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The Weekender: Mecktoberfest, Pumpkin Fest, Festival in the Park + More

Wednesday, Sep 19 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of September 20 - 23. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

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OMB's Mecktoberfest +214 fire icon

Celebrate fall with fresh beer, traditional food, and Bavarian music at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's Mecktoberfest.

Multiple Day Event
OMB's Mecktoberfest
Free   .  The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery   .  Charlotte
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Vintage Market Days of Charlotte

Live local with this upscale vintage-inspired market that features original art, antiques, and other handmade treasures. Get your Joanna Gaines on and hunt for your new vintage masterpiece.

Multiple Day Event
Vintage Market Days of Charlotte
$5+   .  The Park Expo & Conference Center   .  Charlotte
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Festival in the Park +569 fire icon

The sound of music drifts through Freedom Park while Charlotteans and visitors from around the world enjoy good art and good times. Head out and find your new favorite local artist!

Multiple Day Event
Festival in the Park
Free   .  Freedom Park   .  Charlotte
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Skip & Sip

Calling all dog lovers! Head out to local breweries every Sunday-Thursday for a pup-friendly walk. Get your tail wagging with a 1.5 mile guided walk through a variety of different trails.

Multiple Day Event
Skip & Sip
Free   .  The Unknown Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Thursday

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Fall Jazz Series at Camp North End

Syncopate with the coolest of cool while the autumn leaves fall at this monthly jazz series in honor of the season.

Monthly
Fall Jazz Series at Camp North End
$3   .  Camp North End   .  Charlotte
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Take an Art Break for Lunch

On the third Thursday of each month, pull yourself out of your normal work week rut and hit ArtBreak, free 30-minute, docent-led tours of the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler or the Gantt Center.

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Take an Art Break for Lunch
Free   .  Levine Center for the Arts   .  Charlotte
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Friday

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Ayrsley Cinema Retro Horror Movie Series

Ayrsley Cinema is serving up a month of epic horror movie double features! Kick back in one of their comfy recliners, grab yourself a large popcorn and get ready to get scared.

Fri Sep 28, 9:00p
Ayrsley Cinema Retro Horror Movie Series
$6+   .  Ayrsley Grand Cinemas   .  Charlotte
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Peruse Art in the Evening at Bechtler By Night

Enjoy galley tours, scavenger hunts and live music at The Bechtler By Night. Wander the museum with a glass of wine in hand for a unique date night or get together with friends.

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Peruse Art in the Evening at Bechtler By Night
Free   .  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art   .  Charlotte
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Saturday

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2018 Great American Beer Festival Viewing Party

Enjoy tap takeovers all day while watching the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and celebrating craft beer!

Sat Sep 22, 11:00a
2018 Great American Beer Festival Viewing Party
Free   .  Blue Blaze Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Flavors of Summer: Pepper Fest

Lenny Boy Brewing is bringing the heat! Taste the flavors of Summer, from the sweetest to the spiciest peppers. Pepper beers and kombuchas will be flowing for you to taste all day long.

Sat Sep 22, 11:00a
Flavors of Summer: Pepper Fest
Free   .  Lenny Boy Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Rocktoberfest

Almost too much rock for one hand! Jam out during this year's Rocktoberfest which will feature even more beer and even more food than in the past.

Sat Sep 22, 6:30p
Rocktoberfest
$50+   .  The Fillmore Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Get Out Of The Pound

Come thirsty and help paws and claws alike get out of the pound. Harvey's Heroes Dog Rescue is setting up a kissing booth and a photo booth for an epic day for furry friends.

Sat Sep 22, 2:00p
Get Out Of The Pound
Free   .  Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Charlotte Irish Fest

Help Tyber Creek Pub raise money to build and American-Irish Cultural Center for the Charlotte community. Enjoy the music, dancing, and delicious food for an epic night.

Sat Sep 22, 1:00p
Charlotte Irish Fest
$10   .  Tyber Creek Pub   .  Charlotte
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Dynomite Bouldering Competition

Climb-on during the 6th annual DYNOMITE Bouldering Competition. Competitors will vie for the title during this USAClimbing sanctioned event. So grab your gear and get ready to show your skills.

Sat Sep 22, 11:00a
Dynomite Bouldering Competition
$35+   .  U.S. National Whitewater Center   .  Charlotte
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Wild Vine Trail Race

The wine has been pressed and bottled, but just one more thing until you can dive headfirst into an evening of wine tasting bliss. Lace up your running shoes and hit the trail!

Sat Sep 22, 9:30a
Wild Vine Trail Race
$30+   .  U.S. National Whitewater Center   .  Charlotte
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Charlotte Be The Match Walk+Run 2018

Join the fight and start saving lives now! Walk or run through one of the many legs of this event. Proceeds go to helping patients with transplant costs, and life-saving transplant research.

Sat Sep 22, 7:30a
Charlotte Be The Match Walk+Run 2018
$30+   .  University Research Park   .  Charlotte
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Race 13.1 Charlotte, NC

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield half marathon and 8k return to the Queen City! Run, jog, or walk your way through the picturesque Four Mile Creek Greenway and McAlpine Creek Greenway.

Sat Sep 22, 7:00a
Race 13.1 Charlotte, NC
$43+   .  The Vino Affair   .  Charlotte
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Charlotte Kid's Festival

This festival centres around education, play, discover, and creation to expand educational and entertainment options for children. Head out for an epic day of exploration for parents and children.

Sat Sep 22, 11:00a
Charlotte Kid's Festival
Free   .  9100 Robert D. Snyder Rd   .  Charlotte
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2018 Beers & Burpees Main Event

The Charlotte Fitness Community and over 1,000 people come together to workout, drink beers and raise money for the Dream on 3 Charity organization. Join in this year for an amazing cause.

Sat Sep 22, 9:00a
2018 Beers & Burpees Main Event
$30+   .  CrossFit Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Flow Fest

Flow Fest is blending elements of wellness and mindfulness with this gorgeous, natural, outdoor setting. Enjoy a full day of yoga, wine, kombucha and so much more!

Sat Sep 22, 7:30a
Flow Fest
$45   .  U.S. National Whitewater Center   .  Charlotte
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Pumpkin Fest 2018 at Sycamore +242 fire icon

Summer is winding down and all things pumpkin are making a come-back. Celebrate Fall and Pumpkin Beers at Sycamore Brewing with a pitcher of 'Gourd Have Mercy!'

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
Pumpkin Fest 2018 at Sycamore
Free   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Sunday

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Aura Photography with Laura Kaye

Skip the selfie and get a gorgeous portrait of you and your aura, along with an explanation of what the colors reveal. 

Sun Sep 23, 12:00p
Aura Photography with Laura Kaye
$30   .  Sanctuary Imports   .  Charlotte
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Spartan Strong Workout

Trained Coaches lead you through an innovative combination of the five phases of the Spartan Strong group fitness class. You will leave prepared to conquer any obstacle that comes your way.

Sun Sep 23, 8:00a
Spartan Strong Workout
Free   .  Life Time Athletic   .  Charlotte
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Past Experiences

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Adoption Event at Food Truck Friday

Not only will there be a lot of food trucks for you to fill your belly, there will also be a lot of adoptable dogs. So make sure to come hungry and get ready to walk home with your fur-ever friend!

Past
Adoption Event at Food Truck Friday
Free   .  Food Truck Friday Dilworth   .  Charlotte
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Caribbean Flavors Mixology Class with Muddy River Distillery

Learn all the insider tips about making the perfect Caribbean cocktail. Muddy River Distillery will be at Hygge Coworking to teach you the ins and outs of mixing cocktails with a Latin flare. 

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Caribbean Flavors Mixology Class with Muddy River Distillery
$65   .  Hygge Coworking at Camp North End   .  Charlotte
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Sabor Latino 2018

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage during this annual Sabor Latino festival. Latin American's Working for Achievement organization is throwing this epic event at The Mint Museum Randloph.

Past
Sabor Latino 2018
$45   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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Science on the Rocks: I Heart Science

Learn why you most definitely should have paid attention in Science class. Explore everything from 3D-printed pancakes to electric pickles with a specialty Vaportini in hand. 

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Science on the Rocks: I Heart Science
$13+   .  Discovery Place Science   .  Charlotte
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Fermented + Fully Caffeinated Pairing Dinner

Coffee, beer, cider, AND bourbon? All epically paired with signature creations for your dining pleasure. Grab a ticket and walk away with a full stomach, and some amazing take homes.

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Fermented + Fully Caffeinated Pairing Dinner
$40   .  Thirsty Nomad Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Laugh at Lenny Boy

Since the first round was such a hit they had to bring it back! Lenny Boy Brewing will be transforming back into a comedy club for a night full of laughs that you won't want to miss.

Past
Laugh at Lenny Boy
$10   .  Lenny Boy Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Trap N Paint Charlotte Show

Trap music and painting, the perfect combination! Think wine and paint, just slightly more epic. Grab your friends and get ready for the trap music and painting extravaganza of your dreams.

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Trap N Paint Charlotte Show
$40   .  Venue At 1801   .  Charlotte
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