The warmer weather and longer days are just ripe for enjoying some libations in the company of good friends.
Not sure where to go to sip a Pinot or enjoy a pint? Not to worry. We’ve got a few suggestions.
You can get your weekend started a little early each Thursday night down at Pembroke’s, 1125-A Military Cutoff Road, where you’ll find half-off specials on glasses of wine and $8 cheese samplers beginning at 5 p.m.
For the dog lovers, Yappy Hour at nearby Taste the Olive Market and Cafe in The Forum offers the best social scene outside of the dog park. At 6 p.m. on Thursdays, pups and their humans take over the Taste the Olive patio. The chef will even whip up some complimentary canine creations.
Out in Ogden, Fermental, 7250 Market St., hosts a free wine and beer tasting each Friday. The ongoing event features an ever-changing list of wines and beers from around the world, accompanied by gourmet offerings from local food trucks and live music indoors or in the beer garden.
If downtown is your scene, Bombers Bev Co., 108 Grace St., is staging its first wine tasting at 6 tonight, with a selection of seven samples, from the floral notes of a Soave I Basalti to the robust tannins of a Malbec. Better yet—it’s free.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Ballast Point Brewing Company will take over the taps at Bombers, serving up 12 beers on draft and bottles of some rarities. And there will be lots of swag to give away.
Down in the historic Brooklyn Arts District, Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St., offers up live music paired with handcrafted brews and eats from area food trucks each weekend. On the bill this Friday is singer/songwriter Travis Shallow, who will perform a free show from 8 to 11 p.m. Catch the Food Truck will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. for purchases. And Vittles Food Truck will be onsite beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, with live music from Wilmington bluegrass band Stray Local.
Just a stone’s throw away at 2101 Market St., Burnt Mill Creek will host Lonerider Brewing Company Saturday night. There, you can sample the Raleigh-based brewery’s Sweet Josie and Shotgun Betty, among others. A representative will be on hand to pass out samples and answer questions about the beer-making process and the brewery itself. Me and Mr. B will perform live.
Thirsty for more? There’s lots more to do over the next few days, from free outdoor concerts to Shakespeare in the park and stand-up at Dead Crow Comedy.
Check it all out in our short list below, then be sure to look for more on The Scene, our always-free, always-easy user-friendly community events calendar.
The Town of Leland’s annual Concerts on the Coast series returns for the season with a concert from Motown, rock and roll and beach music band, The Imitations, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Leland Municipal Park’s main stage. Those attending this free show can bring a blanket, lawn chairs and food, but pets, outside alcohol and smoking are not allowed. Chick-fil-a will be onsite to sell concessions.
Richmond, Virginia-based rock band J. Roddy Walston and the Business comes to Ziggy’s By The Sea tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available. Tickets are $18.
Rock-reggae fusion band The Movement takes the Ziggy’s By The Sea stage Sunday, with Signal Fire and Elephant Convoy. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10.
Thalian Hall presents the classic romantic comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$25.
Nick Turner brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Turner has been seen on “Late Night with Seth Myers,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Comedy Central and MTV. He will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $13.
The Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company kicks off the Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival with a free performance of “The Taming of the Shrew” Friday through Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and all shows begin at 8.
TheatreNOW hosts the dinner theater show, “Raney,” at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The play, adapted from the novel of the same name by Clyde Edgerton, follows the marriage of Raney, a Southern Baptist, to Charles, a liberal missionary. Tickets are $22 (show only) and $38 for dinner and the show.
Local comedian and actor Reid Clark presents his original two-act play, “Percy Late Night,” at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TheatreNOW. The comedy explores the inner workings in the office of successful but aging and cynical late night talk show host Percy Rhodes and what happens when a new employee begins to shake things up in the office. The production features local comedians and musicians. Admission is $5.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or email@example.com.