This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (March 18-20)

LOGAN CYRUS
See Papi Queso at Food Truck Friday's new location this weekend.

EVEN IF IT WASN’T St. Patrick’s Day Weekend—and even if there wasn’t a big college basketball tournament happening—this weekend has much to offer Charlotteans. But don’t take my word for it: I’m just a guy who writes intros to weekend roundups. Click on each category to see more options, because this is just the tip of the funberg*.

*I’m sorry for creating the term “funberg.”—Andy Smith 


FOOD + DRINK

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Visit Sycamore Brewing in SouthEnd, Food Truck Friday's new location for their rally of Charlotte area food trucks. Scheduled to participate tomorrow are: Papi Queso, Tin Kitchen, Roots Farm Food, OooWee BBQ, Hotbox Street Food, and Roaming Fork.

COOKING CLASSES AT SUR LA TABLE
Spots are still available for several hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, including two in their Date Night series, Romance in Italy and Spectacular Seafood. A knife skills course will also be offered on Saturday afternoon.

MAGNA GRAECIA DINNER AT AQUA E VINO
Join Aqua e Vino for a collaborative dinner on Sunday, when Zia Pia Imports and Chef Riccardo Maneri prepare dinner featuring ingredients and wines from the southern regions of Italy. Dishes include stuffed fresh calamari and a local rabbit porchetta. Seating is limited; call to reserve.


BEER

SALUD ANNIVERSARY
This Saturday (March 19) marks Salud Beer Shop’s four-year anniversary, and owner Jason Glunt is throwing a big party featuring some favorite beers from breweries both local and across the state. The taplist will include beers from Burial, Fonta Flora, Free Range and Trophy, among others. Also expect a giant anniversary cake and Salud’s “Sour Beer Toast” at 11 p.m. The festivities will start at 6 p.m.

UNKNOWN BREWING
Unknown’s “Into the Darkness” bar crawl returns this weekend. Join brewery representatives and tour South End’s bars and bottle shops, with a special Unknown beer being tapped at each establishment. The crawl begins Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Beer Growler and finishes at 7 p.m. at Unknown. Click here for a full list of the day’s events, along with the beer list.

BIRDSONG’S UP ON THE SUN SAISON
Spring break has either started or is just around the corner for those lucky enough to still take part, and once again Birdsong is celebrating the event by releasing its Up on the Sun Saison. It’s all part of the brewery’s “Spring Beak” party this Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Birdsong’s seasonal saison welcomes in springtime with a light and crisp beer that’s brewed with Sorachi Ace hops and contains hints of fruit and pepper. As part of the celebration, Birdsong will have live music and several food trucks on site throughout the day, as well as special tie-dye shirts for sale.


ARTS + CULTURE

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO. 3
Sergei Rachmaninoff's third symphony is featured in this set of works from Russian composers. Names like Mussorgsky and Prokofiev are also found on the program for the concert, with the symphony’s Calin Lupanu shining on violin.

CHARLOTTE BALLET: LITTLE MERMAID
With choreography from Mark Diamond, this classic story is retold through the medium of ballet. The Charlotte Ballet production boasts new costumes, new backdrops, and a professional cast for something wholly different for Ariel.  

RIHANNA
Rihanna has emerged as one of the reigning pop stars of 2016, and her much-hyped record Anti shares its name with this tour. Expect to hear some of those new tunes in person. 


SOCIAL EVENTS

BALLANTYNE BLOWOUT
Pull out all your green or St. Patrick’s Day gear tonight for this Ballantyne Blowout. DJ BOB takes the reins on the music tonight, and there will be $2 specials on select beers at this free party at Blue Olive Lounge. The green party starts at 9 p.m.

FETTY WAP AFTER PARTY
Fetty Wap is taking over The Fillmore tonight, but the after part is where things will really get started. The “Trap Queen” rapper has already sold out his concert earlier in the evening, so the after party might be your best bet. Tickets start at about $27 (and go up to more than $3,000) for the party that begins at 10 pm. at Label.

CHARLOTTE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Queen City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. On Saturday, about 70,000 people are expected, so be sure to arrive early to snag a spot. The parade begins at 11 and goes throughout Uptown. This year’s parade grand marshal is the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Anne Anderson.

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