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Stomp & Brew • West Jefferson • May 5, noon-4 p.m.
Downtown West Jefferson welcomes beer and wine lovers to the inaugural Stomp & Brew festival. In addition to samples from North Carolina breweries, wineries, and cideries, the festival also offers live music, food and retail vendors, and educational highlights. Purchase tickets here.
East Main Street, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Three Eagles Beer Festival • Goldsboro • May 5, 1-6 p.m.
Goldsboro’s Three Eagles Rotary Club has invited more than 40 breweries to its fourth annual family-friendly fund-raiser. Singer Donna Hughes will headline the event, and food trucks will be on-site. Purchase tickets here.
Cornerstone Commons • 200 South Center Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530
Wild Card Brew Off • Durham • May 5, 6-10 p.m.
Several Triangle breweries will take a gamble and try to create tasty brews using wacky ingredient pairings, such as mushrooms and pecans, or tomatoes and basil. Between sampling and voting for beers, enjoy table games, an Elvis impersonator, and a live DJ at this Vegas-themed event that kicks off the Triangle’s inaugural craft beer week. Purchase tickets here.
The Frontier • 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Carolina Brewsfest • High Point • May 12, noon-6 p.m.
You’ll have to lace up your sneakers to earn your pint at this combination beer festival, 5K, and half marathon. Purchase a race ticket — which includes two drink tickets, two additional admission tickets to the festival, and a race T-shirt and medal — here, or a festival-only ticket here.
Mendenhall Transportation Terminal • 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point, NC 27260
Hues and Brews • Granite Falls • May 19, noon-5 p.m.
Local handcrafted art and beer samples from regional breweries pair perfectly at this event, hosted by the Caldwell Arts Council. The event will also feature live music from local musicians.
Granite Falls Brewing Company • 47 Duke Street, Granite Falls, NC 28630
South End Hops Fest • Charlotte • May 19, 2-6 p.m.
Head to Charlotte for unlimited beer tastings from more than 35 breweries, live music, and food trucks at the fifth annual South End Hops Festival. Proceeds benefit RescuedMe, a dog rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption service. Purchase tickets here.
308 West Carson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203
Durham Blues & Brews Festival • Durham • May 19, 5-10 p.m.
Durham’s Central Park plays host to national and regional blues acts and 20 different North Carolina breweries. Maybe the best part? You’ll get full 12-ounce pours throughout the event. The Selwyn Birchwood Band, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and Bulltown Strutters all perform, and you can choose between 10 different food trucks. Purchase tickets here.
501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
Fontana Trestle Train featuring BBQ & Brews • Bryson City • May 26, 7-9 p.m.
Board the train and settle in for a scenic sunset picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains. This family-friendly experience includes a basket of barbecue and three beer samples from a western North Carolina brewery, or Hoppy Trout Brewing Company root beer for the 20-and-under crowd. Purchase tickets here.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad • 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
The Memorial Day BBQ • Carolina Beach • May 27, 3-6 p.m.
Good Hops Brewing is hosting a classic Memorial Day weekend cookout, and everyone’s invited. Fill your plate with barbecued chicken, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, and potato salad, then grab a seat and enjoy a performance by guitarist and singer, Dex Romweber. Donations are encouraged.
Good Hops Brewing • 811 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428