September 11th & 12th, Blues, Brews & BBQ is an annual event featuring blues music, an array of beer samples, and some of the best barbecue you will find anywhere. This year's festival will be held Uptown. Interactive cooking demonstrations and contests are available all day. This festival celebrates the best of the southern cuisine and southern music.
A related event on the morning of the 12th is the Hog Jog 5k run, benefiting the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission. The race will be routed through Third Ward, with most runners expected between 8:15a and 8:45a. Volunteers and CMPD will be providing course management that morning. For more information, see this pdf or follow this link.