Agenda Weekender: 37 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend including the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Agenda Weekender: 37 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend including the Carolina Renaissance Festival
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This weekend is stacked with can’t-miss events. Get there with Lyft.

Lyft to any participating Charlotte brewery this weekend and show the bartender your receipt for a 50% off code for your ride home.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

92. Mostly sunny. 

Food & Drink

Culture Feast at South Tryon Street: This will be the event’s fifth year running, and the unique experience includes a giant community outdoor dinner and arts and cultural experiences. 6-9 p.m. $50. Details.

Food Truck Friday Plaza Midwood at Resident Culture Brewing: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and food trucks, including The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, Lobster Dogs-Food Truck, What The Fries CLT, Strudelteig Food Truck, Lady Go-Go’s and Hip Hop Smoothies. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday South End at Sycamore Brewing: This week’s banging lineup includes Papi Queso Food Truck, TIN Kitchen, OooWee BBQ, Gyro Twins Truck, GOGI, Chef Ray’s Cuban Cuisine, Chilaka Tacolab, CRAFTY BURG’R 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.

National Taco Day at Hot Taco: They’ll have $2 tacos, $3 Coronas and $5 Sangria. All day. Free. Details.

National Taco Day Blindfolded Taco Eating Contest at Vida Cantina: Calling all taco lovers. One person will be blindfolded trying to feed the other tacos, and the one who eats the most wins. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Breakaway Carolina Music Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory: Future, Lil Baby and five other artists are performing on Friday, and more than eight people are performing on Saturday. 4-11 p.m. $60+. Details.

Alessia Cara at Winthrop University Coliseum in Rock Hill: Don’t miss Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alessia Cara in her only performance in the Carolinas this fall. 8 p.m. $36-$70. Details.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck will be sharing his talents with a two-hour concert. 6-8:15 p.m. $10 for museum members, $16 non-members. Details.

Experience

SCarowinds at Carowinds: Carowinds transforms from “theme park” to “scream park” for its annual SCarowinds Halloween attraction. The event features 500+ monsters, ghosts and goblins roaming the grounds plus haunted attractions and shows. 7 p.m. to midnight. $32+. Details.

Friday Nights 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.

2019 Queen Charlotte Fair at 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord: Enjoy opening night complete with rides and fair food like roasted corn, cotton candy, funnel cake, turkey legs, kabobs, ice cream and more. 4-11 p.m. $0-$10. Details.

Shopping

Fall Plant Sale at Wing Haven: The four-day sale features hundreds of plants from perennials to herbs. Wednesday is members-only, but Thursday-Saturday are open to all. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

75. Mostly cloudy.

Food & Drink

PumkingFest at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Expect pumpkin beer flowing and pumpkin-themed games all day long. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Great Grapes! Wine & Food at Symphony Park: There will be more than 200 wines, free kids’ activities, festival food and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $30+. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Breakaway Carolina Music Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory: Future, Lil Baby and five other artists are performing on Friday, and more than eight people are performing on Saturday. 3-11 p.m. $60+. Details.

Nobuntu at Duke Family Performance Hall – Davidson College: The female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe will be doing inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. 7:30 p.m. $12-$22. Details.

Experience

Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road: This 20-something-year-old annual festival takes you way back in time to the days of jousting, armored knights, feasting and more. Expect more than 500 characters in costume, 14 entertainment stages, hundreds of village vendors, turkey legs and other festival foods, knights on horseback, tomato tossing and more. The festival is every weekend through Nov. 24. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $15 kids, $25 adults. Details.

USNWC’s Fall Festival at U.S. National Whitewater Center: The festival’s signature events is the Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) Competition, and you can also expect races, yoga and cider sampling ( $7 gets you four 4-ounce pours). So whether you prefer to celebrate the season through friendly outdoorsy competitions or are more of a sip-and-spectate kind of person, there’s something for everyone. All day. Free, $6 parking. Details.

SCarowinds at Carowinds: Carowinds transforms from “theme park” to “scream park” for its annual SCarowinds Halloween attraction. The event features 500+ monsters, ghosts and goblins roaming the grounds plus haunted attractions and shows. 7 p.m. to midnight. $32+. Details.

9th Annual Fall Festival at MillBridge, Waxhaw: They’ll have axe throwing, hay rides, food trucks and vendors, face painting, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

A Lowcountry Party at The Fillmore: Get ready for a Lowcountry good time with lots of seafood, craft beer, live music with local musician Britt Drozda and dancing with The Bennett Thompson Band. All proceeds benefit Communities In Schools. 7-10 p.m. $100. Details.

Tawba Fest at Riverwalk in Rock Hill: The 6th annual Tawba Fest will be held in the Riverwalk community in Rock Hill along the Catawba River complete with live music, food trucks, craft beer, kids activities and a visit from Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers! 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

2019 Queen Charlotte Fair at 5650 Sandusky Blvd, Concord: Enjoy opening night complete with rides and fair food like roasted corn, cotton candy, funnel cake, turkey legs, kabobs, ice cream and more. Noon. $0-$10. Details.

Pictures with Pumpkins at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Bring your own camera and pose with your family in among the pumpkins and hay bales. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

DropSound Yoga & Mimosas at Metropolitan: The braid and glitter bars open at 9 a.m., yoga is at 10 a.m., and bottomless mimosas are waiting for you afterward. 9 a.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. Details.

Do good

2019 Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure at South Mint Street: Do a 5K with the family or a one-mile fun run to support the 23rd annual Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure. 6 a.m. $25+. Details.

3rd Annual Charlotte UNITE Festival at NoDa Brewing Company: The event includes musical performances from local artists of all backgrounds, food from different cultures in Charlotte, brews and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

704 Shop Warehouse Sale at 1616 Camden Road: Clothing will be up to 70 percent off with $12 tees and hats, $20 hoodies, $7 kids tees and $25 button ups in a tent outside. You can get 15 percent off everything in the store and online (no code needed). Details.

Fall Plant Sale at Wing Haven: The four-day sale features hundreds of plants from perennials to herbs. Wednesday is members-only, but Thursday-Saturday are open to all. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fall Market At Lucky Lou’s: Expect live music, puppy adoptions and more than 15 local vendors to shop from. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

82. Mostly cloudy.

Arts & Entertainment

Movies at the Museum: A Night of LGBTQ Short Films at Mint Museum – Randolph: You get to see tons of diverse LGBTQ short films for free, and you can buy snacks like candy and popcorn. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road: This 20-something-year-old annual festival takes you way back in time to the days of jousting, armored knights, feasting and more. Expect more than 500 characters in costume, 14 entertainment stages, hundreds of village vendors, turkey legs and other festival foods, knights on horseback, tomato tossing and more. The festival is every weekend through Nov. 24. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $15 kids, $25 adults. Details.

2019 Queen Charlotte Fair at 5650 Sandusky Blvd, Concord: Enjoy opening night complete with rides and fair food like roasted corn, cotton candy, funnel cake, turkey legs, kabobs, ice cream and more. Noon. $0-$10. Details.

Death Row Faith Forum at Christ Church: Reverend Chip Edens will interview Anthony Ray Hinton, who was wrongly accused of two murders in 1985 and spend 28 years in death row in Alabama. The Supreme Court overturned his conviction, but not until 2015. He’s now published a memoir. 10 a.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Panthers v Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank of America Stadium: The ‘Thers only have one home game this month, so put on your black and blue and cheer on our home team while they defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars. 1 p.m. $59-$361+. Details.

Shopping

October Front Porch Sunday at 2161 Hawkins St.: Expect shopping from local vendors, drinks and food. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

2019 N.C. State Fair: I know this isn’t in Charlotte, but it’s worth the drive to Raleigh — and it should be on everyone’s fall bucket list. The fair is filled with deep-fried foods, vendors, spinning rides and excellent people watching opportunities. Oct. 17-27.

South End Wine Festival: Enjoy four hours of all-you-can-drink wine, beer and cider samples plus live music and food from Papi Queso, Tin Kitchen and King of Pops. Oct. 19.

Rich & Bennett’s Halloween Bar Crawl: Put on a Halloween costume and rally your best guys and ghouls for a day/night of drink specials, event koozies, giveaways and a costume contest. It’s like trick-or-treating, expect instead of candy you get alcohol. There are more than 20 bars included in this year’s crawl. Oct. 26.

See all the upcoming events here.

Featured image courtesy of the U.S. National Whitewater Center

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