• WEEKEND IN VIEW: What's happening in Charlotte

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    Here are some of our favorite happenings coming up this week:

    Fly high at the Queen Charlotte Fair at Route 29 Pavilion across from Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fair runs through Sunday. Click here for more details.

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    PNC Music Pavilion will close out its 2019 concert season on Friday with country music stars Brantley Gilbert, Lindsay Ell and Michael Ray. Click here for more details.  

    The Charlotte Checkers, the reigning American Hockey League champions, will hit the ice at Bojangles' Coliseum on Friday for their home opener against Bridgeport. Be sure to get there early to see the raising of the 2019 championship banner. The first 2,500 fans through the doors will receive a free replica mini banner. The teams will face off again Saturday. Click here for more details.  


    >> Check out our new Your704 show, a go-to guide for the best restaurants, bars and entertainment across the Queen City. Watch it by downloading the WSOC-TV app on your Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV or by clicking here.


    See the biggest and brightest stars of the National Hot Rod Association battle it out in 11,000-horsepower machines during the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord from Friday through Sunday. Click here for more details.

    Get ready for lots of brats, beer and cheer at Hickory's three-day Oktoberfest celebration. Click here for more details.

    It's the final weekend to get your fill of dancing, dirndls and more at Oktoberfest at the Waldhorn Restaurant -- one of the largest and longest-running Oktoberfest events in the Charlotte area. Click here for more details.

    Another place where you can hoist a stein for Oktoberfest is Cabarrus Brewing Company, where they'll be celebrating their annual fall harvest with new beer releases, food and festivities all weekend. Click here for more details.    

    See the annual "crank-up" of antique steam and gasoline engines and tractors, enjoy a county fair, crafts and more at the Cotton Ginning Days festival at Gaston County Park in Dallas from Friday through Sunday. Click here for more details.

    Listen to live music, grab a bite from a food truck and take in the scenery at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Fall Music Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more details.

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    Celebrate Hispanic heritage through music, dance, art, food and more at the Hola Charlotte Festival on Saturday on South Tryon Street in uptown. Click here for more details.

    Enjoy Indian dance, food, art, music and Bollywood entertainment at the 25th Festival of India at Belk Theater on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more details.

    Channel your creative energy and check out Family Day at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Saturday. Kids get free admission. Click here for more details.

    You've probably seen her viral videos "Nail Salon" and "Bon Qui Qui" and, on Saturday, you can see comedian Anjelah Johnson perform live at Ovens Auditorium. Click here for more details.

    See Princess Slaya, Assaulty Cracker, Ka$h Honey and their Charlotte Roller Girls teammates at the Charlotte Roller Derby on Saturday at Kate's Skating Rink in Gastonia. Click here for more details.

    Take a wagon ride, find your way through the hay bale mazes, go kayaking and more at Fall Frolic at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27. Click here for more details.

    The Carolina Renaissance Festival, one of the largest Renaissance-themed events in the country, has returned to spread cheer each Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 24. This Saturday, bring any size new or gently worn coat to donate to our Steve's Coats for Kids drive and receive a free child admission. Click here for more details.

    Delightful by day, frightful by night, Carowinds' fall events offer something for every age. Little ones can have fun with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at the family-friendly Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Once the sun goes down, the theme park transforms into a scream park for SCarowinds, open select nights through Oct. 27. Click here for more details.

    Cruise on a coaster, fly high on the Ferris wheel, see a show and grab a tasty treat at the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia. The fair opens Wednesday and runs through Oct. 20. Click here for more details.

    Join the vineyards of the Swan Creek Wine Trail for the 2019 Harvest Celebration. Each vineyard -- Dobbins Creek, Laurel Gray, Shadow Springs and Windsor Run -- will feature a new wine paired with complimentary light seasonal food treats through the weekend. Click here for more details.  

    >> More places to go for weekend fun

    Ongoing events 

    Take a hayride, enjoy live entertainment, explore a 9-acre corn maze and more at Rescue Ranch's Fall Fun Days on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Click here for more details.

    Explore Charlotte's history, watch the sunset, grab a bite to eat and listen to live music at Friday Nights at Camp North End. Kids and dogs are welcome. Click here for more details.

     

    Food Truck Friday in Plaza Midwood takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Co. and features a different lineup of trucks each week, as well as live music. Click here for more details.   

     

    Food Truck Friday South End takes place each week at Sycamore Brewing and features an ever-changing lineup of trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome. Click here for more details.

    Listen to live music and check out a variety of food and dessert trucks every second and fourth Friday at the Matthews Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series in downtown Matthews. Click here for more details.

    See a variety of vintage and modern European sports cars at Cars & Cappuccino, a free event held every third Sunday through November in SouthPark Mall's parking lot. Click here for more details.

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