It's the most wonderful time of the year when football and basketball collide with shopping and parties. Let's get started.
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most recently opened for Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, but now he's headlining his own arena show. 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena,333 E. Trade St.
$34.78-$47.89. Read Theoden Janes' article on Gilbert.
Family Fun - Head to The Square for Lights On the Square: The Uptown Tree Lighting. ACC mascots join the festivities to start the ACC Tournament weekend. Families can enjoy Santa Village in Polk Park (free photos!), and a performance by The Wonderettes! Food trucks will be there too. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Square, Trade and Tryon streets. Tree lighting starts shortly after 6:30pm. Parking tips.
-Birdsong Brewery Third Year Anniversary
features new brews each weekend night starting tonight with Puppies on Penguins and Nighthawk Postcard, Sour Stout with Raspberries. The three-day celebration begins at 4 p.m.Birdsong Brewery
,2315 N Davidson St.
Cats! Cats! Cats!
- Join the Queen City Cats, UK alumni group, when the #BBN takes over Sip Charlotte, 200 N. Tryon St. Suite 100 to watch Kentucky v. Texas. 7 p.m.
- The ACC Football Championship is today so there's lots of free fun. It starts with theACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run at 8 a.m., Wells Fargo Plaza, Uptown Charlotte. Then enjoy f
ree concerts, autograph sessions and watch ACC mascots square off during theACC Football Championship Fan Fest
. Noon - 7 p.m., adjacent to Bank of America Stadium along Mint, Graham and Stonewall streets. Florida State vs. Georgia Tech starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets.
6th Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair - This is the signature event for the Red Pump Project which highlights HIV and AIDS impact on women and girls. The event will feature a fashion show, a silent auction and local boutiques. R.A.I.N. President and CEO Rev. Debbie Warren is this year's honoree. 7 - 10 p.m., Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E 36th St. Tickets: $40. Driving Alert: Access via South Tryon Street instead of North Davidson Street because of road construction.
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