Kubernetes has been a popular technology for quite some time for managing and deploying applications, and there are many concepts and techniques to fully understand their power. Skookum’s Rizchel Dayao will give an in-depth view of Kubernetes from beginner to advanced level. As usual, enjoy free pizza while you learn.
Skookum - 201 South Tryon St. Floor 15 / Free / 12-1 p.m.
We know you’ve always dreamed of running through Uptown as Santa and now is your chance. Register for the Ri Ra 5K Santa Run where 100% of profits will be donated to the Patriot Military Family Foundation. Registration includes a Santa suit, t-shirt, a beer and ceremony after the race with live entertainment
Ring in 2019 at Topgolf and enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to the VIP experience for exclusive access to an all-inclusive Premium NYE Feast with carving station and a bottle of bubbly to share with friends. All New Year’s Eve packages include unlimited gameplay.
Dress to impress and celebrate New Year’s in style with Shelton Vineyards. Due to popular demand, the dance party will be at The Barn at Heritage Farm, directly across from Shelton Vineyards (doors open at 9:30). Dance tickets will be available along with full packages, including dinner for two at the Harvest Grill, dance tickets, hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn & Suites at Shelton Vineyards, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast bar.
While the rest of Charlotte and the world go forward, Queen Park Social is going back. Come party down at the 2nd Annual Retro New Year’s Eve party with your favorite music from disco to yesterday by DJ View Beats.
Crêpe Cellar, Growlers Pourhouse, and Haberdish will be throwing an all-night party with a cocktail hour, 4-course dinner with paired drinks, a champagne toast, and an after-party. You’ll choose your dinner location in advance and then you can roam freely between the restaurants for the rest of the night. They’ll also have live entertainment, photo ops, and DJs throughout the night.
Gear up for the city’s sweetest race. They’ll be serving all kinds of chocolate treats along the course and after the race. All participants will get a commemorative medal and jacket. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish.
They’re serving up dessert for breakfast with some help from local dessert shops and bakeries. Expect dishes like chicken and waffle cupcakes, French toast flavored cotton candy, cinnamon rolls, mini donuts and lots of mimosas. Select vendors will have gluten-free and vegan options.
Catawba Brewing Company / Free admission / 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How could you not want to cook up some delicious food with the dynamic duo that is Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen? Chef Alyssa and her husband, Andrew, provide a comfortable and social environment that allows any level of chef to enhance their skills for those who love to cook and eat well. It’s super fun and you can even bring your own cooler of brews along.
Fahrenheit restaurant has views of Uptown Charlotte that will blow your mind. Grab a cocktail and a flatbread and take it all in. Pro tips: Brunch is Sundays from 11-3 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
Expect 20+ classic arcade games, speciality game themed cocktails, old and new pinball machines, craft beers and a whole section for people to relax on couches and play classic console games. For all of you that are kids at heart, this place is for you.
Gather around the table with FEAST Food Tours and Charlotte’s culinary community. Savor food and drinks from a variety of locally owned and operated culinary hotspots, and connect with the chefs, restaurateurs and artisans who are defining the flavors of the Queen City.
Uptown, NoDa, South End and Plaza Midwood / $55-80 per person including food & beverage /
What better way to enjoy Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens than with a drink in hand? In the golden evening hours when the warm light of the setting sun illuminates thousands of buds and blooms, you can sip a beverage and unwind with a stroll through the gardens. On select nights, live music will fill the air at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens / $12.95 / 5-9 p.m.
In Charlotte, there are countless ways to work out (and drink) 7 days a week. Every Tuesday at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, a different instructor teaches a community yoga class for all levels. Your ticket includes a well-earned beer or soda from the brewery post-flow.
If you are looking for a friendly place to shop for fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, jellies, soap, flowers and more, you can find it all at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. You can actually talk to the farmer who grew the freshly harvested produce and/or fruit. If the products were any fresher, they’d still be in the garden!
The rail trail is a public path that runs through the heart of the city, passing many landmarks on the way. Walk or bike it for a good workout with great food and art stops along the way. We even have an itinerary for you – just search “rail trail itineraries” on the CA website.
The midnight diner is an iconic establishment in South End. The silvery throwback serves up some best cheap grub in the city, and its perfect for any meal (including late night). Their fried chicken and golden buttery waffles is a can’t miss classic.
The landmark coffee shop has sold over 1.4 million of these decadent little babies. They’re available with and without gluten and they bake over 400 a day, so there’s no excuse not to get your hands on one ASAP.
This place is well worth the drive north. Kindred was rated as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the country when it first opened, and dishes like its squid ink conchiglie, cinnamon rolls and the milk bread have continued its popularity. The hardest part about eating here is restraining yourself from eating a whole milk bread loaf so you save room to enjoy the rest of your meal. Make sure you make a reservation!
The 7th Street Public Market is a gathering place for all kinds of people—hipsters and families, entrepreneurs and artists—from the region and beyond. Its energy is palpable when you walk through the door. And then there are the smells: fresh bread, the best coffee in Charlotte, hot crepes. Every visit is sure to offers something new.
The Funny Bus is the most entertaining way to get to know the Queen City. The 90-minute tour puts a comedic spin on everything you need to know about Charlotte’s history and architecture. Best part? You can bring your own beer or wine.
Despite its unassuming appearance (it’s inside an Asian strip mall with a pothole-ridden parking lot), Le’s sells the best Bahn Mi, and possibly the best overall sandwich, in all of Charlotte. Its cash only and your meal will probably cost less than $5.
4520 N Tryon St. #41 / 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday
This 93-foot luxury yacht serves up a four-course chef-crafted meal on Lake Norman. “The Lady” has two enclosed floors, each with fully-equipped bars and an upper floor open balcony that provides a beautiful view of the lake. Enjoy the relaxing setting and indulge in a truly classy yachting experience.
Dive right into the Charlotte brewery scene with a Charlotte Brews Cruise. The tours offer guests the opportunity to safely and easily visit multiple breweries, taste plenty of samples, learn the brewing process, see behind-the-scenes where the beer is made and talk to the people who make it.
It’s not summertime if you don’t eat a ridiculous amount of popsicles. King of Pops is making it easy and delicious with their healthy, homemade treats in tons of flavors. They’re sold all around the city, or stop into their Pop Shop 7 days a week.