Get In Where You Fit In At These DNC Week Events—Sept. 1-6
A select list of public events taking place at and around the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
By the time Vice President Biden and President Obama hit the stage in Charlotte the night of September 6, you could be all partied out.
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The number of events scheduled to take place in Charlotte during the week of the Democratic National Convention should surpass 1,000. Yes, there will be hundreds of breakfast events, luncheons, seminars, forums, cocktail mixers, dinner parties, concerts, convention viewing parties, after-parties, and more. The majority of these events are being put on by large corporations, nonprofit organizations, political groups, state Democratic parties and associations, entertainment firms, and advocacy groups.
As a result, most of the DNC Week events are private, invitation-only—including many of the celebrity-hosted parties. But, fortunately for you, I’ve compiled this list of events that are either open to the public or that you’re likely to be able to get on the guest list. By no means is this intended to be an exhaustive list—but you should find a great variety here. FYI, events are quickly selling out.
Click here for a list of non-DNC Labor Day weekend events.
Saturday, September 1
The American Presidential Experience (through September 8)
As the largest traveling exhibition of U.S. presidential icons, this nonpartisan educational exhibit features more than 35 exhibits and dozens of artifacts, where guests can climb aboard Air Force One, sit in the full-sized Oval Office replica, sign a bill into law, and have their photo taken sitting behind the replica Presidents’ Resolute desk. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (special hours September 6, open until midnight). $7.95 to $14.95. Uptown, 407 W. Third St., presidentialexperience.com.
Experience SC Festival
The Palmetto State introduces itself to DNC visitors with this inaugural festival, featuring live entertainment and regional cuisine. The Carolina Green Market Place will sell local produce and handmade crafts, and the Literary Corner will showcase South Carolina authors. 4-9:30 p.m. Free. Old Town (downtown), 116 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, onlyinoldtown.com.
Sunday, September 2
It's Just Brunch: The DNC Edition
Enjoy brunch, southern hospitality, and a great crowd at one of Charlotte's most popular new restaurants. An al a carte menu will be served. Music by DJ 06. Presented by Digital Divas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Delta's Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St., digitaldivasevents.com.
Social Politics: The Day Party
Guests include Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, Alan Williams, and Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon. Music by DJ Flemingo, DJ Shogun, and DJ Big Cutz, plus a live performance by the Uptown Swagga Band. Food and drink specials will be served. Presented by Talk of the Town, Moxie Society, and LK & R&R Productions. 1-7 p.m. $15-$25. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St., dnckickoff2012.eventbrite.com.
National Women’s Political Caucus Welcome Reception
NWPC will celebrate women’s roles at the Democratic National Convention and raise funds for activities that strengthen the work of NWPC to support women candidates and awareness for women’s issues. Featured guests include Governor Beverly Perdue, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. Registration fee includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks. 2-4 p.m. $75. RiRa Irish Pub, 208 N. Tryon St., nwpc.org.
Respect My Vote Town Hall with BET
As part of its 2012 Respect My Vote campaign, the Hip Hop Caucus is presenting this town hall event in conjunction with Black Entertainment Television, which will air portions of the event on 106 & Park and a two-part election special. The panel will include leaders of democracy and civil rights issues along with celebrity guests. Doors open 2-5 p.m. Free; RSVP, seating is limited. Charlotte School of Law, 2145 Suttle Ave., respectmyvote.com/bet.
More than forty Charlotte-area churches and faith-based organizations come together for this day of prayer, worship, and unity before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Musical guests include John Waller and Big Daddy Weave. Gates open 2 p.m.; event begins 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., charlotte714.com.
Prayers for Children: A Call to Action
This nonpartisan interfaith worship service seeks prayer for children in need, with keynote speaker Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children's Defense Fund. The service will feature an interfaith children's choir, drum group, and children's story. Sponsored by Freedom School Partners, Mecklenburg Ministries, and Council for Children's Rights, and supported by the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee. 3 p.m. Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd., meckmin.org.
Unity Through Community: LGBT Welcome Event
The Charlotte LGBT community parties with LGBT and straight allied guests at this catered cocktail party. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets start at $25. North Carolina Dance Theatre, 701 N. Tryon St., unitycharlotte2012.com.
Friends of Fifty Gala Concert
The Friends of Fifty Committee will recognize members of the Congressional Black Caucus and North Carolina civil rights leaders. The evening will be hosted by actor and author Hill Harper and feature entertainment by a national recording artist. 6 p.m. champagne VIP reception; 8 p.m. general admission. $75 and up. Knight Theater, 430 N. Tryon St., friendsof50.org.
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