What’s Happening, Charlotte: 14 Things to Do this Weekend (Sept. 22-24)

Festival in the Park returns. West Charlotte High School transforms into Hillman College. Fun date night ideas and more.

It’s going to be a fun weekend in the Qcity. Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb are hosting a youth basketball camp. West Charlotte High School is transforming its campus into Hillman College. Plus, Create Amazing is hosting a Paint & Play event at Apostrophe Lounge and more.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Festival in the Park
Friday-Sunday @ Freedom Park
For more than 52 years, this Charlotte tradition has been seen as the last push of summer and a celebration of the fall to come. Local artisans, bands and crafts of all sorts are presented in a fun outdoors fair-like atmosphere. Festival in the Park features 180 artists and craft exhibitors and nearly 1000 entertainers. (Details)

Women Who Win: 31 Daily Actions For Success Goal-Setting Luncheon
Saturday @ McCormick & Schmick’s
Have a dream in mind but not sure where to start? Learn from speakers who have achieved success in business and life. Having a thought partner support your vision may be the boost you need. It’s time for you to win. (Details)

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Kemba Walker & Jeremy Lamb Basketball ProCamp
Saturday & Sunday @ Carolina Courts
Throughout this two-day camp, Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb and camp coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction with lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and scrimmage games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction. (Details)

“The Ladies and Him” Book Signing
Saturday @ Cajun Canvas
This twice-yearly event features authors from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia  doing what they do best – talking about their writing and the subjects about which they are passionate. (Details)

Carolina  Curly : Crowned in Curls Natural Expo
Saturday @ SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown
This is designed to be a fun, educational experience celebrating to all things natural, from skin, to hair, and even lifestyle. Attendees will enjoy deluxe swag bags filled with complimentary products and gifts. Plus, the event will include vendors, panel discussions, music, and entertainment.  (Details)

The Hillman Experience: Operation HBCU
Saturday @ West Charlotte High School
This experience will include performances from the West Charlotte band and cheerleaders, spoken word artist, a powerful keynote speech by YP Thomas, founder of YP Motivations, an interactive panel discussion about the HBCU experience with HBCU alumni from Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Fayetteville State University and Virginia State University. (Details)

Mental Health: A Community in Crisis
Sunday @ Caldwell Presbyterian Church
A year after Keith Lamont Scott’s death and the subsequent community uprising, Charlotte still faces significant gaps in mental health treatment for those in poverty and living on the margins. This free forum challenges this stigma facing all mental health patients and tackles the mental health underpinnings and consequences associated with lack of opportunity, financial hardship, crime, and violence. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

Date Night- The Passage Two
Friday @ Cajun Canvas
Looking for a night out that is relaxing, bonding, fun and creates lasting memories? Bring your sweetie to Cajun Canvas for a fun interactive Date Night where you two can create a masterpiece painting. (Details)

The Crew Love Tour
Friday @ Morehead Tavern
Catch The Cool Kids, Micki Miller and Venzella Joy, as they get lit in the Qcity! Hosted by Charlotte’s own, Quentin Talley with the soulful sounds of Blanche J and DJ Fannie Mae, this is sure to be a night of fun. (Details)

Paint & Play
Friday @ Apostrophe Lounge
Paint & Play (Southend) is a festive fusion of the arts with spoken word, live painters, line dancing, and music. You can also enjoy a free massage. Join hosts A-Dot, Coco Lenell and Michael Calloway. This is a free event. (Details)

West Charlotte Class of ’97 Reunion
Saturday @ FireWater Restaurant & Lounge
The West Charlotte Lions class of ’97 is celebrating its 20 year reunion. It’s time to reminisce, have some fun, dance and eat as we revisit the music, fashion, hairstyles, and television shows from the 90s. Tickets include admission, dinner buffet, cash bar and a commemorative t-shirt. (Details)

ART & CULTURE

Portraits of Uganda; Timeless Tapestry
Through Sunday @ C3Lab
It’s the last weekend to see this 50-piece exhibit of photographs, mixed media encaustics, documentary video, and Ugandan artifacts. (Details)

OnQ presents A Brown Tale
Through Sunday @ Duke Energy Theater
Written and performed by James T. Alfred, this coming-of-age narrative takes audiences on through Alfred’s childhood to his adult life. Growing up on the south side of Chicago in public housing, Alfred explores the impact that community has on an individual’s personal development, commenting on a number of topics steeped in the community, such as public schools, church and local commerce. (Details)

A Thin Line Between Love and A Mate Stage play
Sunday @ Pease Auditorium at CPCC Main Campus
“A Thin Line Between Love and A Mate” is a funny and inspiring stage play. Kadence is a female in her late 20’s that’s enjoying the single life. When she meets the man of her dreams, things take an unexpected turn. (Details)