Axios Weekender: 20 things to do this weekend including Panthers Fan Fest

Axios Weekender: 20 things to do this weekend including Panthers Fan Fest
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The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, host of the Circle K Monster Truck Bash on August 14. Expect a family-friendly night with Monster Truck rides, inflatables, autographs, food and souvenirs. Plus, kids get in for just $10.  


FRIDAY, AUGUST 6

86. Partly cloudy. 17% chance of rain.

First Friday Gallery Crawl in South End: Tour South End art galleries Dilworth Artisan Station and Gallery C3 at Alchemy, and do an interactive, self-guided mural tour along the way. 6-10pm. Free. Details.

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CLT Burger Week at participating restaurants: Enjoy 10 days of unbeatable burger specials from more than 25 participating restaurants. August 6-15. $6. Details.

Pilot Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration at 1331 Central Ave.: Join Pilot Brewing for a weekend-long celebration filled with beer releases, local eats, and a community fundraiser. 2pm. Free. Details.

EMO Night at The Music Yard: Reminisce on your angsty teen years and head out to Emo Night at The Music Yard. Expect songs from My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco!, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and Paramore to name a few. 5-11pm. $10-$160. Details.

University City Food Truck Friday at 8821 JW Clay Blvd., Ste. 1: It’s food truck Friday at Armored Cow Brewing Co. This week’s food truck lineup features Deejai Foodtruck, Momo Truck, Perry’s À La Carte, Yappy Hour Bakery and ScratchKitchenClt. Starving Artist Market will also be set up with plenty of vendors to support. 5-9pm. Free. Details.

Panthers Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium: Get fired up for the upcoming season and check out the Panthers as they practice on the stadium field. There will be performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and the Black & Blue Crew, plus a firework and laser show to top off the evening. 6pm. $5. Details.

BLKMRKTCLT New Growth Series Featuring Kin featuring Jamila & Wabwila at 1824 Statesville Ave.: BLKMRKTCLT’s New Growth Series continues with two phenomenal mixed media artists showcasing various pieces representing their pasts and travels. 6-9pm. Free. Details.

The Whiskey Club at The Ballantyne Hotel: Join the Ballantyne Hotel’s whiskey club for their monthly tasting event featuring a rotating selection of curated whiskeys. 6:30-8pm. $65. Details.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra al Fresco: Harp in Chamber Music Online: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra invites you to enjoy this virtual concert series featuring a diverse range of works. 7:30pm. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

86. AM Thunderstorms. 37% chance of rain.

8th Annual Charlotte African-American Festival at 345 North College St.: All are welcome to celebrate the rich heritage of the African-American community. Festivities will include musical performances, food, dancers and more. 10am to 10pm. Free. Details.

RiverFest at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont: This family-friendly festival will be held on the banks of the Catawba River and be a day of action-packed with fun. Noon to 5 pm. Free. Details.

Skiptown Pet Pop Up 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.

Paint and Sip Picnic in the Park at Freedom Park: Picnic while you paint at this fun paint and sip event in Freedom Park. Tickets include art supplies, a mini wine bottle, cheese and a fruit tray, but you’re welcome to bring food of your own, blankets and speakers. 4pm. $40-$130. Details.

Montclaire Night Market at 658 Griffith Rd.: Support Black-owned businesses by shopping at the Montclaire Night Market. 4-10pm. Free. Details.

Marvel Years Live at The Music Yard ft. Jason Leech: Dance the night away to electric guitarist and producer, Marvel Years. 5pm. $10-$145. Details.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series at Blakeney Shopping Center: Shop and dine then enjoy a live music performance by rock and r&b group, Vinyl Alley. Lawn chairs, blankets and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Coolers are not allowed. 7-9pm. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8

92. Partly cloudy. 19% chance of rain.

Patio Yoga at Free Will Craft and Vine with CorePower Yoga: Join CorePower Yoga for a bodyweight workout and vinyasa flow mash-up exercise. Bring a mat, some water and a towel. After class, treat yourself to a post-sweat sesh drink for $5. 11am to noon. Free. Details.

Vanna’s Totally 80’s Birthday Drag Brunch at 200 East Bland St: Head to All American Pub to see the all-American divas of drag put on a drag show you won’t want to miss. Tickets include the show and a tasty brunch. 11am to 2:30pm. $10. Details.

Bougie Brunch at Stroke Putt at 1318 Pecan Ave., Ste. 101: Spend your Sunday Funday enjoying brunch offerings like buttermilk Belgian and red velvet waffles, tee sandwiches and breakfast flatbread. Specials include live jazz from 1-3pm and $10 unlimited golf all day. 11am to 3pm. Prices vary. Details.

Dog Days Of Summer at 4001 Brewers at Yancey: Bring your four-legged friend to the taproom for a full day of fun. There will be local vendors, a dog costume contest and treats for your pups. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.


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 weekday newsletter. Have a scoop about a cool event? Email symphony.webber@axios.com.

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