Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte |September 6 – September 12

Photo by Charlotte Image Photography, courtesy of South End Shuffle


Can’t make it to Munich? Celebrate at NoDa Brewing’s Oktoberfest release.  Enjoy commemorative steins of German Maerzen beer for $10, and music from Madeleine. 3-10 p.m. 2921 N. Tryon St. Free.

Dust off your favorite cocktail dress for a sophisticated night uptown at the black tie optional Art of the Mind Inc., Charity Art Gala. Mingle over wine and appetizers, and enjoy from music DJ Eames while discovering the art of seven local artists at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. All proceeds benefit the Art of the Mind Inc.’s mission to provide mental health counseling to those with financial need. 7 p.m. 551 N. Tryon St. $40. Ticket sales end at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5. 

Take a Twilight Wildlife Hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. A guide will lead the group on a 2-mile hike suitable for all ages and look for wildlife and signs of wildlife on along the trail. 7:30 p.m. 2573 Lake Haigler Dr., Fort Mill. $5


Courtesy of Charlotte Museum of History
Backcountry Days Festival

Explore the diversity of cultures of the earlier residents of North Carolina at the Backcountry Days Festival at the Charlotte Museum of History. Learn about the cultures of the Catawba Indian nation, enslaved people and European colonists through concerts, demonstrations, lectures and a historic house tour. noon-5 p.m. 3500 Shamrock Dr. Free. 

Courtesy of CLT VegFest

Eat your veggies at Charlotte VegFest. Explore plant-based cuisines from 16 local restaurants and watch cooking demos while wids can enjoy face painting, a bounce house and other child-friendly fun activities. 800 Briar Creek Rd. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.  

Still hungry?  Sample dishes from around the world at the World L!t Street Food Festival. This festival features street food style cuisine from Brazil, Vietnam, India and Mexico and music from international bands. 4-10 p.m. 1824 Statesville Ave. Free. 

Explore the South End at the 6th annual South End Shuffle. Run either a 5k or a 1 mile fun run through the South End and the rail trail, and celebrate at the end of the race with food, free beer and live music at the post-race party. 9:30 a.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. $20 for the 1 mile fun run and $40 for the 5k. 

See comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt live as he films his next comedy special. These performances will be live tapings, so make sure to arrive on time. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 430 S. Tryon. Tickets start at $37. 


See Argentine Lifetime Grammy award winner Leo Dan perform live at Leo Dan en Concierto. Known for his romantic Spanish-language music, Dan is one of the most well known singer-songwriters in Latin America, with over 55 million album copies sold worldwide. 7 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets start at $59. 


Treat yourself to a Bourbon tasting and chocolate pairing. Sample six different Jefferson bourbons, each followed with a curated taste of chocolate. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bin 110, 19712 One Norman Drive #110, Cornelius. $30. 


Sample wines and support a great cause at the Wine Not? Wine Tasting at Local Loaf.  The entry fee gets you 16 wine samples and a $10 credit toward the purchase of a bottle of your choice. For every ticket purchased, Local Loaf will donate $5 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 6 p.m. 800 E. 35th St. $15. 

Go to opening night of Disney’s Aladdin at Belk Theater. The classic comedy musical will delight attendants of all ages and will run through September 29. 7:30 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets start at $30.  


Enjoy a night of country music under the stars at the Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Tour at PNC Music Pavilion. Carly Pierce and Kane Brown will open for headliner Jason Aldean. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $43.75. 


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