CHARLOTTE ~ Makers Market, Marvel Trivia, Two Mixology Classes, The 5 Browns & More. What To Do This Weekend – 1/18

Recovered from your snow day? No need to stay bundled up indoors this weekend. Get out and enjoy what’s looking to be a mid-winter respite from chilly temperatures with our day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:




RoCo Plaza Midwood: Official Grand Opening Weekend
January 18 – 21 | RoCo – Roasting Company Plaza Midwood

what to do this weekend in Charlotte

Help The Roasting Company celebrate its official grand opening in Plaza Midwood with a weekend-long celebration. Specials include $3 draft beers, $4.95 select meals, live music and more. Plus, a free pint glass with any purchase. Here’s the day-by-day breakdown:

  • Thursday: Enjoy specials and support Charlotte Family Housing, a local organization that helps homeless families achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services and advocacy. Bring cleaning buckets, brooms, kitchen garbage bags, dish cloths and laundry detergent to donate.
  • Friday: Toast to RoCo’s newest location with live music from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Saturday: Enjoy live music from Josh Daniels and raffle prizes each hour from Legion Brewery, Titos Vodka and more.
  • Sunday: The game’s on at RoCo. Cheer on your teams with beer and food specials.




Mozart Magic Flute
January 19-20 | Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

what to do this weekend in Charlotte

Enjoy performances of Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Exsultate, jubilate (performed at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York) and Haydn’s Symphony No. 65 and Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”. Come early for a pre-concert talk led by Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees.




Queen’s Feast – Charlotte Restaurant Week
January 19-28 | Various participating locations

South South Charlotte

Been dying to branch out from your same old go-to dinner spots? Now’s your chance. Browse all the participating hotspots and use our top picks as a guide when you make your reservations.

Have you heard? We’re giving away gift cards this week on Instagram so you can find your new favorite spot during restaurant week! Read more here and join us on Insta for your chance to win.





Mad Men Cocktail Class
Nest Restaurant and Lounge | 6:30 p.m.

Take happy hour into your own hands with a cocktail class led by instructor Sean Dean. This Mad Men themed class will have you and your girlfriends mixing up Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds and Ernest Hemingway’s Daiquiri. Keep the party going with the Liberate Your Palate Pop-Up Bar Takeover in the upstairs lounge until 11 p.m. $65 per person, purchase your tickets here.




Fidelli’s One-Year Anniversary
Fidelli Kitchen | 6:30 p.m.

Fidelli Kitchen is celebrating their one year anniversary with a weekend celebration. Here’s the day-by-day breakdown:

  • Thursday: 1/2 price wine and free Italian sausage rockets all day. Their official anniversary party begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, live music from Greg Lilley and a specialty wine basket raffle.
  • Friday: 1/2 price wine and beer all day long. Plus, a free “sharable” item with beer or wine purchase.
  • Saturday: Fidelli is releasing their mulled wine cocktails and white wine mojitos for just $3 each.
  • Sunday: Free coffee while champagne Shirley temples and mimosas are $3 each.





Modernism + Film: Frei Otto – Spanning the Future
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6-9 p.m.

The next film featured in the Bechtler’s Modernism + Film series is Frei Otto: Spanning the Future, a documentary highlighting the life and work of architect and engineer Frei Otto. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students. Get your tickets here or call 704.353.9200.




Marvel Trivia Night
NoDa Brewing Company | 6 p.m.

Think you’re a Marvel buff? Prove it with trivia hosted by Tyler Norris. Grab your team and enjoy food from TIN Kitchen as you battle it out for the title of Marvel trivia champions.




Gantt After Dark: Welcome To Greek Life
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture | 6-10 p.m.

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The first Gantt After Dark of 2018 features a celebration of The Divine 9 culture with free admission, lite hors d’oeuvres, a Greek-inspired Paint + Sip class, live music by 5th & York and DJ Tramare on the rooftop.




MEGA Tasting
Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The next MEGA tasting at Vin Master features 20 wines to try for just $15. Each table will also get to try a wine perfect for Valentine’s Day. Pay at the door, limited to 100 participants.





Bechtler By Night: New Year, New You
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5-9 p.m.

Experience the exhibits by night each third Friday of the month. This edition of Bechtler by Night features free admission beginning at 5 p.m., gallery games, Bechtler bingo, light bites and a cash bar, featured cocktails and even the chance to create your own abstract after color paintings.




Charlotte Concerts presents The 5 Browns
Halton Theater | 7:30 p.m.

The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae – were the first family of five siblings accepted simultaneously to New York’s Juilliard School. Since then, the quintet has released three #1 albums. Don’t miss your chance to see them in Charlotte this weekend. Get your tickets here.




Science on the Rocks – Wizarding World
Discovery Place Science | 5-9 p.m.

*This wildly popular event has already sold out, but stay tuned to the Facebook event page for updates.

Embrace the magic of Hogwarts at this adults-only night at the Museum. Put your Quidditch Pitch Pong skills to the test, make your own wand, try on the sorting hat and more.




The 2018 Wish Ball
The Westin Charlotte | 6 p.m.

Each year, The Wish Ball brings together supporters for an evening featuring cocktail hour, a seated dinner prepared by the Westin’s master chef, live and silent auctions, raffle opportunities and surprises for and from local wish families. This year, guests will dance the night away to the sounds of the JAVA band. The Wish Ball supports Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC. The Westin will also extend a special room rate of $149 for Wish Ball guests the evening of the event.




Rock Paper Scissors Tournament
Draught Charlotte | 8 p.m.

Rock, paper, scissors isn’t just a game for the playground anymore. Put your skills to the test and battle it out to win prizes for first, second and third place. Free entry.





Mixology with Bob Peters
Earl’s Grocery | 2:30 p.m.

Settle into Earl’s Grocery as mixologist Bob Peters leads a free cocktail class featuring hot beverages to get you through the cold winter weather. Be sure to get there early!




Women’s March on Charlotte
First Ward Park | Speakers forum begins at 10 a.m.; March begins at noon

Continue the work started one year ago and march with women on the anniversary of the Women’s March. The march begins at First Ward Park and concludes in Romare Bearden Park. RSVP here.




90s Bar Crawl
Uptown Charlotte | 2 p.m.

Relive the glory days of AIM, slap-on bracelets and the original NOW That’s What I Call Music albums as the city of Charlotte travels back to the 90s. Participating bars in Uptown will feature drink specials, 90s music and more. Crawlers will each receive a signature bar crawl cup and a welcome shot at Fitzgerald’s.




Charlotte Running Company Trail Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 9 a.m.

Runners can choose from three options (13 miles, 9 miles and 4 miles) as the Charlotte Running Company takes the trails at the USNWC. Participants will receive an eco-friendly hoodie, while 13-mile and 9-mile participants receive a finishers medal.




That 70’s GALA!
Center for the Arts, Rock Hill | 7:30 p.m.

Breakout your platform shoes and disco glam for the Rock Hill Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The evening features a silent auction, wine pull, light hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and live music. $50 for ACYC members, $70 for general public.




Maple Canyon Release
Legion Brewing | 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Want some brews with your brunch this weekend? Look no further than Legion Brewing. They’re releasing Maple Canyon, a maple brown ale with notes of chocolate and coffee. Pair it with selections from their maple canyon brunch menu from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Live music begins at noon and goes until 11 p.m.





Queen City Blues Can Release
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Stock up on cans of Queen City Blues, ($12.99 four-pack) a wild blueberry ale, and grab donuts from Your Moms Donuts from noon – 3 p.m.




The Beaver 10th Anniversary Party
The Thirsty Beaver Saloon | 9 p.m.

The Thirsty Beaver will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a party and live music from the Loose Lugnuts at 9 p.m.




B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale Release Party
Blue Blaze Brewing | Noon – 10 p.m.

Blue Blaze Brewing will release one of their favorite brews: B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale, named for the conceptual founder of the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye. While you’re sipping on the new beer, enjoy a free pancake bar, raffle and games. A portion of proceeds from each B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale sold will benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.






Queen City Makers Market
Bold Missy Brewery | 1-5 p.m.

The first maker’s market of the new year will feature local goods from KT’s Botanicals, Willow & Ruth, Southern Fragrances Candle Co., Pet Wants CLT: Urban Feed Store and more.





Cooking Class: Foods that Fuel
Tuesday, January 23 | Nourish | 6:30 p.m.

Keep to your 2018 resolutions with help from Executive Chef Julia and Sous Chef Caroline as they lead a class focused on low-carb, high-protein meals. Each participant will leave with a recipe booklet. View the class menu here.