From fashion shows, 5Ks and art openings to plenty of Halloween parties, this weekend promises to be one for the books! Make the most of it with our day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and More
October 26 – October 27 | Knight Theater
The Charlotte Symphony will play your favorite Broadways scores from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to Chicago, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! Purchase tickets online here.
Día de los Muertos
October 27 – 18 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Celebrate the Mexican and Latin American traditions of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in this weekend-long event at DSBG. Activities include family-friendly crafts, live music by Flamenco Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks and craft brews in the beer garden. Admission is free for Members or with general admission.
United Ink Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival
October 26 – 28 | Charlotte Convention Center
The United Ink Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival comes to the Charlotte Convention Center this weekend, featuring artists from around the world, vendors, performances, live art, demonstrations and more.
Lights Camera Fashion
SouthPark Mall | 6 – 9 p.m.
The Junior League of Charlotte’s annual Lights Camera Fashion fundraiser starts with a happy hour-style reception in SouthPark’s rotunda between Burberry, Louis Vuitton, St. John and Tiffany & Co. Post mingling, see the latest styles hit the runway as retailers showcase shoppable fashions, plus enter to win raffle prizes and enjoy special discounts or in-store activations at participating SouthPark stores. View all participating retailers here. $50. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s mission to serve the Charlotte community.
Renewed Wonder Opening Reception
Anne Neilson Fine Art | 6 – 8 p.m.
Don’t miss the opening reception for Renewed Wonder: Studies Into The Landscape, Recent Paintings by John Beerman. The solo exhibition showcases a series of landscapes, taking art lovers from the foothills of North Carolina to the Tuscan Hillsides, and will be on display through November 24.
4th Annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer – The Carolinas
The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte | 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Join celebrated Charlotte chefs and special guest chef Marc Forgione from New York City for the fourth annual Chef for Kids’ Cancer, a culinary experience for a cause. All in support of raising funds for childhood cancer research, indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres, treats from local bakeries, live music, live and silent auctions, cocktails and more.
Vintner Visit with Bill Taplin of Taplin Cellars
Petit Philippe | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
The second Vintner Visit Tasting in Petit Philippe’s Fall Open House series welcomes Bill Taplin, Proprietor of Taplin Cellars in Napa Valley, as the team pours three selections from the cellars’ portfolio. $25 per person. Call 704.332.9910 to reserve your spot.
Instabeerupclt: the fin-ale
Town Brewing Company | 6 – 9 p.m.
Toast to the final #instabeerupclt with Corri Smith and Rémy Louis Thurston at the new Town Brewing Company. Don’t miss the finale toast at 7:30 p.m.
NoDa Brewing Company | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
How well do you know your Halloween facts? Dress in your favorite costume and gather the team for NoDa trivia hosted by Tyler Norris. TIN Kitchen food truck will also be on site.
6th Annual Growl-O-Ween
Bulldog Beer and Wine | 7 – 10 p.m.
At Bulldog’s sixth annual Growl-O-Ween dog costume contest and fundraising event, pups will battle it out for titles like best small dog, best large dog, scariest, cutest and more. They’ll also be accepting donations for Classroom Central at both locations through the month of October.
Adult Painting Party: Lino Block Printing
Mint Museum Uptown | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Let your creative side shine in this adults-only night in the Mint studios. Enjoy a private mini-tour and hands-on guidance in designing and cutting a custom block or stamp of your choice. Bring your own beer or wine! $40 general admission, $30 for Mint members.
Funds For Florence
The Barrel Room at Triple C | 5 – 10 p.m.
Help support those rebuilding after Hurricane Florence with an evening of music by Moose & Friends, a silent auction, food from Bleu Bistro food truck, Triple C beer and more. All donations, proceeds from the auction and raffles, plus $1 from each adult beverage sold supports the Carolina Cavalry. $20 suggested entry donation.
Artist Reception: Tatyana Grechina
Blue Blaze Brewing | 6 – 8 p.m.
Be there for the opening of Paintings and Collages by artist Tatyana Grechina at Blue Blaze Brewing. In addition to craft beer, wine, cider and prosecco will be available.
Phillips Place Showcase
Phillips Place | 7 – 10 p.m.
Experience the best Phillips Place has to offer: decadent food samples, the latest fashions, adult beverages and more, at the destination’s showcase. $20 per person. Proceeds benefit Carolina Breast Friends.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | 7 – 10 p.m.
Look beyond the feathery façade of the Billionaires’ Club Masquerade Ball to unmask the killer wrecking havoc on the anunual soiree. Solve the crime while enjoying a full menu from Rock Bottom Brewery. $90 per person.
Movies on the Deck: Beetlejuice
400 South Tryon | 6:30 p.m.
For the last Movies on the Deck of 2018, enjoy a screening of Halloween classic Beetlejuice. Before the movie, enjoy live music, food from JJ Red Hots, beer from Blue Blaze Brewing and more. Bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chair.
Pie & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 p.m.
Ahead of holiday dinners and get-togethers, discover the best seasonal pie and cider pairings with the help of Cider maker Jay Bradish and Baking Scientist Monica Nye. $19 per person.
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 8 p.m.
Drink and dance the night away at Caroline Calouche & Co.’s Masquerade Party. Enjoy performances by company dancers, light appetizers from Roaming Fork food trucks, beer and wine and more. $25 general admission. Proceeds support the artistic season of Charlotte’s only dance and cirque nonprofit company, Caroline Calouche & Co.
Fall Family Fun Fest
Sycamore Brewing | 5 – 10 p.m.
The whole family (Fido, too) can partake in fall fun at Sycamore’s Friday night festival featuring a pumpkin patch, food trucks offering seasonal dishes, costume contests, live music by Hunter’s Travesty and more.
Sophia’s Lounge Saturday Halloween Party
Sophia’s Lounge | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Break out your best costume and head to Sophia’s for their Halloween Bash. Dance to music by DJ Jamar Tate, enjoy no cover and enter to win a $200 gift card in the costume contest. Book lounge reservations online here.
Nightmare on Church Street
Saturday, October 27 | 5Church
Venture to 5Church for their Nightmare on Church Street…if you dare. Compete in a best costume contest for prizes, enjoy cocktail and beer specials, enjoy music by DJ Chopsticks and more. No cover.
Heaven and Hell
Merchant and Trade | 4:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sell your soul for a ticket to the hottest Halloween bash overlooking Romare Bearden Park and the city skyline. Themed costumes highly encouraged. DJs begin at 8 pm.
Public Opening: Michael Sherrill Retrospective
Mint Museum UPTOWN | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
See works from North Carolina artist Michael Sherrill in his Retrospective exhibition, opening to the public this Saturday. Visitors can also enjoy a book signing and light refreshments in the Museum Store.
Legends of Music: Become Your Favorite Music Legend for One Night Only
The Duke Mansion | 8 p.m.
Party like your favorite rock stars at this night at the Duke Mansion. Dress at your favorite music legend to dance to the music of Hey DJ, take the stage for karaoke in the Rat Pack Lounge, win big in a silent auction, enjoy food and rinks by executive chef Harrison Booth and more. $75 per person, complimentary for Preservation Society Members. Proceeds benefit The Preservation Society’s protection and preservation of The Duke Mansion.
Halloween Masquerade Dinner & Party
POPLAR – Tapas Restaurant & Bar | 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Celebrate in style at Poplar with your best mask or costume. Dinner specials go until 9:30, when the DJ masquerade party takes over.
Pumpkin Charity Ball
Ballantyne Resort | 7 p.m.
The inaugural Pumpkin Charity Ball, a black-and-white themed formal event, is a night of dinner and dancing, live music by Inspire the Fire and the Adam Bruno Band, a live and silent auction and more in support of the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare and Solid Tumor Program. $150 per person.
Pink Boots Ball
The Ritz Carlton | 6:30 p.m.
The 15th Pink Boots Ball, hosted by Ramona Holloway from 107.9 The Link, will feature cocktails, a silent auction, dinner by Ritz Carlton chefs, live music by The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra and more. Black tie optional.
Fashion After Dark
The Light Factory | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Join local brands, artists and entrepreneurs for a re-imagined fashion presentation by Brand Experience. Expect fashion trends on display, music, art, networking and more.
5th Annual Give Hope Gala
The Westin Charlotte | 6 – 10 p.m.
This evening of fine dining, silent and live auctions and performances by Jasmine Tate will support Give Hope Global’s mission to provide medical care, education, and training for over 200 orphans in Haiti. Black tie optional.
1920’s Halloween Haunt
Whiskey Warehouse | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Travel back to a scary good time at Whiskey Warehouse’s 1920s themed Halloween haunt. The ghoulishly good time includes the launch of the bar’s new cocktail menu, specials and no cover.
NC MedAssist Pancakes & Beer 5K
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | 9 a.m.
Lace up for a morning of music, pancakes, bacon and beer supporting NC MedAssist’s mission to provide life-saving prescription medication to underserved NC residents. The 5K course begins and ends at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, the perfect location for an after-party with a pancake and bacon breakfast and celebratory beers.
Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl
Midwood Park | 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The neighborhood’s Fall Crawl party in the park is fun for the whole family. Start with a costume parade led by the Engine 8 fire truck, followed by trunk-or-treating. Back at the park, enjoy food trucks, a live band line-up, beer from Birdsong Brewing Co, kids activities, craft vendors and more.
Seventh Anniversary Bash
NoDa Brewing Company | Noon – 10 p.m.
Help NoDa celebrate their seventh anniversary with exclusive beer releases, art, games, live music and more.
The 1st Annual Gold District Fall Fest
Max & Lola Bodega | Noon – 6 p.m.
The inaugural Gold District Fall Fest will feature local vendors, food trucks, live music, giveaways and more.
GET BAKED: Halloween Edition
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 1 – 5 p.m.
It’s all treats and no tricks at the Halloween edition of the GET BAKED Dessert Market. Sample and purchase tasty creations from local and regional vendors, plus enjoy your favorite Lenny Boy brew or kombucha. Free admission.
ArtPop- Pop Up Party
Evoke | 6 – 9 p.m.
The final ArtPopCharlotte pop-up event of the year will feature local pieces and a chance to meet the artists, plus hors d’oeuvres, beverages and live music. featured artists: Julia Lawing Fine Art, Monique Luck, Ladianne Henderson, Leonor Demori Neisler and Owens Daniels.
J.Sam’s 4th Annual Halloween Party
JSam’s | 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
J.Sam’s will host their fourth annual Halloween party featuring a live DJ, drink specials and prizes for best costumes.
LoSo Costume Crawl
LoSo Neighborhood | 3 – 11 p.m.
See witches, ghosts and goblins flood the streets at LoSo’s neighborhood costume crawl. Each participating venue will have their own activities, and grand prizes will be awarded for best costumes.
VBGB & 8.2.0 Halloween Bash
VBGB Beer Hall & Garden | 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Enjoy plenty of boos, beer and booze as VBGB and 8.2.0 team up for the ultimate Halloween party with two dance parties, drink specials, karaoke and no cover.
18th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl
Uptown Charlotte | 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Rich and Bennett are at it again with the biggest Halloween Crawl in the Southeast. More than 20 uptown bars will offer specials, giveaways and costume contests for crawlers. $10-25.
Grave Digger’s Ball
300 N Brevard St. | 6 – 11 p.m.
After a day of bar-crawling, head to The 19th Annual Kiss 95.1 Grave Digger’s Ball for performances by Blackbear and Loud Luxury. $15+.
2nd Annual 2018 Pug-O-Ween
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 4 – 9 p.m.
The second annual Pug-O-Ween will include a dog costume contest, bobbing for beers, drink specials and food trucks. 10% of all bar sales during the event will benefit Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue.
2nd Annual Carnivàle Halloween Party
Queen Park Social | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Wrap up to LoSo costume crawl at Queen Park Social’s second annual Carnivàle bash. Expect music from a DJ and a costume contest with up to $500 in prizes.
GUTS 2018 | Pumpkin Carving Competition
BB&T Ballpark | 2 – 5 p.m.
Charlotte’s 10th annual pumpkin carving contest allows creative professionals to battle it out for yours and the judges’ vote. Watch the artists work, enjoy trick-or-treating with the kids, strike a pose in the photo booth and more. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina. $10 general admission. Get your tickets online here.
There’s No Place Like NoDa – Company Store Halloween Party
NoDa Company Store | 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Follow the yellow brick road to NoDa Company Store’s Halloween party, which will feature music by That Guy Smitty, costumes and more. Free admission.
Bars Bands & Brews Blocktoberfest
The Unknown Brewing Company | 5 – 10 p.m.
Band and beer come together in Blocktoberfest, a celebration of craft beer and local live music. Enjoy a line-up of performances by Deniro Farrar, Never Home, Erick Lottary and more.
Montford’s Trailer Park Tragedy
Brazwell’s Premium Pub | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Grab your red solo cups for a night of “politically incorrect” mayhem as Montford transforms into a trailer park horror story. Expect drink specials, music and costume contest offering up to $1,000 in cash and prizes.
Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte | Noon – 8 p.m.
It’s all things pumpkin at Carolina Beer Temple’s Pumpkin Fest. Try local pumpkin-inspired beers on tap, try your hand in the pumpkin carving contest and more.
Jack Beagle’s Halloween Bash
JackBeagle’s NoDa | 9 p.m.
JackBeagles will celebrate Halloween with a party featuring music by Akita and Gonzo. Free admission with a costume, otherwise $5 entry fee applies.
Music and Museum: Bechtler Ensemble
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
See the Bechtler Ensemble perform works by Samuel Barber, Alexander Borodin and Alan Hovhaness, including Barber’s Adagio for Strings. $14 general admission, $10 for museum members.
Carolina Jubilee Wrap Party & Oyster Roast
Heirloom | 5 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the 2018 accomplishments of Carolina Farm Trust and look ahead to 2019 with an oyster roast at Heirloom. $25 per person, $5 beers.
Red Clay’s Fourth Annual Howl-O-Ween
Red Clay Ciderworks | noon – 7 p.m.
The fourth Red Clay Dog Day Howl-O-Ween will include hot mulled cider, treats for the pups and a dog costume contest.