Business After Hours, D’Vine Wine Café Anniversary, Bubblyfest, DJ Cedric Gervais, Bubbly and Blondes, and More March 20-23
The first official weekend of spring is an eventful one around the Queen City. Seize the day (and night)!
Thursday, March 20
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber puts on this networking event each month, taking you to a different venue around the city. Enjoy food, drinks, and prize giveaways, and be sure to bring plenty of business cards. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown, 222 S. Caldwell St., charlottechamber.com/events.
Fashion for Life
Hosted by the Honors College of UNC Charlotte, this fashion event will showcase local designers and boutiques, including Fab’rik, Lotus, Pink Culture Inc., Modern Chic Boutique, Uptown Cheapskate, Concrete & Lace, J.T. Posh, Summerbird, and more. There will also be pop-up shops, photo walls, and a reception with food. Open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 7 p.m. $10. UNC Charlotte Student Union, 9201 University City Blvd., strikingly.com/fashionforlife.
D’Vine Wine Café Fifth Anniversary Celebration (through Saturday)
This intimate Ballantyne spot is celebrating five years of offering good wine, small plates, and live entertainment. This Thursday (8:30 p.m.) features the anniversary party, with live music by Flashback, and drink specials. Friday (8:30 p.m.) is the welcome to spring party with music from Shannon Lee. And Saturday features the Anniversary Super Taste (2-5 p.m.) with more than 40 wines, trivia, and giveaways; followed by an acoustic evening with Carey Sims (8:30 p.m.). D’Vine Wine Café, 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 240, dvinewinecafe.com, facebook.com/dvinewinecafe.
Friday, March 21
Mad Monster Party (through Sunday)
It’s “a frighteningly fun festival for the whole family,” and in addition to the opportunity to meet celebrity guests such as William Shatner, Elvira, Hulk Hogan, and Roddy Piper, and buy horror memorabilia from vendors from around the world, there will also be some grown-up fun like “scaraoke,” a midnight burlesque show, and the Miss Mad Monster Pageant. Visit website for complete schedule. General admission, $25-$30 per day. Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr., themadmonsterparty.com.
New Orleans Crawfish Boil (new weekly event)
After a successful run last spring, this food-and-beer-inspired event returns for the 2014 season, taking place each Friday through May 30. Enjoy a New Orleans vibe on the patio, at this peel-your-own crawfish boil featuring all-you-can-eat Louisiana crawfish served fresh out of the pot with corn, mushrooms, and andouille sausage. Abita beer is available on draft for $5, and Budweiser and Bud Lite bottles are $4. 4:30-7 p.m. $15. E2 Emeril’s Eatery, 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, e2emerils.com.
Slap Shot Happy Hour
SportsLink is once again rounding up fans for this combo event. Happy hour, includes a complimentary beer, 5-7 p.m. at Prohibition. Admission to Charlotte Checkers game, 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Post-party, includes two complimentary beers, 9 p.m. at Prohibition. $12-$15. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., sportslinkus.com.
A festive evening is planned at the city’s leading champagne bar and lounge. This inaugural event will feature five champagne tastings (including Moet and Taittinger), complimentary appetizers, a cupcake tower, art vendors, music by DJ KJ and violinist Edith (both from Chicago), and giveaways. 7-10 p.m. $30. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, bubblyfest.eventbrite.com.
50 Shades of Men
It’s a ladies night out, featuring a “show” and complimentary glass of champagne. Doors open at 8 p.m.; ladies-only event goes 9-11 p.m.; party opens to everyone after. General admission, $15 in advance. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/50-shades-of-men-tickets-10542574123.
Cedric Gervais, the EDM DJ and producer of the popular remix to “Summertime Sadness,” headlines tonight. Local support by DJs Kyle Biddy and Jason Wiggz. 9 p.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP admission, $20; VIP tables also available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
Saturday, March 22
Spring Kickoff Block Party
Spring is officially here, so celebrate. This all-day event includes a cornhole tournament, hot dogs, drink specials, beer pong, door prizes, and more. Presented by SportsLink. 1-9 p.m. Free admission. Angry Ale's, 1518 Montford Dr., angryales.com, sportslinkus.com.
All Ale to the Queen
As the official closer to Charlotte Craft Beer Week 2014, this beer carnival is sure to delight craft beer lovers. More than 100 craft beers are being featured, plus there’ll be music by DJ Vinny Esposito and entertainment by aerial acrobatic performers, the Beer City Hoopers (hula-hooping chicks), the Charlotte Beer Girls, a glass-eating sideshow act, belly dancers, jugglers, and more. 2:30 p.m., early entry, $50. 4 p.m., general admission, $40. Silver Hammer Studios, at NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St., allaletothequeen.com.
2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala
The Urban League of Central Carolinas presents their annual black-tie fundraiser, honoring three community champions who’ve made a commitment to the development of diversity in both the workforce and philanthropy. Hosted by WCCB-Charlotte anchor Audrina Bigos. 6-9 p.m. $100. Omni Hotel, 132 E Trade St., urbanleaguecc.org, ulccwmygala2014.eventbrite.com.
Third Annual Cure By Design
This social event brings together designers and local fashion retailers to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The highlight of the evening is the fashion show, in which every model walking the runway is a cancer survivor. There will also be music, food, drinks, silent and live auctions, and more. 6-9 p.m. $125. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., fillmorecharlottenc.com, curebydesigncharlotte.org.
Live Jazz with the Presley Group
Enjoy your dinner reservations or drinks at the bar—specials include pink lemonade martinis for $6 and Yuengling for $4—while the Presley Group performs live. 9 p.m. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St. (corner of Fifth and College streets), bluecharlotte.com.
Come celebrate your birthday or good times in general, with $7 premium drink specials. 10 p.m. Free admission until midnight; VIP tables available. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. Fifth St., vanitycharlotte.com.
NAN’s On Saturdays (weekly event)
It’s where the cool crowd goes to unwind late-night in South End. Bring your koozies and dancing shoes. Music by DJ Clay Hefner. Enjoy a great cocktail list and $2.50 beer special. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; complimentary valet and free parking. Nan and Byron’s, 1714 South Blvd., nanandbyrons.com.
Sunday, March 23
Bottomless Bubbly and Blondes
Technically, only the bubbly will be bottomless (and not the blondes), but come out for a fun afternoon as Blondes vs. Brunettes Charlotte raises money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Your admission includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with live music by Daniel Sarjeant, raffle prizes, and cornhole. 1-5 p.m. $25. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell Rd., kennedyscharlotte.com, facebook.com/events/268551463314261.
Third Annual Sweet Tooth Festival
It’s a celebration of sweetness, featuring cupcakes, candies, cookies, and other treats from more than 25 bakeries and shops. Guests will also take home a goodie bag. Proceeds will benefit RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). 2-5 p.m. $30. Omni Charlotte Hotel, 132 E. Trade St., sweettoothfestival.com.
Label On Sunday (weekly event)
The Sunday night party series continues, this week featuring DJ Ngenius. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; VIP tables also available, email@example.com. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, thesolkitchen.com/label-on-sundays-w-dj-ngenius.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.