From opera to DIY, museum exhibits to a moonshine festival, we’ve got it all in our weekend round-up. Get to planning with our day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
Opera Carolina presents “The Daughter of the Regiment”
November 15 and 18 | Belk Theater
At the opera, everyone will love following along with heroine Marie as she chooses between love and the social status she was born into in The Daughter of the Regiment, composed by Gaetano Donizetti. Performances are November 15 and 18.
Charles Craig plays Erroll Garner
November 16 – 17 | Stage Door Theater
Charles Craig Sr. and his trio will pay homage to one of his greatest influences, jazz pianist Erroll Garner, with interpretations of Garner’s compositions. Performances are at 6 and 8:15 p.m. on Friday, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door.
Celebrate the brand new Jersey Mike’s Subs in Weddington with a free sub and support for the Isabella Santos Foundation. Through November 18, Jersey Mike’s Subs will donate $3.00 to the Isabella Santos Foundation for each coupon redeemed.
Tacos 4 Life Hosts Its First Charlotte MobilePack
Through November 18 | Charlotte Motor Speedway
In the first ever “MobilePack” in the state, locals can sign up to volunteer to help Tacos 4 Life pack 186,624 meal food packs to be shipped worldwide to feed the hungry via Feed My Starving Children. Packing will be done at the Charlotte Motor Speedway between November 16 – 18, and you can sign up HERE for a two hour session to pack, set up, clean up, or help in any way. All ages welcome, more information at the link. Tacos 4 Life donates a meal for every meal sold, and has packed and donated over 5,271,900 meals for starving children around the world. Sign up for this weekend, and be part of this massive effort to Do Good.
Mint Museum UPTOWN | 6 – 9 p.m.
See the Grand Staircase of the Mint illuminate with light and sound at the debut of the museum’s new installation, Lumisonica. International artist Vensa Petresin and Creative Design Lead Ben Mason will also be on site to celebrate. Cash bar available.
Laugh at Lenny Boy
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 8 – 10 p.m.
Lenny Boy Brewing will transform into a comedy club for one night only to host five North Carolina comedians. $10 admission.
Science on the Rocks: Down the Rabbit Hole
Discovery Place Science | 5 – 9 p.m.
Take a step into Alice’s fantasy world at this month’s Science on the Rocks. Attendees will meet the animals who call wonderland home, be fooled by mirrors, explore magic, discover flavor tripping and more. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Charlotte Moonshine Festival – 6th Annual
Rooftop 210 | 7 – 11 p.m.
The sixth annual Moonshine Festival features various flavors to sample and live music. VIP ticket holders also get access to a mixology class. $15 general admission, $30 VIP admission.
10th Annual Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting Celebration
Piedmont Town Center | 6 – 9 p.m.
The 10th annual Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting Celebration will include loads of holiday fun – from kids activities to hot chocolate, train rides for kids and visits with Santa – before and after the lighting of the tree. Bring an unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots Charlotte.
The Beatles 50th Anniversary of The White Album
Sugar Creek Brewing | 8 – 11 p.m.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ The White Album, Caleb Davis & Friends will play the album on the Sugar Creek Sound Stage. $10 general admission.
25th Beaujolais Festival 2018
Hilton Charlotte Center City | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with live music by guitarist Vadim Kolpakov, guests of honor, auction items (including a five night stay in Paris!) and more. $45 general admission.
Cranberry Gose Release
NoDa Brewing Company | 2 – 10 p.m.
Just in time for the holidays, NoDa Brewing will release their Cranberry Gose in cans (perfect for toting along to your holiday gatherings). Celebrate with a free brewery tour at 6 p.m., live music at 7 p.m. and offerings from TIN Kitchen food truck.
Food Truck Friday Finale
Resident Culture Brewing Company | 5 – 11 p.m.
Food Truck Friday East winds down for the season with this Friday’s finale. Expect seven favorite food trucks, including The Dumpling Lady and Ace of Spuds, plus live music by The Queen’s Guard Organ Trio.
700 N .Tryon St. | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Head Uptown to shop over 80 flea vendors – handmade artisans, vintage dealers and creatives – plus enjoy live music and food trucks. $1 entry fee.
Boutique Belmont Christmas Market
217 South Central Ave., Belmont | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tour the historical Stowe Manor Mansion while shopping over 50 artisan, antique and vintage vendors offering ornaments, jewelry, decor and more. In addition to shopping, attendees will enjoy food, hot beverages and wine, live holiday music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets will be available at the door or you can buy them discounted online with the code: Scoop.
Charlotte Art Collective Holiday Show and Sale
2821 Park Road | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shop for one-of-a-kind art from established and emerging artists in this juried show. Browse everything from stained glass mosaics to jewelry, pottery, photography, sculptures and more. Free admission.
Experience Clay with Clayworks!
Mint Museum UPTOWN | 1 – 4 p.m.
In between exhibitions, stop by the atrium for a hands-on pinch pot demonstration with artist Kira Campbell. Participants will learn how to slip and score while crafting unique works of their own. Free with general admission.
NoDa Brewing Company | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The 10th annual Woofstock festival offers local vendors, a silent auction, food trucks, craft beer, adoptable dogs and more, all in support of Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue. $5 donation includes your first beer.
Public talk: Robert Lazzarini
Mint Museum Uptown | 2 – 3 p.m.
Artist Robert Lazzarini will discuss his show the flowering, currently on display on the museum’s level 5 expansion space. His paintings and sculptures incorporate imagery related to the late actress Sharon Tate. Free with museum admission.
Thanksgiving Cornucopia DIY Class
Charlotte Flower Market | 10 – 11 a.m.
Create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece with seasonal colors and blooms in this DIY class. Take home your creation after class. $40 per person.
HIGH TEA at Le Macaron’s
Le Macaron French Pastries Charlotte | Noon – 3 p.m.
Le Macaron French Pastries will celebrate their two-year anniversary with a high tea complete with macarons, croissant assortments, fruit, sandwiches, complimentary champagne and a selection of tea. $12 per person.
2018 Vintage Charlotte Winter Market
The Fillmore | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seek out the most interesting find (or a gift for that impossible-to-shop-for person on your list) at the seventh annual VTGCLT Winter Market. Join more than 60 of the region’s best vintage and handmade vendors, plus enjoy offerings from HEX Coffee and The Dumpling Lady. $7 early bird entry at 9 a.m., $2 general admission from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NC Apple Pressing & Cider Day at Red Clay
Red Clay Ciderworks | 12 – 11 p.m.
Learn all about cider-making from start to finish with live pressing demonstrations, insight from Red Clay’s cider maker and even tips for making your own at home. The day also includes live music, a craft vendor market, activities and a food truck on site.
An Evening with the Baylor Project
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square | 8 – 10 p.m.
Husband and wife Jean and Marcus Baylor take the stage at McGlohon Theater this weekend. The GRAMMY-nominated duo is known for it’s blend of influences from gospel to blues, soul and jazz. Tickets begin at $35.50 each.
2018 Big Night Out
8.2.0 at the AvidXchange Music Factory | 8 p.m.
Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Carolinas Young Professionals Leadership Council for a mysterious evening of food, dancing and fun at the inaugural “A Big Night Out”. Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and drinks. $90 per person.
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square | 7 p.m.
George Winston plays a unique style of melodic folk piano. $25+.
Tiki Time – Flip the Script Sundays
Wooden Robot Brewery | 12 – 9 p.m.
Every third Sunday of the month, Wooden Robot Brewery takes beer-lovers on a tropical vacation with tiki tunes, festive brews and $1 off all medium beers.