Axios Weekday Planner: 25 fun things to do in Charlotte this week

Axios Weekday Planner: 25 fun things to do in Charlotte this week
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TUESDAY, JULY 6

Calle Sol opens

1205 Thomas Ave. (Plaza Midwood) | 5pm | Menu pricing | Details

Why you should go: Five varieties of ceviche and two styles of Cubano sandwiches, plus more Peruvian, Cuban, and Chino Latino dishes.

[Related story: Latin café and cevicheria Calle Sol now open in Plaza]

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Camp North End

1774 Statesville Ave. (Ford Building) | Now through September 12, various time slots | $40+ for adults, $25+ for children age 6-16 | Details

Why you should go: Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s famous works like Sunflowers and The Starry Night.

[Related story: 7 quick takeaways from my visit to Charlotte’s Immersive Van Gogh exhibit]

Queen Charlotte Fair

5650 Sandusky Blvd. | July 1-11 | $7-$12 | Details 

Why you should go: Ride all of your favorite carnival rides, catch exciting performances like the “Belmont Festival of Magic” show and “Wall of Death Motorcycle Show,” and of course, fill up on some delicious fair food at the Queen Charlotte Fair.

Levity Opening at Sozo Gallery

904 Pecan Ave. | July 1 through August 9; 5-7pm | Price | Details 

Why you should go: This new exhibition celebrates lightness and changeableness with works from Alicia Armstrong, Spencer Herr, Garcia de Marina, Kevin Palme and Beverly Smith.

Habitual Yoga at The Space

933 Louise Ave., Ste. #302 | 7-8pm | Free, donations appreciated | Details 

Why you should go: Join Habitual Roots for a 60-minute yoga flow that will help you to focus on your breath and re-center yourself.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7

North End Farmers Market

1701 North Graham St. | Wednesdays, 4-8pm | Prices vary by vendor | Details 

Why you should go: Support local farmers and food product makers. This season’s market has a lineup of 26 vendors (16 anchor vendors and 10 rotating) that sell everything from eggs and produce to CBD products and candles.

$3 Beer Day & Make a Beer Movie at Sycamore Brewing

2161 Hawkins St. | 4-10pm | Prices vary | Details 

Why you should go: Make your way to Sycamore Brewing to enjoy $3 beer special all day long and shoot a video for #CandyCamperContest. There will be backdrops and props placed all around the taproom for you to film your short video, so don’t forget your phone. Prizes will be awarded for the best video of the evening one semi-finalist will be selected for entry in the #CandyCamperContest.

[Related read: First look: See inside this Airstream built for beer lovers — and enter to win it]

Wednesday Date Night at Red Salt by David Burke

555 South McDowell St. | Wednesdays; 5-9pm, bar opens at 4pm | $35 | Details 

Why you should go: For $35 per person, couples can enjoy a three-course menu that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. The full Date Night menu can be viewed here.

Run the Bloc Wednesdays at Camp North End

300 Camp Rd. | Wednesdays, 5:30pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Grab your running shoes and join bloc Studios for a 2-3 mile run around the area. The group will meet at the bloc Studio at 5:30pm and start at 5:45pm. After the run, folks are welcome to hang out at the Farmer’s Market or grab something to eat or drink at Camp North End.

South End Bike Riders Meet-Up

1501 South Mint | 6pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Roll with the crew during this weekly bike meetup at 1501 South Mint. Bring your bike and a buddy.

VIBE at Summit Seltzer

2215 Thrift Rd., Ste. B | 6:30-7:30pm | $10 | Details 

Why you should go: This VIBE class combines music, yoga and dance to create a unique exercise experience perfect for all levels. Then after class, enjoy a refreshing seltzer.

Wedding Planning Workshop with SkillPop

Online | 7-8:30pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Wedding season is in full swing again. Join wedding and event planner Jackie Fogartie of Jackie Fogartie Events in this crash-course in wedding planning survival. The class will cover everything from prioritizing the vendor checklist to making sure you stay within your budget.

THURSDAY, JULY 8

Music at the Met

1111 Metropolitan Ave. | 6-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Bring a blanket or a chair out to the Metropolitan patio for a live music performance near Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Performing this Thursday is Thirsty Horses.

River Jam at the Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. | 6:30pm | Free, $6 parking. | Details 

Why you should go: Experience ~immaculate summer vibes~ at River Jam. Sprawl out with a blanket or a chair and listen to tunes from a stellar weekly lineup of artists across multiple genres. Taking the stage this Thursday is Elonzo Wesley followed by Hedonistas on Friday and Big Daddy Love on Saturday.

Sweet Spot Studio x NoDa Brewing Company: Charcuterie Boards

2921 North Tryon St. | 6:30-8pm | $70, ages 21+ | Details 

Why you should go: Join Sweet Spot Studio at NoDa Brewing for a B.Y.O charcuterie board class. You’ll make pimento cheese and learn display techniques to create Instagram-worthy boards using various meats, cheeses, and house-made accouterments.

Colorfully Custom: Sneaker Painting with the Harvey B. Gantt Center

551 South Tryon St. | 7-9pm | $10 | Details 

Why you should go: Transform your sneakers into a colorful, custom creation. Award-winning abstract painter Frankie Zombie will show participants how to use acrylic and leather paint to add customized designs to old (or new) footwear. All the supplies will be provided, all you need to bring are a pair of leather shoes (think Air Force 1s, Stan Smith Adidas, or even dress shoes).

FRIDAY, JULY 9

Miles & Music Summer Series at NoDa Brewing Company

2921 North Tryon St. | Every second Friday through August, 6-9:30pm | Free, registration required | Details 

Why you should go: Join the team from Around the Crown for a run around the block followed by drinks in the taproom and live music from local artists.

BLKMRKTCLT New Growth Series Presents: Fluorescent Brown

1824 Statesville Ave. | Throughout July, 6-9pm | Free, registration required | Details

Why you should go: In honor of turning 4, BLKMRKTCLT is showcasing and promoting Black women creatives through solo showcases. The first artist is Jessica Dunston (@FBVisuals) who describes her work as a constant love affair with brown skin.

The Great Get Back with Not Just Coffee

1026 Jay St. | 6-10pm | $25 | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate the return of gatherings at Not Just Coffee’s Jay Street. There will be a great lineup of local artists performing including Greg Cox, Bravo Pueblo and Chelsea Locklear.

Bubbles Exhibit Grand Opening

4100 Raleigh St. | July 9 through August 6, 6-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Charlotte Art League’s latest exhibit, “Bubbles”, showcases artwork that represents bubbles and celebration. Stroll through the working artist’s studios and browse the gallery walls. All artwork is for sale.

Live Salty Summer Music Series at Salty Parrot Brewing

1200 Graham St. | 7-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Head to Salty Parrot Brewing on Fridays to catch live music, food trucks and cold brews. Taking the stage this Friday is Seth Grigg.

Selfies and Soul: Open Mic Night at Dream Selfie Museum

4212 Raleigh St. | 7-10pm | $10-$18 | Details 

Why you should go:  Sing and take selfies at the Dream Selfie Museum’s open mic night. Sign up to reserve a performance spot.

Diva Royale Drag Queen Show

3217 North Davidson Street | 7pm | $20+ | Details 

Why you should go: The divas have arrived! Get up close to some of your favorite “celebrities” like Madonna, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Adele, Nicki Minaj, Whitney Houston, Sia, Britney Spears, Beyonce and many other celebrity impersonators.

Tea 101 Class by Spice and Tea Exchange Charlotte

720 Governor Morrison St., Unit 100 | 7-8:30pm | $65 | Details 

Why you should go: Socialize while you sip botanical cocktails and learn about tea. Ticket includes welcome cocktails, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, Tea 101 class, six tea tastings and dessert.

FabFest – Charlotte’s Beatles Festival at Belk Theater

130 North Tryon St. | July 9-10 | $20-$74.50 | Details 

Why you should go: This two-day Beatles festival will have two evening concerts on Friday plus a full day of live music, memorabilia, speakers and activities on Saturday at Spirit Square.


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