Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 5 to July 11

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Hobbyist owner Bryson Woodside is among those getting ready for the NoDa Cider Crawl.


It’s First Firkin Friday at Pilot Brewing, which features a specialty Red Ale Firkin with zesty citrus and dry hops that was co-created with this month’s guest brewer, Charlotte BeerBabes. A dollar of every beer sold benefits this month’s charity, Shining Hope Farms. The event will also feature live music, visual artist Carla Garrison-Mattos, a pop-up merchant market and food from Gibson Family BBQ and Emergensweets. 1331 Central Ave. 4 to 9 p.m. Free.


The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and the cider doesn’t pour far from the well-tapped craft brew hub of North Davidson Street during the NoDa Cider Crawl. The ciderific bar crawl features specialty brews, cider flights, cider cocktails, cider sangria and food pairings. And it’s not just the apple that gets the attention — the participating Carolinas’ cideries Red Clay Ciderworks, GoodRoad Ciderworks, Nobel Cider, Botanist & Barrel and Bull City Ciderworks offer their own twists on beer’s tangier, sweeter cousin. Pineapple, blackberry, jalapeno, cherries and herbs have made it into small batches, some of which will be on tap at restaurants, bars and businesses from Crown Station to NoDa Company Store. No ticket needed. Noon until late. 

Experience the traditional food, art, dance and music of Venezuela at the Viva Venezuela Festival in Plaza Midwood. Performers include legendary Grammy winning group Desorden Publico, acclaimed tropical singer Nelson Arrieta and Proyecto Pentagrama. The celebration of Venezuelan history and culture begins with the outdoor festival at 3 p.m., followed by an indoor concert at Midwood International Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. $25.


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Front Porch Sundays

Unwind from the holiday weekend at South End’s Front Porch Sundays. Over 65 local vendors, including a mobile bike shop, cheesecake bakers and jewelry makers, watercolorists and fabric artists will be selling arts, crafts, foods, gifts and other unique items. Cool off with a Sycamore Brewing bev, an UpDog Kombucha, prosecco pop or frose while dining on food truck fare from Pasta La Vista, Dumpling Girls or Carolina Smash. The day kicks off on the rail trail at 11 a.m. with Jamie Scott Fitness’ free boot camp. Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue will have adoptable puppies in tow, and Nate Randall provides live music. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Shook Kelly, Inc. 2161 Hawkins St. Free. 

Miss D and the Dancing Dolls of Lifetime’s hit reality series “Bring It!” take the competition up a notch on its fourth national tour, Bring It Live: The Dance Battle Tour. While the Lifetime show is a behind-the-scenes look at a team of hip-hop dance majorettes, their dance moms and Coach Dianna “Miss D” Williams, the live tour showcases the glitz, glamour, acrobatics, dance routines — and now — dance battles on stage. 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Indepdence Blvd. $34.75-$106.75.

Charlotte’s PWX welcome Japanese pro-wrestling legend Jushin Thunder Liger to its aptly titled PWX Wrestling: Legend event, where he’ll team with PWX regulars John Skyler and Ethan Case against Revolt! (former Impact! star Caleb Konley, Zane Riley and Man Scout Jake Manning). Billed as PWX’s biggest show to date, Legend is part of Liger’s farewell tour. He’s set to retire in 2020 after a 36-year career as New Japan Pro Wrestling’s longest running star. He’s joined by Japan’s Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero. VIP meet and greet at 4 p.m. 7 p.m. bell time. Grady Cole Center 310 N. Kings Dr. $18-$155.


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Sip cocktails, soak up the sun and some local history each Monday through Thursday evening in July with Duke Mansion’s Cocktails in the Courtyard. Wine, spirits and summer sangrias give visitors plenty of options at the cash bar. Feel free to explore the grounds, relax in a rocker or peruse the historic home’s decorative details. 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding July 16. 400 Hermitage Rd. Free. 


Tony award winning Broadway veteran Betty Buckley (“Cats”) stars in the smash revival of “Hello Dolly!” Buckley, who TV and moviegoers may remember from “Eight Is Enough” and “Carrie” in the ’70s and more recently from “The Leftovers” and “Split,” heads up the musical comedy, which has collected four Tonys of its own since director Jerry Zaks’ revival premiered in 2017. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with performances through July 14. Belk Theater 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$89.50/$114 VIP. 

Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joey – if you were an ’80s baby, those five names signify that decade’s preeminent boy band, New Kids on the Block. Although collectively pushing 50 (Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood already crossed the half century mark), the NKOTB members aren’t letting age slow them down. They headline this summer’s MixTape Tour, and in the true spirit of a mixtape they’re bringing along ’80s/’90s peers Salt N’ Pepa, Naughty By Nature and one-time teen idol rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. 7:30 p.m. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. $29.95-$159.95. 


Nearly two decades after college, five women reunite at the funeral of a friend who committed suicide. The drama unspools from there in PJ Gibson’s award-winning 1980s-set play “Long Time Since Yesterday.” The story of five successful black women facing their pasts and futures amid grief and guilt was a rare opportunity for an all-black female cast to chew scenery when it premiered in the ’80s, and the story still resonates. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through July 20. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. $25.  

If you ever fantasized about doing the mashed potato in a poodle skirt, Petra’s Shindig! A ’50s/’60s Dance Party is where it’s at. Blondzai and Kaylea Shea choose a rock n’ rolling soundtrack of soul, garage, psyche, pop and novelty tracks that’ll keep your bobby socks in motion on the back patio like it’s 1959. 10 p.m. 1900 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 


Actor’s Theatre’s fifth annual nuVoices Festival focuses on the female voice with four public readings of new works by female playwrights. The winner will have her play produced during the 2020-2021 season. Chicago playwright Nora Leahy delves into the mind of notorious Manson Family member Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme in “Girl With Gun.” Amy da Luz and Kamilah Kush’s play “Dembe” explores international adoption through a frayed family’s custody battle. 6 and 9 p.m., respectively, as well as noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Readings of Tyler English-Beckwith’s and Diana Burbano’s works are also part of the festival, which runs through July 14. Hadley Theater at Queen’s University, 2132 Radcliffe Ave. 



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