Weekend: 23 fun things to do in Charlotte this weekend

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Camden Commons returns this weekend. Photo: Webber Symphony/Axios

75. Scattered thunderstorms. 46% chance of rain.

Pull down Charlotte at Camp North End (Boileryard event space): This film festival provides a space for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to express themselves and share their experiences on the big screen. May 11-15. $5 per screening; $40 all-access pass. Details.

Discovery Place Nature Exploration Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Spend a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains enjoying the fresh air and plenty of outdoor adventures. May 13-15. $250+. Details.

Crayola IDEAworks: Opening Weekend at Camp North End (historic Ford building): Experience CNE’s latest interactive exhibition with digital and hands-on activations. 10am-8pm. $25. Details.

Read more: Crayola Interactive Exhibit Opening at Camp North End in May

Can I hit him? to Fonta Flora Brewery: Head to the bar for live music, a cellar sale, and wild beers on tap. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Spring Chicken Course at Chef Alyssa’s cuisine: Learn how to break down a chicken and prepare it in three different ways. Noon-3 p.m. $75. Details.

Party of the Decades: Night of the 90s at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Get out your Jnco jeans and Tamagotchi for an evening of movies, music and a 90s costume contest. 6pm. Free. Details.

Friday the 13th Tales and Open Mic at Petty Thieves Brewing Co.: Spend this weird Friday night listening to haunted stories about Charlotte. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

81. Morning showers. 37% chance of rain.

Course! Ballantyne 8K, 5K & Fun Run at Sara’s YMCA: All levels of racing are welcome to participate and finishers will receive a personalized die-cast finisher medal. There will be a post-race party with music, food trucks and activities. 7:30 a.m. $25 to $45. Details.

MUD GIRL Obstacle Course at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: This three-mile long race features over 17 obstacles to climb, slide and traverse. Run in a group or alone. 7:45 a.m. $65. Details.

Walk a mile to NoDa Brewing Company: Walk in solidarity with survivors of domestic assault and sexual violence by walking a mile in high-heeled shoes. 9 a.m. $15 to $25. Details.

University Town Farmers’ Market at the Shoppes at University Place: Choose fresh fruits and vegetables and buy from local farmers, artisan food makers and pop-up chefs. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Pet Palooza Walk and Festival at HSC Animal Resource Center: Take your pup to strut a quarter mile ride and enjoy the music, food trucks and pet vendors. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10. Details.

Markets at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard (11611 North Community House Road): Head to Ballantyne’s backyard for outdoor yoga, live music, local vendors and food trucks. : from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Zumba at Vaulted Oak Brewing: Work up a sweat during this high-energy Zumba class, then treat yourself to a beer, mimosa, or kombucha. 11 a.m. $10. Details.

Camden Commons to South End: Camden Road will be closed to traffic and transformed into a pop-up outdoor living space where people can relax, play games, listen to music and eat tasty food at South End restaurants. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

2nd Saturday Drag Brunch at Midtown Tavern: Join Lili Frost and the Vanity House for a fun drag show filled with dancing, lip-synching, and lots of antics. 11 a.m. $15. Details.

Cookies & Gravy Drag Brunch at the Palais de l’Artisan: Enjoy a fabulous drag show and $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys specials. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the local nonprofit HopeWay. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. $20. Details.

Gōl Tailgate & Watch Party at 704 Morris Street: Gōl provides a high tailgating experience for every CLTFC home game. Expect beer, wine, cocktails and tasty food from Bodega Food Wagon. 2-8 p.m. Free. Details.

86. Afternoon Thunderstorms. 47% chance of rain.

Wellness Fest at Protagonist South End: Head to Protagonist South End to do yoga, shop at over 35 local vendors, listen to live music, and eat at the onsite food trucks. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Festa Italiana at Gateway Village: This food festival celebrates Italian culture through authentic cuisine and live entertainment. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. $45+. Details.

Puppies on the terrace of Billy Sunday: You and your pup are invited to relax on the patio and enjoy specialty cocktails and dog treats from 2-5 p.m. $1. Details.

Tara Brown’s Clean Comedy Brunch at The Comedy Zone: This family comedy show is fun for all ages. 3:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Details.

QC Coastal Jam at the Music Yard in SouthBound: Check out a full lineup of indie and alternative rock bands from across North Carolina. 4 p.m. $5+. Details.


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