This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (April 20-23)
See what the folks behind Moo & Brew are up to this weekend below.
THURSDAY (April 20)
The Weeks, of Jackson, Miss., are indie rock favorites in Charlotte, frequently visiting the city's rock venues. This time around, the band comes to Visulite with The Lonely Biscuits.
Anastasio mixes prog-rock, funk, bluegrass, jazz, and jam rock into his songs. And his history of collaborators is just as diverse, whether it’s his beloved jam band Phish, orchestras across the U.S., or the cast of the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody.
PRISONER WINE DINNER
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room is hosting the Prisoner Wine Dinner during Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend on April 20 at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner created by Chef Blake Hartwick that will be paired with wines from the Prisoner Wine Company.
CHARLOTTE CHECKER PLAYOFFS
Not since 2013 has Charlotte seen postseason hockey, but the Checkers have made it this year. Celebrate the team tonight and Friday in games one and two of the series versus Chicago.
FRIDAY (April 21)
CHARLOTTE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Get the whole scoop of the festivities by clicking the link above.
STAR GAZER: A TREK INTO OUTER SPACE
With celestial projections and dance, Caroline Calouche has assembled a grand-scale performance. The story follows a girl whose curiosity leads her on a trip through the solar system.
HOT PEPPER FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
If you’re a fan of heat, make sure you’re at Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing this week from 5 to 10 p.m. Each truck will be preparing select hot pepper dishes and Sycamore will feature a hot pepper beer. TIN Kitchen, Yummi Banh Mi Truck, Roaming Fork, and more will be dishing up some super spicy specials.
PORCH PARTY KICKOFF
Vida Cantina in the Epicentre is celebrating the warm weather with their Fridays on The Patio Kickoff Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Admission is free; celebrate with great food, drink specials, music, and more.
WINE AND TAPAS WEEK
Several of Charlotte’s restaurants will come together to provide a tour of the world via wine and tapas April 21-30 for the first Charlotte Wine & Tapas Week. Each participating establishment will offer a pre-selected menu of paired wine and tapas – two glasses of wine with two tapas for either $30 or $35, depending on restaurant. Patrons will be able to tour their way through Italy’s wine one night, Spain’s flavorful food and bold wines another and then through Bordeaux’s wines the next.
This annual three-day outdoor festival returns today and runs until Sunday. This festival features more than 20 competitions, live music and more.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s annual gala is tonight, and you’re invited to this evening of forbidden fun. The black-tie gala features cocktails, food, music, a silent auction and four floors of entertainment.
WHISKY RIVER NINTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Whisky River turns 9 today, and it’s hoping you come to celebrate. The party features a free appetizer buffet from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m., giveaways throughout the evening as well as a few drink specials.
SATURDAY (April 22)
ALL ABOUT CAKES, PART 2
Head back to Cocoa Lab at The Ritz Carlton for advanced cake decorating from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class is ideal for masters of frosting and will explore two-tier cakes, fondant, and decorative flowers. Students will be allowed to eat the fruits of their labor after the session, will receive complimentary hotel parking, a recipe collection, and a keepsake apron as part of the $150 class fee.
PAWS AND PASTA
If you love dogs and you love pasta, get down to Vivace on Saturday, April 22 for a fundraiser benefitting South Charlotte Dog Rescue. There will be free food, drink specials, raffles, and lots of cuddling (with dogs) all for a great cause. More info here; event kicks off at Vivace from 1 to 4 p.m.
Head to the Mint Museum on Saturday, April 22 for the 6th Annual Sweet Escapes event, which helps raise money for homeless families by selling beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and chocolate. Cost is $90 per person; more information here.
LINCOLNTON FOOD, WINE, & BREW FEST
Trek out to Lincolnton this weekend for a day-long outdoor festival celebrating local craft beer, NC wine, local food, and more. The event is free to the public, although you’ll need to purchase a tasting pass in order to purchase or sample wine and beer. The event starts on Saturday, April 22 and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Lincolnton (101 E Main St., Lincolnton, NC).
MOO & BREW FEST
It’s hard to beat one of Charlotte’s newest festivals, as it combines two great loves: burgers and beer. Back at the AvidXchange Music Factory outdoor grounds for a second straight year, Moo & Brew will feature more than 45 breweries and bottle shops (with many of them local) pouring unlimited samples, while 10 restaurants will vie for the “Best Burger” award from festivalgoers. The big news this year is M&B’s music headliner – Blues Traveler, which will take the stage at 4:15 p.m. DJ Overcash, Ancient Cities and Of Good Nature will also perform throughout the day.
UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FESTIVAL
If wine is more your style, this festival is for you. University City gets some love today with this first-in-a-hopeful-annual party. More than 25 wineries will be at the lake and boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J M Keynes Drive, today from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The festival also features live music and entertainment.
TOSSIN’ FOR TYKES
Corn hole for spring? Groundbreaking. We joke, of course. This charity corn hole tournament begins registration at 11 a.m., and the games begin at noon. In addition to the games, there will be a DJ, prizes and food and drink.
A few Plaza Midwood spots join forces today for this crawfish boil. Catch on Seafood Company will provide the crawfish, Legion Brewing will bring the beer and the Pizza Peel, 1600 Central Ave., will provide the space for this New Orleans-style boil.
The Humane Society of Charlotte invites you and your four-legged family members out for its annual walk and party. The dog walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends with live music, a beer garden, food trucks, more than 80 vendors and dog contests.
HAIL MARY (HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN) BAR CRAWL
It’s a bit more than halfway to Halloween, so, obviously, a zombie bar crawl is in order. Registration for the undead begins at 7 p.m. at Flight, 314 N. College St., and then takes you to Lucky’s and TILT on Trade. There will be a makeup artist on site, so no worries about doing your own zombie makeup.
Get out your peace sign necklaces, your bellbottom jeans and your grooviest, psychedelic tie-dye shirts for this party. This event features hundreds of vendors from across North Carolina, entertainment and food trucks from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Hodges Family Farm, 3900 Rocky River Road. There is no admission fee.
SUNDAY (April 23)
THE GIRL OF THE WEST (LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST)
The unlikely pairing of the opera and the Western mixes Italian music and the visuals of films like Gunsmoke.
EARTH DAY AT HEIRLOOM
Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 6 p.m. with Heirloom. Chef Clark Barlowe is hosting a dinner featuring small batch wines you’ve probably never heard of, fresh spring flavors, and more.
LOUISIANA SPRING FEST
One of OMB’s most popular annual festivals is back, featuring guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris. On the menu for Springfest is fresh crawdads (being boiled/cooked a night after arriving from Louisiana), boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, jambalaya and red-skinned potatoes. A host of Olde Mecklenburg beer will be available to wash down the spicy offerings, and there will be Cajun and bluegrass music both Saturday and Sunday, along with professional fortune tellers on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Louisiana Springfest starts both days at 11 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m., or as long as the food lasts.
CHARLOTTE BBQ SMOKEOFF COMPETITION AT UNKNOWN BREWING
Unknown Brewing looks to crown the best amateur pitmaster in Charlotte, and you get to help judge. For just $10, you’ll be able to see who has the sauce (or dryness) to be the best of the best in the local ‘cue challenge. Unknown’s taps will be flowing all day (this event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and there will be live music as well. Some proceeds from the Charlotte Smokeoff will benefit Purple Heart Homes, which helps disabled veterans with their housing situation.