Agenda Weekender: 125+ things to do this weekend, including UNC Charlotte homecoming, Biketoberfest and the Grilled Cheese Festival

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

75. 0% chance of rain. 

Food & Drink

Grand Opening Weekend at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Take a tour of the new facility that includes a full sports bar with beer, wine and liquor and a large pet boutique. Plus, enjoy drink specials, win prizes and more. 21+. All day. Free. Details.

Free Food Friday at Carolina Beer Temple: Stop by for eats like Portofino’s pizza, Sabor tacos, Mac’s Speed Shop barbecue and more while supplies last. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday East at Resident Culture Brewing Company: This is the last month to enjoy Food Truck Friday East and they are bringing the fun with live music, fantastic food and good vibes featuring The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, Yummi Banh Mi, Magnolia’s Poboys, My Boricua Kitchen and King of Pops Charlotte with funk band GIANT SQUID SQUAD from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Shelton Vineyards Harvest Festival at Shelton Vineyards: Celebrate the harvest with a Friday night special dinner then stay Saturday and Sunday for local vendors featuring handcrafted goods and foods, hayrides, live music and free tours and tastings. 6 p.m. Friday (RSVP only); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission, tastings and tours. Details.

Napa vs. Bordeaux at Corkbuzz Restaurant: Taste Californian wines alongside French wines so you can choose for yourself which you like best. 6:30-8 p.m. $75. Details.

5th Annual Premature Oktoberfest at 8.2.0 Pizzeria and Bar: Join Pierce’s Project for a night of pizza, beer and entertainment in a benefit for preemies. 7-11 p.m. $75. Details.

Cocktails for Consciousness at Sanctuary Imports: Drink and learn to make three unique cocktails that will ease the spirit, and electrify the senses by incorporating potent botanicals. 7-9 p.m. $30. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Hamilton at Blumenthal PAC: There’s still a limited amount of tickets for most performances of the hit Broadway musical. $200+. Tickets here and here.

Breakaway Music Festival Charlotte at AvidXchange Music Factory: This year’s lineup includes Wiz Khalifa, GRiZ, Louis The Child, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Skies, Hoodie Allen, Lil Pump, Juice WRLD, EDM artist Frank Walker, Charlotte DJ, A HUF and more. Don’t miss one of the biggest music festivals in the city. 4 p.m. $55+. Details.

Whitewater Film Series at USNWC: Watch a special screening of the film “North of Nightfall,” which documents the adventures of mountain biking in the Arctic Circle. There will be time for a Q&A following the film. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Ayrsley Retro Horror at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14: See a back-to-back screening of “The Craft” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” 7 and 9 p.m. $5/film. Details.

Beartooth at The Fillmore: See the band as they perform as part of their Disease Tour. 7:30 p.m. $22. Details.

Charlotte Ballet: Fall Works at Knight Theater: In a historic collaboration, Robbins’ legendary Fancy Free will be set to Bernstein’s score to tell the iconic story of three sailors on leave. 7:30 p.m. $25+. Details.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte: See the play by Simon Stephens and based on the book by Mark Haddon. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. $28. Details.

Experience

UNC-Charlotte Homecoming 2018 at UNC-Charlotte: Get ready for festive activities from Wednesday to Sunday, including a comedy show with Hannibal Burress on Wednesday, Niner Nation Block Party on Thursday and an Alumni Tailgate, Oktoberfest and football game on Sunday. Varies by event. Details.

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Pack a picnic, pick a pumpkin and indulge in all things fall. You can take a self-guided farm tour, go on a hayride and more. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Celebrate Fall with Queen City Home Store at Queen City Home Store: With the holidays almost here, get the best tips on how to prepare your home at this exclusive event with The Ballantyne’s Executive Chef Garrett Merck featuring Sub-Zero Kitchen Appliances. Enjoy a sampling of Gallery Restaurant’s new seasonal menu and have a glass of wine while you browse furniture and the design center to see what’s new in home furnishing this season. 4-7 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.

Couch Potato Gaming – Retro Gaming Night at The Barrel Room at Triple C: They’ll have free-to-play setups including the NES, N64, Playstation 1, original XBOX, Sega Genesis and other nostalgic gaming systems. Bleu Barn Bistro food truck will be there to keep you fueled, and there will be no shortage of beer. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Haunted Carriage Ride at Trade & Poplar: Step back in time and hear the stories of haunting and ghosts on a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic 4th Ward. Every hour 6-10 p.m. $25 . Details.

Harry Potter Trivia at Flight: Test your knowledge for the chance to win up to $500 in cash and prizes. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Trivia Night at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Play the only interactive video trivia in the city for the chance to win prizes from local sponsors. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Mommy, Mix, ‘N Mingle at Blktechclt Hq: Get pampered with samples and massages, drink cocktails and snack on appetizers and meet fellow moms. 7-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Revival Masquerade at FROCK Shop: Don your masquerade attire and see the haunting works of local artist, Alexandra Loesser Schoen while you sip on cocktails from Liberate Your Palate. 7-11 p.m. Free. Details.

The GLOW: A Jack o Lantern Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The track will be decked out with thousands of jack o’lanterns – you can expect thousands of carvings and displays, craftspeople ready to show off their techniques and fall-themed concessions. 7:30-10 p.m. $17+. Details.

QC Boogie at Jackalope Jack’s Restaurant & Bar: Hundreds Thousands will be spinning disco and funk alongside Cheechmo. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 before midnight. Details.

Learn Things

TedxCharlotte 2018 at Dale F. Halton Theater: The 8th installment of TedxCharlotte promises a full lineup of speakers followed by a panel with the speakers and TEDxCharlotte organizer. Your ticket includes coffee in the morning and a networking lunch halfway through the day.  9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $35-$50. Details.

Experience Design: Micro-Delights & The Return of Craft at Skookum: There’s a revival of the notion of craft in experience design. The creation of highly refined experiences, with details seemingly imperceptible to users. Chris Paul, SVP at LPL Financial, will explore the rise of micro-delights, their use, and their role in our future experiences. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Club Pilates Matthews 1 Year Anniversary Party at Club Pilates Matthews: Celebrate Club Pilates Matthews’ birthday with refreshment goodies, wine, giveaway prizes and special deals on memberships and retail. Free classes will be offered throughout the day for anyone interested in joining. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

ZUMBA Dance Party at Retro Fitness Matthews: Dance to high-energy music in the brand new art, health and fitness center. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Yoga with Michelle LoSardo at GoodRoad Ciderworks: Flow through an all-levels class in the climate-controlled tap room. Price includes the class and a 4 oz pour of cider (or apple juice). 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Kids

Trick ‘r Treat & Outdoor Movie at Promenade on Providence: Families can dress up and trick or treat with the merchants and then settle in for a screening of Wonder. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Outdoor Movie Night at Greater Life Pumpkin Patch: Bring the family for a movie screening in the pumpkin patch. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

6th Annual Benefit for the Cure at Napa on Providence: Enjoy live music with Gena Chambers and complimentary food and drinks. Plus, hang out with New Orleans Saints safety, Kurt Coleman and a couple of his friends. Proceeds will benefit the fight against breast cancer. 6-9 p.m. $30. Details.

Pink Pianos Party at Howl at the Moon: Celebrate victories against breast cancer with a pink stage and drink specials benefitting the Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

71. 0% chance of rain. 

Food & Drink

Grand Opening Weekend at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Take a tour of the new facility that includes a full sports bar with beer, wine and liquor and a large pet boutique. Plus, enjoy drink specials, win prizes and more. 21+. All day. Free. Details.

Talk of the Town Grand Opening Block Party at Town Brewing Company: This new brewery is celebrating its grand opening with a CrossFit boot camp, Carolina Makers & Company Makers Market, a yoga class and a sampling market of FreeMoreWest restaurants. Plus, they’ll have live music, beer releases and raffles throughout the day. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Vegfest 2018 at Park Expo and Conference Center: The 7th annual Charlotte Vegfest is here, and it’s going to be the biggest vegan event of the year,  featuring 100+ vendors, an all vegan food court, speaker Dr. Colin Campbell and vegan trick-or-treating. The after party will start at 7 p.m. at The Spoke Easy. Pro tip: $5 parking, cash only. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

4 Year Anniversary at Sugar Creek Brewing: They’ve teamed up with local vendors to throw a fall fest in honor of their anniversary. Expect live music, multiple beer releases, food trucks, shopping and a pumpkin patch. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

First Anniversary at Parry’s Pizzas Northlake: They’ll be featuring local breweries and giving away a free 9-inch pizza to the first 100 customers to celebrate. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Grilled Cheese Festival at The Slate parking lot in South End: Get in on the cheesiest festival of the year. Treat your taste buds to (and help vote for) the best Grilled Cheese in Charlotte. While you chew on your cheesy goodness enjoy beverages, live music, fun activities and local vendors. 12-6 p.m. $20. Details.

Crabs & Beer at Three Spirits Brewery: Stuff yourself full of blue crab, corn on the cob, fish & chips and beer at this benefit for the American Cancer Society. There are three sessions with limited seating. Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. $32-$38. Details.

Fall Tasting at Jazzy Cheesecakes: Sample the full fall lineup of cheesecakes, cakes, cookies, pound cake and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Beer Release at Blue Blaze Brewing: They’re releasing a wet hop, harvest ale version of our Ursa Minor IPA on draft and the SoBo Orangerine Hazy IPA. They’ll also have live music and food trucks at night. 3-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Wing Eating Contest at Mac’s Speed Shop, Steele Creek: Think that you have what it takes to eat the most wings in 10 minutes? If so, you could take home a $75 gift card and two shirts. They’ll also have giveaways from local breweries and live music all night long for the spectators. 4:30 p.m. $10 to participate. Details.

Farm to Table Dinner at Wing Haven: Enjoy a family style dinner with a Spanish twist in the gardens and bid on special paintings in the auction inspired by Wing Haven. 6-10 p.m. $200. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Lost Hollow Music Fest Fall 2018 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Grab a beverage in the Beer Garden and enjoy autumn while listening to music by Darrell Scott, Front Country, David Childers, Sinners & Saints, PJ Brunson and Carolina Sonrise, each with their own take on Americana music. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $0-$12.95. Details.

Art Drop Scavenger Hunt at The Spoke Easy: Your team and you will have 3 hours to bike around the city, solving clues and interacting with public art for the chance to win prizes. 2-8 p.m. $20. Details.

Charlotte Ballet: Fall Works at Knight Theater: In a historic collaboration, Robbins’ legendary Fancy Free will be set to Bernstein’s score to tell the iconic story of three sailors on leave. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25+. Details.

Carolina Film Festival at JWU Charlotte: Watch a number of short films competing for awards in Best Short, Best Music Video, Best Trailer, Best Drone, Best Director, and Most Creative. They’ll also have special guests and a red carpet event. 2:45-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Film School Students’ Movies at The Third Place: Watch films made by students that feature non-profits, causes or impactful individuals in a documentary style. Drinks, food and music will be provided. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Full Circle Music Fest at Keg and Cue: Join artists from around the state, many who were personally affected by Hurricane Florence, for a benefit concert. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Minimum $10 donation. Details.

Ayrsley Retro Horror at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14: See a back-to-back screening of “The Craft” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” 7 & 9 p.m. $5/film. Details.

Smooth Jazz and Great Food at Sullivans Steakhouse: See to the Groove Masters band perform and get a free appetizer while you listen. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Ride the Lightning at The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte: Join 106.5 The End for a tribute to Metallica. 8 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

UNC-Charlotte Homecoming 2018 at UNC-Charlotte: Get ready for festive activities from Wednesday to Sunday, including a comedy show with Hannibal Burress on Wednesday, Niner Nation Block Party on Thursday, and an Alumni Tailgate, Oktoberfest and football game on Sunday. Varies by event. Details.

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Pack a picnic, pick a pumpkin and indulge in all things fall. You can take a self-guided farm tour, go on a hayride and more. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Pumpkin Picking Party at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Expect plenty of pumpkins to choose from, plus face painting, games, professional family photos, donuts, cider and more. Tickets include one pumpkin, a donut and a cider. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $7 in advance. Details.

Five Years of NC Trans Pride at UNC Charlotte Center City: Celebrate 5 years of grassroots organizing by trans and queer people of color with workshops from North Carolina Trans Pride in Action and UNC-Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fantastic Purrs & Where to Find Them at Daily Mews Cat Café: The cafe will be transforming into the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter for photo ops, sorting hat ceremonies, scavenger hunts, a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $25 . Details.

IMakeCLT 2018 at C3 Lab: Makers of all ages can connect with other artists and take part in activities like a community art-making project, hand sign painting, urban hydroponics, drone technology, 3D printing and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

4th Annual Fall Festival at Greater Life Chiropractic: This pet-friendly, family-friendly event will feature food from Cookin Coop and 225 Street Food and beer from Olde Meck. Proceeds will help over 300 families in need get a warm Thanksgiving meal this year. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Ayrsley Fall Fest at Town of Ayrsley Event Lawn: Embrace all that is fall and enjoy local breweries, craft vendors, farmers market, live music, kids activities, petting zoo and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

3rd Annual Friends and Beerfest: Harvest Edition at Legion Brewing: Celebrate the season with beer releases, live music, fall-themed games, pumpkin painting and local vendors. Halloween costumes encouraged. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

People and Pets HowlOween Pawty at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Get yourself and your pet all dressed up for a costume contest and free photo booth to capture the moment. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Halloween Pet Costume Pictures at Sycamore Brewing: Dress up your pooch in their scariest/cutest costume and have them photographed while you sip on a cold one. Donations will benefit the Catering to Cats and Dogs group. 3-7 p.m. Donation. Details.

SouthPark Community Fall Festival at Sharon Presbyterian Church: Bring the family for hay rides, carnival games, a cake walk, BBQ and bluegrass music. They’ll be accepting pet food for the Humane Society. 4-7 p.m. Free, food starts at $1. Details.

NovelWeen 2018 at Novel NoDa: Start with a spread from local restaurants and breweries, then head off with the family on a trick-or-treating route ending at the Johnston YMCA where the festivities will continue with costume contests (for adults, kids and pets) and a screening of Hotel Transylvania on the lawn. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

3rd Annual Betty Bash at NoDa Brewing Company: The fundraising event for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will feature live entertainment from a local band, games, a silent auction, food and beer. 5-10 p.m. Donation. Details.

Haunted Carriage Ride at Trade & Poplar: Step back in time and hear the stories of haunting and ghosts on a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic 4th Ward. Every hour 6-10 p.m. $25 . Details.

International House 30th Anniversary Gala at Le Méridien Charlotte: Enjoy South African inspired cuisine, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. $175  Details.

Charlotte Vegfest Afterparty 2.0 at The Spoke Easy: They’ll have multiple bands including Charlotte-based T!O!F!U! and vegan food vendors to keep you going all night. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Bee Something for Bee Mighty Gala at Charlotte Country Club: Join the Charlotte Hornets for an evening of dinner, cocktails, dancing, live and silent auction and a diamonds raffle. Proceeds will benefit Bee Mighty, which provides medical therapy and equipment grants to NICU survivors. 7-11 p.m. $125. Details.

The GLOW: A Jack o Lantern Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The track will be decked out with thousands of jack o’lanterns – you can expect thousands of carvings and displays, craftspeople ready to show off their techniques and fall-themed concessions. 7:30-10 p.m. $17+. Details.

Grits & Biscuits at The Fillmore Charlotte: Dance and get down for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief efforts. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20. Details.

Neon Black Presents The After Party at SERJ: Acts include Freaky, Irewl and BKC (on the outdoor stage) and more for a full lineup of entertainment. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Details.

AfroPop! Charlotte, Vol.25: Goodbye Summer, 2018 at Crown Station: Celebrate the end of a great summer with two live DJs playing Afrobeats, Latin House and more. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5-$10. Details.

Learn Things

Indie Author Day at Morrison Regional Library: They’re celebrating the worldwide day with an author panel, a publishing panel, lunch and networking opportunities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual Ballantyne Community Candidates Picnic at The Ballantyne Hotel: Candidates for Congress, North Carolina House and Senate, County Commission, and state and local judicial positions have been invited to meet you and answer all of your questions. They’ll have free food from local restaurants available. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Know Your Health-Build Your Wealth Expo at The Carole Hoefener Center: Join Inhance Fitness Sports & Performance, LLC for 30-minute workouts, food samples, massages, wealth building tips and health screenings. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

2018 Charlotte School Fair at Spirit Square Uptown: Meet one-on-one with representatives from the CMS School Lottery System and the area’s top private schools at the 2018 Charlotte School Fair. The whole family is invited to this fun-filled afternoon, featuring fun activities for little ones and storytime by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Where the Sidewalk Ends at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Learn about the many ways people with visual and physical disabilities can enjoy access to America’s parks, monuments and trails. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Club Pilates Matthews 1 Year Anniversary Party at Club Pilates Matthews: Celebrate Club Pilates Matthews’ birthday with refreshment goodies, wine, giveaway prizes and special deals on memberships and retail. Free classes will be offered throughout the day for anyone interested in joining. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon at USNWC: Runners will tackle either the 50K or 50-mile distances through the center’s train network. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. $80-$100. Details.

Course Preview Run – Second Half at Romare Bearden Park: Running the Novant Health Marathon next month? Run the second half of the course with the Run For You training group. They’ll have water every three miles and all paces are welcome. 6 a.m. Free. Details.

Hopebuilders 5K at Outside of Levine Children’s Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center: Lace up for a 5K Run or Walk to support Levine Children’s Hospital, helping provide funding for vital medical equipment upgrades, state-of-the-art medical technology, special patient programs, to clinical research programs and beyond. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. $20-$35. Details.

Hopebuilders 5K at Levine Children’s: Run or walk a scenic route through Myers Park to raise money for the state-of-the-art medical equipment and patient resources at Levine Children’s. 8-10 a.m. $35 . Details.

Dog Tag Dash at Myers Park Trad Elementary: Teams of four can compete on an obstacle course to raise money for the QU4Troops charity. Entry fee includes a shirt for each team member. 8 a.m. to noon. $100/team. Details.

CNSA 4th Annual Back on Track 5K at Starts at 225 Baldwin Avenue: Lace up for a good cause with all proceeds benefiting medical research and care for patients with disorders, injuries and diseases of the brain and spine through the Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Education & Research Foundation. 8 a.m. $30-$35. Details.

Rescue Me 5K at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Proceeds will benefit the American Pit Bull Foundation’s program Operation Sidekick, and after the race, they’ll have games, vendors, contests, beer and food. 9 a.m. $35. Details.

Dance for Peace with Zumba at Dilworth Park: Celebrate diversity, inclusion and peace with local and regional instructors. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Carolina Sendoff at The Unknown Brewing Company: Give the Panthers a big sendoff from the patio as they bus past the brewery shortly after noon. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Kids Helping Kids Day at Parking Lot B, in front of Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital: Bring the whole family for fun morning while giving back to the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital. Enjoy the Teddy Bear Clinic, make cards and friendship bracelets for the patients and enjoy food, games, giveaways and a bounce house. 8 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place Science: Exhibitors, vendors, workshop teachers, speakers and performers will come together for the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in admission, outdoor exhibits are free. Details.

Family Fun Day at Hooray Sales Tupperware Studio Charlotte: They’re kicking off fall with kids crafts, a prize wheel, kids yoga and build-your-own trail mix. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Bilingual Stories & Music at Mint Museum Randolph: These bilingual (Spanish/English) mornings aimed at ages 0-6 incorporate music, plays, and stories presented by Criss Cross Mangosauce. 11:15 a.m.to noon. Free. Details.

Fall in Love with Family Day at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Families can explore the art and artists in the collection through story time, special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Included in admission, kids get in free. Details.

Do Good

Free rabies/microchip clinic at 8315 Byrum Dr: Join Subaru as part of their month-long “Subaru Loves Pets” for a day of fee-waived adoptions, microchip checks and other animal care services. 8-11 a.m. Free. Details.

40th Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk at Independence Park: Take part in the largest of the walks in the country and help raise funds for Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The 3.6-mile course winds through the edge of Uptown Charlotte and the Belmont neighborhood. 9-11 a.m. Donation. Details.

2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at BB&T Ballpark: Walk a 1/2-, 1- or 2-mile loop to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. 9 a.m. Donation. Details.

Pollinate Your Property Silent Auction at Birdsong Brewing Co.: The silent auction and 50/50 raffle will benefit The Butterfly Highway, a program of the NC Wildlife Federation aimed to increase the number of pollinators in the area. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Pop Up Shops at SouthPark: Shop local at the mall as local crafters come ready to sell goods like soap, pet food and beauty products. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sidewalk sale at Bargain Hunters Thrift Store: Buy a bag and then fill it to the brim with any item you want. They’ll be selling clothes, accessories and shoes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10/bag. Details.

Restoration Vintage + Handmade Fall Market at Free Range Brewing: Come and shop local vendors, enjoy fresh food, sip kombucha and beer and bring the whole family to get your Christmas card photos taken in the festive photo booth. Noon to 8 p.m. Free, photo booth is $45. Details.

CGC Marketplace: Supporting Black and Brown Businesses at Comic Girl Coffee: Come shop vendors selling food, baked goods, jewelry, clothing and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

74. 10% chance of rain. 

Food & Drink

Grand Opening Weekend at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Take a tour of the new facility that includes a full sports bar with beer, wine and liquor and a large pet boutique. Plus, enjoy drink specials, win prizes and more. 21+. All day. Free. Details.

Grand Opening at TCBY Rea Farms: Your first 6oz of froyo and toppings will be free all day to celebrate the new location. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Brunch Yoga at Catawba Brewing Company: Flow through an all-levels vinyasa class, then enjoy a complimentary beer or beermosa. Fresh Med will be on site with a full brunch buffet so that you can refuel. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Class: $8, Brunch: $15. Details.

Free Doggie Ice Cream at Two Scoops Creamery: Stand For Animals (formerly Spay Neuter Charlotte) is turning 7, so come and celebrate with free Canine Crunch ice cream for your pup. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Chantilly Chili Cook-Off at McElhattans’ Machine & Rod: Taste all the entries and vote for your favorite to decide who will win “Tasters Choice.” They’ll also have a bake sale, live music and a raffle. 3-6 p.m. $15. Details.

Football Watch Parties & Tailgates

Panthers Watch Party at Caswell Station: Start the day with $2 mimosas and $4 bloody marys, then stick around and watch the game with more drink specials. 10 a.m. to midnight. Free. Details.

HRC Charlotte: Beers 4 Equality at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Watch the Panther’s game, listen to the DJ and support HRC. Ticket includes a pint glass, 2 beers and annual membership. Noon to 4 p.m. $25 in advance. Details.

Black & Blue Blaze Tailgate at Blue Blaze Brewing: Come tailgate and get free parking during the game with the purchase of a pitcher, or stick around and watch the game on their 12-foot projection screen. They’ll also have grills to use if you BYO fixings. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Queen City Makers Market at Bold Missy Brewery: Shop local makers and artisans while you multitask and cheer on the Panthers with a beer in hand. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolina Panthers Game Watch at StrikeCity: Expect Panthers cocktails, drink specials and the game on 65-plus TVs. 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Redskins vs Panthers Watch Party at Whiskey River: Throw on your Redskins gear and enjoy a safe harbor from all of the Panthers fans. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

OrderFire S4E2 Screening at Free Range Brewing: DrinkOrder’s host Bob Peters will sit down with Savvas Punsalan of the Backstage Lounge and Henry Schmulling of Merchant & Trade. You’ll get to meet them and try cocktail samplings of the cocktails featured in the episode, plus they’ll have a raffle benefitting Hospitality House. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Lost Hollow Music Fest Fall 2018 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Grab a beverage in the Beer Garden and enjoy autumn while listening to music by Darrell Scott, Front Country, David Childers, Sinners & Saints, PJ Brunson and Carolina Sonrise, each with their own take on Americana music. 12-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $0-$12.95. Details.

Sunday Shorts at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library: Watch 5 short films followed with discussions about the content and the viewpoint of the filmmaker, plus enjoy free food. 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Details.

The Classic Black Cinema Series at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: See the 1937 film Dark Manhattan, which follows the story of a low-level gangster in Harlem. 2-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Sunday Jazz at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar: Jazz Guitarist The Terence Young will be performing live. 7 p.m. $15. Details.

Ayrsley Retro Horror at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14: See a back-to-back screening of “The Craft” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $5/film. Details.

ANA Popovic at Neighborhood Theater: See the blues guitarist and singer from Serbia perform live. 8 p.m. $22-$27. Details.

Experience

UNC-Charlotte Homecoming 2018 at UNC-Charlotte: Get ready for festive activities from Wednesday to Sunday, including a comedy show with Hannibal Burress on Wednesday, Niner Nation Block Party on Thursday, and an Alumni Tailgate, Oktoberfest and football game on Sunday. Varies by event. Details.

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Pack a picnic, pick a pumpkin and indulge in all things fall. You can take a self-guided farm tour, go on a hayride and more. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Pumpkin Picking Party at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Expect plenty of pumpkins to choose from, plus face painting, games, professional family photos, donuts, cider and more. Tickets include 1 pumpkin, a donut and a cider. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $7 in advance. Details.

Go Jen Go Brewery Challenge at LoSo: Move through an Amazing Race-style course between six breweries in the LoSo area with the chance to win prizes for the most spirit, fastest finish and most social media posts. Your entry includes a beer at the OMB after party and a raffle ticket, and all proceeds benefit the Go Jen Go Survivor Grants program. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20. Details.

2018 Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights at Lenny Boy Brewing Company: Discover how easy it is to get around Charlotte by bike. This event will take you along a bike route with stops at fun destinations where you’ll collect stamps that you can turn into raffle entries at the after-party at Triple C Brewing Co. Tickets include a t-shirt and all proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte. 11:30 a.m. $25-$35, kids under 18 are free. Details.

Charlotte Weenie Walk at McAlpine Creek Greenway: They’re bringing together two local animal shelters in need, Chapman’s Dachshund Rescue and Carolina Poodle Rescue, for a one-mile fundraising walk. There will also be a speaker, vendors, talent show and entertainment. 1-4 p.m. $15. Details.

Lilly Pulitzer + Making Strides Fashion Show at SouthPark: Celebrate breast cancer survivors with LauRen from Kiss 95.1 and help support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 1-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Haunted Carriage Ride at Trade & Poplar: Step back in time and hear the stories of haunting and ghosts on a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic 4th Ward. Every hour 6-10 p.m. $25 . Details.

The GLOW: A Jack o Lantern Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The track will be decked out with thousands of jack o’lanterns – you can expect thousands of carvings and displays, craftspeople ready to show off their techniques and fall-themed concessions. 7:30-10 p.m. $17+. Details.

The Walking Dead Weekly Viewing Party at Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop: Watch inside on their 55′ HDTV with surround sound, or outside on the giant projector. They’ll also have their full beer, wine and food menus available for the entire episode. Every time you come counts as an entry for the season finale raffle. 7:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

An Afternoon with James Scott at Park Road Books: The author will be discussing his new book, Rampage. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Hit The Brixx 5k/10k at 225 E 6th St: This unique event gives you the option of running both distances, plus it has a pizza party with a beer festival attached to it, in the heart of downtown. Participation will support the Kids Path pediatric care program of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in 2018 7:45-10 a.m. $5-$45. Details.

Blacklight Workout at Burn Boot Camp – 7th Street: Bring the whole family for a 45-minute workout open to members and non-members. Proceeds will benefit Safe Alliance of Charlotte. 10 a.m. to noon. Suggested $10 donation. Details.

FlyFIT at Divine Barrel Brewing: Try out a total body workout with FlyFIT instructors Carrie Brooks Kaschak & Brie Hollingsworth. All equipment provided. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

Do Good

VolunCHEERS: South End Clean Up at Bland Street light rail station (Fowler Porch): Do some good and help clean up the community (all supplies provided), then celebrate yourself and your fellow volunteers at the afterparty at Hoppin’. They’ll have live music, free shirts, free Fuel Pizza, raffles and more. Pet and family friendly. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fall Photo Shoot Fundraiser at The Duke Mansion: Help the Adoption Support Alliance with a photoshoot, refreshments and a silent auction. They’ll also have the Panther’s game playing. 1-5 p.m. $175 for 20-minute session. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

13th Annual Festa Italiana: Celebrate Italian culture, food, art, music, and wine complete with entertainment by jugglers, face painters and dancers. Your ticket includes parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of 3 Raffaldini Wines or a glass of wine. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Buses and all ages welcome. Alcohol consumption for ages 21 and over. October 2o.

2018 Elizabeth Home & Garden Tour: Celebrate the return of the annual Elizabeth Home & Garden Tour presented by Grandfather Homes & Elizabeth Community Association. This year, 10 private residences and five public spaces will highlight the architectural diversity and creative spirit of the neighborhood. From a renovated 1918 boarding house to a brand new Dutch-inspired townhome, the tour is jam-packed with inspiration. October 19-20.

Charlotte MarathonThe Novant Health Charlotte Marathon features 5 different races: the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K and kid’s 1-mile run. Runners experience the sights and sounds of some of the Queen City’s best streets, historic landmarks, sporting venues and neighborhoods. Expect entertainment along the course, major headliners at the finish line festival and 5 distance options. November 3.

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