Weekender: 35 fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte

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82. Scattered thunderstorms. 37% chance of rain.

Opening of the Scarowinds season at 14523, boulevard Carowinds: You know the spooky season is fast approaching once Scarowinds opens. This is the time of year when Carowinds transforms from a “theme park” to a “scream park”. Over 500 monsters, ghosts and goblins will roam the park freely, so enter if you dare. Certain nights from September 17th to October 31st. $ 39.99. Details.

DeWalt National Hot Rod Association Carolina Nationals at 5555 Concord Pkwy S .: Start your engines for the return of one of drag racing’s most exciting weekends. Tickets give fans up-close access to drivers and crews. September 17-19. 3-day pass: $ 99 +; Children: Free. Details.

Healthy weekday meals with Chef Alyssa’s kitchen at 4001 Yancey Rd.: Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Join Chef Alyssa to learn how to cook seared snapper with cucumber raita sauce, sautéed rice with local English peas, cabbage and carrots, and roast chicken stuffed with herbs and feta topped with marinated tomatoes. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $ 70. Details.

First Oktoberfest Weekend The Olde Mecklenburg brewery, 4150, chemin Yancey: This year’s Mecktoberfest is split into two separate weekends. Guests can expect live music within the 10.5 acres Biergarten and authentic German dishes like pork cutlets, German potato salad and Bavarian pretzels with copper beer cheese. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. To free. Details.

CEENTACares Classic Golf Tournament Emerald Lake Golf Club, 9750 Tournament Drive: Play 18-hole golf on a magnificent championship course. All proceeds will be donated to Phillips Academy. 11h. $ 150. Details.

Petty Thieves One Year Birthday Party at 413 Dalton Avenue, Suite B: Join Petty Thieves Brewing in celebrating her first birthday with a lineup of weekend festivities. There will be a Friday night market, beer outings, live music, food trucks and contests. September 17-19. To free. Details.

Charlotte FC Block Party at 6210 Old Pineville Road: The Charlotte Football Club kicks off National LatinX Heritage Month with an evening of music, food trucks, face painting, games and special guest appearances from Charlotte FC. 6 pm-9pm. To free. Details.

Cordovas at the court of music 2433, boul. South : Head to The Music Yard to see the American rock band, Cordovas perform a mix of Grateful Dead covers and original tracks. 6 pm-11pm. $ 5- $ 100. Details.

FixaPlate at 2901 Romare Bearden Drive: This immersive theatrical experience allows participants to evoke the history of gentrification of a southern city around a shared meal. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $ 35. Details.

Delicious and delicious at Common Market Plaza Midwood in 2007 Commonwealth Avenue: Join Queer Society Charlotte for a fun live performance with hostess Ms. Cici Deelite and Tallulah Van Dank. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. To free. Details.

86. Isolated thunderstorms. 37% chance of rain.

Flow Fest at Whitewater Center at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy .: Browse a variety of yoga practices and workshops, perfect for beginners and seasoned yogis. Free, registration required. Details.

i dream of Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon St.: This Opera Carolina performance tells the fascinating story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, personalities who led the movement that would change the nation. September 18 & 19; times vary. $ 30 to $ 100. Details.

OrthoCarolina 10K & 5K Classic: Put on your running shoes for a run / walk on one of Charlotte’s best 10K and 5K courses. There will also be a children’s race as well as food trucks and beer tastings from local breweries. 7:15 am. $ 34.99 to $ 49.99. Details.

South End Rail Trail Cleanup at 129 New Bern Street: Give back to the South End community by cleaning up around the Rail Trail. Cleaning supplies will be provided. 10 a.m. to noon. Free, registration required. Details.

Annual Pumpkin Patch from the Hot Glass Alley at 438 Atando Avenue: Hand-blown glass pumpkins will be on display and available for purchase. And stick around for glassblowing demonstrations to see how pumpkins are made. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To free. Details.

Cornhole Tournament presented by the protagonist at 227 Southside Drive, Unit A: Sign up with a partner and get ready to show off your cornhole skills. Each team will receive two $ 10 Protagonist gift cards just for participating, and the first place team will receive a $ 500 Protagonist gift card. If you’d rather not compete, there will be a DJ, bar games, cold beer, and Protagonist cocktails. 11 a.m. $ 20. Details.

Skiptown Pool Party in September at 222 Rampart St.: Bring your puppy to Skiptown for the ultimate pool party. Every Saturday and Sunday of this month there will be inflatable pools and sprinklers for the puppies and bubblers in the main yard. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m .: Saturday and Sunday. Free entry (for humans). Details.

Fido Fest at 1111 Metropolitan Avenue: The Metropolitan has partnered with local animal shelters and small businesses to host an afternoon celebrating your four-legged friends. There will be pet adoptions, pet-inspired face painting, balloon twisting, pet-themed cartoon art, and mini photo sessions with BARKography. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To free. Details.

Charlotte Arab Awareness Festival at 1817 Central Ave. : Learn about Arab culture through fun festivities like a bazaar flea market, food and desserts, henna, kids’ activities, and music. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To free. Details.

Blackhawk Hardware 4225 Park Rd .: Extravaganza Expansion: To celebrate its 12,000 square foot two story expansion, Blackhawk Hardware is hosting a party with live music, bounce houses, Big Green Egg demonstrations and circus performers (including chainsaw jugglers) . 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To free. Details.

Starving Artist Market Pop-Up at Summit Seltzer at 2215 Thrift Rd., Suite B: Shop from over 20 local vendors, sample refreshing drinks, and take in the skyline views. From noon to 5 p.m. To free. Details.

John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist Opening Weekend Celebration at 500 South Tryon St.: This latest exhibit from Mint Museum Uptown features works by John Leslie Breck, most of which have not been on display to the public for over a century. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To free. Details.

2nd Annual Queen City HBCU BBQ at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Rd .: Join other HBCU alumni in Charlotte and surrounding areas to dine, have fun, and navigate your way during one of HBCU’s largest acquisitions in Queen’s Town. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. $ 12 to $ 25. Details.

31st Latin American Festival at Symphony Park at 4400 Sharon Rd .: This two-day festival will feature live performances, visual artists, authentic Latin American cuisine, and handmade crafts. Saturday 5 pm-10pm; Sunday noon to 8 p.m. $ 25 on Saturday; Free on Sunday. Details.

Aw Shucks Farm’s 4th Annual Carolina Corn Fest at 3718 Plyler Mill Rd .: Head to Aw Shucks Farm for its annual food festival celebrating all corn. It will feature live bands, arts and crafts, corn mazes and, of course, corn. 5 pm-10pm. $ 16 in presale, $ 20 the day of. Details.

Jam Session feat. Jackson Fig by The Music Yard at 2433 South Blvd. : Get the vibe at The Music Yard’s first-ever jam session with psychedelic rock band Jackson Fig. 5 pm-10pm. Free, RSVP required. Details.

Full Moon Paddle at 724 Elm Ave., Mt. Holly: Watch the moon rise as you kayak on this scenic and unspoiled section of the Catawba River. This adventure is for beginners to experienced paddlers. September 18-20; 7:30 p.m. $ 45. Details.

Armored Cow Brewing Comedy Night at 8821 JW Clay Blvd., Suite 1: Have a beer while you laugh. Heading the show is Mike Speengerg, starring Andre Copeland and hosted by Lauren Ansley. 8 pm-10pm. $ 15. Details.

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Wake Up Meditation and Stretch by Mood House at 2400 Park Rd., Suite A: Start your Sunday with a morning meditation and gentle stretching session, ideal for all levels. Bring a mat and water. 8:30 am-9:15am. $ 10 for non-members; free for members. Details.

Gameday at The Yard at 2433 South Blvd. : Watch the Panthers game on the big screen at The Music Yard. There will be drink specials, food and music from DJ Trife during the commercials. From noon to 8:30 p.m. To free. Details.

Drag Brunch by The Vanity House Tailgate Party at 200 East Bland St., A: Hatchback with the divas of The Vanity House. Tickets include brunch and a drag show. Noon. $ 10. Details.

Rooftop Yoga by Harvey B. Gantt Center at 551 South Tryon Street: Join yoga instructor Sajeedah Jones “SJ” on the roof of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for an energizing and inspiring yoga session that will put you in the right frame of mind to start your week on the right foot. After practice, you can treat yourself to a self-guided tour of the Gantt Center galleries. Bring a mat or towel. 12:30 p.m. $ 10, free for members. Details.

Panthers vs. New Orleans at Saints Bank of America Stadium: Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Saints in their second game of the regular season. 13h. $ 39 and more. Details.

An Evening with Gabrielle Union at the McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square: Actress and TV personality Gabrielle Union will lead a conversation about her latest book, Do you have something stronger? it will leave you feeling empowered and inspired. The tickets include a copy of the Union Book. 7:45 p.m. Details.

Punchlines at Pinhouse at 2306 Central Ave. : Laugh away from Sunday fears at Pinhouse’s monthly comedy showcase. The lineup includes national tour headliner EJ Nonstop as well as the incredibly funny Saseddrick and Evan Pittfield. 7 pm-10pm. $ 15. Details.


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