Weekday Planner: 22 cool things to do in Charlotte this week — including OMB’s 11th Annual Mecktoberfest

Weekday Planner: 22 cool things to do in Charlotte this week — including OMB’s 11th Annual Mecktoberfest
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Disney’s Aladdin

Belk Theater | Varies | $30+ | Details

Why you should go: There are few things more magical than Disney shows on Broadway, so you really should carve out time to see this number. There are performances through Sept. 10-29.

Charlotte Sushi Class

Sycamore Brewing | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $40 | Details

Why you should go: Cooking classes are excellent dates/friend dates, and sushi seems very satisfying to make.

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WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Discusses the NC Brewing Industry

Divine Barrel Brewing | 7-8:30 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: There couldn’t be a more relevant topic for Charlotte. Learn more about the industry while sipping on a craft brew. 

Meet AvidXchange @ TechConnect

AvidXchange | 5 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Network with AvidXchange recruiters and learn more about opportunities to work this popular fast-growing company. 


Next Plate: Fall 2019

Camp North End | 7-9 p.m. | $90 | Details

Why you should go: Chef McKinzie Spence of La Belle Helene, Chef Whitney Thomas of 5Church Charlotte
and Discovery Place Science are coming together to bring you a multi-course meal paired with artistic visuals.

Paella Party!

POPLAR – Tapas Restaurant & Bar | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $35 | Details

Why you should go: Watch a demo of the traditional paella cooking method — slowly over a wood fire. Your ticket includes a seafood paella dinner and fabulous Spanish wines.

Clare Rojas SOCO Opening Reception

SOCO Gallery | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Meet artist Clare Rojas who has 14 abstract landscape paintings in her second solo exhibit at SOCO.

Master the At-Home Blowout with SkillPop

The Daily Details | 6:30-8 p.m. | $30 | Details

Why you should go: There’s a lot of truth to the adage “look good, feel good,” and this class will teach you how use a round brush and hairdryer to achieve a salon look at home. Note: you’ll need to come with clean hair and your round brush/dryer.


Kacey Musgraves: Oh, What a World: Tour II

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre | 8 p.m. | $27.50-$140 | Details

Why you should go: Kacey Musgraves is killing it, and let the record show she’s one of the best young artists to emerge on the country music scene in a long time.

Roses and Rosé

Wing Haven | 6-7:30 p.m. | $35-$45 | Details

Why you should go: Stroll through the rose garden and sample rosé while a harpist plays (feels very Secret Garden-esque).

Cookie Decorating 101 with SkillPop

Hygge Coworking at 809 W. Hill St. | 6:30-8 p.m. | $38 | Details

Why you should go: Fall kicks off the holiday season aka months of celebrations and events (yay), so now is the perfect time to perfect your cookie decorating craft.

Coliseum V grand opening

 2801 E. Independence Blvd. | All day | Free | Details

Why you should go: The new action bar has  72 Hoppin’-style self-pour taps, archery tag, laser tag and 22 virtual reality booths.

[Agenda related story: Go inside: “Action bar” named Coliseum V opening September 19 near Plaza Midwood — will have archery tag and 22 virtual reality booths]

Carol Lovin lecture

Rogers Hall, Duke Energy Auditorium | 5:30 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Hear from the executive vice president, chief integration officer and system chief of staff for Atrium Health.

More Sephora to Love: SouthPark

Sephora – SouthPark Mall | All day | Free | Details

Why you should go: The recently remodeled Sephora is re-opening in SouthPark mall, and they’re doing mini makeovers with photo ops, a DJ, samples and more all weekend long.

River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center

USNWC | 7-10 p.m. | Free, $6 parking | Details

Why you should go: This is the last month of River Jam season, so get in your outdoor concerts while you can. Brother Olive is playing tonight and The Mantras play tomorrow.


The 55th Annual Festival in the Park

Freedom Park | 5 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Friday evening kicks off a weekend of art, crafts, music and entertainment, so round up your friends and fam for some good old fashioned fun.

90’s Vibes: The Best of Hip Hop and R&B Featuring Orchestra Noir

McGlohan Theatre | 8-10 p.m. | $39 | Details

Why you should go: This African-American orchestra has been lauded by Vogue Magazine, BET, Oprah’s OWN Network and many black musical artists, and I love the paradox of using classical instruments to explore hip-hop and R&B music for a unique show.

OMB’s 11th Annual Mecktoberfest

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | 11 a.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Get ready for another year of bier, pretzels, steins and stein-related competitions, costume contests and other Oktoberfest festivities.

Food Truck Friday Plaza Midwood 

Resident Culture Brewing | 4-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and food trucks, including The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, What The Fries CLT, Food Truck: My Sausage Buddy, Libretto’s Pizzeria Charlotte, Waffle Tastries
and Hip Hop Smoothies.

Science on the Rocks: Survival Skills

Discovery Place Science | 5-9 p.m. | $12 in advance, $14 at the door | Details

Why you should go: Practice knot trying, eat edible bugs and partake in other adventurous challenges. (I’ve always had a secret dream of competing on Survivor, but I think this is more my speed.)

Food Truck Friday South End

Sycamore Brewing | 4-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: This weeks banging lineup includes Papi Queso Food Truck, TIN Kitchen, OooWee BBQ, Gyro Twins Truck, GOGI, Chef Ray’s Cuban Cuisine, Chilaka Tacolab and Rollicious Ribs & More. They’ll have refreshing boozy drinks like Prosecco pops and frosé — plus the usual beer and cider.

Friday Nights at Camp North End

1824 Statesville Ave. | 5-10 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Every Friday, they’ll have food, music and a few surprises for a laid-back hangout. Note: Kids and leashed pets are welcome. 

Looking for more things to do? Here’s a full calendar of 50+ cool events in Charlotte. 

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