This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (April 8-10)

ANDY SMITH

THREE FESTIVALS, a wine tasting, and a "Pet Palooza" are just a few of the events on this list. But don't forget this is just a taste of what each category offers. Click those categories below—Food + Drink, Arts + Culture, Social Events, and Beer—to see more of what the city offers this weekend.


FOOD + DRINK

WING HAVEN SPRING PLANT SALE
Wing Haven's spring plant sale includes a large number of herb plants that you can grow for your kitchen garden—everything from lemon thyme to Mexican tarragon to apple mint (whose soft minty flavor is great for summer cocktails). Stop by the gardens, which are hidden in the heart of Myers Park, and grab a few to enjoy all spring and summer long.

FRIDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING
Sample wines from around the globe at Bond Street's weekly wine tasting this Friday. Next Friday's tasting will feature wines from the Hill Family vineyards in Napa. No RSVP is required.

TUSCAN TRATTORIA COOKING CLASS
A couple of spots remain for this Chef's Choice class from Johnson and Wales on Saturday. Chef Ray Zoller will guide participants through authentic Italian recipes full of bold flavors. Go online to learn more and reserve your spot. A few spaces also remain for the Pacific Rim class, to be held April 30.


ARTS + CULTURE

SENSORIA FESTIVAL
Readings from acclaimed authors, talks from nationally recognized artists, and performances from Central Piedmont Community College's own theatre program are just a few of things to see at the annual Sensoria Festival. The fest aims to give students a special experience in several disciplines, but the public is also invited along for each of the events.

BOOM
This arts festival takes over Plaza Midwood this weekend. The 3-day event, presented by Que-OS, bills itself as “three days of art, performance, and the unexpected.” For the whole story on venues, performers, pricing, and the thinking behind the festival, head here.

STOMP
Stomp broke through with a 1997 program produced by HBO. Since then, they've only found newer and crazier ways to create visceral percussion experiences for audiences. You won't look at trash cans the same way again.


SOCIAL EVENTS

GREEN TIE SPEAKEASY GALA
It’s Alumniner Weekend for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the ‘49ers are throwing it back to the Roaring ‘20s with a speakeasy-themed gala. Throw on your finest ‘20s or cocktail attire and be ready to party at the Omni Hotel.

BACK 9 BAR CRAWL
Put your putting and your drinking skills to the test at this bar crawl. With nine stops in the EpiCentre, each with a different miniature golf course, bar crawlers will try to keep both their scores and sobrieties low. There are prizes for best individual score, best team score and, of course, best golf-themed outfit. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Rooftop210.

PET PALOOZA
Grab your pooch and get ready for a day of fun with the family (including the furry ones!). The event features more than 4,000 people and their dogs completing a 2-kilometer walk, followed by strolling and shopping with more than 100 vendors. 


BEER

SPRING FLING CRAFT BREW FEST
With something for the whole family, including free booze, this day party is a good bet. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Birdsong Brewing and more will have beer on hand for the grown-ups in addition to bounce houses, face painting and ice cream for the kids. Tickets are about $17 for adults or $27 for a family. The event begins at 3 p.m. at The Cabana at Deerfield Creek.

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