BBQ & Blues, Label Grand Opening at NCMF, Piano Man Opening on LKN, Disco Brunch, and More Oct. 12-14

There are a lot of great social events and parties this weekend, from festivals and live entertainment to nightclub openings and festive Sunday events. Plus, there's the big NASCAR race this weekend. If you can't find something on this list that appeals to you, go back to sleep.

Friday, October 12

Second Friday Art Walk
Meet local artists while enjoying live music and light refreshments. 5-7 p.m. Free. EpiCentre Commons, first level of the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

10th Annual Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues (Friday and Saturday)
The Southeast’s largest barbecue festival returns for the 10th year, featuring local restaurants such as Mac’s Speed Shop, Sauceman’s, and Dan the Pig Man, along with a great selection of North Carolina craft breweries. There’ll also be live music by Nantucket, Early Ray, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, and many more. Plus, there’ll be cooking demos and competitions between more than 90 teams, including an appearance by celebrity Chef Rick Brown. Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission; parking is $5. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Beautiful Experience (weekly event)
Enjoy live music by the Harvey Cummings Band, playing everything from R&B and jazz to hip hop and pop. Specials include $5 Crown Royal, martinis, and wine, $2 beer, and wings. Presented by NXL21 Charlotte. 7 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,,

Mint To Move Cultural Dance Party
It’s an evening of salsa, merengue, bachata, and Afro-Cuban dance featuring DJ Pepito. Light snacks will be served along with a cash bar. This event is a collaboration with Charlotte Latin Dance and ArtSí Charlotte. 7-11 p.m. Free for Mint members, $10 for non-members, $15 for couples. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St,

Oktoberfest at Prohibition
Enjoy any three 32-ounce October-style or craft beers for only $10. Giveaways will be raffled off from various companies, such as tours from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and gear from Batch 19. 8 p.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St.,

Label Grand Opening Weekend (Friday and Saturday)
Billed as a mega club, the highly anticipated opening of the newest nightclub at NC Music Factory is here. The large, multi-room venue was designed by world-renowned nightclub architect Francois Frossard, and attendees will be in for an additional treat with the grand opening entertainment lineup. Friday night features Far East Movement, Nina Sky, and DJ Carnage. Saturday features T-Pain and several Charlotte-area DJs: Wiggs N Wonz, DJ Complete, DJ JD, Rob Reeves, and Greg Pappanastos. Saturday’s door proceeds will benefit Amped 4-A-Cure, Inc. to support cancer research, early detection and prevention. 9 p.m. $40 and up. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,

Saturday, October 13

16th Annual Ciao, Italia! Festival
The Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte presents this annual festival, featuring all-day music and entertainment, a chef’s corner, wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine, Italian wine and beer, and a variety of children’s activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $3. St. Matthew Catholic Church Education Center, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.,

Bank of America 500
It’s our annual NASCAR race for the Chase, where 43 of the world’s best racecar drivers will compete in one of the final races of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series, and for many of them it’s their home turf. Come early and enjoy the pre-race activities, including the 10-acre Fan Zone, live music by Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice and country music superstars Big & Rich, a stunt by world-famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also make appearances throughout the day. Activities begin at 11 a.m.; race begins 8 p.m. $49 and up for adults; $10 for children. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord,

Whitewater River Jam Fall Finale
Treat yourself to an evening of live music and great fall weather on the riverbanks. Band lineup: 4 p.m., Sons of Bill; 6 p.m., The David Mayfield Parade; and 8 p.m., Acoustic Syndicate. There will also be an oyster roast and plenty of other activities. 4 p.m.-until. Free; VIP passes available for purchase. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.,

Piano Man Grand Opening
The Lake Norman area has a “sing along bar” that promises to entertain. Enjoy the dueling pianos, complimentary appetizers, and drink specials such as $4 Sam Adams and Guinness drafts, $5 house wine by the glass, and $6 vodka with Red Bull. Doors open 7:30 p.m.; show starts 8:30 p.m. Free. Piano Man, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius,

Little Black Dress Party
Wear your sexiest black dress and enter to win prizes, including $300 gift cards to Tiffany & Co., Coach, Kate Spade, and Modern Day Spa. Ladies will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne. 10 p.m. Free for ladies; cover charge for men; free parking in the Wake Forest garage. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St.,

It’s a birthday celebration for Libras and anyone else who wants to have a sophisticated, good time. Enjoy food from the pizza and pasta bar, and drink specials such as $6 martinis and $3 bottled beer. Music by DJ Shogun. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. For birthdays, large groups, and table service, email Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St.,,

Sunday, October 14

Disco Brunch
It’s the first disco brunch of the fall season. DJ Scott Weaver will spin classic disco hits while Bethann Phetamine provides the glamour and camp with her roller-skating floor show antics. And of course, a great brunch menu and cocktails will be served. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Soul Gastrolounge, 1500 Central Ave.,

Cupcakes for the Cause
Enjoy an afternoon at the city’s leading dessert bar and lounge. Complimentary cupcakes and light appetizers will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. 1-4 p.m. $20 donation requested. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St.,

Southern Shrimp Boil
The parking lot of this popular bowling alley and nightspot will be transformed on a Sunday afternoon, featuring beer tastings, moonshine, and a Southern shrimp boil. There will also be daylong cornhole and beer pong competitions with cash prizes, and local band The Holdouts and DJ 360 will entertain the crowd. 2-8 p.m. $10, includes a tasting and round of bowling; $50, for unlimited pints and bowling. 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr.,

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