Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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FRIDAY, APRIL 12

76. 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Brazwell’s Premium Pub – Montford Drive: You can get any two burgers for $10. Restaurant hours. $10. Details.

CLT Taco Week at 20+ Charlotte restaurants: Not that you need an excuse to eat a bunch of tacos, but if there ever was a time, more than 20 restaurants are competing to win your vote for best tacos in the Queen City. Challenge yourself to try them all or just pick a few, either way you’re bound to find something cheap and delicious. Restaurant hours. $3 specialty tacos. Details.

Taproom Release at Blue Blaze Brewing: They’re releasing the NoBoS Milkshake IPA, a 5.9% milkshake-style IPA brewed with lactose, oats and Galaxy hops. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Food Truck Friday at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Expect live music, special performances and a carefully curated roundup of six insanely delicious food trucks and stands, rain or shine. This weeks entertainment is by DJ Smitty. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Eats & Live Beats at Catawba Brewing Company: The Jangling Sparrows will be performing live and Bad Mother Smokers LLC and FelixsEmpanadas. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

3rd Annual Pop-Up Picnic at Mint Museum Randolph: The event is free to attend, so you can pack a blanket and your own basket, pre-order a basket created by one of 20-something local restaurants ($45 a basket), or grab something from the food truck on site. You can bring your kiddos, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefits Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail. 6-8:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Zipline and Dine at USNWC: Zipline and Dine takes guests soaring through the sky and climbing through the trees with a chef-curated meal awaiting at the end of the adventure. Start times from 6-7 p.m. $75. Details.

Tate Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: Tate Cellars founder and winemaker, Suzanne Tate, will be in attendance to walk you through a special lineup of Tate selections paired with a four-course meal. 7-9 p.m. $175++. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

9th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival at Charlotte Convention Center: This year’s festival itinerary includes four days of educational and empowering film screenings, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities. In addition, the CBFF’s prestigious Red Carpet “Vision Awards” will recognize the achievements of emerging actors, composers, screenwriters and directors. Times vary. $10-$129. Details.

Adult Art Party: Collographs at Mint Museum Uptown: Check out Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Collection, and learn how to construct a textured collage and turn it into a series of prints while you sip on a beverage. 6-8:30 p.m. $40. Details.

Opera At The Market at Opera Carolina: Opera Carolina will be doing a pop-up show, and there will tons of food options. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Art After Dark at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: April’s edition of Art After Dark puts the spotlight on jazz and poetry for National Jazz and Poetry Month. Drop in for poetry writing and performance workshops, live music, interactive lectures and more. Ages 18+. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum Uptown: You’ll get four hours of Afro-House, Afro-Cuban and Latin American dance rhythms with a DJ, live musicians and unique themes to celebrate multi-cultures, ethnic and gender diversity, dance, visual and performing art. Pro tip: free dance lessons at 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. 7:30-11:30 p.m. $9.75-$13. Details.

Mozart Requiem at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Mozart’s Requiem, the composer’s final statement, is one of classical music’s most intriguing stories. Performed by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. 7:30 p.m. $19-$88. Details.

Pulp Art: The 2019 Gala at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: The entire museum will be transformed for a night featuring various entertainments, food, cocktails and activities. All proceeds benefit the museum’s operating costs. 8 p.m. to midnight $250+. Details.

Death Cab for Cutie at Ovens Auditorium: This indie group was absolutely iconic in the early 2000s (paired will with young teen angst), but they’ve continued to rack up Grammy’s, including for an album they released in 2015. They’ll be playing some good throwbacks and songs from their latest album released in 2018. 8 p.m. $45-$75. Details.

Lingua at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Through dance, circus arts, theater and music, Lingua explores how language can influence a person’s perception of the world. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Whitewater Film Series at USNWC: They’re screening Andy Irons: Kissed by God, which documents the true story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hill: Experience Highland Dancing and music, a giant Kid’s Zone, Scottish merchants, traditional foods, historic reenactments, NC beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events, axe throwing and so much more. 5 p.m. $6-$245. Details.

The Green Jacket Watch Party at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: They’ll have fun games, great food and some amazing drink specials. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

City of Charlotte Career Fair at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Learn about different opportunities to work within the City of Charlotte Government. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on Rice. 6 p.m. $2-$10. Details.

Kids

Pete the Cat at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

Do Good

Aunt Flo and Uncle Henry’s Night Out at Bar Argon: Aunt Flo and Uncle Henry are having a dance party and collecting feminine hygiene products and men’s underwear and socks for local shelters. Your product (or a monetary donation) counts as your entry to an all-night dance party. 7-10 p.m. Donation or $5. Details.

Shopping & Sale

Style Your Spring Sales Event at Charlotte Warehouse Sale: Shop more than 8,000 items of name brand, women’s overstock (new with tags) spring clothing at 65 to 90 percent off the original retail price. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Spring Plant Sale at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens: You’ll find native plants, colorful annuals, wildflowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, harder-to-find exotics, carnivorous plants, tropicals, herbs and select veggies. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

76. 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

CLT Taco Week at 20+ Charlotte restaurants: Not that you need an excuse to eat a bunch of tacos, but if there ever was a time, more than 20 restaurants are competing to win your vote for best tacos in the Queen City. Challenge yourself to try them all or just pick a few, either way you’re bound to find something cheap and delicious. Restaurant hours. $3 specialty tacos. Details.

Gold Mine Barbecue Festival at Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site: Five barbecue restaurants will be participating in the festival and visitors can purchase tickets to sample the different local barbecue, along with sides and a drink. The festival is in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, The Story of Barbecue in North Carolina, on display at Reed Gold Mine. They’ll also have pitmaster demonstrations, underground tours, panning for gold and more.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $17. Details.

Easter Is Coming at Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts: They’ll have the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt and a triple beer release. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

4th Annual Pints For Paws Charlotte at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Bring your pup out for raffles, dog contests, vendors, live music, photo and kissing booths, adoptable dogs and more to benefit the Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Second Saturday Fundraiser: Pink Boots Society at Carolina Beer Temple: They’ll be tapping beers from NC breweries made in collaboration with the Pink Boots, with half of all proceeds from those beers going toward helping grow the beer industry through inclusivity and support. Noon to 11:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Moo and Brew Fest 5 Ft. Everclear at AvidXchange Music Factory: This event has the makings for a perfect day: beer, burgers and live music. You’ll get to hit up more than 50 vendors vying for the Best Burger title. 12:30-6 p.m. $40-$55. Details.

Boozin’ Through The 90s Bar Crawl at Uptown: Wear all your best 90s gear and booze through six uptown locations. Tickets include a bracelet, cup, entry to the kickoff party, venues, and after party, food and drink specials and more. 2-10 p.m. $15-$40. Details.

Greystar University City Wine Festival at Shoppes at University Place: More than 100 wines from 25 wineries, plus craft beers and spirits will be available to sample while you stroll the boardwalk, enjoy food, live music and interactive entertainment. 2-6 p.m. $35-$40. Details.

Mixology with Bob Peters & Social House Vodka at Earl’s Grocery: Bob will be crafting cocktails made with Social House Vodka, made in Kinston, North Carolina. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.

TILT Turns Twelve at TILT: Celebrate with 12 cent beers, $1 cocktails and a giveaway for a custom Carolina Panthers jersey. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. $12. Details.

1 Year Oyster Roast at Fin & Fino: Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters with $5 of every ticket benefitting Safe Alliance. 4-6 p.m. $20. Details.

Casamigos Cocktail Masterclass at Liberate Your Palate: Go beyond the Margarita as you learn and taste all four expressions of Casamigos tequila. You’ll then make three cocktails and your own flavored salt. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75. Details.

Sweet Escapes Fundraiser at Mint Museum Randolph: In addition to sweet and savory treats from chefs of the Piedmont Culinary Guild, Johnson & Wales University, Southminster and more. 7-10 p.m. $100. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Lingua at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Through dance, circus arts, theater and music, Lingua explores how language can influence a person’s perception of the world. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Mozart Requiem at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Mozart’s Requiem, the composer’s final statement, is one of classical music’s most intriguing stories. Performed by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. 7:30 p.m. $19-$88. Details.

Experience

Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hill: Experience Highland Dancing and music, a giant Kid’s Zone, Scottish merchants, traditional foods, historic reenactments, NC beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events, axe throwing and so much more. All day. $6-$245. Details.

10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Brazwell’s Premium Pub – Montford Drive: They’re giving out 10 $10 gift cards every hour for those who dine-in. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. Details.

Community Building Festival at The International House: They’ll have an Easter egg hunt, live music, food vendors, giveaways and mortgage lenders and credit repair specialists on-site to help you get on your way to homeownership. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual Egg Hunt at Historic Rosedale Plantation: Explore the gardens and wander through the ancient boxwood as you and your child hunt for Easter eggs left by the Bunny. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 per child. Details.

EARTHFEST at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Celebrate an early Earth Day with family crafts and educational activities that encourage guests to follow a path to a more sustainable and earth-friendly lifestyle. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

The Green Jacket Watch Party at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: They’ll have fun games, great food and some amazing drink specials. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Queen City Holi at Tyber Creek Pub: Come join a celebration of culture, spring and diversity at the largest open festival of colors in NC. Noon to 5 p.m. $20. Details.

Pugfest 2019 at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Join the MidAtlantic Pug Rescue for beer, food trucks, a Mapr store, vendors, an auction and dog contests. Admission includes a custom T-shirt. Noon to 5 p.m. $15. Details.

Learn Things

Community Education Series: Economic Development at Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Branch Libraries: Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Queen City Metropolitan Chapter for an informative session with guest speakers about the impact you can have on the city’s economic future. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Back to the Moon at Discovery Place Nature: Celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival with a special planetarium movie exploring the discovery of the Moon. 12:30 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Fitness

Run for the Ribbons at Discovery Place Kids Rockingham: The 5K run follows a challenging course through downtown Rockingham to Hitchcock Creek and back. Registration includes museum admission on race day and they’ll also have a 1-mile fun run. 7 a.m. $10-$30. Details.

Charlotte Racefest 2019 at DICK’s Sporting Goods: Join Junction 311 Sports and fellow runners, walkers and the community to celebrate the spring with running. Create a team (free) for extra perks and compete in a variety of distances. 7:30 a.m. $10-$90. Details.

Catawba SwimRun Race at USNWC: This unique race alternates between swimming and running legs in a format that is growing in popularity throughout the racing community. Choose between two distances and two divisions; one for solo competitors, and one for teams of two who must remain with their teammate for the entirety of the race. 8 a.m. $60-$140. Details.

Charlotte 2019 MoveIt! Walk at 4400 Sharon Road: Walk to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and raise funds for the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. 8:30 a.m. Free/donation. Details.

Sports

College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on Rice. It’s a fireworks night! 6 p.m. $2-$10. Details.

Kids

McGill’s Easter Eggs-travaganza at McGill Rose Garden: The festival will include egg hunts divided by age group, games, and a children’s DIY flower arrangement donation station. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $0-$10. Details.

Easter Celebration at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Take a picture with the Easter Bunny with a portion of the proceeds benefitting South Charlotte Dog Rescue, then head over to the festival for more kid-friendly activities. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, photos start at $20. Details.

Easter Bunny Story Time and Craft at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney: They’ll read the kids a fun Easter story, frost yummy cupcakes, and make an adorable Easter craft. 10:30 a.m. $13. Details.

Pete the Cat at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

The Princess and the Frog at C3 Lab: Kids can join RainbowMe Kids Play for an interactive entertainment event where they feel like they’re part of the movie with music, crafts, food and more. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $27, parents are free. Details.

Easter Egg Hunt at Sedgefield Park: Bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the bunny, face painting and more. 9 a.m. Free. Details.

Plaza Midwood Easter Egg Hunt at Midwood Park: All neighborhood kids are invited to hunt for candy-filled Easter Eggs. They’ll have free Rita’s ice for the kiddos, plus Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts for mom and dad. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing Company: DO GOOD Week powered by Duke Energy, will conclude with a pop-up hands-on volunteering event where you can help a variety of local nonprofits with hands-on activities while enjoying sips from one of Charlotte’s best breweries complete with The TIN Kitchen food truck and live music. This event is fun for kids, friends and families (furry friends are welcome outside)! Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Record Store Day 2019 at Repo Record: Shop exclusive LP records. Plus, all of their stock will be alphabetically ordered so you can quickly find what you want. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Style Your Spring Sales Event at Charlotte Warehouse Sale: Shop more than 8,000 items of name brand, women’s overstock (new with tags) spring clothing at 65 to 90 percent off the original retail price. Additionally, all remaining inventory will be an extra 30 percent off on Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Spring Plant Sale at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens: You’ll find native plants, colorful annuals, wildflowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, harder-to-find exotics, carnivorous plants, tropicals, herbs and select veggies. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

75. 90% chance of thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Brunch With The Bunny at SouthPark Grill: Enjoy brunch and some one-on-one time with the bunny. Price includes a photo. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-10 years old. Details.

Sunday Funday 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Brazwell’s Premium Pub – Montford Drive: Help them celebrate with $2 mimosas and $4 bloody marys, giant basketball, giant connect four, a cornhole tournament and a golf simulator. Plus, they’re giving away four tickets to the Wells Fargo Championship. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Masters Watch Party and New Patio Unveiling at Hoppin’: See the brand new patio equipped with tons of TVs, brand new furniture, a new speaker system, fans and much more while you watch the Masters. They’ll have $1/oz mimosas, drink specials, mini golf and more. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Divine Barrel Brewing Beer Dinner at The Cellar at Duckworth’s: They’re pairing Divine Barrel’s ales with an exclusive menu designed by Chef Fred Quinones with a strong influenced from the beers. 1-4 p.m. $50. Details.

Spring Oyster Roast at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Rocksalt Charlotte is bringing the oysters and the steamers down from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC. Raw and roasted oysters will be sold by the dozen. 1-4 p.m. $15/dozen. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Classic Black Cinema Series at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: They’re screening “For Love of Ivy” as part of the series aiming to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. 2-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College: Four of the top young chamber ensembles in the country battle for the title and career-changing prizes during this explosive 90-minute concert. 3 p.m. $5-$10. Details.

Mozart Requiem at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Mozart’s Requiem, the composer’s final statement, is one of classical music’s most intriguing stories. Performed by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. 3 p.m. $19-$88. Details.

Zac Brown Band at PNC Music Pavilion: See the country group perform live on their Down the Rabbit Hole tour. 7 p.m. $36+. Details.

Experience

Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hill: Experience Highland Dancing and music, a giant Kid’s Zone, Scottish merchants, traditional foods, historic reenactments, NC beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events, axe throwing and so much more. All day. $6-$245. Details.

EARTHFEST at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Celebrate an early Earth Day with family crafts and educational activities that encourage guests to follow a path to a more sustainable and earth-friendly lifestyle. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

The Green Jacket Watch Party at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: They’ll have fun games, great food and some amazing drink specials. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Easter Celebration at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Take a picture with the Easter Bunny with a portion of the proceeds benefitting South Charlotte Dog Rescue, then head over to the festival for more kid-friendly activities. 1-6 p.m. Free, photos start at $20. Details.

The Ice & Fire Festival: A Game of Thrones Watch Party at Long Cove Resort: Don your costumes and ring in the new (and final) season with food trucks, entertainment, contests and more. 5-11:30 p.m. $25-$200. Details.

Games of Thrones Watch Party at Blackfinn Ameripub: They’ll be giving away an iron throne and they’ll have a costume contest, so be sure to dress up as your favorite character. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Cheer on the 49ers as they take on Rice. 1 p.m. $2-$10. Details.

Kids

Easter Bunny Story Time and Craft at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney: They’ll read the kids a fun Easter story, frost yummy cupcakes, and make an adorable Easter craft. 1 p.m. $13. Details.

Pete the Cat at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 2 & 4 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

Do Good

Rock to a Cure at The Comet Grill: The event brings together survivors and supporters to benefit local ovarian cancer research through the Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Fund at Levine Cancer Institute. Enjoy live music, a silent auction until and great food at The Comet Grill. Noon to midnight Free/donation. Details.

Shopping

Style Your Spring Sales Event at Charlotte Warehouse Sale: Shop more than 8,000 items of name brand, women’s overstock (new with tags) spring clothing at 65 to 90 percent off the original retail price. Additionally, all remaining inventory will be an extra 30 percent off on Saturday & Sunday Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend: The weekend brings together leading winemakers and chefs from around the world to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great wine and food while making contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. Events include special dinners, wine seminars and a grand tasting. April 24-27

Charlotte Ballet’s Spring Works: Spring Works will show the beauty and power of our artists through British choreographer David Dawson’s Opus 11, a new commission by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett and, returning to the stage after resounding success and powerful audience response, Johan Inger’s stylistic game-changer Walking Mad. April 26-28

Wells Fargo Championship: Dozens of the world’s best golfers are coming to Charlotte and you can see them up close and personal. The Wells Fargo Championship is the sporting and social event of the year. Bring family and friends and follow your favorite pros, plus great food and drinks. Single or multi-day passes are on sale now or for information on our upgraded hospitality opportunities, contact 704.916.1887 or sales@wellsfargochampionship.com. April 29-May 5

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