▪ Bold Rock, Birdsong, Legal Remedy, Salud and Wooden Robot are just a few of the 50 regional craft breweries whose ciders, lagers and pale ales will be on tap at the eighth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill. The two-day event features live music beginning with a Friday Night Jam starting at 5:30 p.m. (with headliner Acoustic Syndicate taking the stage at 8:30). Saturday music begins at 11:45 a.m. (with headliners Chatham County Line and Leftover Salmon on the mainstage at 6:45 and 8:30 p.m., respectively). Beer tasting runs Saturday only, from 12:45-4 p.m. Concert-only tickets are $15-$28; tasting tickets are $51. Designated driver tickets are $16, and kids admission is $8. Tent camping is available both nights for $18-$45.
▪ Re-live your favorite moments from Disney musicals and Saturday morning cartoons with The Big Sing Animated!, as you and your kids sing along to selections from “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast” and Aladdin” at McGlohon Theater. 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The matinee is a one-hour, kid-friendly program. Costumes are encouraged. $10-$25.
▪ Kenny Chesney, country star and heir apparent to Jimmy Buffett’s summer-signaling concert tours, will bring sun and surf inland when he returns to PNC Music Pavilion for his “A Trip Around the Sun Tour.” 7:30 p.m. $33.25-$107.75.
▪ “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” fixture Ryan Stiles joins fellow “Whose Line” alums Greg Proops and Jeff B. Davis and “Mad Men’s” Joel Murray (brother of Bill) to re-create the improvisational spontaneity of the CW comedy series on the Ovens Auditorium stage with “Whose Live Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$69.50.
▪ Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christopher Warren-Green close the current concert season at Knight Theater with Mozart’s Jupiter and concertmaster Calin Lupanu’s performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Violin No. 4. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19-$89.
▪ Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte begins the final run of shows of its timely production of “The Mermaid Hour,” David Valdes Greenwood’s story of working-class parents trying to navigate their daughter’s gender transition. Talkbacks with the cast, the creative team and LGBTQ community leaders will be held after Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; through May 19. Hadley Theater at Queens University. $25-$44.
▪ Art & Soul of SouthEnd brings the people who work and create in SouthEnd out onto the streets, where artisans, craftspeople, chefs, baristas, musicians, fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs will share their wares and lead demonstrations and activities during the yearly street festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Camden Road will be closed between Park Avenue and East/West boulevards; activities also will take place along the Rail Trail. Free.
▪ The 7th Annual Vintage Charlotte Summer Market features more than 80 curated local and regional vendors during its yearly pop-up sale, which takes place at Camp North End’s Historic Ford Building — a vintage locale in itself. The market features antique and handmade goods, including furniture, housewares, décor, clothing, accessories and jewelry. Food trucks and local craft beer will be on site as well. $2, or $7 for early-bird entrance. 11 a.m. (10 a.m. early bird).
▪ Concord gets creepy-crawly with hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals under one roof during the Repticon Charlotte reptile and exotic animal expo at Cabarrus Arena. Whether you’re interested in the educational aspect of getting up-close and personal with tarantulas and pythons, are looking to expand your family with a hermit crab or bearded dragon, or just need to stock up on heat lamps, aquariums and live and frozen food, the family-friendly two-day event has you covered. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5 to 12.
▪ “Every Brilliant Thing By Duncan MacMillan,” an award-winning stage play-turned-HBO special, is a heartbreaking yet hilarious exploration of depression, grief and life itself as a young boy begins compiling a list of things that make life worth living in the wake of his mother’s first suicide attempt. The one-man show at Duke Energy Theater is a must for anyone whose life has been touched by depression and suicide. 8 p.m. May 17-19 and May 24-26. $22.