Celebrate with your favorites: The Best of WNC 2018 party — honoring the winners of this year’s Best Of survey and the Xpress readers who voted for said victors — will take place in the Meadow at Highland Brewing Co. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 3-9 p.m. (Festivities will move inside in the case of rain.) Entertainment, 5-9 p.m., will feature a selection of local bands and solo performers, including Leeda “Lyric” Jones (Best Funk, Best R&B/Soul, Best Lyricist), Peggy Ratusz (Best Blues), Spaceman Jones and the Motherships (Best Hip-Hop) and DJ Kipper (Best DJ, Best Trivia Night Emcee).
And, because the Best of WNC doesn’t stop with music (you probably recall the typing cramp from filling in the nearly 600 categories), there will also be Xpress reader-lauded food and drink from winners of Best Beer (All-Around), Best Food Truck, Best Ice Cream and more. Plus, many other winners from nonprofit, entertainment and media categories will be special guests so partygoers can get to know their favorites better. All are welcome, including children and pets. Free to attend. highlandbrewing.com