5 fun things to do this rainy weekend


Opening ceremony


Get in the Olympic spirit by watching the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games at 8 p.m. on NBC. You can watch it at Draught, where you can get $2 beers and dollar shots as you watch the Olympic torch get lit.

You can also find the Winter Olympics schedule here for the duration of the event.


Pick up a couple free trees

Trees Charlotte is opening its “tree store” for the day, where Charlotte residents can pick up two free trees to plant on their land. Trees Charlotte is an organization that is trying to improve Charlotte’s canopy and promote a greener city. There is tree training before you pick up your new plants, as they are 6’10”, and you have to show proof of Charlotte residency. Head over to the Eastland Mall from 9 to 10:30 a.m. You can find more information here.

Frigid 5K run and plunge at the Whitewater Center

Brave the chilly weather by running a 5K through the center’s trail system before jumping into 40 degree water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Tickets are $37 on race day, and you can find more info here.

Be an Olympian and learn how to curl

Head over to the Charlotte Curling Center to get a hands-on lesson and tour the facility to find out how curlers roll… or slide. The discounted lessons start at 11 a.m. and are $10. TIN Kitchen will offer up lunch if you stick around, and it’s a great way to learn an Olympic sport! More info here.


Go see the Hornets play

Watch the Hornets take on the Toronto Raptors this Sunday. The game is at 1 p.m. at the Spectrum Center. Find more info here.



5 things to get you in the holiday spirit this weekend

With the holidays underway, there are lots of ways to enjoy the season.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

A live nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides and decorated buildings make the Billy Graham Library a great place for the whole family to visit. It is free to park and visit, but you can spice up your trip with a Christmas dinner or holiday treats. Find more information here.

Speedway Christmas

Enjoy Christmas lights in the fast lane as you drive around the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s display. Tickets are $25 per car and $50 for each van. The speedway has a drive-in theater with a 6:30 p.m. showing of the following movies:

  • Dec. 14 – 17 – “Elf”
  • Dec. 18 – 24 – “The Polar Express”
  • Dec. 28 – 30 – “Frozen”

You can find directions and information here.

Grab unique gifts at VTG CLT Pop

VTG CLT Pop is a pop-up shop featuring local handmade and vintage items. The shop will be open until Dec. 21 and is located at Church and Third street. This Friday, the pop-up will feature Sycamore Brewing with food trucks, special beers and hot ciders. It’ll be a great spot for unique gifts. You can find more information here.

Panthers take on Green Bay

The Carolina Panthers will battle the Green Bay Packers at the Bank of America Stadium this Sunday. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this matchup since Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could play his first game in almost two months after being sidelined by a collarbone injury. You can find information about tickets and details on where to watch the game by clicking here.

Drive through Christmas Town

No Christmas season is complete without a drive through McAdenville, NC. Head to Christmas Town to view an entire town just west of Charlotte lit up with holiday spirit. It’s free, and you can find directions here.

5 things to keep you busy this weekend in Charlotte

1. Latest Amelie’s Bakery to open Saturday

The newest addition to the Amelie’s franchise is opening this weekend on Park Road. It’ll be in the backlot at Park Road Shopping Center, and returning customers can expect all the same quirks in decorations and delicious, rich treats. If you haven’t heard of this fantastic bakery, here’s the menu.

2. Outdoor movie series at the Promenade On Providence

Head over to the Promenade on Providence to enjoy a family-friendly movie night starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The movie “Sing” will be shown. Details here.

3. Watch Charlotte’s firefighters go head to head with CMPD on Sunday

The Seventh Annual Chief’s Cup Baseball Game will be held Sunday at BB&T Ball Park. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $5. For more info, click here.

4. Phantogram and Tycho live at the Fillmore

If you like electronica or chillwave music, Phantogram and Tycho are coming to the Fillmore on Saturday. Tickets are around $50, and doors open at 7 p.m.

5. Final day of Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show at the Mint Museum Uptown

This collection of art displays the progression of LGBTQ and feminism while addressing the challenges ahead. The last day of the show is Friday. More info here.

Your guide to Charlotte’s 2017 Speed Street

Speed Street is here with all the usual stops such as music, a 5K run and lots of racing-related vendors (and food too, of course). Tickets are $10 for Thursday night entertainment and $15 on Friday and Saturday night to watch the headlining acts. Hanging out is free.

Here are some events you won’t want to miss each day:

May 25
Coca-Cola Stage
Romare Bearden Park

7:30 p.m. Speed Street 5K starts

9:30-10:30 p.m. The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff (If you don’t remember this guy, this should jog your memory)

Mello Yello Stage
Tryon Street at Stonewall Street

This stage opens at noon and starts music at 1:30 p.m. with Caroline Allen, Shelby Lee Lowe, Lakeside and Mr. Nigel & Friends.

May 26

Coca-Cola Stage

Romare Bearden Park

VIP opens at 5:30 p.m. and gates open for everyone else at 6 p.m. The USAF Full Spectrum band will perform, along with Billy Currington and Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.

Mello Yello Stage

Tryon Street at Stonewall Street

The stage opens at noon with Motor Mouth Mike and includes Stephen Neal and Caroline Dare.

May 27
Coca-Cola Stage
Romare Bearden Park

Levon, The Cadillac Three and Jake Owen will be performing starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a car giveaway, along with a Q&A with Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez.

Mello Yello Stage
Tryon Street at Stonewall Street

Starting at noon, Sloane Letourneau (He’s 12… Wait, is that right?? He rocks anyway.) takes the main stage, followed by Mr. Nigel & Friends for a great stage for family fun. Hot dog eating contest starts at 4 p.m.

Bonus: Fit By Benns is partnering with Sycamore Brewing to bring you Boot Camp and Brews. The boot camp starts Sunday, May 28, 11 AM12 PM. Check it out here.

Meck Dec Day, All-Star racing: 5 Weekend events you won’t want to miss

The Mecklenburg Declaration is this weekend, which is followed by quite a few events. For anyone who might not know, leaders of Mecklenburg declared independence in 1775, as the story goes. Here’s what’s happening:

Meck Dec Day at Trade and Tryon

People gather each year around noon on May 20 to read the Meck Dec where the original courthouse was. There will be re-enactments, too.  More info here.

Meck Dec day and family fun day at Museum of History

Join the Charlotte Museum of History for an afternoon of learning and family fun from 1 to 4 p.m. You can find out all the details here.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewing is celebrating Saturday, too. Details here.

Bechtler By Night: Gear Up

There’s free admission to the Bechtler Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday to view their extensive gallery while enjoying entertainment hosted by the museum.

All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway 

Want to watch high-speed racing without having to sit through 600 miles of it? The Monster Energy All-Star race is a perfect blend of NASCAR racing for anyone with a short attention span. Seriously though, it makes for a fun night. Tickets and info here.

Celebrate a centennial of Cheerwine in Salisbury

BBQ competition, local eats and live music at this free event. Check it out here.

Sycamore Brewing hosting second annual Bacon Fest

Lots of food trucks, bacon themed. Info here.

Four things to do in Charlotte this weekend to get away from anything political

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scs_5733011767Ready to get a headstart on Christmas decorating? The famous Southern Christmas Show is here! Everything from tasty treats to holiday-themed clothing will be available through Nov. 20. This is a great thing to get out and do before you get burnt out on Christmas music.

It’s $7 per car to park, then an additional $12 admission for adults and $3 for kids 6-12. The expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.


Novant Health is hosting the Charlotte Marathon (along with other distance races) on Saturday morning. You can still sign up for the marathon, or you can choose to do a 5K or a half marathon. This is always a great event, so get out and run!

You can read all about the weekend schedule here, along with road closures.


A brand new 22,000 square foot adventure course is now open in Charlotte. Kinetic Heights is located near Matthews and features high ropes, obstacle courses and training sessions. You can learn more by going to their website.


carshowRK Motors is hosting some of the best rides in the Carolinas! The Carolina Classic & Performance car event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is an opportunity to show off your ride and hang out with other car enthusiasts.

The first 100 people through the door get a free food voucher and raffle ticket. You can learn more by going to their website.