Don’t miss out on another weekend of fun around the Queen City. Your day-by-day guide to this weekend in Charlotte:
Cirque du Soleil Corteo
August 8 – 11 | Spectrum Center
The latest Cirque du Soleil arena production comes to Charlotte August 8 – 12. See acrobats bring a festive parade full of comedy, fun and mystery to life in the show that’s already delighted millions.
Festival of India 2018
August 11 – 12 | Uptown Charlotte
The 24th Annual Festival of India brings live performances, exhibits, vendors, short film screenings, kids activities and the Charlotte Indian Idol competition to the streets of Uptown. View the full events schedule here.
Jeni’s South End Grand Opening Party
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams South End | 7 p.m.
If you haven’t been yet, here’s your chance to check out the new Jeni’s shop in South End and meet Jeni herself. The first 50 people in line receive free ice cream and a swag bag. And there will be lines. Long ones.
Culture Bites Pineville
Pineville Lake Park | 6 p.m.
Ahead of ASC’s Culture Feast on September 7, taste samples from diverse local restaurants, win giveaways and enjoy pop-up theaters, dance and music performances. Food and drinks available for purchase from Sabor Latin Street Grill, Bombay Grille, Ooo Wee BBQ, Chen Fu, Icy Soft and Unwind Coffee & Tea. Free admission.
DIY Workshop: Plank Wood Signs, Trays and Lazy Susans
AR Workshop Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.
Customize your own plank wood sign, photo frame, jewelry board or other project using non-toxic stains and designer paint colors. Bring your own wine or beer to sip on while you work.
Barista Craft Highland Creek | 7:30 p.m.
Make your own succulent terrarium with North Carolina grown plants while sipping a complimentary glass of wine in this class at Barista Craft Highland Creek. $30 per person.
Cheese & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 p.m.
Jay Bradish of Red Clay Ciderworks and Rachel Klebaur of Orrman’s Cheese Shop team up for this tasting of four cider and cheese pairings. $19 per person.
Live on the Green feat. Acoustic Syndicate w/ Yellow Feather
First Ward Park | 7 p.m.
Live on the Green’s free concert series continues with performances by Yellow Feather, a seven piece country/Americana band, and Acoustic Syndicate, who brings a blend of bluegrass and rock to the stage.
Sounds on the Square: The Menastree
Spirit Square | 7 p.m.
The next Sounds on the Square performance features The Menastree, a group of Carolina natives playing a mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk and more. Free admission with concessions and beverages available for purchase.
Blackfinn’s 10 Year Anniversary
Blackfinn Ameripub | 7 p.m.
Celebrate BlackFinn’s 10 year anniversary with a throwback menu and more yet-to-be released details.
Baubles & Bags
Saturday, August 11 | 3405 South Tryon St. | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shop ’til you drop as over 700 gently used and new designer handbags, accessories and jewelry items are up for grabs at the 13th Annual Baubles & Bags. All proceeds benefit Assistance League of Charlotte’s philanthropic programs: Operation Check Hunger, Operation School Bell, Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Assistance League of Charlotte’s Scholarship Fund and Outreach.
Tomato Fest Cooking Class
Upstream Seafood | 10 a.m.
In Upstream’s annual cooking class, Chef Kato and his culinary staff will give guests tips for preparing and cooking everyone’s favorite summer crop over a four course menu with wine pairings. Plus, get recipe cards to recreate the dishes at home. Preview the menu here and sign up online. $48 per person.
2018 LoSo Block Party
LoSo Neighborhood | 2 – 11 p.m.
The whole neighborhood will celebrate the third annual LoSo Block Party with live music, local vendors and more. Yancey Road and Southside Drive will be closed to traffic as a main stage, large tents, a kids zone, designated dog areas and more pop up for attendees to enjoy. Free admission.
Summer Jazz Series feat. Adrian Crutchfield and Gerald Veasley
Freedom Park | 6 – 9 p.m.
Adrian Crutchfield and Gerald Veasley will take the stage at Freedom Park for an evening of free jazz. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Pop Up Shops at SouthPark Mall
SouthPark Mall | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dogs are welcome for a day of shopping local at SouthPark Mall. Browse soaps, candles, pet food and treats from area artisans and businesses.
Mixology with Bob Peters
Earl’s Grocery | 2:30 p.m.
Put a sizzle into your summer evenings as Bob Peters shows guests how to mix up spicy cocktails with a kick. Free admission.
Barks, Brews, and Bowling
StrikeCity | 1 – 4 p.m.
Help a dog find their forever home this weekend at StrikeCity. South Charlotte Dog Rescue will be introducing you to adoptable pups outside, while you enjoy BOGO bowling games inside. There will also be raffle prizes and 10% of all Legion Brewing, Birdsong Brewing Co., The Unknown Brewing Company or Blue Blaze Brewing beer sales benefit South Charlotte Dog Rescue.
Chocolate Bark Making
The Secret Chocolatier | 2 p.m.
In this hands-on class, learn to make your own chocolate bark. You’ll also learn the basics of chocolate and tempering skills. $25 per person.
Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Charlotte Flower Market | 10 a.m.
Master designer Tammy will lead this DIY workshop where you’ll create your own living terrarium. You’ll also learn how to care for your new succulents and air plants. $50 per person. Attendees receive 15% off on all additional take home purchases on event day (excludes floral cutters and additional specials).
Taste of the Mint – Last Chance with Oscar!
Mint Museum Randolph | 1:30 p.m.
Experience the Mint’s popular exhibition “The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta” before it leaves through taste and sight. First, dine on small plates prepared by 5Church Charlotte, then attend a private guided tour of the exhibition. $50 general admission, $38 for members.
Picnic in the Park feat. Maya Beth Atkins
Fourth Ward Park | 4 – 6 p.m.
Round out your weekend with an afternoon of music in the park. Maya Beth Atkins takes the stage in Fourth Ward as part of this free music concert series.