Agenda Weekender: 45 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including dozens of Halloween parties

Agenda Weekender: 45 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including dozens of Halloween parties
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This weekend’s events are scary good — 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 25

PM Showers. 67. 40% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

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

Charlotte Symphony: Nightmare Before Christmas at Belk Theater: 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. 7:30 p.m. $19+. Details.

Carolina Voices: DEAD or ALIVE! at Spirit Square: Expect a night of ghoulish fun, scary surprises, awesome make-up and Halloween-themed tunes. 8 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 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. 6:53 p.m. Free, $6 parking. Details.

Experience

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]

Halloween

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.

Terrors of the Past at Charlotte Museum of History: In this immersive theatrical attraction, participants will journey into the darkness of the woods to solve the mysterious death of Polly Alexander. $30-$45. 6-10 p.m. Details.

Fitness

Ballantyne Wellness Fair at Brixham Tent: They’ve got adoptable puppies, Sir Purr on site, food samples and vendors, pumpkin carving, free flu shots and more. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Checkers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms at TheBOplex: 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. 7 p.m. $18.50+. Details.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Spectrum Center: Show support for the Hornets as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. 7 p.m. $10-$343. Details.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Showers. 70. 40% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Beer for Breakfast: A Beer & Donut Pairing vol. III at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: Beer and Pepperbox Doughnuts for breakfast? Yes please. Try tasty treats paired with tasty beers. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Machine Plays Pink Floyd at Belk Theater: This Pink Floyd tribute band has been touring for 30 years, so don’t miss them perform The Dark Side of the Moon and other hits. 7:30 p.m. $25-$170. 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 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.

Halloween

Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball 2019 at 300 N. Brevard St.: It’s time for the city’s biggest annual Halloween party. So put on a costume and get ready to party with Diplo. 6-11:30 p.m. $20-$1,500. Details.

Moonlight Movies: Hocus Pocus at 1111 Metropolitan Ave.: Meet The Sanderson Sisters, decorate pumpkins, eat popcorn and candy and watch one of the best Halloween movies of all time, “Hocus Pocus.” 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Bootanical at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: An event for the whole fam, expect campfires and smore’s, a costume parade, games, fall activities and more. Free for Members, Kids in Costume or with General Garden Admission. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details.

Rich & Bennett’s Halloween Bar Crawl at Uptown: 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. 1-10 p.m. $10-$25. Details.

Haunted Pinhouse Party! at Pinhouse, 2306 Central Ave.: They’ll have haunted bowling, a costume contest, live music and an entire wall of fall-inspired taps. 7-11:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Howloween at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: We know you already have a costume for your dog anyways, so you might as well enter your cutie in a costume contest to win a prize. 3-5 p.m. Donations encouraged. Details.

Buff Faye’s Drag Diner: “Food, Fun & Drag for the Whole Family” at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Your ticket includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and murder mystery drag show.

Boo Bash at Discovery Place Nature: Dress your kiddo in a nature-themed costume for a contest, crafts, shows and more. 10 a.m. to noon. $8. Details.

OMB & LoSo Halloween Celebration at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: They’ll have live music all day, Halloween inspired food specials and a costume contest for Best Overall Men’s Costume, Best Overall Women’s Costume, Most Original Costume (or Best Homemade Costume) and Funniest Costume. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 East MLK Jr. Blvd.: The Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall will feature a Monster Mash Dance Party, Ghoulish Game Zone, Fang-tastic Crafts, meet and greets with costumed characters and candy stations on the upper levels. $15 a person. 6-8 p.m. Details.

The Blair Witch Project: A Carolina Theatre Pop Up Event at Blue Blaze Brewing: Catch a free screening of this classic Halloween horror movie. 7:30-10 p.m. Free, RSVP. 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.

Fitness

Runway 5K at 5020 Hangar Road: 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. 8 a.m. $35. Details.

Running Scared 5 Miler and Monster Mile at Romare Bearden Park: Dress up in costume and run 5 or 1 mile with your fam. Celebrate with beer, kids’ games, food trucks and more afterward. 9 a.m. to noon. $25-$45. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Checkers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms at TheBOplex: Cheer on the Checkers as they dominate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 6 p.m. $18.50+. Details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Showers. 72. 40% chance of rain.

Arts & Entertainment

The Temptations & The Four Tops at Belk Theater: Don’t miss these Motown legends perform live. 7 p.m. $25+. 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.

Halloween

Bootanical at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: An event for the whole fam, expect campfires and smore’s, a costume parade, games, fall activities and more. Free for Members, Kids in Costume or with General Garden Admission. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details.

Do Good

Animal Kneads Day at Great American Harvest Company, 6420 Rea Road: A $10 donation gets you free loaf of bread, and 100 percent of your donation supports CMPD Animal Care & Control Division’s spay/neuter program. There will also be a Halloween costume contest so bring your dog along to participate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 donation. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

CLT s’MACdown. There’s nothing more comforting than soft shells, cheese and butter mixed up in a delicious bowl. So get your fill of the classic plus more innovative renditions at this mac and cheese competition — and sip some craft brews along the way. November 9.

Ice skating at the Whitewater Center opens. Make all of your Hallmark movie dreams come true and glide into the holiday spirit with an outdoor skating rink. Plus, they’ll have a skate-up bar where you can buy coffee, hot chocolate and beer. Expect the Whitewater Center to debut their holiday light installation later this month, too. Mid-November.

2019 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. Go the distance and complete the full 26.2 miles or opt for the half, marathon relay or 5K races. Your kiddos can join the run and do a 1-mile fun run, too. Proceeds from the annual race support Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital Child Life Program, as well as 35-40 different Boy Scout troops, high school organizations and other nonprofits. November 16.

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