Agenda Weekender: 75+ things to do this weekend, including the 2018 LoSo Block Party, Wine Fest CLT and Cirque du Soleil

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

91. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Lobster & Cold Craft Beer Summer Lunch at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate making it through another work week with lunch from Cousins Maine Lobster, fresh air and plenty of sunshine. 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

True Grit Southeastern IPA Release at NoDa Brewing Company: The 5.5% ABV is a Southeastern-style IPA with a mouthfeel of grits and taste of a multitude of hops. 4-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Co.: Enjoy dinner by Rocky Top BBQ and Fresh Med while you drink a brew or two and listen to live music. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Indian Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Over a half dozen food trucks, including Yummi Banh Mi and Papi Queso, will be serving Indian-themed dishes alongside their normal staples. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Food Truck Friday EAST at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Eat your way through six different trucks and stands like The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, Tacos Rick-O, East Coast Tasting, Maki Taco, Casa and King of Pops. 5-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Wine Tasting at Reid’s: Stop by the Myers Park or SouthPark location for an in-store tasting of the Newsprint Cabernet Franc. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

No Shower Happy Hour at Caswell Station: Orangetheory Fitness is celebrating its new Midtown location with a come-as-you-are happy hour with free appetizers and cheap drinks. 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Paddle to Table at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Paddle down the Catawba River (via kayak or SUP) to the Ridge Pavilion for a multi-course chef-curated meal. Beer and wine available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. $55. Details.

Friends Trivia at Flight: $500+ in cash and prizes are up for grabs during this themed trivia session. 7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

10 Year Anniversary at Blackfinn Ameripub: The EpiCentre staple is turning 10 and throwing down to celebrate. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Details.

Cirque du Whisky at Whisky River: Celebrate the return Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo in EpiCentre style with an aerialist, vodka snowcones, cotton candy and more. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

LIZZIE: The Musical at Hadley Theatre: Featuring an all-female cast and band, this musical about Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents, is one for the ages. Through August 18. $25-$50. Details.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo at Spectrum Center: The legendary acrobatics troupe tells the story of a clown named Mauro in this revival. Through Sunday. $47-$143. Details.

Donnie Baker at The Comedy Zone: You know him from The Bob and Tom Show and his YouTube channel, now see him live. 18+ only. Friday and Saturday. $20. Details.

StoryMining 250 at Levine Museum of the New South: Hear stories from all people of all ages, orientations, income ranges and more that have grown with and changed alongside Charlotte. All stories are true, 500 words or less if written and 5 minutes or less if spoken. Friday and Saturday. Details.

River Jam at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Enjoy a free concert, yoga and Big Water Session all in one trip. 6:30-10 p.m. Free ($6 to park). Details.

Dierks Bentley Mountain High Tour at PNC Music Pavilion: See the country megastar perform hits from his newest studio album. 7 p.m. $39-$99+. Details.

Mingling on the Greens at Birkdale Village: Dukes & Smith will perform at the latest installment of Birkdale’s concert series. BYO lawn chairs. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Live on the Green at First Ward Park: Enjoy a show by Acoustic Syndicate and Yellow Feather in a family-friendly setting. Food and drinks available for purchase. 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Outdoor Movie at Promenade on Providence: Cars 3, Sherlock Gnomes or Peter Rabbit, decided upon by attendees, will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. Get there early for a pancake dinner. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Bow Wow at Suite: He’s apparently still around but no longer Lil. See him in person at Suite. 9:30 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

Ballantyne Social Hour at Ballantyne Corporate Park: Unwind with drinks from OMB and Shelton Vineyards, BBQ from City Barbeque, free yoga and more at this afternoon get-together. Proceeds benefit Color the Park. 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Kids

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites at ImaginOn: A collection of picture book classics like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Peter Rabbit come to life in this interactive exhibit designed to allow children the chance to explore literacy skills and concepts in a hands-on environment. Through September 9; times vary. Free. Details.

Family Fun at SAS Cupcakes Blakeney: Frost and decorate your own mini-cupcake and meet costumed characters at this kid-friendly night. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Luau for Literacy at Promising Pages: Join Team Read for their end-of-summer tiki-themed fundraising bash. Tickets include a plate of Hawaiian BBQ, drinks, games and a hula show. Proceeds benefit Promising Pages. 6-9 p.m. $25. Details.

Improv Charlotte Benefiting Project 658 at Free Range Brewing: Enjoy a night of laughs and good beer while helping make a difference for at-risk families in Charlotte. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

91. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Be Easy Berliner Weisse Release at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Enjoy a pint of the refreshingly tart summer brew in the taproom. 12-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

6 Years Still Here at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew LKN: The original Lucky Dog location is celebrating its 6th birthday with live music, prizes and more. 12-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Wine Fest CLT 2018 at Cabarrus Arena: Try wines from the best wineries in the state while enjoying live music. 21+ only, neat dress required. 1 p.m. $25-$45. Details.

Barks, Brews, and Bowling at StrikeCity: Help the South Charlotte Dog Rescue find its adoptable dogs their forever homes while you bowl (BOGO) and enjoy a beer from any participating brewery (Legion, Birdsong, Unknown and Blue Blaze). Proceeds benefit South Charlotte Dog Rescue, but leave your own dog at home. 1-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

A Taste of the Lowcountry at Reedy Creek Park: The back-to-school fundraiser returns with a low country buffet complete with fried fish, crabs, rice, gumbo and more, plus a live DJ and family-friendly activities. 1-6 p.m. $26.10 (students up to 12th grade free with paying adult). Details.

Felix’s Homemade Empanadas at Blue Blaze Brewing: Fill up on empanadas straight from the food truck. 1-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Chocolate Bark Making at The Secret Chocolatier: This hands-on session will teach students about chocolate, tempering and how to make their own bark, half of which they’ll get to take home to enjoy later. 2-3 p.m. $25. Details.

Bad Teacher Bar Olympics at Flight: Compete in this themed bar olympics for up to $400 in cash and prizes. 3-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Tilt and Tito’s Puppy Party at Tilt: Shop vendors, meet adoptable dogs and enjoy $5 Tito’s. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Indigo & Ice – On the Quiet Tip at The Rabbit Hole: 3 DJs will be broadcasting hip-hop, R&B, reggae, trap and house music to headphones at this silent dance party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $35-$45. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Summer Jazz Series at Freedom Park: Adrian Crutchfield and Gerald Veasley will fill the park with sounds of neo-soul, jazz and more at this free concert. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

River Jam at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: The Get Right Band headlines this free outdoor concert. 7-10 p.m. Free admission ($6 to park). Details.

KANSAS at Ovens Auditorium: The band is in town to perform a set of KANSAS radio classics that have been on the airwaves since 1974 as well as material from their latest studio album, The Prelude Implicit. 8 p.m. $39-$59. Details.

Queen City Improv Room: Comedy Experience Preview Show at Stage Door Theater: Experience a show by the best improv and stand-up comics that the city has to offer. 8-11 p.m. $10+. Details.

Experience

24th Annual Festival of India at Belk Theater: Organized by the India Association of Charlotte, the festival will include dance performances, art exhibits, a bazaar and food court, a singing competition, movie screenings and more. Saturday (12-8 p.m.) and Sunday (12-7 p.m.). $6 in advance. Details.

Open House Block Party at Midwood Place: Hosted by Savvy + Co. Real Estate, this family- and pet-friendly event allows potential homeowners to see a collection of 46 craftsman townhomes up for grabs. Food, drink, music and games will be scattered throughout. 1-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

2018 LoSo Block Party in LoSo: Stop by staples like Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Queen Park Social and Sugar Creek Brewing, plus new must-try Brewers at 4001 Yancey, for a day of live music, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. 2-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Plenty of 5-ton trucks, freestyle motocross riders and a pit party means fun for all at this family-friendly event. 6 p.m. $32. Details.

Fitness

Goddess Games 2018 at CrossFit Northlake: This all-female athletic competition sees CrossFitters showcase their ability in a safe environment. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (team event Saturday, individual Sunday). $77+. Details.

Yoga at Lenny Boy: Admission includes an hour-long, beginner-friendly vinyasa flow plus a 6-ounce pour of kombucha. 10-11 a.m. $5. Details.

Exploring the Greenway Hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Get to know the Greenway a little bit better on this 2-mile guided hike. 10-11:30 a.m. $5 (free for members). Details.

Boot Camp at Legion Brewing: Start your weekend right with a 60-minute workout from Camp Gladiator. BYO mat and water. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

AFP First Jump Course at Skydive Carolina: If you’re thinking of becoming a skydiver, this event is for you, with 6 hours of classroom instruction with a solo jump in the afternoon. 8 a.m. $300. Details.

3v3 Live Carolina Open Regional Championship at Steele Creek Park: Compete in a fast-paced 3v3 tournament against others from across the region and state. Guaranteed 4 games. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $31+. Details.

Kids

Superhero Brunch at Maggiano’s: Enjoy breakfast, a meet and greet with your favorite superheroes and more. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $25-$30. Details.

Back to School DIY at Anders Ruff Workshop Pineville: Say goodbye to the summer during a kid-friendly DIY session in which kids can make free-standing mini wooden signs. Registration required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15-$25. Details.

Shopping

Baubles & Bags at Assistance League of Charlotte Thrift Shop: Shop 700+ gently used and new designer handbags and accessories at this annual blowout. All proceeds benefit Assistance League of Charlotte’s philanthropic programs. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Community Pop Up Market at Sardis Marketplace: Shop 100+ indoor and outdoor vendors selling furniture, home decor, art and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Pop Up Shops at SouthPark Mall: Shop local vendors for soaps, candles, pet supplies and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

86. 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Enjoy Legion’s best beers alongside a brunch menu with items like breakfast sliders and a Southwest Breakfast Burrito. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Sunday Brunch at The Gin Mill: Enjoy a Sunday Funday brunch with an in-house DJ. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Sunday Brunch at Unknown Brewing Company: Pair your $7 beermosa with a menu item or two from Passport Dough & Co.’s new brunch offering. 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Beers 4 Equality at NoDa Brewing Company: Celebrate Pride Week with HRC Charlotte over a few beers. Ticket includes 2 drinks, souvenir glass and HRC membership. 12-4 p.m. $25 donation. Details.

Brunch from a Truck at Catawba Brewing Co.: Fresh Med will be serving brunch in the parking lot while Catawba slings perfectly pairable mimosas and brews. 12-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Great Big Board Game Day at GoodRoad CiderWorks: Draft Mechanic will be hanging out, board games, strategy games, card games and more in hand, all day alongside Streamline Kitchen. 12-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Adventure Tap at Legion Brewing: Join Halfway There Rescue to meet a few adoptable pups and do some good, with $1 from every Adventure Tap sold in August benefitting the rescue. 1-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Zaroob Food Truck at Blue Blaze Brewing: The kabob truck will be on-site all afternoon. 1-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Taste of the Mint: Oscar de la Renta at Mint Museum Randolph: Indulge in small plates by 5Church before a private tour of the museum’s ‘The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta’ exhibition. 21+ only. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $38-$50. Details.

Miss May’s Tea at Rural Hill: Celebrate May Davidson, benefactress of the Rural Hill Cultural Center, at high tea with light hors-d’oeuvres, tea and lemonade. 2-4 p.m. $15-$30. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

A Raisin in the Sun at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: The classic film about an African-American family living in Chicago’s South Side, is part of the museum’s Classic Black Cinema Series. 2 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Old Town Amphitheater (Rock Hill): The four-time GRAMMY Award winner comes to Rock Hill as part of the town’s summer concert series. 7-10 p.m. $50-$75. Details.

Experience

Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms: Plunge into blue-green water and soak up the sunshine at this hidden oasis just north of Charlotte. 10 a.m. $15 (cash or check only). Details.

BYOD: Dog Walking Program at NoDa Brewing Company: Join other dog lovers and their furry best friends for this one-mile route through NoDa, then stick around for prizes, food and drinks. 12 p.m. Free admission. Details.

2018 Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service at St. John’s Baptist Church: Join dozens of clergy members from different faith organizations to welcome Pride Week with open arms. Stick around for a reception with refreshments and mingling. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Indigo Dyeing 101 at Covet Atelier: Join Lauren Shaw-Selles for one-on-one instruction and a dyeing session in which participants will choose from napkins, tote bags or scarves to take home. Food and drink included in ticket price. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $40. Details.

Fitness

Yoga for Runners at Run For Your Life: Join Rob the Yoga Dude for an hour of yoga tailored to runners’ bodies. 9 a.m. $5 donation. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Admission includes a one-hour beginner-friendly practice and beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Rail Trail Sunday Stroll at Red Clay Ciderworks: Meet at Red Clay for a leisurely walk down the Rail Trail to get your Sunday started right. 11:15 a.m. Free. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Admission includes a 1-hour class (beginners welcome) and 13-ounce post-practice beer. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Namastay at Legion Brewing: Limber up for the week ahead during this hour-long all-levels practice. One post-practice pint included. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7. Details.

Sports

Habitat Mud Volleyball Tournament at Hodges Family Farm: Get dirty, earn bragging rights and do some good all at the same time during this annual tournament. All proceeds benefit Habitat Charlotte. 1 p.m. $35-$240. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade in Uptown: The largest LGBTQ Pride event between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., is back to take over the streets of Uptown with a weekend-long festival and parade on Sunday afternoon. August 18-19.

Fiddle ‘n Pig Shindig 2018 at Anne Springs Close Greenway: The festival is back for its 13th year with plenty of BBQ to go around, 40+ beers to try and a number of bluegrass bands to enjoy. September 8.

Dilworth Home Tour 2018 in Dilworth: Tour 7 gorgeous homes and gardens during one of the city’s oldest and most revered home tours. Plus, enjoy half-price glasses of wine at Bonterra with your ticket afterward. September 14-15.

See all the upcoming events here.

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