Weekender: 30 fun things to do in Charlotte this Thanksgiving weekend

Weekender: 30 fun things to do in Charlotte this Thanksgiving weekend
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The Weekender is proudly presented by Speedway Christmas, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drive-through holiday light show is open each night through Thanksgiving weekend with Christmas Vacation featured as the drive-in movie.



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Charlotte Turkey Trot at SouthPark Mall (Meeting at Macy’s): Start your Turkey Day bright and early with a run/walk around the block at Charlotte’s 33rd annual Turkey Trot. Route options include an 8k, 5k and 1-mile distance. 8am. $20-$45. Details.

Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center: The Center’s seasonal ice skating rink has an all-new ice skating trail in the Upper Pond — increasing the total size of the rink to more than 24,000 square feet. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price. 5-10pm (holiday hours). $25 Day Pass, $6 parking. Details.

[Related story: Ice skating is back at Whitewater Center, but not in Uptown]

Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving Dinner at Billy Sunday: Those who identify as LGBTQIA+ are invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner with fellow community members. 2-5pm. Free. Details

[Related story: 20 Thanksgiving meal alternatives to your kitchen]

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Pull up to the Speedway to see a display of four million lights illuminate this four-mile course. Expect hundreds of creative light displays synchronized to Christmas-themed music that you can listen to from your car’s radio. November 19 through January 2; 6-10pm. $30+. Details.


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Winter Wonder Bar Opening Day at BOCADO: This holiday pop-up bar concept will have a creative drink menu that would even get approval from the Grinch. Happen today through New Year’s Eve. Free. Details.

[Related story: 4 Christmas pop-up bars coming to Charlotte in 2021]

Post-Thanksgiving Festivities at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill: Spend an afternoon at the orchard enjoying hayrides, tasting hard cider and warming up by the fire pit. 10am to 8pm. Free. Details.

VTGCLT Pop at The Metropolitan: The VTGCLT (short for Vintage Charlotte) pop-up is back at Metropolitan. Shop a selection of handmade and vintage items from more than 90 local and regional vendors. November 12 through December 22; 10am to 7pm. Free. Details.

BeersGiving at Charlotte Beer Garden: Try a selection of more than 30 different fall and winter seasonal brews ranging from ciders to stouts. This event is also a toy drive for Levine Children’s Hospital, so please bring a toy if you can. 11am to 2pm. $30. Details.

OMB Christmas Market (Weekend 1) at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten: OMB is transforming its biergarten into a German-style Christmas Village for four back-to-back weekends. There will be more than 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot cocoa, and of course delicious German-fare. Nov. 26-28; 11am to 10pm. Free. Details.

Turkey Thanks at Skiptown: Admission to the dog bar and park are free all weekend long, so bring your furry friend out for a good time with fellow pups. 11am to 4pm. Free. Details.

Fairwood Friendsgiving at The Fairwood 226: $25 gets you a Thanksgiving plate with one entree, sides and dessert. Not to mention drink specials like $5 Miller 22-ounce drafts, $10 Makers Mark hot apple cider and $10 loaded hot chocolate with Baileys or Rumpleminze. $25. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village Opening Day at Truist Field: Swing by the ballpark to enjoy the Charlotte Christmas Village — a European-inspired Christmas market where you can find handcrafted gifts and specialty foods like Austrian strudels, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. Noon to 10pm. $5. Details.

Black Friday Pop-Up at D9 Brewing Uptown: Support local vendors and shop for everyone on your list at this Black Friday pop-up market. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

Winterfest at Carowinds: Catch dazzling light displays and live shows or do a hands-on activity like cookie decorating. Winterfest is jam-packed with fun and immersive holiday festivities that the entire family can enjoy. 3-11pm. $24.99. Details.

Polar Express at North Carolina Transportation Museum: Experience the magic of the hit holiday movie during this Polar Express-inspired train ride. The trip is set to the sounds of the movie and includes hot chocolate and cookies, plus a story reading of “The Polar Express.” 4pm (plus additional times). $32+. Details.

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Garden: Walk along the trail and take in the dazzling light displays, then stop by one of the food trucks for a quick bite or a warm beverage. 5pm. $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors 60+, $7.95 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. Details.

“Home Alone” at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Enjoy a screening of the holiday classic “Home Alone” that’s underscored by the live accompaniment of the Symphony orchestra. Nov. 26 & 27; 7:30pm. Details.

The Biggest 90s Party Ever at The Filmore: Relive what was arguably the best decade of all time at this ’90s-themed party complete with ’90s music and a ’90s costume contest. 8:30pm. $49.99-$80. Details.


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Small Business Saturday at Charlotte Collective Plaza Midwood: Shop from 25+ small and locally owned businesses under one roof and enjoy select discounts, complimentary beverages and gift wrapping. 10am. Free. Details.

Shop Small Saturdays in South End (Camden Road): More than 80 vendors will line Camden Road for the first Shop Small Saturday of the season. Shop for people on your holiday lists, or treat yourself to something. 11am to 4pm. Free. Details.

Legion Makers Market at Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood: Shop Small Saturday will also be taking place at Legion Brewing’s Plaza Midwood location. Head to the taproom to find holiday gifts and handmade gems. Noon to 4pm. Free. Details.

’90s Brunch at 1501 South Mint: Head to 1501 South Mint to mix and mingle like it’s 1999. There will be a dedicated brunch menu plus drink specials and live music from a local DJ. 1-4pm. $10 for non-members, free for members. Details.

Holiday Treats & Sweets Festival + South End Craft Market at Sycamore Brewing: Get your sweet tooth ready for a lineup of local vendors selling everything from gourmet fruit to cinnamon rolls. 1-6pm. Free. Details.

Santa Paws & the Grinch Visit Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: Bring your pup to Lucky Dog to get a picture with Santa, the Grinch or both! 1-5pm. $10. Details.

Puzzle Challenge at Luck Factory Games: Register a team of up to four people to face off in a puzzle-solving competition. The team with the quickest time will receive individual and team prizes and get to keep their competition puzzle. 4pm. $36. Details.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody at Knight Theater: This comedic musical parodies the hit show Friends which chronicles the adventures of a group of friends in their 20s as they navigate life in 1990s Manhattan. 8pm. $28.50-$53.50. Details.


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HandCrafted Market CLT at Devil’s Logic Brewing: It’s truly a weekend for shopping small. Head to Devil’s Logic to support local businesses while enjoying a beer. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

Party in the Park at Mint Museum Randolph: Guests can enjoy free admission to the museum, food trucks, live music and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting). 1-5pm. Free. Details.

Chanukah Concert and Celebration at Symphony Park: Celebrate the first day of Chanukah by heading to Symphony Park for a grand Menorah lighting, free donuts and latkes plus live music performed by 8th Day. 5pm. $18 per person, or $54 per family and free for children age 5 and under. Details.

Charlotte Gaymers Network ThanksGAYving Dinner at 1162 E 36th St.: Join the Charlotte Gaymers Network for their annual Friendsgiving party. This event only has 50 available spaces, so be sure to register, and it is asked that those attending bring a side dish to share, or an adult beverage to share. 7pm. 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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