Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekend Preview: Festival In the Park, Beer Mile, Mecktoberfest, Free Tickets!

Goodbye summer, hello MecktoberFest! The leaves are changing, summer is over and the fall season of partying is about to begin. Let's get this party started. See you in the streets...

Ticket Giveaway!!!

Sip + Play CLT is giving away more tickets! Craft ciders are the newest evolution in Charlotte's growing brewing industry. Don't miss a chance to win free tickets to CiderFest at the EpiCentre on Oct. 9. Enter here.

Watch Party - Hip-hop fans rejoice, tonight is the season two premiere Empire and the start of Empire Wednesdays. It’s a viewing party followed by an after party.  7 p.m.  Vibrations Club, 5237 Albemarle Rd. Free.

For Smart People - What do you get when a political satirist and a legendary investigative journalist come together? A lecture you don’t want to miss. The Chancellor's Speaker Series presents "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The White House" with Carl Bernstein and P.J. O'Rourke. 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., UNCC, Cone University Center McKnight Hall. Free, but reservations are required. Details.

Pre-show Party - I love a good concert, but I love a good pre-concert party even more. Enjoy the RockBus Concert Series before the Luke Bryan show at PNC Music Pavilion. 5 p.m. Check-in at Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. Details.

Charity Event - Enjoy live music, wine and cheese tasting at the 4th annual Samaritan House Charity event. 6 p.m., Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N College St., Corner of 5th & College St. $30.

Goodbye Summer - SHIPROCKED! closes out Summer with the annual Luau-themed [arty. It’s become a tradition. There will be hula go-go dancers,tropical burlesque and drag performances by Bethann Phetamine, Shirley Sweet and Bella Jade, and everyone gets "leied!" Everyone is encouraged to wear a Hawaiian themed outfit. 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St.

Family Fun - One of the most popular annual family events Festival In the Park returns with more than 1,000 performers scheduled on five performance stages and more than 180 arts and crafts exhibits. Various times this weekend. Details.

Wine Dinner - Winery owner and Charlotte native, Hank McCrorie, will be the speaker at the Evoke and Burly Wine event featuring a five-course meal. McCrorie will provide an overview of the wine pairings with each course. 7 p.m., Evoke, 555 S. McDowell St.

Great Jazz - The Jazz Diva presents An Evening With the Bob James Quartet. Opening Performance by Guitarists Paul Brown and Marc Antoine. 8 p.m., Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, $45 - $70. Details.

My Favorite Beer - Fall means Octoberfest beer and I’m so excited! Mecktoberfest celebrates German-style food, culture, and beer. There will be a special Mecktoberfest food menu.
OMB’s seasonal Mecktoberfest brew is a classic Märzen amber lager. The beer is just one part of it. The festival is good family fun. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday - Sunday, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd. Details.

Black-Tie Gospel - The Praise Café TV Show/Charlotte Entertainment Network present the Gospel Image Awards 2015 to celebrate spiritual excellence through Christian Ministry. It’s a black tie event. 6 p.m. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $30. Details.

All About Fashion - Majr presents Fashion Presentation featuring cocktails and apps. 8 p.m. Dupp & Swat, 2424 N Davidson St.

Beer & Run - Drink a beer every quarter mile, run/walk/skip/dance your way to the finish line, then celebrate at the after party. So, it’s four beers and in one mile at the National Beer Mile. 11 a.m. NC Music Factory, 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard. Details.


Hot Reggaeton - Reggaeton isn’t as big as it used to be to mainstream fans, but that hasn’t stopped J Balvin’s success. This should be a high-energy dance party with J Balvin featuring Becky G. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.