Food and drink
Wine tasting at The Ballantyne’s Gallery Restaurant: Celebrate April Fools’ Day by trying white wines that will “fool you” beginning at 6:30 p.m. $25 per person – call 704-248-4100 for reservations. Friday, 4/1
Breakfast at Good Bottle Co.: Your Mom’s Donuts, coffee and beer beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, 4/2
Beer Me BrewFest in South End: Sample craft beer from local and regional brewers from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will also be live music and activities. Event will take place in the parking lot behind All American Pub and beside Amos’ Southend and will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Tickets (use promo code BREWFUN for 10% off). Saturday, 4/2
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew opening weekend: Festivities throughout the weekend include facility tours, food trucks, music, drink specials, giveaways and more. Friday, 4/1 through Sunday, 4/3
NoDa Farmers Market Spring Fest: The market moves back outside to the corner of 36th and Alexander. Approximately 15 vendors will be onsite selling veggies, fruit, meat, dairy and coffee from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 4/2
Beach Week kick off party at Tabor: Capitol kicks off their Beach Week at Tabor this weekend. Shop in the Flaherty rig, which will be set up in their parking lot and enjoy live music from the Leadville Social Club beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 4/2
Order/Fire 4: Special NC Craft Beer episode: Charlotte’s original culinary video web series Order/Fire premiers it’s fourth episode at Free Range Brewing. Happy hour kicks off at 1 p.m., screening begins at 2 p.m., pig pickin’ to follow the screening. $10 donation to Farm Hands suggested. Sunday, 4/3
Charles Williams: Continuum-Day at The New Gallery of Art: Exhibit opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and artist talk on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, 4/1 and Saturday 4/2
South End Gallery crawl: Grab some dinner from the food trucks at Unknown Brewing’s Friday Night Festival Friday then visit some of South End’s galleries. Friday, 4/1
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Bond and Beyond at the Knight Theater: The Charlotte Symphony will be joined by Hilary Kole, an internationally-renowned vocalist to present some of the greatest movie music of our time. Tickets. Friday, 4/1 and Saturday, 4/2
Bilingual Stories and Music at the Mint Museum Randolph: An interactive, bilingual event featuring music, plays and stories geared towards families with children 0-6 years old from 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, 4/2
Charlotte Brain Tumor Race at Romare Bearden Park: Support the National Brain Tumor Society by participating in the survivor walk (8 a.m.), 10K (8:15 a.m.) or 5K (8:30 a.m.). Races will be followed by an award ceremony. Saturday, 4/2
Basketball: The Hornets host the Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets.
Roller Derby: Charlotte Roller Girls double header on Saturday at the Grady Cole Center (tickets). The All Star team takes on DC at 5 p.m. and the B-Dazzlers face the Piedmont Riot at 6:30 p.m.
Soccer: Charlotte Independence hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets.
Rugby: The National Small College Rugby Organization Regional Championship takes place at the Rugby Athletic Center on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for the weekend – available at the gate.
Cover image courtesy of Beer Me BrewFest