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Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3 – 6 p.m.
NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Every Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.
Art in Motion is a monthly open mic night featuring live painting, poets and musicians. Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.
Team Trivia at Rhino Market: It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. Mondays, 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.
Free Fitness Saturdays at Northlake Mall: Free Fitness Saturdays will now occur on the first Saturday of every month, led by fitness instructors from the McCrorey Family YMCA. Saturdays, March 4-December 2, 2017, 10 – 11 a.m. Upper Level near Entry 4 at Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
Greenway Summer Concert Series: Anne Springs Close Greenway has brought back this concert series for its fifth year, with 14 concerts scheduled every Thursday from June through August. Check out the schedule here. Attendees should bring a blanket and/or chairs. Food trucks will be in attendance and beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase. Free for Greenway members, $5 for non-members, $5 for parking, 6:30 p.m., Anne Springs Close Greenway, 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill.
Uptown Charlotte Parks Music Series:
Music Box Lunch: Enjoy Tuesdays this summer with a free, live music event. All ages welcome. Free to attend, every Tuesday (June 6 – August 29), 12 – 1:30 p.m., First Ward Park, 301 E 7th St.
Picnic in the Park: A free, live music event will take place every Sunday this summer in Fourth Ward Park. View the schedule here. All ages welcome. Free to attend, every Sunday (June 4 – August 27), 4 – 5:30 p.m., Fourth Ward Park.
Party in the Park: Enjoy Wednesdays this summer with Party in the Park, a free, live music event. View the schedule here. Free to attend, every Wednesday (June 7 – August 30), 6 – 9 p.m., Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St.
Summer Jazz Series: Stop by these free events on June 24, July 29 and August 26 at Freedom Park to enjoy good music, food trucks and beer. 6 – 9 p.m., 1900 East Blvd.
Wine Tasting Tuesdays at Fidelli: Taste 5 different wines for $5 every Tuesday at Fidelli Kitchen. Purchase a $5 reloadable wine card to taste from the self-serve wine machine. Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Fidelli Kitchen, 1616 Camden Road.
Topgolf Nights: Topgolf Charlotte presented by Pepsi will be hosting Topgolf Nights every Friday and Saturday nights from June 9 through September 2. Enjoy live music, patio games, contests and giveaways. All ages welcome. Free to attend, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Topgolf Charlotte, 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr.
Color the Park School Supplies Drive: Join other members of the Ballantyne community as they collect school supplies and monetary donations for local students in need. Members of the community are encouraged to drop off school supplies in one of the Northwood Office building lobbies. To learn more about other ways to donate, go here, or donate through the uBack app. July 18 – August 1. Learn more here.
Happy November! Don’t overlook our list of The top 10 things you MUST do this month
Through November 19
Carolina Renaissance Festival: Autumn has arrived and with it the return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. From September 30 through November 19 on Saturdays and Sundays, over one thousand Festival participants will work as a collective ensemble to deliver a big dose of cheer, trumpet fanfare, clashing armor and giant roasted turkey legs. For detailed Festival information, directions and tickets, visit www.Carolina.RenFestInfo.com. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd Huntersville, NC.
The Southern Christmas Show: The Southern Christmas Show turns 50 this year; what better way to kick off Christmas for readers than showcasing this holiday tradition for so many. Every year, more than 100,000 show guests flock to Charlotte to attend this magical event. Show highlights include the following: Dickens-Style Village with more than 50 shop windows and shelves filled with splendid gifts, dolls, ornaments and decorations for giving and collecting. Christmas Tree Lane featuring award-winning, lush trees from the N.C. mountains, each decorated by a talented designer. Designer Showrooms & Decorating Competitions: Designers will be judged on their room, tree, mantel door and/or wreath creations by the public via the website and Facebook. Crafters, Artisans and Exhibitors (450+!) will be ready to help visitors find a gift for everyone on their list. Entertainment Stage will be packed with festive dance performances, heavenly voices and merry instrumentals. St. Nick will be on hand; photos are 1 for $10; 2 for $18 and 3 for $25, with proceeds benefitting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Park Expo and Conference Center.
Five Points Better Block Neighborhood Build: Charlotteans and members of the Historic West End Community will participate in a week-long Five Points Better Block community build to test ideas for creating great spaces. Where: The intersection of West Trade, State Street, 5th St., Rozzelles Ferry Rd. and Beatties Ford Rd (also known as Five Points). November 14-17, starts daily at 11 a.m. and continues until the early evening; The entire plaza will be activated with art, vendors and performances on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (There will be a soft-launch Friday night, November 17, from 5p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Ciel Gallery Reception: Join The Ballantyne for an artist reception with Ciel Gallery on Friday, November 17, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. View Ciel Gallery’s exclusive display at Gallery Restaurant, and enjoy cocktails, light appetizers and mingling with featured artists. Additional art will be on display, and all art will be available for purchase. Please RSVP to Ashley Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 10.
Santa’s Arrival And Tree Lighting: It’s time to welcome the jolly one himself outside the mall main entrance near H&M! Celebrate Santa’s arrival at Northlake Mall with our Second Annual Tree Lighting event. Holiday-themed entertainment will be provided by local artists and musicians including the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts. Friday, November 17, 2017. 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
“Life As We Know It — Six Plays About Modern Life Madness”: “Life As We Know It — Six Plays About Modern Life Madness” will be performed Nov. 17-18 at C3 Lab by local comedy theatre troupe The Hot Mess Players. “Life As We Know It” consists of six “short-attention span comedies” that satirically skewers the madness of modern life– reality star worship, iPhone lust, cosmetic surgery addiction, battles between Southern natives and transplants, shopping for status –among other contemporary contagions. Tickets are available here and at the door. C3 Lab, 2525 Distribution St.
2017 Vintage Charlotte Winter Market: VTGCLT is popping up at The Fillmore Charlotte for the sixth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with 60+ of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Yelp Charlotte is supplying shopping bags for the first 500 customers. HEX Coffee will be on hand keeping everyone caffeinated, and Bleu Barn Bistro and The Dumpling Lady will be filling everyone’s tummies. $7 early bird entry at 10 a.m. And $2 general admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.
Breakfast With Santa: Join Northlake Mall Saturday, November 18 for a very special Breakfast with Santa. Families are invited to eat a holly, jolly breakfast and visit with Santa at the Food Court. Enjoy music, games and crafts led by Mr. Nigel. The first 200 children in attendance will receive a FREE breakfast and special gift. Parents can also register children for the Northlake MallStars Kids Club during the event or online by visiting https://www.shopnorthlake.com/kids-club . 8:30am to 10:00am.
Feast Your Eyes: Feast Your Eyes is a collaborative dinner with cocktail pairings where visual art is translated through various bites and beverages. Allow us to stimulate your senses through food, crafted cocktails, art and music as they intertwine–one with the other throughout the evening. The intent is to spark conversations, highlight the unfamiliar and deepen your sensory connection via the assistance of artists, chefs and mixologists, all the while elevating your tastebuds. $60 – $75. Sunday, Nov. 19. 5:30 p.m. Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave.
November 19-December 31
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s annual Christmas light show: Charlotte Motor Speedway’s annual Christmas light showreturns Nov. 19 with a 3.75-mile drive-through course of more than 3 million lights, a family-friendly Christmas village and movie nights every Thursday-Sunday; Speedway Christmas runs Nov. 19-Dec. 31 and is closed Christmas Day. Fans can get a sneak peek during The Egg Nog Jog 5K Nov. 18 with a fun run through the illuminated infield course; Fans can register for the family-friendly, non-timed run by visiting http://eggnogjog5k.com/register/. Fans can buy tickets to Speedway Christmas by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), purchasing them at the ticket office or by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.
The Power of Giving: Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business with Blake Mycoskie: On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Queens will be bringing Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder, to town. Tickets/Info: ow.ly/PhEn30fWbms. $45. 7 p.m. Knight Theater.
Charlotte Millennial Art Program: Come gather at the new and improved Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art Wednesday November 29th for the monthly CLTMAP event! This month we are pleased to announce that Ash Knight, sculptor and CPCC professor wil be speaking for us. Ash Knight will be giving us a look inside the creative process of an artist. Beer will be graciously provided by The Wooden Robert Brewery and appetizers will be provided by Queen City Catering! The event begins at 6pm, come curious! Elder Gallery, 1520 South Tryon Street
C5 Celebrates: CharlotteFive is about to celebrate its third birthday with a bash featuring Work For Your Beer and Queen City Brewers Festival on Dec. 1. Let’s raise our glasses at Lenny Boy Brewing Co., while benefiting ACEing Autism. Find tickets here.
3rd Annual Tacky South End Holiday Party: This party comes with comedy from Improv Charlotte to benefit Kids First of the Carolinas. Come kick off the holiday season on Dec 1st in South End at the Charlotte Art League after gallery crawl; entry is a new unwrapped toy or clothing item for Kids 1st or suggested $10 donation at the door. This year there are 6 arts partners. Friday, Dec. 1. 9:30-11:30 p.m.
ATWS 5th Anniversary Party: From Assorted Table Wine Shoppe: “For over half a decade and counting Assorted Table Wine Shoppe has been proud to offer Charlotte the BEST selection of wine, craft beer, sake, vermouth, amaros, bitters, and more! Join us in a celebration of thanks to all supportive family, friends, and loyal customers who have kept our lights on for over five years – and continue to do so! It will be an evening full of wine, beer, and Filipino-inspired appetizers prepared by the fabulous Jo Tolentino Kocak to fill your bellies in propper holiday fashion! PLUS DJ Anthony Smitty Smith will transform the market into the best dance party venue of the season! Formal wear and sneakers are suggested attire (to maximize your break dancing skills) but we just want you to come out and celebrate with us – even if you have two left feet! Welcome donations of new or gently used shoes and new socks will be delivered to Urban Ministry Center. $15 Ticket price includes two drink tickets and all edibles. Cash bar to follow. Sun., Dec. 3. 6-9 p.m. Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, 224 East 7th St.
December 3 & 15
HOLIDAY CRAFT CAMP: From Modern Craft Co.: “We have a few dates where Charlotte friends can come and enjoy an adult holiday decor workshop called “Holiday Craft Camp”, details available here. We’re pulling out all the stops at this holiday-decor-making-gift-giving-cheer-sharing-craft-fest. All skill levels are welcome and all art supplies are provided. We can’t share all the secrets of the full crafting menu but at minimum we’ll have an ornament making station, hand carved stamp holiday card and gift tag making, gift wrap design station, and garland stringing! Attendees will get three hours of holiday craft-making revelry with creative guidance, and an abundance of fine art materials and holiday crafting supplies. There are three dates available with the third being tween/teen friendly as well! Tickets are $65 and available through ModernCraftCollective.com. Dates and Times are: The November event has passed. Remaining dates: December 3, 2:00-5:00pm at Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208. Friday, December 15, 6:00-9:00pm (FAM JAM – Come with your crafty Tweens + Teens!) at Small Hands Big Art studio, 8025 Ardrey Kell Rd., Suite 103, Charlotte, NC 28277
“California vs. Oregon Pinot Noir Show Down”: Head to Foxcroft Wine Co. for this fun event. Monday, Dec. 4th and Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 7pm South Park Location. Wednesday, Dec. 6th and Thursday, Dec. 7th at 7pm Dilworth Location. $45+.
CERAMIC DIFFUSER JEWELRY with The Pure Roots: From Modern Craft Co.: “Another fun partnership and gathering is our Ceramic Diffuser Jewelry workshop with The Pure Roots. All the good details can be found here but the short version is The Pure Roots and Modern Craft Collective are joining together to cultivate a space for you to creatively and aromatically cherish yourself and your loved ones with hand-crafted ceramic diffuser pendants, cuffs and ornaments. Our hope is you’ll walk out feeling more connected to your own creative spirit and the benefits of intentional natural living, as well as with five gifts of hand crafted ceramic diffuser jewelry pieces and matching essential oils eager to make an impact in your life and in your tribe! Tickets are $65 and Advance Registration is required through ModernCraftCollective.com.” Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m.
2nd Saturday: Holiday Workshop: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Holiday Workshop,” a workshop that will celebrate the the season by providing tools for you to craft your own version of a car for the future. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), December 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
“Champagne and Dessert Wines” Pop Up Tasting: Head to both SouthPark and Dilworth Locations for Foxcroft Wine Co. Saturday, Dec. 9th from 2-4pm, $5 per person.
Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer