Agenda Weekender: 32 fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte

Agenda Weekender: 32 fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte
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The Agenda Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway. There’s *a lot* happening at the Speedway this weekend. Tonight, see country music star Justin Moore perform live. Friday night is round two of The Avett Brothers, and Saturday you can catch Aaron Lewis & Sully Erna. Get details and buy tickets. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

77. Partly Cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Vote Early: This is a big election year. Mecklenburg residents have about 40 contests to vote for, give or take a few depending on where you live. Be sure to exercise your right to vote — whether you vote by absentee ballot or head to the polls. Early voting is happening now until October 31. Free. 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Details.

[Related Agenda Story: What it was like to vote in North Carolina on the first day of this monumental election]

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Sport a Shirt, Share a Night with Ronald McDonald House: Every purchase of a Ronal McDonald House T-shirt helps to support a family for a night at the RMH of Charlotte. Sport your RMH T-shirt and snap a picture tagging the House on social media using #RMHSAS. $10 for a T-shirt. 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Details.

5th Annual CLT Burger Week: Have you been waiting to take a bite out of the Queen City’s burger scene? Enjoy $6 specialty, craft, or gourmet burgers at 40+ locations. Now through October 25. $6. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Details.

Hopebuilders Virtual 5K: Now in its 25th year, the Hopebuilders 5k event is going virtual for 2020. This year’s theme, “25 Days of Hope”, is all about building hope for patients of Levine Children’s Hospital. Show your support by sharing a Levine Children’s story on social media, building a personal or team fundraising page, or taking part in the virtual 5K and celebration car-parade. $25 to register. Now through Oct. 25. Details.

Charlotte Podcast Festival – Social Media & Websites for Podcasts, Online: In this panel-led discussion, you’ll learn the best practices for curating and creating engaging digital content to complement your podcast. Free. Noon to 1 p.m. Details.

A Petty Pumpkin Carving Contest at Petty Thieves Brewing Co.: Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test for a chance to win free beer, a logo glass, and a $20 gift card. They’ll supply the sanitized carving tools, you bring your pumpkin canvas. Free. 3-9:30 p.m. Details.

University City Food Truck Friday at Armored Cow Brewing Co.: Head out to Armored Cow Brewing Co. to enjoy live music and food trucks. This week’s food truck line-up includes Another Food Truck, Scratch Kitchen, Chimi Spot, Lobster Dogs, Yappy Hour, Screamery Creamery, and music from New Local. Menu pricing. 4-9:30 p.m. Details.

Uptown Street Eats, North Tryon Street: A stretch of North Tryon Street will be blocked off to traffic to allow for outdoor dining at The Asbury, 204 North, Sea Level, and Sip. Food trucks will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and Friday’s featured food truck is Jive Turkey. Menu pricing. 5-9 p.m. Details.

Country Days Corn Maze at 416 Joe Lee Helms Road, Indian Trail: Enjoy some classic fall fun at Country Days Corn Maze. There will be fresh grilled hot dogs and brats with your choice of unlimited free toppings. $5 to $8. 5-10 p.m. Details.

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday at Gibson Mill: Head to Concord for quite the food truck lineup. This Friday will have Plant 6 Provisions (starting at 4 p.m.), Hot Tamale, Ole Buddy’s Oinker Express, CRAFTY BURG’R, and Cremoso Cheesecake. Masks are required and trucks will be spaced to allow for social distancing. Menu pricing. 5-10 p.m. Details.

Homemade Candy Bars at Sweet Spot Studio: Learn how to make your own Twix, Kit Kat, and Snickers Bars in this homemade candy bar class. Register with caution. $60. 6:30 p.m. Details.

Movies at Victoria Yards at 408 N. Tryon St.: Expect a screening of the “Princess Bride” and food trucks and live music beforehand. Seating is extremely limited and attendees must follow CDC guidelines. Food/music starts at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Family Drive-In Movie Night at Iredell County Recreation Center: Fill your car and head to the Iredell County Recreation Center for a family Drive-In screening of Disney’s Maleficent (PG). Ticket includes four individual bags of popcorn. Registration is open now until October 22nd at midnight. $10 per car. Parking for the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. Details.

Wine Essentials with SkillPop, Online: New to wine? This virtual wine basics class will cover food and wine pairings, what wines to try based on your personal palate, what to bring to the party, or buy for the boss, plus a few tips of the trade. $20. 7-8:30 p.m. Details.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra On-Demand, Online: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presents a virtual concert series streamed live from the Knight Theater. Christopher Warren-Green takes the podium for the first virtual performance to lead Tchaikovsky’s lyrical waltz Serenade for Strings and Grieg’s Holberg Suite, a Baroque-inspired dance suite. $20. 7:30 p.m. Details.

Live in the Lot Comedy Series at The Fillmore Charlotte:  The Fillmore’s Live in the Lot series will feature four comedians in a socially distanced outdoor space. “Burpie” with Jesse Jones will take the stage on October 23rd and 24th. $25. 7 p.m. Details.

The Avett Brothers Victory Lap Concert at Charlotte Motor Speedway: After the tremendous turnout for their August concert, The Avett Brothers are coming back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a second live performance. The concert will be broadcast on the Speedway’s 16,000 square-foot screen (one of the largest screens in the world.) $125+ per car 8:30 p.m. Details.

Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail at 213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville: Visit one of the scariest haunted trails in the region. Or, for a more family-friendly option, you can go on a nighttime hayride which takes you to a bonfire (bring your own s’ mores materials for roasting). $30 per person on Friday and Saturday evenings. Details.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

80. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

PlantBar Grand Opening at 2452 Park Road, Unit D: The plant store and workshop opens on Saturday in Dilworth next to Taco Mama. Free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details.

[Related Agenda Story: Trendy plant store PlantBar is opening this Saturday in Dilworth]

Uptown Farmers Market at 300 S. Davidson St.: Shop local fall produce and other fresh finds at the Uptown Farmers Market. Free. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details.

7th Street Public Market Saturday Sidewalk Market at 224 E. 7th St.: Enjoy a beautiful day in Uptown with pop-up vendors along the Rail Trail side of 7th Street Public Market. Shop local and then grab a bite to eat from one of the great market food vendors. Details.

Sustain Charlotte’s Biketoberfest: For the first time since starting in 2014, Biketoberfest will take place across multiple biking routes throughout the city. Riders will have the option to choose from a list of fun and safe routes hand-picked by the event host Sustain Charlotte, or simply bike the route of their choosing. $35. Now through Oct. 25. Details.

University City Farmers Market at Shoppes at University Place: Shop for locally sourced fruits, veggies, fresh produce, and even natural beauty products at the University City Farmers Market. The market runs every Saturday in October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details.

Moxie Mercantile x Grow plant shop Anniversary at 2008 Commonwealth Ave.: Moxie Mercantile is celebrating 5 years in business and Grow CLT is celebrating 1 year in business. Together they are celebrating in the community with a day-long, time-spread event. Expect food from Chilito Tacos and Giddy Goat, live music with Air Tropicali, among other things. Social Distancing and masks required. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details.

Complimentary Museum Admission to Frontline Workers: As a thank you to essential and frontline workers during the pandemic, The Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture are offering complimentary admission to health care providers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, custodial staff, transit workers, grocery store and restaurant employees, and their immediate family members now through December 31. Free. Details.

Drive-in Concert at Shalom Park: B Sharp will play your favorite hits by Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Hootie and the Blowfish, and others. Pack up the car and a cooler and listen to live music under the stars. Proceeds to benefit Charlotte Family Housing. Spots limited. $100 per car. 6:30 p.m. Details.

Concerts in the Courtyard at Optimist Hall: Todd Johnson will perform outside in the Main Courtyard. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Details.

A Concert for Charlotte at Truist Field: The Charlotte Knights host the Symphony Orchestra for the first-ever live orchestra performance on Truist Field. Tickets are currently sold out, but you can add your name to a waitlist to be notified of additional tickets. $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. 7 p.m. Details.

Buzzed Spelling Bee at Armored Cow Brewing Co.: This Buzzed Bee consists of 4 rounds that only get harder from as they go. First place will win the best bar swag you’ve ever seen, social media fame, and bragging rights for eternity. You can reserve a table to play with up to 3 people per team and your ticket includes your first beer (and if you make it to the 3rd round you win another beer). $15+. 7 p.m. Details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

76. Showers. 40% chance of rain.

Counterculture Club Outdoor Yoga at Camp North End: Head to the Boileryard at Camp North End for an outdoor vinyasa flow. This socially distanced class is for yogis of all levels. Bring a mat, towels, and any props you may need. Hand sanitizer will be provided. $10 in advance/$15 drop-in. 10-11 a.m. Details.

Drink Pink for Go Jen Go at Summit Seltzer: Sip a seltzer and support a cause. Summit Seltzer will be donating proceeds from its three pink pints: Pink Panther ($6), Strawberry Sugar High ($5), and Cosmo Seltzer cocktail ($9), to Go Jen Go, a local charity that helps women battling breast cancer. Prices vary. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details.

Sip and Savor at Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails: Spend your Sunday evening enjoying a multiple course meal and excellent wine pairings at Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails. $75. 6 p.m. Details.


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