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Things to Do in Charlotte Weekend Guide

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The things to do in Charlotte this weekend are looking like they’ll be one for the books. From a chili cook-off to an event dedicated to having dessert for breakfast, how can you not want to check these out?! Not to mention, there’s also a bulldog beauty pageant happening this weekend.

So, if you love food, and you love pups, this weekend is your time to shine! Scroll down to check out what’s going on this weekend, and download our app to stay up to date on all the latest event updates!

With the temperatures finally getting a bit colder, we think it’s the perfect time to warm up with some hot, delicious chili! Whether you are a beginner or professional chef, this chili cook-off is calling your name.

In this all-you-can-eat battle of the best chili in the Queen City, it’s up to us to help choose the “People’s Champion.” Of course, in order to vote, you’ll need to taste each chili once…or twice…or a lot more than that. But don’t worry, the $10 entry fee includes unlimited chili tasting!

All proceeds for this event will be donated to a charity of the Winner’s choosing.

Event Details
🗓 JAN 26 | 2PM–6PM
📍 Wild Wing Cafe

*If you’re interested in participating, please stop by Wild Wing Cafe or email srinivas@wildwingcafe.com for more details.

*Paws* what you’re doing and make plans to come out to the annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant! This event benefits Bullies 2 The Rescue and is perfect for those who want to show off their fur babies to the Queen City.

Don’t have a bulldog? That’s okay. All dogs are beautiful and welcome! With categories ranging from best smile, best butt wiggle, cutest couple, and best non-bulldog, this will be the chance to showcase the best of your pup.

This event is 21 years and older (human years, not dog), and all dogs must be fixed, friendly, and up-to-date on vaccines. The cost to enter the event is free, but there is a $25 fee if you would like to enter your pup in the competition.

Come out for a great cause and be ready to paw-ty!

Event Details
🗓 JAN 25 | 3PM–7PM
📍 Lucky Dog Bark and Brew Charlotte

Join hundreds of fellow crawlers in one of the comfiest pub crawls around! Stops along the way include QC Pour House, Whiskey River at the Epicentre, Lucky’s Bar and Arcade, and more will be announced as the event gets closer.

Live entertainment, no cover charges, drink specials, a costume contest, and photographers and videographers will make this bar crawl one to remember. They’re also currently running a special on their Facebook page to get free registration to the event, and who doesn’t love free stuff?

Specials and menus will be announced shortly so make sure to follow their Facebook page to know all the details.

Event Details
🗓 JAN 25 | 12PM–2AM
📍 Charlotte, NC (Starting Pub TBA)

Paging Dr. Meredith Grey and the rest of the Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital! Come out and show off those tv-binging skills at Tin Roof on January 23rd.

Enjoy some tasty bites and drinks, and compete to win gift cards to fuel your next binge-watching marathon of McDreamy and the rest of the staff. This trivia event is free to join, and is open for all ages!

1st place gets you a $200 Tin Roof gift card, 2nd place gets $75, and 3rd takes home a $25 gift card. Like Dr. Shepherd says, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives…” and play some trivia!

Event Details
🗓 JAN 23 | 7PM–9PM
📍 Tin Roof Charlotte

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially when it includes Maple bacon cupcakes, salted caramel latte cookies, waffles, cinnamon rolls, mini donuts, and mimosas!

Come out Saturday, January 26 to Catawba Brewing and make all those dessert-for-breakfast childhood dreams come true! Sample some of the best treats the Queen City has to offer, all while helping support local businesses.

The event itself is free to enter, you just pay for the treats you wish to try (you can catch us at all the booths). Gluten-free and vegan options will also be available to satisfy a sweet tooth of all kinds.

Event Details
🗓 JAN 26 | 10AM–2PM
📍 Catawba Brewing Company

Looking for more things to do this weekend? We've got you covered.

There’s no wining at the Winey Grapes Wine Festival.

Come on out and enjoy samples of over 100 different wines from across the globe. This semi-annual event is hosting their indoor festival on February 1st, and there is no better time to start off a new month on the right foot than with some fine wine!

With a general admission ticket (check the website for pricing as it varies the closer to the event we get) you get 2PM entry to the festival, a commemorative wine glass, unlimited samples, and complimentary coat check.

You can also purchase a VIP ticket that gets you 1PM entry, samples of wines exclusive to VIP members, VIP raffle drawings, and light appetizers from 1PM–3PM. The event will also feature live music, artists, and local vendors for shopping.

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Kayla Gil

Kayla Gil

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author for the Stuff to Do in Charlotte Blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Charlotte area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinCharlotte on Instagram and Facebook.

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