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Happy Thursday, QCity!

Today’s newsletter is all about the weekend — places to go and sights to see — so be sure to check out our list below. The forecast is shaping up to give us some perfect autumn weather. ☀️

Speaking of autumn: HBCU homecoming season is fast approaching, so keep scrolling to see which Grammy-winning artists will be at North Carolina Central University’s “Ultimate Homecoming Experience.”

Today in History: In 2001, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke Mark McGwire’s single-season home-run record when he hit his 71st and 72nd home runs of the season. He finished the year with 73 homers.

Today in Charlotte: A New Day With Lori Williams

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Today is the last day to register for our Women Thrive Conference happening this weekend! Join us for a day of sessions led by expert Black women in the business field, and join us afterward for happy hour.


Twelve entertainment picks for October

From gospel greats to comedy legends, so many special events are headed to Charlotte this October.

Dave Chapelle’s highly-anticipated tour will come to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, CeCe Winans will perform a show at Bojangles’ Coliseum and rapper NONAME is also scheduled to do a show in the Queen City, among other events.

Here’s what’s coming.


Magic, turkey legs and more at the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Inside the Carolina Renaissance Fair, October 2023. (Sami Pacitto / QCity Metro)

The 16th annual Carolina Renaissance Fair is back in Charlotte through Nov. 19. Dubbed “the greatest party since Camelot,” the fair combines arts, entertainment, food and shopping for a family-friendly adventure.

The Carolina Rennaissance Fair has live shows, including jousting and magic feats, along with food favorites like giant turkey legs.

See what it’s like inside.


The show that’s a drop of golden sun

Electric Root Presents: The Sound of (Black) Music

The Sound of (Black) Music is a vibrant one-act concert reimagining of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical through a utopian, afrofuturistic lens full of love.

Cherished songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” are recast through a Black roots music kaleidoscope of jazz, gospel, blues, soul, funk and Afro-beat. 



  • Comedy Showcase at Common Market: Laugh the night away with a rotating list of comedians while you enjoy craft beer, wine, or coffee, and Common Market’s late-night menu!
  • Adele Givens: Check out the fan-proclaimed Queen of Comedy at the Comedy Zone.
  • Beethoven’s Eroica: Check out the Charlotte Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Erocia” at the Knight Theater. 


  • Women Thrive Conference: Spend a day learning how to take your business to the next level at this women-entrepreneur-focused event. 
  • Family First: Keepsake Her Crown – Design & Embellish:  Learn the art of working with multi-textured synthetic hair, leather, and fabrics to create stunning keepsake boxes and embellish those boxes with shells, beads, and rhinestones at this interactive workshop. 
  • Purple and Teal Day: Enjoy a free Hornets scrimmage as the team prepares for the upcoming season.


  • Natural Hair Fest Charlotte: Network with fellow hair stylists, braiders, locticians and barbers at this event focused on Charlotte’s natural hair community. 
  • MJ: For one final day, Enjoy this classic musical and relive the legendary song and dance moves of Michael Jackson at Belk Theater.
  • Nascar’s Bank of America ROVAL 400: The Nascar playoff continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kids Corner

  • Narnia the Musical: Immerse yourself in a whimsical world of fantasy based on C.S. Lewis’ novel “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
  • Animal Meet and Greet: Get up close and personal with some of the Nature Center residents in this wild encounter.


Ain’t no party like a “House Party” party

Camp North End extended its Crossroads Cinema series through October, and you can catch a movie tonight! Plan ahead and check out the line-up of films.

Grab your lawn chair and head to the Ford Building at 8 p.m. to see House Party.

If you get there a little early, pass the time with some free arcade games or grab some snacks and drinks from Black Moth Bars!


Drake dedicates song to the Queen City

Screenshot from YouTube video

Drake’s new single “8 AM In Charlotte” released today. 

The rapper surprised fans by dropping the song — and music video featuring his son — on social media.

The song is the third single from Drake’s eighth studio album, “FOR ALL THE DOGS,” expected out Oct. 6.

The song release comes less than two weeks after his “It’s All a Blur” tour made a two-day appearance in the Queen City. 

The song doesn’t appear to have any direct mention of Charlotte in its lyrics, but Drake has used similar titles over the years. Maybe the title signifies where and when he recorded the song.

If you missed the show, here’s what it was like.


Get ready for a jazz-filled weekend

Blues, Jazz, Rock, and more – it’s all happening in downtown Rock Hill at the 19th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival’s Old Town Crawl for a musical journey like no other.

Learn more and get tickets!


How to SouthPark after dark

SouthPark is full of nice late-night restaurants, bars, and lounges to visit when you need to decompress — and we visited some of them!

In the mood for cannolis and pasta? Head to Leo’s Italian Social. If you need a place to drink while you watch the Panthers win (fingers crossed), hit up Suffolk Punch Brewing.

To see what other spots to visit, check out our reel and read our article that details each visit.


Autumn means HBCU football, and HBCU football means homecoming season.

Just this morning, N.C. Central announced the lineup for its “Ultimate Homecoming Experience,” which kicks off Saturday, Oct. 28.

Events include:

  • Grammy-winning artists Hezekiah Walker and Jekalyn Carr will perform at the Ultimate Gospel Show on Sunday, Oct. 29.
  • Atlantic Records artist NoCap will headline the Ultimate Hip-Hop and R&B Show on Thursday, Nov. 2. He’ll be joined by Grammy songstress Muni Long and New Orleans rapper Rob49.

See the complete lineup.

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