Weekender: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Weekender: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Camden Commons returns this weekend. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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Presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, hosting the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29. Expect racing action, a military salute and performances from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the 82nd Airborne Chorus. Buy tickets ($49+).


FRIDAY, MAY 13

75. Scattered Thunderstorms. 46% chance of rain.

Reel Out Charlotte at Camp North End (Boileryard Event Space): This film festival provides a space for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to express themselves and share experiences on the big screen. May 11-15. $5 per screening; $40 all-access pass. Details.

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Discovery Place Nature Exploration Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Spend a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains enjoying the fresh air and plenty of outdoor adventures. May 13-15. $250+. Details.

Crayola IDEAworks: Grand Opening Weekend at Camp North End (Historic Ford Building): Check out CNE’s latest interactive exhibit featuring digital and hands-on activations. 10am-8pm. $25. Details.

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Can I Kick It? at Fonta Flora Brewery: Head to the taproom for live music, a cellar sale and wild ales on draft. Noon-5pm. Free. Details.

Spring Chicken Class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen: Learn how to break down a chicken and prepare it in three different ways. Noon-3pm. $75. Details.

Decades Party: ’90s Night at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Whip out your Jnco jeans and Tamagotchi’s for a night of ’90s movies, music and a costume contest. 6pm. Free. Details.

Friday the 13th Storytelling and Open Mic at Petty Thieves Brewing Co.: Spend this freaky Friday night listening to haunted stories about Charlotte. 7pm. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, MAY 14

81. AM Showers. 37% chance of rain.

Run! Ballantyne 8K, 5K & Fun Run at Sara’s YMCA: All running levels are welcome to participate and finishers will receive a custom die-cast finisher medal. There will be a post-race party with music, food trucks, and activities. 7:30am. $25-$45. Details.

MUD GIRL Obstacle Race at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: This three-mile-long race features 17+ obstacles to climb over, slide down and shimmy under. Run with a group or by yourself. 7:45am. $65. Details.

Walk a Mile at NoDa Brewing Company: Walk in solidarity with survivors of domestic assault and sexual violence by completing one mile in high-heeled shoes. 9am. $15-$25. Details.

University City Farmers Market at the Shoppes at University Place: Pick out fresh fruits and veggies and shop from local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. 9am to 1pm. Free. Details.

Pet Palooza Walk and Festival at the HSC Animal Resource Center: Bring your pup to strut in a quarter-mile walk and enjoy music, food trucks and pet vendors. 11am to 3pm. $10. Details.

Markets at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard (11611 North Community House Rd.): Head to Ballantyne’s Backyard for outdoor yoga, live music, local vendors and food trucks.: 11am to 4pm. Free. Details.

Zumba at Vaulted Oak Brewing: Break a sweat during this high-energy Zumba class then treat yourself to a beer, mimosa, or kombucha. 11am. $10. Details.

Camden Commons in South End: Camden Road will close off to traffic and transform into a pop-up outdoor living space where folks can hang out, play games, listen to music and eat tasty food from South End restaurants. 11am to 5pm. Free. Details.

2nd Saturday’s Drag Brunch at Midtown Tavern: Join Lili Frost and the Vanity House for a fun drag show filled with dancing, lip-syncing and plenty of antics. 11am. $15. Details.

Biscuits & Gravy Drag Brunch at the Artisan’s Palate: Enjoy a fabulous drag show and $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys specials. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the local non-profit HopeWay. 11:30am & 2pm. $20. Details.

Gōl Tailgate & Watch Party at 704 Morris Street: Gōl is offering an elevated tailgating experience for every CLTFC home game. Expect beer, wine and cocktails and some tasty dishes from Bodega Food Wagon. 2-8pm. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

86. PM Thunderstorms. 47% chance of rain.

Wellness Fest at Protagonist South End: Head to Protagonist South End to do yoga, shop from 35+ local vendors, listen to live music and eat at the on-site food trucks. Noon to 5pm. Free. Details.

Festa Italiana at Gateway Village: This food festival celebrates Italian culture through authentic cuisine and live entertainment. 1-7pm. $45+. Details.

Pups on the Patio at Billy Sunday: You and your pup are invited to chill on the patio and enjoy cocktail specials and doggy treats 2-5pm. $1. Details.

Tara Brown’s Clean Comedy Brunch at The Comedy Zone: This family-friendly comedy show is fun for all ages. 3:30pm. $10-$15. Details.

QC Coastal Jam at The Music Yard at SouthBound: Check out a full lineup of indie and alternative rock bands from across North Carolina. 4pm. $5+. 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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