Weekender: 50+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Weekender: 50+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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FRIDAY, MARCH 8

52. 60% chance of rain

Food & Drink

Improv at Lenny at Lenny Boy Brewing: End your week and start your weekend with non-stop laughter thanks to the people of Charlotte Comedy Theater. 8 p.m. $10. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets in Concert at Ovens Auditorium: Watch a screening of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in high definition while the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. 8 p.m. $30-$80. Details.

Peter Pan by Charlotte Ballet at Knight Theater: Let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland! Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s gravity-defying Peter Pan promises high-flying adventure, extravagant sets and costumes and marvelous dance. Varies. $35-$85. Details.

Big Head Todd & the Monsters at The Fillmore: Jam to this rock band which has been together for more than 20 years for one of their last shows of their 30-city national tour. 8 p.m. $27.50. Details.

Clay Walker at Coyote Joe’s: This country music artist has had dozens of singles top the Billboards, so it’s going to be a good live show. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Details.

Whitney Cummings at The Comedy Zone: She’s the co-writer and co-creator for “2 Broke Girls,” and she starred in and created her former NBC show “Whitney.” She’s a writer as well as stand-up comedian. 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. $27. Details.

Experience

Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum Uptown: Head to the dance floor for Afro-House, Afro-Cuban and Latin American dance rhythms with a DJ and live musicians. There will be free dance lessons plus complimentary snacks, party favors and a cash bar. 7:30-11:30 p.m. $9.75-$13. Details.

CreativeMornings/Charlotte featuring Jessica Moss at NoDa Brewing Company: Hear from Jessica Gaynelle Moss, founder and director of The Roll Up, an organization that encourages artists to connect and brings art to disadvantaged neighborhoods. 8:15-10 a.m. Registration required. Details.

[Agenda related guide: Complete list and map of Charlotte’s 30 local breweries, plus the most popular beer at each]

Lean In QC International Women’s Day Celebration at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Learn more about how to get involved in Lean In and achieve your professional and person goals. 4:30-7 p.m. $10. Details.

International Women’s Day Celebration – Year TWO at Resident Culture Brewing: Support all women and women-owned businesses by shopping the pop-up while sipping on a special beer brewed by the team of women behind Resident Culture. 6:30-11 p.m. $5 donation encouraged. Details.

Aretha Franklin Tribute – A benefit for RAINN at Petra’s: Celebrate International Women’s Day by listening to Aretha Franklin tribute music. There will be a charity auction benefitting RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). 8-11:30 p.m. $10. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards at Spectrum Center: See the Hornets take on the Washington Wizards. 7 p.m. $18-$375. Details.

Do Good

Eat.Drink.Give at The Broken Spoke: Your ticket gets you two drinks and appetizers, and there will be a charity auction. 6-8 p.m. $30. Details.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

62. 20% chance of rain

Food & Drink

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory: This has been going on for 13 years, and this year you can expect a free glass to sample all the beer and bourbon, barbecue, mac and cheese, biscuits and all kinds of Southern food. Noon to 6 p.m. $30-$80. Details.

Clean Eatz South End Grand Opening Celebration at 1800 Camden Road, Suite B: Clean Eatz is giving away one free meal to the first 300 customers in the door with three options to choose from” A1 Steak Bowl, Chipotle BBQ Chicken or Pizza Pasta. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Rosé Day at Sycamore: They’ve got half-priced rosé, cider and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

THE B.I.G.G.I.E. BRUNCH at Sage Restaurant and Lounge: Celebrate B.I.G.G.I.E. with a brunch-style darty featuring food, drinks and music. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. Details.

One Year Anniversary Party at Divine Barrel Brewing: They’ll have three live bands and beer pouring all day, plus some limited-edition cans will be released. Noon to 11 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

Dual Can Release at Divine Barrel Brewing: They’re selling popular beer Ice Cream Paint Job and a new brew in cans. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. $16.99 + tax per four pack. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Peter Pan by Charlotte Ballet at Knight Theater: Let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland! Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s gravity-defying Peter Pan promises high-flying adventure, extravagant sets and costumes and marvelous dance. Varies. $35-$85. Details.

P!nk Live at Spectrum Center: P!nk has been a pop icon since the early 2000s so her setlist is going to include some great throwbacks and some of her newer stuff. 8-11 p.m. $120-$1,600+. Details.

Whitney Cummings at The Comedy Zone: She’s the co-writer and co-creator for “2 Broke Girls,” and she starred in and created her former NBC show “Whitney.” She’s a writer as well as stand-up comedian. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $27. Details.

The Crabb Family “Encore Tour 2019” at Northside Baptist Church: See this popular Christian music group live. 6-9 p.m. $25-$35. Details.

Paint Class! Acrylic Pouring for Beginners at Sardis Marketplace: Learn how to make pour paintings with local artist Angie Gotta. All supplies will be provided but bring a smock or wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. 2 p.m. $45. Details.

Experience

Casino Night at Carmel Country Club: Bring your lucky hand for a night of fun casino games while enjoying drinks, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.  7 p.m. $100-$1,000. Details.

[Agenda related guide: Top 10 country clubs in Charlotte, ranked — including pricing data]

Pup Crawl leaving from LD Charlotte at Lucky Dog: Bring your pup and hit up all three Lucky Dog locations (LKN, Steele Creek and Charlotte). Your ticket includes transportation and two pours. 6-10 p.m. $40. Details.

Water Dog Music Festival 2019 at Camp North End: It’s going to be a day of alternative music, food and drinks. 6-10 p.m. $12-$15. Details.

Straighten Her Crown Open Mic Night at Queen’s Coffee Bar: Express yourself through spoken word or singing or hang out in support. 7:30-10 p.m. $10 to perform. Details.

Fitness

YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s BB&T Corporate Cup 5K, Half Marathon & Relay at Uptown Charlotte: Lace up for the 40th annual BB&T Corporate Cup 5K and Half Marathon in Uptown Charlotte. This race is perfect for participants of all levels complete with a post-race party with music and free food. Half Marathon & Relay is at 7:40 a.m and 5K is at 8:15 a.m. $40-$85. Details.

Sycamore Beer Run at Sycamore Brewing: They’re got 1-, 3- and 5-mile routes for all levels of runners, and you can cheers to exercising on a Saturday with a brew and food from Gyro Twins Food Truck. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

2019 MLL Draft at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Watch the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and enjoy the NASCAR Hall of Fame fan experiences for free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

2nd Annual Mother Daughter Luncheon at Aerial CLT: Decorate your own cupcake, eat lunch and bond with your daughter over activities. Noon to 3 p.m. $15-$25. Details.

Do Good

7th Annual RunJenRun 5k at Symphony Park: Run through the scenery Symphony Park has to offer while helping raise funds for the GoJenGo Foundation, a community of caring people brought together for the common purpose of assisting people in their fight against breast cancer. 8 a.m. $15-$50. Details.

UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball at Charlotte Marriott City Center: This annual benefit gala helps raise money to get students to and through college via UNCF. 6-11 p.m. $200 (individual ticket). Details.

Shopping

ArtPop – Pop Up Party at Evoke: Meet and support local artist at this pop-up which only goes on four times a year. There will be wine, beer and cocktails. 6-9 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

2019 MPPC Child Youth Teen Consignment Sale at Myers Park Presbyterian Church: Shop anything from clothing to toys to sporting equipment and more. Prices for many items will be slashed noon to 2 p.m. 8-11 a.m. Free to browse. Details.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

66. 80% chance of rain

Food & Drink

Cousins Maine Lobster at Lenny Boy Brewing: It’s finally Daylight Savings so celebrate the extra hours of sunshine with beer and lobster rolls. Noon to 4 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Peter Pan by Charlotte Ballet at Knight Theater: Let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland! Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s gravity-defying Peter Pan promises high-flying adventure, extravagant sets and costumes and marvelous dance. Varies. $35-$85. Details.

Experience

POUR Coffee Festival at Lenny Boy Brewing: Admission to the festival includes unlimited tastings, ability to attend lectures and coffee classes and a souvenir tasting mug. They’ve got 15 exhibitors lined up ready to help celebrate specialty coffee culture in the Southeast. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament at Abari Game Bar: Compete in a game of Super Smash Bros to win cash. 1-6 p.m. $10 entry. Details.

Band of Oz along with Jim Quick & Coastline at Coyote Joes: Calling all beach-music lovers. Shag away the Sunday scaries with one of the best beach bands on the east coast. 3 p.m. $25-$35. Details.

A Pawsitively Pawsome Run at NoDa Brewing Co.: Start out with half a pint at NoDa then hit up three other brewers for a four-mile run and more brews. Noon to 3 p.m. Raffle ticket purchase encouraged. Details.

Pose & Purr Cat Yoga at Daily Mews Cat Café: You’ll be lead through a one-hour slow flow yoga class, and cats will be roaming around. Bring your own mat. 11 a.m. to noon. $16.10. Details.

Get it Girl Charlotte at The Space CLT: This mini-retreat includes yoga, wellness education, networking and shopping from health-related vendors like Clean Juice. 3-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Brewers at 4001 Yancey Adoption event at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Looking for your furever friend? Check out these adoptable pets. Noon to 4 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

Fitness

Spin, Sculpt and Sip for EmpowHERment at CycleBar-Midtown: Start with a CycleBar spin class, followed by a CorePower Yoga session and end with a beer from Birdsong. Proceeds will benefit EmpowHERment. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Details.

Kids

Charlotte Fairytale Storytime at Noah’s Event Venue: Princess Belle and other fairytale characters will be sharing stories, leading dance lessons and singing songs. There will also be sweet treats and photo ops. 9:30-10:30 a.m. & noon to 1 p.m. $25 kids, $5 adult. Details.

Mary Poppins-Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne: Take your little ones for tea and sweet treats inspired by Mary Poppins. Reservations required. 1-4 p.m. $58 adults, $15-$25 kids. Details.

Shopping

Bridal Pop-up Event at 3609 South Blvd.: Calling all brides, grooms and wedding attendees. Shop second-hand wedding dresses starting at $25 and other wedding-related apparel like accessories, guest dresses, tuxes and more for $10 and up. 7-11 a.m. Free entry. Details.

Shop Drop ‘N Roll Spring Market at NoDa Brewing Co.: Sip on craft brews while you shop hand-crafted local goods. Noon to 6 p.m. Free attendance. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

2019 ACC Basketball Tournament: This is one of the most exciting sporting events for college basketball fans, and with so many ACC alums in Charlotte, it’s really cool that the games are being held here this year. Tickets range quite a bit which is nice, because you can catch one session for $31.50 or go with a more expensive package for more games, better seats and VIP treatment. March 13, 15, 16.

Juicy Brews March Madness: March Madness games will be playing and you get unlimited samples from tons of beer vendors coming from all over the United States. Everyone’s encouraged to wear a jersey. It’s going to be hype. March 23.

2019 Elizabeth 8K Road Race: Calling all runners (or walk joggers). This is a classic Charlotte race, and you can choose from an 8K or a 1.5-mile run, and there’s a fun run or timed run for kids. March 23.

See all the upcoming events here.

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