CFG Style Week, LangTree Disco Party, Craft Cocktail Series, The Cotton Club, and More – Sept. 25-28
Here are the 25 events you should know about over the next few days—your social itinerary awaits!
CFG Style Week (through Sept. 27)
Produced by Charlotte Fashion Guild, which provides support and recognition to influential industry professionals throughout the city, CFG Style Week expands its reach this year to include national and international designers. Each evening features runway shows. $15-$40 per day. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., cfgstyleweek.com.
Thursday, September 25
Charlotte Talks and Beer
Popular WFAE radio show Charlotte Talks is doing a special show about the history and growth of Charlotte’s beer scene. The recording is at 6:30 p.m., but you’re invited to come out earlier to grab a pint with the show’s host, Mike Collins, and WFAE staff. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd., oldemeckbrew.com, wfae.org/post/join-us-special-show.
University City Taste
The Charlotte Chamber presents this annual event, celebrating all that University City has to offer, and featuring live entertainment, food samples from numerous restaurants, paddle boat rides, and more. 5:30-8 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the event. The Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J.M. Keynes Dr., charlottechamber.com/events, ez-tixx.com/university-city-taste.
Concerts on the Rooftop
Alive After Five has concluded for the year, but you can still come out to its rooftop home this evening for a concert by one of its lineup’s most popular cover bands, Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Doors open 5 p.m.; concert begins 7 p.m. Free admission. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/rooftop210.
R&B Live (weekly event)
This live music series recently moved to a new location, presenting R&B acts each Thursday, ranging from local to national recording artists. 9 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP, $25. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com/venues/studio-movie-grill, facebook.com/randblive.
Friday, September 26
LangTree Live Disco Party
It’s a disco party on the lake, featuring live music, drink specials from surrounding restaurants, shopping specials from stores, and guests are encouraged to dress up in their best disco costumes. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. LangTree at The Lake, 401 Langtree Rd., Mooresville, langtreelkn.com.
2014 Blue Ball Benefiting Pints for Prostates
Support a great cause, while enjoying complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and the chance to win prizes. Blue attire is encouraged. 8-10 p.m. $5 donation requested. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com, 2014blueball.eventbrite.com.
It’s vowed to be even bigger and better than the first event, and this installment of Bubblyfest offers you five samplings of top champagnes and sparkling wines such as Moet, Domaine Chandon, and Tattinger. An after-party follows. 8:30-10:30 p.m. $40. Bubble Charlotte, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, bubblyfestii.eventbrite.com.
Su CASA: The September Bash
The monthly party “for Charlotte’s culturally starved” continues at its new home, with DJ Daz-I-Kue and DJ Jopedo spinning soul, house, and Afrobeat music, along with live painting, photography, films, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 before 11 p.m.; $10 after. Petra’s Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., petraspianobar.com, facebook.com/events/820943621290437.
Craft Draft Fridays (new weekly event)
This Montford Drive hotspot recently kicked off a new Friday night series, featuring a different craft beer for only $2 and offering complimentary appetizers. The featured beer this time is Highland’s Gaelic Ale. Plus, there’s music by a DJ, the dance floor, and large patio. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr., southsideclt.com.
GLO Paint Party Tour
The traveling glow-in-the-dark paint and EDM-infused party stops in Charlotte again, with music from DJ Dirty, DJ Supa Skip, DJ HekYeh, and more. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up in advance. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, facebook.com/glopaintpartytour.
#FaceTimeFriday: Second Anniversary
Moxie Society celebrates two years of its monthly party, with music by DJ DR. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. Sixth St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
Saturday, September 27
Charlotte Shopping Tour
Experience a fun day of shopping at local boutiques throughout the Charlotte area on this bus tour, making stops at Fifi’s of Lake Norman, Avalilly’s, Emleigh’s & Mama B’s, The Boulevard at Southend, Shu, Cheeky Bean of Southpark, and J.T. Posh. Attendees will receive a swag bag and a discount on purchases at each boutique, and lunch will be provided. The Charlotte pick-up location has sold out, but a few spots remain for the Lake Norman pick-up at Fifi’s. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $30. facebook.com/charlotteshoppingtour, shopcharlotte.eventbrite.com.
The Craft Cocktail Series: Hands On Cocktail Pop-Up
Good Eats & Meets presents the next event in this cocktail series, where guests will learn how to make drinks like the pros. Charlotte mixologist Andrew Maurer will lead the instruction, and there’ll be bar stations set up with all the ingredients to make (and drink) three different cocktails, which will also be paired with light appetizers. Noon-3 p.m. $50. Soul Gastrolounge, 1500 Central Ave., soulgastrolounge.com, craftcocktailsoul.eventbrite.com.
2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest
It’s the sixteenth year for the city’s largest annual beer festival, where thousands of people will attend, picking their favorite samples from more than 350 different beers representing more than 100 breweries. Live music by StellaRising and U-phonik. Proceeds will benefit Classroom Central, Kids Reign, and Camp Care. 2-6 p.m. General admission, $45. (Premium ticket holders admitted at 12:30 p.m.) NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., charlotteoktoberfest.com. [photo credit: Charlotte Oktoberfest]
Queen City Oktoberfest
The EpiCentre is getting in on the Oktoberfest action as well, offering a special selection of seasonal beers, food specials, a stein competition, costume contest, and a bar crawl to its participating venues: Vida, StrikeCity, Whisky River, Suite, Bubble, Blackfinn, and Rooftop 210. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance. Registration is at Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, queencityoktoberfest.eventbrite.com.
Sixth Annual Friendship Garden Party
Friendship Trays celebrates six years of organizing a community of gardeners working together to grow food and make a difference in the lives of their neighbors who struggle with access to fresh produce. This fundraising event will feature great food, drinks, music, entertainment, and art. 7-10 p.m. $50. Friendship Trays, 2401 Distribution St., friendship-gardens.org/gardenparty.
Soulful Sounds at The Cotton Club
It’s an ode to that golden era in high society where there were such cool venues known as The Cotton Club. Come dressed in your finest black and white attire and enjoy complimentary dinner, a cash bar, and music by a live band. A fundraising event by the Charlotte Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a volunteer service organization of women. 7 p.m.-midnight. $100. Marriott Center City, 100 W. Trade St., charlottelinksinc.org/cottonclub.htm.
After the Okoberfest madness, make your way here for live music by The Jon Linker Band (6 p.m. on the patio), $2 street tacos and pulled pork sliders, and $3 drink specials such as select craft beers and well drinks. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., texicalicharlotte.com.
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this edition features live R&B and jazz by Kyran and his band, followed by music from DJ Ngenius. 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.
Saturday Nights at the 'Bell (weekly event)
Party with the Cowbelles to music by DJ Complete, and enjoy drink specials. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, 201 N. Tryon St., eatmorecowbell.com.
Inside the Vault
Party with a hip crowd at this posh nightspot, with music by DJ Rowshay and DJ MC of MMG/Black Bottle Boys. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $5 and up; VIP tables available, email@example.com. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/vaultnc.
Sunday, September 28
Prive Sunday FUNday (new weekly event)
It’s the kickoff for a new Sunday afternoon party series, featuring all of the NFL games on big screens, a DJ, bar games, prize giveaways, food and drink specials, and discounts on bowling. Presented by Prive Marketing Group. 1-8 p.m. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., privegroupevents.com.
Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens
After the Panthers traded Steve Smith earlier this year, the star wide receiver promised that “there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere” when he faces his old team. Now, it’s time for the action, as the Panthers visit the Ravens. Game time is 1 p.m.
Where to Watch the Game
@ Angry Ale’s, 1518 Montford Dr., facebook.com/angryalesmofo.
@ All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., facebook.com/allamericanpub.
@ Sports One Bar & Lounge, 521 N. College St., facebook.com/sportsonecharlotte.
@ Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., facebook.com/vapianoclt.
Panthers vs. Ravens Viewing Party – Foundation Fundraiser
The Chris Canty Foundation hosts this fundraising event, featuring drink specials, complimentary food, giveaways, and games. 1-6 p.m. $15. Icehouse South End, 2100 South Blvd., icehousecharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/panthersravens-viewing-party-tickets-12555195929.
Ravens Fans Viewing Party
The Charlotte Ravens, a Meetup group of Baltimore Ravens fans who live in Charlotte, host this event. 1 p.m. Free admission. Sip Charlotte, 200 N. Tryon St., sipcharlotte.com, meetup.com/charlotte-ravens.
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Gather – Hoops and Hops
Queen City Pantry presents an evening of local brews (Triple C Brewing, Lenny Boy Brewing Co., and Birdsong Brewing) paired with local cheeses, prepared by Chef Rochelle Baxter. 4-7 p.m. $45. Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd., athertonmillandmarket.com/events.
Bowling Extravaganza for Charity
SportsLink, which organizes sporting events and social activities throughout the year, hosts this fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis charities. Admission includes three games of “wacky” bowling, shoe rental, and door prizes. 7-9 p.m. $20. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com, sportslinkus.com/events/event/bowling-extravaganza.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.