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FRIDAY, APRIL 27
72. Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
2nd Anniversary Party at Murphy’s Kitchen & Tap: Celebrate the popular Uptown Irish pub with live music, raffles and more. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.
Headshots and Cocktails at Little Nest Portraits: Update your LinkedIn headshot during this mini-session, complete with cocktails and snacks. 4-6 p.m. $81. Details.
Cousins Maine Lobster Grand Opening at Sycamore Brewing: The much-anticipated lobster food truck, made popular by Shark Tank, makes its debut tonight at Food Truck Friday. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.
2-Year Anniversary Party at The Cotton Room at Belfast Mill: Celebrate with half-price Old Fashioneds, $2 drafts and games that could score you a $100 bar tab. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Co.: Enjoy live music, plenty of beer and a selection of food trucks. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.
9 Year Anniversary at Brazwells Premium Pub: The Montford location will be celebrating with an all-day celebration complete with BBQ, live music, patio games and giveaways. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.
Beers for brAYAve at NoDa Brewing: Get to know and support the 24Foundation’s newest program, 24brAYAve, supporting adolescents and young adults through their cancer journey and survivorship. 6-9 p.m. Donation-based. Details.
Food Truck Friday Dilworth at 1324 East Boulevard: It’s back! To kick off the season, they’ll have 12 trucks featuring everything from acai bowls to dog treats. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Whiskey Club at Ballantyne Hotel: Indulge in samples of Glendronach 12 year, BenRiach 10 year, Bruichladdic Port Charlotte and more with hors-d’oeuvres. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. $65++. Details.
A little business, a little beer, a little queer. at Rhino Market & Deli: Join the LGBTQ Democrats of Mecklenburg County to get to know their new leadership team over a few beers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.
80’s Glow Party at The Fat Parrots: Break out that 80’s-era wardrobe for a costume contest and a chance at a $50 bar tab. 9 p.m. Free. Details.
Ultra Glow Party at Oak Room: They’ll be giving out over 5,000 glow sticks along with LED glasses and body paint for their biggest party of the year. 21+ only. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Charlotte Ballet: Spring Works at Knight Theater: See the works of 3 of the Ballet’s newest choreographers, including former dancer Bryan Arias. Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (2 and 7:30 p.m.). $25+. Details.
Charlotte Symphony: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 at Belk Theater: Experience the intensely emotional piece in person before moving onto works by Bartok and Ligeti. 7:30 p.m. $19+. Details.
Symphony 101 at Levine Jewish Community Center: Get a look into the world of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and its upcoming performances. This performance will focus on 20th century musical dialects. 1-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Drive-In Movie at World Worship Church: Watch Ferdinand the old-fashioned way, in your car or on the lawn with an FM radio. Hot dogs, cotton candy and more will all be available for purchase. 7 p.m. Free. Details.
Adult Improv at Acting Out Studio Improv: Mom’s Adhesive will take the stage for the night. 8 p.m. $10. Details.
The Sherlock Project at FROCK Shop: This unique, audience-involved party will involve Dr. John Watson and some of his closest friends in celebrating the beloved detective with plenty of mysteries, murder, food and drinks. 8 p.m. $25. Details.
Whitewater Film Series at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: See One Year on a Bike, about one man’s journey from Amsterdam to Singapore on a mountain bike, come to life on the big screen. 8 p.m. Free. Details.
Drunken Spelling Bee at Flight: Keep your letters straight for a chance at a few prizes. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.
The Queen’s Royal Drag Ball at Rooftop 210: Watch the city’s sassiest drag queens work what they’ve got on the runway, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Campus Pride. 21+. 8-11 p.m. $12. Details.
Co-Work & Learn at Amélie’s French Bakery & Café NoDa: Work alongside members of Female Boss Tribe before learning a few tricks of the trade when it comes to the importance of branding. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.
Frog Monitoring at McDowell Nature Preserve: Head out the McDowell Prairie wetlands to get a unique view of the ecosystem and help gather data on frog and toad calls. Registration required. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Ladies Self Defense Seminar at Winners for Life Martial Arts South Park: The class will combine fitness training with functional self-defense in a fun and empowering way. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Minor League Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Watch the Knights take on the Norfolk Tides. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.
Lacrosse at American Legion Memorial Stadium: Support the Charlotte Hounds as they take on the Dallas Rattlers. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Details.
11th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon and Education Forum at Charlotte Mariott City Center: Learn about heart disease and stroke while celebrating survivors and raising money for those currently in treatment. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $150. Details.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
75. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
International Sandwich Fest at Aldersgate: Celebrate east Charlotte’s diversity with international flavor and intergenerational activities for everyone with food from around the world and live music at this family-friendly festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.
April Sours Bring May Flowers at Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse: Rare sour and wild beers will be on special all day. 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Free admission. Details.
Bourbon and BBQ at Reid’s Myers Park: The store’s mobile smoker and new cocktail menu launch this weekend. Celebrate with small batch bourbon specials, local beer samples and wine tastings, plus plenty of BBQ with all the fixings. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.
Hair of the Dog Party at Tabor: Capitol is turning 20, and they’ve got big things planned to celebrate with hot dogs from Noble Smoke, Blackberry Farm beer, a Bloody Mary bar, a pop up from Freemans Sporting Club and live music. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Bike Bash at Tilted Kilt: Stop by for live music, a bikini contest, vendors and lawn games. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Spring Cleaning Bash at Flight: They’re looking for help cleaning out their inventory and will sell you $2 shots and $2 craft beers to do it. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.
Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory Grounds: Spend the afternoon sampling the best burgers in the city and enjoying over 30 types of beer from local breweries while you enjoy performances by Charley Crockett and Shovels & Rope. 12:30-6 p.m. $35-$55. Details.
1st Annual Crab Bowl at The Doghouse Bar & Grill: Eat your way through all sorts of seafood, including blue crab, crab legs and Maryland-style shrimp. 1-6 p.m. $7+. Details.
Bring Your Own Dog at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Bring your pups for a playdate on the patio while you enjoy a beer. 3-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Black Wall Street Oyster Roast at Secret Society Cigar Bar & Lounge: Join Congresswoman Alma Adams to learn about the Women Small Business Growth Act, which helps female business owners pay off debt, over fresh oysters. 3-6 p.m. $22. Details.
Social & Cookout at QueenCity Bicycles: Come out for bicycle talk, hot dogs and more on the front patio. You can BYO meat or enjoy what they provide. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.
Wine @ The Market at Atherton Mill: Back for its 5th year, this festival will include food, drinks and a silent auction to benefit and raise critical funds for Florence Crittenton Services programming supporting women and children. 6:30-8 p.m. $35-$40. Details.
Spring Season Opener & Patio Kick-Off Party at Merchant and Trade: Kick off patio season with all-inclusive food and drink at the popular Uptown rooftop bar. 7 p.m. $10. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Grand Re-Opening at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff: They’ll have demos, giveaways, sales, food, and more to celebrate their new location and staff. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Details.
Crafternoon at 7th Street Public Market: Join Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. to make hoop art. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $16. Details.
Queen City Femme Fest at 1318 Central Avenue: Get to know 60+ female-owned businesses, artists, performers, activists and more. 5-10 p.m. $10, but you can save $5 by bringing a pack of hygiene products for Flo Charlotte. Details.
HousingFest Unplugged at Triple C Barrel Room: HousingFest Unplugged is a concert to end homelessness featuring Justin Fedor and Reeve Coobs. Guests are encouraged to make a $10 suggested donation, plus $1 from every pint sold will go to support Urban Ministry Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:15 p.m. 6-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Details.
Movie Night at Coco and the Director: Stop by to see the next installment of this month’s Hunger Games marathon with a screening of Mockingjay. 7 p.m. Free. Details.
Mint Museum’s Coveted Couture Gala After Party with Farfetch at Mint Museum Randolph: While tickets to the grand opening celebrate of the museum’s newest exhibition, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar De la Renta, have sold out, there are still a handful left for the black tie after party. Enjoy a selection of fine champagne and live music. 9:30 p.m. $185. Details.
Women’s March Power to the Polls at Park Expo and Conference Center: This full day’s schedule includes inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops and community sessions just in time for the midterm elections. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Boomer Expo at Queen Sports Complex: Hang out with speakers and vendors while you enjoy live music, wine, beer, box lunches and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.
The Treehouse at The Queen’s Cup: Enjoy this year’s Queen’s Cup in The Treehouse, where an all-inclusive badge the takes care of the entire day. Your ticket includes chartered bus transportation to and from the race, catered lunch and afternoon snacks, all your beverages (including beer and wine), games and of course, a prime location to watch the races. Limited space availability so book early, must be 21-35 years old. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $175. Details.
Queens Coop Coop Tour at Four Dogs Pet Supplies: Get an up close and personal look at backyard chicken coops throughout the city, including beginner, homemade and recycled coops. All proceeds go to Pet Harvest Food Bank. 12-4 p.m. $10. Details.
Tossin’ for Good Cornhole Tournament at The Unknown Brewing Company: Compete for your chance to win up to $200 during the 5th annual tournament benefitting the HandsNFeet Foundation. 1-4 p.m. $40/team. Details.
Cornhole Tournament at Grid Iron: Participate in the game or just try your luck at the silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the American SIDS Institute. 1-5 p.m. $10/team. Details.
Queen City Business Expo & Job Fair at The Carole Hoefener Center: Get to know companies from every industry and figure out how you could benefit their team. Get there early for swag bags, food, live music and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.
2018 Weiner Dog Race at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Watch 5 different races, ranging from puppies to small breeds and, of course, Daschunds to benefit the North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. Expect photo finishes, a 50/50 raffle and winners to be announced on the podium. 2-8 p.m. $10 per race. Details.
Touch a Truck Festival at Discovery Place Huntersville. This free community event from Discovery Place Kids and CPCC introduces children of all ages to a fleet of more than 40 firetrucks, 18-wheelers and other trucks. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Details.
Beginner Bonsai at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Turn your thumb green with this hands-on workshop that includes a bonsai tree to take home. All materials included. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65. Details.
Composting Solutions for Small Spaces at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Learn easy ways to compost with worms in your house, garage, classroom or even on a porch. 10-11 a.m. Free. Details.
Community Day at Carolinas Aviation Museum: Learn about STEM industries in the Charlotte area and take part in hands-on activities like a recyclable plane build challenge, air pressure demos and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Survive Spring Allergies at Sardis Marketplace: Stop by to have your questions answered and a plan calculated for all your natural allergy remedy needs by an aromatherapist and essential oil expert. 2-3 p.m. Free. Details.
2018 Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb at the Duke Energy building: Honor firefighter and 9/11 hero Stephen Siller when you climb the tower and pay tribute to our first responders. 8 a.m. $40. Details.
Family Fun Puzzle Run 5K at Northcross Shopping Center: 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society of North Carolina at this family-friendly 5k. Use code CLTAgenda5 to get $5 off when you register online. 8 a.m. $15-$35. Details.
Maternal Mental Health Walk at Romare Bearden Park: Team up with The Center for Family & Maternal Wellness to walk and raise funds for their operation and awareness around maternal mental health issues. 8 a.m. Donation-based. Details.
Miles Against Melanoma 5k at Omega Sports: Run or walk to raise awareness and funds for melanoma. Proceeds will benefit the local community and Levine Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Immunotherapy Fund. 8 a.m. $25. Details.
Water For People 5k at Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Raise money for Water For People, a nonprofit working to provide clean water and sanitation in the homes, schools and clinics of Asia, Africa and South America on this scenic 5k. Registration includes a t-shirt. 8 a.m. $35. Details.
Zumbathon at Camino Community Center: Get your heart rate up with a session of the popular dance-centric workout to raise funds for diabetes prevention. Stick around for health assessments and cooking demos from UNC Charlotte, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Atrium Health. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $10. Details.
Pop Up Boot Camp at Burn Boot Camp: Jumpstart your weekend with a boot camp-style workout. 9:30 a.m. Free. Details.
Teal Diva 5K at Freedom Park: Run or walk to celebrate survivors and honor those that have passed due to ovarian and gynecologic cancers. Proceed benefit Teal Diva’s community education efforts and research. 9:30 a.m. $25-$40. Details.
Sweat Social at Urban Mvmnt: Urban Mvmnt has teamed up with lululemon for an all-in-one workout and shop session. Kick things off with a FLEX class before grabbing a mimosa and shop lululemon’s newest additions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.
Charity Yoga at Charlotte Family Yoga Center: Come enjoy a Relax and Renew class that combines gentle poses, breathing techniques and aromatherapy. 100% of proceeds benefit Hospitality House of Charlotte. 4-5:15 p.m. Recommended $10 donation. Details.
Charlotte Cobras vs. NYCD Boldest at North Mecklenburg High School: Cheer on the Charlotte Cobras (a semi-professional football team made up of members of CMPD, CFD and the Sherriff’s Office) as they take on the NYCD Boldest. Proceeds benefit various charities in the area, mostly for injured or disabled first responders. 1-5 p.m. $10-$20. Details.
Celebrity Basketball Game at Johnson C. Smith University: Watch a handful of hip-hop artists and celebrities like Nick Cannon, Keke Palmer and Wild’N Out’s Hitman Holla face off in this basketball game to benefit A Child’s Place. 3 p.m. $10-15. Details.
Minor League Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Norfolk Tides. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.
2018 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at NoDa Brewing Company: Men, don your best pair of heels to raise awareness of sexualized violence against women. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $15-$100. Details.
Seed Swap at Free Range Brewing: Bring a labeled package of seed (with the name and harvest year) to swap for another to help strengthen the community’s agricultural program. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Sidewalk Sale at Village Emporium: Help clear the shelves to make room for new additions by shopping home décor, clothing, furniture, toys and more. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Details.
What a Girl Wants at BLACKLION: Shop the store and enjoy hourly giveaways, food, mimosas, makeup tutorials and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.
Indoor Flea Market at The Carole Hoefener Center: Shop 50 vendors’ products while enjoying food, drink and free giveaways. Get there early, as the first 150 attendees will get a swag bag and the first 20 to make a purchase will win a 3-day, 2-night vacation. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
71. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Food & Drink
Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Fill up on brunch classics like a lox bagel and breakfast sliders. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.
Pints for Paws at Bold Missy Brewery: Stop by to meet a few adoptable dogs, a raffle and more. Proceeds benefit Long Trails to Happy Tails Dog Rescue. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.
The Ladies & Gents Forgiveness Luncheon at The Venue 1801: Listen to speakers discuss topics like mental health and credit rebuilding before enjoying food, mimosas and more. 3-6:30 p.m. $20-$25. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Indigo Dyeing Workshop at Covet Atelier: Learn about the tradition of indigo dyeing before trying your hand at it. Food and drink will be provided. 1-3 p.m. $40. Details.
Opening of ‘The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta’ at Mint Museum Randolph: See designs from one of the world’s most loved and respected designers who has dressed everyone from First Ladies to actresses and celebrities. 2-6 p.m. $6-$15. Details.
Charlotte Concert Band: From Stage to Screen at Knight Theatre: Enjoy musical hits from favorites like Les Misérables to Star Wars at this family-friendly concert. 5 p.m. $10-$20. Details.
Beck at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre: See Beck on the Charlotte stop of his 2018 Colors tour. 7:30 p.m. $30+. Details.
Open Streets 704 in NoDa and Plaza Midwood: A variety of streets throughout town will be closed to traffic to promote a safe pedestrian environment. Along the 4-mile route, they’ll have feature zones with arts and crafts, fitness demonstrations and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Meditation Workshop at Life Time Athletic: Join Jennifer Busco to learn about meditation and how to use it as a tool to transform your day-to-day life. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $32. Details.
Cacti and Succulents as Living Decor at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens: Join Living Decor to learn how to keep your succulents and cacti alive, plus the 3 steps to create an arrangement. 2-4 p.m. $40. Details.
Charity Workout at Fitzgerald’s: Undo the damage you did this weekend with Zumba, bootcamp, boxing and yoga. Proceeds support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 10-11:30 a.m. $10 donation. Details.
NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Take a restorative yoga class and stick around for a post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.
Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Your ticket gets you admission to this all-levels yoga class plus a 13-ounce beer. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.
Summit Challenge at Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Sweat it out with an all-levels Crossfit-style workout before unwinding with a 30-minute yoga flow. Stick around for food, drink and celebration. Proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish. 1-3:30 p.m. $30. Details.
Vino and Vinyasa at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Heat up with an hour-long session of Vinyasa yoga before you cool down with a glass of wine or beer. 3:30-4:30 p.m. $11. Details.
Minor League Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Support the Knights as they take on the Norfolk Tides. 2:05 p.m. $8+. Details.
Science and Technology Expo at UNC Charlotte: Meet Team T-Rex and experience get up close and personal with demonstrations and hands-on activities. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.
2018 Spring Carnival Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall: This family-friendly fun event includes carnival games, prizes, arts and crafts, face painting, characters, a DJ and more. All activities are free and open to the public. Pre-register to be entered to win door prizes. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.
Kilts for K9s Fundraiser at Tilted Kilt: Hang out at this outdoor party complete with live music, a 50/50 raffle, vendors to shop and puppies to pet. Proceeds benefit the South Charlotte Dog Rescue. 12-4 p.m. Donation-based. Details.
Clean up N.C. Rivers with Aveda and Carmen Carmen Belk Salon at the Center Court at SouthPark Mall: Treat yourself to spa services like chair massages, dry cuts, hairstyling and waxing for a good cause. All of the proceeds will go to keeping North Carolina rivers clean. 12-6 p.m. $1-$25. Details.
Pets Without Parents at Tails of the Unwanted Shelter: Celebrate National Pet Day with adoptable dogs, vendors and more. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.
ON THE AGENDA
We’re excited for…
The Techstars Experience: 3 Female Founders Share Their Story at Camp North End Hygge: Listen as the founders of Milkful, Skillpop and The Waggle Company get real and in-depth about their experiences at this year’s 3-month, mentor-driven accelerator program, Techstars Austin. May 18.
2018 CrownTown Throwdown at OMB: The annual cornhole tournament and its lawn games, live music, raffles and more, benefits InReach. Registration includes 2 beer tickets, lunch and a t-shirt. May 19.
Race to the Taste 5K in Uptown: Join Truliant Federal Credit Union for a race that starts and ends at the Taste of Charlotte Festival. Runners receive a swag bag with a Checkers ticket, Taste of Charlotte Super Coin and more. June 9.
See all the upcoming events here.
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