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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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.

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.

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

Need something to get your mind off the election results? Here are four things to do this weekend that don’t include White House drama.

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.