This Weekend's Agenda: 20+ Events (Oct. 18-Oct. 24)
There's a new #discussCLT, a breast cancer-benefiting bar crawl, and the South End Wine Fest to look forward to.
Spoon plays at The Fillmore this Sunday.
THURSDAY (OCT. 19)
#discussCLT: Navigating Nonprofits
South End, 6 p.m., Free
This magazine’s next speaker series is all about supporting and understanding local nonprofit organizations. The event is at Lenny Boy Brewing Co., 3000 S. Tryon St., and there’s free admission with an RSVP. More details.
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery Shows
South Charlotte, Times Vary, Free
This South Charlotte gallery opened in 2011, inside the Carmel Village Shopping Plaza. Its four galleries show representational work, abstraction or photography, sculpture/jewelry/glass/wood, and collections, respectively. Lucid Light/Abstraction, OCT. 7-28, is a show built around the vibrant, abstract work of Andrea Grimsley. More details.
Piemonte at Zia Pia Imports
Uptown, 6 p.m., $29
The Italian food and culture series continues at Zia Pia on Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. Guest chef Guido Lombardi, President of Impero Wine Distributors NC will present and pour selections of direct from Piemonte wines will Executive Chef Aaron Benjamin from Gocciolina in Durham will prepare a three-course dinner of Piemonte classics. Tickets are $29 per person. More details.
Los Lobos at Neighborhood Theatre
NoDa, 8 p.m., $35
Los Lobos counts folk, blues, rock, Latin music, and R&B as genres infused in the DNA of the band's work. A 2015 nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows how that sound's been embraced. More details.
FRIDAY (OCT. 20)
Charlotte Wine and Tapas Week
Locations Vary, Times Vary, $30-$35
Think Restaurant Week except, instead of three courses, you get two glasses of wine and two tapas. At least 25 restaurants are participating in this special event that runs until Oct. 22. More details.
Harry Potter And The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
East Charlotte, 7:30 p.m., $20-$80
Ovens Auditorium hosts a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with a special guest: our city's symphony. Hear John Williams' beloved score performed by the CSO. More details.
Let’s Glow Crazy! The Duke Mansion’s Glow Party
Myers Park, 8 p.m., $75<
You know the drill. Wear white or neon colors, have fun under the blacklights, dance, repeat. This party at the Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, features a DJ, glow games, a silent auction, food and drinks and more. More details.
Bechtler By Night: Dia de los Muertos
Uptown, 5 p.m., Free
The Bechtler’s monthly free evening gets spooky tonight as it celebrates the Day of the Dead. In addition to free access to the museum’s galleries, the event features face painting, pumpkin painting, BINGO and other games, appetizers and a featured mint mojito (for purchase). The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is at 420 S. Tryon St. More details.
The Red Shoes at the Belk
Uptown, Times Vary, $25-$94.50
The Red Shoes comes from a fairy tale of the same name, crafted by Hans Christian Andersen. Famed choreographer Matthew Bourne adapted it into a stage show more than a century later, and here we are. More details.
Fight Like a Girl Pink Party at Whisky River
Uptown, 10 p.m., Free
Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., hosts this girl-powered evening. Wear pink to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month and come ready to play “Bra Pong” and win Victoria’s Secret gift certificates and more. You’ll get a free glass of champagne when you arrive (if you wear pink). More details.
SATURDAY (OCT. 21)
Tropicana’s Halloween Costume Party
Cornelius, 10 p.m., Free
This Cornelius spot is hosting a kickoff-to-Halloween party tonight with free admission. Prizes have yet to be announced for the costume contest, but come dressed ready to win. Tropicana’s at 19732 W. Catawba Ave. More details.
South End Wine Fest
South End, 2 to 6 p.m., $35
The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. This popular festival for wine-lovers (and a 2017 BOB winner for Best Wine Event) returns to 308 W. Carson Blvd. The fest features 25 vineyards, and your ticket buys you unlimited samplings. The fest also features live music and food trucks. More details.
Montford, Noon to 8 p.m., $12
Abita Brewing Company, Deep Eddy Vodka, Fusion Rx, and Libretto’s Pizzeria are proud to bring you Pizza Fest 2017 on Saturday, October 21. Tickets are $12 per person or $20 for two tickets. Each ticket gets you three slices of pizza, an Abita beer or Deep Eddy cocktail and a Pizza Fest t-shirt. Tickets are available here or at Libretto’s on Woodlawn. More details.
Blind Pilot at Spirit Square
Uptown, 8 p.m., $22-$28
Led by Israel Nebeker, the Portland indie rock group visits the intimate McGlohon Theater for the show. They're joined by singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham. More details.
Princess Brunch at Maggiano’s
SouthPark, 10 a.m. to Noon, $30
Bring your little prince or princess to brunch at Maggiano’s at the SouthPark Mall. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast brunch along with stories, games, sing-alongs, and pictures with Ariel and Belle! Tickets for adults are $30; tickets for children are $25. More details.
Second-Annual Friends & Beerfest at Legion
Plaza Midwood, 2 p.m., Free
For the second year, Legion Brewing partners with other local businesses to create a beerfest for friends. This year, Great Wagon Distilling Company and Good Road Ciderworks join the crowd along with live music, cornhole, pumpkin painting, and more. Legion Brewing is at 1906 Commonwealth Ave. More details.
Charlotte Ballet: Fall Works
Uptown, Times Vary, $25-$95
The Fall Works program has Johan Inger’s "Walking Mad," George Balanchine’s "Apollo," and the Jazz Arts Initiative partnership "Elsa Canasta.” More details.
Seventh-Annual Brewers Ball
Uptown, 7 p.m., $75
Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this annual event lets you raise a glass and do some good at the same time. In addition to the food and drink samplings, there will be a live and silent auction, musical entertainment and a guest speaker. This party is at Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St. More details.
Ballantyne Whiskey Fest
Ballantyne, Noon, Price Varies
The Ballantyne will present Ballantyne Whiskey Fest, a once-in-a-lifetime event for lovers of bourbon and all whiskeys. The day-long event will include whiskeys from around the world tastings from noon to 4 p.m. Educational seminars will be hosted by each of the brand ambassadors and followed by a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and Bourbon Ball Dinner from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and includes admission to the tasting and two educational seminars (first-come, first-served basis). The cost for cocktails and dinner is $125 per person. Enjoy the tasting, seminars, dinner and one night accommodations for $275 per person. Extend the experience by attending an exclusive Maker’s Mark tasting brunch on Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for $75 per person. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100. More details.
Carved Pig Pickin’ Fall Fest at Lenny Boy
South End, 3 to 6 p.m., $20
All are welcome at the fifth annual Carved pumpkin carving competition and pig picking event. The multi-faceted event includes a delicious pig picking with local barbecue pork, cornbread, slaw, and more. Tickets are $20 per person. More details.
Chris Clamp at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Cotswold, Times Vary, Free
A former curator for the Mint Museum, Jerald Melberg founded the gallery in 1983. Over the years, the gallery has worked with prestigious institutions such as New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Christopher Clamp's new show at the gallery, Stories In Stillness, THROUGH OCT. 28, collects striking, realistic works by the Charlotte painter. More details.
Pink Bar Crawl
Uptown, 6 p.m., $12
Paint the town pink tonight at this breast cancer awareness crawl. The evening starts at 6 at Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St., and moves to Whisky River, Blackfinn, Suite, Bubble, StrikeCity, Howl at the Moon, Mortimer’s, Tin Roof, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Lucky’s all the way until 2 a.m. Your ticket includes a pink T-shirt and free entry to each participating bar. More details.
Surrender the Booty Bar Crawl
Uptown, Noon, $43
You’re left with a pretty stark choice here with competing Uptown bar crawls: wear pink and support breast cancer awareness or dress like a pirate and “surrender your booty.” Oh, and one costs $12 and the other costs $43. With your incredibly expensive crawl ticket (which doesn’t include any drinks), you get free entry to SIP, Lucky's, Prohibition, Suite, Rooftop 210, Whisky River, Flight, Blackfinn, TILT on Trade, The Local, Connolly's, Ri Ra's and Fitzgerald's. You’ll also get an eye patch to distort your vision throughout the evening and a pirate hat. More details.
SUNDAY (OCT. 22)
Spoon at The Fillmore
AvidxChange Music Factory, 8 p.m., $29.50
Spoon's 9th record, Hot Thoughts, came out in March and marked their return to Matador Records. It's received high praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and The Guardian. More details.
With this free self-guided walking tour, you can learn about the development of Charlotte and how its citizens were involved in the American Revolution. To get information about the 19 markers along the walk, pick up a brochure at the Levine Museum of the New South or the Visitor Info Center at 501 S. College St. More details.
South End, 11:30 a.m., $27
Bike around Charlotte today with a chance to win prizes and score free beer. The event starts at Triple C Brewing, 2900 Griffith St., at 11:30 a.m. and ends back at the brewery at 4:30 for an afterparty. Your ticket buys you a beer at the afterparty! More details.
WEDNESDAY (OCT. 24)
Noah Gundersen at the Visulite
Elizabeth, 8 p.m., $16
Gundersen is the singer-songwriter behind the band The Courage. His tunes have appeared on shows like Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries, and The Following. More details.