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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Men’s health Monday
Topgolf (9110 Drivers Way) | 6-8pm | $25 | Details
Why you should go: Head to Topgolf for a discussion about mental health, golf and food with Wilson Oasis.
The Music Yard (2433 South Blvd) | 7:30-9pm | $25 | Details
Why you should go: Dress in your favorite festival-inspired attire for a sunset yoga flow followed by a dance party.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Floral Painted Pumpkins
SkillPop (online) | 7-8:30pm | $24 | Details
Why you should go: Artist and designer Caitlin Baumberger of Happy Tines Design Co. will show you how to decorate your own pumpkin in a whimsical, floral design. You’ll need a medium-sized pumpkin (real or fake), acrylic paint, a pencil and paper for sketching, and a few sizes of paintbrushes.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
National Coffee Day on the Rail Trail
Central Coffee Co. (South End) | 8am to 5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: In honor of National Coffee Day, the Rail Trail and Central Coffee have partnered to give out 150 free small coffees.
South End Wine and Hops Fest: Fall Alchemy Wine Dinner
2517 Distribution St. | Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 | $35 | Details
Why you should go: Kick off the start of South End Wine and Hops fest with Chef Ken Aponte of Alchemy for a four-course meal paired with a selection of some of his favorite wines.
Charlotte Young Professionals Mixer
Mint Uptown | 6-8:30pm | $15-$20 | Details
Why you should go: Connect with fellow young professionals in the area while learning about local organizations. Tickets include a free professional headshot and a complimentary beer or wine.
Bread Baking Basics II with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
4001-C Yancey Rd., Ste. #100 | 6-9pm | $75 | Details
Why you should go: This class will take a deep dive into the nuances of bread making covering topics like how the dough is developed, the interaction between key ingredients and the baking process. You’ll learn how to make focaccia, brioche and sourdough Boule. At the end of the class, you’ll receive a charcuterie board and accompaniments to enjoy with your bread.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Nothing Major Night Market
The Music Yard (2433 South Blvd.) | 5:30-10:30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Shop some of Charlotte’s hottest local brands while enjoying drinks and music from DJ Pico.
Maker’s Mark Dinner
Billy Sunday at Optimist Hall (1115 North Brevard St.) | 6:30-8:30pm | $125 per person, reservations required | Details
Why you should go: Join Billy Sunday for a special four-course tasting dinner with cocktails and a special Maker’s Mark pairing with each course. Tickets also include cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Tunnel of Terror: Haunted Car Wash at Aquawave Express Belmont
6415 West Wilkinson Blvd. | 6:30-11pm | $22 | Details
Why you should go: Try not to scream while getting your car cleaned at this car wash. The Belmont AquaWave Express Car Wash transforming into a “Tunnel of Terror” starting today and running until Halloween. Expect fog, flashing lights, and a few of your favorite horror movie characters.
Petty Thieves Outdoor Movie Night
413 Dalton Ave., Ste. B | Thursdays; 8-10pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Sit on the patio with your favorite Petty Thieves brew and enjoy an outdoor movie night. Movie of the week will be announced on their social media.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
The Whitewater Center | Oct. 1-3 | Free; parking is $6 | Details
Why you should go: Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions like trail running and kayaking, exhibitions, demos, and live music. Attending the event is free, but if you would like to participate in a race/competition or all 35+ events, Tuck Fest race registration is a one-time flat fee that grants access to all races and competitions throughout the three-day festival.
Taste of Charlotte Festival
Truist Field | Oct. 1-3; 11am to 11pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Make your way to Truist Field to sample delicious food from hundreds of Charlotte-area restaurants at the three-day Taste of Charlotte food festival.
First Friday Gallery Crawl
South End | 5-10pm (hours vary by gallery) | Free | Details
Why you should go: Take in South End’s local art scene on an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music.
Pride Fest at The Yard
The Music Yard (2433 South Blvd.) | 6-11pm | $10-$120 | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate the diversity in our local LGBTQ+ community and head to The Music Yard for DJ sets, drag shows and vendors among other festivities.
Jazz at the Bechtler: Tribute to Jazz Piano Legend
The Bechtler (420 South Tryon St.) | 6pm & 8:15pm | $20 | Details
Why you should go: Pianist Lovell Bradford joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet for an electric performance paying tribute to some of the jazz greats like Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Larry Willis and many others.
Breakaway Music Festival
Charlotte Motor Speedway (6570 Bruton Smith Blvd.) | Oct. 1-2; 7 p.m. | $69-$124 | Details
Why you should go: After more than a year of very few live and in-person music performances, Breakaway Music Festival is making up for lost time with an epic lineup of artists including headlining group The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, G-Eazy and Blackbear.
Ayrsley Retro Horror Series
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas | Oct. 1 through Nov. 4; 7-9pm | $5 | Details
Why you should go: Scary movie enthusiasts are invited to check out one of the best line-ups of 10 horror movie classics that the city has to offer. As an added bonus, the theater has reserved recliner seating plus beer and wine options available for purchase.
Trey Kennedy: The Are You For Real? Tour
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts | 7pm & 9:30pm | $35+ | Details
Why you should go: Since getting his start on Vine, writer, actor, comedian and musician Trey Kennedy has gained a dedicated fan base across every major social media channel and racked up millions of views in the process. I’m a big fan of his iconic “cool dad” and “girls during fall” impressions.
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