This Weekend’s Agenda: 20+ Events
Arts, food, beer, and social events
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FRIDAY (OCT. 18)
Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival at Charlotte Convention Center
Uptown, Times Vary, $15-$45
After welcoming thousands of people last year, the Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival returns this October and will again be featuring live tattooing, live permanent makeup, contests, more than 250 artists from all over the globe and in-your-face entertainment. More info.
Stravinsky Firebird at Belk Theater
Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $21-$133
Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird tells the story of a prince who saves a group of princesses from an evil ogre. With help from the mystical Firebird, the prince defeats the ogre and marries one of the freed princesses. More info.
Ray LaMontagne at Ovens Auditorium
East Charlotte, 8 p.m., $29-$99
In 2011, LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise. The Canadian folk duo Kacy & Clayton joins LaMontagne on tour. More info.
Joey the Kid at Studio1212
Uptown, 8 p.m., $15
When race car driver Joey Padgett is off the track, he’s rapping under the moniker “Joey the Kid.” The Charlotte-based artist released singles “Cash This Time” and “New” earlier this year. He’s joined by Nate Good and Jody at this show. More info.
Friday Nights at Camp North End 2019
Camp North End, 5 p.m., Free
Each week at the Boileryard through October, food trucks, music, and more are featured. Read more about the site’s upcoming tenants here.
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SATURDAY (OCT. 19)
Grilled Cheese Festival
South End, noon-6 p.m., $30-plus
You’re sure to have a gouda time at this cheesy event. Admission includes grilled cheese samples, live music, games, cash bars, and activities. Artisan vendors will be on hand, and patrons can vote for Charlotte’s best grilled cheese sandwich. More info.
South End Wine Festival
South End, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., $20-plus
Voted by Charlotte magazine readers as the Best Wine Event the past four years, South End Wine Festival offers an afternoon filled with wine, beer, and cider samples, as well as live music and food trucks. The event benefits Classroom Central, which distributes free school supplies to area students in need. More info.
The Tragedy of Lucender and Venetia at Booth Playhouse
Uptown, 7 p.m., $30-$35
An original work by Charlotte native Andrew Wheeler is set in 19th century Victorian England and tells a story of love and loss. More info.
Countess Dracula at Duke Energy Theater
Uptown, Fri and Sat, 8 p.m. and Sun, 3 p.m., $20
In this production by playwright Tony Wright, a countess moves to London in the 1920s, and students from the nearby ballet school soon fall ill and die. The well-known characters from Bram Stoker’s classic novel are reimagined as women in this script’s world premiere. More info.
Shifted Horizons at SOCO Gallery
Myers Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free
Chandra Johnson, named one of the 2017 Charlotteans of the Year by Charlotte magazine for her work in the cultural sector, opened this gallery in a Myers Park bungalow in 2015. Liz Nielsen, Lyle Owerko, and Ken Van Sickle are a few of the accomplished artists whose works appear at the gallery. Shifted Horizons, SEPT. 13-NOV. 8, features new folk-inspired artwork by San Francisco-based artist Clare Rojas. More info.
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SUNDAY (OCT. 20)
Order/Fire at Free Range Brewing
Villa Heights, noon-3 p.m., Free
The video and event series continues, this time centered on Courtney Buckley of Your Mom’s Donuts. The episode screens at 1 p.m., but before that, get some donut snacks and enjoy the social hour at the brewery, who collaborated with Your Mom’s Donuts for a special treat. More info.
Exhibitions at Levine Museum of the New South
Uptown, Noon-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.
Activities at Discovery Place Science
Uptown, $17, Noon-5 p.m.
This uptown landmark educates and entertains visitors of all ages in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The museum has experiments, interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and even an on-site rain forest. KidScience, the center’s early education exhibition for children up to 7, offers kids the chance to build and racecars, explore colors and light at the Light Table, and experience a gust of wind at the Wind Wall. More info.
Exhibitions at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Uptown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9
This uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, displays the works of 20th century modern artists in a new context for today’s audiences. Curators assemble shows that pull from the famous Bechtler family’s collection and other community collections. Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era, THROUGH DEC. 1, is an exploration and presentation of tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the artists’ works in more familiar media have been installed alongside the textiles. More info.
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TUESDAY (OCT. 22)
Bea Miller at The Underground
Music Factory, 8 p.m., $18
The pop artist came in ninth place on season two of The X Factor when she was 13 and released her debut EP, Young Blood (2014), two years later. Her recent work includes a collaboration with rapper 6lack, “It’s Not U It’s Me,” which is the lead single on her upcoming third studio album. More info.
ALSO: Ongoing Halloween Activities
Boogerwoods, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., $20-$30
Located near the town of Rockwell, Boogerwoods Haunting guides lead guests through a wooded trail to 14 “scare scenes.” On these Friday and Saturday night walks, guides recount scary stories and rarely, if ever, break character. There’s often long lines to enter, but a $10 fast pass will allow you to skip. (Note: this adventure is cash-only.)
Carowinds, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $39-$69
Every year Carowinds transforms from a theme park into a “scream park.” Scarowinds offers more than 16 haunted attractions including mazes and interactions with monsters, ghosts, and ghouls. Scarowinds is not recommended to ages under 13.
Hickory Grove Haunted Trail
Through Oct. 31
Gastonia, sunset-12 a.m., $15
This annual event celebrates 20 years of scares this year. Starting after dark, guides lead visitors through a winding trail in the backwoods of Gastonia. The week leading up to Halloween, the park is open every night (until 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday; 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
Spooky Tales in the Dark
Oct. 18, 25, 26
Latta Plantation, 6p.m.-8 p.m., $20
Spooky Tales at Latta Plantation is a candlelight tour of the historic home and kitchen at Latta Plantation. Visitors will get to hear first-hand accounts of eerie stories told about Latta Plantation. After the tour, there is hot cider and cookies served. Purchase tickets online before arriving at the plantation.
Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail
Through Nov. 1
Scarrigan Farms, 6:30p.m., $25
“If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know we haven’t done our job,” the website for Scarrigan Farms warns. While the actors will not touch you, this trail on a 170-acre farm is known as one of the most scariest in the region. Scarrigan Farms requires that visitors be over the age of 12 years old. (Note: cash only)
Carolina History and Haunts Uptown Haunted Walk
Fourth Ward, 8 p.m., $15
Ever wondered if Charlotte is haunted? On this ghost tour, guides walk you around uptown and share historic and scary stories. Learn about some of the city’s well-known landmarks and how their ghostly pasts still impact the city today.
Ayrsley Retro Horror
Through Oct. 31
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, 7p.m.-10 p.m., $5
Now in its seventh year, Ayrsely Cinema will be show classic horror movies at the theater every night leading up to Halloween. Showings will include Child’s Play, Creepshow, The Return of the Living Dead, and Day of the Dead.