Weekender: 21 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a skating pop-up and drag brunches

Weekender: 21 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a skating pop-up and drag brunches

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Proudly presented by The Circle K Monster Truck Bash on August 20 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Expect metal-mashing with 2,000-horsepower monster trucks. Kids get in for just $11.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

86. Mostly Sunny. 6% chance of rain.

“10 Years, Still Here” – Celebrating a Decade of Dogs at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek: In honor of its 10th anniversary, Lucky Dog is throwing a weekend-long celebration at all three locations. Swing by the Uptown location on Friday for live music by Rumor Mill. The Lake Norman location will have live music on Saturday, and the Steele Creek location will have even more performances on Sunday. Aug. 12-14. Free. Details.

CLT Free Skate Summer Sessions at Victoria Yards: Meet up with CLT Free Skate for its first-ever outdoor roller rink skate sesh. There will be music, food trucks and other vendors. 3-10pm. $0-$50. Details.

Keys N Krates at The Music Yard: Experience the sample-driven sounds of Keys N Krates as they make their Music Yard debut for a special sunset set. 6pm. $25+. Details.

Keith Urban – The Speed of Now World Tour at PNC Music Pavillion: Sing along to hits from the country music legend Keith Urban. 7pm. $29.50+. Details.

“22 & Good 4 u” Taylor Swift & Olivia Rodrigo Night at The Evening Muse: If you’re looking to “shake it off” and celebrate the weekend, this event will be “good 4 u.” Hits by Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo will be playing all night long, so warm up your vocals and bring your crew for a fun evening. 8pm. $22-$25. Details.

Beer Garden Movie Night: Shrek at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Head to the taproom for a screening of perennial favorite Shrek. There will be free popcorn and drinks available for purchase. 8pm. Free. Details. 

An Emo & Pop Punk Pajama Party at Amos’ South End: Roll up in your coziest pajamas or onesie to rock out to classic emo and pop punk songs. The set list includes artists like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Paramore. 9pm. $12-$15. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

86. Sunny. 4% chance of rain.

5K at Five Points Plaza: The route will take runners through the Biddleville neighborhood and wrap up with a big backyard-style barbecue party. For those who prefer a shorter route, there will also be a 1-Mile Fun Run. 8am. $40-$45. Details.

South End Farmers Market at Atherton Market: Shop local, sustainable and responsibly sourced produce and proteins from dozens of regional vendors. 8am to 1pm. Free. Details.

Sketching and Pastries at Amélie’s French Bakery & Café NoDa: Join Charlotte Urban Sketchers for a sketching session fueled by coffee, tea and pastries. All drawing levels are welcome. 10am to Noon. Free. Details.

French Macarons from Scratch with SkillPop: Learn the process of making French macarons with the help of Chef Rosana. This class will cover mixing and piping batter to bake into crisp shells and making buttercream fillings. 10-11:30am. $19. 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. $20. Details.

Buff Faye’s Pride Kick-Off Drag Brunch at Gilde: Have a fabulous and fun-filled brunch with Miss Buff Faye and her divas. Ticket includes a brunch buffet. 11am to 2pm. $35. Details.

Soak City at Resident Culture Brewing Plaza Midwood: Soak up the summer sun at this water-filled extravaganza featuring a slip ‘n’ slide, a dunk tank, axe throwing, live music, food trucks and more. Be sure to BYO towel and wear something you don’t mind getting wet. 1-5pm. Free. Details.

The Broken Crayon: School Supply Drive at Camp North End: BlkMrktClt is hosting its first school supply drive to benefit local families, students and Title 1 school teachers. If you’re in a position to, consider donating supplies like notepads, pencils and backpacks. 1-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

86. Partly Cloudy. 12% chance of rain.

Pick Up at the Park at Freedom Park (Near the train by the playground): Help pick up litter and debris using the gloves and trash bags provided. There will be a lunch following the clean-up. 10am. Free. Details.

Counterculture Club Outdoor Yoga Series at Camp North End: Counterculture Club promotes an alcohol-free lifestyle through a variety of activities including yoga at Camp North End. Meet under the water tower for an energizing flow led by a guest yoga teacher. 10am. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Details.

Slay Sunday Y2K Drag Brunch at Queen Park Social: The queens of the Vanity House are taking it back to one of the most iconic decades – known for low-rise jeans, Juicy Couture tracksuits and bedazzled everything. 11am. $25+. Details.

Fun in the Sun Foam Party at Skiptown: Enjoy a boozy slushie while your pup zooms around the park and plays in the foam. 11am to 6pm. Price varies. Details.

Rosé All Day Patio Party at Billy Sunday: Tickets to this event include tastings of 12 different pink wines, passed light bites and live music. 2-5pm. $45. Details.

Classic Black Cinema Series at The Gantt Center: On the big screen this Sunday is Abby, a film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a demon. This film is rated R so viewer discretion is advised. 2-5pm. Free. Details.


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