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Canniversary Can Festival • Charlotte • September 1, noon-7 p.m.

This Labor Day Weekend, make plans to attend the two-day “Resident Culture Turns One Music Festival.” Festival-goers can look forward to a three-hour tasting session of canned beers from breweries across the country, limited-edition brewery swag, and a to-go case of 24 assorted cans from participating breweries. Purchase tickets here.

Resident Culture Brewing Company 2101 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205


The Sour Barn Two-Year Anniversary Beer Festival • Wilmington • September 1, noon-11 p.m.

The Sour Barn is celebrating its second anniversary with a Labor Day Weekend beer festival, complete with local and imported craft brews. Tickets are available for either the afternoon or evening session, both offering a variety of beers, music from a DJ and local band, games, vendors, and a food truck. Purchase tickets here

The Sour Barn 7211 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411


Bases & Brews • Hickory • September 1, 6-9 p.m.

Have a beer before the Hickory Crawdads vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers ball game starts at 7 p.m. during this popular event. Attendees will have access to unlimited samples from a collection of breweries spread across the state; seating is also included in the cost. Purchase tickets here.

L.P. Frans Stadium 2500 Clement Boulevard Northwest, Hickory, NC 28601


Beericana • Holly Springs • September 8, noon-6 p.m.

The brewery tents extend nearly as far as the eye can see at this annual festival, which celebrates North Carolina-made beer with unlimited two-ounce samples and a variety of musical acts. More than 15 food trucks will also be on-site — serving everything from tacos to barbecue to steam buns — to satisfy your hunger as you quench your thirst. Purchase tickets here.

Jefferson L. Sugg Farm 2401 Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs, NC 27540


Skull Camp Out • Mount Airy • September 8-9

A night under the stars in Round Peak Vineyard is even more enjoyable when you’ve got a couple of cans of Skull Camp Brewery beer to crack open fireside. Purchase both a camping pass and an event ticket here to experience the full package: two meals, three drinks, live music … and s’mores, of course!

Round Peak Vineyards 765 Round Peak Church Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030


AfterHours: Science of Beer ’18 • Durham • September 13, 6:30-10 p.m.

Spend an evening drinking and thinking about beer at this informative Museum of Life and Science event. Admission includes food and drink samples, as well as access to exhibits, such as Dinosaur Trail, and the butterfly house. Purchase tickets here

Museum of Life and Science 433 West Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704


Downtown Salisbury Brewbury Fest • Salisbury • September 14-15

Find a variety of regional breweries selling great beer, several live musical acts, local food trucks, and games at this inaugural event. The festival will also host a beer crawl in downtown Salisbury on Friday night. Purchase Friday tickets here; Saturday tickets will be available at the event.

Historic Salisbury Depot 215 Depot Street, Salisbury, NC 28144


Brewgrass • Asheville • September 15, noon-6 p.m.

Live music and cold beer will beckon festivalgoers to Memorial Stadium this month for the 22nd edition of this beloved Asheville festival. Follow the event’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date on when tickets will be available to purchase.

Memorial Stadium 32 Buchanan Place, Asheville, NC 28801


Halfway There • Wilmington • September 15, noon-9 p.m.

Rotate through a selection of newly released beers from the Port City’s breweries as you use your provided “passport” to hop around downtown Wilmington. The event, organized in conjunction with Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, offers prizes to those who return with a fully stamped passport at the end of the day. Purchase tickets here.

Bombers Bev Co. 108 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC 28401


Sea Love Supper Club • Wilmington • September 15, 6-8:30 p.m.

Wrightsville Beach’s Sea Love Sea Salt Co. is bringing together local chefs, brewers, and winemakers for its lavish annual supper club dinner. Prior to the four-course meal, tour Flytrap Brewing and a virtual salt farm, and groove to live music. Purchase tickets here.

Flytrap Brewing 319 Walnut Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401


Tarboro Brewgrass Celebration • Tarboro • September 16, noon-5 p.m.

Eight eastern North Carolina breweries will serve freshly tapped beers at this inaugural riverside, family-friendly festival. Food trucks and two bluegrass acts provide a reason to stay all afternoon. The best part: Event proceeds will support the Tarboro Development Corporation.           

Tarboro Riverfront River Road, Tarboro, NC 27886


Curds & Crafts • Hillsborough • September 16, 1-6 p.m.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than indulging in unlimited local cheese and beer samples in downtown Hillsborough? Sixteen cheesemakers and 12 breweries will be present, in addition to Triangle-area vendors and a local band. Purchase tickets here.

Weaver Street Market 228 South Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278


Tour de Fat • Asheville • September 22, noon-6 p.m.

Show up in costume and participate in a dance contest, view the bike parade, and enjoy live music, all in one wacky afternoon. The festival, which is celebrating its 19th anniversary, will donate a portion of its proceeds to a western North Carolina bike nonprofit. Purchase tickets here.

New Belgium Brewing 21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC 28806


FVDA’s BBQ, Blues & Brews • Fuquay-Varina • September 22, 1-5 p.m.

Pair your beer with blues and barbecue for a good cause: supporting Fuquay-Varina’s Downtown Association. Each drink ticket for this fund-raising event, sold on-site the day of, includes 10 tastings. 

405 East Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526


Fall Lakefront Hops Fest • Mooresville • September 22, 1-7:30 p.m.

Purchase your beer tickets on-site and grab a pour from one of the more than 15 regional breweries tapping kegs by Lake Norman at this free festival. Two Charlotte-area bands and food vendors will also be present.

The Kilted Buffalo Langtree 119 Landings Drive Suite 101, Mooresville, NC 28117


 Toast of Kannapolis • Kannapolis • September 22, 2-6 p.m.

Pick up a souvenir stein or wine glass at the entrance and fill your vessel with beverage offerings from three breweries and eight wineries. Hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of admission, as well as entry in door prize raffles. 

Kannapolis City Hall and Police Headquarters 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081


Triangle Hops for Hope • Raleigh • September 22, 2-6 p.m.

Twenty-five breweries and corporate sponsors have partnered to create original beers in this brewing showdown — and you can help determine the winners! Enjoy unlimited tastings, vote in the People’s Choice Award, and support Children’s Flight of Hope. Purchase tickets here.

Raleigh Beer Garden 614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603


Tossin’ Out Cancer • Pisgah Forest • September 22, 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Put your cornhole skills to good use by helping raise money for St. Baldrick’s of Transylvania. The tournament is part of the organization’s larger Get Buzzed at the Brewery event, organized in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Ecusta Brewing Company 49 Pisgah Highway #3, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Leftover Salmon’s Blue Ridge Jam • Black Mountain • September 22-23

Catch Americana band Leftover Salmon alongside several regional and national musical acts on the Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage. Be sure to take a break from the music to participate in a guided VIP brewery tour and tasting on Saturday afternoon.

Pisgah Brewing Company 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711


Lollipopalooza • Wilmington • September 29, noon-3 p.m.

Make your next trip to Wrightsville Beach Brewery a family affair by bringing the kids to this second-annual children’s music festival. Live music, games, food and drinks, and vendors will be set up in the beer garden for the duration of the event.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery 6201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403


Craft Beer FallFest • Cornelius • September 30, 1-7 p.m.

Head to the square to sip on selections from 12 craft beer vendors as you browse through 40 vendor booths at this autumn festival. Pumpkin and other fall-flavored beer lovers will find an additional selection of seasonal craft beers inside Harvey’s and Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop for the event.

Jetton Village III 19818 North Cove Road, Cornelius, NC 28031

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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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