‘Tis the season for fall festivals and full calendars. This weekend, get into the spirit of the harvest season with the Fall Plant Sale, enjoy the cooler temps at Sunset at the Metropolitan and much more. Here’s your guide to what to do and where to go in Charlotte this weekend:


Fall Plant Sale
Wednesday, October 5-Saturday, October 8
Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary

what to do in Charlotte this weekend


Shop the wide variety of unusual and Wing Haven legacy plants, trees and shrubs assisted by knowledgeable staff and volunteers. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, programs and educational outreach. Member’s only day on Wednesday October 5. Renew your membership online or at the door. Open to the public October 6-8.




Liquid Pleasure – Sunset at Metropolitan
Thursday, October 6

what to do in Charlotte this weekend

Sunset at Metropolitan wraps up this week with the soul-soothing sounds of Liquid Pleasure. This free music series starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 pm, perfect for cocktails, dinner and prime sunset-watching. Don’t miss out!




Art Unleashed
Friday, October 7

what to do in Charlotte this weekend

Shop for a cause at this Friday’s Art Unleashed, a one-of-a-kind art show featuring work from over 49 artists, all at prices you can afford. Browse paintings, ceramic, jewelry and more to benefit Charlotte area animal welfare organizations.





Murder Mystery Picnic Dinner
Thursday, October 6- Friday, October 7
Treehouse Vineyards


Pack your own picnic or purchase a box meal ($15) and get ready to solve the crime of the century. As you sip on Treehouse Vineyard’s delectable wines, get carried away in the characters, clues and suspects at the Mystery Picnic Theatre. Opens at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online here.




Oyster Bash
Friday, October 7

The beginning of Fall means more than pumpkin beer and apple-everything. It’s also oyster season, and Upstream in Phillips Place is helping you get in on the action. This Friday, join them for all-you-can-eat oysters, paired with wines from around the world. The evening will also feature live entertainment, raffles and seafood tapas. $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry. Spots are limited. Purchase your tickets at upstreamseafood.com.




3rd Annual Charlotte Cider Fest
Friday, October 7
Rooftop 210


Get fully into the Fall spirit with a night of cider tastings. Your General Admission Ticket ($15) includes eight cider samples. Upgrade to a VIP ticket ($25) for an additional mixology class features two hard cider cocktails.




Fall Finale
Friday, October 7- Saturday, October 8
U.S. National Whitewater Center


Send off Summer 2016 with the USNWC’s Fall Finale. Kick off the day with the Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Race and then ease into a relaxing Saturday of live music and Fall activities. Sample multiple ciders and try your hand at the B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Boat) race on the whitewater rapids.




Beer Walk: Best Brews of the Carolinas
Saturday, October 8
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Enjoy the crisp, cooler weather with beer samplings from over a dozen Carolina breweries. This Saturday, the gardens at Daniel Stowe will be abuzz with beer sampling stations, a food truck and live music from Lenny the Band. Tickets are $30 each and include a commemorative sampling glass. Members receive a 15% discount on admission price. Get yours online here. 




A Night of Gratitude
Saturday, October 8
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square


Honor those making a positive impact in our local community at the Night of Gratitude, where teens will recognize honorees with an original song or spoken word. Tickets range from $10-20 and can be purchased online here.




Five Course Whiskey Dinner
Sunday, October 9


Raise a glass to the best whiskey around with a Chef-curated five course dinner at Vivace. Each course, from the Country Ham Croquettes to the Braised Lamb Belly is paired with a whiskey, with brands including Collingwood Canadian Whiskey and Woodford Rye Reserve. See the full menu here. $60 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 704-370-7755.




City Social Pints and Puppies Halloween Pup Crawl 
Sunday, October 9
Montford Drive


Looking to socialize, enjoy great drink specials in your neighborhood, AND show off your four legged friend? Look no further. Bring Fido to the City Social Charlotte Pints+Puppies Halloween Pup Crawl, to benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA. The crawl kicks off at Angry Ale’s, and continues down Montford Drive with drink specials along the way and all the cuteness you can take. Get your tickets here!