Agenda Weekender: 35 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte, including Oprah and Amy Schumer at Spectrum Center

Agenda Weekender: 35 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte, including Oprah and Amy Schumer at Spectrum Center
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

49. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Arts & Entertainment

Thorgy and the Thorchestra at Knight Theater: Charlotte doesn’t have enough drag. Thankfully, Thorgy Thor, famed worldwide from RuPaul’s Drag Race, is making an appearance for us. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $19-$89. Details.

Grace Potter at The Fillmore: Potter is back from a four-year hiatus, and recently released her newest album, Daylight, in October. An impressive 2.9k people are interested in this concert on Facebook. 8 p.m. $36-$119. Details.

Citizen Cope at Neighborhood Theatre: The singer-songwriter visits the Neighborhood Theatre again for a solo acoustic show. 8 p.m. $40.50-$50.50. Details.

Food & Drink

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week throughout Charlotte: More than 130 of the city’s top-notch restaurants are offering three-course meals for $30-$35 a person. If you haven’t treated yourself to Charlotte Restaurant Week yet, 2020 is your year. Times vary. $30-$35. Details.

Annual BBQ Fundraiser at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church ELCA: Troop 355 is cooking up 7,000 pounds of pork (with 30 big drum smokers) and plates, bulk barbecue, and sandwiches are available. See a full menu and price breakdown here. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Varies. Details.

Experience

Fragrance Bar at Jules & Vetiver: You’ll create a custom perfume in either travel or full size for you to take home, sort like Candle Bar. 3-5 p.m. $34 travel, $89 full. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Wizarding World at Discovery Place Science: Calling all Potter heads. Make all of your Hogwarts dreams come true with wand making at Ollivander’s, a potion-making class, house sorting, and other Harry Potter-themed activities. 5-9 p.m. $12-$17. Details.

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it has three areas (free skate, winter sports, and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area also has a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of lights. $20 for single activity pass. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark: Winter Wonderland’s open-air ice skating rink features holiday lights and decor, live Music and concerts, and Santa’s Pub for snacks and drinks. 3 p.m. to midnight. Free admission, skating $12-$17. Details.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

47. Showers. 60% chance of rain.

Arts & Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey + Amy Schumer at Spectrum Center: Oprah wants 2020 to be the year you keep your New Year’s wellness resolutions. She’ll be talking about her health journey, and Amy Schumer will take the stage, too. 9 a.m. $85+. Details.

17th Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase at McGlohon Theater: Celebrate the work of women of color in film. Expect numerous short films written, produced, directed by and/or featuring black women, as well as features by college and high school students. 6 p.m. $30. Details.

Thorgy and the Thorchestra at Knight Theater: Charlotte doesn’t have enough drag. Thankfully, Thorgy Thor, famed worldwide from RuPaul’s Drag Race, is making an appearance for us. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $19-$89. Details.

Hiss Golden Messenger, Lilly Hiatt at Neighborhood Theatre: NC-native MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger released its 11th studio album, Terms of Surrender, in September. 8 p.m. $21-$31. Details.

Food & Drink

Makers Mark Bourbon Tasting at Dot Dot Dot: Sample Marker’s Mark, Maker’s 46, limited release RC-6, and their Cask Strength Bourbon, and light bites. Reservations required, seating is limited. 3-4:30 p.m. $45. Details.

Chopt Jr. Celebration – Kids Eat Free! at Chopt Arboretum: Celebrate the new Chopt Jr. Kids’ menu with free food for kids 12 and under. They’ll have fun activities, special sampling bites and treats, and special guest appearances. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual BBQ Fundraiser at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church ELCA: Troop 355 is cooking up 7,000 pounds of pork (with 30 big drum smokers) and plates, bulk barbecue, and sandwiches are available. See a full menu and price breakdown here. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Varies. Details.

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week throughout Charlotte: More than 130 of the city’s top-notch restaurants are offering three-course meals for $30-$35 a person. If you haven’t treated yourself to Charlotte Restaurant Week yet, 2020 is your year. Times vary. $30-$35. Details.

Experience

North Carolina State Pinball Championship at Abari: The top 24 pinballers from across the state will be competing to win the North Carolina Championship. The winner will be representing the state at nationals in March in Denver, Colorado. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade at Trade and Tryon streets in Uptown: Honor one of the most important people in American history, Martin Luther King Jr., and watch bands, drill teams, and more march through Uptown. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

SnowFest at Richard Barry Memorial Park, Huntersville: Grab your sled, toboggan, or tube because it’s going to be snowing at Richard Barry Memorial Park (Huntersville) on January 18. It’s free to enter/sled, but they’ll have hot chocolate, warm donuts, funnel cakes, and s’more vendors on site for purchase, as well as Roaming Fork food truck. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it has three areas (free skate, winter sports, and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area also has a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of lights. $20 for single activity pass. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark: Winter Wonderland’s open-air ice skating rink features holiday lights and decor, live Music and concerts, and Santa’s Pub for snacks and drinks. 11 a.m. to midnight. Free admission, skating $12-$17. Details.

Buzzed Spelling Bee at Armored Cow: If you’re a bit of nerd (in the best way, of course) who likes a little competition when you drink, enter this spelling bee. 6:30 p.m. $10 entry (includes one beer). Details.

Fitness

CorePower Yoga Midtown One Year Anniversary at 209 S. Kings Drive, Suite 203: CorePower is celebrating one year in Midtown with a free one-hour class. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Checkers vs. Toronto Marlies at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers, bid on a one-of-a-kind jersey, and donate a new Checkers board game for a future game. 6 p.m. $18+. Details.

McGregor vs. Cowboy Viewing Party at Rí Rá: Need a place to see the McGregor fight? $10 gets you in the door (goes up to $15 at the door) but it does not including seating. Email emilycasada@rira.com to reserve your table. 9:30 p.m. $10. Details.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

55. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Arts & Entertainment

Neal Francis at Heist Brewery: The soul musician released his debut album, Changes, in September, and performs at Heist before returning in April for a Tuck Fest date. 6 p.m. $10. Details.

Food & Drink

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week throughout Charlotte: More than 130 of the city’s top-notch restaurants are offering three-course meals for $30-$35 a person. If you haven’t treated yourself to Charlotte Restaurant Week yet, 2020 is your year. Times vary. $30-$35. Details.

Experience

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it has three areas (free skate, winter sports, and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area also has a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of lights. $20 for single activity pass. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark: Winter Wonderland’s open-air ice skating rink features holiday lights and decor, live Music and concerts, and Santa’s Pub for snacks and drinks. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission, skating $12-$17. Details.

Fitness

FREE YOGA at Athleta South Park: Start your Sunday morning off right with a free yoga class, then shop afterward and get 20% off a single item. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Checkers vs. Toronto Marlies at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers, and donate a new or slightly used coat for a free ticket for a future game. 1 p.m. $18+. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Symphony On Tap. You deserve the finer things in life, like a live performance by The Charlotte Symphony and lots of good beer. January 21.

Celine Dion. No matter which songs make her setlist, every single one will be amazing. Don’t miss out on seeing one of the greatest artists of our lifetime perform. January 21.

2020 Annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant. I mean, come on. Dogs will be competing for Best Butt Wiggle, Best Smile, Most Team Spirit, Best Evening Wear, and a slew of other titles. There will be plenty of beer for you and plenty of pups for your dog to play with. January 25.

See all the upcoming events here.

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