The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway. May means motorsports at the Speedway. Get your tickets for NASCAR’s Memorial Day Weekend triple-header at the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway or check out the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway this weekend. Check out the full schedule and get tickets.
FRIDAY, MAY 14
71. Partly cloudy. 12% chance of rain.
University City Food Truck Friday at the Armored Cow Brewing at 8821 JW Clay Boulevard #1: Head to Armored Cow to enjoy food trucks, live music, and local craft vendors. This week’s truck lineup includes: Another!? Food Truck, Hot Tamale, Mike’s Vegan CookOut, Cremoso Cheesecake Company, and Scratch Kitchen Clt, plus vendors from the Starving Artist Market, and music from Hidden Ragalia. 5-9pm. Free. Details.
Benefit India Yoga Fundraiser at Khali Yoga Center 1210 East 36th St.: Some of Charlotte’s most beloved yoga instructors will join forces to lead a team-taught yoga session. The class will be limited to 67 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis. 5:30-7pm. Free with a donation to the COVID crisis in India. Details.
Skates and Bubbles at Unknown Brewing at 1327 S Mint St.: Screamin’ Wheels and Blades is back with another pop-up roller rink for South End Wine and Hops Fest. Go for a spin on the outdoor skating rink, enjoy jams from DJ Mekoh, then sip on some tasty sparkling wines. 6-7:3opm. $40 general admission, admission + skate rental $45. Details.
River Jam at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: Bring a blanket or a chair and head to the River Jam stage to enjoy some live music by the whitewater rapids. Taking the stage this Friday is alt-indie group Yam Yam, and on Saturday they’ll have Austin Plaine. 6:30pm. Free, $6 parking. Details.
Knights vs. Norfolk Tides at Truist Field 324 S Mint St.: Head to Truist Field to watch the Knights take on the Tides. Post-game fireworks, too. 7:04pm. $10-$20. Details.
Cordovas and Great Peacock at Heist Brewery at 1030 Woodward Ave.: Heist Brewery has Nashville-based Americana group Great Peacock, along with co-headliner group Cordovas. 7-11pm. $20. Details.
Charlotte Symphony: Branford Marsalis Plays Ibert: Belk Theater will welcome a live audience for the first time since March 2020! Jazz legend and three-time Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis will join the orchestra in performing Ibert’s Concertino da camera and Schulhoff’s jazz-inspired Hot Sonate. Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm. $70+. Details.
SATURDAY, MAY 15
74. Mostly sunny. 5% chance of rain.
Uptown Farmers Market at 300 S. Davidson St.: Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods. 8am to 12:30pm. Free. Details.
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Uptown Sweat at 408 N. Tryon Street: Uptown Sweat is a free, all-day fitness event at Victoria Yards in Uptown where workouts are set to a live DJ and led by six of Charlotte’s best fitness instructors. 9am to 2pm. Free, registration required. Details.
Spring Goal Hike Series at Reedy Creek 2900 Rocky River Rd.: Take in nature’s beauty and reflect on your goals during this unique hiking experience. Your group will hike the trails at Reedy Creek then stop halfway for a mini-coaching session to put you in the mindset to tackle your goals. There will be granola bar and juice sampling from Solar Juicing Company. Bring a water bottle and journal. 9-11:30am. $12. Details.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fundraiser: Now in its 10th year, this playful event is where men walk a mile in high-heeled shoes to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in the Charlotte community. Register as an individual or a team and prizes will be awarded for highest heels and most likes on a social media post/video among other categories. 10am. $15+. Details.
Yoga & mimosas at Ballantyne Park: Flow outdoors in Ballantyne each Saturday in April and May, powered by Northwood Office. YogaSix Ballantyne will lead a 60-minute, all levels yoga flow followed by mimosas to jumpstart your weekend. 10-11am. $20. Details.
Healthy cooking & cocktail class at The Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.: Join Chef Ivo Sandrea & bartender Mark Anthony Miller to learn how to make healthy protein bowls and skinny cocktails and mocktails. Noon to 2pm. $45 per person. Details.
Art in the Garden Tours in South Charlotte: Visit six private residential gardens in south Charlotte, including a spectacular “forest bathing” oasis with a labyrinth and massive stone hive. Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. $30 in Advance, $35 day of. Details.
Starving Artist Market pop-up at Summit Seltzer: Shop 20+ local vendors, enjoy refreshing drinks and take in views of the skyline. Noon to 5 pm. Free. Details.
Spring South End Wine and Hops Festival at 1327 S. Mint St.: The 7th edition of this event may look a little different this year but the wine and craft brews will still be flowing. Enjoy all-day samples of great drinks, live music and more in the outdoor space of Unknown Brewing and Craft Tasting Room. 1pm. $35. Details.
Walking On A Dream Indie dance & Indie rock party at 2433 South Blvd.: Drive-in to The Music Yard and dance to all your Indie rock and Indie dance favorites from artists such as Tame Impala, Empire of the Sun, MGMT and Passion Pit. 5-11pm. $35. Details.
Science on Screen: War Games at Discovery Place Science: Adults’ only night at Discovery Place Science. View the museum’s latest traveling exhibition, “Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine,” a keynote from IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris and a screening of the 1983 film “War Games.” 5:15pm. $15. Details.
On Set Cinema movie night at 4255 Henry River Rd.: On Set Cinema takes movie nights to the next level by hosting screenings at the sites where iconic scenes were filmed. For this week’s screening, head to West Charlotte to catch a screening of “The Rage: Carrie 2” at the “party house” from the film. 7:30pm. $25+. Details.
SUNDAY, MAY 16
76. Mostly cloudy. 15% chance of rain.
Counterculture Club outdoor yoga series at Camp North End: Join Counterculture Club Yoga in the Boileryard at Camp North End for a rejuvenating yoga flow, fit for all levels. 10am. $10. Details.
Pet Pop Up at Skiptown at 222 Rampart St.: Pamper your pet with locally made goodies like dog treats, pet accessories, and pet grooming products at Skiptown’s Pet Pop-Up. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.
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