Agenda Weekender: 51 things to do including ice skating, Beer Quest and VTGCLT Winter Market

Agenda Weekender: 51 things to do including ice skating, Beer Quest and VTGCLT Winter Market
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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 76. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 68.  Partly cloudy/windy. 20% chance of rain.
Sunday: 54. Partly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.


Friday, November 18

Food and Drink

Friendship Picnic – Special Thanksgiving Edition at C3 Lab: Purchase a Friendship meal to help the elderly and less fortunate in the community receive a healthy, nutritious meal delivered to their homes. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10. Details.

Glenfiddich 14-Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve Release Dinner at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: This dinner will pair Glenfiddich 12-year, 15-year, 18-year and 21-year in addition to the 14-year-old Bourbon Barrel Reserve. 6:30 p.m. $95. Details.

3rd Annual Charlotte Moonshine Festival at Rooftop 210: The event will feature different moonshine flavors, mixology and sampling. 7-11 p.m. $15-$30. Details.

River’s Edge Craft Dinner at USNWC: A five-course dinner with a 6 oz. beer pairing for each course. 7-9 p.m. $50. Details.


Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: See 600,000+ lights, illuminated displays and Santa. $9-$15. Details.

Holidays at the Hall: WBT outdoor ice skating rink at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza: Lace up those skates to glide along 7,000+ square feet of ice with a view of the city skyline. Fri-Jan 8. Details.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon at The Last Word: Celebrate the arrival of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. Fri-Sun. Free. Details.

Science on the Rocks: Ultimate Warrior at Discovery Place: Think Ultimate Warrior Obstacle Course, Sumo Suit basketball and Mongolian Vodka Vaportinis. 5-9 p.m. $10-$12. Details.

Off the Cuff Improv Comedy Show at Charlotte Comedy Theater at Wet Willies: Improv games based on audience suggestions; food and beverages available during show. 21+. 8 p.m. $10. Details.


Duo Exhibition: Barbara Schreiber’s “Last Summer on Earth” and Isaac Payne’s “Somewhere” at New Gallery of Modern Art: On Saturday at 10:30 p.m., there will be a live interview with both artists. Fri-Sat. Free. Details.

Bechtler by Night: Design and Shine at Bechtler Museum: Play gallery games and scavenger hunts, design and create unique pieces of jewelry and enjoy Bechtler BINGO and light bites from the Modern Café. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Heightened Perspective / 2 Opening Reception at The Light Factory: Installation artist and photographer Ethan Jackson will project video into the front and back of rooms, transforming all four walls into slowly moving landscapes. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

THE JAZZ ROOM: David Finucane plays Joe Henderson at Blumenthal Stage Door Theater: David Finucane plays the music of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. Fri: 6 & 8:15 p.m., Sat: 7 & 9:15 p.m. $14-$16. Details.

New Frequencies: Chance Encounters at Goodyear Arts: This program is comprised of three innovative dance performances, each inspired by a different work of art. 8-10 p.m. $5 (cash only). Details.

Wagner, Strauss & Bruckner presented by the Charlotte Symphony at Belk Theater: Fri-Sat: 8 p.m. $25+. Details.


Circa Interiors & Antiques Warehouse Sale at 129 Southside Dr. (3 doors up from Sugar Creek Brewery): Upholstery, lighting, indoor and outdoor furniture,accessories, pillows and throws, antiques, gifts and art at 60-90% off. Fri: 9-5 p.m., Sat: 10-4 p.m. and Sun: 1-5 p.m. Details.


Basketball at Spectrum Center: Charlotte Hornets v Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $10+. Details.


Saturday, November 19

Food and Drink

Brunch & Brews Food Truck Rally at Sycamore Brewing: Seven food trucks, live music, craft beer, beermosas and mimosas. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Release The Funk 4: Baptized In The Funk at Neighborhood Theatre: Expect sour beers from NC to CA. 12-4 p.m. $70. Details.

Beer Quest at BB&T Ballpark: Your ticket includes a tasting glass and unlimited four-ounce tastings from more than 75 beers. 12-5 p.m. $50-$90. Details.

Craft Cocktail Series: A Hands On Cocktail Pop Up Class With a Holiday Twist at Kid Cashew: Full bar stations for you to learn how to make three holiday cocktails; Kid Cashew bites to pair with each one. 3-6 p.m. $50. Details.

Michelle’s Mighty Mission: All You Can Eat Low Country Boil, Bottomless Brews & Stout Home Brewing Contest at Sugar Creek Brewing: Expect a dunk tank, balloon artists and live music. 3-7 p.m. $30-$140. Details.

Cider & Tapas Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: Learn about locally made seasonal ciders and decadent small plates prepared before your eyes. 7-9 p.m. $30. Details.


Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: 3,000,000+ lights, lights-to-music drive-thru section, petting zoo, Bethlehem village, horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa and Christmas classics movie nights. $20+. Sat-Dec 31. Details.

60th Anniversary at Carolina Fire Department: Expect a live band, bounce house, multiple food trucks, 60th anniversary fire department t-shirts and a new fire truck. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details.

B4 Care Ring- Beer, Bands, Brats & Bourbon at Flight: Proceeds to benefit Care Ring’s “Top Flight” programs; ticket includes music, food, 2 drinks, parking and a souvenir. 4-8:30 p.m. $35. Details.

South End Tree Lighting at Atherton Mill: Hot chocolate, coffee, holiday performances and Santa Claus. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Details.

The Men of the Beaver Calendar Release Event at Tipsy Burro Saloon: Benefiting Be The Match National Bone Marrow Registry. 7 p.m. Free (order a calendar for $20). Details.

Dolly Parton at Spectrum Center: Charlotte will be part of her first major tour in more than 25 years. 7:30 p.m. $51+. Details.

MADabolic 5 Year Anniversary Party – #WeCleanUpWell2016 at Happenstance: Ticket includes an open bar for beer and wine, one raffle ticket and other giveaways; expect a food truck on site. 7-11 p.m. $20. Details.

Fall Ball in Wonderland at Mint Museum Uptown: An Alice and Wonderland themed affair held on Level 5; ticket proceeds support the Young Affiliates annual fund. 8-12 a.m. $80-$125. Details.

Learn things

Dirty Little Secrets of Aromatherapy at Coco and the Director: Taught by Uptown Fitness & Wellness Studio; first come, first serve. 9 a.m. Free. Details.


Harvest Day at The Schiele Museum of Natural History: Watch cooks and bakers at work as they prepare a traditional holiday feast. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. Details.

Innovate 301: Marbling Basics at Discovery Place Science: Combine both science and design with the art of marbling.  12-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Cupcake Gingerbread House Story Time at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney: They’ll read a story and teach them how to turn their cupcake into a gingerbread house. 10:30-11:15 a.m. $5/child. Details.


Egg Nog Jog 5K at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Run through over 3 million Christmas lights; festive costumes and attire are encouraged. Pro tip: register as a team of four or more and get $5 off per runner. 5:45 p.m. $35. Details.

North Carolina Twerkshop at MoveStudio: Twerk drills, twerk techniques, twerk cardio routines, floor werk, isolations and an end of class combo. 6:30-8 p.m. $24-$30. Details.

Ride & Seek at USNWC: Teams of two ride their way through various challenges in the order of their choosing, aiming to complete all the checkpoints as quickly as possible. 9 a.m. $50-$60. Details.


Sunday, November 20

Food and Drink

Galactic Nexus Bottle Release at Wooden Robot Brewery: Join for their first bottle release. 12-9 p.m. $16 (+ tax) per 500mL bottle. Details.


VTGCLT Winter Market at The Fillmore: Expect local vendors specializing in vintage and handcrafted goods, as well as a heavy food trucks presence. 10-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Ping Pong Tournament at Flight: Join for their first ever Ping Pong Tournament. 12-5 p.m. $10. Details.

#GamingSundayCLT – Free Game Day with Heart Meter at Google Fiber: A free, all-ages day of gaming and fun with staff and outpatients from the hospitals and treatment centers in their network; expect coffee from Not Just Coffee and doughnuts from Joe’s Doughs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

LoveWinsCLT at Ourbridge Kids: A rally uniting Charlotteans that believe in diversity and inclusion. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Details.


Charlotte Art League Pop Up Market at Charlotte Art League: Their first event will be outdoors and will showcase 20-30 artists and vendors of the Charlotte and surrounding community. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Chamber Music of Britain, Spain and Argentina at Bechtler Museum: Accompanying cellist Tanja Bechtler with Peter deVries on violin and Paul Nitsch on piano. 6 p.m. $12. Details.


West End Fall Festival at Mosaic Village: Six bounce houses, games, music and family fun; free food and drinks for all kids. 12-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday Fun Day – Express Yourself at Mint Museum Uptown: Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, STEAM Studio and family yoga sessions. 1-4 p.m. Free-$6. Details.


Reps & Rides at STAX Crossfit: 30 minutes of bootcamp and 30 minutes of cycling; 15% of all proceeds are being donated to Feed America. 11:30 a.m. $35. Details.


We’re excited for…

Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park: Goodbye Romare Bearden, hello authentic German christkindlmarkt; expect wooden huts with vendors, mulled wine and food along with dance and choral performances. Free. November 24.

2016 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade at North on Tryon Street from Stonewall St. to 9th St.: Expect dance and choral performances, marching bands from around the region, larger-than-life floats, balloons and some of your favorite characters. 9:30 a.m. Free. November 24.

Tree Lighting at the Hall at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza: Join WLNK/107.9 The Link, Santa Claus and Champ the Cheetah for live music and a 39-foot-tall twinkling tree. 5-9 p.m. November 26.

See all the upcoming events we’re pumped about here.

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