Agenda Weekender: 19 cool things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 19 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 “Jurassic Park” on August 26. Admission is $30 per car. Snag a ticket.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

80. Scattered Thunderstorms. 60% chance.

Levine Children’s Hospital Blood Drive at 1000 Blythe Blvd.: If you’re able, do your part to help save lives by donating blood to the Levine Children’s Hospital Blood Drive. Donors will receive a complimentary wellness checkup (including a COVID-19 Antibody Test and Iron Check) and a free $10 Fandango promo code. Schedule in advance online. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details.

Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager Release at The Olde Meck Brewery: Head to Olde Meck Brewery for the release of their world-renowned, seasonal Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager. If you can’t make it out Friday, have no fear because the celebration will continue all weekend long. Servings come in one liter, half-liter, and regular pours. And if you weren’t sold already, local rock band, DECARLO will kick-off the weekend with songs from their latest studio album “Lightning Strikes Twice.” Prices vary. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

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Dreamsicle IPA Release at NoDa Brewing Company: NoDa Brewing Company is bringing back the nostalgic taste of Dreamsicle to the tap. You can hang out on the patio or in the taproom and enjoy this sweet and dreamy IPA. Menu Pricing. 3-10 p.m. Details.

Pumpkin Latte Blonde Release at Sycamore Brewing: Dust off your yoga pants and your Uggs because fall is on the way, and Sycamore Brewing is releasing its Pumpkin Latte Blonde. This “pumpkin party of a beer” features fresh spices, real vanilla, and house-roasted coffee layered over a crisp blonde ale base. 4-9 p.m. Details.

Food Trucks at NoDa Brewing Company: Come for the beer and stay for the brats. The JJ Red Hots food truck will be serving up delicious dogs, and every day this weekend, NoDa Brewing Company will feature delicious grub from a different food truck. Menu Pricing. 5-8 p.m. Details.

Abbey Elmore Band at Edge City Brewery: Enjoy live music from the indie-pop group Abbey Elmore Band (AEB for short) while you try one of the 11 beers that Edge City Brewery has on tap. Free. 6-9 p.m. Details.

Drake and The Weeknd Theme Night at the Yard: Dj Kyle Genisis will rock The Music Yard with top hits from Drake and The Weeknd. Grab your mask and head out for this socially distanced drive-in concert. Car-side food and beverage service will be provided by SouthBound. $80+. 7 -11 p.m. Details

Untethered Video Performance Installation in Camp North End: Head over to Camp North End to see “Untethered,” a film installation by video performance and relational artist Dennissa Young with music by Dylan Gilbert. This film lasts about four minutes and will be shown on a loop for the entirety of the event. Free beer will be provided (while supplies last). Free. 7-9 p.m. Details.

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Sy Smith at Middle C Jazz Club: Spend the evening with underground soul artist Sy Smith. The highly acclaimed vocalist has performed with Whitney Houston, Chaka Chan, and Usher to name a few. $42 club seats, $10 live stream access. 9:15 p.m. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

84. AM Thunderstorms. 40% chance.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen Saturday Brunch Pop-Up: Get a delicious brunch to-go from the cooking school and Saturday brunch spot, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Choose from signature menu items like the stuffed French toast or the breakfast burrito. Menu is completely take-out, pre-orders only. Menu Pricing. 9 a.m. to noon. Details.

[Agenda related guide: The 15 best brunch spots in Charlotte]

Habitual Yoga at Freedom Park: Practice mindfulness in the park with a 60-minute yoga flow hosted by local nonprofit group, Habitual Roots. All levels are welcome. Mat spray and hand sanitizer will be provided. Free. 9-10 a.m. Details.

U-Pick Sunflower Event: Venture to the rolling hills of Vale, North Carolina to enjoy the bucolic landscapes and pick your own sunflowers from the five-acre sunflower field. $10. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details.

[Agenda related guide: 50 best outdoor activities within 2 hours of Charlotte]

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens: After being closed to the public for more than five months, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens will reopen starting today. Prices vary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details.

Down the Rabbit Hole at The Music Yard: Go to The Music Yard for a drive-in, electronic wonderland experience with music from North Carolina’s top DJ’s and a special effects light show you won’t want to miss. Car-side food and beverage service will be provided by SouthBound. $70+. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Details.

Live Music at Devil’s Logic Brewing: Head over to Devil’s Logic Brewing to enjoy a wide selection of craft beers, kombucha, cider, and cold brew coffee. Enjoy views of Uptown from one of the two outdoor patios, and musical selections from Palmetto Road Band. Free. 7-10 p.m. Details.

Drive-In Movie in Old Town Cornelius: Enjoy a movie under the stars from the safety of your car. This week, the Lake Norman YMCA will be screening “Avengers: Endgame.” Popcorn and candy concessions will be available. $15+. 8:15-11 p.m. Details.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

85. Scattered Thunderstorms. 50% chance.

SouthBound SunDaze Brunch: Soak up these last weeks of summer and enjoy a SoCal inspired brunch while DJ DOMii spins your favorite tunes. Drink specials include $25 mimosa pitchers, $6 Southbound ‘Ritas, and $5 Tequila Sunrise Shots. Menu pricing. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details.

A Spirited Supper at The Crunkleton: Enjoy a tequila tasting featuring five incredible tequilas from El Tesoro and a three-course, wood-fired dinner from The Crunkleton’s Executive Chef, Greg Balch. Tickets sold by the table. $150 per person. 5-8 p.m. Details.

[Agenda related guide: 11 best cocktail bars in Charlotte]

Theater Charlotte Parking Lot Performance: Join Theater Charlotte for its Grand Nights for Singing concert series. Bring a chair and refreshments and enjoy a small concert in the parking lot at Theatre Charlotte. Maximum of 25 audience members. Social distancing and mask required. Free, $10 donation suggested. 6-7 p.m. Details.


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