Agenda Weekender: 95+ things to do this weekend, including Panthers vs. Patriots, the 30th Annual Great Gatsby Gala and National Dog Day celebrations

Agenda Weekender: 95+ things to do this weekend, including Panthers vs. Patriots, the 30th Annual Great Gatsby Gala and National Dog Day celebrations
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

84. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Two Year Anniversary Celebration at 8.2.0: Celebrate the pizzeria and bar’s second birthday with a free dip with any purchase, BOGO slices from 5-7 p.m. and the return of the famous Cheeseburger Pizza. Friday and Saturday. Free admission.

Lobster & Cold Craft Beer Summer Lunch at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate making it through another work week with lunch from Cousins Maine Lobster, fresh air and plenty of sunshine. 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Festbier Release at Catawba Brewing: A lighter approach to the Märzen style, Festbier honors Oktoberfest season with a German-style lager brewed according to Bavarian standards with Vienna malt character and Noble hop bitterness. 2-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Sip & See at 511 Queens Road: This low-key open house on Queens Road comes with light refreshments and drinks to sip while you peek inside brand new homes. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Unwind in the Boileryard with food, music and more. Dog- and kid-friendly. 5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Company: Enjoy cold beer, live music and a bite or two from T2C Smokehouse or Felix’s Homemade Empanadas food trucks. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Food Truck Friday EAST at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Eat your way through seven food trucks, including The Dumpling Lady and King of Pops, at this family- and dog-friendly food truck Friday. Live music begins at 5 p.m. 5-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Friday Night Bites at Legion Brewing: Stop by for a healthy helping of BBQ grilled pork belly sliders with Juicy Jay slaw and hop-infused sweet pickles. Other activities include live music, shopping and more. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Dilworth Food Truck Friday at 1324 Easy Boulevard: Expect live music, face painting and a balloon artist at this family-friendly FTF. BYOB (coolers permitted). 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Drunken Spelling Bee at Flight: Relive your elementary school days with an adult twist (and cash prizes). 7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

5 Year Anniversary Party & Grand Opening of the Green Room at Tin Roof: Celebrate 5 years with live music, drink specials and the grand opening of the bar’s new Green Room. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Lion King at Belk Theater: The Tony Award-winning Broadway staple makes a stop in Charlotte during its North American tour. Through September 9. $30+. Details.

Stand Up: The Factory Comedy Room at The Suffolk Punch: Stop by for a stand-up show by a rotating roster of local comedians. 9 p.m. $10. Details.

Experience

Southern Women’s Show at Charlotte Convention Center: Peruse hundreds of boutiques offering the latest fashions, goods and more. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$15. Details.

Free Car Wash Grand Opening Celebration at Sam’s Xpress Car Wash Indian Trail: Celebrate the 22nd location with a free Top Wash, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Details.

Pollinators’ Paradise at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: See seasonal garden beds planted specifically for pollinators, including butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, then practice your stroke in the Garden’s 18-hole mini golf course. Through September 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $0-$12.95. Details.

River Jam at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Get there early for a River Jam Run, yoga, Big Water Sessions and more before a performance by Urban Soil. 6:30-10 p.m. Free admission ($6 to park). Details.

Learn Things

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the family at Discovery Place Science: Experience the world’s first exhibition showcasing the ancestors of everybody’s favorite short-armed dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. During your visit, you’ll learn where it came from and how it involved through a multimedia experience with 10 life-sized dinosaurs on display. Through September 3. $0-$20. Details.

Fitness

Community Sweat BLOC Party at The Suffolk Punch: Join Block for a free community sweat. All levels welcome. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Black & Blue Blaze Tailgate at Blue Blaze Brewing: Taps start flowing at 2 p.m. for this afternoon tailgate that also includes lawn games, discounted pitchers as a 12-foot projection of the game. 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium: See how both teams are looking ahead of the official season at this pre-season game. 7:30 p.m. $23-$204+. Details.

Carolina Panthers Game Watch at StrikeCity: Cheer on the Panthers with a view of the game from any of the 65+ TVs, themed cocktails and drink specials. 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Panthers vs. Patriots Watch Party at Queen Park Social: Watch the game on the big screen with wings, drinks and more. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Kids

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites at ImaginOn: A collection of picture book classics like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Peter Rabbit come to life in this interactive exhibit designed to allow children the chance to explore literacy skills and concepts in a hands-on environment. Through September 9; times vary. Free. Details.

Free Music Together Pop-Up Classes throughout Charlotte: Bring your little ones out to make music and get the dance party started with free pop-up classes at seven Charlotte locations. Children up to 2nd grade welcome. Friday and Saturday, times vary. Free (registration required). Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

87. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Brunch at Peculiar Rabbit: Eat your way through a brunch buffet and wash it down with bottomless mimosas. 10 a.m. $16. Details.

Brunch at Babalu Tapas & Tacos: Indulge in brunch classics like avocado toast and crab cakes benedict and finish it off with a mimosa (or two). 11 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Fresh Basil Kombucha Release at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Grab a bottle of Fresh Basil, made with locally sourced basil, in the taproom. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Rèserve Series Dual Bottle Release at Wooden Robot Brewery: Bottles of Rèserve Dorèe ’18 (sour golden ale aged in French Oak Chardonnay bottles) and Rèserve Dorèe Pêche ’18 (sour golden ale aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and re-fermented on Carolina peaches) will be available in limited quantities in the taproom. 12-2 p.m. $20 per bottle (limited 4 bottles per person). Details.

Uptown Chowdown at BB&T Ballpark: Grab your all-you-can-eat ticket for all the hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, nachos, soda and ice cream you handle during the game. 1:05 p.m. $25. Details.

V-Hop Can Release at Unknown Brewing Company: Vehopciraptor, a 9.9% ABV Imperial IPA, is back in the taproom. 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest Release at Blue Blaze Brewing: Brewed in the traditional Märzen style, this amber-red beer has notes of light toasted malt and German Noble hops for a refreshing taste. Grab it in cans or on draft. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Back to School Bash at Blue Blaze Brewing: Hang out at this family-friendly celebration that includes live music, Cousins Maine Lobster and more. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Popsicle Fest at Rooftop 210: Presented by King of Pops, this afternoon party will see alcoholic drinks mixed with popsicles for a one-of-a-kind party. GA includes 6 samples, VIP includes 8 samples and early entry. 3-7 p.m. $25-$40. Details.

Recess Charlotte Turns 1 Year Old at Recess Charlotte: Stop by for live music, drink specials and activities to celebrate the anniversary. 3-8 p.m. $5 (free before 5 p.m.). Details.

Totally 90s Bar Crawl at Whisky River: Break your best 90s gear for a crawl that hits Whisky River, Blackfinn Ameripub, SIP Charlotte, Prohibition and Lucky’s and includes themed drink specials and giveaways. 21+ only. 4-10 p.m. $24. Details.

Bow Tie Bash at Fox & Hound: Come out for a slew of drink specials served by staff in their best bowties. 8 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

General Screenings: Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project at Knight Gallery: Screen 25 7-minute films that were completed in just 48 hours, one of which will have a shot at Cannes 2018. 2:30 and 6:45 p.m. $15. Details.

Back to School Tie Dye Party at Legion Brewing: Celebrate the end of summer vacation with a tie-dye, popsicle and Carolina Sparkle party. Supplies provided. Proceeds benefit Classroom Central. 5-8 p.m. $10 with a donation to Classroom Central, $15 without. Details.

Bearden Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Enjoy a performance by Orquesta Mayor, known for dabbling in all sorts of genres, including salsa, merengue and bachata. Food and drinks available for purchase on-site. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Details.

River Jam at The U.S. National Whitewater Center: Catch a free concert by Circus No. 9 after your day at the Center. 6:30-10 p.m. Free admission ($6 to park). Details.

Goodyear Arts Presents: Feedback at Goodyear Arts: Artists that will make an appearance at this night of poetry, theatre, music and more include Matt Cosper, Dylan Gilbert and Sarah Ingel. Free drinks and postcards included. 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Experience

Tuner Evolution North Carolina at The Park Expo and Conference Center: This automotive lifestyle event will see customized vehicles, vendors, celebrity appearances and more. 12-8 p.m. $10-$50. Details.

Lake Wylie SUP Tour at McDowell Nature Preserve: Learn the basics of or just get back on a SUP during this 2-hour tour along the edges of the preserve. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $25 (registration required). Details.

Disney Trivia at World of Beer EpiCentre: Prove your loyalty to the brand and its cast of well-known characters at this round of themed trivia. 3-6 p.m. $5 (registration required). Details.

Fitness

Yiasou Greek Festival 5K Presented by Novant Health at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral: It’s almost time for the Greek Festival, but first, get a quick workout in with Charlotte’s flattest 5K in Dilworth. 6:30-10:30 a.m. $10-$35. Details.

Pop-Up Bootcamp at Ultra Running Company South End: This free pop-up class comes complete with apparel discounts and a post-workout social at Clean Juice. BYO mat, towel and water bottle. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Down Dog at Draught: Join NC Yoga Bar for an all-levels flow before you settle in for a complimentary mimosa. 10-11 a.m. $10. Details.

All Levels Flow at The US National Whitewater Center: Carolina Yoga will be on-site for this all-levels practice. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free ($6 to park). Details.

5th Annual AMRAP 4 AUTISM Charity Workout at Misty Meadow Farms: Partners will take on a 32-minute AMRAP workout before enjoying food trucks, shopping vendors, letting the kids loose at a kids zone and more. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Sports

Men & Women’s Sand Doubles Volleyball Tournament at SportsLink: Compete for cash prizes in this doubles-only tournament. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. $50 per team. Details.

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers during this afternoon game. 1:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

SEC v ACC Alumni Bash 2018 at Slate Charlotte: Show your conference pride to help determine which really owns Charlotte. Expect appearances by SEC Network Anchor Dari Mowkhah as well as other ACC and SEC celebrities. Activities include games, raffles, drink specials and giveaways and more. 2-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers during this evening game, then stick around for fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.

Kids

Costume Unveiling at Kid to Kid: Get the first pick of this year’s Halloween costumes, including princesses, superheroes, monsters and more. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Scout Me In Family Fun Fest 2018 at 2121 Westinghouse Boulevard: Bring the family to learn what Cub Scouts is all about with a day of games, Pinewood Derby races, giveaways like a $700 Old Town Kayak, prizes and food. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Summer Saturday Morning Storytime at McDowell Nature Preserve: Ditch the cartoons and couch for a storybook and fresh air, followed by a self-led activity. 10-10:30 a.m. Free (registration required). Details.

3rd Annual Charlotte Area Kids Expo at Carolina Courts: Enjoy a day full of education, health, entertainment and activities like magic shows, laser tag, balloon animals and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

August Blood Drive at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas: Stop by to donate using chapter account code number 51101-40271. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

30th Anniversary Great Gatsby Gala at The Hilton: Don your best Gatsby-esque attire for a night of live music, dancing, heavy hors-d’oeuvres and silent auction to raise money for the National MS Society. 21+ only; Gatsby or black tie attire required. 7-11 p.m. $125-$250. Details.

Shopping

Pop Up Shops at SouthPark Mall: Shop local vendors such as Pet Wants Charlotte, CocoPits and Pura V in a traditional mall setting. 10 a.m. Free admission. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

91. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Enjoy a brunch menu with items like Southwest Breakfast Burritos and Lox and Loaded bagels, perfect for pairing with a Carolina Sparkle Party Beermosa or Farmers First Coffee Company cold brew. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Details.

National Dog Day at Brass Tap South End: Bring your dog for 25% off an appetizer. 12-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Brunch from a Truck at Catawba Brewing Co.: Fresh Med will be serving brunch in the parking lot while Catawba slings perfectly pairable mimosas and brews. 12-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Charlotte Re-Cyclery Pop-Up at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Bring your bike for a quick checkup with experienced mechanics and enjoy a free beer while you’re there. 2-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Reign: Sunset Rooftop Party at Peculiar Rabbit: Enjoy drink specials and sets from some of the best DJs in the city. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. $5-$10. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Macrame + Weaving Workshop at King of Pops: Join Little King Art for a mini-workshop in which students will create a small weaving or macrame wall hanging. Ages 10 and up. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $25. Details.

Fab Faux Leather Card Wallet at Charlotte Convention Center: Join Crowned Sparrow Co. at The Southern Women’s Show to make two card wallets. All supplies provided. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $18 (includes admission to Southern Women’s Show). Details.

National Dog Day: Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist: Paint your dog, cat, llama or chicken in this guided step-by-step class. All supplies included. BYOB. 2-5 p.m. $55. Details.

Art Show at Thirsty Nomad Brewing: See and shop works by local artists like Colleen Martin, CharLIT Apparel and ArtPop. 3-6 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Picnic in the Park at Fourth Ward Park: Join Jeff Brown for this free outdoor concert. Food and drink welcome. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

BYOD: Dog Walking at NoDa Brewing Company: Stretch those legs on this 1-mile route, then stick around for drinks, prizes and more. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Pup Portraits and Puppucinos at Queen City Grounds: In celebration of National Dog Day, QC Grounds is offering up $7 mini photo sessions complete with a Puppucino. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Skip & Sip Sunday Funday at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Join Skipper for a 1.5-mile guided dog walk that starts and ends at Brewers at 4001 Yancey. Hang out afterward for beer, food and live music. 3 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Out Dream Yourself at Coco and the Director: Create your vision board using provided materials such as magazines, glue sticks and scissors. 3-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

3 & 6 Mile Run at Flying Biscuit Café: Earn your Flying Biscuit brunch with a 3- or 6-mile run through the neighborhood, then get 10% off your food order. 6:30 & 7:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Flow & Joe at McAlpine Creek Greenway Park: Wake up with a free community yoga session and enjoy a free coffee post-workout. 9-10 a.m. Free. Details.

Rooftop Barre & Brunch at Fahrenheit: Make it through this 55-minute Barre POPT class and reward yourself with a brunch buffet and mimosas. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25, brunch included. Details.

Deep Stretch Yoga at Daily Mews Cat Café: Admission gets attendees a 60-minute yoga practice and 30 minutes in the cat lounge. BYO mat. 10:30 a.m. $21. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Admission includes an hour-long, all-levels flow and complimentary beer. 10:45-11:50 a.m. $5. Details.

Workout Party & Social at GoodRoad Cider: Join Camp Gladiator for a 60-minute full-body workout. BYO mat and water. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (registration required). Details.

Fun Flow at The US National Whitewater Center: Carolina Yoga will be on-site to guide students through an all-levels flow class. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free ($6 to park). Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Admission includes class and a 13-ounce pour. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Rail Trail Sunday Stroll at Red Clay Ciderworks: Meet at Red Clay for a leisurely walk down the Rail Trail to get your Sunday started right. 11:15 a.m. Free. Details.

Run Club at NoDa Brewing Company: Enjoy a 1-, 3- or 5-mile run through the surrounding neighborhood. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Namastay at Legion Brewing: Admission gets participants an hour-long class and complimentary pint. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7. Details.

Cyclobots Road Ride at Wooden Robot Brewery: This intermediate road ride covers 24 miles at an average page of 15-17 miles per hour. 5-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers. 5:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Kids

American Girl Discovery Place Visit at Discovery Place Science: Grab lunch at the American Girl storefront at SouthPark Mall before heading to Discovery Place Science for an afternoon of experiments and activities like designing a rocket. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $45 (transportation not included). Details.

Natural Happenings: Disappearing Act at McDowell Nature Preserve: Kids will learn how animals adapt to escape predators and how predators adapt to sneak up on prey. Ages 4+. 2-4 p.m. Free (registration required). Details.

Kids Run the Bases at BB&T Ballpark: Let the kids loose on the field after the Knights face the Stripers. 5:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Do Good

Animal Kneads Day at Great Harvest Charlotte: Join CMPD Animal Care and Control for the 12th annual Animal Kneads Day. A $10 donation gets you a loaf of bread and helps further their spay and neuter fund. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Shopping

Restoration Wares and King of Pops Vintage and Handmade Market at King of Pops: Shop 20 local vendors, including Pet Wants Charlotte and WildlyUrban, before taking a free yoga or pop-making class. Food trucks, breweries and more will also be on-site. Kid- and dog-friendly. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Culture Feast on South Tryon Street: Enjoy an evening filled with food, art and cultural experiences in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting. September 7.

Dilworth Home Tour in Dilworth: See inside 7 of the neighborhood’s most beautiful homes, then top off your self-guided tour with a half-price glass of wine at Bonterra. September 14-15.

Race for the Cure in Uptown: The 22nd annual race includes a 5K walk/run, 1-mile fun run and survivor parade through Uptown, plus beer, fun and games afterward. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen’s breast cancer research and services. October 6.

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