BBQ and Brews Festival
11 a.m.-9 p.m. (also Saturday). Tryon Street from Third to Fifth streets. Free to browse, but various activities (including the BBQ Tasting) have fees.
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The main event is the 12th Annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship, featuring teams cooking and submit their winning entries to a panel of judges. But there’s also beer to drink, pork to eat and live music to enjoy both days.
9 p.m. (also 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday). Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$35. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Caroline Calouche & Co. revives its cabaret-style show for mature audiences, incorporating comedy, dance and gravity-defying aerial acts.
8 and 10:15 p.m. (also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20-$25. 980-321-4702.
Best known for being a cast member on the ’90s sketch-comedy show “In Living Color,” the stand-up comic returns with new material – as well as old favorites including impressions of Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jackson.