After-Work Socials, BOB Awards Party, A Chocolate Affair, Brunch Events, and More – May 29-June 1
It’s another festive weekend in Charlotte. If at least one of these social events (more than likely a handful) doesn’t pique your interest, check your pulse.
Thursday, May 29
Patio Kickoff Party
Kick back after work on the posh patio at this restaurant, featuring live music by Carey Sims (6-9 p.m.), and food and drink specials. 5-9 p.m. Free admission. Napa On Providence, 110 Perrin Pl., napaonprovidence.com.
Sunset at Metropolitan
Scheduled for each Thursday in May, this springtime live music series wraps up in Midtown. Live music by The Broadcast, you can dine at one of the surrounding restaurants and bars, and also enjoy a great view of Uptown and the greenway. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., metmidtown.com/events.
Vision Night with a Vue
Support SideKicks, a nonprofit organization and mentoring program, at this networking event for young professionals. Admission includes complimentary appetizers and two drinks, and an amazing view of the Uptown skyline from the 50th floor of this high rise. 6-8:30 p.m. $15; tickets must be purchased in advance. Sky Lounge at The Vue, 215 N. Pine St., vuecharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/vision-night-with-a-vue-sidekicks-young-professional-networking-eventhappy-hour-tickets-11321680451.
The Sweet Spot Charlotte: Masquerade Edition
Traveling from city to city, this eclectic, high-energy event features poets, live body-painted models, burlesque dancers, live music, fashion, and comedy. 8 p.m. $25 and up. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com, sweetspotnation.com.
ShowcaseCLT Featuring Quentin Talley
It’s sure to be an entertaining night with Quentin “Q” Talley, from poetry and spoken word to the debut of his band. 9 p.m.-midnight. $8-$15. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com/e/showcaseclt-featuring-quentin-talley-tickets-11511482153.
Friday, May 30
Concerts in the Round (weekly event)
This is how SouthPark dwellers kick off their weekend. There’ll be live music by Liquid Pleasure, and you can enjoy food and drinks from the surrounding restaurants and bars. 7-11 p.m. Free admission. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Dr., piedmonttowncenter.com, aliveafterfives.com/piedmont-town-center.
#FaceTimeFriday: May Edition
Moxie Society’s monthly party continues at this intimate lounge, with music from DJ DR. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
Start to Summer Slushie Party
Cool off with some cold drink specials, including $3 Sam Adams Summer Ale, $5 Vodka Red Bull flavored Slushies, and $5 raspberry lemon drop shots. There will also be a raffle (9-11 p.m.) for10 tickets to Charlotte Knights games, a Knights jersey, and Sam Adams baseball bats. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com.
It’s the 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.
Electric Summer Kickoff: Rage Under the Moonlight
This EDM-focused party will feature music by DJs Freaky, Cali, Freeze, and Krom, while you dance from the main room to the rooftop patio. Presented by Ultra Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission until 11:30 p.m.; cover charge after. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, ultracharlotte.com.
Saturday, May 31
Kiss Anchor Island (weekly event)
Kiss 95.1 FM, Ragin’ Uptown, and Luxury Yacht Charters host this boat party series on Lake Norman, which kicked off last week and will run each Saturday through Labor Day weekend. There’s music, food, a cash bar, radio personalities, games, and a water slide. 8:30-9:45 a.m. Registration and shuttle pick up, $20. Mojos Grill and Pub, 19901 Holiday Ln., Cornelius. Cruise, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., kissanchorisland.com.
Second Annual EpiCentre Charlotte Beer Festival
Many of your favorite breweries will be on hand, offering more than 75 craft, import, and specialty beers. Admission includes a commemorative glass and unlimited samples, and there’ll be live music from Early Ray Band. 2-7 p.m. General admission, $20; VIP admission, $40. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com/event/charlotte-beer-festival/2502.
Summer Kickoff Cookout and One-Year Celebration
Queen City Pantry is celebrating its first anniversary with a family friendly event (you can even bring your dog). There’ll be food coming off the grill, drinks such as sangria and Triple C beer, and games. 2 p.m. $2 for a reusable cup or tote bag is your ticket to eat and drink. Queen City Pantry, at Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd., queencitypantry.com.
Squirt: Day Party
They’re pulling out all the stops this afternoon in Plaza Midwood. This party will feature a dunk tank, water guns, baby pools, custom cocktails, and food trucks. Plus, there’ll be live music by Grip Plyaz, Miami Dice, Stranger Day, Elevator Jay, as well as music from DJs Ahuf, J. Overcash, and STRTR. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., snugrock.com.
This DAYum Party
Maz Entertainment and The A List return with their popular day party, featuring music from DJ LP, oversized games, hookah, food trucks, and more. 3-8 p.m. $5-$10. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, dayumreturns.eventbrite.com.
BOB Awards Party 2014
Charlotte magazine’s signature annual event will highlight the Best of the Best, serving complimentary food from some of the city’s best restaurants, and entertainment from casino games, Hannibal the magician, DJ Complete, The Loundermilks band, and more. (Click here to read my perspective on the party and get a discount on tickets.) 7-10 p.m. General admission, $18; VIP, $60. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., charlottebobawards.com.
Sweet Escapes: A Chocolate Affair
You’ll want to bring your appetite (and sweet tooth) to this annual fundraising party. The event will feature 500 pounds of chocolate—chocolate sculptures, candies, cookies, brownies, and even a chocolate river—in addition to heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine, entertainment, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Community Link, an organization that helps move working families from homelessness to housing. 7-10 p.m. $60 and up. Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr., sweet-escapes.org.
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this edition features live music by Buff Dillard, followed by DJ Freedom. Drink specials include $6 martinis and $99 Moët bottles, and the food menu is available until midnight. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before midnight; for VIP tables, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., facebook.com/VapianoCLT, eddietainment.com.
World Cup Party
You’re encouraged to wear your country’s colors when you come here to watch the World Cup, and enjoy music reflective of the participating countries by DJ Sarper and DJ Kosta X. The food menu will be available along with drinks specials and shisha (hookah) on the veranda. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com.
Pure: All White Party
Come dressed in your finest white party attire. Hosted by model Maliah (who Drake namedrops in songs), and music by DJ Fannie Mae. Presented by Boss Management Group and Black Ice Entertainment. 10 p.m. Free admission until 11 p.m.; cover charge after. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. 5th St., vanitycharlotte.com.
Sunday, June 1
Brewery Tour Charlotte
It’s the second installment of this monthly brewery tour series. A party bus will take guests to some of the best local breweries Charlotte has to offer. Admission includes transportation, a commemorative pint glass, beer samples at each brewery, snacks, and more. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Noon-5 p.m. $55. Tour bus departs from World of Beer South End, 222 E. Bland St., wobusa.com/locations/south-end, brewerytourcharlotte.com.
Bends, Brunch & Bubbly
It’s a celebration of health and charity, with a yoga-inspired brunch complete with good food, bottomless mimosas, a DJ, and celebrity guests including NBA legend Muggsy Bogues, Carolina Panther Bryon Bell, Miss South Carolina 2013 Brooke Mosteller, and Lindsay Gladden from the Ace & TJ Show. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Always Believe Foundation and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Presented by All In PR. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $35-$45. Crowne Plaza Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr., bbbclt.eventbrite.com.
Let’s Talk Brunch & Networking Series
Guests will enjoy brunch including desserts and unlimited mimosas; plus, there will be raffles and gift bags to the first 25 attendees. The afternoon will also feature “speed networking” and a panel discussion. Presented by Empress Nic and the Let’s Talk Women’s Network. 1-4 p.m. General admission, $10. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. 5th St., cravedessertbar.com, letstalkbrunchseries.eventbrite.com.
Acoustic Sessions and Beer
This is the first edition of QC Independent Acoustic Sessions, featuring local folk and bluegrass duo Sinners and Saints. And $1 from every draft beer sold will go to support the Behailu Academy, which creates community programs for Charlotte youth. 5 p.m. Free admission. Salud Beer Shop, 3306-B N. Davidson St. saludbeershop.com, qcindiemedia.wordpress.com.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.