The Weekender

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of March 17th–20th. You've worked hard this week—go have a little fun!

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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer

We know you need a good laugh more often than once a month, but it's hard to pass up a cheap show. The Dangling Loafer offers a stand-up comedy show once a month at Kings.

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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer
$   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Experience Third Friday in Durham 218 fire icon

Even art un-enthusiasts will become fans of all the incredible and unconventional art when Third Friday takes over the Bull City.

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Experience Third Friday in Durham
Free   .  The Carrack Modern Art   .  Durham
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Dine & Bounce at Disco Brunch

Up your Sunday brunch game with a live DJ set and punch bowls at a gorgeous hotel—it's Disco Brunch!

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Dine & Bounce at Disco Brunch
$$   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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Trek Out to Matthews Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks are all the rage, so naturally the lil' town of Matthews decided to try its own hand at the trend. Come to this quaint spot for delicious food trucks and fun all around!

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Trek Out to Matthews Food Truck Fridays
$   .  Stumptown Park   .  Matthews
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Peruse Art in the Evening 275 fire icon

Enjoy galley tours, scavenger hunts and live music at The Bechtler By Night. Wander the museum with a glass of wine in hand for a unique date night or get together with friends.

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Peruse Art in the Evening at Bechtler By Night
Free   .  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art   .  Charlotte
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Feast at Food Truck Friday

Take your pick of Charlotte's best food trucks every Friday, now at Sycamore Brewing.

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Feast at Food Truck Friday
$   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Enjoy Breakfast at Sycamore Brewing

Skip your normal brunch routine and head to Sycamore Brewing every third Saturday for their Sycamore Brunch. Beermosas all around!

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Enjoy Brunch at Sycamore Brewing
$   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Join the Charlotte St. Pat's Day Parade

Uptown CLT is throwing its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. Head to the streets, rock some green and join the festivities!

Sat Mar 17, 1:00a
Join the Charlotte St. Pat's Day Parade
Free   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Dash at the Pot 'O Gold Beer Run

Runologie is hosting their weekly group run, but this one comes with a twist—don some green, collect gold coins as you run and you could win it big!

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Dash at the Pot 'O Gold Beer Run
Free   .  Runologie   .  Raleigh
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Party at Tir na nOg's St. Paddy's Pop Up

You can rest easy—Tir na nOg's annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations are still in full swing! Don your greenest green and get ready for Irish eats, drinks, entertainment and a whole lot of craziness.

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Party at Tir na nOg's St. Paddy's Pop Up
$5   .  City Market   .  Raleigh
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Sip & Snack for St. Patrick's Day

Indulge in craft brews and sweet cupcakes this St. Paddy's Day with the good people at Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage.

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Sip & Snack for St. Patrick's Day
Free   .  Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage   .  Cary
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Cheers to One Year of Pharmacy

Celebrate a year of good brews in Cary at Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage with drink specials and food truck fare.

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Cheers to One Year of Pharmacy
-   .  Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage   .  Cary
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Dance, Eat & Celebrate at India Fest

Nuv Yug is bringing India to Raleigh for a fest filled with over 150 stage performers and Indian cuisine galore!

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Dance, Eat & Celebrate at India Fest
$6+   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Crawl Your Way Through Raleigh on St. Patty's Day

Unleash your inner Irish in a sea of green at DTR's annual St. Patty's day pub crawl.

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Crawl Your Way Through Raleigh on St. Patty's Day
$$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate St. Paddy’s With a Kilt Run & 8K

Running with the nOg Club is always a blast, but it's even more fun running in a kilt. Because, let's face it—everything's more fun in a kilt.

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s With a Kilt Run & 8K
$$   .  Moore Square   .  Raleigh
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Unwind With a Spot of Tea at Port of Raleigh

Port of Raleigh specializes in bringing international goods to the heart of DTR and now they're treating us to international traditions. Stop by for 'Break', a take on afternoon tea with sweet treats.

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Unwind With a Spot of Tea at Port of Raleigh
Free   .  Port of Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Pay Tribute to Bowie at the Ballroom

Dedicate a night to the life and music of Bowie by swaying at Southland Ballroom to the tunes of Asheville cover band, 'Wham Bam! Bowie Band!'

Sat Mar 19, 8:00p
Pay Tribute to Bowie at the Ballroom
$10+   .  [CLOSED] - Southland Ballroom   .  Raleigh
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Headbang (or Sway) to Music at Lincoln Theatre

With Look Homeward; Rescheduled from original January 22nd show

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Headbang at Lincoln Theatre: Steep Canyon Rangers
$18   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Macaron Day NC

It started in Paris, then NYC, now the Triangle? Yep! Pastry chefs in the area are welcoming spring with a sweet celebration—Macaron Day, a day to indulge on macarons with proceeds going to charity!

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Celebrate Macaron Day NC
$   .  lucettegrace   .  Raleigh
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Explore Wild History with Piedmont Picnic

Celebrate Spring Equinox with a walk outside, guided by Piedmont Picnic Project. Along the way, you'll learn about local history and how to forage edible spring greens and tiny flowers!

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Explore Wild History with Piedmont Picnic
$20+   .  Anderson Point Park   .  Raleigh
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Have a Day With Your Dog at RBC

Enjoy an afternoon of beer, food trucks and some cute pups up for adoption. If you already have a four legged friend, come support the cause and bring him along too!

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Have a Day With Your Dog at RBC
$   .  Raleigh Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Become King (or Queen) of Pride Rock With The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King is returning to DPAC, which calls for a celebration. Don't miss your chance to see Simba, Nala and the wild animals of the Serengeti strut the stage.

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Become King (or Queen) of Pride Rock With The Lion King
$33+   .  Durham Performing Arts Center   .  Durham
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Jam Out on St. Patty's at Bull McCabes

Celebrate St. Patty's Day by basking on the lawn at Bull McCabes with authentic Irish tunes, good vibes and tons of beer.

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Jam Out on St. Patty's at Bull McCabes
$   .  Bull McCabes Irish Pub   .  Durham
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Celebrate St Paddy's at James Joyce

Durham's Irish bar opens its doors early for their yearly St. Patrick's Day shenanigans. Come for the Irish Breakfast, stay for the brews on brews on brews.

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Celebrate St Paddy's at James Joyce
-   .  James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant   .  Durham
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Go Underground for Pop Up Cocktails

Fancy yourself a cocktail enthusiast? Then you won't want to miss this. Join Counting House in the underground bank vault for themed pop up cocktail sessions!

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Go Underground for Caribbean Cocktails: Proto-Cocktails
$9+   .  Counting House   .  Durham
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Compare Chocolate & Cheese Fondue at Beer Durham

Beer-infused cheese and chocolate fondues? Yes, please! Get yourself to Beer Durham for delicious combos and beer tastings.

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Pair Brews & Fondue at Beer Durham
$5   .  Beer Durham   .  Durham
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Craft Your Own Tincture at Herbalism 101

Learn how to identify and use medicinal herbs to create tinctures to fight off allergies, colds, anxiety and more at this herbalism workshop.

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Craft Your Own Tincture at Herbalism 101
$25   .  The Makery at Mercury Studio   .  Durham
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Compete In the Dino Egg Hunt

Take the kids out to the museum for an afternoon of egg hunting—with a prehistoric twist! Find dino eggs and learn all about the colossal creatures that used to roam the Earth.

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Compete In the Dino Egg Hunt
$7   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Sip Local Wine & Paint a Masterpiece

You can't beat getting artsy in a vineyard! Grab a glass of wine and paint a canvas of your initial to take home and cherish forever.

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Sip Local Wine & Paint a Masterpiece
$35   .  Doyle's Vineyard   .  Durham
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Welcome Spring on the Farm

What better way to start off spring than spending some quality time with animals and nature? Blue Whistler Farm opens its doors for an extended open house featuring farm critters and local goods.

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Welcome Spring on the Farm
Free   .  Blue Whistler Farm   .  Bahama
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Consult Tarots & Crystals at Everyday Magic's Opening Party

Everyday Magic, a sweet new shop focusing on crystals, home goods and jewelry, is kicking off its grand opening in style with a Spring Equinox party.

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Consult The Tarot & Crystals at Everyday Magic's Opening Party
Free   .  Everyday Magic   .  Durham
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Celebrate St. Patty's in Hillsborough

Head to Hillsborough's first annual St. Patty's Pot O' Gold festival with an egg hunt, costume contest, runs for all ages and green ice cream.

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Celebrate St. Patty's in Hillsborough
$   .  River Park   .  Hillsborough
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Go Berzerk at the Carrboro Bazaar

End your weekend on a high note with The Bazaar Arts and Craft Market, an eclectic array of vendors, food trucks and more.

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Go Berzerk at the Carrboro Bazaar
$   .  Carrboro Town Commons   .  Carrboro
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Barks & Brews at Dog Days

Chill out on Beer Durham's patio with a freshly tapped beer and a clear conscience—'cause on Sunday you can sip and save the animals too!

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Barks & Brews at Dog Days
Free   .  Beer Durham   .  Durham
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Experience a CRAFTernoon at Indio Durham

You'll have bouquet fun in this crafting workshop where students will learn the basic techniques necessary to make a variety of paper flowers. Using Italian crepe paper, tissue paper, and a plethora of accoutrements students will leave class with an arrangement from their own imagination.

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Create at Indio: Intro to Paper Flowers
$40   .  Indio Durham   .  Durham
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Party All Day for St. Patty's Day

OMB is switching it up for a day—they're mixing in some Irish fare to celebrate St. Patty's. Join them all day long for live music, Irish and German dishes and lots and lots of brew.

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Party All Day for St. Patty's Day
Free   .  The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery   .  Charlotte
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Imbibe at The Cork & Cask's Mean Green 16

Take a break from the hubbub of the Queen City to venture out to Cornelius for St. Patrick's Day, where The Cork and Cask will be celebrating their own way with Guinness Stew and Left Hand brew!

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Imbibe at The Cork & Cask's Mean Green 16
Free   .  The Cork and Cask   .  Cornelius
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Get Freaky at CM's Freakfest

It's no surprise that The Common Market's doing things a little differently this St. Patrick's Day. Join their South End location for Freakfest—a night of live music, side shows and rare brews.

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Get Freaky at CM's Freakfest
$35+   .  The Common Market   .  Charlotte
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Join The Matthews Shamrock Crawl

Kick off your St. Patrick's Day celebrations by checking out the beer scene in Matthews, NC. You'll start at Carolina Beer Temple and find your way through this little town's best watering holes.

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Join The Matthews Shamrock Crawl
Free   .  Carolina Beer Temple   .  Matthews
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Start St. Paddy's Early at The Workman's Friend

Rise and shine, Ireland lovers! The Workman's Friend is gettin' the party started early this St. Patrick's Day with traditional food, drink, dance, music and more!

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Start St. Paddy's Early at The Workman's Friend
Free   .  The Workman's Friend   .  Charlotte
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Catch a Show at the Fillmore

A medium sized music venue with a bar, Southern flair, and dancing space for every sold out show.

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Catch a Show at the Fillmore: Indigo Girls
$27.50   .  Fillmore Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Adults Only: Science On The Rocks at Discovery Place

Science on the Rocks is going galactic. Go all out with an adults-only night at Discovery Place featuring Oculus Rift, Astronaut Ice Cream, compressed air rockets, Starlab inflatable planetarium and more.

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Drink and Learn at a Special Valentine's Day Science on the Rocks: Final Frontier
$8+   .  Discovery Place   .  Charlotte
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Catch a Show at the Fillmore

A medium sized music venue with a bar, Southern flair, and dancing space for every sold out show.

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Catch a Show at the Fillmore: Fetty Wap
$27.50   .  Fillmore Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Grub on Food Truck Fare at Friday Night Festival

Unknown Brewing and Craft Growler Shop are partnering to bring you Friday Night Festival, a weekly fest featuring food trucks, live music and family-friendly fun.

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Grub on Food Truck Fare at Friday Night Festival
Free   .  1327 S Mint St   .  Charlotte
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Get Inspired with SlamCharlotte

You're in for a powerful night filled with a mix of emotions, laughs and inspiration. Get ready for this Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!

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Get Inspired with SlamCharlotte
$10   .  McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square   .  Charlotte
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Delight in Drinking & Donuts

Pair Joe's Doughs gourmet donuts with The Broken Spoke's bourbon and whiskey at this delicious pop-up brunch event.

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Delight in Drinking & Donuts
Free   .  The Broken Spoke   .  Charlotte
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Cheers to 4 Years of Salud Beer Shop

Salud Beer Shop in NoDa is turning four and that calls for a low-key celebration filled with their favorite NC beers. Join them for a few brews and don't miss the Sour Beer Toast at 11p!

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Cheers to 4 Years of Salud Beer Shop
Free   .  Salud Beer Shop   .  Charlotte
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Toss Corn Hole for a Cause

Toss corn hole, throw back a few brews and raise money for a good cause while you're at it? Can't go wrong with that!

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Toss Corn Hole for a Cause
$60   .  The Unknown Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Taste the Best at Duckworth’s Battle of the Casks

Enjoy the unique styles of eight different casks of rare beer as they battle to earn the title of 2017 Cask Festival Champion. May the best cask win!

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Taste the Best at Duckworth’s Battle of the Casks
$25   .  Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse   .  Charlotte
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Drink for a Cause at Craft Chicks Hustle Harder

Unknown Brewing is teaming up with Charlotte Beer Babes for the second Craft Chicks Hustle Harder. The gist, celebrate all the women fueling the craft beer scene.

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Drink for a Cause at Craft Chicks Hustle Harder
$10   .  The Unknown Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Get Wowed at an Adventure Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is rolling into Charlotte to show off a collection of awe-inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from around the world.

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Get Wowed at an Adventure Film Festival
$15   .  McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square   .  Charlotte
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Spend Sunday at South End's Spring Fling

Finish off Charlotte Craft Beer Week at the South End Spring Fling, an ode to spring featuring NC breweries, local artisans and food trucks, plus Beer Olympics and outdoor viewing for NCAA b-ball.

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Spend Sunday at South End's Spring Fling
$10   .  Bulldog Beer and Wine South End   .  Charlotte
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Celebrate Spring Beak Style at Birdsong

Come celebrate Birdsong's 6th Annual Spring Beak Beach Party with an all-day event and the release of their new beer Paradise City. King of Pops will be onsite with a special Paradise City Pop!

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Celebrate Spring Beak Style at Birdsong
Free   .  Birdsong Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings at the Sweet Tooth Festival

If you are what you eat, then eat something sweet at Charlotte's original dessert festival!

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Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings at the Sweet Tooth Festival
$30   .  Omni Charlotte Hotel   .  Charlotte
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Join the Dark Side at South End’s Dark Beer Bar Crawl

Don't be afraid of the dark—enjoy the best dark beers South End Charlotte has to offer at Unknown Brewing's Dark Beer Bar Crawl!

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Join the Dark Side at South End’s Dark Beer Bar Crawl
Free   .  South End   .  Charlotte
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