Far too often we hear from our friends that Charlotte (and the surrounding areas) are “boring” and that there’s “nothing to do nearby.” However, it’s never too late to explore your own city, and here’s some fun stuff to do for the next month! Many of the events are even free. Click each of the links for more information, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to suggest an event for next month or to let us know what you think!
- The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia has loads to offer this month! On November 18th, it hosts “Harvest Day,” a day to celebrate the harvest season at an 18th century farm. Learn about traditional Thanksgiving feasts and hunting from back in the day!
- From now until the 31st (subject to change), the museum also offers an exhibit called “The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration” from 9am to 5pm every day. Journey across the solar system to learn more about the planets and see their interactive kiosks and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian!
- The James Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum offers three exhibits – one on Interstellar Flight, Autumn Skies for stargazing, and Super Volcanoes, an exhibit on powerful volcanoes and their eruptions on Earth. Check out the link for their timings.
- Looking to become more sophisticated anytime soon? The Mint Museum is free to visit Wednesday evenings at both the Uptown and Randolph locations from 5-9pm until December 4th, perfect for a visit after school. The Brit Ceramics exhibit at the Mint Museum is free to attend on Nov 21st at 10am.
- Visit the Bechtler Museum by night from 5pm-9pm for free every third Friday of every month.
- Support local nonprofits by attending Connecting Charlotte on November 17th. You can also watch some spoken word poetry and see some art installations!
- Visit the Explorer’s Club in Cornelius during November 3rd-18th to enjoy a show involving science and history!
- If you’re interested in watching someone (Matt LaVore) swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget their own names, and even predict the future, then go to Magic and Mystery at Duke Energy Theatre on November 25th! This amazing showcase of mystery arts that is guaranteed to leave even the most discerning audiences astonished.
- The Belk Theatre hosts The Nutcracker from the 9th through 23rd and The Sound of Music at Blumenthal Performing Arts from November 24th to the 26th.
- Watch “Urinetown”, a satirical play put on by Northwest School of the Arts from December 1st to the 2nd.
- Charlotte Symphony plays the “Magic of Christmas” at the Belk Theatre on December 3rd. They also have a show called “Handel’s Messiah” on December 15th and 16th. Be sure to check them out!
- Watch the Davidson Community Players put on “Mom’s Gift,” a comedy play about a mom’s ghost, from November 30th to December 17th.
Other Fun Events
- Raptor Center – “How To Be A Bird” – November 18th
- Master Birder Kevin Metcalf presents his patented “How to be a Bird” demonstration, and CRC staff discuss bird adaptations
- Renaissance Festival – open until November 19th
- Visit Fairhaven, a 16th century village where history comes alive! Watch engaging performances, go on rides, play games, and more!
- The South End hosts Food Truck Fridays at 5pm from now until December 15th at the South End.
- Winterfest at Carowinds on select nights from November 24th through December 30th.
- Ride up to 16 different rides, visit Santa, taste the season, and watch the lights and performances!
- Visit the sixth annual Vintage Charlotte Winter Market on November 18th at the Fillmore for 60+ vintage and handmade vendors, coffee, and great food! Tickets are only $2 general admission and you can shop locally this holiday season.
- Press Day is a charity event on November 18th that showcases vintage products and art. Once again, you can shop locally for the holiday season!
- Visit NoDa’s Eclectic Marketplace every Saturday from 10am to 3pm for a marketplace of all sorts of events including vintage and handmade products, art, and great food. It aims to be “local, fresh, and funky.”