Skate Parties, Swap & Shop, Mecktoberfest, Charcuterie Mugs, Outlaw Music Festival and More Things to Do This Weekend 9/16

Summer fun might be slowing down, but we are getting ready to welcome in a new season and the opportunity to enjoy all the things we love about Fall. Get in the Halloween spirit with a build-your-own haunted house, celebrate as local businesses grow, and enjoy live music and performances from some of the greats. Keep your eye out for a few changing leaves as we watch autumn take over in the Queen City!

EDITOR’S NOTE: At scoop, we believe in being vaccinated and wearing masks to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. Please check the weblinks for the events listed to be sure you understand the safety precautions being taken, and don’t attend a gathering you believe will be unsafe

In addition, events are being canceled and postponed at the last minute as planners scramble to adapt to the situation, so please do check the links for updates on individual activities. Hang in their friends.


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GrowCLT Grand Opening in Davidson
Thursday, September 16, 11:00a
Visit the new GrowCLT storefront in downtown Davidson and treat your green thumb to a new houseplant.


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The Dirty South Outdoor Skate Party Pt. 2 with Rollin’ Charlotte
Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 19, times vary
Relive your youth and time spent at the skating rink during this outdoor event. Friday and Saturday include events for adults 21+, then enjoy a family friendly skate on Sunday. Registration is required.

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Horticulture Highlights Walk at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Friday, September 17, 10:00a
Wander the Garden with a member of the horticulture staff and learn about what is in bloom.
Registration is required.

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Harvest Moon Swap & Shop with The Collective Good
Friday, September 17, 5:00p – 8:00p
Clean out your closet then fill it right back up with new-to-you finds at the Swap & Shop. Local artists and vendors plus other special treats will be on-site to share in the fun.

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Mecktoberfest, Week 1 with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 19
One of Charlotte’s favorite Oktoberfest celebrations is now two weekends long! Join Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for the first weekend and enjoy good music, great beer and snacks, and OMB’s famous one liter glass boots.

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“I Dream” Forum with Douglas Tappin and Opera Carolina
Friday, September 17, 7:00p
Join Douglas Tappin – librettist, lyricist, and composer of I Dream, an award-winning production honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King – for a conversation exploring the human experience. Tickets available now.

Food Truck Fridays:

Start your weekend with a stop at one of the Food Truck Friday events going on around Charlotte each week. Here’s a few you might try:

Resident Culture Brewing Company – swing by for a collection of your favorite food trucks plus live music

South End at Sycamore Brewing – a collection of local food truck favorites stop by each week

Cabarrus County at Cabarrus Brewing Co. – Plant 6 Provisions, Big City Bites, Stick It 2 You, Ace of Spuds, Nacho Average Truck, Woodmill Treats

The Fountain in Rock Hill – Located in Old Town Rock Hill and featuring local favorites, beer, wine, children’s activities and live music


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Blackhawk Hardware Expansion Extravaganza
Saturday, September 18, 11:00a – 6:00p
Celebrate the 12,000 sqft, 2-story expansion to the Blackhawk Hardware at Park Road Shopping Center. Family-friendly activities will include live music, inflatable slide, circus performers and more!

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Charcuterie Mugs with Sweet Spot Studio and NoDa Brewing
Saturday, September 18, 12:00p
Check out the newest trend in hosting – mug charcuterie! Alyssa from Sweet Spot will walk you through the process of creating your very own mug while enjoying a drink from NoDa. Registration is required.

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Haunted House Luminaries with Olive’s Mud Puddle
Saturday, September 18, 1:00p – 3:00p
Try something new and unique this fall and build your own Haunted House Luminary. Builders will return in October to glaze their masterpiece. Tickets available now.

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Flow Fest at USNWC
Saturday, September 18, all day
Whether you are a seasoned yogi or just learning the basic poses, Flow Fest invites you to learn and grow with over 50 yoga and meditation practices in the great outdoors. Registration is required.


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Family Fun Day at Rescue Ranch
Saturday, September 18, 10:00a – 4:00p
Take the family to the Ranch for a day of outdoor fun including meeting animal ambassadors, wandering the nature trails and visiting barnyard animals. Food trucks and local vendors will be on-site. Tickets available at the door.

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Bloom Ascension by Satarah
Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19
Celebrate talent and creativity with the performance troupe from Satarah including dancers, aerialists, fire performers, flow artists and more. Tickets available now. Check the schedule for family-friendly performances.

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Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Pavillion
Sunday, September 19, 5:00p
If country music is your thing, then PNC Pavillion is the place to be this weekend. Join Willie Nelson and friends for an evening of country favorites. Tickets available now.

Save the Date:

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Potters Market at The Mint
Saturday, September 25, 10:00a – 4:00p
Considered one of the most important ceramics events in the state of North Carolina, the Potters Market will feature the work of some of the most talented makers in the industry. Tickets available now.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Leatherman Lane Farm
Saturday, September 25, starting at 8:00a
Early detection is one of the most valuable tools we have in the fight against breast cancer. Stop by Leatherman Lane for a reduced-price ultrasound and enjoy a day at the farm with a trail ride, live music, food trucks, shopping and more! Advance registration is required. A portion of the proceeds from the trail ride will benefit Go Jen Go.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Queens University of Charlotte
Sunday, October 3, 7:30p
Spend an evening being serenaded by acclaimed musician Trombone Shorty and his longtime band Orleans Avenue. Members of Arts at Queens receive priority seating at the show. Tickets available now.