Weekender: 28 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a Christmas light show and live music

Weekender: 28 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a Christmas light show and live music

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Presented by Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Atrium Health, November 18 – January 8. Experience four million lights along a four-mile course synchronized to Christmas-themed music, plus a vendor village. Buy tickets.

FRIDAY, November 18

52. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Get in the holiday spirit as you drive through Christmas lights across the four mile course of the Speedway. Prices vary. 6-10pm. Details

Friday Night House Jam at The Wine Loft: Start the weekend with wine and music. Free entry. 4pm. Details

Vocalist René Marie at Blumenthal: Vibe to jazz sounds from the Grammy-nominated vocalist Rene Marie. $20-$25. Times vary. Details

DJ Dammit Wesley at Keswick: Enjoy some music before exploring the shops and bars at Camp North End. Free. 6-9pm. Details

Black Food Truck Fridays at 3164 Freedom Dr: Taste an array of dishes including seafood and dessert, and shop from local merchants. Prices vary. 4-9pm. Details

Stacy Dillard Quartet at Harvey B Gantt Center: Enjoy jazz tunes from modern jazz musicians in an elegant setting. $65. Times vary. Details

Diva Royale Drag Queen Show at The Scorpio: Sing along to celebrity impersonations while you enjoy a meal. $20+. 7pm. Details

The Jurassic Encounter at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Experience a walk-through exhibit with more than 45 dinosaurs, food, toys and a bouncy house. $25. 10am-6pm. Details

DIY Terrarium Building at Planthouse: Get your hands dirty by creating a terrarium through a guided class. $25. Times vary. Details

Fall Fest at Skiptown: Let your pup bob for apples, make a DIY bandana and do some holiday shopping from Friday to Sunday. Prices vary. 11am-8pm. Details

SATURDAY, November 19

53. Partly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.

Cars and Coffee at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Celebrate the passion for cars with showcase prized classics, customs and hot rods. Free. 8-11am. Details

5th Annual CLT S’MACdown & Craft Beer Tasting at Carolina Union Volleyball Club Facility: Taste comfort food dishes from local chefs, enjoy craft beer and shop from local vendors. $40-$60. 1-5pm. Details

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: Take in soothing jazz sounds to celebrate the Preservation Hall’s 60th anniversary. $24.50 and up. 8pm. Details

Protagonist Beer’s 3rd Anniversary at Protagonist: Celebrate the brewery’s anniversary as they feature three new bottles of beer and live music. 2-8pm. Details

Rail Trail Cleanup: Volunteer to keep the rail trail clean by picking up litter. Register ahead of time, and meet at the at New Bern Light Rail Station. Enjoy raffles, swag, and a free drink that is sponsored by the U.S. Bank. Free. 10am-12pm. Details

Local Curated Fine Art & Craft Holiday Show at 2821 Park Road: Check out over 20 art and crafts items from local artists. Free. 10am-4pm. Details

Yoga at Hi-Wire Brewing: Participate in a pop up yoga class before rewarding yourself with a pint of craft beer. $10. 11am-12pm. Details

Splatter Charlotte Pop-Up at Raceway: Help create a community art piece with splatter paint. Free. 11am-2pm. Details

Wake Me Up – 2010’s EDM Throwback Night at The Music Yard: Dance to throwback EDM songs through the night. $5+. 6-11pm. Details

SUNDAY, November 20

52. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.


The Illusionists at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Take the family to enjoy the magic of the holidays with talented illusionists. $29.50+. 6:30pm. Details

The “EGE” – Everything Glam Event at City Club at Gibson Mill: Enjoy a model competition, vendors, networking and a recognition for a local glam talent. $30. 3:30-6pm. Details

Music and Museum: British Modernism at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Listen to sounds of Britain’s central 20th-century musical figures, like composer Benjamin Britten. $14. 6pm. Details

Game Day at The Music Yard: Watch a sports game while enjoying music and food. Free. 3pm. Details

C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Watch an awards winning acting performance from Max McLea about one of the most influential thinkers of the past century. $46-$66. Multiple showings. Details

Journaling & Visualization Guided Meditation at Mood House: Wind down with an evening of meditation and journaling. Free for members. 7pm. Details

Blacksmithing for Beginners at Brooks Building: Learn the basics of transforming metal into art for any skill level. $60. 3:30-6pm. Details

1st Time Homebuyers seminar at Divine Barrel Brewing: Talk with Jay Seago (with Helen Adams Realty) and Ken Schmidt (with American Security Mortgage) to learn about the pros and cons of renting and buying in the city. Free. 1-3pm. Details

Yoga on the Rooftop at Harvey B. Gantt Center: Enjoy a one-hour workout and mindfulness practice before taking a self-guided tour through one of the galleries. 12:30-1:30pm $10. 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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