go directly to the USO of North Carolina. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Details.

Stay Fest at Flight: Hang out with everyone else that chose to stick around this weekend with $2 shots and beers, plus karaoke. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Lobster & Beer Summer Fun Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, Papi Queso, Carolina Seafood and more will be serving fresh lobster dishes all day. 12-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

IPA Series Release #2 at Catawba Brewing Co.: Come out for the second limited release from their Cloud Cover Hazy IPA Series, Rebellion Roads. 12-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Take Flight Series Release at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Weasels on Woodpeckers, the brewery’s Saison aged in white wine barrels with fresh peaches, is available for the first time ever in cans. 12-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Beers and Danes Meetup at Catawba Brewing Co.: Come grab a cold one with a few Great Danes ready and waiting for you to love on them. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

8th Annual Battle of the Casks at Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse: 8 breweries will battle it out for bragging rights. Ticket includes one 6-ounce pour from each of the breweries, plus a tasting glass. 1-5 p.m. $25. Details.

Ales & Tails Brew Tour at Blue Blaze Brewing: Hang out with Ble Blaze, the Urban Feed Store and plenty of adoptable dogs from the South Charlotte Dog Rescue. 2-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Before, During, and After Prohibition at Dot Dot Dot: Old Forester Brand Ambassador Cameron Brobst will lead this educational tasting of Old Forester 86, Dot Dot Dot’s Personal Selection Single Barrel, 1870 Original Batch and 1920 Prohibition Style. 3-4:30 p.m. $45. Details.

Tap Takeover at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley: They’ll have Heist Brewery’s best beers on special. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

JoyFest at Carowinds: The park’s annual music festival will feature performances by Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett and 6-year-old Caleb Serrano. 12-3 p.m. $55. Details.

Crafternoon at 7th Street Public Market: Join Crowned Sparrow Co. to make an Uptown skyline nail & string art piece. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $34. Details.

Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Pavillion: The traveling music festival is making a stop in Charlotte with a lineup that includes Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mitchell Lee. 4:30 p.m. $24+. Details.

Movies in the Park at Midwood Park: Screen the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark under the stars. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Charlotte’s Big Block Party at VBGB: One of the biggest parties of the year is back with live music, food, drinks, vendors and games in the VBGB parking lot and on the back patio block party-style. Admission includes a ticket and membership to VBGB. 12-6 p.m. $5. Details.

Splash Bash Pool Party at Craft City Social Club: The weekly summer parties are back with cabanas, food, drinks and a DJ. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Jazz & Funk Fest 2.0 at Sugar Creek Brewing: Machine Gun Preacher and Quentin Talley and the Soul Providers will be playing all day. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

10th Annual Charlotte Cuban Festival at A Piece of Havana: This festive event will feature live performances, authentic food and plenty of activities for adults and kids alike. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Midget Wrestling at Rooftop 210: ‘The Greatest Little Show On Earth” is back with 90 minutes that strike a balance between wrestling action with comedy. 5-9 p.m. $5. Details.

Learn Things

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family at Discovery Place Science: Be one of the first to see the world’s first exhibition showcasing the newly-revised tyrannosaur family tree. All day – reservations required. $20. Details.

Insect Safari at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Come explore the world of tiny creatures and get all of your questions about them answered. 10-11 a.m. Free, but you need to call to register. Details.

Retired Pilot Bill Wilkerson at Carolinas Aviation Museum: Learn from Bill Wilkerson, a retired pilot and one of the first to commercial pilots to be African American, what it takes to break into the industry. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Who’s There at Discovery Place Nature: Learn about owls and how they’ve adapted to life at night, then stick around for a screech owl feeding. 12:30 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Superconductors at Discovery Place Science: Learn about superconductors and see one in action after it has been cooled with liquid nitrogen in the Explore More Stuff lab. 3 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Fitness

Parking Lot Pop Up at Burn Boot Camp SouthPark: Come get a taste of the infamous 45-minute workout in the parking lot of their future SouthPark location. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: The Knights will face Indianapolis Indians. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

Lacrosse at American Legion Memorial Stadium: Cheer on the Hounds as they take on the Ohio Machine. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. Details.

Kids

Carousel Book Art at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Kids can create a book with a handful of 3D scenes that tell a story. Materials included. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $52. Details.

Super Hero Story Time at SAS Cupcakes Blakeney: Bring the kids for a morning of cupcake frosting, story time and meet-and-greets with Spider Super Hero & Female Wonder Hero. 10:30-11:15 a.m. $9. Details.

Do Good

Animal Adoption Event at GoodRoad Ciderworks: CMPD Animal Care and Control and the Humane Society of Charlotte are partnering up to introduce you to plenty of pups looking for furever homes over a glass of cider. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Carolina Makers Pop-Up at SouthBound: Shop a crew of local makers while listening to live music. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

80. 90% chance of rain.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Party at Whispering Hope Farm: Enjoy an evening of meeting animals, making crafts, indulging in a hot dog dinner and celebrating with sparklers. 6-8 p.m. $9 (free admission for veterans). Details.

Upscale Memorial Sunday at Loft & Cellar: Celebrate the holiday in a calmer fashion, with live music and a cocktail in hand. 30+ only. 6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Memorial Day Eve at Tin Roof: Forget the Sunday Scaries with drink specials all night. You’re not working Monday anyway, right? 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Memorial Day Party at Chasers: Celebrate the holiday with the Chasers girls and Go Go boys. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Free before 11 p.m. Details.

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.

Fuel Your Engines at Draught: This NASCAR-themed brunch, with $2 drink specials and a DJ, leads up to the big race broadcast on the big screen. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Spring Oyster Roast at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Rocksalt will provide the oysters and steamers, Birdsong will provide the MexiCali. Yes, please. 1-4 p.m. $15/bucket. Details.

Customer Appreciation Day at Buona Vita Restaurant and Bar: Let them thank you for your patronage with cheap drinks, free snacks and plenty of activities. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Tiki Party at Howl at the Moon: Welcome summer with open arms with themed food, drink and live music. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Details.

Experience

Military Days at Carowinds: Active, inactive or retired member of the U.S. military with a valid I.D. will receive free admission the park. Sunday and Monday. 10 a.m. Details.

Fitness

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.

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.

Sports

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Get the summer started with the race they call “the toughtest test of man and machine.” Tickets include a pre-race concert by Eli Young Band. Get an exclusive buy 2, get 1 free deal here. 6 p.m. $49+. Details.

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: The Knights will face the Indianapolis Indians. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 28

80. 80% chance of thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Memorial Day Cookout at Keith Clinic Estramonte Chiropractic: Celebrate with cheeseburgers, hot dogs, snow cones and more at this block party. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Details.

Toast Our Troops at Carolina Ale House: For every 16-ounce can of Pabst APA purchased, $1 will benefit local military orginzations. Through the end of May. Details.

You Drink, We Donate at NoDa Brewing Co.: $1 from each draft beer sold will benefit Team RWB Charlotte. 12-9 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Memorial Day ‘In Memory Of’ at Wine & Design: BYOB to this 2-hour class in which an expert will walk you, step-by-step, through creating your own masterpiece. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Details.

Fitness

Patriot Festival 5K “Go the Extra Mile” SouthPark Memorial Day at 2101 Rexford Road: Finishers will receive dog tag medals and the afterparty will include face painting, a National Guard display and more. 7:30-10:30 a.m. $20-$35. Details.

Murph 2018 at Crown Town Athletics: This workout, adjustable to all skill levels, includes a run, pull-ups, push-ups and squats. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Rooftop Yoga at Rooftop 210: BYO mat to this hour-long, all-levels class, and stick around for a drink or two. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5-$15. Details.

Sports

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: The Knights will take on the Indianapolis Indians one last time. 2:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Shopping

Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale at Lebo’s: Shop markdowns on items and merchandise from all departments. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Keep Pounding 5k at Levine Cancer Institute: This 5k ends on the Panthers’ practice field and raises money for and awareness surrounding the pediatric and adult cancer programs that Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute offer. June 2.

Taste of Charlotte in Uptown: Eat your way through 100+ samples from the city’s best restaurants during this weekend-long festival that also offers live entertainment, street performance and more. June 8-10.

Summer Yoga Fest at Symphony Park: Unwind with 2 free classes on the lawn, then stick around to listen to a live DJ, shop local vendors and enter a raffle for a gift basket courtesy of OrthCarolina. June 9.

See all the upcoming events here.

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