Charlotte Greek Picnic, Fashion Week, First Friday Fort Mill, Carolina Beach Blast, Panthers Game Parties, and More – Sept. 4-7

Photo credit: NCMF
Carolina Beach Blast begins at noon Saturday at NC Music Factory’s Fountain Plaza, with proceeds benefiting charity.
It’s the beginning of another month, and another chance for you to improve your social life. Check out this events list.
Charlotte Seen Fashion Week (through Saturday)
This annual, multi-day fashion showcase features runway shows (Thursday and Friday), live entertainment, networking, after-parties, and new this year is the Fashion Seen Ball on Saturday night. Visit for complete schedule and ticket prices. 
Charlotte Greek Picnic (through Saturday)
Now in its fourth year, this event series brings together fraternities and sororities from around the region for four days of socializing, partying, community service, a stroll-off competition, and more. Visit for complete schedule and ticket prices.    

Thursday, September 4

Thursday Trivia (weekly event)
Compete in trivia, hosted by Tommy Dee, and win prizes. The evening also includes beer bucket specials and half-off appetizers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Phil’s New York Deli and Tavern, 105 E. Fifth St.,
Seeing and Believing Inaugural Country Gala
Enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue and an open bar, along with live music by the Part-Time Blues Band. Proceeds will benefit Seeing and Believing, a nonprofit organization that provides prescription eyeglasses to low-income families. 6-10 p.m. $35. Dilworth Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.,,
Sunset At Metropolitan (new weekly event)
This outdoor live music series launches its fall season this evening, taking place each Thursday through October 9. Kicking things off is the Donna Duncan Band. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave.,
Style Night Out 2014
Now in its fifth year, this has become one of the city’s largest fashion events (2,000 people turned out last year; read my interview with the event’s founder), highlighted by a runway show featuring many of the area’s top boutiques. Proceeds will benefit Carolina Breast Friends. Doors open 5 p.m.; show starts 7 p.m. $25 and up; tickets can be purchased at the door. Morrison, 721 Governor Morrison St.,,
Football Fan Fest
The 2014 NFL season kicks off tonight, and not only can you watch the Packers-Seahawks game here but you’re invited to come dressed in your favorite team’s colors for this special event. 8 p.m. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,

Friday, September 5

First Friday Fort Mill
The inaugural event was held last month, and it’s planned for the first Friday of each month, featuring food trucks, live music, local beers, kids activities, and more. 4-11 p.m. Free admission. Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill,
Start Something Social Summer Finale
Organizers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte conclude their summer social series on this evening, inviting you to come out and learn more about the organization while enjoying appetizers, drink specials, music, and networking with young professionals. 6-9 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,
Cocktails and Cool Jazz
Order your favorite cocktails and small plates, while enjoying live music by David Hamilton and Classy Jazz. 8 p.m.-midnight. Free admission. Osso Restaurant and Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,
Riot Fridays (new weekly event)
It’s the launch of this new weekly party, with DJ Rowshay and Edward Shouse playing top-40 mash-ups, and drink specials such as $3 Fireball, $3 PBR, and $5 vodka drinks. Presented by Socialflockers . 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Automatic Slims, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St.,,
Now in Session: Live Music
Live soul music by Tony Lelo and Jupiter Lane. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission before 9:30 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $10. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,
The White Party
Now in its 11th year, this annual party invites guests to wear their finest white cocktail attire (never mind the Labor Day rule), in a celebration of Latin culture. Music by DJ Cali. Presented by Ultra Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up; ladies dressed in white admitted free before 11:30 p.m. Latorre’s, 116 W. Fifth St.,,

Saturday, September 6

UNCC vs. JCSU Tailgate Parties
The two Charlotte colleges are kicking off their 2014 football seasons by playing against each other for the first time ever. Get UNCC Alumni tailgate info here, and JCSU tailgate info here.
Carolina Beach Blast
Celebrate Carolina beach music heritage and the end of summer, with music by Ken Knox & Co., Image, and Shayna Blake; food and drinks from local restaurants and food trucks; and a car show with the Charlotte Cruise-Ins. Proceeds will benefit Celebrity Charity Wishes, a nonprofit organization that helps families with terminally ill children. Noon-10 p.m. $5. Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

The bar top at Eight Sushi & Asian Kitchen is made from recycled skateboards (pictured), and Charlotte artist John Hairston has painted murals throughout the space.

Photo credit: Eight

Now Open: Eight Sushi & Asian Kitchen
Be among the first to check out the newest venue at NC Music Factory, as this restaurant and bar holds its soft opening this weekend. Sit down for dinner, or grab drinks at the bar. Reservations encouraged, 704-900-1647. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Eight Sushi & Asian Kitchen, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,
2014 Gantt-Watt Reception
Each year, the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County and the Young Democrats of North Carolina come together to celebrate two great North Carolinians—Harvey Gantt and Mel Watt—and to honor others who are following in their footsteps. 7-9 p.m. Young Democrat rate (ages 21-36), $25; general admission, $40; VIP admission (6 p.m.), $75. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St.,,
The Patron Tequila Dinner
Enjoy a reception (live jazz in the bar area), followed by a delectable four-course meal with each course paired with Patron. 7 p.m. $79. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd.,,
Saturday Night Jazz
Soul singer Kyran and the Anything Goes Band will perform live at this Uptown bar and lounge. 9 p.m. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St.,,
Make It a Montford Night
This is a Saturday night hotspot along the bustling Montford Drive, offering cocktail specials, music by DJ Wylie, a dance floor, and large patio. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr.,
Upper Echelon: UNCC vs. JCSU After-Party
After the game, you can expect alumni and fans to want to party. Music by DJs Ngenius, Lex Bibbs, and B Millz. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP admission, $20; VIP tables also available. Vanity, 500 W. Fifth St.,,

Sunday, September 7


Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Bucs – Where to Watch the Game

— All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.,

photo credit: Cans:Recycled

— The Cans:Recycled party for Panthers fans begins at noon, with music by DJ Tech Support, and WFNZ broadcasting live. Draught, 601 S. Cedar St.,,
Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St.,
— Hickory Tavern, at Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave.,
— Icehouse South End, 2100 South Blvd.,
Sports One Bar & Lounge, 521 N. College St.,
— The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St.,
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Mega Wine Tasting
Held on the first Sunday of every month at this SouthPark wine bar, this event allows you to sample from 24 different wines, representing vineyards from all over the world. 4-6 p.m. $20. J.Sam’s, 4625 Piedmont Row Dr.,, Facebook.
Label On Sunday Hosted By August Alsina
He’s one of R&B’s fastest rising stars, and he’s hosting this Sunday night party. Music by DJ Flash. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $10-$20 in advance; VIP admission, $50. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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