There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the fall temperatures and Charlotte’s safer open-air events than this weekend. Read on for more than 20 in-person and virtual ways to enjoy the weekend.
Protagonist in Lower South End – Opening Nov. 18
Make plans to celebrate the opening weekend of Protagonist Brewing in South End, where you can enjoy beer, cocktails, seltzer and a full pizza menu in their expansive three-story spot. Find them at 227 Southside Dr.
Plant Joy at Camp North End – Opening Nov. 20
From food delivery service Nourish Charlotte’s founder/executive chef Julia Simon and partner Erik Berns comes Plant Joy, a brick-and-mortar concept opening Nov. 20 to Camp North End. The food stall, Camp North End’s fourth and final, will focus on local, organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Menu headliners include the Socca (chickpea crepe), Rainbow Toast (featuring loaves from Verdant Bread), locally made vegan croissants and the Falafel Stack (all the best parts of a falafel sandwich, presented nacho-style). The menu will also feature select locally sourced pastries and a Community Plate, where customers can donate funds toward a future meal for someone in need.
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Ongoing event: StreetEats around Charlotte
Enjoy the fall weather and support your local spots safely with StreetEats, which features temporary outdoor seating in parking lots and streets where guests can enjoy takeout from local restaurants. Find them in Plaza Midwood at Thomas Avenue, Shops at University (The Lake and The Armored Cow locations), Tryon Street, Beatties Ford Rd. and more. This weekend is your last chance to dine at the following participating locations: City West Commons, Ayrsley Town Center and Montford Park.
Show UP for UPtown | StreetEATS CLT
Nov. 20-22 | Uptown Charlotte
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 Elf on Friday at 6:30 pm, live music, food trucks and art exhibits on display all weekend long.
Nov. 18-Dec. 13 | Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Put your walking shoes on and get ready to help solve the real life mystery of the “Greatest Art Thief of All Time” in this walking show where you’ll gather clues at five spots around Uptown. Prices begin at $39.50.
Orin Swift Wine Dinner
Nov. 18 | Napa on Providence | 7 pm
Reserve your seat now for Napa on Providence’s Orin Swift Wine Dinner featuring four courses paired with four wines. $120++ per person.
Wine Dinner – Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel
Nov. 18 | Foxcroft Wine Co-Waverly | 7 pm
Enjoy an American wine dinner featuring five courses and five paired wines at this special event at Foxcroft Waverly. $99 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Skyline Drive-in at Camp North End
Nov. 19 | 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 Miracle. 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.
Nov. 19 | POPLAR Tapas Restaurant & Bar | 6:30 pm
Join POPLAR Co-Owner/Executive Chef Bruno Macchiavello for an outdoor celebration of seafood paella and Spanish wines. $70 per person plus tax and gratuity. Limited reservations available.
Total Body Strength with Jen Dufresne
Nov. 19 | Metropolitan | 6 pm
Get ready to sweat with an all-levels total body strength class on the roof of The Metropolitan. Class is limited to 40 people. Free for SweatNET Members and $15 for General Public.
Sweet Spot Studio’s Apple Cider & Apple Cider Donuts Class
Nov. 20 | 6:30 pm
Chef Alyssa B of Sweet Spot Studio will teach you to make homemade apple cider using whole spices from Savory Spice Shop, apple cider cake donuts, and apple cider glaze. Each registration includes a 6 oz Farmer and the Belle Candle in “Handpicked” Scent, and a sachet of whole spices from Savory Spice Shop so you can make the cider again at home. Ages 11+, under 16 must attend with an adult also registered in the class.
Movies at Victoria Yards: Elf
Nov. 20 | Uptown Charlotte | 6:30 pm
Enjoy an evening in Uptown with all the fun of #ShowUpforUptown before a screening of the movie Elf that starts at 8 pm. Socially distanced seating is limited.
Friday Night Popups
Nov. 20 | Armored Cow Brewing Co. | 5-9 pm
Head to Armored Cow Brewing Co. for an outdoor food truck Friday event, plenty of beer options plus a vendor market featuring goods from local artists and makers.
A Night of Zac Brown w/ 20 Ride
Nov. 20 | The Music Yard | 6 pm
Enjoy a drive-in concert featuring music by 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute band. Car-side food and beverage service available.
A Shot in the Dark Night Trail Race
Nov. 20 | US National Whitewater Center | 6 pm
Lace up for the Shot in the Dark dispersed night trail race featuring a 5K or 10K route through the illuminated Whitewater Center trail system.
Local on Tryon Small Business Popup
Nov. 20 | 5-8 pm
At this pop-up, The Visitor Info Center will become the go-to spot for locally made and Charlotte-centric retail offerings and gifts just in time for the holiday season with five exclusive local vendors.
OH Well: Stress Relief Meditation with Mood House
Nov. 21 | Optimist Hall | 9 am
Kick off your weekend with some stress relief with a 30-minute guided meditation with Mood House instructor, Afeni Grace, accompanied by a live guitarist. Space is limited.
Langtree Tree Lighting
Nov. 21 | LangTree Lake Norman | 4:30 pm
Welcome the start of the holiday season with a tree lighting, family-friendly activities, vendors, food, caroling, letters for Santa and a free drive-in screening of the movie Elf.
“Taste of the Season” at Carowinds
Nov. 21 – Dec. 20, select days
Carowinds’ Taste of the Season outdoor experience includes 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories, specialty drinks from Santa’s mixologists, holiday décor, seasonal shows and select family rides. Season Passholder reservations available starting November 9th. Daily Tickets (which include your reservation) are available starting November 11th.
Nov. 21 | West North Main, Waxhaw | 8 am
All ages can join in this year’s Gingersnap 5K, which is offering both in-person and virtual options. The race benefits Girls on the Run Union County.
Open Air Pop-Up
Nov. 21 | Triangle Park
Shop Michelle Vigor Art, Takes the Cake, Cricket Vision Press, CLT Find, Blis Uptown and more local vendors at this open air market.
OneBlood Blood Drive
Nov. 22 | NoDa Brewing Company | 12-6 pm
Looking for an important way to give back? Sign up to give blood as OneBlood’s Big Red Bus returns to NoDa Brewing NorthEnd.
Mad About Modern Tour for the Holidays
Nov. 18 – Dec. 2
Don’t miss this special holiday relaunch of the Mad About Modern Home Tour, where you can virtually step inside three exceptional midcentury modern homes from the safety and comfort of your own home. Your ticket even includes a beautiful guide to the architecture and design of each home. To learn more about the houses featured on this year’s tour, visit madaboutmodern.com
Unplugged & Live: Virtual Concert Series
Nov. 19 | 7 pm
The next edition of the Unplugged+Live: Virtual Concert Series features artists Ali Steele + Katera hosted by Arsena Schroeder.
Handmade Pasta Workshop
Nov. 20 | 5:30 pm
In this SkillPop class, students will learn how to make a versatile, vegan-friendly pasta dough from instructor Emily Trotochaud and how to shape and cut it into your favorite pasta shapes. $24.
Charlotte Art Collective Virtual Holiday Market
Nov. 21 | 11 am – 3 pm
The first CAC Virtual Holiday Market will feature live and taped demonstrations, artist Q&A, offerings from more than 20 fine artists and crafters, and cocktail demonstrations from mixologist Rhea Buck. Join on Facebook Live.
Round out your weekend with classic gospel playlists by DJ Fannie Mae and live gospel performances ft Dennis ReedA portion of proceeds of the livestream ticket sales will benefit Heal Charlotte. $20 for livestream tickets.