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Community Supported Art: Submission deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Participating 2D or 3D artists must reside in the Charlotte region. Selected artists will receive a commission of $2,000 to create 50 works of art. This work is then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. See details here.
Regional Artist Project Grants: Deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 by noon. Open to residents in the Charlotte region. The grants provide funds of up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further improve their artistic development by attending a professional advancement experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment. See details here.
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.
Support Hurricane Harvey victims with Mellow Mushroom and Panther Fozzy Whittaker: Carolinas Panthers running back and Houston native Fozzy Whittaker will be at the Uptown Charlotte Mellow Mushroom (255 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.) on Monday, Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m. Mellow Mushroom will be dedicating the whole month of September to fundraising by donating $1 of each pint of Sam Adams draft sold the month of September to the relief fund, as well as 10 percent of sales each Monday.
September 22-October 1
Charlotte Film Festival: Enjoy the 9th year of this festival, with films taking place throughout the week including documentary features, documentary shorts and student films.
“Eido Is…” Installation: This installation by creative studio Eido WORKS takes place at the New Gallery of Modern Art in uptown Charlotte. “Eido Is…” is a sensory project developed as a means to stimulate the five senses in ways that represent Eido WORKS. This project was inspired by views on how design affects the social landscape. Friday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. New Gallery, 435 S Tryon St., #110.
Charlotte Open Water Swim: Swim Across America will be hosting Charlotte’s inaugural Open Water Swim. Swimmers and supporters of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in the event in Lake Norman. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. Proceeds from the swim will support leukemia research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. You can register to swim, volunteer or donate to the event at SAA’s website. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA Lakefront, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius, N.C.
Greater Charlotte Heart Walk: Walk a 5K with the American Heart Association to help fight heart disease and stroke. Sept. 23, 7:30 a.m. check in and 9 a.m. walk. First Ward Park, 301 East 7th St.
Cardio Funk at Whole Foods Waverly: Join Stacy and Michelle of Life Time Athletic Charlotte at Whole Foods Waverly for a FREE Saturday morning Cardio Funk class! Cardio Funk is a hip, current, Dance-inspired workout from Life Time, Charlotte. This class is free and open to the public. They recommend that you wear clothes that you can move in and sweat and wear sneakers (barefoot, socks and sandals are not recommended). Everything else will be provided by Life Time Athletic Charlotte. Information on Life Time Athletic Charlotte opening later this year will be available for those who are interested in learning more. Sept. 23, 9-10 a.m. Whole Foods, 7221 Waverly Walk Ave.
Queen City Quiz Show: At this live performance, Queen City Quiz Show will be part of an all-day event at Thrift Methodist Church celebrating the history and culture of the Forest Pawtucket community. A Pawtucket team will take on a team from McColl Center for Art + Innovation for $1,500 and the final spot in the semi-finals on Oct. 7. Free. Sept. 23. The show is 5:30-7 p.m. Thrift Methodist Church, 8245 Moores Chapel Road.
Belmont Avenue Better Block: This is a two-day, pop-up style Better Block project at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Harrill Street. The Belmont neighborhood received a $21,750 grant for the project, which is organized by the Dallas-based Better Block Foundation and will be the foundation’s first Better Block program in the Carolinas. The Belmont community will turn part of Belmont Avenue into a neighborhood main street envisioned and created by the community. Think temporary shops, cafés and businesses. Also in the plan is a mural to be painted by DeVaughn Johnson and a team of artists. Sept. 23-24. 923 Belmont Ave. [Related: What’s that weird blue structure down the street from Birdsong Brewing Co.?]
Football Raffle with America’s ToothFairy: Football is back! Grab your friends for Panthers vs. Saints on September 24 at Slate. Organizers will raffle some great prizes including: Autographed Cam Newton football, autographed Luke Kuechly helmet, 2 Tickets to Panthers vs. Falcons Nov. 5, 2 Tickets to Monday Night Football Panthers vs. Dolphins Nov. 13, gift cards and more. All event proceeds will support oral health education and services for children and youth in need. Can’t join on the 24th, but still want to enter to win? Buy your raffle tickets in advance at: http://www.bit.ly/footballraffle.Questions? Email email@example.com or call 704-350-1600. See you there! Sunday, September 24 for Panthers vs. Saints. Slate, 200 E. Bland St.
Deep Stretch With NoDa Hop Yoga: Restorative Session: Come together to stretch it out on the lawn for NoDa’s Hop Yoga class. It’s perfect for beginners and after class you can reward yourself with a delicious dinner from TIN Kitchen. This event is in partnership with OrthoCarolina. Bring $10 and enjoy a restorative and refreshing (one beer can included) yoga session led by yogi Courtney Lee Burrow, a Yoga Alliance Certified RYT. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-noon. $10. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St. (Via Offline.)
BlackFinn Panthers Tailgate Party: It’s game day at the Finn. Tickets to this awesome outdoor tailgate come with free parking, a bucket of beers, giveaways and a platter of game day grub for you and your crew. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. BlackFinn Ameripub, 210 E Trade St. (Via Offline.)
F*uck Up Night: Hear from Sarah at Pink Toast, Jeff of JAG Corps, and Blake of Common Market about their f*ck ups and success nonetheless. Free beer from the neighbors at Catawba Brewery. Tasty Kombucha and Sesame Peanut Noodles from Terra Flora. Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. so you can get some food, beer, and a seat. Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave.
Pink Pint Night: The Sixth Annual PPN will take place at NoDa Brewing Company. The free event features a silent auction, music by Caleb Davis, food trucks and – always one of the highlights – an exclusive pink brew developed by NoDa Brewing’s Head Brewer, Chad Henderson. No two pink brews have ever been the same. The name and ingredients of this special “NoDable” release are kept confidential until the week of the event. NoDa Brewing will also make this special brew available at other local bars and restaurants during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Sept. 28, 4 p.m.-close. 2921 N. Tryon St.
THE JAM: CLT Presents – TRL *Total Request Live*: THE JAM is doing a Total Request Live inspired playlist for their next event at Sugar Creek Brewing Co. People can actually vote for their favorite song and they’ll choreograph the top 5 for the event. Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 215 Southside Drive.
The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne – National Bourbon Month Celebration: On Friday, September 29, 6:30 p.m., celebrate National Bourbon Month at Gallery Restaurant’s The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne. The tasting will feature Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Bookers’, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam Single Barrel. Our culinary team will pair light hors d’oeuvres with each spirit sampled. The cost is $65 per person (plus tax & gratuity), and space is limited. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carolina Jubilee: The Carolina Jubilee is a two-day music festival in Harmony, NC, at VanHoy Farms. The festival features local and national music acts, celebrity chefs including Executive Chef Clark Barlowe from Heirloom Restaurant, Carolina breweries, wineries and distilleries. This is a family friendly event with kid’s activities provided by Discovery Place Kids and the option to camp on-site at VanHoy Farms. There is an a 5K and 10K the morning of September 30. Tickets to one day of the festival are $35. Both days are $55. Both days and camping is $65. Children under 12 are free. Parking will be $10/car and cannot be paid in advance. Proceeds from the event benefit the Carolina Farm Trust. Sept. 29-30. 742 Jericho Road, Harmony, NC.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Thirteen breweries in Charlotte are coming together September 29 – 30 to support childhood cancer research by donating a portion of proceeds directly to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which funds research for new and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which has a corporate office in Cornelius, is a national nonprofit established in 2007. They inspire “Good Cookies” across the world to raise awareness and donations to battle pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. Help fight pediatric cancer, one beer at a time. Participating breweries include: Bayne Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing Co., D9 Brewing Company, Eleven Lakes Brewing, Full Spectrum Brewing Co, Legion Brewing, Lenny Boy Brewing Co., NoDa Brewing Company, Sycamore Brewing, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Triple C Brewing Company, Twenty-Six Acres Brewing, Wooden Robot Brewery. Legion Brewery is donating $1 for every pint from their adventure tab all month of September and NoDa is donating $1 per every pint of Good Cookie Sandie Pecan that they brewed just for this.
Cow Chip Bingo: Play Cow Chip Bingo with the Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg to support the Pediatric Cancer Fund. Tickets are sold for $10. The ticket gets you a number in a grid painted on a field. Then a cow is released and allowed to roam the grid. Wherever the cow drops his “chip” is the winning square. The winner takes home $500, and the rest of the proceeds go toward the Pediatric Cancer Fund. Besides the Cow Chip Bingo, entertainment includes music, silent auctions, games, a petting zoo, and a bouncy house. Get tickets through Eventbrite, Paypal or at the door with cash or Visa. Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The location is at the corner of Quail View Road and Carmel Road in Charlotte.
Charlotte B-cycle to Host Sole to Soul West Side Glow Ride: This community ride, sponsored by Charlotte B-cycle, made possible by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, will meander from the Latibah Collard Green Museum through the Historic West End and parts of Center City. It will end at Mosaic Village followed by a cookout and DJ. The event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by Charlotte B-cycle, the Knight Foundation, BCBSNC, Carolinas HealthCare System, Historic West End Initiative, 100 Black Women, No Grease and Johnson C. Smith University. Bring your own bicycle or borrow one! Bikes and helmets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in reserving a bike should email email@example.com for more information. September 30. Bike Pick up and Decoration- 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ride- 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cookout and DJ at Mosaic Village- 8:30-10 p.m. WHERE: Start and Finish at Mosaic Village. 1601 West Trade St.
Knights Uptown Rundown 5K: Choose a 5K for $40 or a fun run on the field with Homer the Dragon for $10. Finisher Medals, Race t-shirt, 1st beer (or Pepsi product) and hot dog included. There will be a live band, plus an after party until 8 PM inside the ballpark. Official race after party at Ink N Ivy: 8PM-10PM. Race is Saturday, Sept 30, 5:30PM. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.
Ovens Auditorium invites kids to Shopkins Live! Shop it up!: The show is scheduled for Friday, October 6th and will feature lovable Shoppies characters like Jessicake, Rainbow Kate, Polli Polish, Cocolette, Bubbleisha, Peppa-mint and the Shopkins as well as video highlights and fun pop music. Part of a North American tour of the program, the Ovens Auditorium show will dazzle audiences with an array of custom-designed costumes and state-of-the-art theatrical design. Shopkins Live! runs for approximately an hour and a half, with a fifteen-minute intermission. Get tickets here. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 East Independence Blvd.
Night of Gratitude: Each year Playing for Others selects 10 changemakers in Charlotte and creates original music, spoken word, and dance pieces inspired by the honorees. This year, the organization is honoring these Charlotteans who are making a difference: Erica Bryant, Dennis Delamar, Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones, Cynthia Knight, Lara Americo, James & Miracle Yoder, Mark Frazier & Lee Williams, Kristin Hills Bradberry, Tim Miner, Oliver Merino. $22 for adults, $12 for students. Get tickets here. Friday, Oct.6, 8 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Opening Reception for October Featured Exhibit: Andrea Grimsley “Lucid Light/Abstraction”: Catch the reception at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery for Grimsley, whose works can be seen in various corporate selections. Saturday, Oct. 7. 5-8 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, LLC, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, 9A.
Modern Piano Concert: Enjoy this two-piano jazz concert coming up with free admission. The concert is sponsored by Queens University and recorded live with the support of an ASC Regional Artist Grant. The pianists are Claire Ritter and Ran Blake. October 7, 7p.m. Queens University/Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave.
FLY2Y2: The second FLY2Y2 features a dynamic combination of cycle, running and yoga that will be sure challenge you in a whole new way. You will be led through a high energy 30-minute cycle class at Flywheel and then take off on a scenic run to Y2 where you’ll sweat through 30 minutes of powerful and restorative hot yoga to wrap it all up. Afterwards, celebrate all your hard work on the Y2 patio where there will be raffle prizes, a complimentary pint from Lenny Boy Brewing and light bites. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer charity organization. This event will be led by FlyWheel and Y2 Yoga instructor, Shane Lucas. Details and link to sign up are here: https://y2yoga.com/study/yoga-workshops/. $49. Oct. 7, 3:45 p.m. Flywheel, 2907 Providence Road.
Lights! Camera! Fashion!: Come join The Junior League of Charlotte for a night of fashion, food, and fun that will highlight the best the Queen City has to offer while also raising money to benefit the local community. Check out jlcharlotte.org for more information $50-$100. Sunday, Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m. Belk SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road.
2nd Saturday: In the Driver’s Seat: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “In the Driver’s Seat,” an event that will give attendees the opportunity to build different types of race cars and compete with their masterpieces. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), October 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Introducing RockBox Fitness_ Benefiting Young Elites: This event begins with a RockBox workout. There will be two FREE class options 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Drinks, food, music and games will start at 10 a.m. and go to 3 p.m. There will also be a raffle with donations from exciting local businesses such as: Sugar Creek Brewing, Inner Peaks Climbing Center, Wooden Robot Brewery, Damsel in Defense, The Brass Tap and many more. All proceeds will go directly to Young Elites. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2130 Wilkinson Blvd.
Order Together: Order Together is a collaborative seven-course dinner featuring some of the biggest names in the Charlotte food scene. Tickets, on sale now, are $125 per person and include a welcome cocktail and beer pairings. The dinner is the brainchild of the team behind Order/Fire, specifically producer/director Peter Taylor, chef Marc Jacksina and brand director Joel Tracey. This event is the largest ever planned by the group, which launched the culinary web series in 2015. Order Together will feature the work of: Jamie Lynch (5 Church/Sofia’s Lounge), Greg Auten (Pinky’s), Clark Barlowe (Heirloom Restaurant) and others. 6 p.m., Oct. 16 at Heirloom Restaurant, 8470 Bellhaven Blvd.
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert: The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m.Phone: 704-372-3600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.ovensauditorium.com. Ticket prices: $25, $55, $65, $75, $85 (plus applicable service charges). Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd.
Biketoberfest: Bike around town to fun destinations while collecting stamps in your official Biketoberfest Passport. The stamps you collect on your passport at official destinations will be entered in a raffle for many fantastic prizes! The more destinations you visit, the more chances you’ll have to win. Gather for an after party celebration with live music and an exciting raffle. This event is for all ages and abilities. Kids under 18 participate for free with a registered adult. Tickets are just $25 and include: Entry to the after party at Triple C Brewing Co., one free beer (at Triple C Brewing Co.), an event t-shirt (must purchase ticket by 10/16 to be guaranteed a shirt*), plus discounts and prizes along the way. All proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte and the Bicycle Program. To register, visit biketoberfestclt.org. Sunday, October 22. (Rain Date: October 29). Noon-6:30pm. Center City Charlotte + South End + Wesley Heights + Dilworth. After Party: Triple C Brewing Company.
Opening Reception for “Medium”: An Art Exhibition: The Arts at Queens welcomes the talented emerging artists from the Core Fellowship Program at Penland, who are highlighted in this multi-medium exhibition. Penland is an international center for craft education in the mountains of NC, and Core Fellows are selected through a competitive process that attracts applicants from every part of the country. Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Free., Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building, Queens University of Charlotte. 1900 Selwyn Ave.
Cheers Jen Cheers Tailgate Party: Watch the Panthers take on the Bucs at Triple C Brewing’s new Barrel Room. Tickets include beer, food, raffle tickets and of course supporting a great cause. Tickets are $20-$40. Oct. 29, noon-5 p.m. 2832 Griffith St.
Fourth Annual MallStars Mall-O-Ween: Monsters, superheroes, princesses, kings and queens, ghosts and ghouls – all 10 years old or under – are invited to have an imaginative, spooktacular good time dressing up in their Halloween finest (no full facial masks or toy weapons please) for mall-wide trick-or-treating at participating retailers, Halloween-themed photo ops, live entertainers and more. Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Free. Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. Guest information:(704) 921-2007
2nd Saturday: Getting Schooled in NASCAR: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Getting Schooled in NASCAR,” an event that will allow attendees to come and try out various careers in racing, such as mechanics, broadcasters, and officials. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), November 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
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.
Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer