Agenda Weekender: 47 things to do including Wanderlust, Craft Freedom Festival and Lenny Boy 5 Year Anniversary

Agenda Weekender: 47 things to do including Wanderlust, Craft Freedom Festival and Lenny Boy 5 Year Anniversary
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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 60. Partly cloudy/windy. 0% chance of rain.
Saturday: 67. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 74. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

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Friday, April 7

Food & Drink

Grand Re-opening at Simpson’s Produce: Get your fresh goodies at the Kings Drive farmers market. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

The CAVU Experiment: You Drink, We Donate at NoDa Brewing Company: Their staff will be serving a special flight of CAVU brews, benefiting the Carolinas Aviation Museum. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

National Beer Day at Moo & Brew: There will be live music, raffles and 704 Shop in support of local breast cancer organization Carolina Breast Friends. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Details.

Craft Freedom Festival at OMB: Celebrate craft beer with samples from 11 breweries around town and live music. 6-9 p.m. $30 (includes a celebratory glass). Details.

Chocolate and Cheese Class with Potts Chocolate at 7th Street Public Market: Learn what characteristics blend well and what to avoid; glass of wine included. 6-7 p.m. $28. Details.

Grand Opening at Boulevard 1820: They’ll be serving up cocktails and food along with live music and surprises throughout the night. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Saved by the Beat – a 90’s Tribute Party at Bubble: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Details.

Experience

Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles. Fri-Sun: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $11. Details.

Bridal Show – Precision Set Fine Jewelry Works at Windsor Jewelers: With your minimum purchase of $1,500, get a free men’s wedding band and no-interest for 24 months on qualified purchases. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Details.

Art & Entertainment

April South End Gallery Crawl at South End: Expect paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and glass pieces from eight participating galleries. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: 6 & 8:15 p.m. $14. Details.

ARCHITECTONIC Art Exhibit at C3Lab: View three different artists’ perspectives of explosive commercial development in the Charlotte community. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Paul Taylor Dance Company at CPCC’s Sensoria Festival: Paul Taylor is one of the greatest living pioneers of American modern dance. Fri-Sat: 7:30-9:30 p.m. $35+. Details.

Whitewater Film Series: Mountainfilm at USNWC: Experience the active, outdoor lifestyle from the perspectives of those living it to the fullest. 7:50-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum Uptown: Free intro lesson included with admission. 8-11:30 p.m. $12. Details.

Don Telling’s Island Mysteries at Petra’s: Join for an exotica experience as they perform a live soundtrack for a movie comprised of mysterious old and new island footage. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $7. Details.

Sports

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides. 7:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

Saturday, April 8

Food & Drink

Savory Saturday’s at Arts Factory: A breakfast food truck rally paired with community activities for all ages. 8-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

“Fuzzy Lover” Breakfast at Legion Brewing: Roots Catering has paired a menu with their highly anticipated barrel-aged peach sour. 9-11 a.m. $17/plate. Details.

Lenny Boy 5 Year Anniversary at Lenny Boy Brewing Co: Celebrate five years of kombucha, beer and wild ale with live music and food. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

7th Annual Cask Festival at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Park Road: They’ll have a lineup of rare casks made specifically for this event and breweries will compete in Battle of the Casks. 1 p.m. $25 (includes tasting glass and a 6oz pour from each participating brewery). Details.

Experience

Loch Norman Highland Games at Historic Rural Hill: Expect Highland athletics, dance, piping and drumming competitions, traditional food, Celtic music, historic encampments, and 20+ vendors for traditional Scottish ware. Sat-Sun. $6-$20. Details.

Semi-Annual Little Sugar Creek Clean Up & After Party at Birdsong Brewing Co: This is a volunteer opportunity for all ages and a chance to bond with the Birdsong crew; volunteers will be rewarded with beer, pizza and prizes. 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Free. Details.

Doggy Day the Fiber Space at Google Fiber: Bring your dog for free treats, nail trims and a puppy photobooth; expect vendors and adoptable dogs, too. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Hosanna: An Easter Celebration at Billy Graham Library: Families will have an opportunity to pet and have photos made with baby farm animals. 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Details.

Easter Celebration Party at Ballantyne Village: Expect the Easter bunny, a balloon artist, face painting, real bunnies and crafts. 1-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Bunny Photos with your Pup at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew: 10% of all bar sales during the event will be donated directly back to Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.

April Crafts & Drafts at Three Spirits Brewery: Expect 20 local small businesses ranging from artisans, foodie vendors, food and fashions trucks. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Curves and Kouture at 1900 Queens Drive: Network then enjoy a short runway show featuring three designers showcasing their plus-size line of clothing. 6-9 p.m. $26-$40. Details.

Learn Things

Mixology with Bob Peters at Earl’s Grocery: Join Bob as he mixes up spring elixirs featuring North Carolina gins. 2:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Davidson Space Day at Davidson College: Expect an interactive astronomy fair, a lecture by NASA Solar System Ambassador Jack Howard and stargazing through telescopes. 3-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Art & Entertainment

Wanderlust at Romare Bearden Park: A 5k run, guided yoga, and a meditation session; after you complete your triathalon, grab lunch and catch one of the many local yoga, hooping, meditation or other classes offered in the afternoon. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $21-$45. Details.

Moving Spirits: A Community Intensive Dance Workshop at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: The combination of dance forms and techniques of the African Diaspora. 2-3 p.m. $5. Details.

Tosco Music Party at Knight Theater: The evening offers an eclectic mix of all styles of music and includes Tosco’s trademark singalongs. 7:30 p.m. $14-$24. Details.

The Center Stage Comedy Tour: Sommore, Arnez J & John Witherspoon at Ovens Auditorium: 8-11 p.m. $56+. Details.

99.7 The Fox Presents The Machine: Tribute to Pink Floyd at The Fillmore: 8 p.m. $20. Details.

Sports

Basketball at Spectrum Center: Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics. 6 p.m. $10+. Details.

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Charlotte Checkers vs. Texas Stars. 6 p.m. $10+. Details.

Sunday, April 9

Food & Drink

Brunch Bubbles & Beats at Firehouse Bar and Lounge: Expect a brunch menu, $20 mimosa bar and live DJ. 12-6 p.m. Details.

Mutts & Mimosas at Blackfinn Ameripub: Enjoy a breakfast buffet and a mimosa bar on the patio while benefiting The Humane Society of Charlotte. 12-2:30 p.m. $12+. Details.

Pig Picking and Order/Fire S2E7 featuring Sam Jones at Free Range Brewing: This time Marc sits down with whole hog BBQ pit master Sam Jones from Sam Jones BBQ and the Skylight Inn BBQ. 12-7 p.m. $10 donation (includes BBQ and sides). Details.

Experience

Spring Fling Pop Up Shop: PART II at Atherton Mill and Market: Shop 30+ artisan and vendors. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

The Arab American Festival at Queens University: Expect Middle East music and dances, food and pastries, henna art, a fashion show, kids games, and artifacts on display. 12-5 p.m. $3. Details.

Pop-Up Market at Birdsong Brewing: Enjoy local food vendors, art, animal health and welfare stations, brews and live music. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Finders Keepers Market April at NoDa Brewing Company: Shop a range of vendors that carry a variety of handmade home goods and artisanal creations. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Charlotte Checkers vs. Texas Stars. 1 p.m. $13+. Details.

Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides. 2:05 p.m. $8+. Details.

We’re excited for…

5th annual FreeMoreWest 5k on the Greenway at Yoga For Life + Uptown Cycles: Even if you don’t participate in the 5k, join in for the post race festival with craft brews on site. 4-7 p.m. $30-$35. April 14.

Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Join the Easter tradition of egg hunting, playing games and hanging with bunnies; expect animals to play with and plenty of kid activities. $5/child. April 14-15.

4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Challenge at EpiCentre: Ten bars, ten tasks to complete, one party t-shirt and a Sharpie to write it all down with. 5 p.m. $15. April 15.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via Seattle Yoga News.

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