Monday, October 15
Charlotte Black Restaurant Week kicks off
Multiple participating restaurants | October 15 – 21 | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy $10 and $20 meals at participating restaurants along with special events throughout the week.
The Waterman opens in South End
The Waterman | 4 p.m. | Free admission | Details
Why you should go: Paul Manley, the restaurateur behind Sea Level Uptown, has teamed up with some other Charlotte culinary geniuses to bring a laid-back oyster bar to South End. Head up to their rooftop terrace, and raw or steamed oysters and cocktails with a view.
Tuesday, October 16
Create the first ever Wine Fest King of Pop
King of Pops | 6-9 p.m. | $25 | Details
Why you should go: Kick off South End Wine Festival Week by creating your own wine popsicle in the King of Pops kitchen. Proceeds from the event will go to Classroom Central.
Libretto’s Montford | 7-9 p.m. |Free| Details
Why you should go: Could you be any more of a “Friends” fan? Team up with your lobster or a group of friends for five rounds of questions. Brush up on your stuff as if winning Monica and Rachel’s unusually large New York apartment relies on it.
CHVRCHES at Fillmore
The Fillmore | 8 p.m. | $31 | Details
Why you should go: CHVRCHES has a unique music festival-esque sound, combining indie, electronic dance, synthpop and more. Plus, this trendy trio is donating $1 of each ticket sale to Girls Rock Charlotte, a mentorship program that empowers girls through music.
Wednesday, October 17
Early voting begins
Varies| 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: There are 19 early voting locations in Mecklenburg County open 12 hours a day for more than two weeks, which means there are ample opportunities to have your voice heard this midterm cycle.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Spectrum Center| 7 p.m. | $15-$225 | Details
Why you should go: See how the Hornets are shaping up this season as they take on the Bucks.
Thursday, October 18
Aziz Ansari live
Ovens Auditorium| 7 p.m. | $67 | Details
Why you should go: Aziz Ansari has been “Working Out New Material” and will be bringing it to Charlotte. Plan to leave your phone at home or for it to be locked up during the show.
OrthoCarolina Fun Run
Legion Brewing SouthPark| 6:30 p.m. | $10 | Details
Why you should go: Get some exercise, drink a beer, snag a T-shirt and help raise money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Relief Fund, all included in a $10 ticket.
Harry Potter Trivia
NoDa Brewing Company| 6-8:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Q: Is Harry Potter-themed trivia a good idea? A: Always. If you got this joke, you should go to trivia – you might be good at it.
Friday, October 19
Carolina BalloonFest 2018
Statesville Regional Airport | 3 p.m. | Varies | Details
Why you should go: Book a balloon ride or watch from the ground, either way the view is gorgeous. There will also be food, kids’ activities and beer and wine tastings.
Science on the Rocks: Nightmare on Tryon Street
Discovery Place Science| 5-9 p.m. | $10-$12 | Details
Why you should go: Grab a drink and play serial killer trivia or check out some other Halloween-themed attractions.
Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour
Elizabeth community| 6 p.m. | $25 | Details
Why you should go: Check out 10 beautiful homes and five public spaces that highlight some of the area’s best architectural beauties.