This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (May 18-21)
DrumStrong returns this weekend.
THURSDAY (MAY 18)
This Atlanta act describes its style as “ambient punk,” though the group also combines art rock, garage rock, psychedelia, and other genres in its sound.
Head to the garden of the Duke Mansion on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. for Lung Force Turquoise Tasting to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer. The event will feature an assortment of seasonal food, beverage pairings, an open bar, and acoustic music. Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in a raffle for several gift baskets.
DEAN & DELUCA DEMO
On Thursday, May 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dean & DeLuca at Philips Place in Charlotte will host a culinary demonstration featuring executive chef, Andres Moncayo making an assortment of delicious sliders.
FRIDAY (MAY 19)
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: ALTSOUNDS: FIDDLES & BLUE JEANS
Grammy Award winner Mark O’Connor is a legendary violinist in the genres of country, bluegrass, and jazz. His band and the symphony will perform together in a program that includes O’Connor’s own compositions and classics from Gershwin and Copland.
In this Theatre Charlotte production, get a glimpse of 1950s Memphis, with all of its smoky nightclubs and drama-filled recording studios.
MECK DEC DAY CELEBRATION
Around here, we Charlotteans take special pride in our original Declaration of Independence. If you’ve never heard of our great history, take the time today to learn something about your great hornets’ nest of a city. The 242nd-anniversary celebration is from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets, where re-enactors along with Mayor Jennifer Roberts will speak along with cannons and muskets. There’s no admission fee.
SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS: LAUGH OUT LOUD
Discovery Place’s monthly adults-only night out is LOL-themed, and you’d be silly to miss it. Tickle your funny bone tonight from 5 until 9 at 301 N. Tryon St. with live comedy performances, joke competitions, improv games, a comedic hypnotist plus other hilarious games. There’s also a Fart Lab, where you can see what happens (scientifically) when you light your fart on fire. So, there’s that.
BECHTLER BY NIGHT
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s monthly free evening is tonight, and you’re invited. Along with free admission to see the galleries, the evening features games, scavenger hunts, Bechtler BINGO, appetizers and a special spiked lemonade for purchase.
BLACKFINN’S CHAMBER OF SECRETS
This event certainly isn’t for the muggles of Charlotte. Blackfinn transforms into Hogwarts tonight with Harry Potter playing on the televisions, Quidditch Beer Pong, “pin the scar on Harry,” a contest for best dressed and more.
CLOTHES FOR CHANGE SPRING GALA
This black tie event raises money for women’s empowerment initiatives, and who doesn’t want to help that? The event features a silent auction, performers and speakers. The party is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Mint Museum.
SATURDAY (MAY 20)
Three Bone Theatre performs this Peter Quilter comedy about the backstage drama that develops as a female thespian makes her farewell performance while dealing with the unexpected appearance of her ex-husband. The show is not recommended for children under 13.
DRUMSTRONG RHYTHM & ARTS FESTIVAL
The fundraising event for cancer research, education, and patient supportcharity-based event has moved this year from a farm in Weddington to Free Range Brewing in NoDa. The festival has drum circles, vendors, food trucks, dancing, and live music.
From May through September, River Jam offers free outdoor music on Thursday and Saturday nights at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s selection of food and beer and kick back.
The Cocoa Lab at the Ritz Carlton in uptown is hosting a class on garden-focused desserts on Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Using the hotel’s rooftop garden and local honey, learn t create rosemary apricot scones, lavender panna cotta, and honey chocolate eclairs.
CHARLOTTE BEER FESTIVAL
We’re well into thick of beer festival season. This weekend’s big festival, the simply named, Charlotte Beer Festival, promises more than 50 beers to sample, live music and more.
Love bacon? Love beer? Sycamore Brewing is hosting its 2nd Annual Bacon Fest on Saturday, May 20, from noon to 9 p.m. Plenty of live music, beer, and food trucks including Papi Queso, The Improper Pig, and Gyro Twins will be on hand to dish out bacon-themed plates.
CHEERWINE’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Head to Main Street in Salisbury for a celebration of Cheerwine. Admission is free for the event on Saturday, May 20, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to grab free Cheerwine, enjoy live music, and watch a people’s choice barbecue competition complete with samples.
OLD TOWN CORNELIUS JAZZ FESTIVAL
Preceding Charlotte’s jazz festival is this jazzy party. Along with four live jazz acts, the festival features several breweries and wineries on site, a silent auction, food trucks, vendors, a kids’ zone and more. There’s no admission fee to this music festival from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 19710 S. Ferry St. in Cornelius.
LOW COUNTRY BOIL
Piedmont Social House invites you to its first-ever Lowcountry boil today from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Your $27 ticket buys you a beer, access to live music and, of course, all the eating you care to do. The festivities are at 2135 Ayrsley Town Boulevard.
SUNDAY (MAY 21)
All right, let’s put it to you this way: Don’t eat or drink anything for the entire weekend so you can appropriately prepare for this annual festival. A $98 ticket buys you unlimited wine, beer and Italian food from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. This year’s party is at 800 W. Trade St.
MONDAY (MAY 22)
Carb lovers, unite. On Monday and Tuesday, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) will host the first international symposium on bread. The symposium will be led by JWU faculty member and noted author, Peter Reinheart, who wrote The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and several other titles. The format will be similar to a TED talk and held at the JWU Charlotte Academic Center.
WEDNESDAY (MAY 24)
BELA FLECK AND CHRIS THILE
As a banjo virtuoso, Fleck has won 16 Grammys and is huge in the jam scene. Thile was a child prodigy as a mandolin player and rose to pop fame with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers.
Head to the McNinch House Restaurant on Wednesday for a Burgundy wine dinner. Guests will enjoy a four course dinner paired with varieties of Burgundy wines. Dishes include charred braised octopus with watercress, parsnip, and ginger chili sauce paired with Domaine Marcel Servin “Montee de Tonnere” Chablis; beef filet with barley risotto, tri-colored cauliflower, and bordelaise paired with Claudie Jobard “Les Vaumuriens, Cote de Beaune” Pommard, and more.