Celebrate Knights Baseball, Fashion Mixers, Party with Brody Jenner, Beach Bash, and More April 10-13

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Reality TV star Brody Jenner hosts a party Friday night at Whisky River.
You know the drill… get in where you fit in!

Thursday, April 10

Alive After Five (weekly event)
Charlotte’s largest weekly, after-work party and live entertainment series is in full swing after kicking off last Thursday. Live music this evening by Sol Fusion on the rooftop stage and Five on Sundays on the commons stage. And when Alive After Five ends for the night, your wristband will get you into after-parties at surrounding venues. 5 p.m. Free admission. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, aliveafterfives.com.
The Pairing: A Fashion Mixer 
Volume five of this monthly event will highlight spring trends during the fashion show. Complimentary champagne and prizes will be given away. Hosted by Charlotte Seen and the Possession Obsession blog. Event begins 7 p.m.; show starts 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com, facebook.com/CharlotteSeenInfo.
Beer & Cupcakes
Big Boss Brewing Company is taking over the taps, and the tasting menu will include three craft beer samples paired with three mini cupcakes. 7-9 p.m. $15. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. 5th St., cravedessertbar.com

Friday, April 11

Charlotte Knights Opening Day Festivities
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know the Charlotte Knights have built a new baseball stadium in Uptown, BB&T Ballpark, making their move back into the city of Charlotte after decades in Fort Mill. Before the home opener kicks off later in the evening, the team is hosting an afternoon celebration for the public. The event will feature food trucks, a beer garden, a caricature artist, stilt walkers, face painters, jugglers, strolling magicians, members of the Carolina Renaissance Faire, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and live music from Mo’ Money, Coconut Groove, and 20 Ride. Knights players will also be there signing autographs. Noon. Free admission. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., charlotteknights.com, twitter.com/KnightsBaseball.
Rooftop 210 Grand Opening
Formerly known as Pavilion at EpiCentre, this rooftop bar has been renovated and upgraded, and the great weather means the retractable ceilings and walls will be rolled open. 5 p.m. Visit website to register for free admission. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., rooftop210.com.
Aloft’s Annual Spring Fling
Hang out with Ballantyne’s in-crowd at this annual fundraising event benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. The evening will feature a fashion show, DJ, food truck, cash bar, and more. 5-9 p.m. Bring a canned good for free admission. Aloft Ballantyne Hotel, 13139 Ballantyne Corporate Pl., facebook.com/aloftBallantyne.
Beach Bash to Wipe Out Diabetes (Friday-Sunday)
It’s a weekend-long fundraising party, where 10 percent of sales during each of the three nights will be donated to the American Diabetes Association, along with $1 per sale of special items. There’ll be drink specials, raffles, live music Friday night by Anything Goes Band featuring Kyran, and on Saturday night DJ Reaction spins (musicians go on at 10 p.m.). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Wet Willie’s, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., wetwillies.com/Locations/Charlotte.html.
Colure: Network, Taste, Listen 
Taking place the second Friday of each month, this event will feature complimentary food, a great selection of wines and other drinks from the bar, and music by DJ Dr. 7-11 p.m. Free admission. Vin Master Wine Shop, at Atherton Mills, 2000 South Blvd, Suite 610, thevinmaster.com, facebook.com/DRandSMILESdotcom.
An Evening with Brody Jenner
Reality TV star and heartthrob Brody Jenner hosts this year’s Spring Fling event. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP tables available, sbensch@whiskyrivercharlotte.com. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com, brodyjenneratwhiskyriver.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, April 12

Charlotte Food Fight 2014
Round two of this foodie event, benefiting Relay for Life of Charlotte, will pit 13 local food trucks against each another. Trucks will compete in three categories: Chef’s Choice, Mystery Ingredient, and People’s Choice. There will also be live music. 3-7 p.m. $7 for one meal from one truck; $35 for one meal from each truck. South End Food Truck Lot, 100 West Park Ave., eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-food-fight-2014-tickets-10951655697.
Epic Game Day
Celebrate the return of Charlotte Knights baseball to Uptown at this family-friendly event, featuring a trivia contest, carnival games, social media experience, and plenty of prize giveaways, including baseball tickets. 2-5 p.m. Free admission. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com/event/epic-gameday/2282.
Signature Saturdays
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this night features live jazz by Tragik Soundz, followed by music from DJ Shogun. Drink specials include $3 bottled beers, $6 martinis, and $99 Moët bottles, and the food menu will be available until midnight. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before midnight; for VIP tables, eddiet456@gmail.com. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., facebook.com/VapianoCLT, eddietainment.com.
Caspa Dubstep Sessions 2014
Headlined by renowned DJ, Caspa, the night will also feature DJs Kevin Focus, Danny B, Freaky, Mikey Tookie, Liddle Ugleez, and Lucid throughout the multiple rooms. 10 p.m. General admission, $15; VIP admission, $25; VIP tables also available, vip@phoenixofcharlotte.com. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixofcharlotte.com
The King Way
Popular Charlotte party promoters King Entertainment are celebrating their four-year anniversary. The event will also serve as birthday celebrations for Big Pat a.k.a. Voice of the Charlotte Bobcats and DJ Skillz. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $10 in advance; open bar ticket, $30; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St. (corner of 5th and College streets), bluecharlotte.com, kingentevents.com.

Sunday, April 13


Celebrity stylist Charity Washington hosts a brunch party Sunday at Caviar Nightlife.

Photo credit: charityluvs.com

Brunch, Bangles and Business
Women Who Network presents the next installment of their networking day party. The afternoon will include food, drinks, a makeup class hosted by Los Angeles-based makeup artist Shayla Mitchell, and a consignment shop hosted by celebrity stylist Charity Washington. Plus, the men are being included this time: there will be a Cognac and Cigar party on the upstairs patio. 2-6 p.m. $10 in advance. Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall St., caviarnightlife.com, womenwhonetwork.eventbrite.com.
Carolina Sweet Thang – Charlotte Wine Tour
Hop aboard the tour bus as you visit two local wineries—Hilton Vineyards and Treehouse Vineyards—and taste more than 20 North Carolina wines. 2-5 p.m. $55. Departs from 900 Metropolitan Ave., winemedown.com.
Fourth Annual Balance Challenge 
Enjoy great drink specials, including $2 mimosas, $4 Stella Artois, $3 Bloody Marys, and $5 Finlandia BMB, while taking in the views from one of the city’s best rooftop patios. Whiskey Warehouse, 1221 The Plaza, whiskeywarehouse.com.
S.I.N. Sunday
There’ll be drink specials all day, such as $3 PBR, $4 house liquor, and $5 Fireball. And beginning at 9 p.m., some of Charlotte’s best DJs will go on. Free admission. Tin Roof, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tinroofbars.com, epicentrenc.com/event/sin-sundays/2276.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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