From outdoor live music series to the annual Yiasou Greek Festival, get out and enjoy the best this weekend has to offer. Here’s our day-by-day guide to your weekend agenda:


Yiasou Greek Festival
September 5 – 8 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Since 1978, theThe Yiasou Greek Festival has been a go-to for food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. This year’s event will feature cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and homemade pastries, entertainment, live music and dancing, wine tastings, art, shopping and more.


Music at the Met
METROPOLITAN | Every Thursday through October 17 | 6 – 9 p.m.

The fall series of Music at the Met continues with your chance to enjoy live music, food ad drink specials from participating restaurants and a sunset over the city. This week, Spencer Rush takes the stage.

Hootie & The Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour
September 5 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7:30 p.m.

See the band take the stage at PNC Music Pavilion as part of their Group Therapy tour. Tickets start at $65.

Art Workshop: Gelatin Monoprinting
McColl Center for Art + Innovation | 6 – 8 p.m.

Detail view of Tiptoe Creek, a gelatin monoprint by Laurie Smithwick via Facebook

Explore printmaking without a press as Charlotte-based artist Laurie Goldman Smithwick covers the basics of printing with a gelatin plate. You’ll create at least one work of art to take home. $50-55.


BBQ & Blue Jeans
1525 Scotland Ave. | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Support Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center at their annual fundraising event, featuring delicious BBQ from Midwood Smokehouse, cold beer and wine, a silent and live auction and Bluegrass music.

Nebel’s Alley Night Market
101 W Worthington Ave. | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

photo of Nebel’s Alley VIA Esther and Elsa and Sarah Slusarick

Charlotte’s favorite night market returns in the fall with local shopping, caricatures, live jazz, and more including a plant alley featuring a plant bar, vintage plant pots, plant-inspired drinks and other fun finds.

First Friday Gallery Crawl
South End Neighborhood | 5 – 9 p.m.

South End’s first Friday gallery crawl returns with neighborhood galleries staying open late to host lively receptions for new art exhibitions with music, food and drink and an opportunity to meet the artists.

CMSE 1st Anniversary Bash
Common Market (Southend) | 6 – 11 p.m.

Help Common Market celebrate a full year of being back in South End with live music, free beer tastings, cake and even a break dance battle.


Local Makers Market
Ballantyne Village | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shop more than 35 local makers, from jewelry to artisan foods and pet wear, at Ballantyne Village. The day of shopping also includes live music.

Charlotte Vegfest 2019
The Park Expo and Conference Center | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The eighth annual Charlotte Vegfest includes a huge all-vegan food court, expert speakers, local and nation vendors, dog adoptions, chef demos, giveaways and more. Free and family-friendly.

Yoga at the Ballpark
September 7 | BB&T Ballpark | 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Head to the Ballpark for a night or morning of energetic Glow CHAKTI yoga on the outfield using DropSound noise-isolating headphones. Both early morning and night classes will be led by Lauren McAbee of Essential Thrive. $15+.

Fantennial Street Festival
Bank of America Stadium | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kick off the 2019 season the day before the home opener against the Rams with this free event featuring performances by North Carolina native Petey Pablo, Panthers entertainment groups, visits from current Panthers players and Panthers legends and a variety of food and beverage options.

Bearden Music Series
Romare Beraten Park | 6 p.m.

The Bearden Music Series is back in Romare Bearden Park with free performances by Spyro Gyra and special guest, Saxophonist Dante Lewis ft. Kevin Whalum. There will also be food and beverages on site for purchase.

Bog Garden Workshop
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens | 9 a.m.

Spend your Saturday morning with Dr. Mellichamp as he leads a workshop to create a miniature bog garden. You’ll learn to care for your gardens through expert tips. $30 for a small container (3 plants), $50 for a large container (5 plants). Only 12 spots available.

South End Shuffle
Wooden Robot Brewery | 9:30 a.m.

The South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run makes use of the neighborhood’s popular Rail Trail and offers participants a festival-like atmosphere at the finish line with vendors and a post-race party with food, beer, and live music at the Wooden Robot Brewery Gastropub & Beer Garden. Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Rail Trail and The Purple Promise Foundation to End Melanoma.

Chocolate Bark Making
The Secret Chocolatier | 2 p.m.

Explore the art of chocolate tempering and bark making in this hands-on class. Take home half of your own tasty treats to enjoy. $25 per person.


Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Bank of America Stadium | 1 p.m.

See the Carolina Panthers take on the Los Angeles Rams in the season kickoff at Bank of America Stadium.

Chef Driven Demo with Chef Sarah Filbey
Savory Spice Shop | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Chef Sarah Filbey will lead this demo full of easy appetizer ideas and sliders perfect for tailgating. $15 per person. Reserve your seat in person or at 980.225.5419.

Harvey B. Gantt Center Classic Black Cinema Series – Cotton Comes to Harlem
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture | 2 – 4 p.m.

As part of the Harvey B. Gantt Center’s Classic Black Cinema Series hosted and curated by Felix Curtis, the 1939 film Cotton Comes to Harlem will be screened at the museum this Sunday.