Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Weekend Preview: Plaza-Midwood low country boil, pre-Halloween parties and Bachtoberfest

It's time for a weekly weekend preview. Johnson C. Smith University and UNC Charlotte celebrate homecoming this weekend. Look for my homecoming party list on Thursday. Here's a peek at a few non-homecoming events this week.

Beerhopping Up North - The Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop is bringing some local and regional breweries together for Free Fall into the Cornelius Drafthouse.  Meet brewery reps and sample some of their beer! Benford Brewing Co. (Lancaster, SC), Ass Clown Brewing Company (Cornelius) and D9 Brewing Company (Cornelius) will be there. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Cornelius Drafthouse, 19818-c North Cove Rd Cornelius.

Food and Art - Experience pairings of small plates and beverages from Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth, and Mimosa Grill at Taste of the Mint: Project Ten Ten Ten. The menus are customized. Participants will also enjoy a guided tour of Project Ten Ten Ten.  Tasters will view and learn about the NEW sculptural installation Thicket, by world renowned artist Tom Joyce. 4 p.m.

Costume Party - The 7th Annual Nightmare on Morehead features costume contests and music by DJ Spooky. 8 p.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead St. $5, $10.

OktoberFest Symphony Style - The Charlotte Symphony presents KnightSounds Bachtoberfest III: Bach & Beer for symphony novices each Friday night. This month’s Oktoberfest theme features beer tastings, a roaming accordionists, and a live “oompa” band in the lobby after the show. The symphony will perform works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, W. F. Bach, plus Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and selections from Brahms and Wagner. Local breweries, including NoDa Brewing Company and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, will provide beer samplings, and the FestzeltMusik Oktoberfest Band will keep the party going after the concert.
7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S Tryon St. $29 includes a drink voucher. Drinks are permitted in the theater! Oops. It really is this Friday!  Details.

Bachtoberfest preview with Young Affiliates of the Mint and CSO Pulse. 6:30 p.m. Conversations begin at 7:00 p.m. and last about 25 minutes. Concertgoers are invited to drop in anytime during the conversation featuring the Charlotte Symphony presents the "Musically Speaking Chat," informative and engaging pre-concert conversations.

The Halloween Party - Flo Rida headlines this year’s Grave Diggers Ball. It's a screamfest with the largest costume contest, DJs and live music performances. 6 p.m. Grave Diggers Parking Lot, 500 North College St.

Art & Fitness - This is an odd pairing, but I’m all about fitness. The Gantt center is hosting its Inaugural Art of Living Fit + Well celebration. It’s a full day featuring healthy eating cooking demonstrations, interactive dance classes, fitness and wellness expert advice, Zumba, yoga and more. There will also be guest appearances. Register and learn more. 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Details.

Costume Cruise - Pre-Halloween festivities continue with the Inaugural Costume Cruise. Ticket includes party bus to and from Lake Norman with drinks, drink specials on the 90’ two-story Ragin’ Uptown Party Yacht. There will be DJ, costume contest, and free cover afterward at Prohibition. 6:45-7:45 - Check-In at Prohibition, 200 N Tryon St. Details.

Farmer’s Market On Fleek - The #SustainableSaturday - Local Produce & Artist Market is more than farmer's market. It will feature produce from Windcrest Farms, Bush-n-Vine & more. Not Just Coffee will be crafting pour over & espressos. Joe's Doughnuts is on site making your favorites! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Barn @ Pure Pizza , 1911 Central Ave.

Seafood Boil - Catch On Seafood and Pizza Peel are teaming up for another   Lowcountry Boil and Oyster Roast. Enjoy fresh South Carolina Shrimp and all the usual fixings in a Low Country Boil. There will be oysters, beer and more. There will be live music and art. 3 p.m. Pure Pizza, corner of Thomas Ave and Central Ave. $30. Details.


Farm Family Fun - Yes, there is a such thing. This is a Panthers’ themed event on to celebrate the Panthers’ Sunday night game. There will be football drills and prizes. Green Go Taco (locally-sourced food truck) will be on site and refreshments will be sold in the barn.  4 p.m. 8 p.m. Wise Acres Farm, 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail