Food and drink
Hornet’s Nest release: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery releases their summer seasonal at 5 p.m. Friday, 4/15
Berry the Hatchet bottle release and breakfast at Sycamore Brewing: This raspberry stout will be sold for $13 a bottle and will be first come, first served beginning at 9 a.m. The Tin Kitchen will be onsite serving breakfast until noon. Saturday, 4/16
2nd Annual Moo & Brew Fest at the AvidXchange Music Factory: Craft beer and burger festival benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. VIP admission (sold out) from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and general admission begins at 2 p.m. – tickets. Saturday, 4/16
Sweet Escapes: Enjoy samples from your choice of over 500 pounds of chocolate, snack on tasty hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live music and bid on some auction items. Event takes place at the Mint Museum Randolph from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and benefits Community Link. $80 – tickets. Saturday, 4/16
Science on the Rocks: Geek Out, Freak Out at Discovery Place: Nerd out over comics, robotics, virtual reality and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets. If you haven’t visited the Body Worlds exhibit yet, check it out while you’re there before it ends on May 1. Friday, 4/15
Earth Day Play Date at the Charlotte Nature Museum: Meet and greet live animals, watch a puppet show, learn about gardening, hunt for bugs and make Earth Day crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities included with museum admission. Saturday, 4/6
Pink Social Girl Tribe Pop Up: Spring Break Edition at Sugar Creek Brewing: Shop 80+ local female owned businesses. $5 VIP admission ($6 day off) at 11 a.m.; free entry beginning at noon. Saturday, 4/16
3rd Annual Ales for Autism at NoDa Brewing North End: Live music, food trucks and raffle from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event benefits Local Friends in their effort to aid local families dealing with the challenges of autism. Tickets. Saturday, 4/16
Ladies Spring #Swapaholic at Sugar Creek Brewing: Spice up your spring wardrobe! Bring 3-5 pieces of clothing to swap with other ladies from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 4/17
Charlotte Symphony Knightsound: The Jazz Room: Celebrate American jazz legends beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Knight Theater. Following the concert enjoy live jazz and signature cocktails in the speakeasy lounge following the concert. Tickets. Friday, 4/15
Bechtler by Night, presented in partnership with Bank of America: Complimentary gallery tours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 4/15
Anthem International Music Festival at Triple C Brewing: This festival tours 70 cities to find one act that will have the chance to tour through Europe and Africa. Come see local musicians play for their chance to be the chosen act beginning at 1 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Saturday, 4/16
Spring Arts Fete at Advent Coworking: Art show featuring local artists, drinks and appetizers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 4/16
Duran Duran kicks off the 2016 season at PNC Music Pavilion. Tickets. Saturday, 4/16
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House: Modeled after the famed television show, this performance will pair a local Charlotte star with a professional dancer to raise money for Carolina Breast Friends. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. at Booth Playhouse. Tickets. Saturday, 4/16
Dine & Draw at Free Range Brewing: Bring your own colored pencils, enjoy a cold beer and learn drawing tips from artist Cece Stronach beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, 4/17
Sunday Fun Day at The Mint Uptown: Family friendly 2D and 3D galaxy crafts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free for children and Mint members, $8 for adults. Sunday, 4/17
Walk to End Lupus Now: Participate in the 1 mile or 5k walk beginning at CPCC’s King’s Green to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. and the walks begin at 5 p.m. Register. Saturday. 4/16
Baseball: The Knights first weekend at home will feature three games against the Durham Bulls. Friday at 7:05 p.m. (stick around for fireworks after the game!), Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Tickets.
Soccer: The Charlotte Independence hosts the Charleston Battery on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ramblewood Soccer Complex. Tickets.
Ultimate Frisbee: The Charlotte Express kicks off their season on Saturday at 7 p.m. when they take on the Austin Sol at Irwin Belk Complex at Johnson C. Smith University. Mayor Roberts will do the opening disc toss. Tickets (under 18 gets in free).