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Swing & Shag • Shelby • July 31, August 7, 14, 6-10 p.m.

Newgrass Brewing Company is transforming its taproom into a dance studio this summer by offering swag and swing dance lessons with a local instructor. After an evening of shakin’ your groove thang, enjoy $2 tacos and pints with your partner. Reserve your spot by emailing daisy@newgrassbrewing.com.

Newgrass Brewing Company 213 South Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150


Burning Can Beer Fest • Hendersonville • August 10-12

If you can’t make it all the way west to attend Burning Man, head to western North Carolina to enjoy two days of live music, camping, outdoor recreational activities, and plenty of beer. More than 50 craft breweries have been invited to the Saturday beer festival, collectively offering more than 200 beers to sample. Purchase tickets here.

Oskar Blues Brewery REEB Ranch 315 Shoals Falls Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739


Brew and Choo Craft Beer Festival • Spencer • August 11, 5-9 p.m.

All aboard! Enjoy exclusive, event-only brews from six North Carolina breweries as you ride a train through the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s 60-acre grounds. The family-friendly event will also offer games, live music, and food trucks to keep patrons of all ages entertained. Purchase tickets here

North Carolina Transportation Museum 411 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159


Yeast! Touring, Tasting, and Talking with White Labs • Asheville • August 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

Participate in an educational talk on fermentation and private tour of White Labs Kitchen & Tap, organized by Asheville’s Pink Boots Society chapter. A beer flight and fermented food pairing is included in the cost of the ticket; RSVP here by August 10 to reserve your spot.

White Labs Kitchen & Tap 172 South Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801


Natural Selections • Raleigh • August 17, 7-10 p.m.

Natural Selections, an Adult Nights event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, promises unlimited beer samples, fun beer-themed activities and games, and the opportunity to vote for the Natural Selections People’s Choice Award. Drop a couple of extra dollars on VIP tickets to gain access to exclusive brews from five Triangle-area breweries and food pairings. Purchase tickets here

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences • 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Tryon Palace Beer Festival • New Bern • August 18, 5-9 p.m.

Is there a classier place to imbibe than a palace? Each admission ticket to the festival includes 12 sample tickets for beers from seven eastern North Carolina breweries. Local food trucks and live music will also be present. Purchase tickets here.    

North Carolina History Center 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28662


LoSo Block Party • Charlotte • August 19, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Lower South End is shutting down portions of Southside Drive and Yancey Road to throw a Queen City block party, and the whole family’s invited! Ten breweries and cideries, local vendors, musicians, and eateries will all be part of this free neighborhood event.

4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217


Summer Session Festival • Hillsborough • August 19, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

More than 20 session beers will rotate through the taps of Mystery Brewing Public House during this festival, each developed by breweries across the state. Tasting tickets can be used to enjoy a five-ounce sample or 16-ounce pint of beer. Purchase tickets here.

Mystery Brewing Public House 230 South Nash Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278


Brewfest • Chapel Hill • August 25, 8 a.m.-noon

Sip on free samples from 12 Triangle-area breweries as you do your weekly grocery shopping at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market. Breweries will also be selling six-packs, so be sure to pick up some of your new favorite beers before heading home.

Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market 201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Uptown Craft and Vendor Market • Greenville • August 25, noon-4 p.m.

Support small businesses by shopping for local handmade crafts at Uptown Brewing Company’s summer craft market. Be sure to grab a pint of one of the brewery’s more unique offerings — such as the sour gose, ginger beer, or cranberry apple cider — to drink while you shop.

Uptown Brewing Company 418 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858


Lagerfest • Wilmington • August 25, 1-6 p.m.
Lager lovers, mark your calendar — this one’s for you. Ten breweries have already signed up to participate in Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s inaugural lager celebration. Each ticket includes one giant pretzel snack, as well as unlimited samples. Purchase tickets here.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery 6201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403


High Country Beer Fest • Boone • August 25, 3-7 p.m.
Attend seminars, listen to live music, and enjoy craft beer from breweries across the country at the 11th annual High Country Beer Fest. All proceeds from the event will support local nonprofits, such as the Appalachian State University Fermentation Sciences program, The Children’s Council of Watauga County, and more. Purchase tickets here.

High Country Fairgrounds • 748 Roby Greene Road, Boone, NC 28607

 

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K McKay was the digital content writer at Our State. She is a graduate of Elon University, and was the spring 2017 digital intern at Our State.

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