What is up with the rain?!?! It’s been on and off cats and dogs in the Southeast for the past week or so, not the way you want to start off festival season. Things could be worse though: it could be snowing again. April showers bring May flowers, but what do May showers bring – besides swollen rivers, muddy trails, soggy gear, and cabin fever? Bouts of depression, that’s what. The weather finally warms up, we get excited for getting out and taking advantage of spring, and then the deluge comes down, everything floods, and we’re stuck inside. Well, if you’ve been cooped up all week, gazing longingly out the window through the sliding raindrops, waiting for the sun to pop, we’ve got a great alternative for this weekend.

Last week, we encouraged you to get out on the river at the French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, but the weather may have put a damper on things, to say the least. The show must go on, as they say, but camping in the rain is only for the burliest of the burly, so let’s go in a different direction this weekend. Consider this a second chance to start festival season off on the right foot, plus, there will be free beer.

This Saturday, head for the greener, dryer pastures of Charlotte for the N.C. Brewers and Music Festival. The finest craft breweries from North Carolina and beyond will be on hand for the tasting period including Highland, Catawba, Starr Hill, Natty Greene, and many, many more. There will also be music all day long, headlined by Acoustic Syndicate and Peter Rowan. There will also be camping, food, and vendors on site. This will be an all-day celebration of music, North Carolina, and its craft brewing traditions, so be sure to pace yourself: we want festival season to start here, not end here.


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