Agenda Weekday Planner: 19 things to do this week in Charlotte

Agenda Weekday Planner: 19 things to do this week in Charlotte
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

Vote Early

Various voting locations | 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Free | Details.

Why you should go: 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.

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

Bike Charlotte

Virtual | October 16 through November 8 | Free | Details

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Why you should go: Now in its 20th year, Bike Charlotte is going virtual to continue the tradition of celebrating all things cycling in the Queen City. Participants are encouraged to ride the selected routes from October 16 through November 8 and share their experiences on social media.

Complimentary Museum Admission to Frontline Workers 

Levine Center for the Arts campus | now through December 31 | Free | Details

Why you should go: 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.

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week

15 participating Black-owned restaurants | October 19-31 | Prices vary |  Details 

Why you should go: Charlotte Black Restaurant Week continues. You can support local Black-owned businesses by dining in or ordering take out at participating locations.

Write Your First Book with SkillPop

Online | 5-6:30 p.m. | $24 | Details

Why you should go: Ever wanted to write a novel, but not sure where to start? Learn the ropes from Kimmery Martin, best-selling local author of “Queen of Hearts” and “The Antidote for Everything.” Kimmery will share her experience becoming an author, teach you the ropes for writing great fiction, and give a high-level overview of the various paths to getting published. The class will conclude with a Q&A.

StreetEats in University City

Shoppes at University | 6-9 p.m. | Menu Pricing | Details

Why you should go: The StreetEats program allows you to enjoy an outdoor dining experience with some of your favorite Queen City restaurants. University City’s participating restaurants include Armored Cow Brewery and several local food trucks. This event will be in compliance with Phase 3 guidelines.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Random Acts of Happiness Day at Harriet’s Hamburgers

Optimist Hall | Tuesdays | Menu Pricing | Details

Why you should go: As part of their weekly Random Acts of Happiness day, Harriet’s Hamburgers will give away a free meal to a random guest–no matter how big or small their order is, every Tuesday.

Tik Tok and Instagram Reels with SkillPop

Online | 5-6:30 p.m. | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Social Media Consultant and TikTok guru Aaron Dodge will break down TikTok basics, discuss the app’s viral success, and teach you how to create your own content.

Mood House & Mere’s: Meditation and Wine

Mere’s, 2400 Park Road | $20 | 6 p.m. | Details

Why you should go: Could you use a little stress relief? Join Mood House for an outdoor, guided meditation session accompanied by live music, followed by a glass of vino. Your ticket includes the class and one glass of wine from Mere’s.

Yoga on the Metropolitan Rooftop

1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Free for SweatNET Members, $15 for General Public | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy an invigorating 60-minute yoga session and city views on the roof of The Metropolitan. All yoga levels welcomed. Class is limited to 40 people to allow for social distancing. Bring a mat and water.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

NoDa Brewing Company Nine Year Anniversary

NoDa Brewing Company |  Oct. 28- Nov. 1 | $9 pour of any beer + IPA glass | Details

Why you should go: Join NoDa Brewing Company for a week-long celebration of their ninth anniversary. Each day (Wed-Sun) will feature a new release in addition to their anniversary special — $9 pour of any beer and an IPA glass you can take home.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

North Italia Date Night Bundle

1414 S Tryon St | Now through November 1st | $50 | Details 

Why you should go: In celebration of National Pizza & Pasta Month, North Italia is offering a “Date Night Bundle” that comes with a choice of any two signature pastas, along with a side of freshly baked parmesan garlic bread, and a to-go margarita or red sangria.

[Related Agenda Story: North Italia, The Cheesecake Factory-owned pizza and pasta chain, opens November 13 at South End’s Railyard]

Music at the Met

1111 Metropolitan Ave | 6-9 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Head to the Metropolitan for the final Music at the Met event of the season. There will be live music by local singer-songwriters, and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or reserve a front-row seat on the patio of Dressler’s.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Virtual Cooking with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Online | 5-6 p.m. | $45 for ingredient box & virtual class, $15 for virtual class only | Details

Why you should go: In this fall-inspired cooking class, Chef Alyssa will show you how to prepare Pumpkin Galette with Ginger-infused Marshmallows. Everything you need to follow along with the class is included in the ingredient box.

Ballantyne Movie Series: Hocus Pocus

Cullman Park Building Parking Lot | 6-9 p.m. | $30 | Details

Why you should go: Wear your spookiest costume for a festive drive-in movie night in Ballantyne. Enjoy warm, cozy drinks, music, and food before the screening. Then settle into your car or camping chair for the Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus.” Pre-order from a special Shake Shack menu by noon, October 30 to enjoy dinner at the event.

Movies at Victoria Yards: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

408 N Tryon Street | 6:30 p.m | Free | Details

Why you should go: Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy food trucks and live music. Then at 8:30 p.m. catch a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Seating is extremely limited and attendees must follow CDC guidelines.

Live in the Lot Comedy Series

The Fillmore Charlotte | 7 p.m. | $25 | Details

Why you should go: They say that laughter is the best medicine, so head over to The Fillmore to enjoy stand-up comedy from Darren “D.S.” Sanders and Jason Allen King.

Halloween Movie Night at Optimist Hall

Optimist Hall | 5 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. | Free | Details

Why you should go: Head to the courtyard at Optimist Hall for Halloween-themed cocktails from Spindle Bar, socially distant tarot card reading, and family-favorite movie “Hocus Pocus.”

Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail

213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville | $30 per person on Friday and Saturday evenings | Details

Why you should go: 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). 


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