If you are braving the Black Friday crowds, know which boutiques are open for business with our guide. For the non-shoppers, here’s our round up of what to do and where to go this holiday weekend:
Scoop Readers take the Family to The Bechtler for less
420 South Tryon Street | Through November 30
It’s the perfect activity for the holiday weekend with family: an outing to The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Through November 30, purchase a family membership and save $10 with code SCOOP10.
Family Membership benefits (for two adults and all children in the same household):
- Free, unlimited general admission
- Invitations to exhibition opening events
- Invitation to annual member appreciation event
- 10 percent discount in the museum store
- Discounted admission to museum programs
- Reciprocal member privileges at participating museums throughout the U.S Southeast
Memberships can be purchased online at www.thebechtler.org or by calling the front desk at 704.353.9200.
The Sound of Music
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | Through Sunday, November 26
Experience the beloved story of the von Trapp family once more with a brand-new production of The Sound of Music. Enjoy your favorite score with classics including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss” among others. Tickets begin at $25.
Charlotte Christmas Village
Romare Bearden Park | Open November 23-December 24
Beginning Thanksgiving day, the European-style Christmas market in the heart of Uptown is back in business. Complete your holiday shopping, indulge in traditional German foods and grab a glass of Glühwein as you wander through the village’s vendors. Santa will make an appearance on weekends.
The Whiskey Club at Ballantyne – Wild Turkey
Friday, November 24 | Ballantyne Hotel & Spa | 6:30 p.m.
Before you make your own turkey on Thanksgiving, try a taste of Wild Turkey at the next Whiskey Club at Ballantyne. Taste Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Russell’s Reserve 10 year Bourbon and Russell’s Reserve Rye, each paired with light hors d’oeuvres. $65 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.
Black Friday Beer Releases
Triple C Brewing Company | Opening at noon
If you’d rather head to the taproom than the mall on Black Friday, the next few events are for you. Triple C Brewing Company will be opening early at noon to release four new brews. Enjoy the following releases and a bite from Blue Barn Bistro:
- Up All Night Breakfast Porter returns on draft and in bottles
- Mosaic Acid Test. Draft Only – kettle soured and loaded with Mosaic hops
- White Blaze Winter Ale with Apples
- White Blaze Winter Ale with extra Coconut
Blue Friday at Blue Blaze
Blue Blaze Brewing | All day
Beat the crowds and head to Blue Blaze where Altbier pitchers and growler fills are just $6. Plus, get a head start on your shopping with 20% off merchandise.
Peanut Butter Stout & LD’s Belgian Tripel Release
Catawba Brewing Co. | 2-10 p.m.
Help welcome two new specialty brews at their Black Friday release at Catawba Brewing Co. Try the Peanut Butter Stout, brewed with chocolate malts and conditioned on whole roasted North Carolina peanuts, and LD’s Belgian Triple Ale, which has flavors of apple, pear, clove and spice.
Walter Beasley and Ronnie Laws in Concert
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square | 8 p.m.
Get your tickets now to see acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist and vocalist Water Beasley and the legendary Ronnie Laws in concert. Tickets start at $45.
Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at Anne Springs Close
Saturday, November 25 | Anne Springs Close Greenway | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Over 150 artists and crafters from around the region will be ready to help you check off your holiday shopping list at this year’s Winter Wonderland Craft Fair. Shop pottery, jewelry, clothing, woodwork, candles and more. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Tree Lighting at the Hall
NASCAR Hall of Fame | 5-8 p.m.
Watch as the NASCAR Hall of Fame tree twinkles to life during a free community celebration. Families will enjoy rides, games and other activities before the big countdown.
Charlotte Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs
Spectrum Center | 7 p.m.
Out-of-towners and locals alike will love to watch as the Hornets take on the San Antonio Spurs on Black Friday at the Spectrum Center. Get your tickets online.
Magic & Mystery
Duke Energy Theater | 8 p.m.
Challenge your understanding of magic, mind reading, hypnosis and more as world class ‘Astonishment Artist’ Mat LaVore takes the stage at the Duke Energy Theater. During the 90-minute show, LaVore swallows needles, hypnotizes audience members and event predicts the future. $35 general admission.
2017 Christmas Extravaganza, from the Charlotte Civic Orchestra
Halton Theater at CPCC | 7:30 p.m.
Welcome the holiday season with an evening of entertainment from the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. Watch as over 300 performers including the 70-member orchestra, Holiday Singers, Charlotte City Ballet, Encore Dancers, soloist Quintessa Harper and combined choruses of Providence and South Mecklenburg high schools dazzle audiences with seasonal favorite song and dance performances. Get your tickets online or call 704.330.6534.
Come Have a Pint for TreesCharlotte #YDWD
Monday, November 27 | NoDa Brewing Company | 4-9 p.m.
Raise a glass for a local cause as NoDa Brewing Company donates $1 for every pint draft to TreesCharlotte, which has a goal of planting 500,000 trees in our area over the coming decades. To sweeten the deal, TreesCharlotte’s Board of Directors will match 100% of dollars raised from every pint of draft beer sales and any donations made on that day and at the event up to $15,000. Read more about their mission here.
We have Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now most importantly, Giving Tuesday. Donate money pledge volunteer time or purchase goods for 235 worthy non-profits that are doing good in our city. Non-profits include A Child’s Place, ArtPop and Charlotte Family Housing and many more. Visit GivingTuesdayCLT.org to find out how you can get involved.
Napa vs. Bordeaux Wine Battle w/ Laura Maniec
Tuesday, November 28 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30-9 p.m.
Join Laura Maniec, MS and owner of Corkbuzz Charlotte, as old world and new world wines battle it out for your palate. Laura’s picks from Napa and Bordeaux will be served alongside snacks from Corkbuzz’s new menu. The last Raid the Cellar event sold out, so don’t wait to reserve your spot! $85 per guest.
Collaborative Dinners: “Thankful” with Michael Twitty
Tuesday, November 28 | The Asbury | 6:30 p.m.
Culinary historian, cookbook author and cultural commentator Michael Twitty joins Chef Karen for an evening of rich Southern food and equally rich stories. View the full menu here. Reservations are required. Save your seat online or by calling 704.342.1193. $109 per person and includes a copy of the book.