5 fun things to do this rainy weekend

Friday

Opening ceremony

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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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

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Your guide to Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that means a lot of good food, family time and our very own parade Uptown.

The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the largest in the Southeast, with hundreds of people marching and thousands watching from the sidewalks. The weather is supposed to be a chilly 41 degrees and partly cloudy at the start of the parade.

The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m., but the event’s website recommends that anyone who wants a good view (including viewers who are handicapped) should arrive around 7 a.m., as there is no reserved seating except for VIP tickets.

Tryon Street will be shut down as the parade heads north from Stonewall Street to Ninth Street through the heart of Charlotte.

City buses are expected to run their normal routes, or you can find parking at these parking decks near the event. Event prices will be posted in front of each garage.

  • Lot 510 – 510 S. College Street, Digital Pay station or pay per space
  • Lot 400 – 400 S. Tryon St., entrance off M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard and Church Street, Pay Station – Pay Per Space
  • Lot 330 – 330 S. Tryon St., entrance off M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard and Church Street, Pay Station – Pay Per Space
  • Lot 237 – 237 S. Tryon St., entrance off 3rd Street – Pay station in lobby
  • Lot 121 – 121 W. Trade St., enter off Trade or 4th streets, Pay per Space
  • Lot 123 – 123 S. Church St., enter off 4th or Church streets, Pay at exit- Pay per Space
  • Lot 214 – Hearst Tower Garage. Pay at exit
  • Lot 525 – 525 N. Tryon St., enter off 9th Street. Pay Per Space

The parade is something special in Charlotte. It was started 70 years ago and is a longstanding tradition in the Queen City.

You can vote for USA Today’s 10 best parades list and make Charlotte proud. Currently, Charlotte is No. 5 on the list, ahead of Chicago and New York City’s parade.

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.

Mint Museum Uptown receives grant for interactive stairs

The stairs at Mint Museum Uptown are about to get a lot cooler thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

The huge concrete stairs lead to the front entrance, and some visitors have said they are intimidating, according to The Mint Museum website. The new stairs will be equipped with LEDs that are interactive to the touch, just like the Seventh Street Station, which is where the inspiration came from.

“In the years since our opening, we have heard that some visitors consider our façade intimidating, and we wanted to find new ways to make our building more welcoming,” said Hillary Cooper, the Mint’s director of advancement and communications.

The city of Charlotte, a curator-led committee and other Charlotte arts groups will begin working on the details of the staircase. The staircase also will include components that count the number of visitors who interact with it.

The Knight Foundation awarded 12 different ideas that revolved around using technology to immerse visitors in art that totaled $1.87 million.