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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
81. 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
9th Annual Sip and Stroll: Art, Wine, & Music Festival at Rooftop 210: Sample 50+ wines while you enjoy live music and shop unique vendors. Friday (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday (1-8 p.m.). $30-$70. Details.
Lobster Roll Friday at Carolina Meat & Fish Co.: Get your hands on a lobster roll with meat straight from Maine. Order in advance, as they often sell out early. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $18. Details.
National Drink Beer Day at Carolina Ale House: Celebrate with $2 select pints. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Details.
Beer Release at NoDa Brewing Company: In addition to TIN Kitchen, live music and a brewery tour, NoDa Brewing will also release a new chocolate raspberry stout on draft. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Friday Nights at Camp North End: Unwind in the Boileryard with food, music and more. Dog- and kid-friendly. 5 p.m. Free. Details.
Can Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: Get your hands on a can of Teleporter (7.2% ABV), a porter made with French Broad chocolate, milk, sugar and coffee. 5-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Black Food Truck Fridays at Fire House: Meander between trucks to try seafood, soul-food, desserts and everything in between. 6 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Oktoberfest at Chima: Celebrate the German tradition with unlimited beer and appetizers. 6-8 p.m. $30. Details.
Friday Night Bites at Legion Brewing: Enjoy a plate of grilled chicken sliders with fennel apple slaw while you shop local vendors. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Food Truck Friday Dilworth at 1324 East Boulevard: Nab dinner from a truck at this kid- and dog-friendly FTF. Outside drinks and coolers welcome. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Whiskey Club at The Ballantyne: Sip your way through “Bourbon Originals” like Knob Creek and Maker’s Mark paired with light hors-d’oeuvres. 6:30 p.m. $65++. Details.
The Small Crawl throughout Charlotte: Hop on a party bus to hit five of the smallest bars in Charlotte, including Thirsty Beaver and Belfast Mill. Registration includes transportation and drink specials. 7 p.m.-12:45 a.m. $25. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Ayrsley Retro Horror Series at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas: Scare yourself silly with 6 weeks’ worth of classic horror films, including a 50th anniversary remaster of Night of the Living Dead on loan from the Museum of Modern Art. 7 and 9 p.m. nightly through November 11. $5 per film. Details.
Charlotte Film Festival throughout Charlotte: Take in 100+ films by emerging filmmakers during this weekend-long showcase. Through Sunday. $10 per show. Details.
Matilda at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, makes a stop in Charlotte. Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and Sunday (2 and 6 p.m.). $20-$30. Details.
Queen City Comedy Experience throughout Charlotte: The best acts in comedy, including Jay Pharoah and Randy Rainbow, will take over the city for a weekend full of laughs. Through Sunday (pricing and times vary by show). Details.
Peter and the Starcatcher at Theatre Charlotte: The Tony Award-winning play, based on the story we all know, turns the tale of the miserable-orphan-turned-Peter-Pan on its head. Friday and Saturday. $28. Details.
Tablao Flamenco at Booth Playhouse: See the theater turned into an authentic Spanish dance club during this innovative performance that features Flamenco dancers, singers and instrumentalists. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. $20. Details.
Hurricane Relief Party at Coyote Joe’s: 100% of proceeds from this concert will benefit Operation North State’s hurricane relief efforts. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.
The Music of Elton John at Belk Theater: Uber-talented Grammy and Tony Award nominee Michael Cavanaugh will join the Charlotte Symphony for a night of music by Sir Elton John. 7:30 p.m. $28-$156. Details.
The Second City in “Made in America (Some Assembly Required)” at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College: The legendary sketch and improv comedy theater troupe, which launched the careers of many SNL regulars, will take a satirical look at the current state of America. 8 p.m. $12-$22. Details.
Randy Rainbow Live at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: See the comedian, actor and writer perform his political spoofs and song parodies live as part of the Queen City Comedy Experience. 8-9:30 p.m. $30-$40. Details.
Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road: More than 1,000 artists and costumed characters come together in a completely immersive experience that sees Fairhaven come to life with an artisan marketplace, food (get the giant turkey leg) and performances scattered across a dozen stages. Through November 18. $12-$25. Details.
Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill: Get lost in a massive 7-acre corn maze and once you find your way out, stick around for a hayride, cornhole, mini-mazes and more. Weekends through November 4. $8-$16. Details.
SCarowinds at Carowinds: When the sun goes down, everybody’s favorite theme park is transformed into 400 acres of sheer terror crawling with 500+ costumed actors, jump scares, haunted attractions and shows. Activities this year include Deadman’s Landing, Dark Harvest, The Hollow, Slaughterhouse: The Final Cut and Urgent Scare. Through October 28. $31+. Details.
Hack For Change: A Civic Design-a-Thon at Camp North End: This partnership between civic tech hackers and their community seeks to find answers to Charlotte’s problems and raise awareness around the Civic Tech Movement. Friday (5:30-9 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free admission. Details.
Couch Potato Gaming at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: The free-to-play setups include NES, N64 and other throwbacks. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Nickelodeon 90’s Cartoon Trivia at Flight: Relive your childhood and prove you miss it most at this themed trivia session. 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.
LLS Light The Night Gala at Hilton Charlotte Center City: Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, this gala includes music, food, drinks, auctions, raffles and dancing. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $100. Details.
Sweet Dreams Casino Night at 8.2.0: Play the tables, bid on a silent auction and enjoy an open bar and hors-d’oeuvres in honor of Beds for Kids. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new delivery truck for the charity. Black tie optional. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $150. Details.
Thrown Together Potters Fall Sale at 1225 Dade Street: Shop both permanent artists and local guests while you snack seasonal treats. Friday (5-9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free admission. Details.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
82. Morning clouds, afternoon sun. 20% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
Run with Dunkin’ at Dunkin’ Donuts Ballantyne: Buy any size hot coffee, get one free. 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Beer Release at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Celebrate National Coffee Day with the release of their Ground Up Coffee Stout. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Blues, Brews & BBQ at Sugar Creek Brewing: Hang out on the patio with a plate of Saucemans in one hand, a Sugar Creek beer in the other and live music by Queens Guard. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Oktoberfest at Carolina Beer Temple: Sip on two traditional Oktoberfest beers and four local varieties, then balance it out with a pretzel or two. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free admission. Details.
19th Charlotte Oktoberfest at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Join the Carolina BrewMasters and Bravo Alpha Foundation for live music, a DJ and unlimited beer and wine samples. 12-5 p.m. $42-$62. Details.
Taco Lucha Fest at AvidXchange Music Factory: Sample over 15 tacos and pair them with 125+ beers from 30+ breweries while you take in a round of Luchadore wrestling and listen to acts like Judah & the Lion perform. 12:30-9 p.m. $29-$59. Details.
Beer Release at Blue Blaze Brewing: S’mores Blonde Ale will be released in cans for the first time as well as on draft in an exclusive small batch. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Greek Wine Tasting at Vin Master Wine Shop: Explore a variety of Greek wines, each paired with a small plate. 3-5 p.m. $35. Details.
Puptember Fest at Catawba Brewing Company: Dress your pup up in their Halloween costume and stop by for beer and a professional photo shoot. 3-7 p.m. $20 donation. Details.
No Passport Needed: A World Tour of Wine at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe: Sit back and relax as you’re guided through five unique tastings, each paired with gourmet pizza. 5-7 p.m. $34. Details.
UGK Tailored: Casual Caviar at Underground Kitchen: Enjoy a four-course dinner in which caviar is highlighted as an ingredient rather than a decoration. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $100. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Grand Opening at Hot Glass Alley: Celebrate the opening of the city’s first hot glass studio with demonstrations, raffles and food and drink. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Matthews ArtWalk & MusicFest in Downtown Matthews: Back for its 33rd year, attendees will enjoy family-friendly entertainment, live music, a sip-n-stroll, artisan craft market and more in the heart of Matthews. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Queen City Zine Fest at C3 Lab: Showcase your comics, prints and books and meet other talented artists while you do it. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Art and Beer Bash at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Enjoy a night of beer, food, live music and lawn games like giant Jenga and cornhole. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Grease at Midwood Park: Take in a screening of the classic movie under the stars. Free popcorn available on-site. 7-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Mad About Modern Home Tour throughout SouthPark: See inside some of the city’s most amazing midcentury modern homes and celebrate the architecture they were inspired by on this self-guided tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-$35. Details.
Bumble Brews at the Suffolk Punch: Swing by for an afternoon of mingling with other Bumble users. 2-4 p.m. Free admission (show your active profile and swipe twice for a drink on their tab). Details.
Murder at Red Clay at Red Clay Ciderworks: Sip on a cider or two while you try to solve a murder mystery in this immersive experience. 8-9:30 p.m. $35. Details.
UNC Charlotte International Festival at UNC Charlotte: Explore 50+ cultures in a colorful marketplace filled with dancing and family-friendly entertainment alongside booths featuring arts, crafts, costumes and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.
American Heart Association Heart Walk in Uptown at Brevard & 7th: Walk as an individual or join a team to support the American Heart Association as they continue to fight heart disease and stroke. The whole walk is 3 miles. 7:30 a.m. $250 suggested donation goal. Details.
11th Annual 5k/10k For Kids Cancer at Ballantyne Corporate Park: Help fight cancer during with the Isabella Santos Foundation with a run or walk, kids’ zone, raffle and more. 8-11 a.m. $20. Details.
Sweat With Your Sole 2018 at South Charlotte Banquet Center: Get all your steps in with a 5K and cardio hip-hop class, then cool off during a mindfulness or nutrition workshop. BYO mat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $30-$55. Details.
Burn Boot Camp charity workout at Lenny Boy Brewing benefitting Veterans Bridge Home: The 45-minute high-intensity boot camp workout will be followed by a silent auction and raffles in the taproom. All proceeds benefit Veterans Bridge Home. 8:30-11:30 a.m. $15 minimum donation. Details.
Bikes and Beers Charlotte 2018 at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Embark on a 15- or 30-mile ride through Charlotte before cooling off with beer, food trucks, outdoor games, a raffle and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Trips For Kids Charlotte. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $50. Details.
Emerge Launch Event at Catawba Brewing Company: Work off your Friday night with stretching, muscle activating and strength training in one fell swoop. BYO mat and water. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $15 (includes a post-workout drink). Details.
Wellness Fair 2018 at Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center: Get a free health screening and learn about the services Premier offers, then stick around to shop vendors and indulge in food and games. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
The Endless Summer Social at Legion Brewing: Join CrossFit Surgo for a WOD and gymnastics class before a community cookout. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Give a Girl a Sword Day at Ultimate Gym: This two-hour intensive workshop will allow women of all fitness levels and ages to learn the fundamentals of handling a longsword. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Knights Uptown Rundown 5K & Fun Run at BB&T Stadium: Run to the stadium afterparty for an evening of live music, ballpark food and a Kids’ Fun Run around the bases with Homer. 5:30-8 p.m. $45 (includes a drink and hot dog). Details.
QCC Tournament Play at Stax: The QC Crown Rugby Tournament is back, hosted by the Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club. Watch both fields from two floors of observation viewpoints, then hang out in the players’ village. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10. Details.
8th Annual Open Your Heart Auction & Dinner at The Barrel Room at Triple C: Tickets include food, entertainment and unlimited drinks. Proceeds benefit Camp LUCK. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $100. Details.
Lowcountry Party at The Fillmore: Join Communities In Schools (CIS) for an incredible Lowcountry buffet, craft cocktails, a live band and silent auction. Proceeds benefit CIS and the CMS students they serve. 7-10 p.m. $100. Details.
Annual Black Tie Fundraiser at Johnson C. Smith University: Put on your best black tie attire and head out to join the Premier Foundation in an evening of live music, dancing, food and more. 7-11 p.m. $80. Details.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
80. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: This casual brunch features menu items like a Southwest Breakfast Burrito and Breakfast Sliders to pair with a cold brew or beermosa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Bloody Mary Festival 2018 at The Fillmore: The ultimate hangover cure comes in the form of unlimited Bloody Mary samples. 12-5 p.m. $35-$50. 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.
CupcakeFest at Oasis Shriners: Snack on local cupcakes and vote to decide the best in town, plus, enter a cupcake eating contest to take home serious bragging rights. 12-5 p.m. $5-$10. Details.
Pumking Fest 2018 at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Celebrate the season with a variety of Pumking Imperial Ales, food, pumpkin painting, live music and more. 2-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Oktoberfest at The Wine Vault: Enjoy a beer tasting and food from Boardwalk Billy’s, all included in your ticket. 2-5:30 p.m. $20 in advance. Details.
Football Watch Parties & Tailgates
End Zone at Ink N Ivy: Get ready for the game with food and drink specials, ticket giveaways and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.
Sunday Ticket at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Catch whatever game you’re looking for on one of the brewery’s 13 TV screens, showing NFL Sunday Ticket all day. 1-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Football Game Watch at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: With 20 screens, there’s no shortage of space to watch your favorite during this Sunday’s lineup. 1-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Yes, God! (Reprise) at Petra’s: This Sunday service comes complete with original songs, parodies, hymns, cocktails and a healthy dose of comedy. 12-4 p.m. $10. Details.
Charlotte’s 250th Anniversary Party at Levine Museum of the New South: Enjoy snacks, performances and activities to celebrate the city’s history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Open Streets 704 throughout Charlotte: Ditch the car for a day of pedestrian-friendly streets. Zones include performances, tree planting and more. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Fight the Flame 5K 2018 at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Whether you’re racing for prizes or simply getting some fresh air with friends, you’ll do good, as proceeds benefit the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. 9 a.m. $25-$30. Details.
NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Admission includes an hour-long, all-levels flow and complimentary beer. 10:45-11:50 a.m. $5. Details.
Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Admission gets each yogi the class and a 13-ounce beer. 11:15 a.m. $8. Details.
Ballet at the Bar at Legion Brewing: Experience the full body workout inspired by a basic ballet class. Admission includes class and a post-practice pint. 12-1 p.m. $7. Details.
BYOD: Dog Walking at NoDa Brewing Company: Stretch those four legs on this 1-mile route, then stick around for drinks, prizes and more. 12-1 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Namastay at Legion Brewing: Admission includes class and a pint. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7. Details.
Coffee & Yoga at Coco & The Director: Join Gold’s Gym for a flow session, then stick around for a cup of coffee. Proceeds benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and you’ll get a 7-day free trial at Gold’s Gym for attending. 1-2 p.m. $15. Details.
Skip & Sip Sunday Funday at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Join Skipper for a 1.5-mile guided dog walk that starts and ends at Brewers at 4001 Yancey. Hang out afterward for beer, food and live music. 3 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The first road course race in the NASCAR playoffs happens in our backyard. 2 p.m. $10+. Details.
Disney on Ice at Spectrum Center: See four classic Disney stories, including Cars and Frozen, come to life. 4 p.m. $19+. Details.
South End Clean Up at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: Walk through and clean up South End, then hang out at the volunteer appreciation event, complete with a DJ, $1,000+ worth of prizes and pizza. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Fall Market at Central Coffee Co.: Indulge in a pumpkin pie latte and pecan bourbon pie while you shop vendors offering their best fall items. 12-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Bridal Pop-up Shop at The Duke Mansion: Congratulations on your engagement! Don’t let the planning overwhelm you. Stop by for shopping, cupcakes, vendors and more. 3-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.
ON THE AGENDA
Harvest Festival at Shelton Vineyards: Celebrate the harvest all weekend long with shopping, hayrides, live music and free tours and tastings. October 12-14.
13th Annual Festa Italiana at Raffaldini Vineyards: Experience all things Italian with a day filled with food, art, music, wine and live entertainment. October 20.
Charlotte Marathon in Uptown: Experience the sights and sounds of Uptown in 5 different races, including a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and kids’ 1-mile fun run, then cool down at the finish line festival. November 3.
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