This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (April 22-24)
WELCOME TO A WEEKEND in Charlotte.
Festivals, wine tastings, smokeoffs—we're looking at an embarrassment of riches, in terms of entertainment and tasty outings. Thankfully, a few of these events run throughout the weekend, so you don't have to choose just one.
Click the labels for each category to see more events, from food and live music to brewery events and parties.
EARTH FRIENDLY WINE TASTING
Celebrate Earth Day by getting to know wines from earth-friendly wineries at The Gallery Restaurant in Ballantyne, which continues its weekly wine tastings at the Gallery Bar, complete with light bites.
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S 90TH BIRTHDAY TEA
The Ballantyne celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 90 birthday every afternoon from now through Saturday with a special tea. The culinary team even consulted with Buckingham Palace chefs to present Her Majesty’s favorites. Enjoy an optional Champagne Royale or Pimm’s Cocktail (Queen Elizabeth’s beverage of choice). Reservations required.
UNKNOWN BREWING SMOKEOFF
More than 20 amateur teams will vie for best barbecue at Unknown Brewing’s Smokeoff this Saturday. For $10, you’ll be able to sample as much barbecue as you want, and then vote for the winner (beer is separate cost). During the event, there will be live music from Outlaw 21, The Phantom Playboys and The Robertson Brothers. Unknown’s Smokeoff will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the taproom.
ROOFTOP210 ANNIVERSARY AND SEASON OPENER
Come up to the rooftop tonight to celebrate the return of warm weather and all things hot. Rooftop210’s party tonight also features free beer and wine from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.
“SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE” ADULT NIGHT
Everyone’s favorite Saturday morning cartoon gets a rock ‘n’ roll remix. Sing along to “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” as the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte proves it’s not just for kids at its Adult Night. This one-time evening features a full production of the show plus a pre-show reception with barbecue, beer and wine from Mac’s Speedshop.
THE BETTY BINGO SHOW
The ever-popular Betty BINGO Show returns to Ballantyne tonight with comedy, singing, dancing and, of course, BINGO. The show, which frequently sells out, is at 7 p.m. at the Ballantyne Arts Center.
The spring festival returns to the U.S. National Whitewater Center this weekend, with outdoors competitions taking place across the 1,100-acre property. Though, for many Charlotteans, its free live music offerings garners the most excitement for the 3-day festival. Guests include Dawes, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Langhorne Slim.
CHARLOTTE JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, hits the Knight Theater stage with several more acts for two days of jazz. A parade, workshops, and youth contest will also take place. There’s a lot of jazz this month.
Led by dynamic vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes have defined the Southern rock of 2016. From "Hold On" to "Future People," the singles have only gotten more progressive and experimental.
LOUISIANA SPRINGFEST AT OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
OMB is having crawdads flown in overnight straight from Louisiana for the freshest taste, and you’ll also be able to sample boiled shrimp, jambalaya and red beans and rice, among other Cajun culinary choices. The biergarten will feature live music from the Jazz Beat Band and the Neighbors. While at Olde Mecklenburg, you can also try the brewery’s latest release, Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen, which came out last week.
The Beer Exchange is hosting a bottle share at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Central and Western N.C. Foundation. For a suggested minimum donation of $5, you can participate in “Whales for Wishes.” Everyone is encouraged to bring a bottle to the event, and there will also be raffles for gift baskets that contain some heavily sought-after beers (hence the “whale” part).