Weekender: 20+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Weekender: 20+ things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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Presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, hosting the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday, October 9. Tickets, which include the NASCAR Playoff race and three weekend concerts, start at $49. Kids 12 and under get in for $10. 


Editor’s note: As of Wednesday, September 28 these events have not been affected by Hurricane Ian but dates may be rescheduled or canceled as the storm progresses.

FRIDAY, September 30

66. Rain. 60% chance of rain.

Charlotte International Arts Festival at Multiple Locations: Enjoy the annual celebration of imaginative visual and performing arts from the most creative international and local minds. Price varies. Time varies. Details

Luminarium – Architects of Air at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Become immersed in a sensory experience through interactive exhibits and walk-in sculptures. $5. 9:30am-6:30pm. Details

Ayrsley Retro Horror Series at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas: Classic horror films are shown nightly with double features each week including movies like Beetlejuice, Shaun of the Dead and Re-Animator. $5. 7pm and 9pm showings. Details

Fleurix Conference at Camp North End: Women and nonbinary folks can learn how to start a career in tech. Use the discount code AXIOS for a ticket that includes breakfast, lunch, swag and a drink. $35. 9am-5pm. Details

Zydeco Party at Booth Playhouse: Experience the energy and sound of the Grammy award winner Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience along with Rosie Ledet with live music, dancing while enjoying authentic cajun food. $40. 7:30-8:30pm. Details

Blue Lapis Light at Government Center: Observe aerial and ballet techniques as dance performances are suspended at great heights. Free. Time varies. Details

Must Love Dogs Singles Night at Skiptown: Meet other singles who love dogs during this singles mixer presented by Polished Dating. Price. 6-9pm. Details


SATURDAY, October 1

71. Rain. 80% chance of rain.

Bolt on the Block at 1218 Gordon St.: Enjoy an art-infused celebration with live music, community art, food, dance, creative vendors and an art bus. Free. 1-6pm. Details

PS5 Charity Scavenger Hunt at Multiple Locations: Complete four escape room-style puzzles at four locations with a chance to win a Playstation 5. $15. Time varies. Details

Oktoberfest at Suffolk Punch Brewing: Taste german beer for a discounted price while enjoying live music, a bratwurst eating contest, free pretzels and cheese plus goat yoga. Free. 10am. Details

ANSWER Scholarship Tailgate For Team Pride at Armored Cow Brewing Co.: Bring your friends to a cornhole tournament while enjoying live music, BBQ, kids’ activities and a silent auction to benefit the ANSWER scholarship that sends local moms to college. $10-$40. 12-3pm. Details

Moving Party at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate all weekend long with food trucks, live music and giveaways before Sycamore relocates to its new location in a few months. Free. 12-7pm. Details

Fall Boozy Brunch Tour CLT Kickoff at Midnight Mulligan Brewing and Summit Seltzer: For the next few weekends, select bars and breweries will have pop-up shows with brunch, drinks, live music, retail vendors, games, raffles and prize giveaways. Free. 1pm-6pm. Details 

Breakaway Music Festival at Z Max Speedway: The two-day event features EDM artists and Djs like KYGO, QUINN XCII. Time varies. $94-$154. Details


SUNDAY, October 2

70. Showers. 60% chance of rain.

ATC Presents: Evil Dead The Musical at The Barn at MoRA: Watch one of the last performances at The Actor’s Theater before they close at the end of October. Earnings and donations will go towards the cost of closing. $39-$50. 8pm. Details

Game Day at Skiptown: Put on your Panthers gear to watch the football game on eight large screens, pups are welcome and will get a free puppucino during halftime. Free. 3:30-7:30pm. Details

Your Neighborhood Orchestra: Lost in Space at Booth Playhouse: Listen to the innovative sounds of the local orchestra as they mix crafted beats, spoken word and cirque. $20. 7-8:30pm. Details

Counterculture Club Yoga at Camp North End: Unwind with techniques of all levels from some of the city’s best yoga teachers. $10-$15. 10-11am. Details

Seedling Drag Brunch at Camp North End: Enjoy a vegan brunch and performances by some of Charlotte’s best entertainers. 12-2pm. Details

AKT x Legion at Brewing South Park: Put your cardio endurance to the test with a 45-minute dance class. Free. 10am. Details

Panthers vs the Cardinals at the Bank of America Stadium: Watch the Panthers take on the Arizona Cardinals. Tickets start at $48. 4:05pm Details

R&B Music Experience at The Spectrum Center: Vibe to songs from some of R&B’s most popular artists including Monica, Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton. Tickets start at $63. 7pm. Details 

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