Weekday Planner: 26 things happening in Charlotte Thanksgiving week, including Uptown’s Thanksgiving Eve Parade

Weekday Planner: 26 things happening in Charlotte Thanksgiving week, including Uptown’s Thanksgiving Eve Parade

Uptown's Thanksgiving Eve Parade 2021. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios

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Monday, November 20

Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics

Spectrum Center | 7pm | $19 | Details

Why you should go: The Hornets will take on the Boston Celtics at home. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster starting at $19.

Monday Night Trivia

Monday Night Garden Co. | 7-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Drink beer, eat pizza and play free trivia hosted by Mindless Minutia every Monday at Monday Night Brewing Garden Co.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop

Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30pm | $70 | Details

Why you should go: Make a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece with fresh flowers.

Winter at Whitewater

Whitewater Center | Times vary | Prices Vary | Details

Why you should go: Winter at Whitewater is now open for the season with activities including ice skating, pond hockey, winter races and a Christmas trees lot (starting Nov. 23).  Check details for times and pricing for each activity.

Tuesday, November 21

Courts and Coffee

Rally Pickleball | 7-8:30am | $15 | Details

Why you should go: It’s a fusion of open-play pickleball paired with a drip or cold brew coffee that’s included in your $15 sign-up fee.

Mad Miles Run Club

YVY Training (Camp North End) | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Mad Miles is open to people of all ages and paces. The free club meets every Tuesday, regardless of the weather. There’s no registration required; just show up ready to move and groove (every run turns into a dance party afterward).

[Go deeper: I hate running but I’ll exercise with Mad Miles Run Club]

SOS (Sam on Someday) Music Series

The Evening Muse | 7:30pm | $8-$15 | Details

Why you should go: It’s a live music series hosted by Time Sawyer’s Sam Tayloe that brings together diverse songwriters and musicians in collaborative performances.

Company: The Musical

Belk Theatre | 8pm | $30+ | Details

Why you should go: You can catch the award-winning musical at Belk Theatre through Sunday, Nov. 26. Check online for additional show times and pricing.

DishCourse Friendsgiving 2023

Town Brewing Co. | 7pm | $40 | Details

Why you should go: Expect a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — except you’ll dine with strangers. DishCourse is a social group meant for anyone looking to make new friendships and connections.

Wednesday, November 22

Free Day Passes at Skiptown

Skiptown | Hours vary | Free | Details

Why you should go: Get a free day pass at Skiptown beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Ice Skating at Camp North Pole

Camp North End | 12-10pm | $10-$15 | Details

Why you should go: It’s the first night for Camp North End’s new ice skating rink, which will run through the winter. Hours and dates vary, so double check before your visit.

70s Kids Solid Gold Tribute

Middle C Jazz | 8pm | $35 | Details

Why you should go: 70s Kids is a six-piece band that pays tribute to the music of the 1970s, like disco, funk, reggae and rock.

77th Annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade

Where | 5:45pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: In its 77th year, the parade is a long-running Charlotte tradition and a nod to the start of the holiday season. This year, it’s kicking off on Tryon St in Uptown at 5:45pm. If you can’t make it in person, it’ll stream on WCCB at 6pm.

Thursday, November 23

5th Annual Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving Dinner

Billy Sunday Charlotte | 2-5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: It’s a free Thanksgiving dinner for underserved members of the LGBTQIA+ community and anyone looking for a place to celebrate.

Friendsgiving at Mito Station

Mito Station | 3-7pm | $35 | Details

Why you should go: Expect a buffet-style spread from local chefs and games like cornhole and ping-pong, plus karaoke.

Thanksgiving at Hi-Wire

Hi-Wire Brewing | 5-10pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Need a breather (and maybe a cold one) after Thanksgiving dinner? Hi-Wire will be open from 5-10pm on Thanksgiving (and noon to midnight on Black Friday).

Friday, November 24

OMB’s Christmas Market

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | 11am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy holiday shopping from over 140 vendors with a variety of food and holiday drinks like hot cocoa, Glühwein and Yule Bock holiday beer. The market will run every weekend through Dec. 17.

Thanksgiving Hangover Party

Triple C Brewing | 12-10pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Eat Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches from the on-site food truck, shop merch bundles and sip limited-time brews at Triple C’s hangover party.

Vintage Charlotte Pop-Up 

201 Camp Road (Camp North End) | 10am-7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Knock out your holiday shopping with handmade and vintage retail from 90+ local and regional creatives. The pop-up will run from 10am-7pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Dec. 7. After that, it’ll be open daily from 10am-7pm through Dec. 23.

Saturday, November 25

Pictures with “Santa Paws”

Moxie Mercantile (Charlotte) | 11am-3pm | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Moxie Mercantile is teaming up with North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue for a holiday photoshoot with “Santa Paws.” 100% of the proceeds from the photo sales go directly to the dogs at North Meck.

Holly Jolly Holiday Market

The Union at Station West | 2-7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Sip hot cocoa and shop from small businesses at The Union’s first holiday market. Then stay for an evening tree lighting ceremony.

Hand-Poured Candles Class

The Market at 7th St. | 4-6pm | $40 | Details

Why you should go: Learn how to make your own hand-poured candle. All materials are included in the ticket price.


Sunday, November 26

Doja Cat and Ice Spice at The Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center | 7:30pm | $60+ | Details

Why you should go: There are still resale tickets available to see the two superstar rappers perform at the arena.

Brunch Cooking Class

The Perfect Beet | 3-5 | $55 | Details

Why you should go: You’ll learn to cook brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, pancakes, veggie hash and chilaquiles. Your ticket also includes a mimosa bar.

Kid’s Ornament Workshop

PlantHouse Charlotte | 10-11am | $14 | Details

Why you should go: It’s a festive and family-friendly workshop where you’ll learn how to create a unique holiday-themed terrarium.

Charlotte Thrives Outside: Nature Walk and Watercolor Class

Evergreen Nature Preserve | 1:30-4:30pm | $10-$25 | Details

Why you should go: You’ll go on a group hike through Evergreen Nature Preserve that’s followed by a beginner-friendly water coloring class.

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