Charlotte Bachata and Salsa Festival, Young Professionals Mixer, Panthers Fan Fest, Ice Martini Bar’s Anniversary, and More – July 24-27

Credit: facebook.com/charlotterollergirls
Charlotte Roller Girls are hosting a disco skate party Friday.
There’s something for everyone on this (big) list of social events and parties. Go out and make a new friend or two.
 

Third Annual Charlotte Bachata & Salsa Festival (July 25-27)

Doesn't matter if you’re skilled or a novice, if you have a passion for Latin dance and music you’ll enjoy bachata and salsa workshops, performances, parties (including mixers and pool parties), and more over three days. Professional instructors, dancers, and DJs are on the itinerary. Ticket prices range from $25 for individual events to $160 for a three-day full pass. Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St., charlottebachata.com.
 

Thursday, July 24

 

National Tequila Day

 
@ Paco’s 
Three special margaritas are being featured: Watermelon Mama (Sauza Tequila Blue Blanco Tequila), Camarena Margarita, and Herradura Anejo Margarita. Paco’s Tacos and Tequila, 6401 Morrison Blvd., pacostacosandtequila.com.
 
@ Texicali
Specials include tequila shots for $5 and flights for $15 at this recently opened bar. Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., texicalicharlotte.com.
 
@ Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina
Order your favorite margarita or shot made with Casamigos Tequila, and Vida will donate $1 from each drink to Second String Santa and will match the overall donation. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., charlotte.vidacantina.com.
 
Concord Mills TweetUp
Get a taste of the hottest summer and fall fashions including a style presentation, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, gifts, and more. Hashtag for the event is #MillsTweetUp. 5:30-8 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested. Registration at Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, bit.ly/cmtweetup.
 
Food Truck Thursday: Noda Alley Rally (weekly event)
Order tasty items from several local food trucks, plus there will be craft beer and live music. 6-9 p.m. Free admission and free parking. 15th and N. Davidson streets, facebook.com/nodaalleyrally.
 
#instabeerupclt
This pop-up event goes to one of Plaza Midwood’s newest bars, bringing people together for networking and beer. 6 p.m. Free admission. Pint Central, 1226 Central Ave., pint-central.com, facebook.com/events/315917965237603.
 
Strike and the City Presents: Ladies Night
Ladies will be catered to on this evening, with drink specials such as half-price martinis and half-price bottles of wine, and complimentary shoe rentals for bowling. There’ll also be raffles for designer prizes, and vendors scheduled to be on display include Rodan and Fields, Pole Dance Charlotte Fun & Fitness Dance Studio, Stella & Dot, Jewels Royal Boutique, and Mary Kay. Proceeds will benefit Teal Diva, a cancer survivor organization. 7 p.m. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
 

Friday, July 25

 
Drinks Yard Sale
It’s time for this Uptown bar to clean out its shelves again, offering you $1 premium liquor drinks and $1 shots. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before 9 p.m.; $5 after. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com
 
Carolina Panthers Fan Fest
Rally around your hometown team as the Panthers host this annual event for the fans, and you get to check out the new renovations to the stadium. Activities will include interactive games, giveaways, and entertainment by the TopCats, PurrCussion, and Black & Blue Crew. The practice session begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with team personnel, and the night will be capped off with a performance by the Voltage Brothers and a fireworks show. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., pnth.rs/UdkV3q.
 
Charlotte’s Second Annual Young Professional Multi-Group Mixer
The Young Professionals Society of the Ronald McDonald House is collaborating with fourteen other young professional groups of Charlotte to host this event. Admission includes one complimentary glass of champagne, wine, or cocktail, and complimentary passed appetizers. Participating groups include Arts and Science Council Young Donor Society, Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals, RAIN, Junior League, Young Affiliates of the Mint, Charlotte ONE, Guys with Ties, and more. 6-9 p.m. $10. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, multigroupyoungprofessionalnetworking.eventbrite.com.
 
Roller Disco Skate Party
Charlotte Roller Girls will host a fun night of roller skating (adults only; bring your own skates) at their practice space in NoDa. There will be a DJ, glow skating, games, concessions, merchandise, and more. 8 p.m.-midnight. $10. 3701 N. Davidson St., charlotterollergirls.com.
 
Persian Dreams 
One of Uptown's most popular nightclubs is being transformed into a Moroccan oasis for the night, featuring belly-dancers, fire performers, henna tattoo artists, a DJ, and Fireball drink specials. 9-11 p.m. General admission, $15; VIP, $40. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, persiandreams.ticketleap.com

[photo credit: facebook.com/persiandreams]

 
PlayDate Charlotte
It’s the monthly 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.
 
#FaceTimeFriday: July Edition
Moxie Society’s monthly party continues at this intimate lounge. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
 
What So Not
The DJ duo from Australia headlines, with special guest DJ Sliink. Presented by Disco Donnie and Sugar Society. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $15 in advance; VIP admission, $30; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
 

Saturday, July 26

 
Wondrous: The Day Party
No need to wait ’til nighttime to party. Music by DJ Skillz and DJ NGenius. Presented by Eddietainment. 2-7 p.m. Free admission before 4 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $10 in advance. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., wondrous.eventbrite.com.
 
Squirt: Permanent Vacation Day Party
Spend the afternoon in Plaza Midwood, at this monthly day party featuring a dunk tank, water guns, drink specials, and the Curbside Deli food truck. Plus, there’ll be music by several bands and DJs. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., snugrock.com.
 
Second Annual Big Hat & Bow Ties Affair
Dress the part, and support a great cause. There’s a silent auction, door prizes, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Proceeds will benefit Second Calvary Center for Community Development’s youth literacy programs. 4-6 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., sc3dcharlotte.org/events.
 
Bloom II
It’s an evening featuring belly-dancers, aerial artists, sideshow acts, modern dance, fire performances, and more. Presented by Satarah. Doors open 6 p.m.; show starts 7 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 day of. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com, brownpapertickets.com/event/634119
 
Ice Martini Bar’s First Anniversary 
This sleek martini bar and lounge celebrates its first year of enhancing nightlife in the Huntersville/Lake Norman area. The anniversary party includes music from DJ Bob, prize giveaways, and great drink specials. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Ice Martini Bar, 9525 Birkdale Crossing Dr., Huntersville, icemartini.com.

[photo credit: facebook.com/icemartinibar]

 
Signature Saturdays 
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this edition features live jazz by Tragik Soundz, followed by music from DJ Freedom. Drink specials include $6 martinis and $99 Moët bottles, and the food menu is available until midnight. 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.
 
Latin Saturdays (weekly event)
DJ Chaka mixes the best in bachata, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, and techno music. Drink specials include $3 beers and $5 tequila shots. 10 p.m. Free admission before 11 p.m. Latorre’s, 116 W. Fifth St., facebook.com/latorresdisco
 

Sunday, July 27

 
Brewery Tour Charlotte: Hops and Pops
The party bus will take guests to The Unknown Brewing Company for a tour and tastings, and will also stop to enjoy food trucks in the area. Ticket includes transportation, a commemorative pint glass, beer samples, snacks, and more. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure. 1-5 p.m. $55 in advance; $65 day of. Bus departs from World of Beer South End, 222 E. Bland St., brewerytourcharlotte.com.
 
Gypsy Disko Yacht Party 
Dharma may not be a brick-and-mortar lounge anymore, but its former owners are keeping the vibe alive with their new project, Gypsy Disko. The first event in the series is this Lake Norman yacht party, featuring music from Dharma’s resident DJs: Nat Eichler, KT Caustic, Kev Kev, and Collectr. Cruise, 2-6 p.m. $45. eventbrite.com/e/gypsy-disko-yacht-party-presented-by-dharma-tickets-12104180931.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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