As we gear more into the summer season, I can't help but feel pulled in multiple directions! There are so many things to do in Charlotte this weekend, and so little time! Whether choosing to drink your face off at the Margarita Wars, dress up like your favorite caped crusader at the Superhero Bar Crawl, dance like nobody's watching at the 80's/90's Retrorama, or relax on Lake Wylie listening to Gump Fiction, your weekend is what you make of it.
Here's our weekend roundup:
5:00pm: Alive After Five concerts at EpiCentre: The Boomers and Honeysuckle Rose
6:30pm: Open swim at U.S. National Whitewater Center
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jason Marcum
7:00pm: Whitewater River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Big Daddy Love
8:00pm: Cage the Elephant Performs at the Fillmore
8:30pm: Free loaves of bread from La Brea Bakery at College & East 3rd Street
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Dave Haywood
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing Company: Phil Lomac
5:30pm-Southend’s Food Truck Friday
8:30pm-RETRORama at Roxbury
DARK-Southend Outdoor Movie’s Screening of Thor: The Dark World
Charlotte Magazine’s SPA Week Last Day
9:00am: Free pickles at Atherton Market
10:00am: Harrisburg ArtWalk
1:00pm-7:00pm: Margarita Wars at the Epicenter
3:00pm-6:00pm-Triple P at Triple C
4:00pm-11:00pm-South End SOUL neighborhood bash
5:00pm: Super Hero Bar Crawl at Fitzgerald’s
7:00pm-Tim McGraw at PNC Music Pavillion
7:00pm: Whitewater River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center: L Shaped Lot
9:00am: Charlotte Clay Classic at Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club
3:00pm: Story time and Nature Learning at Freedom Park (register in advance)
4:00pm: Live music at Birkdale Village: Off the Chain Band
Until next time...
One of my favorite places to visit in Southend is the Atherton Mill Market. Known for its organic spread of local businesses, Atherton Mill Market is a great way to spend a Saturday. Not only is it great for the Southend community, it’s a community within its own walls.Whether purchasing produce or dry goods, this Farmer’s Market is easy to get to, reasonably priced, and has a large array of options.
This past Saturday, after the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, the market celebrated Queen City Pantry’s one year anniversary. Tasty treats such as pulled pork sliders were shared. For those of you who haven’t been, Queen City Pantry sells dry goods from Anson Mills, including their popcorn, sea island peas and several different grains.
New and old vendors come together, (such as my personal favorite because of their “Eat Pasta, Run Fasta slogan) Pasta and Provisions, on the weekends to offer a family friendly market. Carolina Artisan offers loaves and generous samples of their famous line of sourdough-based bread. Not Just Coffee, served both at Atherton and the 7th Street Market in Uptown, takes their coffee seriously. Watch them perform a work of art with their milk foam on top of a latte. You almost don’t want to drink it!
We’ve moved things around, so if you show up at the market and don’t find what you are looking for, just ask! With more seating (indoors and out, family and dog friendly areas, the Atherton Mill is something you have to explore.
Tomorrow marks the 2nd annual Charlotte Beer Festival hosted by the Epicentre in uptown Charlotte.The event will offer over 75 different beers to taste from Sam Adams all the way to Four Loko. With your ticket you'll receive a drinking wristband, a FREE commemorative glass and of course UNLIMITED samples from over 75 beers!
The Beer Festival starts at 2pm and runs all the way to 7pm so you have 5 whole hours to get unlimited samples of beer. And if that wasn't enough to entice you, Early Ray Band (www.earlyray.com) will be performing at the event with live music!
For an entire list of the beers offered and to purchase tickets for the Beer Festival, go to this link:
The second annual kick off to the Brew Stash Bash starts with the Brew Dash 6K race through the U.S. National Whitewater Center trail system on Saturday, June 14.
The race will be followed by their official 3rd annual Brew Stash Bash American Craft Beer festival, featuring a full day of live music and a wide selection of the nation’s top craft beers as well as a our local favorites.
Work off those calories, drink beer to hydrate (not really but it sure tastes better than water), and enjoy the live music. For those of you who haven't been to the USNWC, it's a Charlotte staple! This is another great race in the USNWC's Race Series, which features several adrenaline pumpling challenges; from Bike Racing to a late night River Jam run. Be there or be sqaure!
Date – Saturday, June 14, 2014
Distance – 6K
Time – 11:30 a.m.
Visit http://usnwc.org/brew-dash-6k-2/#info for tickets
10 days. 3 services. 99 dollars.
Treat yourself to Charlotte magazine's Salon & Spa Week presented by Charlotte Radiology Breast and Vein Experts June 13-22. They've partnered with Charlotte's high-end salons and spas to offer 3 services for the fixed, discounted price of only $99! Each business will have at least two packages for you to choose from. They have an extensive list of salons and spas participating all throughout Charlotte. The menus have a wide range of pacakages; from haircuts and highlights to massages and manicures to chemical peels and waxing and MORE!
Here is how it works:
-See participating businesses below.
-Click their logo to see their available packages.
-Choose your favorite package and book your appointment with the business!
-No passes, tickets or coupons required.
-No walk-ins or coupons accepted
-Gratuity is not included
Check out the Salon & Spa Week website here: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/Salon-and-Spa-Week/
No one likes that middle of the night text message begging for you to come over but everyone likes the hookup phone call for fast and amazing food delivery. Foodie call is a convenient way to get the food you actual want delivered straight to your door and makes it incredibly easy to order. The best part is you don’t have to settle for just pizza and lo mein, you can find a huge list of participating restaurants from Thai to Italian and Mexican to American food.
Once you’re ready to make that foodie call you can go online to www.makeafoodiecall.com and order within your zip code, it’s as easy as that! Want food from more than one restaurant? No problem! They will get your food for you and bring it just in time to fork.
I’m sure you’re reading this right now and starting to get hungry, thankfully their drivers deliver Sunday-Thursday from 11am – 9:30pm and Friday-Saturday from 11am – 10pm. And if you know you’ll need a big order catered afterhours just give them 48 hours notice and make that order over $150.
So whatever the reason you don’t want to go out or you don’t want to cook, make a foodie call and get a fresh amazing meal delivered right to your door.