Charlotte Happenings with Moira Quinn

live music to open-air shopping


Nebel’s Alley Night Market
Friday, October 5
5:00-9:00 p.m.
The Design District
1930 Camden Rd., South End

Enjoy a sophisticated evening of open-air shopping, tasting and entertainment in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood. Nebel’s Alley Night Market, an evening event showcasing local and regional food, drinks and goods, begins Friday, October 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Set along Nebel Alley and Tompkins Alley in the Design District, the night market will be held the first Friday of the month. More than 30 pop-up stores will line the alleys featuring handmade leather pieces, vintage accessories, clothing, home décor and local kombucha. Enjoy Tex-Mex at nearby Superica or artisan ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, then stroll the market and listen to live jazz. Black and white movies on the brick facades will add to the festive atmosphere. If you can’t make this month’s event mark your calendars for the first Friday of November and December!

Pedal to Porch
Saturday, October 6
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Latibah Collard Green Museum 1601 W. Trade Street
Free bike reservation

On October 6th from 4pm to 8pm we will introduce people to their neighbors while enjoying a leisurely family paced bike ride from one porch to the next.  The event begins and ends at the Latibah Collard Green Museum at 1601 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28216.  After the bike ride we will have a meal together to encourage people to get to know even more about one another.  Note that complimentary bike rentals are available but must be reserved by emailing  We also will have Trishaws, compliments of Southminister, available for anyone who would like to ride along but cannot pedal on their own.

“Pedal to Porch” is an innovative program, created by artist/activist Cornetta Lane and sponsored by the Knight Foundation.  She created “Pedal to Porch” to bring people together in her Detroit neighborhood.  We are building on the success of the program in Detroit and working to use “Pedal to Porch”, in the Historic West End Charlotte neighborhoods, to build stronger bonds among residents and a more united HWE.  “Pedal to Porch” draws on the popularity of cycling and the historical significance of the front porch in community building.

Front Porch Sundays

Event takes place in the South End, the first Sunday of the month, from April to November, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Head to the parking lot of Shook Kelly, 2151 Hawkins Street to enjoy local vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. It’s free to attend.