While many are heading out of town for a summer vacation, it’s also a good time to take a “staycation” in Charlotte. With all the things we have to do here, home can feel like a get-away. To name a few this weekend:
PBR Patio Party at VBGB Beer Hall and Garden (920 Hamilton St.): The garden they speak of is Charlotte’s largest patio, and every Friday they have live reggae, soul and funk music on it. But no matter how hot it gets outside, there’s always their ice bar inside. 10:30 p.m. No cover. 704-333-4111.
“Avenue Q” at Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road): Perhaps the best production I’ve seen that’s come to Charlotte by way of Broadway. Its puppets will make you laugh much harder than “Sesame Street’s” ever did. 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday). $25-$27. 704-372-1000.
EpiCentre Charlotte Beer Festival (210 E. Trade St.): The multi-level uptown venue hosts its first beer festival, which will feature more than 75 craft beers, local artists and live music from Early Ray. Like Oktoberfest, in the summer. 2-7 p.m. $20 (includes commemorative glass for unlimited sips and samples). www.epicentrenc.com.
The inaugural Charlotte Brewers Festival at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (215 Southside Drive): Charlotte’s first all-local brew-bash featuring beers from Birdsong, Four Friends, Heist, Hops, NoDa, Olde Mecklenburg, Rock Bottom and Triple C – along with live music to wash it down. 1-8 p.m. $15 in advance/$25 at the door for sampling glass. 704-525-5644.
Beach Blast at Monroe Crossing (2115-290 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe): The parking lot-turned-beach (yes, there will be sand) sets the stage for a benefit for Carolina Breast Friends. The Entertainers and Fantastic Shakers will provide live shag music. 2-10 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated. www.shopmonroecrossing.com.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio – mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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