With all eyes on the Queen City this weekend, you can bet we’ve found more than a few events to fill your social calendar. Be sure to read all the way through to the flip cup fundraiser at Heist on Sunday! Our guide of what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
2017 PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club
Don’t miss your chance to see some of golf’s finest as the Quail Hollow Club hosts the 99th PGA Championship. If you’re lucky enough to score tickets, here’s what to wear to the grounds.
National Farmers Market Week
Summer is all about fresh produce, so there’s no better time to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Over at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, vendors will be passing out free recipes cards featuring market goods. Looking for more ways to celebrate? Start with our guide to 15-area markets.
Quail Corners Shopping Center | 5-9 p.m.
Each night post-PGA, Quail Corners Shopping Center hosts families for live music, giveaways and special themed events.
Montford Open Block Party
Montford Drive | August 11-12
Tee up for the weekend with Montford’s golf-themed block party on Friday and Saturday nights. Three participating bars- Angry Ales, Brazwell’s Premium Pub and Southside CLT- will feature golf games, drink specials, live entertainment, prizes and more. $5 general admission.
The Major Rager
Symphony Park | 5 p.m.
Umphrey’s McGee headlines this golf-centric concert in support of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. After a day on the course, jam out to the covers and originals performed by both Umphrey’s McGee and opener Moon Taxi. $30 general admission.
Donut Dash: 2 Partners, 2 Donuts, 2 Miles
Joe’s Doughs | 6 p.m.
Too hot for a daytime run? Grab a running partner and run a nighttime relay in the name of donuts at Thursday’s Donut Dash. Prizes include Joe’s Doughs prize packs and Charlotte Knights tickets. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the race starting at 6:30 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
Comporium Amphitheater | 6:30 p.m.
Kick off your pre-weekend with live music at the scenic Comporium Amphitheater. Pack a blanket, lawn chair and picnic dinner as Triple Play takes the stage. Admission is free for Greenway members, $5 for non-members. Parking is $5 per car.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts | 8 p.m.
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter stops by the Knight Theater to perform songs spanning her 14 album-catalog including her latest, The Things That We Are Made Of. Tickets start at $45.
Piedmont Town Center Golf Night
Piedmont Town Center | 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Charlotte’s hosting of the PGA Championship with Piedmont Town Center Golf Night. Party band Sol Fusion takes the stage while vendors offering wine and beer line the town center.
2017 Quail Party
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 7:30 p.m.
The 2017 Quail Party features live music by Atlas Road Crew and the Cosmonautz, along with wine and beer. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, the Harper Beall Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina Chapter. $58 per person. Purchase here.
Movies Under the Stars: The Secret Life of Pets
SouthPark | 7 p.m.
The whole family can enjoy a night out with a showing of “The Secret Life of Pets”. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets welcome. Free admission.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series
120 S Trade St., Matthews | 5 p.m.
The Matthews Food Truck and Concerts Series is back with live music from Matt Stratford, food trucks, a craft beer pavilion, games and family activities.
Works by Dominique Verechia Bunce & Seth Rouser
Free Range Brewing | 6 p.m.
Welcome the newest exhibition on display at Free Range Brewing through September 18. This opening reception celebrates the work of Dominique Verechia Bunce & Seth Rouser.
Jeff Austin Band w/ Forlorn Strangers
First Ward Park | 7 p.m.
Ease into the weekend with Live on the Green, First Ward’s free outdoor concert series. This week, the Jeff Austin Band and Forlorn Strangers take the stage. Food trucks and craft beer vendors will also be on site.
Brewing it Forward at Red Clay
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 p.m.
There’s no better reason to sip on a cider than helping deserving families in need. Families Forward will host this fun event that features a raffle, toiletries and school supplies drive and tons of local cider.
Personal Select Maker’s Mark Whisky 2nd Edition Release Dinner
The Ballantyne Hotel | 6:30 p.m.
The Ballantyne is celebrating its latest Personal Select Whisky with a progressive dinner featuring special guest Jane Conner, a Maker’s Mark Ambassador. The evening begins with a specialty cocktail and upscale bar snack reception, followed by dinner, bourbon-infuse desserts, live music and cigars available for purchase. View the menu here. $89 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.
Sugar Creek Brewing | Noon
Give in to your sweet tooth as bakeries, dessert shops and restaurants showcase their best indulgences. Vendors include Ninety’s Ice Cream, King of Pops, Big View Bakery, Queen City Kitchen and more. Come out early if you can, the first 100 attendees get a sweet treat bag. $10 general admission.
Corkbuzz Charlotte | 1 p.m.
Master the wine list at Wine 101, a beginner’s class that will have you ordering your newfound favorites with confidence. Try three red, two white and one sparkling varieties. $55 per person.
Bruce Julian Boozy Brunch
JSam’s | 10 a.m.
Start out the day with a hearty brunch and a healthy bloody Mary at JSams’ Boozy Brunch. $75 per person, includes free shuttle to and from Quail Hollow for PGA-goers.
Ballantyne Live: The Parks Brothers
Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 10 p.m.
Live music isn’t just for Uptown. Swing by Blackfinn as The Parks Brothers take the stage at Ballantyne Live. Expect to hear everything from classic singalongs to today’s hits.
Mr. K’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream | Doors open at 11 a.m.
When Mr. K’s first opened their doors in 1967 they offered a simple menu of four items: hot dogs, potato chips, soda and ice cream cones. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the South End classic is going back to their roots.
Stop by to enjoy a donation-based offering of these four items on Sunday, August 13th. Donations benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital and the Isabella Santos Foundation. Giveaways are available for donations over $50. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., local country music artist David Britt will be playing on site.
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 8 a.m.
Challenge yourself by land and by sea at Saturday’s part trail run, part flatwater paddle race. $42 if registered by August 10, $50 on race day.
Flip Cups, Fill Bowls
Heist Brewery | 4 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite college drinking game is getting a makeover–for good. Teams of six will compete in a flip cup tournament benefitting The Lunch Project, a non-profit working to provide school lunches for children in Tanzania. $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Raid the Cellar w/ Laura Maniec: Italy
Corkbuzz Charlotte | August 15 and 16 | 6:30 p.m.
Corkbuzz owner and Master Sommelier Laura Maniec will lead this special Italian wine and small plates tasting. See why these wines have earned a space in Corkbuzz’s cellar and discover your favorite.