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Oktoberfest in September, plus lots more spirited fun

By Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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Summer is almost over, so Charlotte is celebrating Oktoberfest already – which doesn’t really make sense, but I’ll take it! Here are some beer festivals to check out this weekend, along with a few other events:

Saturday

Lake Norman Beer Fest at the Galway Hooker (17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius): There’ll be live music from Joystick, SugarSmaX, Square Roots, and lots and lots of beer. The keg will be tapped at 4 p.m. $40, or $50 for VIP admission (which gets you in at 3 p.m.). www.lknbeerfest.com.

Southern Spirits’ First Oktoberfest (9989 Charlotte Highway, Fort Mill. S.C.): This September-Oktoberfest at Southern Spirits will offer free samples, in addition to growlers of Oktoberfest brews – including Weihenstephan, a beer straight out of Germany. Plus, Boar’s Head will be giving out free Brats. Noon-5 p.m. No cover; proceeds will go to charity. 803-548-8888.

3rd Annual Sip and Savour Myers Park Gallery Crawl: Sample wine, music and cuisine from nearly 20 Charlotte restaurants/markets while venturing through four art galleries in the Myers Park area. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at Allison Sprock Fine Art (600 Queens Road); the night concludes with an after-party until 2 a.m. at Nolen Kitchen. $35; proceeds support Melissa’s Voice Foundation, which benefits women with eating disorders. www.sipandsavour.org

Hush and Hustle: NoDa’s Silent Disco Party at Neighborhood Theater (511 E. 36th St.): A disco party with two DJs, where you control the volume on your own headphones. Featuring DJ Shogun and Kosta X, along with DJ Dylan Skidmore and Paul Margiotis. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover; $5 for headphones. 704-942-7997.

Childress Vineyards 2013 Grape Stomp Party (1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, N.C.). Celebrate the change of seasons and 2013 harvest with the vineyard’s annual grape stomp. There’ll also be live music from The Plaids and wine tastings. 7-10 p.m. $25-$50. 336-236-9463.

Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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