What’s Happening Charlotte: 14 fun things to do this weekend (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1)

RenFest returns. Teams compete for cash prizes in the Ultimate Card Game. Charlotte B-Cycle’s Soul to Sole West Side Glow Ride lights up West Charlotte and more.

There’s plenty to do this weekend whether you are in the mood for family fun, adult games or an outdoor adventure.

Enjoy some family fun, when the Renaissance Festival returns Huntersville on Saturday. Head over to Red Clay Ciderworks and celebrate the season with cookies and hard cider. Light up the night with Charlotte B-Cycle’s Soul to Sole West Side Glow Ride. Play games like Spades, Dominoes and others for a chance to win some cash at The Ultimate Card Party.

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

FOOD + DRINK

Cookies & Cider Pairing
Friday @ Red Clay Ciderworks
Red Clay Ciderworks is teaming up with A Smart Cookie to bring you an event that’s sure to satisfy your palate. Cider maker Jay Bradish and Baking Scientist Monica Nye, PhD, will walk you through four different pairings, each with their own unique flair. Seating for this event is limited to 18. (Details)

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Celebration of the Arts Jazz Brunch
Sunday @ Piper Glen Country Club
Join the Arts and Letters Committee of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for brunch and jazz featuring music by Charlotte’s own, Adrian Crutchfield and the Kim Mayo Duo. (Details)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR + NETWORKING EVENTS

Stories Untold: A Communal Dinner
Friday @ The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture
Come together for an intimate experience that will fill your hearts, souls and stomachs. The evening will feature Mr. Joseph McGill, Founder and Executive Director of the Slave Dwelling Project, as the keynote speaker. (Details)

Charlotte B-Cycle’s Soul to Sole West Side Glow Ride
Saturday @ Mosaic Village
Come Light up the West Side with this community ride. The route will meander from the Latibah Collard Green Museum through the Historic West End and parts of Center City. It will end at Mosaic Village followed by a cookout and DJ. The event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by Charlotte B-cycle, the Knight Foundation, BCBSNC, Carolinas HealthCare System, Historic West End Initiative, 100 Black Women, No Grease and Johnson C. Smith University. Bikes and helmets will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Details)

Saturday Nights Rock at First United Presbyterian Church
Saturday @ First United Presbyterian Church
The hustle and bustle of weekday activities can wear on a soul. Saturday evening, First United Presbyterian Church, invites you to come spend an hour getting your spirit lifted. (Details)

Inalienable rights: Living history through the eyes of the enslaved
Saturday @ The President James K. Polk State Historic Site
Families are invited to visit the grounds of the President James K. Polk Historic Site where costumed historians will weave tales inspired by the lives of enslaved African Americans. In addition, living historians will be on hand to answer questions and guide family friendly activities. (Details)

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Family Connections with Angie Cee
Saturday @ Levine Museum of the New South
Teaching artist Andrea “Angie Cee” Chandler will guide families with creating a model family tree, knowledge of our personal and communal history and how history can nurture family bonds. Take home a family tree you can display and with a deeper understanding of your family’s history. (Details)

24th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival
Saturday & Sunday @ Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairground
Carolina Renaissance Festival returns to Huntersville for eight fun-filled weekends of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters re-creating a 16th Century European Marketplace. In this 22-acre village, you’ll find music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine hand-made arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games and rides. (Details)

Kindness Rock Painting
Saturday @ Pioneer Springs Community School
One small act of kindness, just one simple message can make all the difference in someone’s day. Pioneer Springs Community School is hosting a Kindness Rock painting event. The event is free and open to all ages. (Details)

Saturday Sessions: Real Talk with Real Women
Saturday @ Hampton Inn and Suites Charlotte Pineville
Saturday Sessions is a monthly event where women gather together to talk about the real issues they face in today’s society. (Details)

2017 P.E.A.R.L. Award Luncheon
Saturday @ Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel
The ladies of Alpha Lambda Omega invite you this annual luncheon highlighting educational enrichment with proceeds benefiting Alpha Lambda Omega’s scholarship efforts and charitable contributions. Enjoy a high energy fashion show and performance by Buff Dillard. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

StrikeCity Presents: Bar Olympics
Friday @ StrikeCity
Grab your squad and bring your A game for a chance to win as teams compete for cash prizes (including a $500 grand prize and a $100 prize for best team name). Games include bowling, Battleship, flip cup, pong & more. Registrations starts at 9 p.m. (Details)

Nigerian Independence Day CLT 2017: Welcome To Lagos!
Saturday @ Morehead Tavern
Get ready to dance the night away at this party hosted by Paul Prince & Ifeanyi Ibeto with music by DJ Atomix, Abu Kamara-Djunique & The Dynamic DJ Kato. (Details)

The Ultimate Card Party
Saturday @ Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte/South Park
The ladies of the Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. invite you to pull up a seat and compete in a game of spades, pinochle, bid whist, dominoes and more. The party starts at 2 p.m. (Details)