Feb 14, 2015

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting

The largest competition of American wines in the world selects winners from over 6,000 entries, many of which are featured at this event. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., winejudging.com

Feb 06-15, 2015

SF Beer Week

One of the country’s first beer weeks started here in 2009, and since then, it has become a regional affair featuring more than 600 events hosted by celebrated breweries, restaurants, bars and retailers. The opening gala at Fort Mason kicks off Feb. 6, and the following nine days are packed with events all over the greater Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Expect special beer releases, beer festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, lectures, panel discussions, home-brewing demos and educational events. sfbeerweek.org

Apr 11, 2015

Moo & Brew

Biting into a juicy burger and washing it down with a finely flavored craft beer always seems like a perfect weekend activity. Turn up the coals a bit and imagine biting into and imbibing from dozens of burgers and vessels of crafts. That will make April 11 a perfect weekend in Charlotte as the inaugural Moo & Brew unfolds at the NC Music Factory's festival grounds, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Mar 17-22, 2015

‘Kinky Boots’

This national touring production of the six-Tony winner, including "best musical," follows a struggling shoe-factory owner who's inspired by Lola, an entertainer who needs sturdy stilettos. Tue-Thu 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm; also 2 pm Sat and 1:30 & 7 pm Sun. Tickets from $20. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. tix.carolinatix.org

Feb 09-11, 2015

Oral Fixation: Two Peas in a Pod

Just when you thought Oral Fixation could be hitting a plateau, they hit ya with their best Valentine’s show yet! Dallas’ ever-buzzier live storytelling series for adults will bring you a wonderful date-night-out evening of true, personal tale on the theme, “Two Peas in a Pod.”  On February 9th at the Wyly Studio Theatre and on February 11th at Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, both at 8pm, seven Dallasites will reveal the raw, real truth about that one person without whom life wouldn’t be the same.

Mar 21, 2015

The Oyster Roast Revived

Enjoy oysters roasted outside in the true Southern coastal tradition at historic Rosedale Plantation, along with the usual sides. The event from 2 to 5 pm also includes beer for adults, games for the kiddies, cornhole, croquet and an art station, plus hot dogs, hamburgers and side "fixin's." Proceeds benefit ongoing plantation restoration efforts. Admission $35 before March 12, $45 after March 12.

Mar 18, 2015

Sarah McLachlan in Concert

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter performs as part of her North American Shine On tour. Tickets from $55. 8 pm, Ovens Auditorium. www.ticketmaster.com

Mar 07, 2015

Run Jen Run

This third annual run, a 5k, is staged at Symphony Park in SouthPark with all proceeds benefiting the GoJenGo Foundation, a group that assists people in their fight against breast cancer. 8 am, gojengo.org/events/runjenrun-5k

Apr 23-25, 2015

Charlotte Symphony: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2

Part of the symphony's Classics Series, this concert features Yulianna Avdeeva on piano. 7:30 pm Thu, 8 pm Fri-Sat; Belk Theater. Tickets from $19. carolinatix.org

Apr 17, 2015

Charlotte Symphony: ‘A Night in New York’

Featuring classics from Bernstein's "West Side Story " and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "On the Town," as well as the Apprentice Dancers From Charlotte Ballet, this production at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts is part of the symphony's KnightSounds Series. Tickets from $19. carolinatix.org