What it is: The festival was founded by University City Partners and Tim Wallace of The Wine Vault to shine a light on local wine culture, promote the wine industry and support literacy programs at the University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. Fine wines, experts and food samples from local restaurants will be onsite this year, along with artisan vendors and a local beer garden with beers, ciders and live music. Expect 100 wines from more than 25 wineries.
Where: Shoppes at University Place, 8708 JW Clay Blvd.
What it is: Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend brings wine makers and chefs from around the world to Charlotte to enhance the community’s appreciation of great wine and food. Indulge in a variety of restaurant dinners, tastings, a seminar and a gala in the name of wine and food. The weekend also donates a portion of proceeds to local children and families. This year’s beneficiaries are Charlotte Concerts, The Council for Children’s Rights, Mitchell’s Fund, Pat’s Place Family Advocacy, and The Relatives.
What it is: Relish craft beer, whiskey, wine, music, authentic Jamaican food and live entertainment (hint: fire juggling) with more than 20 breweries, 10 wineries, 5 distilleries, and 10 food trucks onsite. Live music will include The Movement and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. Proceeds will support the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
Where: Corner of 7th St. and Caldwell: 419 E 7th St.
What it is: Savor samples from local restaurants and 30 local, regional and national breweries, from great burgers to great craft beer. Also listen to music performances by Shovels & Rope and other bands. Proceeds support Second Harvest Food Bank.
Where: AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
What it is: This outdoor festival features more than 60 beers, more than 40 bourbons and plenty of barbecue. Your sampling glass offers an all-you-can-taste experience, and admission offers access to seminars in the tasting theater, plus live music. A portion of proceeds benefit Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.
Where: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 5440 Carnegie Blvd.
What it is: Combine local craft beer and live music at the Rural Hill nonprofit historic site and farm, with the option to camp out. Live music performances feature Leftover Salmon, Chatham County Line, Acoustic Syndicate and more. Proceeds benefit Historic Rural Hill’s mission as a historic site and center for education.
Where: Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Jonathan Hughes, a musician in the Charlotte NC band BitterHearts and former Revolution Church pastor, has limited movement on his left side after suffering a stroke at his Lincolnton home and completing rehab.