Bring a hat and a lifted pinky to the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 27 for an English tea in the style of the show “Downton Abbey.” The event will feature hot tea, desserts from “The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook,” a trivia game and prizes. Tickets: $20, or $15 for members. Register online at www.charlottemuseum.org, or call 704-568-1774.
Hops for Hospice
The Wine Shop at Foxcroft, 7824 Fairview Road, will hold a beer-tasting event to raise money for Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte, 1-4 p.m. April 26. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include tastings of local and other domestic craft beers, light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Details: 704-365-6550.
Lexington gears up for barbecue cook-off
Lexington, the barbecue-crazy town about an hour northeast of Charlotte, has the annual Barbecue Festival in October, but now it has the BBQ Capital Cook-Off April 25-26 as well. The free festival in downtown Lexington includes live music, a wine area featuring Yadkin Valley vineyards, a beer garden with North Carolina craft brews and a barbecue contest with 72 teams expected, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Hours are 6-10 p.m. April 25 and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26. Details: www.uptownlexington.com. Kathleen Purvis