Weekend: 31 things to do in Charlotte this weekend, from live music to pumpkin picking

Brought to you by Charlotte Motor Speedway, hosting Cars and Coffee this Saturday. Join other car enthusiasts to celebrate a shared passion for cars and showcase classics, customs and hot rods. Free to attend.

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Charlotte Checkers opening weekend at Bojangles Coliseum: Watch the season kick off with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday as the Checkers take on their division rivals – the Hartford Wolf Pack. Tickets start at $5. 7 p.m. Details

Funk You Live at the Music Yard: Thrill with a live soul musical performance over a funky backbeat by Funk You. $10. 7 p.m. Details

Concert with CATS at Bland St. light rail station: Enjoy live tunes from the Lovell Bradford Quartet. Free. 5-7 p.m. Details

Ladies and Cannabis Night at Greenlife Remedies: Find out how cannabis can be incorporated in a positive way for women and enjoy CBD/D8 mocktails, light appetizers, freebies and offers. $10. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Details

Front Lawn Friday at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation: Relax on the lawn, tour studios, soak up local DJs, sample delicious treats and live performances. Free. 6-9 p.m. Details

JAZZ ROOM at the Stage Door Theater at the Blumenthal: Soak up the sounds of Middle Eastern and Caribbean jazz from Grammy-nominated Israeli flautist Itai Kriss and his band Telavana. $20. 6-7:30 p.m. Details

Fridays at Camp North End: Enjoy live music, great food, new public art, and plenty of small businesses to support. Free. 5-9 p.m. Details

Yoga at Pinhouse: Start your day with an energizing practice designed for all levels before enjoying music, food and drink. $10. 10am-11am. Details

Scovents: Let out a scream for the spooky season of rides, gruesome haunted mazes, spooky zones and live entertainment. $49. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Details

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25th Annual Buddy Walk at UNC Jerry Richardson Stadium: Join the One Mile Walk to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. There will also be bouncy castles, bubblers, aerials, mascots and a live band. Free. 9am-1pm. Details

[Re]Build the Roost at Victoria Yards: Discover and bid on creative, custom birdhouses designed by local artists, as proceeds support essential home repairs for neighbors in need. $20. 2-5 p.m. Details

Redbud group end of season party at the Redbud group office: Enjoy a live DJ, games, vendors, food truck and get a free limited edition poster as they celebrate Charlotte FC’s inaugural season. There is also a chance to win tickets and a tailgate for a CLTFC 2023 game. Free. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Details

Charlotte Parent School Fair at Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas: Learn one-on-one with representatives from the Charlotte area’s top private, magnetic, and charter schools during a family-friendly afternoon filled with vendors, information sessions, a balloon artist, and diners. a story hour. Free. 10am-1pm. Details

The Children’s Heart Foundation Congenital Heart Walk. Help the Children’s Heart Foundation reach its fundraising goal of $50,000. Funds raised will benefit research into congenital heart defects. Free. 9 a.m. Details.

Volunteer Opportunity for Rail Path Cleanup at New Bern St. Light Rail Station: Volunteer to pick up litter before enjoying raffles, free gifts and a drink at the volunteer appreciation event at The Union. Free. 10am-2pm. Details

Firefighter Pancake Breakfast at 7th Street Market: Savor plain and blueberry pancakes and donate to the Firefighters Fund for Child Burns. $5 and $10. 8h-11h30. Details

To celebrate! Bling Ball at the Charlotte Children’s Theater: Celebrate the 75th Annual Fundraising Gala to see the impact of student scholarships with live entertainment, music, food and drink. $135. 7:30 p.m. Details

Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Childhood Cancer at Ballantyne Corporate Park: Join a 5K run for kids battling rare cancers, and enjoy brunch, a kid’s zone, and a raffle. $20 to $50. 8am-3pm. Details

Downtown Hola Charlotte Festival: Celebrate Latin American culture through a street-style festival as you hear big-name artists, pop-up shows, activities, and a variety of food vendors offering delicious street treats. Free. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Details

Concert in the courtyard of the Optimist Hall Courtyard: Enjoy musical performances by singer-songwriter Greg Steinfeld. Free. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Details

The Best Oktoberfest at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Taste some of the hundreds of craft beers, wines, ciders and schnapps while enjoying live music, German-inspired dishes, food trucks, games and contests. $39 to $75. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Details

Pumpkin Patch at Truist Field: Pick your favorite pumpkin for a helping to benefit Knight’s charities and enjoy fall-themed treats, shopping, live music, photo ops and a pumpkin decorating station. $10 to $20. 10am-4pm. Details

Movies in the park at Wilmore Centennial Park: Grab your favorite picnic blanket to watch the Disney movie Moana after playing activities and listening to music. Free. 5-9 p.m. Details

The African American Men’s Wellness Walk at Friendship Baptist Church: Join the 5k walk and run to fight preventable diseases in black men. The family event will also include health screenings, vendors, live entertainment and an appearance by Anthony Hamilton. Free. 7h-12h. Details

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Harry Potter 9 & 3/4 Day at Divine Barrel Brewing: Enjoy a free family party with Harry Potter films, decorations, plus a special butterbeer bundle with versions for adults and children. Free. 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Details

Yoga at Trolley Barn: Unwind from the weekend with a yoga session. Free. 7 p.m. Details

Football Sunday in Skiptown: Come dressed in NFL gear to watch the Panthers play on eight big screens while your pup mingle with other dogs. Free. 12 p.m. Details

Match day at the Music Yard: Join the game day experience with live music, food and drink as you watch the Carolina Panthers take on the Los Angeles Rams on big screens. Free. 4 p.m.. Details

Writing with Bearden at the Mint Museum: Take part in a Bearden Gallery workshop with Charlotte Lit as they teach the tradition of “writing about art” called ekphrasis. Free. 2-3 p.m. Details

Puppies on the terrace of the Optimist Pavilion: Play and adopt dogs from Gaston County Animal Care Enforcement on the patio with drink specials and puppuccinos available at the Airstream Bar. Free. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Details

Divas Heels and Horror Drag Lunch at Hi-Wire Brewing: Enjoy a fabulous drag show from Vanity House and beers from Hi-Wire before grabbing a giant slice of pizza next to Benny Ferrovia. $15. 12 p.m. Details

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