Agenda Weekender: 39 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte — including Brad Paisley concert

Agenda Weekender: 39 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte — including Brad Paisley concert
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Don’t want the Pride festivities to end? RSVP to Lyft’s Two Is Too Few Donation Party this Sunday. Details below. 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

90. Afternoon thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

$3 Beer Day at Sycamore Brewing: The weekend is here, so treat yourself to $3 beers and something delicious from Cousins Maine Lobster for lunch. Free. Noon. Details.

Festbier Release/OktoBEERfest at Catawba Brewing: They’ll have a new brew, stein and beer specials, German food, mini donuts, live music and more. Prost! 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Radio Haze Release at NoDa Brewing: They gave their Juicy Hazy IPA a juicier twist; it’ll be on tap and you can buy it in four packs. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Black Food Truck Friday: “SummerMusicTour” at Recess CLT: They’re celebrating black music all summer long, so go for the food trucks and stay for the music. This week they’re celebrating jazz. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday Plaza Midwood at Resident Culture Brewing: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and food trucks — Dumpling Lady, Lobster Dogs, Tikka Buzz, What The Fries, Streamline Kitchen, Sun Burger (Vegan), Holy City Waffles. 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, Gyro Twins Truck, TOLA Rose Italian Eats Food Truck, New Wrap Order, GOGI, Chef Ray’s Cuban Cuisine and Holy City Waffles. They’ll have refreshing boozy drinks like Prosecco pops and frosé — plus the usual beer and cider. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour at Spectrum Center: You are a champion, my friend. So you deserve a fun night out at this legendary concert. 8 p.m. $49-$185. Details.

Experience

Friday Nights at Camp North End at 1824 Statesville Ave.: 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.

Fitness

Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly at USNWC: Opt for a 4-mile run or a half marathon, camp out under the stars, and then do it all again in the morning. 8 p.m. $32-$110. Details.

Sports

Knights v. Norfolk at BB&T Ballpark: Go for the game, stay for the fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $9+. Details.

Do Good

1st Annual Golf4Freedom Tournament at Tega Cay Golf Club: Spend some time on the green and do your par(t) to combat human trafficking. The charity golf tournament benefits Lily Pad Haven, a local nonprofit that provides transitional housing for human trafficking survivors, and your ticket includes Chick-fil-A, beer, cigars and more. 9 a.m. $100+. Details.

Shopping

Southern Women’s Show at the Charlotte Convention Center: Shop ’til you drop from hundreds of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, homemade treats and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 online, $12 at the door. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

84. Scattered thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Barbecue 201 at Midwood Smokehouse: Just in time for tailgate season (also football) Midwood’s Executive Pit Master Matthew Barry will share his tips on smoking wings and prepping the perfect tailgate foods. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25. Details.

[Agenda related guide: The 5 best barbecue spots in Charlotte, right now]

Whiskey and Ham: Two All Time Favorites Tasting Event at The Crunkleton: Expect to try eight bourbons from the Heaven Hill Distillery and five hams from the Goodnight Brothers in Boone, carved by a master carver (12 years of training) from Cinco Jotas, one of the 100 oldest companies in the world. Noon to 3 p.m. $245. Details.

[Agenda related guide: The 11 best cocktail bars in Charlotte, right now]

Pumpkin Latte Blonde Can Release Party! at Sycamore Brewing: Fall, the most basic season of all, is almost here, and Sycamore is absolutely here for it; they’re releasing a Pumpkin Latte Blonde. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Tiff’s Treats Opening at Waverly (7314 Waverly Walk Ave.): They’ll be selling boxes of a dozen cookies for $1 (up to three boxes per customer) and will also be donating $5 for every box sold to the Mecklenburg County Special Olympics (up to $5,000). Brooklyn and Andy, who are ambassadors and investors of Tiff’s Treats, will be on site 9-11 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Brad Paisley Tour 2019 at PNC Music Pavilion: With so many great songs spanning decades, Brad Paisley is definitely worth seeing live if you’re a country fan. 7:30 p.m. $38.50-$88.25. Details.

Alan Jackson at Spectrum Center: The singer and songwriter, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has had a dozen studio albums reach the top spot in the country charts in his long career. 7:30 p.m. $39.99-$229. Details.

Common: Let Love Tour at Belk Theater: Hear from Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist and activist Common. 7:30 p.m. $30+. Details.

Freedom Jazz Series at Freedom Park: Pack a picnic and grab some beer and/or wine for a night of jazz music. 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Sir Purr Meet & Greet at Reid’s SouthPark: Football season is here and Sir Purr is ready to pawty. Meet the mascot, decorate cookies with your kiddos and enter to win a drawing. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Queenchella at Queen Park Social: Expect live music, street tacos, drinks and more. Noon. Free. Details.

Legion Jam Fest at Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood: Celebrate the end of summer with a special release of Pineapple Juicy Jay, live music, vendors and more. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Cooking Class with Chef Gene at Legion Brewing SouthPark: For this tomato-themed meal you’ll make fried green tomatoes with pickled shrimp and remoulade; heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with feta cheese and dukkah; pork milanese with tomatoes, pomegranate molasses and arugula; and Eve’s Dark Chocolate Tomato Cupcakes. Your ticket includes food, beer tastings and gratuity. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60. Details.

Charlotte Tacos & Margs Crawl at Whisky River: Indulge in a day of tacos and margs to close out summer. 2-8 p.m. $25 general, $50 VIP. Details.

Fitness

Tread Nightly and Tread Brightly at USNWC: Finish off part two of your run with either 4 miles or a half marathon, then stick around for brunch (see the menu/pricing here). 8 a.m. $32-$110. Details.

Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral: Everyone who runs gets two tickets to the Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the area. 6:30 a.m. $10-$35. Details.

Sports

Knights v. Norfolk at BB&T Ballpark: Go for the game, stay for the fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $9+. Details.

Kids

Annual Hummingbird Festival at Reedy Creek Park: Take the kiddos outside for a day of learning, science experiments, hummingbird watching, hiking, face painting and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

QC Sip and Shop End of Summer Bash at The Unknown Brewing Company: Sip some brews and shop from 30-plus local vendors. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Southern Women’s Show at the Charlotte Convention Center: Shop ’til you drop from hundreds of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, homemade treats and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 online, $12 at the door. Details.

Sample sale at Ole Mason Jar: Shop one-of-a-kind suits, shirts and other men’s clothing items up to 75 percent off. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

78. Showers.

Arts & Entertainment

Beck and Cage the Elephant at PNC Music Pavilion: The seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician joins forces with rockers Cage the Elephant, coming off of its fifth studio album, “Social Cues,” on the co-headline tour. 6 p.m. $29.50-$254. Details.

Experience

August Cocktail Class at bardo: Learn how to create three cocktails with award-winning mixologist Amanda Britton. Chef Mike Noll of bardo will be cooking up light snacks. Noon to 2 p.m. $110. Details.

Cornhole Tournament at The Unknown Brewing Company: Put your cornhole skills to the test and get a shot at winning a set of boards and an Unknown gift card. Registration includes four beer tickets. Noon to 3 p.m. $30 registration. Details.

Sports

Knights v. Norfolk at BB&T Ballpark: Go for the game, stay so the kids can “Run the Bases” after the game. 5:05 p.m. $9+. Details.

Do Good

Lyft’s Two Is Too Few Donation Party at Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo: Show your support for the transgender/non-binary communities, and bring two new or gently used pieces of clothing for free entry. Donations benefit Transcend Charlotte’s Transcloset. Entry includes two complimentary drinks, light bites and a drag show. 2-6 p.m. Free with donation. Details.

Shopping

Southern Women’s Show at the Charlotte Convention Center: Shop ’til you drop from hundreds of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, homemade treats and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 online, $12 at the door. Details.

Sample sale at Ole Mason Jar: Shop one-of-a-kind suits, shirts and other men’s clothing items up to 75 percent off. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

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