• WEEKEND IN VIEW: Where to find weekend fun in the Queen City


    From coasters to concerts to cheering on the home teams, you won't have to look very hard to find something fun to do in Charlotte this weekend. Check out a few of our favorite happenings:

    Get ready to R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. when John Mellencamp makes a stop at Ovens Auditorium Friday. Click here for more details.

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    Cruise on a coaster, grab a turkey leg, check out the petting zoo and more at the Charlotte Spring Fair, happening through Sunday near Charlotte Motor Speedway. Click here for more details

    The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including best musical, Dear Evan Hansen is playing at Blumenthal’s Belk Theater through Sunday. Click here for more details.

    The hills come alive for Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein Friday and Saturday at Knight Theater. Click here for more details.

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    Experience an interactive night of sleight of hand and psychology with Charlotte magician and illusionist Hayden Childress at Stage Door Theater Friday. Click here for more details.

    Carowinds is set to open its 2019 season Saturday with a new 7-acre themed area that includes the Carolinas’ first double launch coaster, Copperhead Strike. Click here for more details.

    Lego fans can see lots of cool, custom creations and more at BrickFair happening Saturday and Sunday at The Park Expo and Conference Center. Click here for more details.

    Raise a glass to celebrate Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s 10th anniversary. The brewery will host live music and fun activities for adults and kids Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more details.

    Baseball fans can help the Charlotte Knights kick off their upcoming season at Knights Fest on Saturday. Watch the Softball Home Run Derby and get a behind-the-scenes tour of BB&T Ballpark. There will also be plenty of kid-friendly activities. Click here for more details.

    The Spectrum Center in uptown will be buzzing when the Charlotte Hornets take on Boston Saturday at the last Classic Night of the season. The first 7,500 fans will score a NBA Jam Throwback T-shirt, plus ‘90s music legend Coolio will perform at halftime. Click here for more details.  

    The Charlotte Independence professional soccer take on Atlanta United 2 at the Sportsplex at Matthews Saturday. Click here for more details.

    Cheer on the home team when the Charlotte Checkers take on Hartford at Bojangles’ Coliseum Saturday and Sunday. Help Chubby celebrate his birthday Sunday and stick around to hit the ice with the team at the postgame skate. Click here for more details.

    Rap fans will want to be there for Travis Scott’s Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour Sunday at Spectrum Center. Click here for more details.

    It’s family time at the Mint. Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos and family yoga sessions during Sunday Fun Day at the Mint Museum Uptown. Click here for more details.

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    Ready for a road trip? 

    Aviation history comes to life during Wind & Wings: The Science of Flight Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum. See helicopter fly-ins, meet famed female aviator Amelia Earhart and hear the incredible story of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Click here for more details.  

    Fans of the much-loved television series “One Tree Hill” can mingle with members of the cast and crew in the city where it was filmed during EyeCon OTH Friday through Sunday in Wilmington. Click here for more details.  

    See what it would’ve been like to be a guest of George and Edith Vanderbilt during their years living on the Biltmore Estate in a new exhibition,  "A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas." Click here for more details.

    Ongoing events 

    Food Truck Friday in Plaza Midwood takes places at Resident Culture Brewing Company 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.

    In honor of its latest exhibit, “African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style,” and to celebrate Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, the Mint Museum Randolph is offering buy one, get one free admission Sundays through March 31. Click here for more details.  

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