After-Work Events, College Football Kickoff Parties, Great Gatsby Gala, Cruel Summer Brunch Party, and More – Aug. 21-24

Photo credit: facebook.com/rollten
The annual SEC Alumni Bash takes over Ten Park Lanes Friday.
There’s something for everyone on this list of social events taking place over the next few days. Stay thirsty, my friends.
 

Thursday, August 21

 
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber’s monthly after-work event ventures to NoDa for networking with business professionals, providing complimentary food and drinks, and prizes. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., heistbrewery.com, charlottechamber.com/events.
 
Thursday Night Flights 
It’s the finale for this summer series on the raptor trail, featuring a complimentary beer tasting by D9 Brewing Company, KO Food Truck will be on site, and live music by Billy Jones and the Pocket. 6-8 p.m. Adults, $10; kids admitted free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, carolinaraptorcenter.org.
 
Cufflinks & Cocktails
The Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity invites guests to a different restaurant or bar each month for this popular, after-work social. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., texicalicharlotte.com, cufflinksandcocktails.com.
 
RAW Charlotte: Allure
RAW: Natural Born Artists is an international independent arts organization that hand selects and spotlights creative people, and the Charlotte group presents a showcase every other month. This night, billed as “Allure,” will feature more than 30 artists and creatives in visual art, music, film, fashion, hair and makeup, and photography. There’ll be a cash bar, and the dress code is fashionable attire. Music by DJ Super and hosted by EB. 7-11:45 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., neighborhoodtheatre.com, rawartists.org/charlotte/allure.
 

Friday, August 22

 
SEC Alumni Bash 2014 
SEC alumni and fans will celebrate the start of college football season and the launch of the SEC Network at this festive event. There’ll be free food and beer, drink specials, SEC tents for each school, carnival games, a cornhole tournament, live broadcast from WFNZ, buy-one-get-one-free bowling, giveaways, and a silent auction and raffle with all proceeds benefiting The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 5-9 p.m. Free admission. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com/happen/#sec-annual-alumni-kickoff-bash, facebook.com/seccharlotte.
 
LangTree Live
Restaurants and shops have begun opening at this large Lake Norman development, and this event gives you a great opportunity to check them out while enjoying live music (begins 7 p.m.), drink specials, and shopping deals. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. LangTree at The Lake, 401 Langtree Rd., Mooresville, langtreelkn.com
 
Panthers Watch Party
The Carolina Panthers are visiting the New England Patriots for their third preseason game (game time is 7:30 p.m.), and this South End bar is showing the game on plenty of TVs with sound, from the patio to the bar rooms. 7 p.m. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., allamericanpubclt.com.

[photo credit: All American Pub]

 
Panthers Viewing Party
If you’re in the Lake Norman area, watch the game here and enjoy $2.50 Coronas. And after the game, live music by Gump Fiction. 7-11 p.m. Free admission. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, therustyrudder.net.
 
Silent Disco
DJs Drex and Wiggz & Wonz will battle it out at this event, where the music is played in wireless headphones worn by each partier, rather than traditional club speakers. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., rooftop210.com.
 
Live Music and Beer
Nashville-based songwriter and North Carolina native Rob Williford is returning home to perform an acoustic set at this recently opened bar. There will also be an opening set by Dustin Huff. 9-11 p.m. Free admission. Draught, 601 S. Cedar St., draughtcharlotte.com.
 
PlayDate Charlotte
It’s the monthly event where you can relive the fun of your childhood, with plenty of old-school games (many of them oversized) such as Jenga, Monopoly, UNO, Twister, musical chairs, and hula hoops. There will also be drinks, music by a DJ, and dancing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd., tempocharlotte.com, playdatecharlotte.com.
 
Blackfinn’s Sixth Anniversary Party
This two-level restaurant and bar continues to be a popular attraction at the EpiCentre, and it’s celebrating its sixth anniversary. There’ll be drink specials and several prize giveaways. 9 p.m.-midnight. RSVP for complimentary guest list, scalderon@backfinncharlotte.com. Blackfinn Ameripub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/blackfinncharlotte.
 
#FaceTimeFriday
Moxie Society’s monthly party continues at this intimate lounge, with music by DJ C-Rob. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. Sixth St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
 

Saturday, August 23

 
#MinisandMocha
The August edition of the Cars and Coffee event celebrates Mini’s 55th anniversary, offering breakfast goods, coffee, contests, and giveaways. All cars—and car lovers—are welcome. 7-10 a.m. Free admission. Mattie’s Diner and adjacent parking lot, at NC Music Factory, 915 Hamilton St., ncmusicfactory.com/event/minisandmocha.
 
Heist Brewery’s Two-Year Anniversary Party
This NoDa restaurant and bar is known not only for its good beer selection, but also for good food and cocktails, and now it’s turning two years old. Festivities will include live music by Josh Daniels & the Mark Schimick Project, small batch releases, a water balloon fight, and more. 3 p.m. Free admission. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., facebook.com/heistbrewery.

[photo credit: Facebook]

 
Collegiate Football Kickoff Party
Kick off the season with some friendly alumni rivalry, during an afternoon featuring tailgate-style food, drink specials, cornhole, and a DJ to play your favorite fight songs. 2-8 p.m. Free admission; to reserve an area for your alumni group, email cmccoy@rooftop210.com. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., rooftop210.com.
 
DayJaVu Day Party: The Social Experience
DJ SNS and DJ Shaun Nyce are two of the best spinners around, so prepare to party hard. 3-9 p.m. RSVP for free admission before 5 p.m.; general admission, $10. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, dayjavudayparty.com.
 
26th Annual Great Gatsby Gala
Charlotte magazine named this event the Best Fundraising Gala in the 2014 BOB Awards. Experience the 1920s-themed gala for yourself, which features heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, complimentary wine and beer, live entertainment, swing dancing, a silent auction, and more. Proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Carolinas Chapter. 7-11 p.m. $75 in advance; $100 day of. Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St., gatsbygala.org.
 
RSVP Saturdays
Catering to the 30-and-older crowd, this party features great cocktails, appetizers, and a DJ (begins playing at 10 p.m.) 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. City Tavern – SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., city-tavern.com, paschalpromotions.com/events/rsvp-saturdays.
 
#TheMAZParty2
MAZ Entertainment is throwing another big party, with music by DJ Skillz, hookah served by Hookah Life Charlotte on the rooftop, and a few surprises. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. RSVP for free admission before 11:30 p.m.; general admission, $10. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, themazparty2.eventbrite.com.

[photo credit: MAZ Entertainment]

 

Sunday, August 24

 
Cruel Summer: The Brunch Series Part 3
Add some extreme fun to your Sunday brunch plans, as this event features three DJs: Edward Shouse, Rowshay, and Nick Spain; in addition to a catered brunch with made-to-order stations and champagne specials. 2 p.m.-until. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/vaultnc.
 
Charlotte Challenge 2014: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race
Challenge Nation takes its urban adventure race to cities around the country each year, and it’s stopping in Charlotte once again. The Amazing Race-style competition includes a foot-race throughout Uptown where participants will have to solve clues and strategize the best route. After the competition is over, they’ll celebrate over food and drinks at StrikeCity. 2 p.m. Early-bird special, $35; standard registration, $55. Check-in at StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., challengenation.com/charlotte.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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