Agenda Weekender: 115+ things to do this weekend, including Holiday on Ice, Carowinds WinterFest and Speedway Christmas

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

55. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Beer Release at NoDa Brewing Company: They’re releasing Cranberry Goose in cans. It’s refreshing, tart and comes in at 4 percent ABV. TIN Kitchen will be on site serving food. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Beer Release at Bold Missy Brewery: They’re releasing Dream a Little Dream Cranberry Berliner Weisse, inspired by Ella Fitzgerald. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Grab dinner from one of the city’s eight top food trucks, plus enjoy live music and craft beer and cider. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday East Finale at Resident Culture Brewing Company: The last one of the season will go out with a bang featuring trucks and stands from The Dumpling Lady, Ace Of Spuds Truck, Streamline Kitchen, Yummi Banh Mi, My Boricua Kitchen, GREEK EATS and King of Pops Charlotte, plus a live funk jam session by The Queen’s Guard Organ Trio. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Highland Cold Mountain Tapping at Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse: They’re celebrating the cold weather with Highland Brewing Company’s famous Cold Mountain Winter Ale, giveaways and more. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

One Year Anniversary Party at Que Onda Tacos Matthews: They’re celebrating with a live Latin band, face painting, beer from $4, $5 margaritas and giveaways. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Hands-on Mixology Class at Sweet Spot Studio CLT: Mix and sample a variety of cocktails that are perfect for your Thanksgiving entertaining, from punches to individual drinks. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $70. Details.

Charlotte Vegan Drinks + Team Humane League Fundraiser! at Queen City Grounds: The coffee shop will be offering specials on vegan drinks and donating a portion of the profits to the Humane League. There will also be a silent auction with art and vegan goodies. 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Experience ‘Lumisonica’ at Mint Museum Uptown: Grab a drink at the cash bar and experience the debut of Mint Museum Uptown’s new light and sound installation on its Grand Staircase, Lumisonica. International artist Vesna Petresin and Ben Mason, Creative Design Lead for the project, will be at the event to mingle with. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

After Work Happy Hour And Live Jazz at Loft & Cellar: Start your weekend on the right note with live jazz music from guitarist Paul Dozer and drink specials. 6-10 p.m. Free before 8 p.m., $10 after. Details.

Artist Appearance at Trade and Lore CLT: Cristina Anne Art, the featured abstract artist, will make an appearance for the opening night of her show. 6-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Arte-socish at Warehouse 242: The event aims to use art to explore social issues affecting the community. Teen and professional spoken word poets and visual artists will be performing and creating during the event to benefit 10 different charities. 7-9 p.m. $12-$22. Details.

Voiceless Concert Series: STAND STRONG at Northwest Scool of the Arts: Join Carolina Voices Festival Singers and Northwest School of the Arts, as they come together to inspire audiences and develop a more compassionate, kind, and loving community for all people. Included in the performance is a moving selection offering hope on how we can all be the support system that saves a life. Stand Strong is the fourth concert in the Voiceless Series. 7 p.m. $10-$20. Details.

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini at Central Piedmont Community College: CPCC Opera Theatre is putting on this performance of the beloved French opera. 7:30 p.m. $19-$21. Details.

The Daffodil Girls at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square: The play by Jeff Swearingen turns the famous tale of manhood and cutthroat real estate sales into a dark comedy centering on a group of pre-teen girls trying to make their way through cookie sale season. 8-9:30 p.m. $22. Details.

Ranky Tanky at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College: Native South Carolinians, Ranky Tanky brings life to the soulful songs of Gullah culture, fusing them with elements of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. Gullah comes from the languages of West Africa and means “a people blessed by God.” From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these five contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. 8 p.m. $12-$22. Details.

The Beatles 50th Anniversary of The White Album at Sugar Creek Brewing: They’re firing up the Sound Stage for a night of live music paying tribute to the band’s self-titled ninth LP. 8-11 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

Holiday on Ice Opening Night: Uptown’s outdoor skating rink returns for the season at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. 5-10 p.m. today; full schedule through January 6. $12 admission only, $16 admission + skate rental.

The Charlotte Auto Show at Charlotte Convention Center: The 26th annual Charlotte Auto Show features six football fields of new cars, trucks, SUV’s crossovers and much more. There is no better place to shop for a new vehicle, test the hottest new technology and compare all the makes and models under one roof, one right after another. Perfect for the automotive enthusiast and families. Noon to 9 p.m $8-$10. Free for kids under 12 . Details.

Science on the Rocks: Down the Rabbit Hole at Discovery Place Science: Travel down the rabbit hole to a fantasy world full of magic, flavor tripping, mirrors, edible plants and more at this month’s Science on the Rocks. Just like Alice, get to know some unusual creatures along the way, including hedgehogs, caterpillars, turtles and other animals that live in our wonderland. 5-9 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

10th Annual Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting Celebration at Piedmont Town Center: See the train when it’s lit up for the first time and enjoy hot chocolate, arts and crafts, kids activities and goodie bags, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Ladies Night Out at Billy Graham Library: Enjoy holiday treats, hear a timely message and be among the first to see the Christmas decorations at the library. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. Details.

5th Beaujolais Festival 2018 at Hilton Charlotte Center City: Join the Alliance Française de Charlotte to celebrate the first grape harvest of the season and benefit French education across the city. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $45. Details.

Charlotte Moonshine Festival at Rooftop 210: Your general admission ticket includes a special cup and 10 samples of different moonshine flavors and moonshine cocktails. Splurge for the VIP for more samples and a mixology class. 7-11 p.m. $15-$30. Details.

Kickas$ Karaoke at Thirsty Nomad Brewing: Bring the whole family to sing on stage, play board games and more. 7-9:45 p.m. Free. Details.

John Witherspoon at The Comedy Zone: See the comedian that has gotten the reputation of “America’s funnies dad.” 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22-$27. Details.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creation to the stage. Get your nerd on and see a whirlwind recap of the trilogy. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20+. Details.

Masquerade Party at Club One: See and be seen while you hang out with the The Ratpack. Tickets include signature cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and entertainment. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10 in advance. Details.

Rapid Fire Fest at The Milestone Club: This heavy metal festival will bring three days of death, thrash and doom for every metal heads in Charlotte. 18+. 8 p.m. $25. Details.

Laugh at Lenny Boy at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: See four local comedians perform live as the brewhouse transforms into a comedy club. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Soft and Grand Opening at Taboo Lounge: The new hookah lounge will also serve desserts, local beer and craft cocktails, and they’ll have electronic music from live DJs both night. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Immersive Experiences: The Future of Content at Skookum – 201 S. Tryon St., 15th Floor: With VR, AR, MR, 360 video and projection mapping, it’s hard to keep up. Are these a collection of fads or is the future of content immersive? Dave Mason of Wheelhouse Media will discuss why you should care about immersive content and its growing availability. Pro tip: There’s free pizza! Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Crafty Hour at Catalyst: Make a custom natural fiber door mat to take home. Choose from their phrases or come up with your own to put on your mat. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $22. Details.

TRAP Poetry Sip n Write at Hyde Brewing: Learn how to write like a poet while enjoying classic trap music, drinks, food and live poetry. Tickets also include pen, notebook and gift bag. 7:45-10 p.m. $25. Details.

Fitness

Free Community Sweat at The Suffolk Punch: Trainers from the new F45 Training Midtown will lead you through a 45-minute functional workout. Noon. Free. Details.

Kids

Mickey’s Birthday Celebration Weekend at SAS Cupcakes – Blakeney: Celebrate the mouse’s 90th birthday by dressing up and taking pictures in the photo booth and new themed menu items like Mickey Birthday cake shakes all weekend long. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. Free. Details.

Do Good

Charlotte Coat Drive Drop-Off Party at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Help keep Charlotte warm! Join in on a day of fun, friends and food, all while making sure someone stays warm during the winter. Can’t make it? You can also donate at one of the 50-plus Barrel Partner locations from now until Nov. 16. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Arguably the most festive shopping experience, there are more than 450 vendors selling all things Christmas. From ornaments to wreaths to gift items, you can cross a lot of things off of your holiday shopping list at once. There’s also wine tastings, food, crafts and live music. Times vary. $13-$15. Details.

Traditions Holiday Pop Up Event at Traditions Interiors & Accessories: 18 vendors will be set up in the showroom so that you can get all of your holiday shopping done in one place. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Designer Holiday Trunk Show at Diamonds Direct SouthPark: Expect savings of 20% off internationally-renowned designer pieces. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

House of Nomad Studio Party at House of Nomad Studio: House of Nomad is back from Morocco and their studio is ready for a party. Stop by to meet the team, hang out and check out all of the cool finds from their Moroccan travels including rugs, throws, pillows, poufs, baskets and accessories. The HON decor wall will be ready to shop along with what is left from their Mexico sourcing trip. Bonus, there will be snacks, drinks, a giveaway, 15 percent off to the first 20 people here and more. Expect the same on Saturday except with coffee and local doughnuts. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Keep Calm, It’s Ladies’ Night at Suite: Enjoy cocktails (think lots of Cosmos) and vendors like massage therapists, clothing retailers, gyms, jewelry designers and more. Entry includes four drink tickets. 7-10:30 p.m. $30. Details.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

60. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Breakfast With Santa at Northlake Mall: Families can eat breakfast with Santa and enjoy music, games and crafts afterward. 8:30 a.m. Free for the first 200 families. Details.

Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery Beauty & Brunch at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery (9336 Blakeney Center Drive, Suite 130): Enjoy brunch (with cocktails), one-on-one consultations and event-only specials like 25 percent off Botox, 10 percent off new surgery procedures and $250 off any derma filler.  First 50 to RSVP by calling 704-542-8686 or email frontdesk@empowermd.com. The first 50 RSVPs will be entered into the VIP raffle. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free RSVP. Details.

BeerGiving at Flying Saucer Charlotte: Celebrate the annual BeerGiving with a deep friend turkey injected with Founders Backwoods Bastard, all of your favorite sides and a variety of craft beers. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Free admission. Details.

NC Apple Pressing & Cider Day at Red Clay Ciderworks: Learn about the cider-making process with live demonstrations of apple pressing and you’ll be able to make some on-site to take home with you. They’ll also have live music, a vendors market, cider shooting and more. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Beer Release at Triple C Brewing Company: They’re releasing Up All Night, a 10 percent APV Breakfast Porter brewed with flaked oats, honey, lactose, chocolate malts and Magnolia Coffee Company coffee. New Wrap Order Food Truck will be on-site. Noon to 10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Beer Release at Sycamore Brewing: They’re releasing Juicy Lager in cans, plus they’ll have live music all day and light night food from Gyro Twins Truck. Noon to 11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

High Tea at Le Macaron French Pastries: They’re celebrating their two-year anniversary with a Parisian high tea experience complete with macaroons, croissants and champagne. Noon to 3 p.m. $14-$24. Details.

Eat, Shop and Save at Charlotte ReStore – Wilkinson: Purchase a plate of barbecue smoked on site and receive 10 percent off an item when you shop. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Simpliciteas Sip and Seminar at Happy Kat Candles & Gifts: Chef Taylor will help you sample her top three selling teas and educate you on their various benefits and uses. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Le Grand Courtage Tasting at Reid’s Myers Park: Raise a class and try a sample of Le Grand Courtage just for stopping by the store. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Jazz, Wine and the Spoken Word at 516 N. Graham St.: The Authors & Writers, LLC inaugural event includes a Southern-style meal, wine, jazz music and a chance to meet other creators. 1-3 p.m. $20. Details.

ArtÜberfest at Hart Witzen Gallery: Enjoy a unique dance and painting performance, art and video installations, live music, a silent auction and plenty of beer. Proceeds will benefit Moving Poets Charlotte. 6-10 p.m. $20 in advance. Details.

Day of the Dead Art Reception at Free Range Brewing: Join artist Marni Manning as she unveils her watercolor series about the Day of the Dead. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini at Central Piedmont Community College: CPCC Opera Theatre is putting on this performance of the beloved French opera. 7:30 p.m. $19-$21. Details.

The Daffodil Girls at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square: The play by Jeff Swearingen turns the famous tale of manhood and cutthroat real estate sales into a dark comedy centering on a group of pre-teen girls trying to make their way through cookie sale season. 8-9:30 p.m. $22. Details.

An Evening with the Baylor Project at Mcglohon Theater at Spirit Square: See the married musicians, vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylo, perform live. 8-10 p.m. $35.50-$59.50. Details.

Experience

The Charlotte Auto Show at Charlotte Convention Center: The 26th annual Charlotte Auto Show features over six football fields of new cars, trucks, SUV’s crossovers, and much more. There is no better place to shop for a new vehicle, test the hottest new technology and compare all the makes and models under one roof, one right after another. Perfect for the automotive enthusiast and families. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $8-$10 & Free for kids under 12. Details.

Grand Opening at Winter Wonderland SouthPark: The ice skating rink is 40 percent bigger this year so you’ll have plenty of space to get your Instagram photoshoot in. They’ll also have daily snowfall, seasonal beverages and the signature adult bounce house with a full bar inside. For the grand opening, King of Pops will be handing out free pops and they’ll have a DJ, games, food trucks and more. 11 a.m. to midnight $12-$17. Details.

Santa Paws at Moxie Mercantile: Bring your human and/or fur-kid(s) and get their picture taken with Santa Paws and all proceeds will benefit North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. They’ll also have adoptable dogs on site for you to meet. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15. Details.

Woofstock 2018 at NoDa Brewing Company: Bring your own dog and/or be prepared to fall in love with one of the many adoptable dogs that’ll be at the event. There will be food trucks, beer and vendors. Donate $5, and get your first beer on the house. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Details.

Happy Barksgiving at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Join Catering to Cats and Dogs for a meet and greet with their animals, a raffle and drink specials. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

End Of A Brand: Rest In Paper Fest at Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery: Help launch the new alternative newspaper launching in December with a full day of shows, shopping and more all around NoDa. 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Suggested $10 donation. Details.

NoDa Fall Festival at 901 Herrin Ave.: Come meet your neighbors and enjoy two free food trucks, live music, bounce houses, Henna and more. 3-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Independence on the Farm at Hunter Farm in Weddington: This celebration will feature live music from 20 RIDE – America’s No. 1 Zac Brown Tribute – wagon rides, a petting barn and plenty more entertainment for the entire family. All proceeds will benefit veterans and the mission of The Independence Fund. Bonus: Food and drinks are included with admission. 3-7 p.m. $0-$35. Details.

Holiday Magic at Rea Farms at Rea Farms – 9855 Sandy Rock Place: Tons of activities like a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, Pet Night with Sir Purr, an appearance by Frozen characters, a cookie decorating contest, train rides, carriage rides, face painting, jugglers, carolers, food trucks, balloon artists and a 7 p.m. tree lighting with a 100 percent chance of snow. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Wine and Ride “Fall Ladies Edition” at 8000 Impala Lane: Spend an afternoon with the horses while you enjoy refreshments and photo ops with your friends. 4-7 p.m. $20. Details.

Eyes on Fashion at The Carole Hoefener Center: Designers and models will come together to showcase new fashion among hair and makeup vendors and fashion bloggers. 5-10:30 p.m. $25-$30. Details.

Santa’s Workshop at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Visit Santa’s workshop for portraits and watch the annual tree lighting. 5:30-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

John Witherspoon at The Comedy Zone: See the comedian that has gotten the reputation of “America’s funniest dad.” 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22-$27. Details.

A Big Night Out: Masquerade at 8.2.0 in the AvidXchange Music Factory: Join the Young Professionals Leadership Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas for an evening of mysterious fun at our inaugural masquerade-themed “Big Night Out”. Ticket price includes drinks, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, dancing, and a silent auction. 8-11 p.m. $90-$165. Details.

Rapid Fire Fest at The Milestone Club: This heavy metal festival will bring 3 days of death, thrash, and doom for every metalheads in Charlotte. 18+. 8 p.m. $25. Details.

Soft and Grand Opening at Taboo Lounge: The new hookah lounge will also serve desserts, local beer and craft cocktails, and they’ll have electronic music from live DJs both night. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

Retro Ski Party at Blackfinn Ameripub: Put on your neon spandex and your ski jackets and hit the slopes (i.e. the bar). Expect ski shots, 80s jams, ski pass giveaways and more. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

When And Where I Enter: An Advocacy Training at National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Queen City Metropolitan Chapter: Lean and get equipped with the tools you need to be an advocate and voice for the black women and girls in the city. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia at Charlotte Flower Market: Make your table more festive for Thanksgiving with a handmade centerpiece. All materials included. 10-11 a.m. $40. Details.

Free Home Buyer Seminar at Hygge Coworking West: Get answers to your many questions from the professionals involved in the home buying process, win prizes and enjoy refreshments. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Horticulture Highlight Walk at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Take a walk through the gardens with a member of the professional horticulture staff to learn about what’s in bloom and some gardening tips. 1-2 p.m. $13. Details.

Fitness

Health Guidance 5k at Johnston YMCA: Run or walk the course to support local families diagnosed with cancer and other critical illnesses. The race ends at Amelie’s with plenty of pastries to go around. 8 a.m. $30. Details.

A Day in the Life: Healthy Eating & Sports Science at Discovery Place Science: Join staff from Atrium Health to learn about healthy eating habits, sleep, mental health and their intersection with sports medicine. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Let Me Run FallFest 5k at Whitehall Corporate Center: The race will benefit Let Me Run, a nonprofit program that inspires boys through the power of running. 9 a.m. $30 in advance. Details.

Booty Work at The Rabbit Hole: Work your butt off in an hour-long combination boot camp and dance fitness class followed by complimentary mimosas. BYO mat and water bottle. 10 a.m. $10. Details.

Fashionably FIT 2018 at The Carole Hoefener Center: Shop looks from local and national activewear fashion brands and test out your new gear in workout classes. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20. Details.

Eggnog Jog 5k at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Break out your tacky sweaters and go for a fun run/walk on a course that includes Christmas lights set to music along the way. 6 p.m. $35. Details.

Jamilton: A Dance-Along Musical at Sugar Creek Brewing: Join The JAM: CLT and Sweatnet for a dance-along workout class. 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Details.

Sports

Carolina Sendoff at The Unknown Brewing Company: Wish the team good luck as they head off to Detroit to take on the Lions. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. 7 p.m. $18+. Details.

Do Good

16th Annual Christmas for Kids Car & Truck Show at Hendrick Motorsports: Over 400 cars of all different makes, models and years will be on display and entry fees will be donated to the Greenville Shriners Hospital. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donation. Details.

The Holiday Giveback at Ink N Ivy: Help raise money for displaces hurricane victims and homeless individuals in the Charlotte community by bringing along an item from the donation request list when you come listen to live music. 10:30 a.m. to noon Donation. Details.

Cornhole for a Cure at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Join the Charlotte Chapter of the National Brain Tumor Society for cornhole, food from The Hunter’s Wife, raffles and plenty of beer and kombucha. 3-7 p.m. Free, $10 to play. Details.

Love for Ryan Fundraising Event at Heist Brewery: Ryan, who orchestrates many of the live music performances in the city, has had to undergo double shoulder surgery. Help raise money for him while you enjoy live bands all day. 3 p.m. to midnight $12. Details.

Improv Charlotte Benefiting Project Outpour at Free Range Brewing: Enjoy some laughs while raising money for Project Outpour — a local nonprofit that uses mobile showers to promote holistic health and dignity for persons moving through homelessness. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Arguably the most festive shopping experience, there are more than 450 vendors selling all things Christmas. From ornaments to wreaths to gift items, you can cross a lot of things off of your holiday shopping list at once. There’s also wine tastings, food, crafts and live music. Times vary $13-$15. Details.

House of Nomad Studio Party at House of Nomad Studio: House of Nomad is back from Morocco and their studio is ready for a party. Stop by to meet the team, hang out and check out all of the cool finds from their Moroccan travels including rugs, throws, pillows, poufs, baskets and accessories. The HON decor wall will be ready to shop along with what is left from their Mexico sourcing trip. Bonus, there will be snacks, drinks, a giveaway, 15 percent off to the first 20 people here and more. Expect the same on Saturday except with coffee and local doughnuts. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Verragio Bridal Show at Diamonds Direct SouthPark: Create your ring exactly the way you want it with the customizable engagement rings in the store. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

2018 Vintage Charlotte Winter Market at The Fillmore: The 7th annual VTGCLT has 40-some vendors offerings handmade and vintage goods. Plus, Hex Coffee and The Dumpling Lady will be there to keep you caffeinated and satiated while you shop. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2-$7. Details.

November Uptown Flea at Uptown Flea: Shop over 80 handmade and sourced vendors, vintage dealers and creatives. Plus, enjoy food trucks and live music. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $1. Details.

Grand Opening at Idolize Brows and Beauty – Rea Farms: Celebrate the new location with 50 percent off all services alongside drinks, treats and more. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

60. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Charlotte ThanksLiving 2018 at Fern, Flavors from the Garden: Chef Shawn will have an amazing three-course meal with specialty cocktails to go along with the dishes. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $50. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Winter Jam ‘18 at Visulite Theatre: Seven of the talented Jam Sessions bands from the Ballantyne School of Music will take the stage. 4-8:30 p.m. $5 in advance. Details.

Jazz Night at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Musicians from the Brian Gilbert Quartet (guitar, bass, piano and vocals) will be playing from the UNC Charlotte’s Jazz Studies program. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

The Daughter of the Regiment at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Performed by Opera Carolina, the performance follows the story of Mary, an orphan who was raised by a French army regiment. 8 p.m. $22+. Details.

Experience

VolunCHEER South End Clean Up at Max & Lola Bodega: Help clean up the community and meet your neighbors. The first 50 people will get a free custom T-shirt and a beer ticket. At the after-party, they’ll have free chips and guac, giveaways and raffles and more for the volunteers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

The Charlotte Auto Show at Charlotte Convention Center: The 26th annual Charlotte Auto Show features over 6 football fields of new cars, trucks, SUV’s crossovers and much more. There is no better place to shop for a new vehicle, test the hottest new technology and compare all the makes and models under one roof, one right after another. Perfect for the automotive enthusiast and families. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $8-$10. Free for kids under 12 . Details.

Flip the Script Sundays at Wooden Robot Brewery: They’re turning the brewery into an island oasis for Tiki Time. Unwind with a Pineapple Tiki IPA and dance to tiki tunes. Noon to 9 p.m. Free. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: The park will come alive with a nightly tree lighting, ice skating rink, decorations, performances and more. 5-10 p.m. $26. Details.

Santa Paws Pet Photos at Northlake Mall: Dogs and cats on their best behavior are welcomed into the mall and have their pictures taken with Santa to mark the occasion. 6-8 p.m. Photos available for purchase. Details.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The ninth edition of Charlotte’s drive-through light show features more than 3.5 million lights over a 3.75-mile course, a Christmas village, a 50-foot Ferris Wheel and movies on the big screen on select nights. 6-10 p.m. $25 per car. Details.

George Winston at Mcglohon Theater at Spirit Square: See the piano soloist perform live. 7 p.m. $25-$60. Details.

Pet Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall at SouthPark Mall: Bring your furry friend for photos with Santa on either Sunday, Nov. 18 or Sunday, Nov. 25. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Thanksgiving Week Discount at Timed Out: Family in town for the holidays? Not sure what to do with them while they are here? How about an escape room? See if you can get through numerous puzzles and challenges with your team in 60 minutes or less. $20. Details.

Learn Things

Early Tech Day: It All STEMs from Here at Charlotte Museum of History: Visitors of all ages can learn about the technology that built the Carolina Backcountry. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Coffee Origins at Undercurrent Coffee: Learn about what exactly coffee is, where it comes from, what the roasting process looks like and more. 1-3 p.m. $25. Details.

Charlotte Prep Open House at Charlotte Prep: Charlotte Prep encourages students to reach their full potential and does so with creativity, educational innovation, and a child-centered focus. You are invited to meet the staff and learn more about your child’s educational journey for grades Pre-K through 8th grade. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Ride & Seek MTB Adventure Race at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Grab a teammate and ride through various challenges along a route of your choosing. 9 a.m. $50/team in advance. Details.

The Green Run 5k at Mcalpine Creek Park: The fun run/walk will be followed by snacks, prizes and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Research Hospital and the plant-based approach to healing. 10 a.m. to noon $20. Details.

Celebrity Trainer Series at Fit Atelier: Celebrity trainer Amanda Kloots will be teaching her signature classes, AK! The Body and AK! The Dance. 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $30. Details.

Sports

Boozy Brunch Panthers Watch Party at Resident Culture Brewing Co.: Enjoy brunch from Streamline Kitchen and watch the game on the 133-inch screen with sound. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Football Sundays @ The Box at The Press Box Bar & Grill: They’ve got 70-plus HDTVs, three projector screens, 60 menu options and two fully stocked bars to keep you going all Sunday long. Noon to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

2018 Race Viewing Parties at NASCAR Hall of Fame: See the Ford EcoBoost 400 on the 64-foot big screen in the high-backed rocking seats. The side screens in the theater will show in-car feeds of two drivers. 3-7 p.m. $10. Details.

Kids

Sunday Fun Day Colorful Creations at Mint Museum UPTOWN: Kids can play with color and clay and look at the amazing clay sculptures on view in the galleries and experience drums and dance by the Metrolina Native American Association. 1-4 p.m. $6, children are free. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Arguably the most festive shopping experience, there are more than 450 vendors selling all things Christmas. From ornaments to wreaths to gift items, you can cross a lot of things off of your holiday shopping list at once. There’s also wine tastings, food, crafts and live music. Times vary $13-$15. Details.

Another Man’s Treasure – Used Boat & Bike Sale at U.S. National Whitewater Center: They’re making room for a new fleet by selling many of their used bikes, boats and boards. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Artisans Market at The Village at Commonwealth: The market will feature local pastry chefs, artists, jewelry designers and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Verragio Bridal Show at Diamonds Direct SouthPark: Create your ring exactly the way you want it with the customizable engagement rings in the store. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Holiday Open House at 9312 Hanlin Court: Get a jump start on your holiday gift shopping with Pure Stella Skin Care, Erin McDermott Jewelry and Southern Fragrances. 2-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Charlotte Christmas Village: Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, there will be a German bakery, Austrian strudels and other festive treats. Wash it all down with German Glühwein, a mulled spiced wine. You can also expect trivia, live entertainment, a Santa Village, vendors and more. Nov. 22 to Dec. 24.

Poptopia Holidays: A Pop-Up Shop: Shop a curated selection of great local shops from men’s and women’s clothing, to jewelry and accessories, to Charlotte-specific gifts, plus delicious bites. Guests are invited to get something for everyone on their list while supporting local businesses and browsing the beautiful art in the Sonia & Isaac Luski GalleryNov. 28 to Dec. 1.

Holidays in the GardenDaniel Stowe’s annual Holidays in the Garden event includes about a mile of lights – some synchronized with music – a Christmas village display, visits from Santa and more. Explore the gardens and then sit by a fire pit to roast marshmallows and sip on something warm. Nov. 23 to Jan. 6, 2019.

2018 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade: A 71-year tradition, the parade will feature a dozen floats, eight giant balloons, 17 performing acts, marching bands and more. Expect special visits from Miss North Carolina, Santa and more. Nov. 22.

See all the upcoming events here.

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