What’s Happening Charlotte: A guide to weekend fun

Looking for things to do this weekend? Check out our list of festivals, luncheons, expo shows, nightlife and other events to mark on your calendar.

There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend. The festivities kick off with a celebration of Greek culture at the four-day Yiasou Greek Festival. The Morrison Family YMCA is celebrating 12 years of philanthropy with their annual Morrison Metric Ride, and Carowinds celebrates it’s third year of presenting Run and Ride.

Saturday, Black women will be in the spotlight. The annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon is being held in celebration of those in the community who are making a difference in the lives of others. Members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women are also gathering to celebrate women with a luncheon. Their theme  is “Women Who Serve.”

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out a sneak peek of The Other Side, a new exhibition by painter Eduardo Cardozo at LaCa Projects. The evening is free with RSVP and will feature Latin music and Uruguayan fare. Click here for more details.

Here’s a taste of what else is happening around the Qcity this weekend:

FOOD + FAMILY FUN

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Yiasou Greek Festival
Thursday – Sunday @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
The Yiasou Greek Festival is one of Charlotte’s most popular and longest-running festivals. It’s three days of family fun, Greek cultural exhibitions, activities for the kids and much more. For most, the best part is the food. (Details)

12th Annual Morrison Metric Ride
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. @ Morrison Family YMCA
Cycle for a cause and enjoy a fully supported bike ride from the Morrison Family YMCA with mileage options of 30, 45, 65 or 85 miles. Proceeds from the Morrison Metric go towards the Morrison Family YMCA 2016 Annual Campaign, which supports after-school programming, summer camp, sports and dance for under-resourced children in our community. (Details)

Eat from a Truck Food Truck Festival
Saturday, 12 p.m. @ Avid Xchange Music Factory
With over 100 food trucks from all over the Southeast, this event is being billed as the largest of its kind in the Carolinas. There will be plenty of beer, food, games, kid-friendly activities and live music. (Details)

Run and Ride
Saturday & Sunday @ Carowinds Park
Experience the thrill of the run and the thrill of the ride – all in one day. Carowinds is hosting its annual Run and Ride series. Sign up for a half-marathon, 10k, 5k or 1-mile fun run through the park and keep the rush going as you take on some of the most exhilarating roller coasters in the country. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

Dope: An Ode to the Dirty South
Friday, 10 p.m. @ The Press Box
Come out and celebrate the culture of the Dirty South with a night of music and art featuring DJ Kato, DJ Fannie Mae, DRC and Dammit Wesley. (Details)

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AfroPop! Charlotte Volume 4
Saturday, 10 p.m. @ Morehead Tavern
AfroPop is switching nights and locations. This week, the party moves to Morehead Tavern. Enjoy music from DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel while mixing it up with the West African Dance meetup.com group. (Details)

Bone Snugs-N-Harmony
Sunday, 6 p.m. @ Snug Harbor
End the weekend with a wild night of karaoke hosted by Bryan Pierce. The fun begins early enough to have a good time and make it home by bedtime. (Details)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Southern Ideal Home Show
Friday – Sunday @ Park Expo Center
The Southern Ideal Home Show is a marketplace for everything from building and remodeling to decorating and landscaping. Whether your interest is in what’s trending in home improvement, enhancing your outdoor living space, refreshing your interiors or creating an improved kitchen or bath, take advantage of having hundreds of experts gathered under one roof. (Details)

2016 Charlotte Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Morning Glory Affair + Luncheon
Saturday, 10 a.m. @ Charlotte Marriott City Center
Each year, guests anxiously await the highly competitive HATitude! Competition to see who has the “Baddest Hat” in the room. This year, a new competition is being introduced for the men. Guys can compete to see who has the “Baddest Bow-Tie.” This year’s honorees for the luncheon include Sara Stevenson, Carrie Cook, Tonya Lilly Brandon. (Details)

By The Sweat of Our Brows
Saturday, 10 a.m. @ Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, SC
Take a small road trip and get a history lesson at this all-day event featuring historic tours, theatrical presentations, choir performances, story telling and more. (Details)

My Sisters Keeper Awards Lunch “Honoring Women Who Serve”
Saturday, 12 p.m. @ Hilton Center City
Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc as they host the annual My Sister’s Keeper Luncheon. The Queen City Metropolitan Chapter is honoring women in the Charlotte community who are working to improve the lives of women and families. (Details)

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