Weekday Planner: 19 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including free swing lessons at the Mint

Weekday Planner: 19 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including free swing lessons at the Mint
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

CLT Sandwich Week

10 locations around Charlotte | All day | $5-$10 sandwiches | Details

Why you should go: Get that bread (literally) and dig into Charlotte’s best craft, specialty and/or gourmet sandwiches.

N.C. State Fair

1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh | Noon to 11 p.m. | $5-$13 | Details

Why you should go: 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

U.S. Bank Grand Opening Celebration

201 S. Tryon St. | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: U.S. Bank is celebrating the grand opening of its inaugural Charlotte branch at 201 S. Tryon Street with fun and free activities, plus the U.S. Bank Mobile Food Truck serving complimentary lunch Tuesday to Friday.

Hosting with Airbnb

Hygge Coworking West at 2128 Remount Road | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $25 | Details

Why you should go: Rabbu founder Emir Dukic will teach you how to become an Airbnb host, including how to optimize your listing and get your property ready for guests. Bring a notepad and your laptop (optional).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Hornets regular season home opener

Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $15-$350+ | Details

Why you should go: The Hornets are facing the Chicago Bulls for their first home game of the regular season.

Live at the Mint – Gottaswing Charlotte

Mint Museum Uptown | 6-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Learn to swing dance and hit up the cash bar if you need a bit of liquid courage. Get to the museum a little early if you want to peruse the galleries beforehand (also free on Wednesdays).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

October Beer Dinner @ The Suffolk Punch

2911 Griffith St. | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $65 | Details

Why you should go: Expect five delicious courses paired with equally delicious beers from Suffolk Punch.

Make & Mingle: Laser Cut Lanterns

Discovery Place Science | 6-8 p.m. | $50 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy light bites and drinks while making Laser Cut Lanterns. Choose from the two designs to have laser cut for you to then sand, stain and assemble and complete with LED lights.

Shuck and Sip

SouthPark Grill | 4-8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Feast on free oysters (until they are gone) and free sides from Legion Brewing plus live music from Kids In America 80’s Tribute Band. $1 from each drink will benefit The Greg Olsen Foundation.

Movies on the Deck

400 S. Tryon St. | 7 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: They’re showing “The Conjuring,” and drinks from Blue Blaze Brewing, food from JJ’s Red Hots and sweet treats from Bun Appetit will be available for purchase (popcorn is free). Bring your own chair or blanket for seating.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Charlotte Checkers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

TheBOplex | 7 p.m. | $18.50+ | Details

Why you should go: Cheer on the Checkers as they dominate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Bonus: Bring at least four cans of food to support Loaves and Fishes and receive a free ticket to their December 1 game.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $10-$343 | Details

Why you should go: Show support for the Hornets as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Charlotte Symphony: Nightmare Before Christmas

Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m. | $19+ | Details

Why you should go: 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.

Carolina Voices: DEAD or ALIVE!

Spirit Square | 8 p.m. | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Expect a night of ghoulish fun, scary surprises, awesome make-up and Halloween-themed tunes.

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 movie night. This week, they’re showing “Into the Okavango,” a film that shows the journey of a team of explorers, navigating a region that’s home to the largest population of African elephants.

Ballantyne Wellness Fair

Brixham Tent | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: They’ve got adoptable puppies, Sir Purr on site, food samples and vendors, pumpkin carving, free flu shots and more.

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 week’s 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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