Agenda Weekender: 37 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend including Charlotte Marathon and The Southern Christmas Show

Agenda Weekender: 37 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend including Charlotte Marathon and The Southern Christmas Show
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Winter weather is coming – but you’ll have cozy, door-to-door transportation thanks to Lyft.

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 15

54. AM showers. 40% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Zipline and Dine at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Take on an adventure before diving into a delicious chef-prepared meal. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, too. 6 p.m. $75. Details.

Food Truck Friday Finale at Resident Culture: It’s the last Food Truck Friday of the season and RC is pulling out the big stops, including The Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, What The Fries CLT, Lady Go-Go’s, Adeline’s Indian Cuisine, and Wentworth & Fenn. So kick back with a great meal, beer, and music from funk jazz band Menastree. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

A Conversation with the Haas Brothers at The Mint Museum Uptown: The brothers, who currently have an exhibit at SOCO Gallery, are also stopping by the Mint on Friday, so you can grab a drink at the cash bar and hear them talk about their work. 7 p.m. Included in $15 museum entry. Details.

Experience

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. The largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors is back, so go to see the magical spectacle, stay to cross a few things off your holiday shopping list.The show runs November 14-24. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $4-$20. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Sweet Carolina at Discovery Place Science: Celebrating all things Carolina, this month’s Science on the Rocks event features a first in flight paper airplane station, Carolina-made brews, photo ops with Sir Purr, and Carolina reaper pepper tastings. 5-9 p.m. $12+. Details.

Talk Murder To Me Live: Charlotte at The Unknown Brewing Company: Everyone loves a murder-comedy podcast, so grab a beer and listen to a live recording of Talk Murder To Me. 7-10 p.m. $20. Details.

Eye on Tryon at Victoria Yards: The 80-foot ride is open from 4-10 p.m. through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, the last day it’ll be up. 4-10 p.m. $8 adults, $6 kids. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Hornets vs. Detroit Pistons at Spectrum Center: The Hornets are battling it out on the court twice this week, taking on the Detroit Pistons on Friday. 7 p.m. $10-$347. Details.

Do Good

Bid & Brew 6th Annual Silent Auction Event at Town Brewing Co.: Each ticket includes beer, hors d’oeuvres, and access to the silent auction, supporting Florence Crittenton Services. 6-8:30 p.m. $35, $40 at the door. Details.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

49. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Italian Wine Dinner at POPLAR – Tapas Restaurant & Bar: Your meal includes caprese salad, fresh, house-made mushroom fettuccine, Pesce all’acqua Pazza (red snapper), and tiramisu — and of course the Italian wine will be flowing. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65. Details.

Red Clay Cider Day Fall Fest at 245 Clanton Road: Expect hard cider from 10 vendors, live music, a pumpkin patch for kiddos, The Flying Hatchet ax throwing, donuts, and FūD on the MūV bites for purchase. Noon to 4 p.m. $20 for 6 drinks and one souvenir glass. Details.

Holiday Open House at Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark: Whether you’re hosting for the holidays or signed up to bring a single dish to Friendsgiving, Reid’s is debuting a few speciality dishes for the holidays, including Free Range Turkey, ham, green bean casserole, pecan pie, and mac and cheese. So head there this weekend for free samples. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Smallcakes Utopia One-Year Anniversary at 6925 University City Blvd, Unit #415:  Expect a DJ, prize giveaways including a grand prize of a dozen cupcakes and a $100 Target gift card, a selfie wall, and specials. From 3-6 p.m. you can get $4 off a Smallcake Smash (a cupcake on the bottom with two scoops of ice cream and whipped cream). All day. Free. Details.

Experience

Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village: It’s the most magical time of the year, so stack your schedule with as many tree lightings and Santa meet-and-greets as possible. 3-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. The largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors is back, so go to see the magical spectacle, stay to cross a few things off your holiday shopping list.The show runs November 14-24. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $4-$20. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

Eye on Tryon at Victoria Yards: The 80-foot ride is open from 4-10 p.m. through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, the last day it’ll be up. Noon to 10 p.m. $8 adults, $6 kids. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

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.

Fitness

2019 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon at 901 S. Kings Drive: 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. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25-$225. Details.

Free 75 min CorePower Yoga Class at CorePower Yoga Park Road: Take a free 75-minute sculpt class to work up a sweat and challenge yourself. 4:30-5:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Boutique Belmont Christmas Market at Stowe Manor, Belmont: Expect handmade and vintage gifts, home decor, and other vendors to shop from, and food trucks, fudge, tea, and other food and drink options. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 online, $10 at the door. Details.

Grand Opening of Bishops Cuts/Color South End at 1422 S. Tryon St.: Expect music, refreshments, hair demos, and cut and color services as Bishops celebrates the opening of its second Charlotte location. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

53. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Arts & Entertainment

Akita Funk Live Music at The Chamber Rooftop: Grab a beer and head to the rooftop at The Chamber – Noda for a 3-hour set by AKITA Funk. 5-8 p.m. $5. Details.

Experience

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. The largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors is back, so go to see the magical spectacle, stay to cross a few things off your holiday shopping list.The show runs November 14-24. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $4-$20. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

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.

Fitness

Rooftop Yoga, Mimosas & Art at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: You’ll be guided through a vinyasa flow on the rooftop before you tour the galleries and drink a mimosa after class. Noon. $10. Details.

Free 75 min CorePower Yoga Class at CorePower Yoga Midtown: Take a free 75-minute CorePower class to work up a sweat and challenge yourself. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium: Don’t miss these rivals battle it out at Bank of America Stadium. 1 p.m. $70+. Details.

Panthers on Mint presented by Lowe’s on Mint Street in front of Bank of America Stadium: Expect a live DJ, appearances by Panthers entertainment groups, food trucks, and exciting sponsor activations. The free street festival opens 3 hours before kickoff. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

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.

Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing. Can you believe JVN is making a stop in CLT for a gorg night of comedy? I struggs to func thinking about being in the same room. November 20.

2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. A well-loved Charlotte tradition has been going strong for 72 years. You can buy VIP tickets for a seat in the bleachers along Tryon or take your chances of find a viewing spot elsewhere Uptown for free. November 28.

See all the upcoming events here.

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