Axios Weekender: 30 things fun to do including yacht yoga and outdoor concerts

Axios Weekender: 30 things fun to do including yacht yoga and outdoor concerts
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The Weekender is proudly presented by The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of Charlotte’s best-kept dining secrets, The Speedway Club is now offering limited seating for the general public Thursday-Saturday. Enjoy a world-class menu, great cocktails and Speedway views. Call 704-455-3216 to make reservations.


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Vintage Market Days of Charlotte at 4751 NC Highway 49: Make a day trip to the Cabarrus Arena to shop upscale vintage and vintage-inspired treasures. Wares include original art, antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, outdoor furnishings and seasonal plants. The Vintage Market Days runs from June 11-13, 10am to 4pm each day. $10-$15. Details.


Black Food Truck Fridays at 1600 West Trade St.: Support local Black entrepreneurs and sample an array of cuisines at Black Food Truck Friday. 3-9pm. Free. Details.

Sun-Dried Vibes at The Music Yard at 2433 South Blvd.: Local reggae/rock trio, Sun-Dried Vibes will take the stage at The Music Yard this Friday. The group is currently touring up and down the east coast so catch their performance while they’re in our backyard. 6-11pm. $10+. Details.

Goodyear Arts Doomsday Clock Curated by God City at 301 Camp Rd., #200: In this exhibition, 17 multimedia artists give their interpretation of the Doomsday Clock through art inspired by comics, philosophy, world history, Reaganomics and Saturday morning cartoons. 6-9pm. Free. Details.

River Jam at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: It wouldn’t be summer in Charlotte without River Jam. Bring your family or a group of friends out for live music performed by an array of artists across multiple genres. Taking the stage this weekend is southern rock group AFTM on Friday, followed by Lord Nelson on Saturday. 6:30pm. Free, $6 parking. Details.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Open Mic Night in the McGlohon Theater at 345 North College Street: Prepare yourself for an impressive lineup of instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets and other acts. While performer submissions have closed, you can still attend the show as an audience member. Seating is first-come-first-served, and if you can’t attend in-person the show will be live-streamed on the Blumenthal’s Facebook page. 7:30pm. Free. Details.

Glow + Drop Sound Yoga at Alchemy-C3 Lab at 2525 Distribution St.: This isn’t your regular yoga class. It incorporates DropSound noise-isolating headphones to help you tune out the distractions while you breathe and work out under neon and black lights. 8:30-11:30pm. $15. Details.


85. AM showers. 33% chance of rain.

Catawba River Races at the Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.: This series of morning races offers competitors multiple ways to test their skills in the water between open water swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, or flatwater kayaking. Competitive or recreational divisions are available for each activity. 6:45-8am. Details.

Yacht Yoga with YogaSix Cornelius at 18020 Kings Point Drive: Join YogaSix on the roof deck of the Carolina Grace Lake Norman for an open-air yacht yoga session. All yoga levels are welcome. The class will be limited to 20 people. Be sure to bring your mat and some water. 7-8am. $20 for general public, free for SweatNET members. Details.

South End Farmers Market at 2120 South Blvd.: Swing by Atherton Mill to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and other goods from local vendors or simply to walk along the rail trail. 8am to 1pm. Free. Details.

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Uptown Farmers Market at 300 South Davidson St.: Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods. Plus, the Uptown Farmers Market is on a mission to address food insecurity in our area, so consider making a donation while there. 8am to 12:30pm. Free. Details.

University City Farmers Market at 8929 J M Keynes Drive: Pick out fresh fruits and veggies and shop from local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. 9am to 1pm. Prices vary. Details.

OH Well – West Kept Secret at 1115 North Brevard St.: Join fitness studio West Kept Secret at Optimist Hall for an outdoor, high-intensity interval-based workout. All fitness levels welcome. 9-10am. Free. Details.

Outdoor Yoga at Pinhouse 2306 Central Ave.: Join Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts’s co-founder, Jasmine Vializ for an energizing practice built for all levels. Then, stick around after class for music, drink, and plenty of good vibes. 9:45-10:45am. $10. Details.

Summer Fruit Tarts online with SkillPop: In this class, Chef Rosana will show you how to make the colorful, summer sweet tarts from scratch. You’ll learn how to make the dough, classic pastry cream and techniques for carving the fruit to make beautiful designs. 10-11:30am. $20. Details.

Mint Museum Outdoor Gentle Flow with NC Yoga Bar at 500 South Tryon St.: For the month of June, NC Yoga Bar will host yoga classes outside in the blocked-off street of West 1st St. in-between Tryon and S. Church. This is an all-levels class so grab your mat, your water and your friends and reset with this 60-minute gentle flow before popping inside to explore The Mint Museum Uptown. 10-11am. $15. Details.

Markets at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard at 11611 North Community House Rd.: On the second Saturday of every month, Ballantyne’s Markets at 11 will feature outdoor yoga, live music, local vendors and food trucks. 11am to 6pm. Free. Details.

Celebrate National Falafel Day at Yafo Kitchen (Various Locations): Add gluten-free or vegan falafel as your protein in a build-your-own-bowl, salad or wrap. Or opt for Yafo’s new falafel baguette made with tomato-cucumber salad, lettuce and sumac onion. 11am to 9pm. Details

‘It Takes A Village’ Opening Celebration at the Mint Museum Randolph at 2730 Randolph Rd.: It Takes a Village is a celebration of the vibrant, grassroots art happening throughout Charlotte. This exhibition is a collaboration between The Mint Museum and three of Charlotte’s innovative art collectives: BlkMrktClt, Brand the Moth, and Goodyear Arts. The opening celebration will have music, food trucks and an informal conversation with the artist collective co-founders of BlkMrktClt, Brand the Moth and Goodyear Arts. Noon to 5pm. Details.

The Hippie Dippie Festival & Market at 933 Louise Ave. #Ste 105: Whip out your flare jeans and flower crowns for this fun hippie-inspired market. There will be reiki & chakra readings, DIY flower hairpieces and festival face glittering/painting. 5:30-8pm. Free. Details.

Future Feels Featuring Party Pupils at The Music Yard at 2433 South Blvd.: Get pumped, because the funky, dance/electronic duo Party Pupils is coming to The Music Yard. You might recognize them from their remake of Ginuwine’s single, “Pony.” The group will be accompanied by Clark on the Sax & Jerry Feels Good. 6-11pm. $10-$150. Details.

Courtyard Cinema: The Sandlot at 1115 North Brevard St.: Grab dinner from your favorite Optimist Hall vendor, then sit out in the courtyard for a screening of perennial favorite The Sandlot. 7-9pm. Free. Details.

Steve Aoki at The Fillmore Charlotte at 820 Hamilton St.: DJ and EDM icon Steve Aoki is coming to The Filmore Charlotte. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. $49.95 general admission. Details.


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Counterculture Club Outdoor Yoga Series at Camp North End 1824 Statesville Ave.: Channel your inner zen and join Counterculture Club Yoga in the Boileryard for their weekly outdoor yoga class at Camp North End. Fit for all levels. Bring a yoga mat and some water. 7-8am. $10 general admission, $40 buy four classes, get one free and $125 season pass. Details.

Lost Worlds Summer Market 19700-D, One Norman Blvd.: Shop from more than 30 local businesses for gifts, baked goods, artwork, plants and flowers. Then stop by one of the food trucks for lunch.  10am to 5pm. Free. Details.

Backyard Barbecue at The Music Yard at 2433 South Blvd.: Spend Sunday Funday enjoying food from SouthBound and music from Kyle Genesis, Clark on the Sax and kckbck. 1-8pm. Prices vary. Details.

Arts at Queens Outdoors – Damn Tall Buildings at 1900 Selwyn Ave.: Enjoy music from Brooklyn-based bluegrass trio Damn Tall Buildings on Queens University’s beautiful campus. 2pm. $20. Details.

Concert in the Gardens at The Duke Mansion at 400 Hermitage Rd.: Enjoy an intimate concert with The Bechtler Ensemble in the charming setting of The Duke Mansion gardens. You’ll hear music spanning the globe including works by Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and Armenian composer Alan Hovhaness. Wine and cocktails will be available for purchase. 6-7pm. $35 per person. Details.

Billy Sunday Big Gay Bingo at 1115 North Brevard St.: Join Billy Sunday for Big Gay Bingo. A portion of the proceeds from Billy Sunday pride cocktails this month go towards local nonprofit PFLAG Charlotte. 6-8pm. Free. Details.

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