Weekday Planner: 15 things to do this week, including the Panthers Tree Lighting, Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade and Charlotte Christmas Village

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Crowned Sparrow Co.:craftXcraft | Love, Charlotte N&S Art

NoDa Brewing Co. | 6-8 p.m. | $34 | Details

Why you should go: Drink beer while you make a Carolina-themed craft. You’ll create one of those stated-shaped wood pallets with string and a heart over Charlotte.

Black Friday Gown Sale

Winnie Couture | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: If you’re in the market for a wedding gown, this is your chance to get $650 off your dream dress.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Carolina Panthers’ 5th Annual Tree Lighting

Bank of America Stadium | 6-7:30 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Ring in the holidays with Sir Purr, the Topcats, Purrcussion, Santa and more for the tree lighting.

3D Virtual Reality Tournament

Unknown Brewing Co. | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Through the end of the year, Unknown will be hosting tournaments every other Tuesday where the winner will receive gift cards. There will also be old school games to play for fun.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Christmas Cookie Can Release Party

Sycamore Brewing | Noon to 8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: A limited amount of Christmas Cookie cans are being released for the holiday season. There will also be Latin American and Cuban street food.

Charlotte Hornets v. Indiana Pacers

Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $10-$350 | Details

Why you should go: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Pacers.

Thanksgiving Eve Throwdown

Hoppin’ | 6 p.m. | Free admission| Details

Why you should go: There will live music performed by a special guest and eight taps of exclusive beers to choose from.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Uptown | 9 a.m. to noon | Free | Details

Why you should go: A 71-year tradition, the Thanksgiving Day Parade will have a dozen floats, marching bands, giant balloons and more.

Opening Day at Charlotte Christmas Village

Corner of 7th Street and North Tryon | 11 a.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Inspired by the European markets, this Christmas Village will have ciders, hot mulled wine, strudels, pastries and more.

30th Annual South Park Turkey Trot

Morrison/SouthPark Mall | 8 a.m. | Varies | Details

Why you should go: There are four running/walking races, including a 1K, 5K, 8K and Tot Trot, so everyone can find something their speed.

Turkey Dash 2018

Robinson Farm | 8 a.m. | $29/$43 | Details

Why you should go: Choose from a 1- or 4-mile walk/run and start your Thanksgiving with some fresh air and exercise before a day of relaxation and indulgence.

University City Turkey Trot

Former Fresh Market | 8 a.m. | $15/$30 | Details

Why you should go: This family friendly event has two options: A 5k timed raced or a 1-mile fun run.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

WinterFest

Carowinds | 5-10 p.m. | Varies | Details

Why you should go: A giant tree will decorated and you can expect top-notch cheer in the form of live entertainment, performers and more.

Santa’s Workshop

Blakeney | 1-6 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Get your photos taken with Santa (photo packages will cost extra) and marvel at the beautiful Christmas decorations.

Speedway Christmas

Charlotte Motor Speedway | 6 p.m. | Varies | Details

Why you should go: With more than 3 million lights, you won’t be disappointed in one of the best displays around. Pack a car with friends and family, turn on the radio and watch the lights dance to music.

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