What’s Happening Charlotte: Your Guide to Weekend Fun (Dec. 9-11)

The Gray Holiday Party, A Soulful Noel, Will Downing in concert and 14 other local events you should know about this weekend in the Qcity.

Want to learn to make a new dish to impress holiday guests? Interested in getting fashion and beauty tips from the experts? Want to go bar hopping or feast on holiday treats and dance the night away? Good news, there’s more than enough for you to do this weekend. Read on to see what’s happening around the Qcity. Also, if you are hosting a holiday party or event, we can help you promote it. Click here to learn more.

HOLIDAY PARTIES + EVENTS

CAABJ Holiday Soiree
Friday @ Berewick Manor House
Join your favorite journalists for a night of fun and holiday cheer. Content Awards will be presented and the CAABJ scholarship recipient will be announced during the event. (Details)

OnQ Presents ‘A Soulful Noel’
Friday @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
This holiday season, OnQ presents its theatrical tradition for the entire family, “A Soulful Noel.” This one night only performance is a tapestry of music, telling the age old story of the reason for the season. (Details)

The Gray Holiday Party
Saturday @ The Gantt Center
Join philanthropists Herb and Felicia Gray as they host their annual holiday party in support of the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Guests will enjoy sweet and savory treats, a specialty drink, live music by 5th & York and dancing with music by DJ Shogun. (Details)

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The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Saturday @ Knight Theater
Carolina Voices presents a “Winter Wonderland” of holiday entertainment at The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree. Get in the holiday spirit with the soaring voices of MainStage Choir (in a 32’ specially-designed Tree) performing all your favorite Christmas songs. (Details)

17th Annual Santa Bar Crawl
Saturday @ Lucky’s Bar & Arcade
With over 20 bars, clubs and restaurants participating, it’s no wonder this annual holiday tradition has been going strong for nearly two decades. Over 1,500 crawlers are expected to attend. (Details)

Gina’s Gospel Christmas Concert
Saturday @ Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
Gospel recording artist Gina will perform songs from her new CD titled “Release” along with some of your favorite Christmas carols. The concert is also doubling as a toy drive for children in need. Concert goers are asked to bring a new toy for a boy or girl, which will be donated to the Salvation Army. (Details)

Soulful Sounds of Christmas with Will Downing
Saturday @ Ovens Auditorium
It’s going to be a soulful evening as Will Downing takes to the stage with special guests Chante’ Moore and Alex Bugnon. (Details)

ARTS + CULTURE

The Classic Black Cinema Series – ‘A Lesson Before Dying’
Sunday @ The Harvey B. Gantt Center
Curated and hosted by Felix Curtis, this film series is specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. This month’s flick stars Mekhi Phifer, Cicely Tyson and Don Cheadle. (Details)

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Starving Artist Market
Sunday @ Charlotte Art League
If you’ve never visited Charlotte Art League, now is the time as the Starving Artist Market kicks off this weekend featuring the handmade works of local artists and vendors. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

Panther’s Nation Bar Crawl
Friday @ Tilt On Trade
Sure, the Panthers are having a lackluster season, but that doesn’t mean a home game isn’t a good excuse for a party. You don’t even have to be a member of Panther Nation to enjoy the festivities. (Details)

Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic
Friday @ Spectrum Center
See the Charlotte Hornets take on the Orlando Magic Friday night at Spectrum Center. (Details)

New Year New U Vision Board Party
Friday @ Red at 28th NoDa
Don’t wait until December 31 to start making plans for how to make the most out of a new year. The first step is to get it down on paper. Create a vision that inspires you to become a better version of yourself in 2017. (Details) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-year-new-u-vision-2017-tickets-29280793642?aff=es2

Charlotte Beauty Ball by Material Girl Hair
Saturday @ The Westin Hotel
You are invited to join MG Life Productions & Material Girl Hair for the first Charlotte Beauty Awards and Ball. It will be a fashionable evening of cocktails and conversation, celebrating some of Charlotte’s most respected stylists, models, beauty experts and fashion designers. (Details)

Sneaker Con
Saturday @ Charlotte Convention Center
Calling all sneaker heads! The expo that’s being billed as “The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth” is stopping in the Qcity this weekend with over 200 vendors selling some of the most rare and sought-after kicks. (Details)

FOOD + DRINK

Cooking Class: Night of the Seven Fish
Saturday @ Upstream
Upstream Restaurant in South Park is known for it’s innovative menu and award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine. During these cooking classes, chefs share secrets how you can create their tasty dishes at home. (Details)

Christmas Time! Cooking Class
Saturday @ Bar Cocoa
A cooking class at Bar Cocoa is a great way to refresh your cooking skills and learn tips to impress your guests at your next holiday gathering. (Details)