Weekday Planner: 19 things to do in Charlotte this week

Weekday Planner: 19 things to do in Charlotte this week

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Ben’s Friends Support Group

Oku Charlotte, 2000 South Blvd. | Mondays, 11am | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Ben’s Friends is a support group for professionals in the food and beverage industry who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. In-person sessions resume today and will take place weekly.

Telling Stories of the Ignored and Forgotten: Sura’s Story

Online | 2-3:30pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Tune in to hear Davidson College student Brandon Harris ’22 recount the story of his childhood friend, Sura Sohna. The two young men’s lives took two very different paths: Harris is a two-time Davidson College student body president, and Sohna is serving 14 years for burglary. Harris will also discuss what it feels like to be a Black student at Davidson juggling dual racial realities.

So you want to start a baking business? at Sweet Spot Studio

4418 Monroe Rd, Ste. C | 6:30pm | $35 | Details

Why you should go: If you’ve been thinking about starting a baking business, this class is for you. Chef Jossie Lukacik will share her experience of starting and owning a baking business. The class will cover everything from laws, finances, and LLCs to mental health and self-care while operating a business. Bring any questions you may have.


Optimist Hall Vaccination Clinic

1115 N Brevard St. | April 27 from noon to 4pm & April 29 from 4-7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Optimist Hall is hosting a mass Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday and Thursday of this week for all residents, age 18+. The clinic will be administering the Moderna vaccine and patients can sign up for their first or the second dose. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ups are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 704-237-8793.

Rooftop Dance Mixx with Jazzercise

1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6-7pm | $15 | Details

Why you should go: Join Leanne Downey of Jazzercise Charlotte on the Metropolitan roof deck for a fun cardio dance workout. The workout has easy-to-follow moves and is great for all fitness levels. Bring a mat and some water.

Plant, Pot & Hops Workshop at NoDa Brewing Company

2921 North Tryon St. | 7-8pm | $25 | Details 

Why you should go: Barry Greene of Shades of Moss Plant + Design Studio will lead a plant potting workshop on the patio of NoDa Brewing. Each ticket includes a pint of beer and plant kit with everything you need to leave with your own potted plant.


Blood Drive at Noble Smoke

2216 Freedom Drive | 11am to 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Donate blood and receive a $5 coupon to use at Noble Smoke that day. Doners can also be tested for Covid-19 antibodies.

North End Farmer’s Market Opening Night

300 Camp Rd. | 4-8pm | Prices vary | Details 

Why you should go: Head to Camp North End for the grand opening of the North End Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from April-October, you can go to pick out fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers, ranchers and food artisans. There will be 16 anchor vendors and 10 rotating vendors.

Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop

Online | 5:30-7pm | $20 | Details

Why you go: Learn the art of macrame as artist Amber Bounds from Little King Art gives you step-by-step instruction in basic macrame knotting techniques. With a little practice, you’ll be able to create your own unique wall hanging to keep or give as a gift.



Art Talk: Past and Present Connections with Lorena Mal

Virtual | 6-7pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Winter/spring 2021 artist-in-residence Lorena Mal begins a conversation on her featured work in the exhibition, Spaces Between, with Jonell Logan, Creative Director at McColl Center.

Power Afterhours Fitness Series

11405 North Community House Rd. | 6-7pm | Free for SweatNET members, $15 for the general public | Details 

Why you should go: Head to Kosonen Park in Ballantyne for a high-energy, circuit-style workout. Bring a mat and water bottle. All fitness levels are welcome, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Goodyear Arts x Free Range Bar: A Performance and Beverage Pairing

301 Camp Rd.| 6-9pm | Prices vary | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy live performances and delicious beverage pairings at this Goodyear Arts and Free Range Bar collaboration event. Seating is first-come-first-served and drink pairings can be purchased at the bar.


Good Times Pop-Up Art Gallery

The Underground, 820 Hamilton St. | April 30 – May 3, various time slots | Free | Details 

Why you should go: “Good Times” is an immersive art exhibit that features works from artists in the Charlotte community.

Strawberry Picking at Carrigan Farms

1145 Oakridge Farm Highway, Mooresville | 8:30am to 6:30pm | $5-$15 | Details 

Why you should go: Strawberry picking returns to Carrigan Farms. There will also be freshly picked asparagus and a seasonal food truck at the farm.

VTGCLT Chroma Pop-Up in Camp North End

1701 North Graham St. | 11am to 8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Shop a curated collection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories in Camp North End’s latest pop-up shop called Chroma.

Morelia Gourmet Paletas Grand Opening

1425 Winnifred St., Ste. #104 | 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Paletas Morelia is opening in South End and they’re giving away 1,000 free popsicles.

Jazz at Victoria Yards

408 North Tryon St. | 5-10pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: To cap off Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day, all are welcome for a live, outdoor performance featuring some of the best artists in the Charlotte region.

Spring Flavors with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

4001-C Yancey Rd. Ste #100 | 6-9pm | $140 (for two people) | Details 

Why you should go: Parents can bring their children/teens for a collaborative cooking class taught by Chef Gloria. On the menu for the evening is skillet spatchcock chicken with honey mustard glaze (GF), spring vegetable succotash (GF), and for dessert, a sweet biscuit strawberry shortcake.

Wander with Wine

248 Ridgewood Ave. | 6-8pm | $85-$100 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Petit Philippe at Wing Haven for an exclusive evening of special wine while strolling through the gardens to kick off the 27th annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour. Pro tip: Price includes one ticket to Wing Haven’s 27th Annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour.

Check out more upcoming events on our Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our newsletters’ Classifieds section. Have a scoop about a cool event? Email [email protected].

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