Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this Easter weekend, including plenty of egg hunts, brunches and a themed bar crawl

Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this Easter weekend, including plenty of egg hunts, brunches and a themed bar crawl

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 74. Morning clouds, afternoon sun. 20% chance of rain.Saturday: 68. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 73. Mostly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Easter Tea at The Ballantyne: Put on your Easter best and enjoy a selection of fresh spring sweets over tea, plus a complimentary glass of champagne. Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. $45++ for adults, $25++ for children 5-12, $10++ for children under 5. Details.

Good Friday Fish Fry at St. Paul Baptist Church: Join the Men’s Fellowship Ministry for an old-fashioned Good Friday Fish Fry. 3-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Beer Release at Bold Missy Brewery: Long Live the Queen (City), a New England Style Hazy IPA with notes of tropical fruits and pine, will be up for grabs. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Seafood Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: Choose from a selection of fresh and fried seafood dishes that all pair perfectly with Sycamore’s beers, ciders and wines. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

CollaborEAT at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: This five-course dinner will see wine, beer and kombucha paired with courses like Duck Ragout and Rice Pudding prepared by local chefs Thomas Marlow and Franke Jones. 6-10 p.m. $90. Details.

The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne at The Ballantyne: Experience Woodford Reserve tastings including Double Oak, Rye, Master’s Collection and the new Ballantyne Personal Selection with light hors d’oeuvres. 6:30-8 p.m. $65++. Details.

Beards & Beer at NoDa Brewing Company: Queen City Beard Co. will be on-site to talk about their all-natural, handcrafted products and walk you through maintenance techniques. Ticket includes the class and two beers. 7-10 p.m. $20. Details.

Carolina Beer Mixer at Free Range Brewing: Celebrate the life of a teen who lost her life to cancer with food, drink and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit her namesake scholarship at East Lincoln High School. 7-10 p.m. $50. Details.

Spring Into The Vue at The Vue Charlotte: They’ll have a live cooking demo, 4-course dinner, singles’ mingle hour and more. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $65-75. Details.

Toast the Moon Bar Crawl in South End: Crawl your way to 6 stops on this South End route, including Gin Mill, Slate and Tavern on the Tracks, in honor of Saturday’s Blue Moon. 7 p.m.-12:40 a.m. Free. Details.

Chocolate & Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks: The cidery has teamed up with Potts chocolate to walk you through four pairings, including South End Cider with Bourbon Pecan Truffle and Bramblin’ Blackberry with Classic Truffle. 7:30-9 p.m. Details.

Experience

Adult Game Night at Coco and the Director: The night will kick off with Heads Up! for the first hour before guests take their pick of classics like Scrabble, Jumbo Jenga, Connect 4, Candyland, Battleship and Yahtzee. 18+ only. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Drunken Spelling Bee at Flight: Test your (drunken) wits for the chance to win prizes. Sign up in advance through email or in person by 6:30 p.m. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210: You control the music you dance to at this unique party. VIP includes a t-shirt, glow sticks and a reserved pair of headphones. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Free-$18. Details.

Learn Things

Da Vinci Design Week at Discovery Place Science: Enjoy 10 days of special projects like Remarkable Robots, Mold Making and DIY Lightsabers plus design challenges and engineering demonstrations every day. $2 off admission with code Spring2. Not valid for IMAX Dome films and limit 4 admissions. Through April 8. $15-$17. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

breatheINK Youth Poetry Slam at Knight Gallery: Experience the works of breatheINK’s youth performers. Proceeds benefit the performance poetry-based organization, which looks to expose area youth to the power of spoken word. 8 p.m. $5. Details.

Sketch Comedy at The Rabbit Hole: See Robot Johnson, Charlotte’s oldest, most award-winningest sketch comedy group perform live. 21+. 9-10 p.m. $12. Details.

Kids

Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: They’re opening the farm for an egg hunt, raffles, games and more. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free parking, hunt is $5/child. Details.

Free Storytime with Ballantyne Reading Academy at Little Nest Portraits: Bring the kids (up to age 10) for a playdate hosted by a Ballantyne Reading Academy instructor armed with crafts and snacks. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Details.

Easter Bunny Bash 2K18 at Empowered Living Church Berewick: Take the family to meet the Easter Bunny, play in the Bounce House, enjoy kid-friendly games and get free Easter candy. 5-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Sports Bra Fit Appointments at Run For Your Life University: In a private 30-minute session, learn what the best type of sports bra is for you. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

March Madness at Caswell Station: Don’t miss a single game on the 21 TVs scattered throughout the bar while you enjoy food and drink specials. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Easter Weekend

Easter Egg 400 at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Join Champ the Cheetah and the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt, face painting, a magic show and more. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $12-$23. Details.

Children’s Easter Service at Covenant Presbyterian Church: Following the service, there will be a “new life” baby animal petting zoo on the Circle and Easter Egg hunts for young children. 10-11 a.m. Free. Details.

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Christ Central Church: Enjoy music, stories, prizes, snacks and an Easter Egg hunt for kids up to 12. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Community Egg Hunt at BB&T Ballpark: Autism Charlotte will hide over 6,000 eggs in the outfield for you to find. BYO basket. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

SCPC’s 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ballantyne Elementary School: Join South Charlotte Presbyterian Church for their 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be an egg hunt for children 8 years old and under, as well as face-painting, crafts, games and Chick-Fil-A for the whole family. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter EGGstravaganza at St. Francis United Methodist Church: Celebrate Easter with crafts, an egg hunt, festive food and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Grace in the Park at Nevin Community Park: Join Grace Covenant of Charlotte for a puppet show, egg hunt, food and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Egg Hunt at Greater Life Kids: Participate in an egg hunt, play on bounce houses, pose for Easter bunny pictures and more. 12-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Festival at The Carole Hoefener Center: Expect plenty of family-friendly activities like face painting, games, egg hunts, photo ops and more. The first 100 in attendance will win a swag bag. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Spring Fling at Freedom Park: Celebrate the holiday with an egg hunt, music, face painting, bounce houses, vendors and food. 1-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Centerpieces at Nordstrom SouthPark: Design your own centerpiece filled with spring flowers that you can take home to use as a centerpiece. 2 p.m. $65. Details.

Egg Hunt at Christ South: A helicopter will drop eggs at 3 p.m. and it’s up to the kids to find them. Stay for food, bounce houses and live music. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Food & Drink

I Still Love The 90’s Final Four Edition at Sports One Bar & Lounge: Enjoy a brunch filled with southern staples, live art and the games on TV. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Knights Charities at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Hang out with Homer and other Knights rep at the first Saturday of Charlotte Craft Beer Week. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Charities. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Jazz & FUNK Fest at Sugar Creek Brewing: Enjoy Belgian-style beers that have been “funked” in riesling barrels on the patio while listening to live jazz and funk music. Dogs welcome. 12 p.m. Free. Details.

Fish Fry at Three Spirits Brewing: Celebrate Charlotte Craft Beer Week with hot fish and plenty of cold beer. Your admission ticket includes one beer. 12-8 p.m. $6. Details.

IPA Series Release #3: Hazy Sexy Cool New England Style IPA at Birdsong Brewing Co.: The New England Style IPA has been brewed with New River Distilling’s hop oil. Grab a bite from the Lobster Dogs food truck for the perfect pairing. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Tours on Tap at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop: Go on your own beer adventure with a copy of the new South End Craft Beer Adventure Map in hand. 2-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Friends and Beerfest: Burgers, Brews and Buds at Legion Brewing: The brewery’s parking lot will be filled with live music, food, drink and plenty of vendors to shop. 2-8 p.m. Free. Details.

5th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Challenge at Rooftop 210: Your ticket includes admission to 8 bars, 8 funky tasks to complete, 1 party party cup detailing the tasks, Bunny Ears and a Sharpie to write it all down with. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $18. Details.

Experience

Spring Kick Off at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Enjoy a day of live entertainment and activities like a coloring contest, games, wine tasting, and the release of their spring themed food and drinks. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Trans Day of Visibility at Free Range Brewing: Take in a special screening of Becoming More Visible, a documentary film that follows four young people on their journeys to express their identities. RSVP required. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Weenie Walk at Freedom Park: All breeds and ages of weenie dogs are welcome. After the walk, meet up at OMB for playtime and German food. They’ll also have a raffle benefitting a local animal shelter. 3-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Business Networking Mixer at Banquet 49: Enjoy food, drink, business talk and networking. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Learn Things

Reptile & Amphibian Day at Discovery Place Science: Learn more about the animals that often get a bad reputation as you get up close and personal with some cold-blooded creatures. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Celebrate Wildlife at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Go on a short hike before heading back to the classroom to learn about and possibly meet some local animals. Registration required. 10-11 a.m. Free. Details.

PhotoSchool at Little Nest Portraits: Come learn how to get the perfect shot with your digital camera with an all-levels crash course. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. $75. Details.

Collecting and Protecting African-American Art at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Interested in becoming a collector, expanding your collections or optimizing your investments? Meet with Dr. Taha and learn from her own experiences. 5-7 p.m. $10. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

LoSo Art Stroll at The Broken Spoke: Get your fill of local art at three different destinations, all complete with live music, food and drinks. 12-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour at Spectrum Center: See Hart work his magic. 7 p.m. $38+. Details.

That’s What She Said at Charlotte Comedy Theater & Training Center: The theater’s all-female cast will perform a long-form show. 8-9:30 p.m. $12. Details.

Shopping

Spa-rty at Fityoulous: Relax and shop the store before moving on to get pampered with mini facials and brow treatments on special. 12-2 p.m. $10. Details.

Denim and Diamonds Women’s Expo at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown: Shop vendors and enjoy spa treatments, enter giveaways and more to celebrate Women’s History Month. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping extravaganza at The Venue 1801: Shop 20+ vendors selling fashion, accessories, home-ware, kids’ clothes and more, and stick around for food trucks and live music. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Dogs for Veterans at Four Dogs Pet Supplies: Show your support for Saving Grace K9s when you come out for raffles, silent auctions, beer and food from local businesses. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

My Struggle Matters March at the Latin American Coalition: Come out for the 1st annual walk in commemoration the strides that Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez have made in defense of immigrants, workers and women. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Monthly Day of Service at 719 North Tryon Street: Help feed 300 homeless men, women and families in the area. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Details.

2nd Annual MFSE Fashion for Change at Park Road Church: Join MFSE Foundation Inc., which provides resources and prevention to those battling stroke and epilepsy, and Fashion for Change, who focuses on providing those with disabilities opportunities in fashion, for an inclusive fashion show. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Kids

For The Kids: Paint Party at ImaginOn: Let the kids enjoy an artist-led paint class complete with supplies, keepsakes, snacks and a juice bar. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15-$40. Details.

Parent/Child Date Night at Cajun Canvas: This family-focused painting class allows every participant to create their own masterpiece. 4-6 p.m. $35 for two. Details.

Fitness

The Final 4 Miler at Spectrum Center: Dress up to support your favorite college basketball team and the chance to win the costume contest. Registration includes a shirt, bib and medal. 8-11 a.m. $44. Details.

Plaza Midwood Family Bike Ride at Midwood Park: Practice riding your bikes to Shamrock Gardens Elementary before venturing around the community and eventually ending at Rita’s for a treat. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Sports

College Baseball at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium: Support the 49ers as they take on the UAB Blazers. 1-4 p.m. $5-$10. Details.

Easter Weekend

Citywide Easter Sunrise Service at Romare Bearden Park: Eleven area churches are partnering to host a service for people from all areas of the city to gather and worship together. 7-8 a.m. Free. Details.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Pineville Church of the Nazarene: BYO basket to hunt for the golden egg, then stick around for games, prizes and more. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Food & Drink

Easter Brunch and Brews at Legion Brewing: Snag a Southwest Breakfast Burrito, lox bagel, mixed berry parfait and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details.

Easter Brunch Buffet at Maggiano’s: They’ll be serving over 20 dishes on the ballroom’s buffet. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $40 for adults, $15 for kids ages 5-11, free for kids under 5. Details.

Easter Brunch at Kid Cashew: Enjoy baked goods, meat and salads. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $30 for adults, $13 for kids ages 3-12, free for kids under 3. Details.

Bring Your Peeps Easter Brunch at Draught Charlotte: Enjoy brunch and drink specials like $2 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Details.

Easter Brunch at Coastal Restaurant & Bar: Brunch features an Eggs Benedict station, seafood station and dessert bar. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $42 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12. Details.

Easter Sunday Lunch at AQUA e VINO: Enjoy a 4-course menu fit for the whole family to help you get in the Easter spirit. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $40. Details.

Easter Sunday Brunch at 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails: Enjoy a chef-inspired, seasonally festive brunch menu. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Details.

Easter Sunday Brunch/Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House SouthPark: Put on your Sunday Best and come dine on Brioche French Toast, Steak Benedict and much more. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Details.

Easter Brunch at Hilton Charlotte University Place: Treat the whole family to an Easter brunch buffet. 12 and 2:30 p.m. $40 for adults, $35 for seniors ages 65 and up, $24 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. Details.

Easter Brunch at Gallery Restaurant: Enjoy a buffet with seasonal salads, sides and entrées, plus mimosas, Bloody Marys and dessert. 12-4 p.m. $40-95. Details.

Fitness

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Take a restorative yoga class and stick around for a post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Sunday Runday at NoDa Brewing: Enjoy a 1-, 3- or 5-mile run that starts and ends at the brewery. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Namastay at Legion: Fit in an hour of practice suitable for all levels, and enjoy a pint on the house afterward. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $7. Details.

Sports

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Support the Hornets as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. 1 p.m. $15-67. Details.

Ballantyne Beer Garden at The Ballantyne: Enjoy live music, local beer and great food, plus the premiere of the hotel’s exclusive Cherry Blossom Dubbel in partnership with Sugar Creek. April 15.

Tuck Fest at USNWC: Say hello warm weather with competitions, exhibitions, demo, live music and activities like yoga and a half marathon trail race. April 19-22.

Taste of Ayrsley at Ayrsley Commons: Enjoy samples from local restaurants, live music, children’s activities and shopping. April 21.

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