McGee's Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster Ave. 773-549-8200
Dive into your weekend—and more than 2,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish—at the 23rd annual Headsucker's Ball, which features bayou crawdads boiled with andouille sausage, onions, corn and red potatoes, plus jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. Zydeco band Hurricane Gumbo (2 p.m.) keeps the party going with live music. 12 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25.
RUN FOR THE ROSES
Nightwood, 2119 S. Halsted St. 312-526-3385
Everything's coming up roses—rosé wines, that is—at the inaugural Fete de Rose, a patio party where you preview two dozen by-the-glass rosés from the Bridgeport spot's upcoming summer menu and Provence-inspired snacks from the kitchen. 5-7 p.m. Sunday. $20; $15 with phone RSVP.
Mahoney's Pub & Grille, 551 N. Ogden Ave. 312-733-2121
Kick off your Saturday afternoon with craft beers galore at the inaugural Lager Jam Beer Fest, which features samples of 30 brews from more than a dozen producers including Clown Shoes Clementine Belgian Wit and Shock Top Summer Shandy paired with savory bites. Additional festivities include live music by Cadillac Dave and the Chicago Redhots and raffles for prizes including a Weber grill. 12-3 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. RSVP: ticketweb.com.
Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd. 773-951-8101
Fifteen local storytelling luminaries including The Moth GrandSLAM champion Shannon Cason, Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby and Reading Under the Influence's Jesse Jordan battle it out at the Windy City Story Slam semifinals, where audience applause determines which five advance to the May 25 All-City Championships. 9 p.m. Friday. $5.
(Free!) STEP RIGHT UP
The Edit, 1917 N. Damen Ave. 773-252-3350
Get a jump on summer at the Bucktown boutique's carnival-themed trunk show, where Salon Blonde styles you with summer makeup and braids (3-5 p.m.) while you sip spiked pink lemonade, nibble on popcorn and cotton candy and browse women's fashions from M2F denim and Wildfox Couture. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
It's Cubs vs. Sox Saturday at Rockit Burger Bar's Crosstown Cookoff. Details: rockitburgerbar.com.