Weekender: 28 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including festivals and live music

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Daydream music fest at Suffolk Brewing: Taste the new Daydream “anytime” lager while you enjoy live music from the Nick Hickman Band. Free. 8pm. Details

Live music at The Music Yard: Enjoy live music on a lawn style concert with self pour beer, wine and a full bar. 6 pm-11 pm. Tickets start at $10.  Details

Mike Phillips at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: TJ Entertainment Group and Sol Kitchen present the official Charlotte album release concert with world-renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips. $29.50 and up. 8pm Details

Luminarium – Architects of Air at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Become immersed in a sensory experience through interactive and walk-in sculptures. $5. 9:30am to 6:30pm. Details

Blackstar Symphony: The Music of David Bowie (World Premiere) at Belk Theater: Listen to the singular interpretation of the music of Blackstar, Bowie’s final album from a collaboration led by Conductor Tim Davie Blackstar Symphony Artistic Director Donny McCaslin and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Details

Charlotte International Arts Festival at Location: Play and welcome curiosity during the annual celebration of imaginative visual and performing arts from the most creative international and local minds. Free. Details

Tapas & Testimonials at Mint Museum: Gather on the lawn or their in-person benefit to enjoy internationally themed tapas, music and auction items to celebrate the community. $100. 6pm-9pm.  Details

Little Feat at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts: Listen to a fusion of a broad span of styles and genres as Little Feat combines earthy, organic material with first-rate musicianship. $59.50 and up. 8pm. Details

Mecktoberfest at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten: Celebrate the first weekend of a two weekend event to celebrate the premiere Fall beer festival with food and music. 11am-11pm.  Details 

90’s Night at Skiptown: Try a specialty cocktail or a new slushie flavor while the pups play and you enjoy 90’s hits from the DJ. The coolest dressed owner or dog in a 90’s fit will receive a free puppaccino. $15. 6-10 pm. Details

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Hispanic Heritage Festival of the Carolinas at Truist Field: Learn and enjoy an immersive experience into Latin American cultures with local cuisine, traditional live dances and live music by world-renowned artists. $20. 3pm. Details

NoDaHood FestiFall Market at Divine Barrel Brewing: Shop from 70 local small businesses spread out at Divine Barrel Brewing, Great Wagon Road Distilling and Free Will Craft & Vine in NoDa. Try new items from food trucks while you enjoy music, beer and cocktails all afternoon. Free. 1-6pm. Details

Rail Trail Cleanup at New Bern St. Light Rail Station: Volunteer to keep the city clean by picking up litter to keep the city clean. Enjoy raffles, swag, and a free drink that is sponsored by U.S. Bank as part of the I Heart Rail Trail initiative.  Free. 10am-12pm. Details

Bassem Youssef at Booth Playhouse: Watch the host of popular TV show Al Bernameg, Bassem Youssef, sometimes characterized as the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, give a comedic performance. $39. 7-9:30 pm. Details

Tablao Flamenco at Romare Bearden Park: Enjoy a snippet of performed improvisation and passionate music delivered by a cast of the most sought-after award-winning flamenco artists in the U.S. and Europe. Free. Multiple showings starting at 12pm. Details

Bogey Bar Crawl at South End: Put on your golf attire and crawl around South End to celebrate the Presidents Cup coming to Charlotte. Those who dress up could win prizes like gift cards, Halloween Pub Crawl tickets and tickets to the Presidents Cup. $5. 4:30-10 pm. Details

Dog Days of Summer Block Party at The Winnifred: Party with your pup or adopt a dog from Halfway There Rescue. The block party will have giveaways, leasing specials for people who tour The Winnifred during the event and lease within 24 hours, and shopping from local businesses at Shops at The Winnifred. Free. 11am-3pm. Details

58th Annual Festival in the Park at Freedom Park: Celebrate art at the annual festival that brings the community together for a family-friendly event with food, music and artwork.Free. 10am-9pm. Details

Charlotte VegFest 2022 at Camp North End: Grab a friend to join the 4000+ person event that supports vegans and vegan-friendly business. The event will feature a variety of vegan foods, local vegan restaurants and food trucks, local vendors, live music, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, free prizes and gift bags.  Free. 12-4pm. Details

The Presidents Cup Fan Shop at Quail Hollow Club: Shop local apparel for the perfect outfit for the golf tournament. Park at South Mecklenburg High School to catch a shuttle to and from Quail Hollow Club. 9am-5pm. Details 

OH Well: HIIT with Olivia at Optimist Hall: Start your morning with a 50-minute workout with local fitness expert Olivia Morgan for core strengthening, mobility, flexibility and high-intensity interval training through body-weight exercises. Free. 9-10am. Details

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Best of Charlotte Bridal Show at Pleasant Grove Farm: Bring some from your future bridal party along to meet a carefully curated selection of vendors that features unique wedding vendors, interactive experiences, food, and drinks. $5-$40. 1-4pm. Details

Project Full Out at Booth Playhouse: Watch a Hip Hop dance showcase that incorporates story-telling, comedy, live musicians, and even an interactive game show for the audience. $15 to $25. Times vary. Details

Music in the Garden Series at The Duke Mansion: Spend your evening relaxing to the sounds of live music in the garden while enjoying a cocktail. $25. 7-9pm. Details

Charlotte Mimosa Festival 2022 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company: The festival offers a wide variety of mimosas, musical entertainment, food trucks and vendors. $50. 1-5 pm. Details

Reset Wellness Festival at Reedy Creek Park: Wind down from the weekend with interactive workshops, vendors, food, live music and a market that will help get your body back in alignment. Free. 2:22 pm. Details

MAKRS Society at Protagonist Beer Southend: Shop from 35+ local artists and makers at the monthly pop-up that will feature two food trucks, a dessert truck and a coffee truck. Alcohol will be served by Protagonist. Free. 12-5 pm. Details

Mattie’s Front Porch’s Sunday Dinner at 10818 Tavernay Pkwy: Enjoy a ​​dining experience curated by Chef Lisa Brooks that showcases Low-Country and Southern coastal cuisine. Each dining experience will feature an array of classic Southern Staples, such as old fashioned chicken pot pie, turnip greens & pepper vinegar and red velvet cake, served family style. $85. 3pm. Details


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