Seven fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte

Friday

Festival of Trees at Levine Museum of the New South

The Festival of Trees is an event to support The Arc of Mecklenburg County programs, as well as children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guests enjoy live music by Bonejazz, heavy hors d’œuvres, cash bar, silent auction and raffles. You can find out more here.

The Speedway Christmas Special at Concord Speedway

The Speedway Christmas special has over 3 million lights that you can view as you drive along the 3.5-mile course. The special is open every Thursday through Sunday starting this week. Friday and Saturday are $30 per car, $45 per van. Thursday and Sunday are $25 per car, $30 per van. You can find out more details here.

Charlotte Christmas Village

This event continues through Christmas Eve and is a great event in the heart of Charlotte. A European inspired Christmas village brings unique food and drinks to uptown. You can find out more here.

Saturday

Jingle All the Way 5K run

Go for a run and support your Mint Hill Police Department’s volunteer and explorer programs in their first annual 5K walk/run. It starts at 9 a.m., and you can find out more information here.

Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting

The tree lighting in downtown Matthews is at 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be crafts and things for kids to do surrounding the event. You can find out more info here.

Charlotte Hornets vs. The Minnesota Timberwolves

As the Hornets try to gain some momentum, they will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Time Warner Cable Arena (now Spectrum Center). The Hornets are ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Timberwolves are 14th in the Western Conference. The game is at 7 p.m., and you can find out more information here.

Sunday

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout December, the library has a live nativity, story time and horse-drawn carriage rides. Find out more information here.

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Four fun events happening this weekend in Charlotte

Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden starts Friday and runs through Jan. 1. The gardens are completely transformed for Christmas with over 600,000 dazzling lights. You can find out more info here.

If you’re closer to Concord, the Speedway Christmas special opens Saturday with over 3 million lights that you can view as you drive along the 3.5-mile course. The special is open every Thursday through Sunday starting this week. Friday and Saturday are $30 per car, $45 per van. Thursday and Sunday are $25 per car, $30 per van. You can find out more details here.

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Reflections of ice skaters streatch across the windows at the Nascar Hall of Fame. Holiday on Ice is an annual event held around Christmas. (Joshua Komer for the Free Press)
Reflections of ice skaters streatch across the windows at the Nascar Hall of Fame. Holiday on Ice is an annual event held around Christmas. (Joshua Komer for the Free Press)

Break out your ice skates and head uptown for the 13th annual WBT Holiday on Ice. The outdoor ice skating rink is located at the front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and skates can be rented there. Find more info here.

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The Charlotte International Auto Show will be held this weekend. With hundreds of new cars featured from all over the world, this auto show brings a little bit of Detroit to Charlotte.  The show is Friday from noon until 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 or $8 if you buy them here.

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The Southern Christmas Show is still going on through this weekend. Everything from tasty treats to holiday-themed clothing will be available through Sunday. This massive show will fill any gaps in your decorating needs.

It’s $7 per car to park, then an additional $12 admission for adults and $3 for kids ages 6 to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You will not want to miss these bands at The Fillmore Charlotte this weekend

Band of Horses is performing at the Fillmore in Charlotte TONIGHT at 8 P.M. This is a personal favorite band that combines alt rock with indie in a new way. If you’ve never heard of them and would like to see a new band live, this is a perfect opportunity. Find out more info here and sample their top track below.

Machine Gun Kelly is coming to the Fillmore Sunday night. An american rapper known for remixing the song “Sail” and other hit singles. A great show if you love rap. Find out more info here and listen to one of his songs below.

The Chainsmokers will be performing Monday at Bojangles Coliseum. The Chainsmokers are known best for their song “Closer” which I’m sure you’ve heard on the radio if its not yet ringing a bell. They’ve also had a couple of other hit songs that made the top 100 in 2014. This American DJ duo certainly bring a lot of energy to their set and would make for a fun night. You can find out more info here and listen to one of their songs below.

Phantogram is an American duo known for their electro-pop sound and has become a staple in a lot of indie mixes. They will be performing at the Fillmore on Saturday night at 8 P.M. Sample “Same Old Blues” that was released a few weeks ago or click on the link to find out more info.

Weekend events in Charlotte: Checkers Opening weekend, run uptown, annual barbecue

greenlogo_smallNew South for the Southerner is an event featuring Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer, winner of The Pulitzer Prize. The event is tonight at Levine Museum of the New South and consists of looking into pivotal moments that shaped the 2016 election. Siers will talk about his approach to creating his cartoons in a political minefield. You can find out more information here and space is limited so RSVP quickly for tonight’s event! Wine and buffet are included with the 15 dollar ticket.

Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos annual festival is at the Levine Museum of the New South on Sunday, October 30th. It’s a family friendly event that includes music, dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops and arts and crafts. Free admission all day and you can find out more info here.

img_1812Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church is hosting their 87th annual barbecue tonight. Good food, enough said. You can find out more information here, although the picture says it all.

 

 

zzdata-22782_560x330The Charlotte Checkers start their season at the Bojangles Coliseum Friday and Saturday. I never cared for hockey until I went to a game, and it is epic. If you’re up for trying something new, this is the place to do it. You can find out more by clicking here.

Running Scared 5 miler and Monster Mile will be held uptown between Romare Bearden Park and Knights Stadium  Saturday morning. If you want to get a head start on burning off some halloween candy, this is the time to do it. You can find out more info here.

 

Event cancelations in Uptown Charlotte known so far

14355180_1344898202189648_4684364336395322351_nThe Bechtler Museum of Modern Art canceled all events for today and will wait to asses before opening tomorrow.

The Mint Museum’s Uptown gallery crawl has been moved to October 27th.

The Charlotte Knights planned to host a Family Movie Night presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty – Ballantyne Office, which was scheduled for Friday, September 23rd, has been canceled.

Bank of America and many businesses have told staff to stay home if they work uptown.

If you were planning on an event in uptown Charlotte and don’t see it on the list, call before going to see if it is canceled or not.

The Fall AutoFair is still going on at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend starting tonight. You can find more information about the event by clicking here.

Block parties, baseball and more to do this weekend in Charlotte

This weekend should have a lower chance of rain, so get out there and enjoy some events! Here’s our curated list of things to do brought to you by the Free Press.

LoSo Block Party is this Saturday bringing out live music, six breweries and plenty of food trucks. This is also a cool event because it’ll be benefiting the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Pints for Prostates. You can learn all about it hereIf you are looking for something more family friendly then look to Harvey’s Block Party  in Huntersville or 2nd Friday Street Festival in Cornelious where there will be lots of things to do.

  • While the Charlotte Knights are away in Durham you can still catch some great games in Shelby, NC for the American Legion World Series. Teams from all over the country will go head to head to see who is the best eight different states throughout the country. You can find out more here.
  • McColl Center for the Arts is hosting their member show that starts Saturday and will be displayed until the 27th of August. The show is non-juried, but there is a people’s choice award for whatever artist you may like. It goes from 5-9PM  and you can find out more information here.

2016_FestivalX_FHThe U.S. National Whitewater Center is celebrating 10 years of existence! Festival X will have bike challenges, a cornhole tournament and live music all day. This is a great event if you want to get outside and enjoy the day. More information here.