Fall is packed with can’t-miss events, and Lyft will get you 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, NOVEMBER 8
50. Partly cloudy. 10% 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, 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. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Grateful Dead Night at Triple C: Couldn’t be a nicer night for a concert on the patio and fresh beer. Josh Daniel’s Grateful Band will be covering all the Grateful Dead songs you love. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Charlotte DOES Motown at Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts: Sip on some brews and see local and regional artists perform Motown music live. 8 p.m. to midnight. $15. Details.
Jim Norton at The Comedy Zone: Don’t miss the bestselling author, actor, and radio personality’s live standup routine. 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. $25-$80. Details.
Topgolf Swing Suite opening at 314 N. College St.: The 10,000-square-foot space includes luxury suites with state-of-the-art simulators that allow you to play soccer, baseball, zombie dodgeball, and other games. And of course the simulators have golf courses, 85 of them. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Free to attend. Details.
Eye on Tryon at Victoria Yards – 408 N. Tryon St.: Take a spin on the 80-foot ferris wheel overlooking Uptown while DJ Smitty plays music. Reminder: After 8 p.m.Victoria Yards is 21 and up. 4-10 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children. Details.
A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race at U.S. National Whitewater Center: 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. 5:30-10 p.m. $32-$42. Details.
Charlotte Checkers vs. Springfield Thunderbirds: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. 7 p.m. $18.50-$100. Details.
Pig Picking’ & Oyster Roast at Quail Hollow Club: Expect cocktails and oyster shucking, a whole-hog, hand-picked barbecue dinner, live music by Brad Bailey, and s’mores — all benefiting The Independence Fund. 6-10 p.m. $125. Details.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
51. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
CLT s’MACdown at 2530 Whitehall Park Drive: 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. 1-5 p.m. $20-$55. Details.
Strange Brew at The Unknown Brewing Co.: Unknown is celebrating five years of being strange with a beer festival where 20 breweries will compete to see who can come up with the most strange brew. You’ll get to taste test, and you can expect food, a Mariachi band, and performances, too. 7 p.m. $35. Details.
CLT Vegan Chicks Chef Demo at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: CLT Vegan Chicks will teach you how to make Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches with Coleslaw. Yum. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Live Music: Oliver Hazard with The Parks Brothers at Norfolk Hall: Listen to live music, check out Suffolk Punch’s new event hall (if you haven’t been already), and sip on some brews. 6-9 p.m. $10. Details.
Taste of Cuba: Fiesta at Discovery Place Science: What better way to celebrate the opening of ¡Cuba! the exhibition than with a traditional Cuban fiesta? Expect Cuban music and dancing that represent the fiesta’s vital role in Cuban culture throughout time. Plus, get a first look at the exhibition, plus salsa lessons, amazing performances, cocktails and food. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $45. Details.
Gospel & Jazz: Coming Together at Little Rock AME Zion Church Theater: Violinist Kersten Stevens from the NYC metro area, saxophonist Gregory Groover, Jr. from Boston and the local favorite Lovell Bradford Trio will perform a blend of Gospel and Jazz music. 7:30 p.m. $22.50+. Details.
Opera Carolina: Macbeth at Belk Theater: See the classic Shakespeare tragedy performed through opera for an elevated evening. 8 p.m. $22+. Details.
Jim Norton at The Comedy Zone: Don’t miss the bestselling author, actor, and radio personality’s live standup routine. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $25-$80. Details.
Fantastic Purrs & Where to Find Them at Daily Mews Cat Cafe – 3748 Monroe Road: They will be featuring a wand-making workshop, Hogwarts house puddle painting, themed drink specials, and exclusive merchandise. Each activity includes a one-hour lounge visit with the kitties. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $15-$45. Details.
Breakfast with Santa at SouthPark Mall: Enjoy light breakfast bites with music, a craft, and a story with Santa. 9-10 a.m. Free. Details.
Eye on Tryon at Victoria Yards – 408 N. Tryon St.: Take a spin on the 80-foot ferris wheel overlooking Uptown while DJ Smitty plays music. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, Vets, Active Duty, and their families can ride the Ferris Wheel for free from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Reminder: After 8 p.m.Victoria Yards is 21 and up. Noon to 10 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children. Details.
Merchant & Trade Two Year Anniversary at 303 S. Church St.: The beloved rooftop bar is turning two and celebrating with a DJ and other festivities. 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.
Field Day – King of Pops Charlotte at 2500 Dunavant St.: There’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned field day, complete with 10 game stations, free pops, pizza, tie-dye T-shirts, and face painting. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Details.
Gay Bingo at Charlotte Convention Center: This year’s theme is super heroes so, if you want, dress is costume for a night of dancing, raffles, music, and a cash bar. The annual event has raised more than $1 million for HIV care so far. 6 p.m. $35. Details.
Barks & Bluegrass Benefit at Divine Barrel Brewing: Enjoy live music by Province of Thieves, raffles, food trucks, drinks, and Fido’s Force Top Dog Competition (participating dogs must register to enter the contest). This event is sponsored by Novant Health and supports LUNG FORCE, an initiative by the American Lung Association to bring greater awareness to lung cancer and raise critical funds for lung cancer research. 2-5 p.m. $0-$25. Details.
House of Nomad opening at 1935 Brunswick Ave.: The grand opening celebration includes champagne and cookies in the morning and champagne and charcuterie throughout the afternoon. The first 20 people get a free gift, and everyone gets 15 percent off their purchases through noon. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Details.
A Very Merry Christmas Market at NoDa Brewing: Check a few items off your holiday shopping list and swing by NoDa for holiday gifts and decor, adoptable dogs from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, food and drink specials, and local craft vendors. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
60. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Arts & Entertainment
Opera Carolina: Macbeth at Belk Theater: See the classic Shakespeare tragedy performed through opera for an elevated evening. 2 p.m. $22+. Details.
MOVEMENT by Michelob Ultra at the Panthers Practice Dome: Get a workout with Bachelor celeb Shawn Booth and Aly Faber “The Stretch Lady”, plus a happy hour with Michelob Ultras, food, and a DJ. Noon. $30. Details.
Flow for Fosters at Flower Child – 1537 Camden Road: Take a $5 45-minute yoga class on the patio, check out some foster pups, and get 10 percent off your meal, along with mini lemon cakes and rose petal lemonades, after class. 10 a.m. $5. Details.
NoDa Hop Yoga at 2921 N. Tryon St.: Start your week with a relaxing, restorative $5 yoga class (half-pour beer included). 10:45 a.m. $5, cash. Details.
Carolina Panthers Gameday Watch Party at Queen Park Social: QPS will be playing the game while you bowl, grab beers, etc. while you cheer on the ‘Thers. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.
$4 Beers for Panther’s Games at Lenny Boy: Sundays aren’t so scary when you can cheer on the Panthers while drinking $4 beers (or $3 Kombucha-Mosas). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Details.
Pajama Walk in Dreamland at Freedom Park – 1900 East Boulevard: The Pajama Walk is a community walk to raise awareness and funds for Friendship Circle & ZABS Place — two local nonprofits offering social opportunities and training and employment for individuals with special needs and talents. 12:30 p.m. Free. Details.
ON THE AGENDA
Southern Christmas Show. From speciality Christmas ornaments and wreaths to bougie dog collars and monogram sweatshirts, there are dozens of vendors selling anything that might be on your Christmas shopping list. Go to shop or just go to take in the spectacle of it all. It’s both magical and weird. November 14-24.
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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