I love Charlotte, but I also love a good Road Trip. The Carolinas offers a great mix from a free expression festival to a high culture festival to a street party and jazz. Throw a dart at a map and go!
Neon Weekend – Looking for something totally different? Try the Seventh Neon Music Festival! It’s a free expression of art and music. 2 p.m. Friday to Noon Sunday, Forest City. $80 and up.
In the Round: An Interactive Beer Dinner with Buxton Hall Barbecue – Diners will see 5 stations, each serving a dish by Elliott Moss and Buxton Hall Barbecue and a beer pairing from Burial Beer Co. Two stations will be meat, two will be sides/vegetarian dishes and one will be a dessert. 4 p.m. Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave, Asheville. Each pairing is $12.
Spoleto Festival USA – Week two of the 17 day festival includes Trisha Brown Dance Company, Dianne Reeves, and others. Don’t miss Larry Toppman’s review of the Bank of America Chamber Music Series, which runs through June 7. See the Spoleto schedule.
Chuck Loeb’s Hilton Head Jazz Festival Launch Weekend – The Jazz Diva is launching the Chuck Loeb Hilton Head Jazz Festival next year with a show this weekend in Hilton Head. Today’s event is Dinner and Concert by the Sea on the deck of Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa tonight. The concert features Chuck and friends including Alex Bugnon and Paul Taylor!- Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, One Hotel Cir, Hilton Head Island, SC
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival – Dancers, musicians, painters, authors, pottery makers, craft makers, poets, clowns, jugglers artists and more bring art and culture to downtown Knnapolis. This is a family friendly street festival. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., West Avenue, Downtown Kannapolis Inc. Free. Details.