This Weekend in Charlotte (Aug. 23-25)

What's going on in the Queen City?

While reported sightings of pumpkin spice lattes are echoing through the steets of Charlotte, many are clinging to the last few weekends of summer. Whatever your seasonal preference, take solace in the wide range of things to do around the Queen City. Let's take a look at a few of those options, which include a musical showcase, the Charlotte Pride Festival and Hollywood stars showing their latest film right here in town. Click the bolded names to be taken to our calendar listing for additional information about each item.


The Queen City Summer Showcase at Visulite Theatre benefits MusiCares, a Grammy organization that targets musicians in times of need. Acts include The Feral, Fringe, Deadstar Blues, Forgive Me Not and The Coming Dawn. Admission is $10, and the event kicks off at 7 p.m. Check out a radio spot for the show below, including a sampling of each of the artists.

The Southern Ideal Home Show invites those with a knack or simply an interest in home improvement. With exhibitors and events that cover everything from the process of building a home to renovating aspects of any room and improving your meals, the show hits the Park Expo and Conference Center at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $7, but on Friday only, admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.

The annual Movies Under the Stars series comes to a close in Symphony Park at the SouthPark Mall. Food, live music and other activities start the night at 7 p.m. A showing of Madagascar 3 follows—a free endeavor geared toward the whole family.


The 2013 Charlotte Pride Festival gets started on Saturday, with the two-day event offering Flourish, a celebration for LGBT arts and culture. Performances, lectures and other presentations take place at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Check out the full schedule for Flourish here. Much of the event is set in the PNC Bank Festival Zone, including live music and other performances on the Wells Fargo Stage. Read the full schedule for that here. The event runs Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon 6 p.m. (with the Pride Parade at 1 p.m.)

Queen City Ballroom's A Night on Broadway brings 40 dance performances to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. The event is slated for one night only, and a wide range of dancers will pay homage to selections like Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Hairspray. Tickets are $20, and it begins at 8 p.m.

The Cajun Canvasthe place that invites you to bring beer or wine and follow along with artists to create your own painting, will mark its five-year anniversary with a free party. Between 6 p.m and 10 p.m., check out work done by past painters, meet those behind the studio, enter to win prizes or set your future session. Go to the studio's website to find out more.


The Fillmore will host Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie on Sunday, with the titular duo present to answer questions from Charlotteans after a showing of the film. Jay and Silent Bob have been Hollywood mainstays since first appearing in Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith's 1994 directorial debut, Clerks. They've appeared in several films and television shows since, with Smith now making headlines with his speaking tours and AMC show Comic Book Men. The event begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $45.

The Charlotte Challenge is an urban adventure race, in line with the TV reality show The Amazing Race. Teams of two will race across the Queen City to acquire clues and use their brains and physicality. Aside from pride, cash prizes are also on the line. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., but the event iself starts at 2 p.m. Registration information can found at the event's official website here.

This Way to the Egress stops by Petra's Piano Bar, bringing its eccentric combination of punk, folk and even swing to Charlotte. The show begins at 9 p.m. with a $5 admission. Check out some of their tunes below.