This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (June 22-25)


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Dallas rock act Old 97's is in Charlotte this weekend.

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THURSDAY (JUNE 22)
OLD 97’S
This Dallas alt-country group emerged as a leader in the genre 20 years ago. Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo may now be names of the past, but Old 97s rocks on.

UPTOWN CRAWL
Each month, a sampling of Uptown’s galleries and museums open their doors for free. Tonight’s that special night, and you’re invited to come along. Free trolleys transport you to and from each stop, which include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the New Gallery of Modern Art, the Wells Fargo History Museum, the Sozo Gallery, the Projective Eye Gallery, Goodyear Arts, the Center City Art Gallery, Stoke Charlotte’s pop-up gallery and Sage Salon and Studio.

DOS HERMANOS WINE DINNER
On Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m., Reid’s SouthPark will host a dinner highlighting the magical relationship between steak and Malbec. Highlighting the wines of Dos Hermanos , Reid’s will showcase two wines produced by the winery. The evening includes a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, dry-aged steak and truffle fries, and more. Cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity; call 704-377-7686 for reservations (ask for the wine department).

TREFETHEN WINE DINNER
Head to Stoke’s The Dock for Chef Chris Coleman’s five course dinner highlighting Trefethen Wine. Cost is $100 per ticket and seating is very limited. (Reservations can be made by calling 704-358-6558.)


FRIDAY (JUNE 23)
SUMMER KICKOFF PARTY
It’s felt like summer for a while now, but the first official day of summer was Wednesday, so Blackfinn Ameripub is throwing a party to welcome the hottest of all seasons. The beach-themed party features live music, summer giveaways and summer cocktails.

A NIGHT OF METALLICA
Heavy-metal fans, tonight’s your night. Join Sugar Creek Brewing tonight as the brewery turns into a head-shaking, louder-than-loud rock concert to honor Metallica.

HEARTBRIGHT DINNER
Friday, June 23, book your spot at The Porter’s House restaurant to be a part of the 2017 Vintner Dinner Series which benefits the HeartBright Foundation of Charlotte. Reserve tickets here – cost is $130 per person. Dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., includes several courses with wine pairings including a slow roasted porchetta with Anson Mills grit cake, pickled red onion, gremolata, and demiglace paired with a 2016 Trilogy.

CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS 13: CHARLOTTE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Charlotte Talks’ Mike Collins is back with a new send-up of the city, in the form of the musical series Charlotte Squawks. What are the major Charlotte news stories of the past year? You’ll likely see them satirized here.


SATURDAY (JUNE 24)
CHICAGO & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
Two American rock mainstays perform at this outdoor show at PNC Music Pavilion. Both are known for blending classic rock with soul and other genres.

MARGARITA WARS
Each summer, a handful of Charlotte’s bartenders gather for a margarita battle to crown the city’s best. This year’s competition is at Rooftop 210.

THE HIKER’S CHALLENGE
This four-stage, single-elimination competition pits you against fellow Charlotteans in contests ranging from (lacing a boot to making a fire to pitching a tent. The first-place winner earns a two-night stay in a Beech Mountain cabin and both second- and third-place winner score prizes too. Along with the competition, there will be live music and food for purchase. The competition is at Blue Blaze Brewing.

RED, WHITE AND BREW FEST
Cheers to America tonight at Fidelli Kitchen, 1616 Camden Road, with live music and a sampling of 10 wines for $12.

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAR CRAWL
If there’s something Americans know how to do well, it’s creating themed bar crawls. Tonight is no different. Celebrate Independence Day (a week early) at this patriotic-themed crawl at the EpiCentre.

SUMMER JAM SESSION
‚ÄčNODA Brewing and Absolut host this summer party at Mortimer’s, Tin Roof and Howl at the Moon (all at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St). The party features giveaways, raffles and specials on NoDa beer and Absolut cocktails. Registration is at Mortimer’s at 4 p.m., and the first 100 people to arrive receive a free T-shirt.

CITY BARBECUE GRAND OPENING
Sample the new City Barbecue’s smoked brisket, pork, and award-winning turkey at their grand opening party Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Carolina Panthers Drumline will perform 11 a.m. to noon and feature special appearances by Sir Purr and the Panthers Top Cats from noon to 1:30p.m. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, and more for the kids.

CHOCOLATE TEMPERING WORKSHOP
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to The Secret Chocolatier for a chocolate tempering class on Saturday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Students will learn how to dip fruits, fill molds, make bon bon shells, and temper chocolate by hand. Plus, you can take home the fruits of your labor.

RIVER JAM
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.


SUNDAY (JUNE 25)
DIERKS BENTLEY
The What the Hell Tour references Bentley's single 2016 "What the Hell Did I Say." Joining the country star on this tour are Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

MOO & BREW BIRTHDAY BASH
Moo & Brew turns 1 today, and you’re invited to the birthday celebration. Along with the normal food and drink options, the Plaza Midwood spot will feature live music.

LAKE NORMAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
If you’re a fine art fan, this is the spot for you. The festival features a range of art, including sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. There’s no admission to the festival.

SOCIALLIGHT SUNDAYS DAY PARTY: MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE EDITION
To celebrate the eighth-anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, SociaLight and DJ Unspok3n are throwing this party. Wear your best Michael Jackson costume and be ready to jam to the star’s best tunes.

BEER DINNER AT THE CELLAR
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is hosting a beer dinner from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Sierra Nevada as part of the brewery’s Beer Camp series. Beer Camp is a yearly event in which Sierra Nevada partners with 12 breweries in the U.S. and beyond to collaborate in brewing unique beers. The beer dinner will feature six courses paired with six of the beers, while all 12 will be on tap at The Cellar as well. Also, several Sierra Nevada representatives will attend the dinner to provide additional information on Beer Camp and the collaborations, along with the styles and flavors behind each beer. Tickets are $60 (plus tax) and can be purchased by calling 980-349-4078. Each ticket comes with a special Sierra Nevada glass. 


MONDAY (JUNE 26)
TINAZZI WINE DINNER
On Monday, head to aqua e vino at 7 p.m. for a five course dinner featuring Tinazzi Wines.


TUESDAY (JUNE 27)
FUN HOME
Fun Home won five Tony Awards in 2015, including one for "Best Musical." The reflective tale, the first Broadway musical with a lesbian as its central character, is about memory and follows the lead through several stages in life.

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