Get out there and enjoy all this weekend has to offer. Start planning with our day-by-day guide to the 20+ must-do events around Charlotte:
October 11-13 | U.S. National Whitewater Center
This three-day festival offers guests the opportunity to demo outdoor gear and participate in group rides, runs, paddles and yoga practices. The festival also offers craft beer, food and films. Open to the public.
Festival Of India
The 25th annual Festival of India returns to Uptown this weekend, offering guests a taste of Indian culture without leaving Charlotte. Programs include a Charlotte Idol vocal competition, short films, live dramas, an outdoor food court, kids activities, a yoga demo and more. $6 online, $7 at the festival.
Gala at The Lake
Hello, Sailor | 7 p.m.
Head up to Lake Norman to enjoy an evening of food, hand-crafted cocktails made with cotton candy, live and silent auctions and music supporting the Pounding For Parker Foundation. Purchase your tickets here.
Art Couture Fashion Show
QC Social Lounge | 6:30 p.m.
An evening of Fashion & Art with the latest Fall looks by some of Charlotte’s best clothing boutiques. All art provided by Stephen Wilson Studio. Emcee’d by Liz Hilliard.
Beerly Funny Comedy Show – Free Monthly Showcase
Bold Missy Brewery | 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy this free monthly comedy showcase featuring headliner Shane Rhyne joined by Adrian Freeman, Hillary Staple, Leigh Gannon, Chris Monds, produced and hosted by Lauren Ansley.
American Bourbon Trail | Bourbon Tasting Dinner
Sullivan’s Steakhouse | 7 p.m.
Travel the American Bourbon Trail with tastes of bourbons paired with a chef-curated four-course menu for $80 per guest.
Real Men Wear Pink
Triple C Brewing Company | 5-8 p.m.
Raise a glass and support a cause at Real Men Wear Pink, where $1 from each beverage and a portion of food sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
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, Tin 4 takes the stage.
Exclusive Woodford Reserve Blends Showcase
SoCo Lounge | 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Start your Uptown GNO at The Westin’s SoCo Lounge with cocktail specials featuring two new exclusive Woodford labels, appetizer specials and live music by the Shana Blake Band.
An Intimate Evening with Saxophonist Dee Lucas
Stage Door Theater | 8 p.m.
See national recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas with special guest vocalist and pianist Persona Bell in this intimate evening of live jazz.
Opera at the Market
7th Street Public Market | 6 p.m.
Kickoff your GNO with a pop-up performance by Opera Carolina over food and drink specials from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Zia Pia Italian Kitchen. Hear popular opera and musical theater tunes, or opt to have a song created just for you in their new Magic Box.
Chopt Launches Kids Menu, Chopt Jr. at Blakeney Location
Chopt Creative Salad Co. will launch its first-ever kids menu this month, with a special “kids eat free” event at Chopt’s Blakeney location on October 12. The menu will include signature kids customizable salads and warm bowls, plus Chopt Dippers, a category that features reimagined quesadillas and chicken fingers with house-made dressings for dipping. Future menus will also include seasonal options.
Bring the kids to the Blakeney location from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. for the “kids eat free” event that will turn the bustling restaurant into a kid-centric eatery including interactive activities, entertainment, samples and a kids-only ordering line and seating.
Mixology with Bob Peters – Halloween Cocktails
Earl’s Grocery | 2:30 p.m.
Get ready for Halloween with the help of nationally recognized mixologist Bob Peters as he demonstrates how to create craft cocktails with a spooky twist. Admission is free but seating is very limited.
Oyster & Seafood Fest
Sycamore Brewing | 12-11 p.m.
Support CCA North Carolina, a non-profit organization that promotes coastal resources and preserving fishery, for an oyster and seafood fest. Expect live music, craft beer, wine, cider and more.
2019 Fall Pottery Festival
Barn at McAlpine Business Park | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Don’t miss the the Carolina Clay Matters Fall Pottery Festival to view the latest pieces by Carolina Clay Matters.
Hola Charlotte Festival 2019
Uptown Charlotte | 12-7 p.m.
Experience Latin American culture at the 8th Annual Hola Charlotte Festival featuring nationally recognized entertainers and a cultural village highlighting the heritage and culture of 15 Latin American countries.
Think Pink Fit Camp
Northlake Mall | 11 a.m.
Wear your pink and get ready to sweat in honor of breast cancer awareness month. This Springs Elite Training (S.E.T. Fitness) class complete with a DJ supports the American Cancer Society North Carolina and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Charlotte. $20 per person.
DropSound Yoga At Yafo With Jenny Eickmeyer
Yafo Kitchen (Dilworth) | 9:30 a.m.
Jenny Eickmeyer will lead this intimate yoga practice on the East Boulevard outdoor patio at Yafo Kitchen, followed by complimentary hummus hustler small bites following the class. The practice is free for SweatNET members and $5 for non-members.
Breast Cancer Event
Burn Boot Camp – SouthPark, NC | 7:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Get ready to sweat for a cause. Proceeds from this $10 workout class will benefit local organization Go Jen Go!
Ties & Tails Gala 2019
The Westin Charlotte | 6-10 p.m.
The 11th Annual Ties & Tails Gala is the perfect opportunity to have fun and do good with your GNO. WCNC’s Larry Sprinkle and Michelle Boudin emcee the black tie, dog friendly gala filled with silent and live auctions, dinner, drinks, dancing and more. Keep the party going at SoCo Bar at the Westin with drinks and a dessert bar.
Caymus Wine Dinner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Charlotte SouthPark | 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy tastings of The Wagners’ wine collection alongside five courses, including Ruth’s signature filet and Prime Bolognese.
Flow for Fosters at Flower Child
Flower Child | 10 a.m.
Head to the Flower Child patio for a yoga class by Sweat Method. Enjoy 10% off your meal after class, mini lemon cakes, rose petal lemonades and adoptable pups from The Humane Society of Charlotte. $5 participation fee.
Pups and Pumpkins
World of Beer (Epicentre – Charlotte, NC) | 2-5 p.m.
Enjoy all things pups and pumpkins – a variety of pumpkin drafts, a free pumpkin painting station, a dog costume contest with cash prize and more
Upstream Goes to France
October 16 | Upstream Seafood | 6:30 p.m.
Mark your calendars for this French-inspired event as Executive Chef Sam Diminich and friends host a five-course French-inspired meal that features perfectly paired wines for every dish. $75 per person plus tax & gratuity.