This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (June 10-12)
BELOW, THERE ARE 11 events that range from an annual food festival and a cornhole tournament to live jazz and storytelling beside a campfire (but at a brewery). And that's the short list. There are several more events than that, though, if you click on the categories below. My advice? If attending the shrimp feast or the crawfish boil, remember that Taste of Charlotte is a three-day festival. You can spread that goodness across the weekend.
TASTE OF CHARLOTTE
Enjoy over 100 samples from area restaurants along with live music, activities for the kids, cooking demos, and more. Admission is free; purchase festival coins for restaurant samples, beverages, and kid’s activities. This three-day festival covers six city blocks in Uptown, from Stonewall Street to 5th Street.
CRAWFISH FOR CANCER
This charity event started eight years ago in New York City and has grown to include other cities like Atlanta and Charlotte, raising over $350,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Enjoy live music, an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil, and drinks during this five-hour event. Purchase tickets online.
SHRIMP FEAST AT REID'S
Both locations of Reid’s will be serving fresh, peel and eat shrimp from Pamlico Sound this Saturday for just $5 per half-pound. To match that special price, they'll also be offering $5 draft beers all day long, including pints from local breweries like OMB, Triple C, Sugar Creek, and NoDa Brewing. The SouthPark location will also feature $7.50 Belmont Breezes, the official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes, which will be held this Saturday evening.
CROWN TOWN THROWDOWN
Join the folks at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as this event tries to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most teams concurrently playing in a corn hole tournament. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at 4150 Yancey Road, and the tournament begins at noon. Tickets for a two-person team cost $80 and include four beers, two lunches and two T-shirts. Register your team today by clicking here and get yourself in the Guinness Book of World Records.
THE '80S CRUISE
Take both a trip back in time and a cruise around the lake today as you bask in all your summer glory. Throw on your best ‘80s costume and be ready to dance all night to the tunes of the ‘80s. A $30 ticket gets you on board and includes appetizers on the boat. Boarding starts at 10:15 p.m. with the boat leaving at 10:45 p.m. from Lady of the Lake – Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway in Mooresville.
Get your Scrunchies out and prepare for a whole lot of Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys to take your brunch up a notch. Brunch is served at Draught, 601 S. Cedar St., from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Obviously, ‘90s attire is encouraged.
80X80: AN ART SHOW
The Young Affiliates of the Mint's inaugural exhibition has 80 works that mark the 80th anniversary of the Mint Museum. Curated by Bank of America's Mary Edith Alexander, Jerald Melberg Gallery's Grace Cote, and Halsey Institute's Lori Kornegay, the dozens of artists featured should be familiar to Charlotteans: Amy Bagwell, Amy Herman, Sharon Dowell, Micah Cash, Andy McMillan, Nicholas Napoletano, April Marten, and several, several others.
THE CROCK: THE GREAT INDOORS
The Crock is a new live event series for Charlotte with “genre-bending storytelling,” headed by Weird Empire’s Rebecca Henderson and produced in collaboration with Charlotte Storytellers. This event, at Free Range Brewing, promises “stories told 'round the fire, scenic projections, the tasty tamales of The Masa Casa, and the release of Free Range Brewing's new campfire-approved IPA.”
The Ghost Trees Big Band performs at the last New Frequencies event of the season, unleashing a double-7-inch created during the ensemble's tenure at the old Goodyear building in uptown. Chicago jazz duo Josh Berman and Keefe Jackson open the show.
DEAD & COMPANY PRE-PARTY AT TRIPLE C
The famed Triple C Grateful Dead flag is currently flying atop of one of the brewery’s grain silos. And as part of welcoming in the band to the Queen City for the tour opener, Triple C just began brewing one of their best beers of last year, Eyes of the World (named after a Grateful Dead tune). Triple C’s warm-up party Friday begins at 3 p.m. and will feature music by Josh Daniel and Pickin’ on the Dead on the patio stage. There’s a bus leaving the brewery to head to the show a few hours later but sorry deadheads, it’s already sold out.
WICKED WEED PATIO TAKEOVER AT ROCK SALT
The warm weather forecasted for Saturday is reason enough to join Rock Salt on the patio for some cold brews and fresh oysters. They will have three Wicked Weed beers on tap for the event: Lunatic Blonde, Pernicious IPA, and a special, Wicked Week pub exclusive.