8 beer and wine festivals to sip at this spring

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These photos were shot at the beeryoga class The Old Mecklenburg Brewery, located at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte, on 09.16.14.

Time to get some sipping done in the sunshine (and at select indoor venues). Get out for beer, wine, food samples, live music and good causes this season.

Here are 8 beer and wine festivals for doing just that:

Beer Me BrewFest

When: April 7, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
What it is: Celebrate National Beer Day by experiencing local and regional craft beers, local entertainment and various activities. Proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.
Where: 1441 South Tryon St. in South End
Price: $25+. Get tickets here.

University City Wine Fest

When: April 14, 1-6 p.m.
What it is: The festival was founded by University City Partners and Tim Wallace of The Wine Vault to shine a light on local wine culture, promote the wine industry and support literacy programs at the University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. Fine wines, experts and food samples from local restaurants will be onsite this year, along with artisan vendors and a local beer garden with beers, ciders and live music. Expect 100 wines from more than 25 wineries.
Where: Shoppes at University Place, 8708 JW Clay Blvd.
Price: $35+. Get tickets here.

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

When: April 18-21
What it is: Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend brings wine makers and chefs from around the world to Charlotte to enhance the community’s appreciation of great wine and food. Indulge in a variety of restaurant dinners, tastings, a seminar and a gala in the name of wine and food. The weekend also donates a portion of proceeds to local children and families. This year’s beneficiaries are Charlotte Concerts, The Council for Children’s Rights, Mitchell’s Fund, Pat’s Place Family Advocacy, and The Relatives.
Where: Locations vary
Price: $69+. Get tickets here.

Jamaican Me Hoppy Craft Beer Festival

When: April 21, noon-6 p.m.
What it is: Relish craft beer, whiskey, wine, music, authentic Jamaican food and live entertainment (hint: fire juggling) with more than 20 breweries, 10 wineries, 5 distilleries, and 10 food trucks onsite. Live music will include The Movement and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. Proceeds will support the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
Where: Corner of 7th St. and Caldwell: 419 E 7th St.
Price: $35+. Get tickets here.

Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival

When: April 28, starts at 12:30-6 p.m.
What it is: Savor samples from local restaurants and 30 local, regional and national breweries, from great burgers to great craft beer. Also listen to music performances by Shovels & Rope and other bands. Proceeds support Second Harvest Food Bank.
Where: AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Price: $35+. Get tickets here.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

When: May 12, noon-6 p.m.
What it is: This outdoor festival features more than 60 beers, more than 40 bourbons and plenty of barbecue. Your sampling glass offers an all-you-can-taste experience, and admission offers access to seminars in the tasting theater, plus live music. A portion of proceeds benefit Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.
Where: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 5440 Carnegie Blvd.
Price: $39+. Get tickets here.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

When: May 11-12
What it is: Combine local craft beer and live music at the Rural Hill nonprofit historic site and farm, with the option to camp out. Live music performances feature Leftover Salmon, Chatham County Line, Acoustic Syndicate and more. Proceeds benefit Historic Rural Hill’s mission as a historic site and center for education.
Where: Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Price: $8+. Get tickets here.

South End Hops Festival

When: May 19, 2-6 p.m.
What it is: Enjoy local brews from breweries and bottle shops, and food from tacos to ice cream, at this dog-friendly festival. Proceeds support RescuedMe dog rescue.
Where: 308 W Carson Blvd.
Price: $10+. Get tickets here.

Photo: CharlotteFive Files

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