Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this weekend, including Sol Fest, Dog Days of Summer and plenty of ways to celebrate Father’s Day

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15

92. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Lobster & Cold Craft Beer Summer Lunch at Sycamore Brewing: Jumpstart the weekend with a lobster roll from Cousins Maine Lobster and a cold one from the brewery. 12-4 p.m. Details.

Ales 4 Autism Fundraiser at Triple C Brewing Company: The brewery will be donating a portion of sales to Autism Services of Mecklenburg County at this annual event. Come hungry, since Bleu Barn Bistro will be on-site and donating as well. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Fútbol Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: The International Champions Cup is back in Charlotte this year and in honor of the game, between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund, this themed Food Truck Friday will see ticket sales, giveaways and team-inspired beers from the brewers at Sycamore. 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Hang out in the boiler yard for live music, food trucks and more. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Co.: Larkin will be performing while you mix, mingle, eat from a food truck and sip one of Catawba’s signature brews. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Zenato “Cellar Talk” & Wine Dinner at Reid’s Fine Foods: Join Vittorio Marianecci, brand manager of Zenato, for a meal in which each of the 4 courses has been specially paired with the vineyard’s wine. 6-8:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Wine 101 – Foundations at Corkbuzz Restaurant: A skilled sommelier will walk you through wine basics like storage, decanting and serving while you sip your way through popular reds, whites and rosés from all over the world. 6:30-8 p.m. $50. Details.

Star Bar Launch Party at The Imperial: The Imperial’s rooftop bar is rebranding to Star Bar, and they want you to help celebrate with live DJs and free drinks. 9-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Squawks 14: O Fourteena! at Booth Playhouse: The snarky variety show by WFAE’s Mike Collins is back for its 14th year. Through June 24. $24.50-$64.50. Details.

Live On The Green at First Ward Park: Pack a blanket and chair and spend your summer night relaxing in First Ward Park with live music by Cris Jacobs and The Trongone Band, a wide variety of food trucks, craft beer, and wine. Pro tip: Best place to park is in the 7th Street Station parking garage. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

one hit WONDER at Charlotte Ballet: The LGBTQIA chorus will be performing a witty sing-a-long show of all the best one hit wonders. Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. $30+. Details.

Bechtler By Night: Paint ‘N Sip at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Join the musem’s trained artist-teachers to create your own landscape or portrait before enjoying drinks, art activities and exhibits throughout the museum. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Artist Showcase at Magnolia Emporium: Celebrate artist Ingrid Long’s 40th birthday with a showcase of her art at this one-night-only event. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Sounds on the Square at Spirit Square: BYO lawn chair to this al fresco Latin fusion concert featuring Davey Blackburn, Claudio Ortiz, Liza Ortiz and Michael Anderson. Concessions will be available for purchase. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Heroes Convention at Charlotte Convention Center: The yearly weekend-long convention, founded by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find owner Shelton Drum, draws professionals and exhibitors alike from all over the country to celebrate all things superheroes. Friday through Sunday. $20-$50. Details.

Sol Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: On top of the Center’s normal activities, including yoga and River Jam, there will also be a Brew Dash 6K and craft beer sampling session in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday. Free admission (parking is $6, activities may cost extra). Details.

Paranormal Grounds Investigation at Historic Rosedale Plantation: Team up with professional ghost hunters to explore the grounds of the 200-year-old Historic Rosedale Plantation and make contact with the spirits that linger. Friday and Saturday. 7:30 p.m. $20. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Dinosaur World at Discovery Place Science: Stop by the museum’s staple after-hours, adult-only party to explore the new Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibit, dig fossils, extract DNA and more. 5-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door (add an IMAX showing for $5 and exhibit visit for $3). Details.

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210: This month’s silent disco, which allows dancers to control the music they hear via bluetooth headphones, is luau-themed. VIP tickets include a t-shirt and reserved headset. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free-$18. Details.

Marvel Trivia at StrikeCity: Show off your knowledge of all things Marvel in honor of this year’s HeroesCon. 8 p.m. Free in advance. Details.

Super Hero Party at Whisky River: Sip on superhero-themed cocktails, indulge in a free buffet and don your best cape for a chance to win $300 in a costume contest. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Friends Competition at Lucky’s Bar & Arcade: Round up everybody you’ve spoken to in the last year – if you’re part of the largest registered group of 10+, you’ll win over $1,000 in cash and prizes. 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Lessons from the Frontier of Social VR at Skookum: Enjoy free pizza and listen as Erin Summers, a member of Facebook’s Social VR team, shares what she’s learned about what helps people connect in VR and what comes next. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

World Cup Coworking at C3 Lab: Watch the World Cup’s kickoff game, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, with other fans on the big projector screen while you work. 8 a.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Father’s Day Cooking at Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios: Get your hands dirty with dad as you make Philly Cheesesteak-stuffed peppers, salt and vinegar smashed potatoes and s’mores sundaes. 6-8 p.m. $60 per father-child pair. Details.

Shopping

Treasure Sale at St. Stephen United Methodist Church: Shop this annual attic sale for quality items for your home, including kitchenware and furniture, to benefit local missions. Friday and Saturday. Details.

Grand Opening at White Diamond Medical Clinic and Spa: Meet the staff, learn about the services they offer and indulge a complimentary chair massage, beverages and hor d’oeuvres. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Children Clothing Summer Sale at Fancy Pants: 15 Fancy Pants For one day, shop children’s designer brands up to 50% off. Fancy Pants, voted in 2018 as “The Best Place to Shop for Kid’s Clothing” by the BOB Awards, offers Charlotte’s best selection of children’s clothing, from newborn to teen, including an extensive boys department. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

91. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens: Celebrate dad with a round of mini golf, a drink or two in the beer garden, kids’ activities and lunch from on-site food trucks. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free for fathers. Details.

Father’s Day Fest at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Visit with dad for cold beer, fresh food, an array of activities from Discovery Place on Saturday and free health screenings on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday. 11 a.m. Free, Dads get 10% off their meals. Details.

Doughnuts with Dad at Billy Graham Library: Enjoy a free breakfast of doughnuts and coffee. Dads will receive a gift. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

2018 Queen City Father’s Day Festival at The Carole Hoefener Center: Shop over 50 vendors to find the perfect gift and once you’ve found it, enjoy games, displays, food and more. Get there early, as the first 100 shoppers will leave with a swag bag. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Dad’s Day Out at Legion Brewing: Celebrate dad with a pint of a specially-brewed, one-day-only Juicy Jay (look for mango notes). The party will spill out into the parking lot, which will be covered with cornhole, vendors, a cook-out and live music. 3:30-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Food & Drink

Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Party at Flying Saucer Charlotte: Celebrate the bar’s anniversary with special beers, a dunk tank featuring staff members and live music. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Beer Camp at Mills River: This adult day camp will feature plenty of games, keg bowling, a climbing wall and more. Once you’ve worn yourself out, relax with a glass of Sierra Nevada beer and a plate full of food. 12-5 p.m. $25. Details.

BBQ and Blue Grass Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Honor the southern staples with food from Sauceman’s and OooWee BBQ and live music on the patio stage. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

7th Birthday Party at CharBar No. 7: Expect a throwback menu, specials, live music and games at this anniversary party. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Cider Release at Red Clay Ciderworks: Be one of the first to try the cidery’s long-awaited rosé cider. 12-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Happy Hour Fundraiser at Bold Missy Brewery: Drink good beer while you do good work at this afternoon fundraiser, during which $1 of every beverage purchased will be donated to the 24 Foundation. Stick around for the silent auction, too. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Dead Night at Triple C Brewing Company: Kick back with a cold one while enjoying a night of Grateful Dead covers. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Taste of the Mint at Mint Museum Uptown: Experience the special exhibit, Develar y Detonar: Contemporary Mexican Photography, before enjoying 3 small plate tastings from Halcyon. Advance registration required. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $45. Details.

7th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Dust off your mask and cape for a crawl through Uptown that will hit half a dozen bars and include food and drink specials. Tickets inlude a koozie, one beer and entry into the costume contest. Use code SUPERCA18 for 20% your ticket (valid until June 15). 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-$20. Details.

Britney Night at Blackfinn Ameripub: Pay homage to every 90’s girl’s favorite pop star with Britney Spears-inspired outfits, body jewels, an impersonator and more. RSVP early for a complimentary champagne cocktail. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Ex Libris at ImaginOn: Watch Frederick Wiseman’s 2017 award-winning documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, focused on the library’s 92 branches and the members, bibliophiles and beneficiaries that it’s changed the lives of. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Scott Syfert at Park Road Books: Discuss Eminent Charlotteans, a book centered on 12 figures important to Charlotte’s history, with the author himself before getting your own copy signed. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Queen City Jazz Fest 2018 at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre: The lineup includes performances by Will Downing, Norman Brown, The Rippingtons and Kindred the Family Soul. 6 p.m. $49-$104. Details.

Paper Dreams: an Eco-Couture Fashion Show Fundraiser at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Opera Recycles is showcasing a collection of couture gowns designed by local artists and made from their own recycled marketing materials in this Fashion Week-worthy show. Get there early for a cocktail hour. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $55-$215 (100% of proceeds benefits Opera Recycles). Details.

Nick Swardson: The Many Smells Tour at Belk Theater: Nick Swardson, a comedian, actor, writer and producer that stars in Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time on Comedy Central, will be in town one night only. 8 p.m. $19.50+. Details.

Experience

Dog Days of Summer at NoDa Brewing Company: The season is in full swing – enjoy it with plenty of dog-friendly activities, including “Running of the Bulls,” dog yoga, a dog photographer and toy station. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Bullies 2 the Rescue. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Catch The Wave at The Arboretum: You can finally try your hand at a Surf Simulator without leaving port this weekend, thanks to Royal Caribbean. Stick around to get the lowdown on promotions to save on your next vacation. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Late Night Laser Tag at Laserquest: The adults-only laser tag match will include food trucks, music and drinks. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $29. Details.

Learn Things

Macrame Workshop at Living Kitchen Southpark: Join Little King Art on the patio to DIY a necklace, wall hanging or plant hanger. Materials included. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15-$30. Details.

Learn How to Home Brew at Carolina Beer Temple: Learn the basics of each different type of home brewing and discuss what it takes, ingredient- and equipment-wise, to get your brewing off the ground. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Run the South at David Taylor Corporate Park: This race, with 5k, 10k and half marathon distances, will be followed by breakfast and the chance to get your hands on swag like Silipints and t-shirts.

Be Their Muscle at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: This Burn Boot Camp workout, brunch, market and silent auction will all benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 8:30-11:30 a.m. $20. Details.

Yoga on the Deck in Uptown: This 60-minute, all-levels flow will take place on the parking deck above Rhino Market’s Uptown location and get you a 10% discount on your brunch at the market afterward. 9-10 a.m. $10. 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.

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

USL Soccer at Sportsplex at Matthews: Cheer on the Charlotte Independence as they take on the Charleston Battery, then stick around for fireworks after the game. 7:30 p.m. $15-$60. Details.

Kids

Farm Day at Discovery Place Nature: Get up close and personal with farm animals like pigs, goats and sheep. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Strider Cup at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Children aged 2-6 will get the chance to test their skills behind the bars of a Strider Bike this Saturday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $27. Details.

Summer Fun Saturday at Northlake Mall: There will be plenty of kids’ activities to fill your morning with, including face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon artists and live music. Plus, you’ll have the chance to help a child in need when you donate a can to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Kids Café. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Snakes of Mecklenburg County at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Kids will get a quick introduction to snakes in a classroom setting before they head out to the trail to observe the habitat the snakes live in. 3-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Fit & Fabulous Pop Up at Sugar Creek Brewing: Sip on the city’s best beers while you shop athleisure brands, meet personal trainers and speak with health and wellness coaches. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Noble Records Pop Up at Divine Barrel Brewing: Browse and shop 3,000+ records while listening to the classics. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Restoration Pop-Up Shop at Free Range Brewing: You’ll find books, wall decor, kitchen gadgets and more at this vintage market. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17

92. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day Brunch at Sycamore Brewing: Expect beer, food and live music, plus a few father-focused vendors on-site. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Father’s Day Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: The brewery’s weekly brunch is all about Dad, who will get a free pint class, today. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Father’s Day Chef’s Table at Upstream: This impressive brunch will see a spread that includes a raw bar with oysters and mussels, plenty of antipasti, an omelet station and meats. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $14.95 for children, $39.95 for adults. Details.

Father’s Day Brunch at Birdsong Brewing Co.: This casual mid-day hangout will see Papi Queso and live jazz. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Father’s Day Celebration at The Ballantyne Hotel: Spend the afternoon enjoying family-friendly activities, a buffet with chicken, brats and hot dogs, local beers, music, cigars and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 in advance. Details.

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch at 7th Street Public Market: Relax with live jazz while you peruse the market for brunch and goods. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Dapper Dad Run at NoDa Brewing Run Club: Show up early for a yoga session before a run with dad along the brewery’s 1-, 3- or 5-mile routes. 12-3 p.m. Free (yoga is $5). Details.

Father’s Day Brunch at Red Clay Ciderworks: The cidery’s newest small-batch release, Your Dad’s Manhattan (bourbon-oaked verison of Cherry Bobbin’ Trolls) is perfect for the day. 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Father’s Day at The Broken Spoke: Dads will enjoy drink specials and a full meal that includes ribs, chicken, pork and sides. 12-8 p.m. $5-$40. Details.

Father’s Day Bar Cart Paint Party at Wine & Design: Bring dad’s favorite beers to this BYO art class for which you need no experience – all supplies and instructions will be provided. 6-8 p.m. $35. Details.

Father’s Day 3 Hours Le Mans at Victory Lane Indoor Karting: Get a team of up to 5 members for this race, which will test your endurance and strategy, on the 25-turn Super Track. 6-9 p.m. $160 per team. Details.

Food & Drink

Picnic in the Park at Fourth Ward Park: Pack a picnic enjoy the weather at this outdoor concert. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops at Symphony Park: Your favorite movie scores from the brilliant John Williams, including Jurassic Park, E.T. and Star Wars, will come to life. 8:15 p.m. $11.50. Details.

Experience

LGBTQ & Ally Community Pool Party at Craft City Social Club: Cool off at this afternoon pool party, which is open to the public and offers drink specials, a live DJ and food for purchase. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Grand Opening Orientation at Burn Boot Camp – SouthPark: Founders Devan and Morgan Kline will be on site along with community partners raffling off items to keep you healthy inside and outside of the gym. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup Watch Party at Neighborhood Theatre: Watch the game on the giant movie screen with food and drinks. 8 a.m. Free. Details.

Germany vs. Mexico Watch Party at Fitzgerald’s: Catch the game, complete with Spanish and English audio options, and enjoy food and drink specials. 10 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Germany World Cup Viewings at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Watch Germany play with a pint in one hand and a pretzel in the other. Stick around – they’ll have all the games with the sound on the big screens in the small taproom. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

NoDa Hop Yoga’s National Yoga Day at NoDa Brewing Company: Celebrate National Yoga Day with OrthoCarolina during this all-levels sunset flow. June 21.

Rhythm & Rosé Festival at Gateway Village: Adopt the “rosé all day” mentality with unlimited samplings, live music, vendors, food and more at this festival, benefitting Project HALO. June 23.

Red White and Brew Fest at Sycamore: Celebrate America’s birthday with burgers, hot dogs, BBQ and, of course, cold beer. June 30.

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