Agenda Weekender: 44 cool things to do this weekend including the N.C. State Fair

Agenda Weekender: 44 cool things to do this weekend including the N.C. State Fair
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It’s time to work through your fall bucket list — and thanks to Lyft, you don’t have to worry about getting there.

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 18

68. Sunny.

Food & Drink

Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails opening at 1320 S. Church St.: The new cocktail bar/restaurant is the sister concept of Craft Growler Shop & Tasting Room. The food menu will consist of New-American small plates with a focus on craft cocktails and wine. And they have a 28-seat rooftop patio. All day. Free. 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, What The Fries CLT, Food Truck: My Sausage Buddy, Libretto’s Pizzeria Charlotte, Waffle Tastries and Hip Hop Smoothies. 4-9 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, 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. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! at Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts: Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey. You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more. 7:30 p.m. $22-$38. Details.

Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival at Charlotte Convention Center: Expect all things tattoo and permanent makeup needs featuring artists from around the world tattooing, vendors, performances, live art and much more. 2 p.m. $20. Details.

Whitewater Center Film Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Every Friday in October you can head to the USNWC for move night. This week they’re showing “Women’s Adventure Film Tour” which features a compilation of short films, including the premiere of Katie Walsh’s film, “Surfing to Cope” about American pro surfer Brianna Cope. 6:53 p.m. Free, $6 parking. Details.

Experience

45th Annual Carolina Balloonfest at 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville: Go to see hot air balloons lift off both early in the morning and in the evening, and stay for live music, vendors, the Kids’ Zone, festival food and the wine and beer garden. All day. $0-$300. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Cult Classics at Discovery Place Science: Celebrate the creepiness of Halloween and your favorite cult classic movies with an evening of spooky science. Dissect what’s brimming beneath your skin with the Bride of Frankenstein, face your fears as you spin a wheel to ingest something ghastly, put in a call to the Ghostbusters while making ghost slime, dive into how Jaws’ filmmakers created such a famously scary movie and get decked out to win the costume contest. 5-9 p.m. $12+. Details.

N.C. State Fair at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh: The ultimate fall bucket list item, the fair is filled with deep-fried foods, vendors, spinning rides and excellent people-watching opportunities. Times vary each day, so check out the full schedule here. All day. $5-$13. Details.

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.

Pumpkin picking at Hall Family Farm:Hall Family Farm has a little bit of something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze and of course, the Instagrammable delicious apple cider doughnut sundaes. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pumpkins are $0.64 per pound. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Wise Acres: What could be better than eating pizza and and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Not much. Wise Acres also had a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train. Pumpkins: are$0.69 per pound. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Carrigan Farms: During the day, a hayride will take you to the patch so you can hunt for your perfect pumpkin. But there’s also plenty to do at night, whether you prefer spooky or sweet Halloween activities. You can opt for the night hayride which will take you to a bonfire (you can bring your own s’mores materials for roasting) or head to “Scarrigan Farms” for a haunted trail (not for kids). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $11 (pumpkin + hayride). Details.

[Agenda related guide: Quick guide to 10 must-visit pumpkin patches near Charlotte]

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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

71. Mostly sunny.

Food & Drink

South End Wine Festival at 308 W. Carson Blvd.: A general admission ticket includes four hours of wine tastings and a festival souvenir sampling glass. You can get an early entry ticket for $10 more which gets you an extra hour of drinking. 2-6 p.m. $40+. Details.

Twisp Hard Seltzer release at Catawba Brewing: The three flavors — The Mule, The Paloma and The Spritzer — were inspired by popular cocktails. The new 12-ounce Twisp cans will be available at Catawba’s tasting room near Plaza Midwood beginning with a launch party on the 19th where the first 150 seltzer-loving guests will get free slim koozies. All day. Free. Details.

26th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill: The apples are all picked and that means it is time to celebrate with music, a hard cider bar, hayrides, cider donuts, apple butter making, scarecrow making, local barbecue, a kids bounce house and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

St. Gabriel Men’s Club Annual Oyster Roast at St. Gabriel Church – 3016 Providence Road: Join the St. Gabriel Men’s Club for bluegrass music and a feast of 7000 Apalachicola Oysters fired roasted on steel over local hardwood. Expect cajun prepared low country boil plus hot dogs and boiled shrimp for the kids complete with desserts, local craft beer, wine and soft drinks. 6-10 p.m. $30+. Details.

Resident Culture 2 Year Anniversary Throw Down at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Celebrate two amazing years with very special beer releases, limited edition merch drops and a free live concert by the insanely talented Empire Strikes Brass and food for purchase by Adeline’s Indian Cuisine. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

CLT’s 2019 Grilled Cheese Festival at South End – 1441 S. Tryon St.: Sample some of the best and most delicious grilled cheeses around. Apart from the cheese goodness, expect live music, games, a Bloody Mary garden, mimosa bar and awesome vendors. Noon to 5 p.m. $30. Details.

Pêche Day Rooftop Party & Bottle Release at The Chamber by Wooden Robot: Join the rooftop celebration with the release of a series of new beers, a specialty peach glass, food trucks, music and fresh, Pepperbox peach jam-filled doughnuts. Pro-tip: Wooden Robot has partnered with Resident Culture Brewing for their 2 Year Anniversary Party to provide a shuttle from 2-8 p.m. in a continuous loop from The Chamber NoDa to their taproom in Plaza. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. Details.

Batch Maker grand opening at 1429 Bryant St.: Expect a rotating menu of delicious treats featuring things like S’mores Brownies (graham cracker crust on gooey brownies topped with roasted marshmallow) and Dirty Oreo Truffles (Oreo truffle cookies). I’d also be prepared for a bit of a line. All day. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival at Charlotte Convention Center: Expect all things tattoo and permanent makeup needs featuring artists from around the world tattooing, vendors, performances, live art and much more. All day. $20. Details.

6th Turkish Festival of Charlotte at Oasis Shriners – 604 Doug Mayes Place: Expect to experience Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine through delicious Turkish food and coffee, fortune telling, live performances of music and dance, cooking demos, bazaar, children’s activities and much more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $0-$5. Details.

Studio Saturday at McColl Center: Expect hands-on art making, food trucks, live DJ, Latin American heritage-related activities and more. Noon to 4 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.

45th Annual Carolina Balloonfest at 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville: Go to see hot air balloons lift off both early in the morning and in the evening, and stay for live music, vendors, the Kids’ Zone, festival food and the wine and beer garden. All day. $0-$300. Details.

N.C. State Fair at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh: The ultimate fall bucket list item, the fair is filled with deep-fried foods, vendors, spinning rides and excellent people-watching opportunities. Times vary each day, so check out the full schedule here. All day. $5-$13. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Hall Family Farm:Hall Family Farm has a little bit of something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze and of course, the Instagrammable delicious apple cider doughnut sundaes. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pumpkins are $0.64/lb. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Wise Acres: What could be better than eating pizza and and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Not much. Wise Acres also had a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train. Pumpkins: are$0.69 per pound. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Carrigan Farms: During the day, a hayride will take you to the patch so you can hunt for your perfect pumpkin. But there’s also plenty to do at night, whether you prefer spooky or sweet Halloween activities. You can opt for the night hayride which will take you to a bonfire (you can bring your own s’mores materials for roasting) or head to “Scarrigan Farms” for a haunted trail (not for kids). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $11 (pumpkin + hayride). 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.

Kids

Family Painting Event at Flower Child: The Good of the Hive’s Matthew Willey will talk about his global adventure to raise awareness about pollination through art and playfulness, and everyone attending gets to paint a bee. Kids and adults get free light bites and lemonade during the painting session, and afterward kids eat free. Adult drinks will be two for $10 and apps are half off. 10 a.m. Free, RSVP. Details.

Do Good

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at AvidXchange Music Factory: The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Greater Charlotte homecoming walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease and is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. Help raise money to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. 8 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

70. Showers.

Food & Drink

1 Year Birthday Bash! at The Waterman: They’ll have $1 House Oysters and $1 Draft Narragansett all day. And the first 100 Guests will receive a free Waterman-branded Koozie with a $10 VIP card to use on a future visit. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

InReach’s Pigs ‘n Pearls Oyster Roast and BBQ at Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Expect oysters by Sea Level and barbecue by Sauceman’s, plus live music from classic rock band Smashing Briefcases. Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue, sides and two drink tickets. 1-4 p.m. $50-$60. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

45th Annual Carolina Balloonfest at 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville: Go to see hot air balloons lift off both early in the morning and in the evening, and stay for live music, vendors, the Kids’ Zone, festival food and the wine and beer garden. All day. $0-$300. Details.

Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival at Charlotte Convention Center: Expect all things tattoo and permanent makeup needs featuring artists from around the world tattooing, vendors, performances, live art and much more. All day. $20. Details.

The Clean Comedy Brunch Show at The Comedy Zone: Get the fam out of the house for an afternoon of laughs and good, clean, kid-friendly fun. 3:30 p.m. $10 online, $15 at the door. 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.

N.C. State Fair at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh: The ultimate fall bucket list item, the fair is filled with deep-fried foods, vendors, spinning rides and excellent people-watching opportunities. Times vary each day, so check out the full schedule here. All day. $5-$13. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Hall Family Farm:Hall Family Farm has a little bit of something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze and of course, the Instagrammable delicious apple cider doughnut sundaes. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pumpkins are $0.64/lb. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Wise Acres: What could be better than eating pizza and and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Not much. Wise Acres also had a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train. Pumpkins: are$0.69 per pound. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details.

Pumpkin picking at Carrigan Farms: During the day, a hayride will take you to the patch so you can hunt for your perfect pumpkin. But there’s also plenty to do at night, whether you prefer spooky or sweet Halloween activities. You can opt for the night hayride which will take you to a bonfire (you can bring your own s’mores materials for roasting) or head to “Scarrigan Farms” for a haunted trail (not for kids). 2-4 p.m. $11 (pumpkin + hayride). Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Charlotte Symphony: Nightmare Before Christmas: No one does Halloween better than Tim Burton. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be playing on the big screen and orchestra will bring the music to life for an even spookier experience. Oct. 25.

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.

Runway 5K: Anyone can watch the race for free, but there are three 5K options for runners/walkers (5K regular, 5K baby jogger walk/run and 5K wheelchair). You get to run/walk on the airport runway, so it’s a quick and flat race surrounded by planes taking off. Oct. 26.

See all the upcoming events here.

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