What’s Happening, Charlotte? 13 Things to Do this Weekend in the Qcity (Aug. 18-20)

There’s a lot happening in the Qcity this weekend.

There’s a lot happening in the Qcity this weekend. There’s the Great Gatsby Gala. Plus, Jazz Room at the Stage Door is returning. Camp Northend is throwing an end of summer block party. Dasling Dentistry is sponsoring a back-to-school skate party at Kate’s, and so much more.

Looking for something to do Thursday night? Qcitymetro Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Glenn Burkins is scheduled to join the panel at Charlotte Magazine’s #discussCLT event. This series brings together local leaders and thinkers to discuss our city’s defining issues. This month’s topic is Charlotte media.  (Details)

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the Qcity this weekend:

ARTS + CULTURE

The Jazz Room at The Stage Door Theater
Friday + Saturday @ The Stage Door Theater
Back by popular demand, it’s saxophone sensation Phillip Whack playing the music of John Coltrane as some of the region’s most talented trumpet players put on an unforgettable night of jazz. (Details)

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Sounds on the Square
Saturday @ Spirit Square
Local musicians will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Square at Spirit Square. Admission is free. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. (Details)

Jazz Under The Stars feat. Saxophonist Jeanette Harris
Sunday @ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Relax and sip some wine while strolling the grounds of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Then enjoy a great concert with Jeanette Harris, the scintillating “saxtress of smooth jazz.” (Details)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR + FAMILY FUN

AfroPop! CLT: The Block Party
Friday @ Camp North End
Swing by right after work to start your weekend off nice with four DJs, food, vendors, drinks and live entertainment for the entire family. The festivities start at 6 p.m. (Details)

OrthoCarolina 10K Classic presented by Performance Therapy
Saturday @ OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center
The 8th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic is the area’s premier 10K-running event. Come out and enjoy one of the best courses in Charlotte and check out the expo where you can sample beer from local breweries. (Details)

RunningWorks Open House & Volunteer Appreciation Event
Saturday @ RunningWorks Team Headquarters
RunningWorks, a nonprofit organization helping homeless individuals and families, is hosting an Open House Volunteer and Donor Appreciation event following the OrthoCarolina Classic. Meet the RW team, and hear their stories. Drop in any time between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for food, folks and fun with a purpose. Admission is free. (Details)

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash
Saturday @ The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sparks will fly as the metal-mashing machines of the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for a night of high-flying action on the most diabolical outdoor course on the planet. Fans can come early to grab a photo beside the massive five-ton machines and meet the drivers. (Details)

2nd Annual Back 2 School Skate Party hosted by Chewy
Sunday @ Kate’s Skating Rink
Bring your entire family to a fun-filled night with a DJ, entertainment and tons of giveaways. Sponsored by Dasling Dentistry, this event had over 600 people in attendance last year and is expected to sellout. (Details)

PROFESSIONAL + NETWORKING

Queen City Entrepreneurs’ Conference
Saturday @ Phillip O’ Berry Academy of Technology
If you’re a woman interested in starting her own business or you currently own a business, join like-minded individuals for networking, information sharing and innovative ideas. Hear from women entrepreneurs and experts during this full day of informative workshops, presentations and panel discussions. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

90’s Bar Crawl
Friday @ Rooftop 210
It’s a Millennial takeover this weekend at this throwback to scrunchies, bandanas, mood rings and signing t-shirts! Dress the part and enjoy a night of listening to your favorite 90s music at some of Uptown’s most popular bars. Registration starts at 7 p.m. (Details)

Respect Fest Block Party
Saturday @ Sports One
This all-white affair is scheduled to be hosted by Big Daddy Kane, DJ Clark Kent, Greg Nice and DJ D Nice. (Details)

Great Gatsby Gala
Saturday @ Wells Fargo Atrium
This award-winning 1920s-themed event returns for its 29th year this weekend. Kick up your heels on the dance floor and enjoy open bar wine & beer and tasting stations from Charlotte’s most celebrated restaurants along with a fantastic silent auction and much more. Funds benefit the National MS Society Greater Carolinas Chapter. (Details)

Tone-X & Friends Comedy Show
Sunday @ The Comedy Zone
Hosted by national comedians Tone-X (“The Monique Show,” “Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam”) and Chris “Funnyman” Robinson (BET’s “Comic View”), this show is high energy, audience friendly and funny! (Details)