Speakeasy Dinner, Sliders & Slushies, Plant Sale, Opera Under the Stars, Salty Balls & More Things to Do This Weekend (10/15)

From a pumpkin patch in Uptown to a speakeasy cocktail dinner, there are plenty of ways to spend this upcoming fall weekend in Charlotte. Read on for 25+ options, whether you’re venturing out or staying in.


The South End Wine & Hops Festival October 21 – 25. Table Seating, Socially Distanced, Safety Protocols in Place. Get your tickets for limited attendance now!


Visit The Southern Pecan, new in SouthPark

Make plans to dine out at The Southern Pecan, a new addition to Phillips Place in SouthPark. Expect a menu brimming with Gulf Coast cuisine classics like Louisiana BBQ shrimp, a selection of po boys, gulf oysters and a southern pecan shrimp boil, plus blues and jazz-inspired artwork and music. Find them at 6705-C Phillips Place Court.

Wing Haven Plant Sale
Oct. 13-17 | Wing Haven Gardens

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The Wing Haven Fall Plant Sale is back, offering limited admission into the gardens via pre-scheduled 50-minute time slots. View the full plant list here before you go. Members can shop on Oct. 13 and 14, while the public can shop Oct. 15-17.

BackStage Lounge Re-opening Oct. 15

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In South End, the BackStage Lounge is re-opening on Thursday, Oct. 15 with some new changes. Expect brand new food and drink menus, focused on small plates and hand-crafted cocktails. Memberships are no longer required. Find them behind SouthBound at 2433 South Blvd.

Take in one of the 6 Charlotte Art Gallery Events, Sales & Exhibits featured in our round up here.

New Coffee Offering from HEX Coffee Roasters


HEX Coffee Roasters, the Camp North End roastery and coffee shop, will launch a special coffee on Oct. 16 in collaboration with Charlotte artist Saloan Goodwin. The coffee is an Ethiopian Natural coffee from the Rogicha hamlet in Guji, Ethiopia. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the release will benefit HEAL Charlotte and their goal to raise $10M to provide accessible and affordable housing in Charlotte. Rogicha is $19.75 for a 10oz box, and will be available online and at select retailers across the country, including the roastery at 1824 Statesville Ave. Suite, 101, Charlotte. 

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend
Oct. 13-17 | Various locations

The reimagined Charlotte Wine + Food Week presented by Truist includes a week-long virtual auction (open to the public for the first time), socially distant restaurant vintner dinners, a Friday virtual happy hour tasting, and a virtual gala featuring Napa Valley winemaker Julien Fayard in discussion with Master Sommelier Desmond Echavarrie of Scale Wine Group.

Quintessa Wine Dinner
October 14 | Napa on Kingsley

Make reservations now for Napa on Kingsley’s Quintessa Wine Dinner, featuring five courses and four wine pairings. $125++ per person.

David Burke’s Salty Balls Campaign
Oct. 14 | Around CLT

Celebrity chef David Burke, known for recently opening Red Salt and Cloud Bar in the Le Méridien hotel, will launch the Salty Balls campaign, where team members will distribute 500 numbered Himalayan salt balls across the city which correspond to a prize, including the grand prize of a trip for two to New York City, a Staycation Package at Le Méridien, private dinners with the opportunity to cook with chef Burke and more. Why the salt balls? It’s a nod to chef Burke’s patented Himalayan sea-salt dry aging technique, which you can experience at Burke’s restaurants. Follow along on social media to find team members aat one of six public locations starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Revive the Vibe: A Benefit Concert to Support Local Artists
Oct. 17 | The Square at Spirit Square

Help “Revive the Vibe” in Uptown and raise funds to support local artists as musicians take the stage in a day full of back-to-back concerts at The Square at Spirit Square and the adjacent Victoria Yards (corner of 7th and Tryon). Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate to the artist gig fund.

Take a ride around uptown on one of Charlotte’s pretty new pedal assist bikes. Story here.

Barrington’s Restaurant 20th Anniversary
Oct. 16-24

Barrington’s Restaurant will celebrate its 20th anniversary on October 15. As part of the celebration, Barrington’s will roll back prices on the pan-roasted chicken and chocolate pudding cake to reflect the original menu from 2000 from October 16 to 24. Reservations can be made via Barrington’s website or by calling the restaurant at 704-364-5755.

Fall Carnival Kids Night Out
Oct. 16 | Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios: Charlotte Quail Corners | 6 pm

Get the kids in the fall festival spirit with a night of carnival food favorites at Flour Power Quail Corners. Chefs-in-training will learn to make mini corn dogs, oven baked fries and cotton candy cupcakes. $39 for kids ages 5-12.

Your Mom’s Bazaar Grand Opening
Oct. 17 | Main Street in Davidson | 12:30 – 6 p.m. 

In Davidson, don’t miss the grand opening of Your Mom’s Bazaar, a “small and hyper-local market offering seasonal produce, fresh herbs, frozen goods, meats, cheeses, and other dairy offerings, as well as pantry staples.” To celebrate, the first 50 people get a free Your Mom’s Donut. Don’t forget your mask!

Flicks at the Field: Jurassic World
Oct. 17 | Truist Field

Choose from three socially-distant seating options at Truist Field to see a larger-than-life screening of Jurassic World: from the field, from the concourse or inside the Budweiser Home Plate Club.

Music Under the Stars
Oct. 17 | 16030 McAuley Road, Huntersville

Creative Cuisine by Babe & Butcher. Join Opera Carolina under the stars for a socially distanced evening of beautiful music and creative cuisine by Babe & Butcher, hosted by Kathy and Frank Bragg. $125.

OH Well: Hilliard Studio Method Outdoor Pop-Up
Oct. 17 | 9 am | Optimist Hall

Join Hilliard Studio Method for a 45-minute, equipment-free version of their signature, heart-pumping workout incorporating Pilates and resistance training. Free, but be sure to RSVP.

The Pumpkin Patch at Truist Field
Oct. 17 | 10 am – 5 pm

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Find the perfect pumpkin Uptown at Truist Field this Saturday. There will also be pumpkin decorating stations, fall-themed treats, music and more.

Or take the trip to any one of these 9 area pumpkin patches for picking and lots of other fun fall activities.

Brew Dash 6K and 12K
Oct. 17 | U.S. National Whitewater Center

After completing your choice of a 6K or 12K course, reward yourself with a beer sampling of small-batch, specially-made Brew Dash beers from various Charlotte area brewers.

Fall Fashion Kickoff
Oct. 17 | All Julie’s Boutique and ivy & Leo locations (except Founder’s Hall)

Julie’s Boutique (and sister store ivy & leo) will be hosting their 4th Annual Fall Fashion Kickoff, where the first 30 customers at each store will receive 30% off their entire purchase. From 10am-12pm, all customers can take 20% off on items throughout the entire store, and from 12pm-close, spin-to-win your discount (10%, 15%, or 20% off entire purchase).

Classic Cocktails: Beyond the Basics
Oct. 19 | 6 pm

At this hands-on, socially-distanced workshop, Andrew Romano of Sea Level NC will lead attendees through exploring the foundations of mixology, learning the tools of the trade, mixing three seasonal cocktails and savoring small plate courses by executive Chef Brett Faldstein.

Knob Creek Dinner
Oct. 20 | Dot Dot Dot

Luxury Brand Specialist Kevin Creasy will lead guests in an exclusive Bourbon dinner with Knob Creek featuring a welcome cocktail, a whiskey tasting featuring the limited release 25th Anniversary Bourbon and a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Corey Dawson. $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.

10th Annual Charlotte Coat Drive
Through Nov. 13 | Multiple drop-off locations

Make a difference by donating a coat during the 10th Annual Charlotte Coat Drive, presented by Charlotte Mechanical. Simply drop a new or gently used coat – adult or youth – at a barrel partner location now through Nov. 13. 100% of donations go to the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. Find the location nearest you CharlotteCoatDrive.com.


Queen City Streams: Charlatan String Quartet
Oct. 14 | 7 pm

The Queen City Streams series kicks off this week with a free livestream performance by the Charlatan String Quartet featuring Jenny Topilow, Lenora Leggatt, Sarah Markle and Ben Geller. Donations support the artists and Neighborhood Theatre.

Unplugged & Live: Virtual Concert Series
Oct. 15 | 7 pm

The Unplugged+Live: Virtual Concert Series hosted by Arsena Schroeder returns with performances by Kenya Templeton and Shannon Grier. Watch from your preferred device and use the chat feature to connect with fellow audience members and the performers.

A Virtual Tosco Music Party
Oct. 17 | 8 pm

The next virtual Tosco Music Party on Oct. 17 is a chance to connect through music, despite staying socially distant. A $10 donation per viewer is requested from those who are able so that Tosco Music can continue to provide virtual TMP’s and make them free and accessible to everyone.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
Oct. 17

Join The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter on your favorite Charlotte or neighborhood trail in support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year’s event will include a virtual Opening Ceremony, individual walks and a drive-by Promise Garden. Funds raised supports the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to “provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”


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