Your704 Weekender: Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — From fall festivals and concerts to cheering on the home teams, here’s what’s happening in Charlotte this weekend.

Although many events are advertised as rain or shine, several have already been postponed because of the potential for heavy rain and wind as Hurricane Ian moves into the area. Please use the links provided to check for last-minute weather updates.

Sing along to your favorite songs when Disney On Ice presents Frozen and Encanto at Bojangles Coliseum. Performances run through Sunday.

Get your fill of brews and good times at the seventh annual Oktoberfest at Cabarrus Brewing. Other Oktoberfest celebrations will be held at Suffolk Punch Brewing on Saturday and Glide Brewery (all weekend).

Primal Brewery in Huntersville will host its fall festival on Saturday with music, food trucks, face painting, and pumpkins. And Armored Cow Brewing will host the Tailgate for Team Pride on Saturday.

Rainy days are the perfect time to catch a movie or two. The Charlotte Film Festival runs through Sunday at the Independent Picture House and Ayrsley Grand Cinema is hosting its Retro Halloween series.

Enjoy local theater at these performances: “Annie” by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and “Princess Fearless” by Matthews Playhouse.

Break out your black and blue and cheer on the home teams at Bank of America Stadium when Charlotte FC takes on Philadelphia on Saturday, and the Carolina Panthers face off against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Saturday is the final weekend home match for Charlotte FC and fan appreciation night. Fans will receive a free T-shirt. On Sunday, the Panthers will honor former player and coach Sam Mills during the Keep Pounding Game.

Music fans can check out the Charlotte Blues Society’s Blues Competition on Sunday at the Neighborhood Theatre. The winners will represent Charlotte at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Also on Sunday, the Charlotte R&B Music Experience featuring Monica, Tevin Campbell, Tamar Braxton, H-Town and others will be held at Spectrum Center.

Ready for a road trip? Art enthusiasts can learn how well-known masterpieces such as the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” were created at Biltmore’s latest installation in its Legends of Art & Innovation series. “Leonardo da Vinci — 500 Years of Genius” is on display through Feb. 20.

Events that have been impacted by the threat of Hurricane Ian include the Taste of Charlotte food festival, which was postponed from this weekend to next weekend at Truist Field.

SCarowinds will not open on Friday and the Carolina Renaissance Festival, which was scheduled to open this weekend, will now be closed on Saturday. An update for Sunday will be posted on the festival’s social media pages.

The Breakaway Music Festival scheduled for this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed to spring 2023 and the Moo & Brew Festival has been postponed as well.

The Charlotte Wine & Food Festival scheduled for Saturday at Symphony Park has been postponed to May 6, 2023.

The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill will be closed this weekend, too.

Ongoing events:

Kick back and relax to good music and good times at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s River Jam concert series. Enjoy free performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through October.

Explore Charlotte’s history, watch the sunset and listen to live music at Friday Nights at Camp North End, which runs through October.

Food Truck Friday has returned to University City and takes place at Armored Cow Brewing. Each week there is a new rotation of food trucks, as well as live music and craft vendors.

Food Truck Friday is also back in Plaza Midwood, and takes place at Resident Culture Brewing Company.

Food Truck Friday has returned to Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord and features a variety of trucks, as well as live music.

For those who grew up on Looney Tunes and other animated entertainment, head over to VisArt Video for Saturday Morning Cartoons. The first attendee(s) get to select the morning’s cartoons from the store’s awesome inventory.

Another fun spot to check out on Saturday mornings is Camp North End, where you’ll find free family-friendly activities, including story time, music, board games and lawn games, plus fitness classes, every Saturday in July and August.

(Watch below: Charlotte International Arts Festival cancels outdoor events as Hurricane Ian approaches)

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