Ice Skating, Merry Market, Outdoor Music, Coat Drives, Virtual Gala, & More OUTDOORS Things to Do This Weekend (11/12)

Fall fun continues this weekend, with everything from coat drives and ways to give back to new brewery openings and virtual watercolor classes. Read on for more in-person and virtual things to do this weekend in and around Charlotte.


This will affect how attendance can work at local indoor events and activities. Check their social media and if possible, call ahead if you don’t see specifics. Most of our picks are outside events and happenings, and we try to screen each entry below to make sure safety protocols are in place. If the venue or situation doesn’t look like safe to you, please avoid it and let us know as we will discontinue promotion. Please use safe or even overly safe practices if you do go to a gathering…masks on, hands washed or sanitized frequently, glasses or sunglasses when possible, and maintain plenty of distance.


Open Nov. 13: Free Range Brewing at Camp North End


Free Range Brewing’s second location will open Nov. 13 at Camp North End. The brewery’s new 1,544-square-foot taproom features original brick walls, a 100-year-old handcrafted oak wood bar and murals by local artists. Fans of the neighboring restaurant Leah & Louise will be excited about a pass-thru window feature into the kitchen, so guests can enjoy culinary creations from James Beard-nominated chef Greg Collier and his wife and business partner Subrina Collier. Find them at the 301 Camp Road building at Camp North End.

Open Nov. 16: Superica in Strawberry Hill

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Superica will open their second Charlotte-area location in the SouthPark development of Strawberry Hill on November 16. Find them at 4219 Providence Road.

Now Open: The Lunchbox Sandwich Shop

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New to Plaza Midwood, this sandwich shop offers a number of signature options, including the “Gordon Hamsey” with fire-roasted ham, spreadable brie, lettuce and onion jam. They’re open Monday-Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm. Find them at 1306 Central Ave.

Closed: Amélie’s Uptown

Sadly, the Uptown location of Amélie’s French Bakery & Café closed on Sunday, November 8 after nearly five years in business.


Show UP for UPtown | StreetEATS CLT
Nov. 13-15 | Uptown Charlotte

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Celebrate Uptown all weekend long with on-street entertainment, pop-up vendors, green spaces and plenty of outdoor dining options with the additional of Uptown’s StreetEats program. Stroll down Tryon St. (which will be closed from 5th – 6th) to enjoy safe dining, live music and more. This week, don’t miss a free screening of the movie Hook on Friday at 6:30 pm, live music, food trucks and beer from Resident Culture from 12-5 pm on Saturday and art exhibits on display all weekend long.

Winter fun returns to the USNWC
November through February

Enjoy the colder temperatures at the USNWC with ice skating (plus an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages) and the return of Lights, an illuminated walking trail filled with immersive light installations. The fun starts this weekend and goes through February 2021.

Skyline Drive-in at Camp North End
Nov. 12 | Camp North End

Don’t miss the next edition of Skyline Drive-in, where Camp North End transforms into a 60-car drive-in movie theater. This time, they’ll be showing Forrest Gump. Tickets are $30 per car with a portion of proceeds benefiting organizations including Crisis Assistance Ministries, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank and Roof Above.

10th Annual Charlotte Coat Drive and Zip Up Day Nov. 13
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

Don’t miss your last chance to donate during Zip Up Day on Nov. 13. Bring coats to the parking lot at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille for a drive-through donation experience complete with free food, music, mascots, giveaways and surprises. 

Merry Midtown
Through Dec. 24 | Metropolitan

Celebrate the season with over a month of festive activities that kick off this weekend with the opening of the VTGCLT pop-up shop. Other events include Letters to Santa, the Metropolitan Merry Midtown Market, holiday movie screenings and photos with Santa.

Laugh at Lenny
Nov. 13 | 8 pm | Lenny Boy Brewing

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Unwind at this free socially-distanced comedy show featuring some of North Carolina’s funniest comedians.

Rooftop Cardio Dance
Nov. 12 | Metropolitan | 6 pm

Break a sweat on the rooftop of the Metropolitan as Ashley Smalls of Row House and Cardio Dance instructor leads this moderate to high impact dance class. Free for SweatNET Members, $15 for General Public.

Coats for Coffee Drive (Thru) at CupLux
Nov. 14 | 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the inaugural Coats for Coffee Drive (Thru), bring a new or gently used coat or blanket to donate to Hearts for the Invisible Charlotte and in exchange for your kindness, receive a free drip coffee, cold brew, or chai tea latte for free. They’ll be collecting coats and blankets via contactless donation all day, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Limit two drink tickets per vehicle.

OH Well: Hygge Wellness Outdoor Pop-Up
Nov. 14 | 9 am

Head to Optimist Hall for an outdoor full-body strength HIIT workout led by instructor Jamie Horn. All fitness levels welcome. Reserve your free spot here.

Autumn Market Day
Nov. 14 | 9 am – 2 pm | Historic Rosedale Plantation

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with this local vendor market set amidst the Historic Rosedale gardens and grounds.

Music in the Gardens
Nov. 15 | 3 pm | The Duke Mansion

The Bechtler Ensemble will play as a quartet at the Duke Mansion. Expect to hear a few favorites from the Beatles and classical music from your seat in the gardens. Bring your own chair for socially distanced seating.

2020 South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run
Nov. 14-15 | McAlpine Park or virtual

This year, the South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run will take place at McAlpine Park to accommodate more participants safely. You can also run your own route and register as a virtual participant. Proceeds benefit The Purple Promise to End Melanoma Foundation, South End businesses affected by COVID-19 and RunningWorks.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nov. 15 | 1 pm | Bank of America Stadium

The Panthers are taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Uptown this weekend with limited tickets available. Prefer to watch from afar? Watch at home or at a socially-distanced gathering.


SkillPop Anywhere: Fall Watercolor Florals
Nov. 12 | 7 pm

Celebrate fall by learning how to paint loose florals using autumn-inspired colors with watercolorist and calligrapher Ali Loncar-Bridges.

FALLBALL 2020 MaskQuerade : The Virtual Edition
Nov. 13 | 7:30 pm

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Young Affiliates of the Mint’s annual fall ball is going virtual for their 31st anniversary as a Mint affiliate. The virtual celebrating will include an optional cocktail kit, comedians, silent auctions, lip sync battles and more. All proceeds help offset the cost of free school tours of The Mint Museum for school-aged children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. 

Doris Kearns Goodwin: 2020 Election: Where Do We Go From Here
Nov. 17 | 7 pm

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak on the 2020 election and provide guidance as to how our current leadership can move forward. Goodwin’s latest book, Leadership in Turbulent TimesI, incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. $20 general admission.

The Hercules Tires Big South Virtual 5K Road Race
Through Nov. 15

The Hercules Tires Big South Virtual 5K Road Race is a safe way for everyone to participate in an active way to raise funds for middle school athletic programs in the Charlotte area, including schools in the Mecklenburg, Union and York Counties.

Charlotte Marathon (virtual)
Through Nov. 22

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The Charlotte Marathon is also going virtual this year, with multiple ways to participate. Lace up for the full marathon, half marathon, 5K or relay and complete your race by Nov. 22.


Allison Hancin
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!