Agenda Weekender: 42 things to do including Meck Dec Day, Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration and the Montford Park Block Party

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 89. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Saturday: 90. PM thunderstorms. 60% chance of rain.
Sunday: 87. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Friday, May 19

Food & Drink

Partial Nerdity -The Pirate Party at Dilworth Grille: Featuring music, pirate-themed drink specials, a costume contest and treasure hunt. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $8-$12. Details.

Blackfinn’s Chamber Of Secrets at Blackfinn Ameripub: Tickets include one draft beer; expect HP on the TV’s, party favors, Quidditch beer pong, HP-themed games and a costume contest (winner gets Carolina Country Music Festival tickets). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $12. Details.

Experience

7th Annual May Sale – Tent Clearance & Storewide Markdowns at Cotswold Marketplace: This will be their largest tent clearance sale of the year on home decor, upholstery, artwork, lighting and more. Fri-Sat. Free. Details.

Meck Dec Day Commemoration Ceremony at The Square, Trade and Tryon Streets: Expect period re-enactors, speeches and a reading of the declaration. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

Science on the Rocks: LOL at Discovery Place Science: Expect improv performances and joke competitions then explore the science of laughter; 21+. 5-9 p.m. $10-$12 . Details.

Magical Movie Night at Google Fiber Space: Experience virtual reality with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; expect treats and come dressed in your best costume for prizes. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual Drag Show Benefit at Visulite Theater: Cover and all performer tips are given directly back to supporting Time Out Youth. 7-11 p.m. $5 . Details.

Spring Fling at 8.2.0: This semi-formal night is an opportunity for young professionals to help raise funds and learn more about the mission of The Lunch Project; tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets and a DJ. 7-10 p.m. $50. Details.

Learn Things

Skookum Tech Talk: Technology in Healthcare at Skookum: Learn how in the abyss of clinical data, how a clinician finds the information they need to find at-risk patients and make the best clinical decisions; expect free lunch. 12 p.m. Free. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Bechtler By Night: Gear Up at Bechtler Museum: Expect gallery games and scavenger hunts, Bechtler BINGO, light bites from the Modern Café and drinks for sale. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Brandy at The Fillmore: 8:30 p.m. $61. Details.

Saturday, May 20

Food & Drink

Meck Dec Day at OMB: Expect plenty of Capt. Jack Pilsner on tap, live music and a portion of all proceeds (food and drink) will benefit Pints for Patriots of the North Carolina USO. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

2nd Annual Bacon Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Expect food trucks, live music and brews. 12-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Annual Mega Rose Tasting at Foxcroft Wine Co. SouthParkSip and enjoy rosé all day on their patio. 1-4 p.m. $25. Details.

5th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival at Rooftop 210: Listen to live music while you enjoy craft, import and specialty beers. 3-7 p.m. $20+. Details.

Low Country Boil at Piedmont Social House: Join PSH for their first annual all-you-can-eat low country boil; your ticket includes live music, an event t-shirt, a PSH koozie and one of their ice cold brews. Cheers. 4-7 p.m. $25. Details.

Experience

Charity Fill A Bag at Kid to Kid: Stuff all the specially marked product you can in a provided bag and get the whole thing for a $15 donation to charity. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Details.

Customer Appreciation Day at Ivy & Leo: The first 50 customers in line will receive a $20 store gift card and a tumbler; expect drinks and snacks, gift card raffles and 20% off the entire store. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Details.

The Fresh Expo at Symphony Park: Expect seminars, demos, green kids planet, healthy food, musicians and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Carolina Harbor Opening Day at Carowinds: Kick off the second season of this new waterpark and enjoy coastal Carolina festivities throughout the day. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $44+. Details.

Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration on North Main Street, Salisbury: Cheerwine’s outdoor Centennial Celebration will celebrate “all things Carolina” with a NC BBQ competition, local food, live bands and free Cheerwine. 12-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward at Corner of W. 9th & N. Poplar Streets: The tour showcases a mix of private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and outdoor living spaces; expect complimentary food and beverages. Sat-Sun: 12-4 p.m. $20. Details.

Meck Dec Day and Family Fun Day at Charlotte Museum of History: Meet Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Polk, one of the first families to live in Charlotte Town, while enjoying performances from Drums4Life, poet Queen Isis and LATIBAH Collard Green Museum. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Dat Hip Hop Fest at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Expect a low country boil from A Bao Time and jams all day. 3-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Montford Park Block Party on Park Road and Mockingbird Lane: Hang out in Montford for the day to eat and drink, learn about neighborhood businesses, jam out to live music, play cornhole, and race through the YWCA obstacle course. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Romarefest at Romare Bearden Park: Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec presents this free concert featuring Pieces of a Dream; don’t forget to bring your lawn chair. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Mixology with Bob Peters and Wooden Robot at Earl’s Grocery: Bob will be showing how to mix summer beer-based cocktails with Wooden Robot’s sour beers. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Lost Hollow Music Fest at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Expect a range of musicians who have put their own spin on the blues; expect food, drinks and activities. Sat-Sun: 9 a.m. $13+. Details.

The DAM Show at C3 Lab: Two nights of dance, art and music. Sat-Sun. $17-$20 . Details.

Charlotte Pride Band in Concert at Myers Park Baptist: An evening of all ’80s pops from radio, cinema and stage. 5-6:30 p.m. $15 . Details.

Dylan Scott at Coyote Joe’s: 7 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

Blue Dogs Live at Reid’s SouthPark: 7-10 p.m. $20. Details.

Zoso – Tribute to Led Zeppelin at The Fillmore: 8-11 p.m. $14. Details.

Fitness

Cheerwine 100th Anniversary Ride at The Spoke Easy: They’ve scouted out the route, identified snack stops and even found a vineyard to do some wine tasting on the way. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Details.

Free Cycle, Bootcamp, Acupuncture Trifecta + Beer at Flex5 by PetroFitness: Experience three different types of classes, including a bootcamp, spin class and mini chair acupuncture treatment. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Roller Derby Double Header at Grady Cole Center: Expect a BYOB (no glass allowed) tailgate with free food and drinks starting at 3:30 p.m. 4:30-9 p.m. $12-$16. Details.

Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series battle it out during this race. 6:30 p.m. $10+. Details.

Sunday, May 21

Food & Drink

NoDajito Release Party at NoDa Brewing Company: Expect TIN Kitchen to be on site, too. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Starving Artist Popup Market at Charlotte Art League: 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Festa Italiana Charlotte at Gateway Village: Charlotte’s 12th annual Italian Food and Wine Festival with a dinner and Italian music the evening before. 1-7 p.m. $95. Details.

Dads, Bags and Brews at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: A pint-filled brewery hangout for dads and dads-to-be. 3-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Yoga in the Dark at Blue Blaze Brewing: Experience the benefits of blindfolded yoga with Metrolina Association for the Blind. 11:30-12:30 p.m. $5. Details.

We’re excited for…

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola and PNC Speed Street 5K throughout Uptown: This will be a weekend-long party throughout Uptown, featuring live entertainment by Jake Owen, Billy Currington, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others; interactive displays; a twilight run and way more. 12-11 p.m. May 25-27.

Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not at Discovery Place Science: See some of the world’s most perplexing optical illusions, investigate examples of body modification and celebrate the life of Robert Ripley, the explorer and adventurer. $13-$17. Opening May 27.

Memorial Day Celebration at USNWC: Enjoy the holiday weekend with friends and family during any of the seven activities USNWC is hosting: 5- and 8-mile trail races, yoga, film screenings, Deep Water Solo rock climbing, live music, and, of course, a fireworks display at dusk. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. May 28.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via Austin Caine and Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward.

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