What’s Happening, Charlotte: 11 Things to Do in Charlotte This Weekend (Jan 19-21)

Explore the Bechtler after dark, celebrate the 90s, party for charity and more fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte.

There’s a lot happening around town this weekend from opportunities to create art, learn to dance and kickboxing for a great cause. Plus, if you love the 90s, there’s a fun bar crawl with your name all over it. Or maybe, you’re into 70s fashion. If so, you can rock your biggest afro and help raise money for charity.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend in the Charlotte area:

ART & CULTURE

Bechtler By Night: New Year, New You!
Friday @ Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Bechtler By Night lets you experience the museum galleries for free from 5-9 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Gather friends and view the extensive Bechtler collection under the cover of the night sky. Plus, this month you can enjoy making a window hanging based on the stained glass works found in the second floor Aflred Manessier exhibition, as well as painting your own abstract watercolor paintings. More info

AfroPop! Charlotte, Vol.18: Afrobeats, Soca, Fashion & Vendors
Saturday @ Morehead Tavern
The first AfroPop! Nation event of 2018 is here. This edition is bringing back popular soca dance queen Keisha Bridgeman of Socafitusa/Socacise to kick off the festivities and provide dance instruction from 9 to 10 p.m. Kizomba Alegria Charlotte Dance is providing Kizomba related instruction and dance upstairs as usual. More info

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Come Draw with Me!
Saturday @ Museum of York County (Rock Hill)
Museum of York County’s annual “Come Draw with Me!” offers an opportunity to draw along with Piedmont regional artists at work around the museum’s galleries. Look over an artist’s shoulder as a drawing comes to life. Plus, feel free to bring your sketch pad and pencils and draw from museum collections. More info

NIGHT LIFE / SOCIAL SCENE

That 70’s Gala!
Saturday @ Center for the Arts (Rock Hill)
It’s a flashback to 1977. Break out your platform shoes and get up on the floor at the Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – That 70’s Gala. We hear it’s going to be “DY-NO-MITE.” More info

Dream Gala 2018
Saturday @ The Ritz Carlton
Dream on 3’s Annual Dream Gala is one of Charlotte’s most anticipated events of the year. This exclusive event is Dream On 3’s largest fundraiser and will provide the means to make sports dreams come true for very deserving children. More than 400 people, including professional athletes, are expected to attend. More info

90s Bar Crawl
Fitzgerald’s @ Fitzgerald’s
Lace up your LA Gears, slap on your bracelets, saddle up your Furbies, and get ready to take on Charlotte, 90s style. Participating venues include Fitzgerald’s, Whisky River, Flight, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Tilt on Trade and Roxbury Nightclub. More info

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Charlotte NORML January Public Meeting
Saturday @ SEEDs
The Charlotte Regional chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is a non-profit organization. Meetings are free and open to the public. More info

Poverty Simulation at Steel Creek
Saturday @ Steele Creek AME Zion Church (Fellowship Hall)
This is an exercise that will test your will and ultimately help you understand your service role in our community. Lunch will be served. Pre-registration is required. More info

4Thirty-Two Performance Team Auditions
Saturday @ NC Dance District
Calling all curvy, sexy dancers: 4Thirty-Two, a local curvy girl dance team, is holding auditions. Team requirements include rehearsing two hours per week and performing at least three to four times per year. More info

Fight For A Cause- Florence Crittenton Services
Saturday @ RockBox Fitness Charlotte
Everyone from beginners to seasoned kickboxing veterans are welcome to join. Food and mimosas will be available after the class along with information on the services offered at FCS. More info

FAMILY FUN

Charlotte Running Company Trail Race
Saturday @ US National Whitewater Center
Run along the pristine trails at the state-of-the-art US Whitewater Center. If you haven’t biked or run on these trails, you are in for a treat. The majority of the course is a single-track trail system in covered woods adjacent to the Whitewater Center. More info