Craft Beer Week continues and Easter events are kicking off too. Let’s get this party started. See you in the streets…
Happy Hour – Hang out with Charlotte’s young black professionals and listen to the grooves of the The Mighty DJ DR at Charlotte’s Favorite Happy Hour. 5:30 p.m. Bubble Charlotte, Epicenter, 210 East Trade St. Free. Paid parking onsite and limited street parking.
Beer Beatdown – 15 NC breweries participate in the Annual Rumble In The Alley, part of Charlotte Craft Beer Week. The first hour is blind taste-testing and voting and then good ol’ enjoyment of libations. 6 p.m. The Common Market, 2007 Commonwealth Avenue. $25. Free street parking.
Celebrate Black Women – Raheem DeVaughn is showing his love for black women with his new project “Queen.” His Queens For A Day event earlier this month supported battered black women. He joins songstresses Ledisi and Leela James. 8 p.m., Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard. $48.41. Standing room only. Parking onsite.
Freaks and Beer – Enjoy rare brews from NoDa Brewing, Terrapin Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing and others breweries at Freakfest, another Charlotte Craft Beer Week event. Rare beers paired with entertainment by Purgatory. You know there’ll be fire! 6:30 p.m., The Common Market Southend, 1515 South Tryon St. Limited surface lot parking and street parking.
Monthly Zaniness – The freakiness continues at Shiprocked Presents: Lipgloss. It’s all about the burn, spandex, and headbands and shake weights. BethAnn Phetamine and guests Oliver Clothessoff and Miley Virus tear up the Snug Harbor stage with a campy physical fitness-themed drag revue. Spandex-clad Go Go dancers; it doesn’t get any crazier. 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. Street parking available.
For The Kids – Four CMS middle school will compete in a head-to-head kids cooking competition the Inaugural STEM to Fork Culinary Competition. 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 7th Street Public Market, 224 East 7th St.
For Real Beatdown – Somebody’s going to tapout at Fight Lab MMA /Fight Lab 45. South Carolina Stingrays’ Nate Kiser makes his MMA debut 6 p.m., Grady Cole Center, 310 North Kings Dr. $35 and up.
Jazz and Film – This editioin of New Frequencies: Inspired Lunacy features short films by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. Maddie is known for reimagining the silent film era. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N Tryon St.
For The Kids – Play hoops and raise awareness about teen violence at The 5th Annual Midnight Madness Basketball Tournament for teens and young adults. It’s for ages (13-22) 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., Johnston YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St. $5 and registration is onsite.
For The Kids II – Bring the kids out to see the Easter Bunny and enjoy balloon artist and face painting at Easter Hoppenings. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Phillips Place in Southpark. Free.
Celebrate Leaders – Celebrate community leaders at the Whitney M. Young Gala. It’s a celebration of philanthropic, diversity and inclusion. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with registration and hor d’oeuvres. Formal program and dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. After the program, the evening there will be dancing and dessert. Omni Hotel Charlotte, 132 E. Trade St. Paid parking available. Ticket info.
Jazzy Sunday – Enjoy music by jazz/soul singer and keyboardist Frank McComb. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St. Parking validated for Trans America Parking Deck.