Agenda Weekender: 60+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 60+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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FRIDAY, APRIL 19

71. 100% chance of thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Beer Release at NoDa Brewing Company: They’re releasing True Grit, a Southeastern Style IPA brewed with grits. TIN Kitchen will be on site, so come hungry. 3-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Beer Release at Bold Missy Brewery: They’re releasing Triple Threat Three Pepper Lime Ale. Fun fact: It was named after Rita Moreno, who is one of four women to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and an Oscar. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Plaza Midwood Food Truck Friday at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Expect live music, special performances, and six insanely delicious food trucks and stands, rain or shine. Check in weekly for musical and food line-ups. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Bechtler by Night: Spring Soirée at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Enjoy one of Mexico’s most beloved cocktails, the Paloma, while creating a miniature wall hanging tapestry inspired by the newest fourth-floor exhibition, Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era. They’ll also have live music, games and light bites. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Open Demo at Hot Glass Alley: Watch the artists in action as they make unique pieces on the flames and by blowing the glass. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

A Bronx Tale at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: You can never go wrong with a Broadway Show, and this performance brings a lot of energy and is directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks. 8 p.m. $25. Details.

Hiroshima 40th Anniversary Tour at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: See the band known for blending Western and Japanese instruments perform live on their 40th anniversary tour. 8-10:30 p.m. $50-$80. Details.

Bard Fiction at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square: Shakespeare and Tarantino collide in this Elizabethan retelling of “Pulp Fiction.” Come early because The Little Green Zanni will give a special presentation before the show. 8 p.m. $20. Details.

Whitewater Film Series at USNWC: They’re screening The Women’s Adventure Film Tour, which features a set of  short films including the premiere of Katie Walsh’s film, “Surfing to Cope,” about American pro surfer Brianna Cope. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Laugh at Lenny Comedy Night at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Enjoy a night of laughter with a lineup of three local comedians. 8-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Buzz-a-thon at Discovery Place Science: Need something to do with the kiddos during spring break? Every day this week, the museum is having special bug-themed activities every hour, including crafts, puzzles, robot-building and more. All day. Included in admission. Details.

Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration 2019 at The Shed Amphitheater at The Station House: This two-day music and arts festival will feature the hottest current names in Electronic Dance Music and Bass Programming, interactive art installments and more.  All day $55-$165. Details.

Annual Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Enjoy springtime on the farm with egg hunts, farm animals, an Easter bunny, farm products for sale and more. Plus, the farm shop will be open for the first time to sell seasonal and locally grown produce. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Shaken Not Stirred at Discovery Place Science: Explore the museum after hours for this spy-themed event. Expect trivia, laser mazes, a bar and more. 5-9 p.m. $12+. Details.

Learn Things

Canyon Sessions Demo at USNWC: They’ll have a van full of bikes ready for you to test out on the trails. BYO pedals and helmet. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

2019 NBA Playoff Live Stream at Spectrum Center: Watch the games with fellow fans in the Hornets stadium. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Spring Break Aviation Camp at Carolinas Aviation Museum: This camp features the highlights of their weeklong summer camps packed into a one-day experience. Kids will get to try out the flight simulators and talk with aviation professionals about their careers. Designed for rising third through eighth graders. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $70. Details.

Drive-In Movie at World Worship Church: Park the car or bring a lawn chair and tune in to the radio to “Incredibles 2.” They’ll have concessions available for purchase and games for the kids. 7 p.m. Free. 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 four  and older. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

57. 40% chance of scattered showers.

Food & Drink

Can Release at Triple C Brewing Company: Their Flat Brim IPA is returning, and they’ve got two bands lined up to help celebrate.  Noon to 10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Can Release at Resident Culture Brewing Company: They’re bringing back Universal Mind and Causal Continuum Hazy IPAs, and they’ll have live music from an Asheville funk band and Charlotte CBD on site. Noon to 11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

2019 Smoke Off BBQ Competition at The Unknown Brewing Company: Come taste unlimited samples and help pick the who will be named the best. There will be live music, amazing craft beer, delicious barbecue and proceeds will go to help benefit Purple Heart Homes. 4-8 p.m. $10 to taste. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

A Bronx Tale at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: You can never go wrong with a Broadway Show, and this performance brings a lot of energy and is directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $25. Details.

Tosco Music Party at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: Enjoy a music variety showcase of an eclectic mix of music styles by approximately 15 acts performing one or two songs each. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $15.50-$34.50. Details.

How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs at C3 Lab: America’s drive-in movie critic will use over 200 clips and stills to review the history of rednecks in America as told through the classics of both grindhouse and mainstream movies. 7:30-10 p.m. $15-$20. Details.

Bard Fiction at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square: Shakespeare and Tarantino collide in this Elizabethan retelling of “Pulp Fiction.” Come early because The Little Green Zanni will give a special presentation before the show. 8 p.m. $20. Details.

Easter Celebrations

City-Wide Golden Egg Hunt at Noda, Plaza Midwood, Ballantyne, South End and Uptown: Join Bottle Cap Group on a hunt for golden eggs scattered throughout the city stuffed with gift cards ranging in value from $5-$200. All day. Free. Details.

Easter Egg 400 at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Little ones join the Easter Bunny for a morning full of bubble performances, balloon twisting, face painting, egg relays and photos During the signature egg hunt, each child will take home a carton of eggs filled with candy and prizes. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $12-$29. Details.

Easter Egg Hunt at Greater Life Baptist Church: Kids can hunt for eggs in age-separated hunts and then exchange their eggs for prize bags. Plus, they’ll have bounce houses, train rides and pictures with the bunny. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

South CLT Pres 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ballantyne Elementary School: Easter fun for the whole family with an egg hunt, Chick-fil-A, games, face painting, prizes and more. Egg hunt for ages 0-8 begins at 10 a.m., and the activities last until noon. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

Inclusive Egg Hunt at BB&T Ballpark: Join the Charlotte Knights Charities and Elevation Church for an inclusive egg hunt for neurodiverse and neurotypical individuals with 7,500 stuffed eggs to find on the field. Registration requested. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

Easter Festival and Egg Hunt at Hope Church Charlotte: In addition to the egg hunt (BYO basket), they’ll have inflatables, games, prizes, music, crafts and food trucks including Lenny’s Press Box and Repicci’s Italian Ice. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

2019 Queen City Easter Festival at The Carole Hoefener Center: Bring the family for face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors and food. They’ll have an Easter egg hunt for children with special needs, free Easter Bunny pictures and toy gift bags for the first 100 children. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Return of the B at Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts: The Easter bunny will be making two appearances at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m., and he’s bringing two can releases with him for the adults. They’ll also have an Easter egg hunt. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Press Box Bar & Grill: Bring the kids out and enjoy free food, giveaways, and games such as an Easter egg hunt, face painting, a dance contest and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Photos with the Easter Bunny at BLACKLION: Bring your camera and your kids/friends/pets for a complimentary photo opportunity with the bunny in front of a backdrop. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

6th Annual Easter Extravaganza at Ballantyne Village: They’ll have bunnies to play with, arts and crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, a bouncy house and photo opportunities. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Buzz-a-thon at Discovery Place Science: Need something to do with the kiddos during spring break? Every day this week, the museum is having special bug-themed activities every hour, including crafts, puzzles, robot-building and more. All day. Included in admission. Details.

Annual Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Enjoy springtime on the farm with egg hunts, farm animals, an Easter bunny, farm products for sale and more. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Earth Day Party at Birdsong Brewing Co.: They’ll be hosting local earth-friendly vendors and introducing their new Green Team, who will host a street clean up at 10 a.m. They will also be collecting items for TerraCycle to be upcycled. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sycamore Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate spring, music, beer drinking weather and great beer! Expect live music and performances on two stages by local, regional and national talent including Of Good Nature, Zach Deputy, Falconheart and more plus indoor and outdoor beer and cider stations, Prosecco-Pops, Frosé and limited edition T-shirts and koozies. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Uptown Hemp Festival at Fire House Bar & Food Truck: They’re celebrating the Farm Bill, which made it legal to smoke Hemp (as long as it has lower than .03 delta 9 THC in it), with live music, a DJ, vendors specializing in CBD products, breweries, food trucks and more. Tickets include one preroll.  Noon to 8 p.m. $20+. Details.

Happy Birthday, Lisa Frank at Brut Tattoo: They’re celebrating with $20 flash tattoos. You must be on the wait list before 10 a.m. to be guaranteed a spot. Noon to midnight. $20. Details.

4/20 Cookout and Jam at Crown Station: They’ll be set up with two open turntables and free food. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. Details.

Horticulture Highlight Walk at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Take a walk through the garden with members of their professional horticulture staff to learn about what’s in bloom. 1-2 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Water Lantern Festival at Symphony Park: See the park’s water lit up like you’ve never seen it before as the traveling festival comes to the city. Admission includes a lantern, tools to decorate it and a drawstring bag. 5-10 p.m. $25-$40. Details.

4/20 Glow Party at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern: Expect black lights, glow sticks, body paint drink specials and more. 21+. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5. Details.

LOTUS: Loving Ourselves Through Infertility Sisterhood at 933 Louise Ave., 302: If you’ve struggled with infertility and are need of support or a community of others who’ve shared that experience, join this group to hear from fertility experts and other women who can help you through the journey. If you can’t make it in person, they’re live streaming it. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

DIY Rain Barrel Workshop at Discovery Place Science: Learn how to conserve and harvest water using a rain barrel. In this workshop (friendly for all ages), you will discover the importance of water conservation and explore ways to prevent water pollution through hands-on activities and story time. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

The Equity Youth Conference at Simmons YMCA: The Equity Youth Conference is the kickoff to The Equity Ambassador Program (set to take place over the summer) which will combat the ongoing effects of segregation in the school system through integration, education and cultural enrichment. Food and refreshments will be provided. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Bilingual Stories & Music at Mint Museum Randolph: Performers will use a combination of bilingual stories (Spanish/English), music, musical instruments, toys, puppets and games to interact with the audience. 11:15 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

2nd Annual Cervantino Bilingual Book Fair at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center: Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the El Quixote Festival to celebrate the bilingual literary culture with notable writers and poets. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

2019 Camp CARE 5K at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: The Star Wars-themed 5K will be followed by lunch and an Easter egg hunt and will help raise funds for Camp CARE, which sends kids fighting cancer and their siblings to summer camp. 9 a.m. $30. Details.

Grand Opening Orientation at Burn Boot Camp – North Charlotte: Meet the staff and tour the facility while you enter raffles to win prizes. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Ballet’s Barre Hops at Catawba Brewing Company: Join company dancers for a 40-minute barre class so that you can learn and sweat with the pros. 7-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

2019 NBA Playoff Live Stream at Spectrum Center: Watch the games with fellow fans in the Hornets stadium. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Curious George Character Breakfast at Barnes & Noble (Pineville-Matthews Road): Join the special guest, Curious George, for breakfast and story time in the cafe. 10 a.m. Free. 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 & 3 p.m. $12-$20. Details.

Shopping

Uptown Flea April Market at 406 N. Tryon St.: Shop from more than 60 local vendors selling handmade and vintage items, two food carts, two mobile shops and more at their new location. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

NoDa Starving Artist Market at 2918 N. Davidson St.: Hunt for great finds from local vendors selling things like jewelry, soaps and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

73. Sunny.

Arts & Entertainment

A Bronx Tale at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: You can never go wrong with a Broadway Show, and this performance brings a lot of energy and is directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks. 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $25. Details.

Easter Celebrations

Easter Brunch at Fahrenheit Charlotte at Fahrenheit Charlotte: Enjoy a full brunch buffet that includes a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Full menu on their Instagram. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $17.95-$59.95. Details.

Easter Brunch at Rí Rá Charlotte: Enjoy their regular menu with some festive Easter additions, plus Irish dance performances during the meal. Reservations recommended. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu prices vary. Details.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Join the run club for an egg hunt along the running course, then bring a dish and sit down for a potluck meal. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Easter Ballroom Brunch at The Ballantyne Hotel: Enjoy a contemporary Easter brunch buffet in the ballroom. Reservations required. Noon to 4 p.m. $95 per person; $40 for children, ages 5-12. Details.

Community Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Various breweries: Visit Pilot Brewing, RedClay PLLC, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Blue Blaze Brewing, or NoDa Brewing Company for many chances to win brewery/cidery prizes when you find one of the 250 eggs hidden in and around the locations. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Games of Thrones Watch Party at Blackfinn Ameripub – Charlotte Uptown: They’re live streaming the second episode with themed food and drink specials, a raffle for an iron throne giveaway and interactive contests. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

2019 NBA Playoff Live Stream at Spectrum Center: Watch the games with fellow fans in the Hornets stadium. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Vintage Charlotte Spring Market: Shop from 82 carefully curated vintage and handmade goods vendors; you can find anything from soaps to furniture. This semi-annual event is expected to attract 4,000 people, so line up early. April 27

The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase: Spend the day at the most unique sporting event in the Charlotte region watching some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles complete with top-notch tailgating. April 27

Open Streets 704: Roughly four miles of streets will be closed to automobile traffic for the afternoon, so people can enjoy walking or biking around the neighborhoods and stopping at the event stations (focused on arts and science, family fun, going green and wellness). The idea is to get residents outside, interacting with one another and the community. April 28

See all the upcoming events here.

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