Harriet’s Hamburgers, Red Salt, Summit Seltzer Open, Wine Fest, Fitness Pop Up & More Things to Do This Weekend (9/17)

From movies at the ballpark, to a wine festival in University, and plenty of restaurant openings, there’s plenty to fill your calendar this upcoming weekend. Read on for all of our Scoop-worthy things to do this weekend..


Harriet’s Hamburgers opening Sept. 14

Harriet’s Hamburgers – Optimist Hall – www.lunahzon.com

Harriet’s Hamburgers will open its debut location at Optimist Hall on Monday, Sept. 14. The menu is simple, and that’s kind o the point. Expect just four items: hamburgers, French fries, pop (soda) and water. For the first week, Harriet’s Hamburgers will fulfill online orders only and guests can pick up their order at the exterior Hot & Fast window next to the Harriet’s stall. In-person ordering at the stall will begin on Sept. 21, and five people a day for the first five days will be randomly chosen to enjoy their meal for free.

Summit Seltzer Opens Friday

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Charlotte’s first craft seltzery will open this weekend in Wesley Heights. Summit Seltzer will serve house-fermented draft alcoholic and non-alcoholic seltzers in the 3,880 square foot taproom, on the patio, and in crowlers that will be available for purchase at the bar. In the first two weeks of opening, Summit Seltzer will require reservations on Friday and Saturday and welcome walk-in guests Sunday through Thursday. Reservations will be prepaid for $15 per person and include two seltzers plus a limited edition souvenir cup and koozie. An announcement will be made on Summit Seltzer’s Facebook and Instagram pages when reservations open for online booking. Find them at 2215 Thrift Road.

Dine out at Red Salt, opening Sept. 18

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Red Salt, a modern American concept from award-winning celebrity chef David Burke, opens at Le Méridien Charlotte on September 18. Expect steaks prepared using chef Burke’s patented Himalayan sea salt dry-aging technique, homemade bread and an award-winning pastry program. The restaurant will also be surrounded with artwork curated by chef Burke himself.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen welcomes back in-person classes

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen is restarting their in-person events for all ages and team building groups. The opening class schedule is now available on the Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen website, and themes include Harvest Italian, Greek, Healthy Fall Dinners, Authentic Mexican, Basic Meals Boot Camp and Paella on the Big Green Egg. Events will begin with smaller capacity initially, spaced out tables, robust cleaning, temperature checks and mask requirements.

Greystar University City Wine Fest
September 16-20 | Shoppes at University Place

The fourth annual University City Wine Fest will take place at University City’s Shoppes at University Place and will feature more than 100 wines from over 25 wineries and live music. Five additional wine-filled weekend celebrations include dining and shopping events, see them all here.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat opening at SOCO Gallery

SOCO Gallery will present an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Summer Wheat. Entitled Lather, Rinse, Repeat,  the exhibition features five large scale paintings and two ‘pebble seats’ focusing on the theme of bathing and grooming. On display until November 6.

Remember the Titans & Friday Night Lights at Truist Field
September 18 | Truist Field

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Come out to Truist Field and experience Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights on the big screen. There are three socially distanced seating options: on the field, inside the Budweiser Home Plate Club, or at a table on the concourse.Tickets start at $10. Seating is limited.

Sounds on the Square featuring Brit Drozda and Gabby Moore
September 18 | 7 pm

Sounds on the Square returns to feature clean comedy from Gabby Moore and music from Brit Drozda. This free outdoor event will have socially distanced seating for the first 50 guests on a first come, first served basis. Face masks will be required. A live stream of these events will also be shared on their Facebook page.

Sweet Spot’s Week of Giving
Through Friday, September 18 

Sweet Spot is celebrating their second anniversary by giving back to the community. How it works: profits from sales of specific items on the listed date will benefit the organization listed. This weekend’s list:

  • September 16: Sales from all Spatulas will go to Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research. The Paula Takacs Foundation raises funds to support local, innovative research that will directly benefit the fight to eradicate sarcomas. Donations fund research and clinical trials at Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s to develop and offer cutting edge treatment options to more sarcoma sufferers.
  • September 17: Sales from our Rainbow Sprinkle Blend will go to Time Out Youth. Time Out Youth Center offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and question youth ages 11-20.
  • September 18: And on the last day of Giving Week, head over to their Instagram to enter in a 2 Year Anniversary Giveaway. Prize includes: Shirt, Hat, 2 Baking Mats, 2 Baking Sheets, Spatula Set, Cookie Scoop, Chocolate Chunks, Black Cocoa Powder, and the Triple Chocolate Cookie Recipe.

OH Well: West Kept Secret Outdoor Pop-Up
September 19 | Optimist Hall | 9 am

The owners of West Kept Secret, Marissa West and Heidi Hilman, lead attendees through their signature West Kept Secret class outside at Optimist Hall. Post-workout snacks will be provided by Village Juice Co. All fitness levels welcome. Free, but be sure to register.

An Afternoon on the Grounds
September 19 | 12-5 pm | Charlotte Museum of History

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For one day only, the Museum will open the 8-acre site for a self-guided, outdoor experience of Charlotte’s oldest home site. Guests can explore the Museum’s park-like setting, walk through the garden, and view the historic buildings. Tickets are discounted to just $10 per vehicle and include a digital guidebook that tells the story of the people who lived and worked at the Rock House and includes videos and resources to dig deeper into Charlotte’s past. To support social distancing, tickets are limited.

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Drive-In Concert Featuring Blue Monday
September 19 | 5:30 pm

Enjoy live music from Blue Monday from the comfort of your own car. Food will be available from several vendors, as well as beer from three local breweries and a wine garden.

Cali To Carolina Wine Dinner – Flavor Trippin’
September 22 | 7 pm | Sea Level

Sea Level’s “Cali to Carolina” Wine Dinner will highlight vino from the Golden State, proteins and produce from the Carolinas, and a bit of everything in between. Beverage partner, Johnson Brothers, will guide guests through an evening of vino while Chef Brett and team will serve up local proteins and produce. Social distancing measures will be in place.


Mint Música & Poesía Café
September 16 | 7 pm

In this biannual event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, enjoy performances by talented poets, dancers, and musicians from the Charlotte area, including special guests Harpist Beste Toparlak and poet Irania Patterson.

Art Auction to Save The Neighborhood Theatre
September 17 | 6 pm

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While closed during the pandemic, Neighborhood Theatre rebuilt their stage and gave local artists the chance to create something new out of the wood from the stage. Take home a piece of the retried stage through the chance of owning a piece of NoDa history as the team auctions off the artwork during this virtual event.

Virtual Exhibition Opening / Annuale 12
Opens September 17

The Light Factory’s 12th Juried Annuale, a photography competition that showcases challenging and inventive new work from photographers throughout the international photographic community, opens for a virtual exhibition September 17 with a Virtual Juror + Artist Conversation with Julie Grahame on September 24.

BBQ & Blue Jeans 
September 18

Make plans now to enjoy a BBQ meal and support a great cause on September 18. While this year’s BBQ & Blue Jeans event is moving to a drive-thru to keep guests safe, you can still expect two things: a great family meal pack from Midwood Smokehouse and that your participation will support the vital work at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center. Reserve your pick-up meal now!

Virtual Wine Tasting with Kokomo Winery
September 18 

Sonoma Restaurant Group will host a special Virtual Wine Tasting with Erik Miller, Owner/Winemaker Breaking Bread and Kokomo Wines. Erik will educate guests on “Natural Wines” and what the buzz is all about. Each wine kit includes three bottles for $75, with the option to add a Charcuterie & Cheese Board for an additional $20.

Introduction to the Enneagram
September 18 | 5 pm

In this introductory class, Torre and Justin Mower of @socialenneagram will provide more insight on the Ennegram and discuss basic characteristics of each of the 9 types. $20.

LIVE Virtual Tour #2 of Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry
September 19 | 12 pm

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Join on Facebook Live for the second virtual tour of Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry is an ongoing community art movement that responds to the silencing of women, by creating space to share experiences through visual storytelling. This installation is the collective voices of nearly 400 “Laundry Day” participants that have chosen to share their visual narratives.

11th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic (Virtual)
Sept. 19 

It’s alsmot time to lace up for the 11th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic. This year, participants will run on their own time on their own course on race weekend, but still get all the swag, including a race t-shirt. 

Bold Music Lessons Dancing in “September” Collaborative Music & Movement Cover 
September 21 | 8 pm

Bold Music is back with the next installment in its Collaboration Song Series, this time with a twist. Two trusted names in Charlotte arts education are teaming up for a unique cover of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “September.” Local music and dance talent will come together with student and instructor contributions from both Bold Music and and Steps N Motion Dance Studio. Don’t miss the premiere on the Bold Music Facebook Page!


Allison Hancinhttp://www.allisonhancin.com
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!