Agenda Weekender: 38 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte, including the 2020 Annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant

Agenda Weekender: 38 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte, including the 2020 Annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

55. Rain. 100% chance of rain.

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.

Arts & Entertainment

Chris Lane at Coyote Joe’s: Listen, it’s too cold for an outdoor country concert. So get your fix with Chris Lane at Coyote Joe’s. 7 p.m. SOLD OUT. Details.

Phil Lomac, Laura Blackley, Marc Higgins live at Petra’s: Catch longtime regionally based songwriters Phil Lomac, Marc Higgins, and Laura Blackley for a live show. 8 p.m. $5-$8. Details.

Experience

College and Young Adult Night at TreeHouse Vineyards: Expect yard games like giant Jenga and corn hole, fire pits, a s’mores bar, and food trucks on site. 7-11 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.

Learn Things

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center: Soak in all things home improvement, gardening, and landscaping. And hear from Ati Williams, host of HGTV’s “DC Flippers” and principal of Honeycomb Residential, who will be presenting on the main stage. 2 p.m. $9. Details.

Fitness

Barry’s for Australia at Barry’s Atherton: Barry’s is hosting three benefit classes throughout the weekend to support Australia. Classes are $29 (the usual single class price) and all of the proceeds will go to Australia Wildfire Fund and WIRES. 5:30 p.m. $29. Book here.

Sports

Checkers Beanie Night at Bojangles’ Coliseum: The Checkers are taking on Scranton and the first 1,500 fans get a free beanie. 7 p.m.  $18.50+. Details.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

52. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Annual Free Oyster Roast at Reid’s SouthPark: Come get some free oysters, while they last. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

2019-ish Chili Cook-Off at Unknown Brewing: It’s perfect chili weather. $10 gets you in the door, unlimited chili samples, and live music. Noon to 4 p.m. $10. Details.

Smoker Saturdays! at New York Butcher Shoppe: Expect the smoker to be fired up for pork butt, ribs, wings, brisket, short ribs, and whole chickens. All smoked items will be ready by 2 p.m., and everything available will be sold by the pound. 2 p.m. Varies. Details.

Southend Farmers Market at Atherton: The market is back, so stock up on your locally grown winter veggies and micro greens. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 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.

Arts & Entertainment

Tyler Perry’s “MADEA FAREWELL PLAY TOUR” at Spectrum Center: You know you love Madea, so grab tickets to see Tyler Perry perform live. 7:30 p.m. $51-$137. Details.

Experience

Hawkers Chinese New Year Celebration at Hawkers Asian Street Fare: To celebrate the Chinese New Year, red envelopes stuffed with gifts (a Chinese tradition) will be given to guests while available. Order spring rolls, dumplings, and noodles if you want to stay on-theme with Chinese New Year traditions. 11 a.m. to midnight. Varies.

Comedy Karaoke Jam at GoodRoad CiderWorks: The pros are taking the stage with a combo of comedy and karaoke. You’ll get a chance to take the mic toward the end, so warm up those pipes. 8-11 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Details.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Resident Culture: We’re celebrating friends, family, and and a surplus of all the good vibes that the Rat represents. Festivities include the traditional lion dance, performed by Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy and a lion dance “petting zoo” where you can try on the costumes and drums. The Dumpling Lady will be there all day with noodles and dumplings. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

2020 Annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew: 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. 3-7 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.

Learn Things

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center: Soak in all things home improvement, gardening, and landscaping. And hear from Ati Williams, host of HGTV’s “DC Flippers” and principal of Honeycomb Residential, who will be presenting on the main stage. 10 a.m. $9. Details.

Fitness

Barry’s for Australia at Barry’s Atherton: Barry’s is hosting three benefit classes throughout the weekend to support Australia. Classes are $29 (the usual single class price) and all of the proceeds will go to Australia Wildfire Fund and WIRES. 11:30 a.m. $29. Book here.

OH Well: Hilliard Studio Method at Optimist Hall: Hilliard Studio Method founder Liz Hilliard is teaching a free class in her signature style (combo of pilates, weights, and resistance training). All material will be provided. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free, RSVP required. Details.

Bumble x CycleBar at 339 S. Kings Drive: Show your show a Bumble Date, Bumble BFF, or Bumble Bizz profile to get a free ride and some refreshments afterward. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Surge Fitness opening at 2452 Park Road: Surge is celebrating its opening day with three free classes (TRX, sculpt, or bootcamp) and if you decide to join, you’ll get a discounted rate. They’ll have food and smoothie samples, too. 8 a.m. to noon. Free. Details.

Yoga at Top Golf: Yoga is one of the best friend dates, and because this class is at Top Golf, you can make an afternoon out fun activities (or just stay for a mimosa at the bar). 10 a.m. $10. Details.

Do Good

Women United March 2020 at First Ward Park: For the last three years Charlotte Women’s March and National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Queen City Metropolitan Chapter have been working together to advocate for women’s rights. Join them to share your voice and march for equality. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

53. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Oyster Roast at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Even if you don’t like oysters, everyone loves a good oyster roast. Expect live music, beer, Bloody Marys, and, of course, oysters. 1-4 p.m. $12-$50. 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.

Arts & Entertainment

Ari Shaffir: Jew at The Fillmore Charlotte: Ari is one of the hottest names in comedy right now, so if you’ve never been to a comedy show, this is your chance to start. 8 p.m. $35. Details.

Indigo Girls at McGlohon Theater: These women have been creating music professionally for more than 20 years, with 14 million record sales under their belt. So don’t miss the chance to see them live. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Experience

Hawkers Chinese New Year Celebration at Hawkers Asian Street Fare: To celebrate the Chinese New Year, red envelopes stuffed with gifts (a Chinese tradition) will be given to guests while available. They’ll also have a Dragon dance performance by Thundering Wave Martial Arts at 2 p.m. Order spring rolls, dumplings, and noodles if you want to stay on-theme with Chinese New Year traditions. 11 a.m. to midnight. Varies.

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.

Learn Things

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center: Soak in all things home improvement, gardening, and landscaping. And hear from Ati Williams, host of HGTV’s “DC Flippers” and principal of Honeycomb Residential, who will be presenting on the main stage. 11 a.m. $9. Details.

A Community Conversation on Mental Health at Carmel Baptist Church: Because statistics show that every family has been touched by mental health issues, Carmel Counseling Center and Silent Images are hosting a community conversation on mental health including the screening of two documentary short films on the topics of trauma and suicide. 6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Barry’s for Australia at Barry’s Atherton: Barry’s is hosting three benefit classes throughout the weekend to support Australia. Classes are $29 (the usual single class price) and all of the proceeds will go to Australia Wildfire Fund and WIRES. 4 p.m. $29. Book here.

ON THE AGENDA

Silhouettes: Giving Voice to the Voiceless. Lily Pad Haven and Carolina Voices, local nonprofit organizations, have teamed up again to host the second year of Silhouettes: Giving Voice to the Voiceless in honor of human trafficking survivors. Enjoy a cocktail hour, silent auction, and inspiring musical performances. Seating is limited. January 31.

Winey Grapes Wine Festival. Expect more than 100 different wines for you to sample, including local and regional favs. While you drink the day away, enjoy local vendors and live music. February 1.

Expedition Science on the Rocks. Live out your “Night at the Museum” fantasies with a sleepover at Discovery Pace. Activities include air hockey, hand warmer making, hot toddies, a s’mores bar, and more. February 21.

See all the upcoming events here.

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