Weekender: 35 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

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83. Mostly Sunny. 8% chance of rain.

Earth Day Stroll at Park Road Park & NoDa Brewing Co.: Spend Earth Day participating in a community clean-up of Park Road Park. If you can’t make it in the morning, there will be a second clean-up at 6:30pm at NoDa Brewing Co. 7:30am & 6:30pm. Free. Details.

Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration 2022 at Blackbox Theater: This festival will feature popular EDM artists and have activities like a silent disco and live mural painting. April 22 & 23; 2:45pm. $75+. Details.

Ballantyne Movie Night: WALL-E in Ballantyne’s Backyard: Catch a screening of the Disney movie WALL-E under the stars for Earth Day. There will also be food trucks, local brews and green-friendly activities. 5-9pm. $5. Details.

Small Biz Pop-Up at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Support local businesses and treat yourself to a little retail therapy. 5-9pm. Free. Details.

Deep Roots Earth Day Jam at The Music Yard: Catch music from local bands like Oceanic and Blue Footed Boobies. 6-11pm. Free. Details.

Charlotte Sustainability Awards at Extravaganza Depot: This event connects local sustainability leaders in a celebration of Charlotte’s strides toward creating a more sustainable city. 6-9pm. $105+. Details.

BOOM Charlotte at Camp North End: This fringe art festival showcases the works of artists in a variety of disciplines, including theater, dance, music, spoken word, comedy, film, visual art, and public art installations. April 22-23. Free (with some ticketed events). Details.

420 Week at Sycamore Brewing: Roll up to Sycamore for the last day of 420 week. Nine food trucks will be on-site serving food. 6:30pm. Free. Details.

Buff Faye’s Pop Diva Drag Diner at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: Kick it with four local queens at this high-energy drag show and dinner. 7-9pm. $35. Details.

Earth Day at the Innovation Barn: Learn ways you can reduce waste and make Charlotte a more circular economy. 7-9pm. Free. Details.

Adult Spelling Bee at Stage Door Theater: The first 10 spellers to arrive will compete in a boozy spelling bee. The twist? If you get the word right you take a shot. This event is 21+. 7:30-10pm. Free. Details.

Beer Garden Movie Night at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Catch a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the taproom. There will be free popcorn and specialty drinks. 7:30pm. Free. Details.

Laugh at Lenny featuring Carter Deems at Lenny Boy Brewing: Get ready for a night of laughs with Wild’N Out cast member and standup comedian Carter Deems. 7:30-10pm. $5. Details.

Film Series at the Whitewater Center:  Head to the Whitewater Center for a double feature movie night with screenings of Inner Mounting Flame and The Ferryman. 8:15pm. Free. Details.

82. Mostly Sunny. 6% chance of rain.

The Sarcoma Stomp 5K & 3K at 4519 Providence Rd.: This fundraising event will have a 5K run and a 3K walk followed by an after-race festival with live music, food trucks, games and face painting. 8am. $35. Details.

Walk MS Charlotte at Symphony Park: Walk to end multiple sclerosis. Routes are 1 and 3 miles and are mobility device accessible. 8am. Free, donations are recommended. Details.

Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk, & Celebration at McAlpine Creek Park: Run to raise awareness of those impacted by lung cancer. 8:30 to noon. $15-$30. Details.

Strawberry Picking at Carrigan Farms: Strawberry picking returns to Carrigan Farms. There will also be freshly picked asparagus and a seasonal food truck at the farm. 9am to 6pm. $6-$18. Details.

Disco Baby Drag Brunch at Charlotte Beer Garden: Join Buff Faye her disco divas for a fun drag brunch with great music and tasty food. 10am. $30. Details.

South End Rail Trail Clean-Up: Supplies will be provided and following the clean-up, The Union will host a volunteer appreciation event and provide those who assisted with a drink ticket. 10am to 1pm. Free, registration is required. Details.

Metropolitan Market at the Metropolitan: Find local goodies while shopping from more than 70 local artists and small businesses. 10am to 4pm. Free. Details.

Charlotte Earth Day Drive Electric Showcase: Browse a variety of electric vehicles (EV) and learn about their benefits from current EV drivers. 10am to 3pm. Free, registration required. Details.

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Crown Town Throwdown at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Register to compete in Charlotte’s largest cornhole tournament. There will be live music, food trucks and silent auction items. Proceeds from the recent will benefit InReach, a local non-profit. 11am to 4pm. $100-$150 to compete. Details.

Spring Fest at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: This two-day festival will have spreads of crawfish, po’boys and barbecue plus live music performances. April 23 & 24. Free. Details.

Charlotte Kids Festival at UNC Charlotte: Bring the kiddos out to enjoy a fun festival experience made just for them. There will be six zones including a Create Zone and Dance. 11am to 4pm. Free. Details.

Mad Hatter Drag Brunch at The Artisan’s Palate: Enjoy an eclectic brunch menu inspired by Alice in Wonderland, costumes are encouraged. 11:30am to 1pm & 2-3:30pm. $20. Details.

4:20 Festival Town Brewing Company: Join Town Brewing, Infinity’s End and Rhino Market for a fun 4:20 Festival with food, brews, live music and local vendors. Noon. Free. Details.

Spring Fest at Sycamore Brewing: Bring your family or friends out to enjoy music from local bands, food from local food trucks and goodies from local vendors. Noon to 10pm. Free. Details.

Roses & Rescues at Rosie’s Coffee & Wine Garden NoDa: Hang out with some adorable adoptable pups and help raise money to help save senior dogs. 1-4pm. Free. Details.

Oops, My Sexy Back at The Music Yard: Throw it back to the late ’90s and early ’00s for this Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake-themed party. Wear your best throwback outfits. 6pm. $10. Details.

83. Mostly Sunny. 7% chance of rain.

Camden Commons in South End: Camden Road will close off to street traffic and transform into a pop-up outdoor living space where folks can hang out, play games, listen to music and eat tasty food from South End restaurants. 11am to 5pm. Free. Details.

Wounded Heroes Day Ceremony at the Waxhaw Military Wall of Honor: Honor North Carolina’s wounded heroes who have served our country. 1-2pm. Free. Details.

Spring Seafood Boil at NoDa Brewing: A ticket gets you a three-pound boil serving, all the fixings, a $10 gift card to The Waterman and a free burger certificate to Ace No. 3. There will also be music and games. 1pm. $42. Details.

Party in the Park at Mint Museum Randolph: Guests can enjoy free admission to the museum, food trucks, live music and a cash bar on the front terrace. 1-5pm. Free. Details.

Food & Flix: Fantastic Fungi at Alchemy at C3 Lab: Catch a screening of the documentary “Fantastic Fungi,” hosted in partnership with the Charlotte Film Society. 6-9pm. $5. Details.


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