Recently it seems as if Charlotte’s been abuzz with can’t-miss events. This weekend’s no exception. You’ll find art exhibits, wine tastings, pop-up markets and more our day-by-day guide to this weekend in Charlotte.
Charlotte Antiques & Garden Show
November 1 – 3 | The Park Expo & Conference Center
The inaugural Charlotte Antiques and Garden show will feature more than 65 dealers and exhibitors from over 18 states. Shop antiques, art, furniture, sterling silver, home accessories and more. Kick off the weekend with a preview party on Thursday that includes wine, appetizers and a sneak peek at the booths.
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony
November 2 – 3 | Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Italian Conductor Roberto Abbado leads attendees through a performance of Mendelssohn’s popular Italian symphony, the Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture and a piece from Italian composer Luciano Berio. Before the program, enjoy a pre-concert talk with Kellen Gray beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Fall in Love with Beauty Event at Capizzi, M.D.
900 East Blvd. | 5 – 9 p.m.
Plan a night out with the girls to discover what’s new in cosmetic procedures. Enjoy holiday cocktails, live music, hors d’oeuvres and savings on injectables and additional services. Plus, the opportunity to met new plastic surgeon, Peter Felice, M.D. Donations support Pat’s Place: Child Advocacy Center.
Verse & Vino 2018
Charlotte Convention Center | 6 p.m.
The fifth annual Verse & Vino brings together five New York Times best-selling authors in an evening of food, wine and conversation in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. $125 general admission.
Making Jewelry From Tin
McColl Center for Art + Innovation | 6 – 8 p.m.
Alumna artist Eliana Arenas guides class participants through ways to re-purpose recyclable materials into stunning jewelry masterpieces. All materials are provided. $30 for members, $35 for non-members.
Day of the Dead Fiesta
The Unknown Brewing Company | 6 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, face painting, festive fare and the release of “Horchata Lotta Lovin”, a seasonal ale brewery with cinnamon, almonds, milk sugar, rice and barley.
Kindred Spirits Art & Food Outing
Mint Museum Randolph | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the chance to experience two art exhibitions and lunch at one of the area’s best restaurants. The day starts with transportation from Mint Museum Randolph to Davidson College where you’ll enjoy a tour of Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library. After a private lunch at Kindred, you’ll return to Mint Museum Randolph for a curator-led tour of African-Print Fashion Now! with Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion. $100 per person.
South End Gallery Crawl
South End Neighborhood | 5 – 9 p.m.
South End’s monthly gallery crawl is the perfect activity to do with a group or for an out-of-the-box date night. Browse the participating galleries, make a game plan and enjoy the art, music and lively receptions along the way.
Jazz at the Bechtler: Smokin’ Saxophone
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 and 8:15 p.m.
The Ziad Jazz Quartet will be joined by guest tenor and Berklee College of Music grad Danny Walsh for an evening of classic tracks and improvisations reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s New York City jazz scene. Concerts are at 6 and 8:15 p.m.
Day of the Dead Feast & Fiesta
SouthBound | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
SouthBound and The Music Yard will team up for this Day of the Dead celebration. For the feast, Chef Kevin and Chef Hugo go off-menu and serve up authentic dishes, a salsa bar and Yucatan-style whole roasted pig. Later, the popular five-piece Latin band UltimaNota takes the stage.
High Branch 3rd Anniversary Pre Party with Salud and Friends
Salud Beer Shop | 6 – 10 p.m.
Toast to High Branch’s three year anniversary (which they’ll celebrate on November 10) with a tap takeover featuring Charlotte’s best brews. Taste beer from Free Range Brewing, Salud Cerveceria, Heist Brewery, Wooden Robot Brewery and more.
15 YEAR Fabulous Fiesta
Ballantyne Country Club | 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The 15th annual Fabulous Fiesta features a cocktail hour, Latin-inspired menu, music, dancing, guest speakers, live and silent auctions and more in support of Susan G. Komen Charlotte. $125 general admission.
20 Wines For $20
The Wine Vault | 6 – 8 p.m.
The second annual RescuedMe Wine Tasting Extravaganza offers guests the chance to taste up to 20 wines (perfect for Thanksgiving pairings) for just $20. Also expect raffle prizes and adoptable pups.
Blue Jeans & Bow Ties
The Palmer Building | 7 – 11 p.m.
The eighth annual Blue Jeans and Bow Ties Gala includes signature cocktails, a Southern-inspired menu, plus silent and live auctions to round out the night. Proceeds benefit the Carolinas Chapter of Autism Speaks..
A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Use your flashlight or headlamp to light the trail during the fourth annual Shot in the Dark trail race. Participants have their choice of a 5k or 10k route.
Book Signing with Ellie LeBlond Sosa
The Buttercup Gifts & Stationery | 10:30 – 2 p.m.
Ellie LeBlond Sosa, granddaughter of Barbara and George H. Bush will join the team at The Buttercup to debut her book, George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story. In addition to the book signing, attendees can enjoy bloody marys and shrimp and grits by Bruce Julian.
YAM 2018 Fall Ball: MINT MAIN EVENT
Mint Museum Uptown | 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Celebrate in old Hollywood fashion at the Young Affiliate of the Mint’s Fall Ball. Your posse can walk the red carpet in your best gowns, pose for the paparazzi, cheers at the open bar and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit the Young Affiliate and Mint Museum’s philanthropy of funding local CMS students to receive access to the arts and free museum tours.
Holiday Open House at Reid’s Myers Park
2823 Selwyn Ave. | Noon – 5 p.m.
Get holiday ready with a taste of Reid’s holiday specialties, from classics like turkey and ham to cravable sweets and Reid’s Private Label wines. Don’t fill up too early though – multiple local vendors will also be onsite with tempting samples. Free admission.
2018 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon
Romare Bearden Park | 7:30 a.m.
Lace up for one of the five races offered at the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon: a kids 1-mile run, 5K, marathon relay, half-marathon and the full marathon. Along the way, runners will take in the sights and sounds of Charlotte’s neighborhoods and landmarks before celebrating at the finish line festival.
Pizza Fur a Paws Fundraiser
Inizio Pizza Dilworth | Noon – 3 p.m.
The whole family (including Fido) is invited for a day of canine fun in support of the Greater Charlotte SPCA. $5 from every pizza sold will benefit the organization, plus there will be a dog costume contest, adoptable dogs, local vendors, live music and raffle prizes.
Lovin’ From The Oven – An All-Star Bake Sale
Free Range Brewing | Noon – 4 p.m.
This isn’t your everyday bake sale. 20 of Charlotte’s best bakers and pastry chefs, including Ashley Anna Tuttle from Haymaker, Miranda Brown from The Asbury and Anika Rucker from Fahrenheit Charlotte, will offer treats perfect for a future holiday gathering, or just for an extra sweet Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Pender County Schools Hurricane Relief.
Glenfiddich Experimental Series Tasting
Dot Dot Dot Charlotte | 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Calling all whisky aficionados! William Grant Key Account Manager Heather Chaney will lead this tasting of Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series including IPA Cask, XX, Fire & Cane and Winter Storm. Light bites provided. $45 per person.
March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Charlotte Marriott City Center | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Chefs from Fin & Fino, O-Ku, Stoke and more join forces to support the March of Dimes, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Sample the chefs’ creations and bid on auction packages that include exclusive dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime trips. Black tie.
CLTs JOY Holiday Pop Up
Peculiar Rabbit | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Make headway on your holiday gift list and support a local family in need by shopping more than 50 vendors all in one place. The day also includes a trip to Santa’s Village, make and take crafts, a silent auction, mini-makeovers, a “dad den” with plenty of football and a Q&A session with the Real Moms of Charlotte. $5 admission, children 12 and under are free.
NoDaHood Market – FestiFall
Divine Barrel Brewing | Noon – 8 p.m.
This family-friendly festival includes all the makings of a perfect fall day: live music, a shoppable vendor market, food truck, pumpkin and face painting, a chili cook-off and plenty of local beer.
JJ’s Red Hots Dilworth | 3 – 7 p.m.
The seventh annual Sausagefest offers the chance to sample a wide variety of specialty sausages, over 30 beers from 10 different local breweries, plus live music by The Whisky Dollars and Time Sawyer. $40 general admission.
Feast of The Hunters Moon
Historic Rosedale Plantation | 6 – 10 p.m.
Travel back in time for an elegant 19th entry dinner at Rosedale. Guests will start with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the lawn, and then dine on five courses with wine pairings by candlelight inside the main floor. $165 per person.
Turkish Festival of Charlotte
Extravaganza Depot Banquet | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The fifth annual Turkish Festival of Charlotte shares the Turkish culture, heritage and cuisine through music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. $5 general admission, children under six are free.
Lenny Boy Q and Brew
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | All day
This month’s Q & Brew features beer and kombucha releases, vendors, live music by Check Spencer from 3 – 6 p.m., plus smoked BBQ from The Hunter’s Wife food truck.
15 Short Film Festival
Heist Brewery | 7 – 10 p.m.
See screenings of 25 award-winning short films from 20 countries at the 15th 15 Short Film Festival. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for breast cancer awareness organizations.
Charlotte Hornets Paint Event and Game
Spectrum Center | 3 – 5 p.m.
Artist Travis Pinkston leads this unique painting class that puts you in the middle of the action before the Hornets and the Caveliers take the court. Paint a stunning Charlotte skyline and watch the players warm up before game time.
JDRF Hope Gala 2018
The Westin Charlotte | 6 – 11:30 p.m.
Support JDRF’s mission to fight type 1 diabetes at this year’s Hope Gala, which features cocktails a seated dinner, silent and live auctions and an after party. Black tie.
WDAV’s Small Batch feat. Tesla Quartet
Free Range Brewing | 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WDAV’s Small Batch Concert Series kicks off season two with a performance by the Tesla Quartet, an award-winning chamber ensemble. Concerts are free, but a $12 ticket will include a special edition glass and a Free Range beer.
The LAST Front Porch Sundays of 2018
2151 Hawkins Street | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Don’t miss your last chance to shop the Front Porch Sunday vendors in 2018. Shop handmade goods from more than 60 vendors, plus fashions and finds from four mobile shops. Refuel with options from four food trucks and beer and cider from Sycamore Brewing before checking out the live music and adoptable pets.
Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos Festival
Levine Museum of the New South | Noon – 6 p.m.
This annual free family festival celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday with decorated alters, music and dance performances, traditional fare, workshops, arts and crafts and more. Free admission.
Third Annual Laugh Your Tail Off
The Comedy Zone | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The third annual Laugh Your Tail Off features headliner Will Jacobs and comedian Jason Allen King, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes and more in support of The Greater Charlotte SPCA. Ages 18+.