Weekday Planner: 15 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including Elton John concert

Weekday Planner: 15 cool things to do in Charlotte this week including Elton John concert
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Hand Knit Blanket Workshop – SkillPop

The Broken Spoke | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $65 | Details

Why you should go: It’s finally cold out, and the holidays will be here before you know it, so there’a no better time to knit your own chunky blanket.

Build Your Own Ramen

7th Street Public Market | 6-7:30 p.m. | $45 | Details

Why you should go: Can you think of a more useful skill? Your ticket includes dinner, a drink ticket, recipes, and an apron to take home.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Ace No. 3 opening

1001 Belmont Ave.| All day | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Ace No. 3 is a counter-service burger place with a less-is-more approach and neighborhood hangout vibe. Co-Owner Paul Manley said it’ll be a “very small menu but everything you would want when you are craving a great burger.” Expect burgers, fries, shakes, and beer.

Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $10+ | Details

Why you should go: Watch the Charlotte Hornets take on the Indiana Pacers in their third home game of the season. And don’t forget their Thursday game against the Boston Celtics.

Music Bingo

The Chamber by Wooden Robot | 7 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Grab a beer and some pals for game night.

3D Mammograms

YMCA of Greater Charlotte Stratford Richardson | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Free with insurance | Details

Why you should go: 3D Mammograms have helped make earlier breast cancer detection possible. So schedule a quick 15-minute appointment and plug in your insurance info for a free mammogram. Be sure to read the facebook event page for eligibility requirements.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Spectrum Center | 8 p.m. | $59.50+ | Details

Why you should go: See the legend and cultural icon himself in the final tour of his career.

Live at the Mint – Elton John Impersonator Carl Rosen

Mint Museum Uptown | 6-9 p.m. | $59.50+ | Details

Why you should go: Couldn’t score tickets to the Elton John concert? You can still enjoy his best songs performed by cover artists Carl Rosen and take advantage of free museum admission, and a cash bar.

LGBTQ Modern Speed Dating

Hoppin’ | 8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Still looking for your love match? Meet other queer Charlotte singles in a laidback setting (no weird one-on-one interview-style meetings).

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Brisket & Brews

Wing Haven Nursery – 248 Ridgewood Ave. | 6-8:30 p.m. | $60-$75 | Details

Why you should go: Relax outside in the garden surrounds of the Wing Haven Nursery and enjoy live music, beef brisket and other delicious fare from Improper Pig along with local brews from Craft Tasting Room, Growler Shop, specialty cocktails from Doc Porter’s, and other refreshments.

Verse & Vino

Charlotte Convention Center | 6-9:30 p.m. | $150 | Details

Why you should go: This annual fundraising event includes food, wine, visits from New York Times best-selling authors and more. This year Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will be making an important announcement. The event is sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list.

Block Party

Sycamore | 5-10 p.m. | Free to attend | Details

Why you should go: Get a taste of Indaco, an Italian concept opening in Atherton, and sip on Sycamore’s usual beer, wine, cider, etc.

Opera Carolina: Macbeth

Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m. | $22+ | Details

Why you should go: See the classic Shakespeare tragedy performed through opera for an elevated evening.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race

U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5:30-10 p.m. | $32-$42 | Details

Why you should go: Once the sun sets and the trails have darkened, participants will take on either a 5K or 10K distance through the USNWC trail system. After the race, stick around for awards, fire pits, music, prizes, and food and beverage (for purchase) at the Pump House Biergarten.

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  As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and food trucks, including The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, Strudelteig Food Truck, No Forks Given, Libretto’s Pizzeria Charlotte, and Holy City Waffles. Remember: next week is the last week of Food Truck Friday for the season.

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