Agenda Weekender: 36 things to do in Charlotte this weekend — including Watermelon Day

Agenda Weekender: 36 things to do in Charlotte this weekend — including Watermelon Day
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FRIDAY, JULY 12

88. Thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Fishbowl: A Pop-Up Bar Experiment at Discovery Place Science: Grab some Insta-worthy science-themed cocktails made by Halcyon mixologist Matt Caspento. 5:30-10 p.m. Free entry (doesn’t include full museum access), drinks $12-$15 each. 5:30-10 p.m. Details.

Fútbol Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Sycamore is celebrating the upcoming match between Arsenal and ACF Fiorentina with team-inspired beers, and it’s Fried Chicken & Beer Fest. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

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

Tailgate Master Cooking Class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen: Football season is right around the corner, which means tailgate season is, too. Get prepared for the season and learn how to create some new crowd-pleasing dishes. 6-9 p.m. $55-$65. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Train/Goo Goo Dolls at PNC Music Pavilion: Nothing says summer in the Carolinas like an outdoor concert, and these bands will be playing the songs you never skip on the radio (hello, Iris). 7 p.m. $29-$125. Details.

Panteón Rococó at Neighborhood Theatre: The Mexican ska band released its ninth album, Infiernos, in May. 8 p.m. $30-$40. Details.

Improv Charlotte // Improv Comedy Benefiting Camp Blue Skies at Free Range Brewing: You get two hours of comedy, and the proceeds are going to a camp for children with disabilities — it’s a win-win. Plus, you can grab a beer or two. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Hello, Dolly! at Belk Theater: There’s something so special about seeing a Broadway show, and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley (star of this show) won’t let you down. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Out of Body at C3Lab: See the Arthur Brouthers’ newest trippy art exhibit. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

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

Sports

Knights vs. Gwinnett at BB&T Ballpark: Go to cheer on the Knights, stay for the fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $9+. Details.

Shopping

Watermelon Day at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: It’s the Farmers Market’s 12th annual Watermelon Day, and they’ll have free samples, stickers and coloring books to celebrate. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Summer Sample Sale at Ladies of Lineage Fort Mill: Calling all brides! Designer wedding dresses in the $1,000-$7,000 range will be on sale for $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

91. Partly cloudy. 

Food & Drink

Psychedelic Flow Can Release at Sycamore: They’re calling it a “hoppy trip,” so relax in the sunshine and drink up. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Popsicle Fest – 3rd Annual at Rooftop 210: Popsicles + cocktails = the perfect summer drink. Your ticket includes samples from a special King of Pops cocktail menu. 3-7 p.m. $25-$40. Details.

Mixology with Bob Peters at Earl’s Grocery: Bob’s sharing tricks of the trade for free, so get there early if you want a good seat. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Luke Combs: Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour at PNC Music Pavilion: His first five single releases all made the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay, so this Charlotte-native has become a big deal in the country music world. You hear his songs “She Got the Best of Me” and “Beautiful Crazy” on the radio all the time. 7 p.m. $37-$78. Details.

Hello, Dolly! at Belk Theater: There’s something so special about seeing a Broadway show, and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley (star of this show) won’t let you down. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Bearden Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Tonight they’ll have Latin music performed by Grupo Fantasma and special guest West End Mambo. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Road To Grungefest at The Fillmore: Jam out to three tribute bands covering Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots songs. 8 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

Barrel Room Battlegrounds at The Barrel Room at Triple C: Battle other games in the Smash Ultimate Tournament, or go to play games, drink beer and watch the competition. 1-7 p.m. Free to watch. Details.

Save the Date to Celebrate 4 Years! at Free Range Brewing: Free Range is turning 4, and they’re throwing down to celebrate. Exact schedule is TBD. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Design Your Own Jewelry at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Spend the afternoon learning to make hand-painted jewelry with your family (kiddos 6 7 up welcome). 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free for museum members, $5 GA. Details.

Social Pet Doggy Day Paw-ty! at 7th Street Public Market: Treat your pup to some ice cream and hang out for live music and cool giveaways. Puppy ice cream is free for Social Pet members, including those who sign up at the event and $5 for non-members. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free to attend. Details.

The Buzz About Bees at Discovery Place Nature: Expect beekeepers, vendors, crafts, story time, demonstrations and all things bee-related. 10 a.m. to noon. Included in admission, $8. Details.

Fitness

Whitewater Triathlon at USNWC: If you’re participating, you’ll do a 1K open water swim on the Catawba River, a 23K mountain bike leg and a 6.5K trail run. If you’re exhausted just reading this, you should grab a beer and cheer for everyone taking on the challenge. All day. $65-$80 to participate. Details.

Sports

Knights vs. Gwinnett at BB&T Ballpark: Go to cheer on the Knights, stay for the fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $9+. Details.

Do Good

Low Country Boil and benefit at Midwood Country Club: Expect lots of shrimp, live music and a good time for a good cause. The event benefits Galilee Center for Refugees. 5-8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Details.

Shopping

Summer Sample Sale at Ladies of Lineage Fort Mill: Calling all brides! Designer wedding dresses in the $1,000-$7,000 range will be on sale for $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

94. Partly cloudy.

Food & Drink

Bastille Day at La Belle Helene: LBH is celebrating Bastille Day with their House of Bourbon cocktail, food specials and live jazz music. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu prices. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Hello, Dolly! at Belk Theater: There’s something so special about seeing a Broadway show, and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley (star of this show) won’t let you down. 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $25+. Details.

Experience

Charlotte French Festival 2019 at Nevin Community Park: Expect French food, wine, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance and more. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $5. Details.

Rooftop Barre & Brunch at Fahrenheit: Take a 55-minute barre class and follow it up with a brunch buffet and a mimosa. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25. Details.

Shop Drop ‘N Roll Summer Market at NoDa Brewing: Shop from more than a dozen vendors while sipping on brews. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Knights vs. Gwinnett at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they crush their competition. 5:05 p.m. $9+. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Charlotte Black Pride Week: From an artists exhibit to a jazz brunch, there are tons of events going on throughout the week to celebrate black pride. Check out the full schedule here. July 17-21.

24 Hours of Booty: Every year hundreds of walkers and more than 1,000 bikers commit to walking and cycling for 24 hours (or as much as they’d like in that 24-hour period) around the famous Booty Loop in Myers Park. Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, The LIVESTRONG Foundation and Queens University of Charlotte are the main beneficiaries of the event, but 10-20 other cancer-related nonprofits will receive support too. If you don’t plan to walk/bike, you can cheer on the participants from the sidelines or hang out in the food/expo area. July 26.

Confluence: The stages will be packed with local musicians, you can get behind-the-scenes info on the Charlotte music industry through panels, and you can check out a bunch of music-related vendors. This festival is for people who want to learn more about local music, get some exposure or love music in general. Aug. 3-4.


See all the upcoming events here.

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