This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (May 27-29)
THE LAST WEEKEND in May has arrived. Below, find events that'll have you laughing, stuffed, refreshed, relaxed, and bobbing your head. Click on the category below to see more picks in arts, food, beer, and social events.
URBAN MINISTRY’S HOUSINGFEST
“A Concert to End Homelessness” is the subtitle of Urban Ministry’s benefit. The lineup includes Josh Ritter, Matrimony, Lindi Ortega, and others. Ritter is considered one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
PaperHouse Theatre offers an immersive rendition of this classic at the Frock Shop. The narrative used the entire house, with its corners and stairs, to make you part of the party.
Films like Hot Tub Time Machine and Pineapple Express have made Robinson a household name. Here, he takes the stage with observations and if the audience is lucky, a little singing.
MINT HILL MADNESS
The annual three-day festival is back, and it always has something for everyone. The “madness” features an enormous carnival and fair, live music, a parade, a car show, fireworks and more. The festival runs from 4 p.m. today until 6 p.m. Sunday. Go here for more information on the schedule of events and pricing.
FINISH LINE FRIDAY
Whisky River is throwing a NASCAR fan appreciation party, and you’re invited. While the EpiCentre bar is offering free race simulator games all day and a silent auction from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., the real crown jewel of the evening is a Dale Earnhardt Jr. lookalike contest at 9:15.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CLT KICKOFF
Columbia’s 100.1 FM’s DJ Loui Vee makes the trip north to Charlotte tonight to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. Listen to DJ Loui Vee’s beats at Suite, 210 E. Trade St., from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. There’s free admission with an RSVP until 11 p.m.
MATTHEWS FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
This food truck rally is sponsored by the Town of Matthews and happens each Friday in Stumptown Park through September 30. Enjoy live music and food truck fare with the family as you kick off the long holiday weekend.
YOGA 51 SERIES
Join Tapas 51 for their yoga series, to be held every Saturday morning. Participants can enjoy various tapas specials along with $5 Bloody Marias and sangria after the one-hour yoga practice. Proceeds will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Make a reservation for you and up to five friends for a summer clambake at Corkbuzz. Dinner includes blueberry and cucumbers salads, clams, mussels, shrimp, and a dessert platter. Four bottles of wine will be selected to go with the meal. Reservations must be made for the table.
GOOD BOTTLE TAKEOVER
On Friday, Wicked Weed is taking over all 12 taps at Good Bottle Co. This will be a chance to try some of your favorites from the famed Asheville brewery, along with some exclusives that don’t make it down to Charlotte that often (or at all). The taplist includes Dark Age (bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout), Garcon de Ferme (brettanomyces farmhouse ale fermented with peaches), Hop Burglar (IPA), Mompara Imperial (honey ale), Myrtille (barrel-aged sour fermented with blueberries), Napoleon Complex (session pale ale), Parking Lot Grissette (farmhouse ale brewed with Jester King), Pernicious (IPA), Poperinge (saison), Recurrant (sour ale blended with black currants and aged in cabernet barrels), S’mores Stout (imperial stout brewed with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows) and Vienna Lager.
Sycamore’s monthly breakfast Saturday morning has a special offering this time around, as the brewery is set to release two new beers, highlighted by Break of Dawn, an eclectic blended beer full of flavor. To create this beer, Sycamore first started with its new Ominous porter (the brewery’s other new beer debuting Saturday), which was then aged five months in Chattanooga Whiskey barrels. Sycamore then added in organic Guatemalan cold brew that was aged in Muddy River Distillery rum barrels.