Bands, Brews and BBQs
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $29.99 and up. www.carowinds.com.
The inaugural festival – included with park admission – features 10 brands of craft beer, live music and various booths that will serve smoked beef, pork and poultry (food and beverages sold separately). Musical guests are Natty Boh Duo (noon-4 p.m.) and Tony Barnes (5-9 p.m.). The festival continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 16.
Metrolina Expo Vintage & Antiques Show
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday). Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. $5 for all three days; 12 and younger free. www.icashow.com.
Browse home decor, vintage decor and memorabilia, antique furniture, collectibles, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys and games, silver, pottery, china, re-purposed items, outdoor décor and more.
10:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10. www.eveningmuse.com.
Charlotte’s original Latin party band, Bakalao Stars, teams up with D.C.-based Spanglish rock act Kickoman. Both bands trade in reggae and ska, colorful Spanish hip-hop, bursts of rock guitar and bouncy tunes.