By Collin Cunningham
(CHARLOTTE, NC) Good morning, Charlotte! Today's a pretty good day to wake up in the Queen City, no matter which side of the bed you were on. Construction wrapped up on a more than $100 million expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, which is open to the public as of today, and the weather is looking to stabilize for another weekend of warm temperatures. That will give you plenty of opportunities to take part in numerous events in and around the Hornet's Nest this weekend, of which we have several.
Today is Friday(!), October 22, and here's what every Charlottean needs to know.
Charlotte City officials and business leaders hope that a new, 50,000-square-foot expansion recently completed on the city's convention center will draw more crowds, events and money to the Queen City. Crews finished work on the new section earlier this week and it opened yesterday, the culmination of two years of work and nearly $127 million. The almost-30-year-old facility now has new rooms for meetings and events, a rooftop gathering place and a pedestrian bridge leading to the nearby Westin Hotel.
Delano Little, a co-owner of The Public House restaurant located a block away from the Center, said the new space will hopefully draw new people to his gastropub.
According to the Charlotte Visitor's Authority, visitors to the convention center spent roughly $255 million at area businesses in the year prior to the pandemic.
Remember that picture that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger posted after discretely grabbing a beer at Charlotte's Thirsty Beaver Saloon? Yeah, that one:
Well, a family in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood neighborhood decided to have a bit of fun with the shot by creating a Halloween display modeled after Jagger at the bar. The entire display is made more impressive by the fact that it's hand-built, meaning whoever crafted the stand will have a Mick-Jagger-looking skeleton hanging out around their property for non-spooky seasons if they don't tear it down.
Mother Nature has gifted Charlotteans with warm days for one of the last weekends of October. Radars suggest that the early morning downpour seen in the city on Friday won't last, with temperatures staying around the mid-70s today, dipping down a bit despite less cloud coverage on Saturday and reaching weekend highs near the 80s on Sunday.
Those 70s we've become so useful will begin dipping towards highs in the upper 60s next week, but before that Queen City residents can take advantage of higher temperatures with...
4. Charlotte weekend roundup: what events are worth your time between Oct. 22 and 24?
Ahead of Halloween, there are some less-frightening events to attend in Charlotte.
- BayHaven Food & Wine Festival — Oct. 22 to 24
All weekend long, Charlotteans can visit Camp North End on Camp Road to sip wine and sample food at a festival inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. More than 75 different Black food and drink craftspeople are set to attend and show off what they do best.
- Charlotte Symphony performs Nightmare Before Christmas live — Oct. 22 and 23
The Charlotte Symphony will pay homage to Tim Burton’s stop motion classic at the city’s Belk Theater on North Tryon Street on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $48 for the event, which will show the movie on a large screen while the orchestra plays along to numbers composed by American musician Danny Elfman.
- Mint Museum 85th anniversary weekend — Oct. 22 and 23
In honor of its 85th year of existence, Charlotte’s min museum will be holding a pair of free, community day events at its Randolph and Uptown locations on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Expect artist talks, live music, a cash bar, food trucks and other event staples like raffles and giveaways.