Weekday planner: 28 fun things to do this week, including the State Fair

Weekday planner: 28 fun things to do this week, including the State Fair

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18

N.C. State Fair

Raleigh | Oct. 14-24 | $13 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6-12 | Details 

Why you should go: Head up the road to Raleigh for food and fun at the State Fair.

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[Related Story: Our guide for navigating the N.C. State Fair]

Talking Walls Mural Festival 2021

Various locations | October 18-24 | Free, donations appreciated | Details 

Why you should go: This citywide public art and mural festival aims to highlight artists with diverse styles & backgrounds. Check out the wall map here.

Rooftop Yoga

AC Hotel South Park | 6:30-7:30pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts on the rooftop of the Cordial Cocktail Bar for a 60-minute, all-level creative flow to relax and unwind. Bring a mat and some water.

Lincoln Street Supper Club Bourbon Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktail | 6:30pm | $115 per person | Details 

Why you should go: This five-course, chef-curated dining experience will have food from local purveyors like Orrman’s Cheese Shop paired with handcrafted bourbon cocktails made with IW Harper, Bulleit, George Dickel, Blade & Bow, and a house-infused bourbon.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19

OH Well: F45 Functional Training

Optimist Hall (Patio above El Thrifty) | 6-7pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Get ready to work up a sweat with F45 NoDa. This class uses a resistance-based workout filled with full-body strength exercises and hiit to help you burn up to 750 calories in only 45-minutes.

Arietta Wine Dinner

7416 Waverly Walk Ave. Suite H-1A | 7-9pm | $99 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Fritz Hatton, owner of Arietta Winery for a unique wine and dinner pairing as he shares the story of how Arietta got its start.

Triple Your Homebuying Knowledge

Triple C Brewing | 5:30-7:30pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Gain insight on how to buy a home from some of the top real estate and mortgage pros with TruLoan Mortage.

Open Air: An Artist Conversation with Stephanie J. Woods

Online | 7-8pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Join the Gantt Center virtually for a conversation with multimedia artist Stephanie J. Woods. The Charlotte native uses a fusion of photography and fiber materials in her work to bring to life her experiences of growing up in the American South.

Ledisi: The Wild Card Tour

Knight Theater | 7:30pm | $32.50 | Details 

Why you should go: Twelve-time Grammy-nominated vocalist, Ledisi is making a stop in Charlotte as part of The Wild Card Tour. Her accomplishments include three Soul Train Music Awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Charlotte Beer Garden Happy Hour

Charlotte Beer Garden | 5-8:30pm | $25-$35 | Details 

Why you should go: Network and connect with local professionals in a laid-back setting. This is a private event so you must have a ticket to enter.

Music in the Garden

248 Ridgewood Ave. | 5:30-7:30pm | $125-$135 | Details 

Why you should go: Spend a lovely fall evening enjoying live music by Carolina Royal Strings. Expect a variety of classical and popular music selections from Bach to Lady Gaga. Tickets include splits of wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvre boxes.

How to Build an Art Collection

SkillPop (Online) | 5:30-7pm | $19 | Details 

Why you should go: Looking to build a collection of art, but don’t know where to begin? Join Renee George McColl, a former art gallery owner and local art figure, as she provides you with the essential information that will help you build a meaningful collection of art pieces.

Bourbon Tasting

The Manchester | 6:30-8pm | $60 | Details 

Why you should go: This tasting event will feature four premium bourbons paired with light bites. The bourbon selection will include Evan Williams 1783, Larceny, Elijah Craig and Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond.

Comedy Open Mic

Common Market South End | 7pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Take to the stage or sit back and enjoy. Sign-ups to be in the show start at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

Sound Meditation Sessions

DUPP&SWAT | 7-9pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Kita Ashé for a sound meditation session with light reiki energy work and light food and drinks following the session.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Belk Theater | 8:30pm | $39+ | Details 

Why you should go: Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is joined by pianist and organist Steve Nieve, drummer Pete Thomas and bassist, vocalist Davey Faragher and guitarist and vocalist Charlie Sexton. This show entitled “Hello Again,” highlights songs from Costello’s songbook.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

Thursdays Live in MoRA (Monroe Road Area)

6697 Monroe Rd. (near the Embrace sculpture) | Third Thursdays, 6-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Bring your family or friends out to MoRa to enjoy the last “Thursdays Live” show of the season featuring “Late Night Special” — a modern, soulful rock group. There will be food from local Oakhurst popup, Messy Madison and Hawthorne’s NY Pizza, and of course, brews from Edge City Brewery.

Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner

The Ballantyne Hotel | 6:30pm | $175 per person (plus tax and gratuity) | Details

Why you should go: Experience a lovely four-course wine and dinner pairing featuring a selection of wines from Freemark Abbey Winery. Barry Dodds, Estate Manager of Freemark Abbey Winery will be the special guest for the evening.

Disc-Glow Yoga Anniversary Party

Suffolk Punch’s Norfolk Hall | 7pm | $25 | Details 

Why you should go: Celebrate Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts’ one-year anniversary and head to Norfolk Hall at Suffolk Punch for a disco yoga party. There will be yoga, food, dancing and disco decor.

Spooky Night Stand Up Comedy Show

Free Range Brewing (NoDa) | 7:30-9:30pm | $15 | Details 

Why you should go: Just when stand-up comedy couldn’t get any funnier, Free Range Brewing welcomes guests to dress in your spookiest (or funniest) Halloween costume.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

BayHaven Food & Wine Festival

Camp North End | Oct. 22-24 | $10-$900 | Details 

Why you should go: This three-day celebration of Black foodways will feature more than 75 Black chefs, artisans, farmers, brewers and distillers from across the region and the country.

[Related story: Event recap: Greg and Subrina Collier on what’s next for Black-owned restaurants]

Smashing Pumpkin Party

Bart’s Mart | 6pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Bring your own pumpkin to carve and have competed in a contest. The winner of the competition will receive prizes while the winners get their pumpkin smashed. Expect live music, drink specials and giveaways.

Counterculture Club and Friends Present: Wellbeing Bar

Not Just Coffee (Jay St.) | 6-9pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Join Counterculture Club & Friends for its first-ever alcohol-free happy hour event. Guests can enjoy food, drinks, live music, and tarot card readings among other activities.

Kitchen Dwellers

The Music Yard | 6-11pm | $20-$250 | Details 

Why you should go: Head to The Music Yard to hear the rock and roll, bluegrass group Kitchen Dwellers perform.

Time Laps 24-Hour Relay Race

Whitewater Center | Oct. 22-23 | $130 | Details 

Why you should go: Gather a group of friends to compete in this 24-hour trail running relay race. Points will be awarded based on the number of completed laps and the difficulty of the laps.

Buff Faye’s “Murder Mystery” Drag Diner

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille | 7-9pm | $35 | Details 

Why you should go: Help Buff Faye figure out which one of her divas killed her! Ticket includes the show and a family-style serving buffet.

Skate with PRIDE “Tutus & Glow Sticks”

Red Clay Cider Works | 9-10:30pm | $35-$40 | Details 

Why you should go: Lace up your skates and roll under the stars to the beats of DJ Mal Funk Shun. Ticket includes 90 minutes of skating, two tickets for craft cider or beer and glow sticks. Bring your own skates or rent a pair on-site.

A Look at the Victorian Funeral

Historic Rosedale | 9-10pm | $20-$25 | Details 

Why you should go: Explore the traditions and elements of the Victorian funeral with the expertise of the Historic Rosedale staff and the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society (CAPS). This tour will be held both inside the house and outside in the gardens and grounds surrounding our historic house and reconstructed blacksmith shop.


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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