Agenda Weekender: 21 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 21 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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The Agenda Weekender is proudly presented by Speedway Drive-In. This summer Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting drive-in movies every Wednesday night. Catch “Days of Thunder” on August 12. Admission is $30 per car. Snag a ticket.


Friday, August 7

89. Scattered Thunderstorms. 50% chance.

Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms: Escape the summer heat with swimming at Carrigan Farms’ refreshing natural quarry. Guests must make reservations in advance. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25. Details.

Weekends at The Chamber NoDa: Celebrate International Beer Day with a craft beer at The Chamber by Wooden Robot Brewery, and grub from 22 Street Kitchen food truck. Space is limited to 50% capacity with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. 4- 11 p.m. Details.

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CLT Art & Sole: Take a guided walking (or running) tour of Charlotte’s neighborhood artscapes using the RunGo app. You’ll get turn-by-turn directions and information about each work of art you pass. Choose from the three distance options: short (1-2 miles), medium (3-4 miles), or long (5-7 miles). $35. 4-7 p.m. Details.

Yoga at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: Unwind from the long week with Open Level Flow and Fun Flow Yoga. Free. 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Details.

Joedance Film Festival, online: If you’re tired of watching movies on Netflix, be sure to attend the Joedance Film Festival happening virtually all weekend long. Now in its 11th year, Joedance honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s. It has been noted that all the films being screened are for mature audiences. Tickets are $20 ($10 for student films) 7:30- 10:30 p.m. Details.

5th & York at Middle C Jazz: Enjoy smooth jazz and classic R&B from Charlotte-based jazz band 5th & York. $26 club seating, free live stream access. 6:45 p.m. Details.

Modern Art with Gold Leaf, online: Join abstract artist Kelly Aiken in creating unique pieces of conceptual art using gold leaf. This is a virtual SkillPop class, so you will need to purchase materials to follow along. A detailed list of recommended products can be found online upon registration. $20. 7-8:30 p.m. Details.

SkyBar by David Burke Grand Opening: Award-winning restaurateur David Burke is opening his newest venture, SkyBar on the rooftop of Le Méridien Charlotte. Expect signature cocktails and light American fare. This will be the first of Burke’s two openings taking place at Le Méridien Charlotte, the other being RedSalt by David Burke which is planned to open later this summer. Details.

Saturday, August 8

91. Partly Cloudy. 20% chance.

CupLux Drive-Thru Anniversary at 3115 Freedom Drive: To celebrate three years at Freedom Drive, CupLux is doing $3 cold brew slushees, $2 cold brews, and $1 tea sodas. $1-$3. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details.

Laps for Charity – ROVAL: Start your engines and support Speedway Children’s Charities at the Summer Laps for Charity event. Take your car on a three-lap cruise around the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. $40 donation to SCC. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details.

Yoga at Lenny Boy Brewing Co: Head to Lenny Boy for a beginner-friendly vinyasa flow. Then reward yourself with a 6-ounce pour of house-made kombucha. $5. 10-11 a.m. Details.

Charlotte Open Air Market at 5471 Central Ave.: Shop local and support small businesses at the Charlotte Open Air Market. You’ll find a host of vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to face masks. Social distancing will be enforced and sanitation stations will be available for use. Free. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details.

Farm tour at Good Karma Ranch Alpacas: Venture out to Good Karma Ranch for a 45-minute farm tour where you’ll have the opportunity to touch and take selfies with alpacas. You heard me right — alpacas. Registration required. $10. 10 a.m. Details.

Summer Drive-In Series at The Music Yard: Pull up to the Music Yard for a night of summer jams. Saturday’s line up features Saxophonist and DJ, Clark on the Sax, Music Producer, DJ, Jerry Feels Good, and DJ, producer, Kckbck. Car side food and beverage service provided by SouthBound. $50+. 6:30-10 p.m. Details.

Drive-By Wine Release Party at Dover Vineyards: Join the Dover family in celebrating the release of their 2018 Barrel Fermented Villard Blanc with a drive through release event. 5-8 p.m. Details.

Oakhurst Mess Market at Esther and Elsa: Shop an assortment of foods and groceries, all locally made and sourced by different vendors. The tents will be set up in an L-shape to promote one-way traffic and they’re asking for credit card payments when possible. Free. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details.

Airstream at Middle C Jazz: Enjoy performances of smooth and fusion jazz from Modern Jazz Quartet Airstream. $30 club seating, free live stream access. 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Details.

Sunday, August 9

91. P.M. Thunderstorms. 50% chance.

Josh Daniel’s Quarantine Sessions: Listen to tunes played by local Charlotte musician, Josh Daniel. Every day since the beginning of quarantine, Josh has been serenading viewers and neighbors alike with his Quarantine Sessions. Tune in this Sunday for his 146th Quarantine Session. Free, tips appreciated. 5 p.m. Details.

MINGO at Pharr Mill Brewing: Head out to Pharr Mill Brewing Co. for music and bingo (Mingo). Patio seating will be available. Free. 3-6 p.m. Details.

Lenny Boy Run Club: Enjoy a scenic run along the light rail with Lenny Boy Run Club. All runners welcome. Free, plus a 6-ounce pour of kombucha. 11 a.m to noon. Details.

Photoshoots in the Sunflower Field at Carrigan Farms: Leave the Sunday Scaries behind and have a fun photoshoot in the sunflower field at Carrigan Farms. Book a private 45-minute session with a photographer, or opt for a do-it-yourself photo shoot. Reservation required. $15+. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Details.


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