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.



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.