Agenda Weekender: 45+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 45+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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FRIDAY, MAY 24

95. Mostly sunny.

Food & Drink

Food Truck Friday Plaza Midwood at Resident Culture Brewing: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and six food trucks — what more could you want? 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday South End at Sycamore Brewing: This weeks banging lineup includes Papi Queso Food Truck, TIN Kitchen, OooWee BBQ, Tikka Buzz Food Truck, GOGI, Queen City Chamo, Gyro Twins Truck and Queen City Sliders. They’ll have refreshing boozy drinks like Prosecco pops and frosé — plus the usual beer and cider. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Oyster Stout Release Party at Town Brewing Company: They’re releasing a beer brewed with oysters, and they’re giving out free oyster samples. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Don Julio Tequila Dinner at Napa on Providence: Get a three-course meal paired specifically with Don Julio tequila. 7 p.m. $75+, reservation required. Details.

$1 Cinnamon Rolls Grand Opening at Cinnaholic: Everyone can get delicious cinnamon rolls for $1, and five people will win free rolls for a year. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $1. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Producers at The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse: This comedy is dubbed a “equal opportunity offender” and swept 12 Tony Awards, so you should see it. 8 p.m. $28. Details.

Oslo at Duke Energy Theater – Spirit Square: “Oslo” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2017 and a slew of other awards, so it should be a great show. 7:30 p.m. $22-$28. Details.

Gary Owen at The Comedy Zone: If you haven’t been to a standup comedy show yet, this would be a great start (and if  you’ve been, you already know how fun it is). Gary Owen is a sell-out comedian, and he has his own show on BET. 7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. $35-$45. Details.

Experience

Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: There’s a new glass sculpture exhibit by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath, including 10-foot orchids. Thursday-Sundays you can catch a night show where the sculptures are illuminated, and there’s beer/wine and live music. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (day exhibit), 6-10 p.m. (night). $7.95-$14.95. Details.

2019 Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola at Romare Bearden Park: The three-day event includes entertainment, racing-related displays, kids’ activities, NASCAR autographs and more  — all going on along Tryon Street. The nightly concerts start at 6:30 p.m. at Romare Bearden with Brothers Osborne headlining tonight. Openers are Caylee Hammack and Tyler Rich. Noon to 8 p.m. Free day activities, $20-$25 concerts Friday/Saturday. Details.

Friday Nights at Camp North End – 1824 Statesville Ave.: Every Friday, they’ll have food, music and a few surprises for a laid-back hangout. Kids and leashed pets are welcome. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Paddle to Table at USNWC: This would be such a cool date or experience to take out-of-town guests on. You’ll have a guided paddle down the Catawba River by kayak or stand-up paddle board, take a short hike back, and get a chef-curated meal — and there’s craft beer and wine for purchase. 6 p.m. $55. Details.

Whitewater River Jam at USNWC: Bring your friends, family and a blanket and for live music, craft beer and food. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Movie Nights at Seventh and Tryon: Something about outdoor movies is idyllic, so pack up a lawn chair and picnic — playing “Back to the Future.” There’s also food and drink for purchase. 8:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210: This is something you need experience at least once. You put on headphones while the DJ does — instead of the music blasting through normal speakers, you’ll listen to it while wearing headphones. 8 p.m. to midnight. Free, $15. Details.

Culture Quest Charlotte in Uptown: The three-day festival is going to have food, music and fashion (the best things in life) from different cultures represented in Charlotte, from African to Mediterranean to Indian. All day. Free. Details.

Sports

Friday Night Fireworks at BB&T Ballpark: Go to cheer on the Knights while they dominate the Durham Bulls,  stay for the firework show afterward — one of the best parts of summer. 7 p.m. $9+. Details.

Shopping

Design Within Reach sale at 1800 Camden Road: The modern design shop is relocating to a bigger space soon, and they’re marking everything down this weekend at least 20 percent. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

94. Mostly sunny.

Food & Drink

Memorial Day Oyster Roast at NoDa Company Store: Get your oysters raw or grilled and listen to some live bluegrass music. Oh, and they’ll have their usual free Sunday Funday lunch the next day, too. Noon. Free to attend. Details.

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Arts & Entertainment

The Producers at The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse: This comedy is dubbed a “equal opportunity offender” and swept 12 Tony Awards, so you should see it. 8 p.m. $28. Details.

ArtPop – Pop Up Gallery Show at Evoke: Meet and check out the work of five local artists (Cass Bradley, Hamilton Ward, Irisol Gonzalez Art, Marvin Espy Artist and Margaret Fleeman), snag some free food, and sip on wine/beer/cocktails while you mingle. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Oslo at Duke Energy Theater – Spirit Square: “Oslo” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2017 and a slew of other awards, so it should be a great show. 7:30 p.m. $22-$28. Details.

Gary Owen at The Comedy Zone: If you haven’t been to a standup comedy show yet, this would be a great start (and if  you’ve been, you already know how fun it is). Gary Owen is a sell-out comedian, and he has his own show on BET. 7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. $35-$45. Details.

Experience

Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: There’s a new glass sculpture exhibit by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath, including 10-foot orchids. Thursday-Sundays you can catch a night show where the sculptures are illuminated, and there’s beer/wine and live music. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (day exhibit), 6-10 p.m. (night). $7.95-$14.95. Details.

2019 Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola at Romare Bearden Park: The three-day event includes entertainment, racing-related displays, kids’ activities, NASCAR autographs and more  — all going on along Tryon Street. The nightly concerts start at 6:30 p.m. at Romare Bearden with Styx headlining tonight. Openers are Charity Case and Sugarcreek. Noon to 8 p.m. Free day activities, $20-$25 concerts Friday/Saturday. Details.

Spring Seasonal Cooking Class & Pop-Up Market at Catawba Brewing Company: Grab and beer and learn how to cook with farmers market ingredients — this week the focus will be on cauliflower, a Pinterest fav for making healthier recipes more filling. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $47. Details.

Biergarten Table Reverse Auction at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: They’re auctioning off Biergarten table sets (a table and two benches), starting at $50 a set, decreasing throughout the day until they’re gone. All profits from the auction will be donated to 24 Foundation and OMB’s 24 Hours of Booty team: Team Reeb. 10-11 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Whitewater River Jam at USNWC: Bring your friends, family and a blanket and for live music, craft beer and food. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Culture Quest Charlotte in Uptown: The three-day festival is going to have food, music and fashion (the best things in life) from different cultures represented in Charlotte, from African to Mediterranean to Indian. All day. Free. Details.

Fitness

Free Workout Party & Social at Sycamore Brewing: Summer is right around the corner, so no matter your fitness goals, you’re going to want to take advantage of all the free workout opportunities. Camp Gladiator is leading a workout, Nektar is handing out free samples, and Sycamore has the beer. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

The Dry Tri at USNWC: Instead of swimming, you’ll either paddle board or kayak — then do the usual biking and running. You can sign up as a relay or take the challenge on by yourself. 6:30 a.m. $40-$90. Details.

Sports

Pfeiffer Night at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights while they dominate the Durham Bulls. 7 p.m. $9+. Details.

Do Good

Redbud Group Adoption Event at NoDa Brewing Co.: It’s going to be sunny and hot, so you might as well cool down with a beer. And while you’re getting a beer, might as well check out the animals in need of a home. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Pet Adoption Event with Halfway There Rescue at Blue Blaze Brewing: Bring your dog and/or adopt a new one! Yappy Hour will have treats for the pups, and Blue Blaze has the brews. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, MAY 26

95. Partly cloudy.

Food & Drink

North Carolina SoulFull Vegan Festival at Heist Brewery: Of course there will be vegan food vendors, but you can also expect kids activities, guest speaker, music, double dutch, collard green cooking competition, financial literacy resources and more. Noon. Free. Details.

Memorial Day Weekend Pig Pickin’ w/ Sweet Lew’s BBQ! at Birdsong Brewing: Buy a beer, get a plate filled with barbecue sandwich plates with red slaw, mac n cheese and baked beans. And in honor of Memorial Day, a portion of the sales will benefit Purple Heart Homes. Noon to 3 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

Memorial Day Celebration at USNWC: There are yoga (including SUP yoga) classes throughout the afternoon, and you can end the night with live music and a firework show. 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free, $25 SUP yoga. Details.

Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: There’s a new glass sculpture exhibit by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath, including 10-foot orchids. Thursday-Sundays you can catch a night show where the sculptures are illuminated, and there’s beer/wine and live music. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (day exhibit), 6-10 p.m. (night). $7.95-$14.95. Details.

Culture Quest Charlotte in Uptown: The three-day festival is going to have food, music and fashion (the best things in life) from different cultures represented in Charlotte, from African to Mediterranean to Indian. All day. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Transgender Voice Modification Workshop at Time Out Youth: Learn ways to safely work on changing your voice to match your true self and/or gender identity. 4-5 p.m. Free, reservation recommended. Details.

Fitness

Free Yoga On The Rail Trail with King of Pops in South End: Sundays aren’t so scary when you have free yoga — and a ton of brunch options to hit up before or after class. Bring your own mat or towel. 1-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Memorial Day Trail Race at USNWC: Opt for a 5- or 8-mile run, and stay for the Memorial Day Celebration afterward. 9 a.m. $32-$42. Details.

Sports

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: This race is a 60-year tradition — and one of the biggest events in racing. Go for the race, or just go for the tailgate. 6 p.m. $10 for kids under 13, $58+ for adults. Details.

Charlotte Checkers vs. Toronto Marlies at Bojangles’ Coliseum: For Memorial Day, they’re selling USA-themed Checkers shirts, or you can opt for the ticket and tee bundle if you don’t have tickets yet. They’ll also have discounted concessions. 7 p.m. $35 for T-shirt & ticket. Details.

MONDAY, MAY 27

Food & Drink

Memorial Day Give Back at Hickory Tavern: Don’t feel like grilling at home? Perfect. Hickory Tavern is donating 25 percent of the proceeds from their ‘Merica’s Burger sales to The Independence Fund — a nonprofit that provides wheelchairs for wounded veterans. All day. Menu prices. Details.

Memorial Day at Firebirds: Veterans, active duty service members and Gold Star Families eat for free when you dine in — and as long as you order something the same price or more expensive. All day. Menu prices. Details.

Sports

Dollar Hot Dog Day at BB&T Ballpark: The Knights will be dominating the Durham Bulls, and you get to enjoy $1 hot dogs while it goes down. 1 p.m. $9+. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Speak PINK: This breast cancer luncheon and fundraising event benefits breast cancer patient outreach programs at Levine Cancer Institute and Project PINK.  Amy Robach, breast cancer survivor, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 and reporter for ABC News will be there to share her story and talk about why supporting local breast cancer research and early detection programs is so important. May 29.

Sustain Charlotte’s #WalkCLT: Explore FreeMoreWest by walking to and from locations — the idea is to experience the neighborhood on foot rather than driving. You’ll get an event map when you check in, and businesses will give you a stamp. The after party is at Town Brewing where you can turn in stamps for raffle tickets. May 31.

Charlotte Mimosa Festival: Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited mimosa tastings, great music, entertainment, pop up shops, and awesome food from some of Charlotte’s finest food trucks. June 2.

See all the upcoming events here.

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