Cocktails at the Duke Mansion, Let's Get Tropical Luau, Bash at the Bot and More, July 7 to July 10

From a luau to a "beer mile" to a Montford block party, it's all about heading outdoors this weekend.
Paul Purser
The Duke Mansion hosts Cocktails in its gardens weeknights in July.

Hopefully, this was a shortened week for you with America’s birthday letting your weekend slide a little longer. If not, no worries because the next weekend is nearly here. Charlotte’s got a luau, a “beer mile,” a brewery anniversary and more this weekend. See y’all out there!


Thursday, July 7

Cocktails at the Duke Mansion

Each weeknight in July, the Duke Mansion hosts cocktail hours from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. With more than four acres of gardens and grounds to explore, the Duke Mansion happy hours are a great way to spend these summer evenings. There is no admission fee. The Duke Mansion is at 400 Hermitage Road.


QC TNT Latte Art Throwdown

It’s your turn to try your hand at crafting latte art tonight as Not Just Coffee runs this contest to see who can make the best coffee counter creations. The best latte art wins (undisclosed) prizes. The competition is free to watch, but competitors have to throw down $5 before throwing it down. Not Just Coffee is inside the 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St.


Friday, July 8

Let’s Get Tropical Luau

To celebrate the return of its Let’s Get Tropical India Pale Ale, Unknown Brewing is throwing a luau for everyone. The tropical party also features five food trucks, live music, fire dancers, ukuleles, kiddy pools, “Jaws” playing on an outdoor movie screen and a “surprise” that encourages party attendees to wear their bathing suits if they want to get wet. The event at 1327 S. Mint St. starts at 5 p.m. and has no admission fee.



Tonight and tomorrow, Charlotte has a magician coming to town, and we’re not tricking you. Well, it’s had a magician in town for a while because Hayden Childress (Haydini) is from the area. If magic’s your thing (and why wouldn’t it be?), this is the show for you. The shows both tonight and tomorrow are at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Tickets cost $20. Buy them here. 


Uptown Scavenger Hunt and Stoplight Social Mixer

Gather a group of two to six people tonight for a scavenger hunt across Uptown. Without giving too much away about the hunt, you’ll need your phone’s camera and a willingness to take hilarious photos across Uptown. The scavenger hunt begins at 10 p.m. with a social mixer running from 8 p.m. until then. The party gets started at Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., at 8 p.m. with a free food buffet. A $12 ticket gets you in to the mixer and the buffet plus the scavenger hunt. Buy one here. 


Saturday, July 9

Bash at the Bot

Has it already been a year? Our babies grow up so quickly. The Wooden Robot is turning a year old, and the South End brewery wants you to come celebrate. The party from noon until midnight at 14420 S. Tryon St. features a DJ and food from the Twisted Eats food truck. Ticket prices vary, but they start at about $12. Buy them here. 


National Beer Mile

This is the very definition of a “fun run.” Runners start this run with a beer, run a quarter mile and then repeat it three times. Fun, right? Check-in starts at 10 a.m. at the NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Ticket prices vary, but an individual registration costs $35. Buy your ticket here. 


Sunday, July 10

Finders Keepers Summer Showcase

In addition to the local vendors on site selling their crafts from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St., you can also pair your beers with Pure Intentions Coffee, TIN Kitchen and FuManChu Cupcakes. There is no admission fee.


SportsLink Block Party

If you can brave the heat, there’s a block party in Montford today complete with both a corn hole and Bar Pong tournament. Corn hole begins at 2 p.m. with a $100 prize for the winning team, and Bar Pong begins at 4 p.m. Register for the corn hole tournament here register for the Bar Pong tournament at Angry Ale’s, 1518 Montford Drive, on Sunday.


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Categories: Agenda, By Jared Misner