October things to do and free events in Charlotte, NC

Watch the Shepherd Shakespeare Co.'s free performance of “Twelfth Night” at The Barn at MoRA on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct.  30.

Watch the Shepherd Shakespeare Co.’s free performance of “Twelfth Night” at The Barn at MoRA on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.

Friday, Oct. 14

Take in the kid-friendly Broadway spectacle “Anastasia,” a new musical (inspired by both the 1997 animated film and the 1956 Oscar-winning move starring Ingrid Bergman) about the last surviving child of the Russian royal family. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Tickets: $29.50-$99.50. 8 pm (with additional showtimes at 2 and 8 pm Saturday and 1:30 and 7 pm Sunday). Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. https://bit.ly/3etcbFL

Get crafty at a moss wall workshop at PlantHouse-Huntersville. Participants will learn how to attach moss to an in-set frame, then choose from an array of accessories to personalize their projects. Ages 16+ Tickets are $45. 6:30-8 pm 16441 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. https://bit.ly/3efbvnq

Start off the weekend with live music from U-Phonik, plus vendors, carnival rides and more as Pineville Fall Fest takes over Jack D. Hughes Park. 6-10 pm Friday, and 10 am-10 pm Saturday, with a fireworks display capping off the festival. free. 513 Main St., Pineville. https://bit.ly/3VbSuTl

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Saturday, Oct. 15

Grab your lawn chairs or a blanket and watch a free Shepherd Shakespeare Co. production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Twelfth Night,” sponsored by MoRA. You can catch the family friendly show at 11 am Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. The Barn at MoRA, 8300 Monroe Road. https://bit.ly/3e8quPZ

Meet Scott Huler, the curator of a traveling exhibit called “A Delicious Country” at The Charlotte Museum of History. At 1 pm, Scott will share stories about the journey he took through the Carolinas on foot and by boat, the people he met and the objects he collected along the way to create this exhibit exploring how our region has changed over the last 300 years. To learn even more while getting out in nature, join Scott the following day at 10 am for an adults-only history hike in Reedy Creek Park to examine Charlotte’s early settlement and land use through the present day. free. Pre-registration is required. Museum admission: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors, children (6-17) and students; free for children under 5. Purchase tickets online. https://bit.ly/3CkbQOM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Musica Matthews in Stumptown Park with Latin food trucks Latin Twist Cafe, International Truck of Tacos and Urban Flavor, arts and crafts exhibits and live music you can enjoy from lawn chairs or blankets. free. 5-9 pm 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. https://bit.ly/3efHuDS

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See Opera Carolina’s production of “Tosca,” Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s thrilling tale of passion and jealousy, at Belk Theater. Tickets range from $22.81 plus tax and fees to $166.04 plus tax and fees. 7:30 pm The last showing is Sunday at 2 p..m. 130 N. Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3MkzG0x

Sunday, Oct. 16

Bring your best friend to Pups on the Patio at Optimist Hall’s courtyard, in partnership with Billy Sunday and Gaston County Animal Care Enforcement. You’ll find pup-themed drink specials, raffles and special treats for dogs. Free admission. Noon-3 at 1115 N. Brevard St. https://optimisthall.com/events/

Browse the events and secure your tickets for the BayHaven Food and Wine Festival on Oct. 19-23. More than 100 Black chefs and mixologists will showcase their work, including multiple James Beard Award nominees and Best Chef: Southeast Ricky Moore, “Top Chef” contestants and more. Ticket prices vary by event, and locations vary. https://bit.ly/3V5SiFv

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Monday, Oct. 17

Participate in Create Amazing’s 2022 National Black Poetry Day event at Cloudcheck CLT. The event will celebrate Black heritage and literacy at the Black-owned business with live music, a free raffle and vacation vouchers. Tickets are $20. 7-10 pm 2600 Clemson Ave. https://bit.ly/3SXyUZj

Enjoy classic Eastern North Carolina barbecue at Bubba’s Barbecue, which has recently reopened after a two-year closure. You can pick up a meal to go, or sit in the dining room to enjoy chopped pork, St. Louis-style ribs or brisket with hush puppies, mac and cheese, and bacon broccoli salad. Prices vary. 4400 Sunset Road. https://bit.ly/3Mddqp4

Eastern North Carolina barbecue from Bubba’s Barbecue in Charlotte. Ralph Miller

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Get a full-body workout outdoors with a free Rumble Boxing fitness class. Bring a mat and water for the sweat session with Rumble Boxing South End’s head trainer, Micah Joe Parker, who will lead you through bodyweight strength and HIIT movements paired with boxing technique and drills. 6-7pm RSVP required. Optimist Hall, 1115 N. Brevard St. https://bit.ly/3EdeIOP

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Hear author Glenda Gilmore discuss her book “Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination: An Artists Reckoning with the South,” in collaboration with Blumenthal Performing Arts and Charlotte Lit. The free discussion at the Mint Museum Uptown includes a reception and cash bar. 500 St. Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3C6yxoo

Thursday, Oct. 20

Laugh with the “Black Power Rangers,” as six Black comedians weave social commentary with pop culture for a comedy-filled show. 7-8:30 pm Tickets: $10 online or $15 at the door. Urban Reader Bookstore, 440 E McCullough Dr Suite A-130. https://bit.ly/3rK9qmr

Catch a star when Grammy-winning hip-hop and R&B sensation Lizzo brings her “Special Tour” to uptown’s Spectrum Center. The red-hot singer/rapper/It Girl also recently scored a piece of a Primetime Emmy Award, as host of Amazon Prime Video’s reality TV series “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” featuring Charlottean Charity Holloway. Tickets: $63 and up. 8 pm 333 E.Trade St. https://bit.ly/3S7fQHn

[RELATED: Review: Lizzo’s concert was more than a show, it was a witness to a movement.]

Play a round of “Name That Tune” Trivia at Angry Ale’s, which hosts Charlotte’s longest-running trivia nights. (You can also catch Music Trivia on Tuesdays and Pop Culture Trivia on Wednesdays.) While you’re there, you can enjoy the Thursday special of $6 personal pitchers on draft, $5 Bazooka Joe shots or $6 Mule Fuel. 8 pm at 1518 Montford Drive. https://bit.ly/3RC4Q4t

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Play “Name That Tune” Trivia on Thurdays at Angry Ale’s. Angry Ale’s

Mark your calendar

Explore Men of Change: Power. triumph Truth., which profiles Black male icons in America, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture and Levine Museum of the New South. The exhibit highlights revolutionary men including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, WEB DuBois and Kendrick Lamar, whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country. The traveling work from the Smithsonian will remain on display through March 12. Free. Gantt at 551 S. Tryon St., and Levine Museum at 401 South Tryon St. https://bit.ly/3fNnyZm and https://bit.ly/3fMUUId

Start your weekend in style with Buff Faye’s Monster Mash vegan drag brunch at Oh My Soul on Saturday, Oct. 22. 11 am seating for noon show, which includes a chef’s choice family style brunch. $35. Drinks, cash bar and gratuity are not included. 3046 N. Davidson St. https://allbuff.tv/

Sip a few drinks from more than 50 wines, ciders and brews offered at Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest on Saturday, Oct 22 at Armored Cow Brewing Co. Attendees will experience four hours of access to sample drinks while enjoying live music and access to local vendors. General admission is $40, or $20 for designated drivers. Early admission tickets include five hours of sampling and a souvenir glass for $50, and VIP early entrance tickets are $65 each when you book a table for 10, which includes four additional bottles of wine. 8821 JW Clay Blvd., #1. http://universitycitywinefest.org/

Catch a free showing of “Hocus Pocus” at Optimist Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm While you watch the movie in the courtyard, enjoy themed cocktail specials from Billy Sunday and food from Ava Pizzeria or another vendor at the food hall. 1115 N. Brevard St. https://optimisthall.com/events/

Get in the Halloween spirit with BOOllantyne! on Oct. 28 from 11 am-9:30 pm Enter a pumpkin contest, explore a ghoulish graveyard and enjoy other activities, along with a 7:45 pm screening of “Hocus Pocus.” Free until 4 pm After that, tickets are $10, but children 5 and under remain free. 11611 N Community House Road. https://bit.ly/3EpbxDU

Experience the 1987 hit movie, “Dirty Dancing” like you never have before with a screening accompanied by a live performance Nov. 26 of the film’s soundtrack at “Dirty Dancing in Concert.” 8pm Tickets start at $40. Purchase online. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. https://bit.ly/3SPI0Hv

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Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for CharlotteFive and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you will most likely find her in the suburbs driving kids around, volunteering and indulging in foodie pursuits.