Monday, October 8
Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls
Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $10-$156 | Details
Why you should go: See how the Hornets are shaping up for the upcoming season when they take on the Bulls.
Forced From Home Interactive Exhibit: Charlotte
NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: This one-hour interactive tour is aimed to teach you more about the international refugee crisis. Tour guides will take you through a 10,000 square foot room where you’ll encounter the types of scenario that force someone to flee. There will be virtual reality simulations, materials gathering from refugee camps and more.
Tuesday, October 9
Evening for Educators
Discovery Place Education Studio | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers will be sharing newly designed curriculum they created over the summer for their students in serval subjects and across all grade levels.
Talk About It Tuesday
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Listen to Ashley Clark of UNC-Charlotte’s Urban Institute share her research on affordable housing in Charlotte and what it means for the area’s most vulnerable populations. This event is part of the “Welcome to Brookhill” exhibition which focuses on the history of redlining and black neighborhoods in Charlotte.
High West Whiskey Dinner
Essex Bar & Bistro | 7-10 p.m. | $75+ | Details
Why you should go: You’ll be getting a five-course meal, including an infused dessert, and four different tasking of High West whiskey.
Wednesday, October 10
The Garage at Packard Place | 8-9:30 a.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: If you’re a startup with a solid plan, you can sign up to share you 2-minute elevator speech with IDEA Fund Partners — a North Carolina-based early stage venture investor. If you’re not quite there yet, go for the breakfast and listen to feedback given by the panelists.
Wine & Cheese Class
7th Street Public Market | 6-7:30 p.m. | $25 | Details
Why you should go: Love wine and cheese but don’t know much about either? Pros from Orman’s Cheese Shop will lead you through a wine and cheese tasting. Bonus: You can get a 10 percent discount on any cheese you buy to take home.
Charlotte Family Housing Friendraiser
Heist Brewery | 6-7:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Affordable housing is a hot topic around Charlotte. Learn more about what Charlotte Family Housing is doing to empower local families and what resources they have available.
Belk Theater | 7:30-10:00 p.m. | $10+ | Details
Why you should go: You can see the show for $10, if you’re lucky. Two days before the show, you can enter a lottery through the Hamilton app, and 40 people will win the chance to purchase one or two $10 tickets.
Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour
The Fillmore | 8 p.m. | $75+ | Details
Why you should go: Why don’t you slide some room in your schedule to belt all the words to the best Goo Goo Dolls songs.
Thursday, October 11
PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $89+ | Details
Why you should go: Kick off the weekend a little early with some live, outdoor music.
Sunset at Metropolitan featuring Liquid Pleasure
The Metropolitan | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: There’s nothing like a Liquid Pleasure performance, so listen to some classic beach music and shag dance (or don’t).
Friday, October 12
5th Annual Premature Oktoberfest
8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar | 7-11 p.m. | $75+ | Details
Why you should go: Help raise money for Pierce’s Project, a local nonprofit that gives back to nearby NICU units, while listening to music, sippin’ on beer and chowing down on some good food.
Dale F. Halton Theater | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $35-$50 | Details
Why you should go: Thirteen locals are signed up to share expertise on anything from prioritizing and decision making to learning how to make a difference to fierce optimism — topics really run the gamut.
Black Food Truck Friday
Recess CLT | 6 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Support Black Business Owners of Charlotte and other African-American entrepreneurs by stopping by one of the many food or craft vendors. You can expect to see anything from seafood to soul food.
The Charlotte Fall Fair
Charlotte fairgrounds, Concord | 4-11 p.m. | $5+ | Details
Why you should go: There will be all the traditional fair rides and foods (hello, fried Oreos) and other fall-themed fun.
Zipline and Dine
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 6-9 p.m. | $75 | Details
Why you should go: This event is an adrenaline junky’s dream. Start out with zip line ride and ropes course challenge, and end the night with a chef-prepared meal.