Weekday Planner: 19 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including Checkers home opener

Weekday Planner: 19 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including Checkers home opener
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

Homemade Pretzels & Dipping Sauces

Whole Foods Market- South Park | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $40 | Details

Why you should go: Learn the extremely important skills of cooking soft pretzels and concocting sauces to dip them in. Mara Norris, director of Salud!, is teaching the class.

October Oyster Session

Sea Level NC | 7-8:30 p.m. | $50 | Details

Why you should go: Your $50 ticket gets you Oktoberfest-inspired oysters with dressings, drinks, small bites and oyster knowledge.

D.L. Hughley

The Comedy Zone – Charlotte | 7 p.m. | $35-$60 | Details

Why you should go: You might recognize the comedian from BET, Comedy Central and other networks. And this is your chance to see him live.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Barry’s Rooftop Sunset Sweat

The Metropolitan | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Barry’s Boot Camp is opening in Atherton pretty soon, and one of their founding coaches is teaching a class to give you a peek at what to expect. A DJ will be playing to keep you pumped up, and they’ll have a limited amount of yoga mats for rent.

Raza Wine Dinner

Norfolk Hall | 6:30-9 p.m. | $65 | Details

Why you should go: Six Charlotte chefs are working together to deliver a five-course dinner that’ll be paired with wines out of Spain and South America.

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One

Knight Theater | 7:30 p.m. | $25+ | Details

Why you should go: Mike Birbiglia is sharing his perspective on first-time parenthood and the trials of adulthood through Broadway. Performances are through Sunday, Oct. 13.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

2020 Around the Crown 10K Launch Party

Noda Brewing Company | 5-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Year one was such a success, sign ups for the second annual Around the Crown 10K (happening 2020) are already kicking off. Celebrate with a 7-mile run and some beers for $2.77.

Maggie Rogers: Heard It In A Past Life World Tour

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre | 8 p.m. | $30.75-$49.50 | Details

Why you should go: The indie-pop singer and songwriter will take the stage with special guest Jacob Banks.

Boozy Cupcake Decorating

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne Hotel | 6:30-8 p.m. | $40 | Details

Why you should go: Chef Alisha Pierri is teaching you how to infuse desserts with booze, and how to make pretty cupcakes. Plus you get six cupcakes to take home.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

Pounding For Parker Foundation Gala at the Lake

Hello, Sailor | 7 p.m. | $100 | Details

Why you should go: Experience an evening at the Lake at Hello, Sailor. Your ticket price includes food, drinks, a DJ, live and silent auctions, hand-crafted cocktails with cotton candy and more. All proceeds benefit the Pounding For Parker Foundation. Note: Dress is Lakeside Luxe.

ANIMALI: Alex Beard Solo Exhibition

Anne Neilson Fine Art – 532 Governor Morrison St. | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Alex Beard’s solo exhibition celebrates animals from the bayous of South Louisiana to the jungles of India, the African Bush and beyond. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Watering Hole Foundation.

Music at The Met

1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy free live music from country-blues group Tin 4 plus food and drink specials, games, popsicles and more.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Opening Night for the Charlotte Checkers

Bojangles’ Coliseum | 7 p.m. | $18.50+ | Details

Why you should go: Our Calder Cup champs are hitting the ice for another season, and they’re celebrating with a championship banner raising ceremony before taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Brantley Gilbert: Not Like Us Tour

PNC Music Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $38-$78 | Details

Why you should go: From “My Kind of Crazy” to “What Happens in a Small Town,” Brantley Gilbert has created tons of radio hits over the years, so don’t miss him live.

Whitewater Center Film Series

U.S. National Whitewater Center | 6:53 p.m. | Free, $6 parking | Details

Why you should go: Every Friday in October you can head to the USNWC for move night. This week they’re showing “Mountainfilm on Tour” which is compilation of documentaries shown at the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.

A Night of Jazz with Saxophonist Dee Lucas and Persona Bell

Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal | 8-10:30 p.m. | $25-$35 | Details

Why you should go: Treat yourself to a jazzy night out with national recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas and vocalist and pianist Persona Bell.

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.

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. 

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