Weekender: 25 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend, including Lunar New Year events and a Billie Eilish concert

Weekender: 25 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend, including Lunar New Year events and a Billie Eilish concert
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The Weekender is proudly presented by The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway, now offering limited seating for the general public. Enjoy a world-class menu, great cocktails and Speedway views. Call 704-455-3216 for reservations.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

65. Rain. 92% chance of rain.

Camp Passport Challenge at Camp North End: Get rewarded for supporting CNE businesses. Pick up a Camp Passport from any of the 16 participating businesses, and when you’ve purchased an item from eight different ones, you can redeem your passport for your choice of limited-edition branded Camp North End swag. Feb. 1-28. Free. Details.

Jazz for Lovers at The Bechtler Museum: Make a date night out of this special event as guest vocalist Toni Tupponce serenades guests. 6pm & 8:15pm. $20. Details. 

Photo Conscious at MacFly Fresh Printing Co.: This part-photoshoot, part-networking event is a great opportunity for models, photographers and apparel brand owners to collaborate and create some amazing content. Lights, backdrops and Instagram-worthy sets will be provided. 6pm to midnight. $40. Details.

Cold Weather Classics at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen: Warm up with delicious winter recipes including a harvest salad, chicken pot pie and apple buckle with caramel sauce and whipped cream. 6-9pm. $75. Details.

Boozy Bonsai Workshop at PlantHouse: If you’re looking to cultivate your green thumb, Bonsai trees are low-maintenance plants that are great for new plant parents. In this workshop, you’ll pot a four-inch juniper bonsai tree and decorate it using rocks. 6:30-8pm. $38. Details.

Fractal Energy Opening Reception at Alchemy at C3 Lab: See the works of local artists Dari Calamari, Anna Dean, Jose di Gregorio, Georgie Nakima, and Ian Wegner in this latest exhibit. 7-10pm. Price varies. Details.

Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Spectrum Center: Break out the Buzz attire for another gameday at the hive. 7pm. $15+. Details.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5

51. Mostly Sunny. 3% chance of rain.

Frigid Trail Race & Plunge at the Whitewater Center: Choose to run a 5k or 10k route then take a plunge in the Deep Water Solo pool. 9-11am. $32-$42. Details.

Black History Nature Series “Black in National Parks”: This discussion will dive into the history of African-Americans within the National Park System and the major contributions made to those outdoor spaces. 10-11:30am. Free. Details.

Art Kiddo Pop-Up at the Boileryard at Camp North End: Bring the kids to let our their creativity at this immersive art pop-up. 10am to noon. Free. Details.

Pet Adoption Event at SouthPark Mall (at Lilly Pulitzer): CMPD Animal Care & Control will be onsite with adoptable dogs and possibly a few adoptable cats. 11am to 3pm. Details.

Día Latino at Sycamore! Sycamore Brewing: Join Sycamore Brewing in celebrating the sounds, sights and flavors of Latin culture. There will be musical performances from Son Caribe and Falcon Heart plus a lineup food trucks including Tana Empanadas, The Chimi Spot and Tasty Twist Diner. Noon. Free. Details.

Family First: The Legacy of African Drums at the Harvey B. Gantt Center: This hands-on drumming workshop will guide participants through the history and impact of African drums. Noon to 2pm. $10. Details.

Scrabble Tournament at Luck Factory Games: Individuals of all skill levels are invited to compete in a bracket-style Scrabble tournament. 1pm. $5. Details.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Devil’s Logic Brewing: Ring in the Year of the Tiger and enjoy Chinese Dragon Dancers, firecrackers, Asian-inspired bites from The Hangar and Asian-inspired beverages. 2-7pm. Free. Details.

The Fairwood Winter Olympics at The Fairwood 226: Just in time for the Winter Olympics, you and your teammate will pick a country to represent and compete against other countries in activities like cornhole, beer pong and flip cup. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a cash prize. 3-6pm. $10 for a team of two. Details.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Resident Culture Brewing Plaza Midwood: See the Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy perform a traditional Chinese Lion Dance in honor of Chinese New Year. 5pm. Free. Details.

Ladies Night with Skinny J at Dupp&Swat Camp North End: Get ready for a special night featuring art installations, live music and delicious food. 6-9pm. $10. Details.

Subtronics Fractal Tour at The Fillmore: Best known for his viral hit “Giztronics,” EDM artist Subtronics is taking over the Filmore. 7pm. $95+. Details.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

43. Rain/Freezing Rain. 75% chance of rain.

Momma Pots Dish Garden at PlantHouse: Select your plants and decor to create an eye-catching dish garden with the help of the PlantHouse crew. For those of age, grab a drink at the bar before class. 10-11:30am. $30. Details.

Charlotte Running Club Winter Classic 2022 McAlpine Creek Greenway: Choose between the Elite 8k (must finish in 40 mins) and an Open 8k. Cash prizes will be awarded for the Elite 8k and gift certificates will be awarded in the Open 8k. 11am. $45-$60. Details.

Main Dish Brunch at Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood: Catch exciting performances by Nova Stella, Elena DeVour, Vandeja Voo and Deacon Slanders with your host Miss Onya Nerves. Ticket covers show entry, food and drinks can be purchased separately. 11am. $15. Details.

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Slay Sunday Day Party Editon at Queen Park Social: DJs See Bird Go, Bryson Ryder and DJ Vanna Vanity will keep the energy going while you enjoy a series of pop-up drag performances. Ticket includes entry to the show, drinks and food items can be purchased separately. 1pm. $8. Details.

R&B with Soul Food Tour at Camp North End: This food tour allows guests to sing along to R&B all while visiting soul food locations around the city. 5-8pm. $120. Details.

Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever, The World Tour at the Spectrum Center: Hear the angelic voice of the one-and-only Billie Eilish live and in person as she performs songs from her newest album “Happier Than Ever.” 7:30pm. $70+. 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 [email protected].

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