We’re in full on fall in the Queen City. And that means endless ways to get out and enjoy the season. From a Duke Mansion soiree to wine pairing events, here’s what to do this weekend in Charlotte.
Charlotte Ballet’s Leonce and Lena
October 24-27 | Knight Theater
Experience for yourself this 19th century satirical romantic comedy with choreography by Christian Spuck. Tickets start at $25.
We’re Moving In: Sephora at The Arboretum
October 25-27 | 3321 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Help Sephora celebrate their grand opening at The Arboretum all weekend long with free makeup mini services, a photo booth and a gift with $50 purchase for Beauty Insiders.
Cicchetti & Wine Pairing with Giuseppe Locasio of GLC Wines
Cicchetti | 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy six wines and six courses served family style at this pairing event with Giuseppe Locasio of GLC Wines. View the full menu here. $50 per person.
Shuck and Sip
SouthPark Grill | 4-8 p.m.
SouthPark Grill’s first Shuck and Sip event includes free oysters, live music by an 80s cover band and $1 donations from each drink benefitting The Greg Olsen Foundation. Afterwards, head to Legion Brewing for the after party.
Make & Mingle: Laser Cut Lanterns
Discovery Place Science | 6-8 p.m.
The next Make & Mingle event at Discovery Place gives participants the chance to make a fall-themed laser cut wood lantern. $50 per participant.
Show us your Glo Face
Lower Left Brewing Co. | 4 p.m.
Head to Lower Left Brewing Co. to carve your best pumpkin to display during the South End Halloween Crawl. Winner gets to display their pumpkin on the bar and a Lower Left Brewing Co. gift card. $10 gets you a pumpkin and your first beverage. Bring your own carving tools.
October Beer Dinner
The Suffolk Punch | 6:30 p.m.
Executive Chef Eric Litaker and Brewer Brant Butler team up to present a five-course menu with beers selected to pair with the flavors of each plate. $65 per person.
7th Annual Growl-O-Ween
Bulldog Beer and Wine South End | 7-10 p.m.
Pick out your pup’s best outfit for Bulldog’s 7th Annual Growl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest and Fundraiser. Prizes will be given in several different costume categories.
Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Max Kast
Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.
Save your seat for this four-course dinner paired with North Carolina native and Master Sommelier Max Kast’s favorite wine selections from Europe to South Africa. $65 per person.
Fall Funk Fest
The Unknown Brewing Company | 6 p.m.
This free festival includes multiple live music performances, a first look at Unknown’s Wood & Grain Project facility, the release of the “Squash Those Pumpkin Beers” brew, food trucks, pop-up shops, fall-themed contests and more.
Artist Reception: Nick McOwen
Blue Blaze Brewing | 6-8 p.m.
See Charlotte native photographer Nick McOwen’s latest work on display at Blue Blaze while grabbing a pint to enjoy. They’ll also have a food truck on site and artwork for sale. \
Botanist & Barrel at Bond Street Wines CLT
Bond Street Wines | 6-8 p.m.
Discover all things natural cider with certified Pommelier and co-owner of Botanist & Barrel Cidery +Winery, Amie Fields.
14th Annual: Charloween Bar Crawl
Whisky River at the Epicentre | 5 p.m.
Get your costumes ready for the Uptown Halloween bar crawl. Start and check-in at Whisky River, then visit participating bars at your leisure. Tickets include access to all bars with no cover, drink specials, koozies and more. $15+.
SANGRIAS & CIGARS
The Duke Mansion | 8 p.m.
Sport your best tropical wear for an evening of live music, a silent auction, dancing sessions, a cigar bar, a specialty menu and drinks in support of the Duke Mansion Preservation Society. $75 per person.
Viva Raw Alternative Milks Cooking Demo and Tasting
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (every 30 minutes)
While you’re picking up items from the farmers market, stop by to see Scott Harris, Owner and Founder of Viva Raw, will demonstrate how easy it is to make alternative nuts and seed milks.
Taste for the Land
Dressler’s Restaurant | 6-9 p.m.
Fall Crawl & Costume Parade
Midwood Park | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Plaza Midwood’s Fall Crawl returns with a costume party parade for the little ones, truck-or-treating and a full day of live music, vendors, local beer and more. Free for all Plaza Midwood neighbors.
Goat Yoga – S’mores + Drinks
Comporium Amphitheater at the Anne Springs Close Greenway | 4-6 p.m.
Mix up your yoga routine with the goats of Critter Creek Farm. After class, participants will receive two drink tickets redeemable for cider, wine, or fall-themed beer and s’mores ingredients to make over the fire pit. Call 803.547.4575 to register.
Italian Workshop: About the Piemonte Region
Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark | 12-2 p.m.
Head to Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark for part two of their Italian Workshop: “The Bacco Wine Times Classes” featuring the Piemonte Region. Tickets are $45 per person and can be reserved by by e-mailing [email protected]
Moonlight Movies: Hocus Pocus
1111 Metropolitan Avenue | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for the ultimate family fun evening at Metropolitan. Accompanying the fun-filled Halloween flick Hocus Pocus, the Moonlight Movies festivities include a Meet and Greet with The Sanderson Sisters, face painting, pumpkin painting, popcorn, candy and more.
Big South 5K Road Race
Blakeney Shopping Center | 8 a.m.
The Big South 5K Road Race is back for its 9th year. The course starts and ends at the Blakeney Shopping Center, and proceeds benefit middle school athletics in the area.
Beer for Breakfast: A Beer & Donut Pairing vol. III
Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Yes, we said beer for breakfast. Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop will host this beer and doughnut tasting event with the help of Pepperbox Doughnuts.
2019 JDRF Hope Gala
The Westin Charlotte | 6-10 p.m.
Support the JDRF and their mission to cure type 1 diabetes with at this black tie affair featuring cocktails, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, plus an after party with music by Yacht Rock Schooner. $250+.
JAZZY Benefit Gala 2019
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture | 6 p.m.
Commemorate the 45th year of The Gantt with new, immersive experiences at this black tie gala. The evening also includes elevated cuisine, an open bar, visual art, live performances and more.
3rd Annual Carnivàle Halloween Party
Queen Park Social | 9 p.m.
The third annual Carnivàle Halloween Party at Queen Park Social includes a DJ and a costume contest with cash prizes up to $500.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 3-5 p.m.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey will host their inaugural dog costume contest this weekend, and support the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Beetlejuice Halloween Bash
NoDa Company Store | 8 p.m.
NoDa Company Store’s spooky bash is Beetlejuice themed. Free admission.
OMB & LoSo Halloween Celebration
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | All day
Celebrate with live music all day at OMB, a costume contest and more. Grab your LoSo Neighborhood passport, visit each participating venue and enter to win the grand prize. you can get stamped at each participating venue for a chance at a Grand Prize! You can pickup the passport at OMB or any other venue to start your LoSo Neighborhood adventure. *Live Music All Day Saturday at OMB*
Haunted Pinhouse Party
Pinhouse | 7 p.m.
Enjoy a night filled with Haunted Bowling, a Costume Contest, Live Music, food from Twisted Eats and the debut of the Pinhouse “Fall Wall” of fall-themed taps. Free admission.
Boos and Booze Halloween Party
The Blind Pig | All day
The Blind Pig’s annual Halloween party boasts a costume contest, DJ, drinks and more. They’re also raising funds for the Sacred Hearts Foundation.
Shipwrecked Halloween Ball
Moo & Brew | 4-12 p.m.
Expect drink specials, a costume contest for the best-dressed pirate, sailor or wench, plus live music by the Yacht Rock Revue. $20 general admission.
DIY Cookies + Crafts
AR Workshop Charlotte | 1:30 p.m.
Learn the art of Cookie Decorating from guest instructor Elle Matchin from Baked Well, plus make your own entertaining staple for your home just in time for the holidays.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Scoop Fall Meet Up at Dilworth Tasting Room
October 30 | Dilworth Tasting Room | 6-8 p.m.
Plan a girls’ night out with the ladies from Scoop. Meet us at Dilworth Tasting Room on October 30 for complimentary flatbreads and half price cabernet, plus expert tips for choosing fall and holiday wines. Free but space is limited.
Scoop’s Holiday Sip N Shop
November 7 | Mint Museum Randolph
Shop scoop’s special, curated selection of the best Charlotte gift and jewelry vendors in the beautiful space of the Mint Museum Randolph. Your ticket gets you two glasses of bubbly to sip while you shop over 35 of the QC’s best.