This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (Dec. 13-19)
Arts, food, beer, and social events
This weekend will feature the last Uptown Flea market of the year.
THURSDAY (DECEMBER 13)
KISSmas at Rooftop 210
Uptown, 7 p.m., $35
Kiss 95.1 FM’s annual Christmas concert is tonight, and this year’s concert features live performances from Why Don't We, Sabrina Carpenter, Bryce Vine, and Ava Max. The concert goes until 10 p.m. at Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St. More details.
Ballantyne Hotel Holiday Cocktail Class
Ballantyne, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $40
Come enjoy the newly renovated lobby bar at the Ballantyne Hotel, The Royal, as part of this interactive holiday cocktail class. Tickets are $40 per person and attendees will learn how to create homemade eggnog, mulled wine punch, and vieux carre. There will also be light hors d’oeuvres and take-home holiday recipe cards. More details.
Bubble and Salty Snacks at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
Uptown, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $35
Assorted Table Wine Shoppe in the 7th Street Public Market will host a tasting and discussion of five types of sparkling wine paired with some of your favorite salty snacks. More details.
New Works/Alumni One at the McColl Center
Uptown, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Free
The biggest difference between the McColl Center and other arts institutions is that it offers visitors the chance to observe the art-making process. In the center’s nine studios, visitors can watch artists develop and execute new ideas. New Works/Alumni One, THROUGH JAN. 5, is a McColl alumni exhibition featuring the works of Michaela Pilar Brown, Erika Diamond, and Jonathan Prichard. More details.
FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14)
Cheese and Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks
South End, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $19
Red Clay Ciderworks teams up with Orrman’s Cheese Shop on Friday, December 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Red Clay for a cheese and cider pairing class. Tickets are $19 per person and include four pairings. More details.
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic Of Christmas
Uptown, Times Vary, $19-$228
Now conducted by Christopher James Lees, this program has been running in Charlotte for more than two decades. Expect an appearance from Santa, sing-alongs, and a “snowfall” inside the theater. More details.
A Christmas Carol at Theatre Charlotte
Myers Park, Times Vary, $28
Back for the 12th year, this holiday tradition returns to Charlotte for 11 performances at Theatre Charlotte. More details.
Acoustic Syndicate at Visulite Theatre
Elizabeth, 8 p.m., $15-$20
Steve, Bryon, and Fitz McMurry make up the core of this bluegrass band. The North Carolina group is known for their three-part harmonies. Bassist Jay Sanders and dobro player Billy Cardine complete the cast. More details.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Myers Park, Times Vary, $15-$50
The Great American Trailer Park Musical was the original tale of Armadillo Acres, where trailer park tenants squabble and break out in song. The Christmas sequel, as you can imagine, adds a holiday flair to the setting. The show is staged at Queens University’s Hadley Theatre. More details.
Holidays at the Garden at DSBG
Belmont, Times Vary, $13
Daniel Stowe’s Botanical Gardens’ annual display of holiday lights returns tonight and runs through Jan. 6. This year’s display at 6500 S. New Hope Road in Belmont, is larger than ever with a new musically orchestrated topiary and more. The garden features live music each day from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., warm beverages and s’mores for purchase and, of course, pictures with Santa. More details.
Charles Basham at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Cotswold, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free
Founded in 1983, Melberg’s gallery carries works of emerging painters such as Chris Clamp and trusted names such as Romare Bearden. 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. Ends of the Day, THROUGH DEC. 29, shows new pastel landscapes from Charles Basham. More details.
SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15)
Holiday Pop-Up Shop at SouthBound
South End, 12 p.m., Free
Join more than a half dozen vendors today at SouthBound, 2433 South Blvd., for a pop-up holiday shop from noon until 3 p.m. Bring a gift to donate to the Ronald McDonald House and earn a free raffle ticket. More details.
Uptown, 8 p.m., $25
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., presents the annual Sneaker Ball tonight, a black-tie gala paired with your favorite sneakers. The evening features live performances, drinks, appetizers, a reseller market, and more. More details.
Plaza Midwood, 12 p.m., Free
This bar crawl through Plaza Midwood starts at Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave., with a silent disco. Starting at 2 p.m., the crawl moves through the neighborhood until 6 p.m. The exact destination list is only available to crawlers. More details.
Uptown, 9 a.m., $1
With more than 80 vendors on site, the Uptown Flea is the hit ticket for last-minute Christmas shopping. Along with the vendors, the market features food trucks and live music. More details.
Charlotte Ballet: Nutcracker at Belk Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $25-$125
Two years ago, this Charlotte Ballet standard was redone with new sets and costumes. The legendary Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, now retired from leading the ballet, crafted the choreography for this show. More details.
Pharm to Table at 15th Street Market
Uptown, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $30
Head to 15th Street Market for the official release party of a CBD-infused menu. Ticket is $30 and includes admission, dining, and one drink. More details.
The Beach Boys’ Reason For The Season Christmas Tour at Ovens Auditorium
East Charlotte, 7:30 p.m., $55-$125
The Beach Boys released their very first Christmas record in 1964, and once again, the timeless harmonies of this pop group are lent to holiday classics in this show. More details.
Girl Tribe Pop-Up
Uptown, 10 a.m., Free
It’s the final Girl Tribe pop-up shopping event of the year. In addition to local and national brands selling goods, the market features beer and cider from local breweries. The market is today and Sunday until 5 p.m. at 2215 Thrift Road. More details.
Exhibitions at NASCAR Hall of Fame
Uptown, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $25
This 150,000-square-foot complex provides a variety of attractions for racing fans. Glory Road Icons is the third generation of the facility’s signature Glory Road exhibit. This version combines a new group of 18 historic cars with a look at legendary personalities, racetracks, and iconic moments in NASCAR history. Another highlight is the Hall of Honor, where racing greats are enshrined. 1948: Proving Grounds, THROUGH DEC. 31, celebrates the 70th anniversary of NASCAR while examining the early days of the organization. The exhibit includes cars and artifacts from 70 years ago. The 2nd Saturday program explores elements of racing with a new topic and interactive activity each month.
SUNDAY (DECEMBER 16)
Holiday Bake Sale at Sweet Spot Studio
Cotswold, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free
Jossie Lukacik at Sweet Spot Studio is hosting a holiday bake sale on Sunday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for delicious treats available for purchase from A Smart Cookie, City Farm Foods, Simply Cupcakes, and many more. There will also be cocktails and coffee. More details.
Uptown, 3 p.m., $40
It’s a 5K race, but because it’s December, each runner gets a Santa suit to wear. After the run, enjoy Christmas cookies and a free pint of beer. The registration fees benefit the Patriot Military Family Foundation. The race starts at RiRa. More details.
Santa at Legion Brewing
SouthPark, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free
On Sunday, December 16, jolly old St. Nick will be stopping by Legion Brewing in SouthPark from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a special breakfast to spread holiday cheer. Santa will be available for free photos. Legion will also be releasing a new sweet potato porter, “Spud Muffin”, and there will be cookie decorating, popcorn, and hot chocolate. There will also be a special brunch for the event. More details.
Chili Cookoff at Unknown Brewing
Uptown, 2 p.m., $12
The Unknown Brewing Co. hosts its fifth-annual chili cookoff to see which amateur cook has the best chili in Charlotte. A $10 ticket gets you unlimited sampling until 6 p.m. plus access to the live music. The event is at 1327 S. Mint St. More details.
A Charlie Brown Christmas at Ovens Auditorium
East Charlotte, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $22-$65
For two performances, see a live version of this classic holiday story. Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang are all here. More details.
Teddy Bear Tea at The Westin
Uptown, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free to $75
Head to the Westin in uptown Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 for Teddy Bear Tea. Includes bottomless mimosas, tea sandwiches, a kids menu, and desserts. More details.
Exhibitions at Levine Museum of the New South
Uptown, Noon to 5 p.m., $9
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.” Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, a permanent exhibit, uses Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to explore the “profound changes in the South since the Civil War.” More details.
Exhibitions at the Gantt Center
Uptown, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $9
Part of uptown’s Levine Center for the Arts campus, the Gantt Center focuses on works by Africans and African-Americans. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases 58 works from 20 artists, including Romare Bearden. Welcome to Brookhill, THROUGH SEPT. 1, 2019, invites viewers into a neighborhood of residents currently facing gentrification and displacement, with work from photographer Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr. The returning exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males, THROUGH AUG. 11, 2019, is a multimedia experience that offers multiple, filmed perspectives of what it means to be African-American and male in the U.S. Hank Willis Thomas: What We Ask Is Simple, THROUGH MARCH 2, 2019, looks at protests from the 1900s with works screen-printed on retroreflective vinyl, requiring a darkened room and flashlights to see full details. More details.
Exhibitions at the Mint Uptown
Uptown, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $15
The Mint uptown has a renowned craft and design exhibit that showcases works in a variety of materials, as well as collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Michael Sherrill Retrospective, THROUGH APRIL 7, collects the work of the beloved sculptor, whose work carries notes of nature and abstraction. More details.
TUESDAY (DECEMBER 18)
The Weepies at McGlohon Theater
Uptown, 7 p.m., $25-$49.50
Since they entered the folk scene in the early 2000s, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen have been talented songwriters. But when Talan beat breast cancer, their music channeled a new level of rawness and intensity with the release of SIRENS in 2015. More details.