Football Finale, Limo Races, Shirtless Bull-Riding Competition, Reggae WinterSplash and More, Feb. 5-8
Groundhogs across this great land of ours all scoped out their shadows Monday, so it’s six more weeks of winter for us. No worries for you. You have these events to heat up your weekend, Charlotte. See y’all out there.
Thursday, February 5
The Super Bowl is over, but come out to Dress For Success’ second-annual event that brings former National Football League players out to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly about last Sunday’s big game. Proceeds go to this organization that provides local women with clothing, financial literacy and job planning to help get them out of poverty. Tickets include the price of parking and cocktail reception. 5:30 p.m. $50. Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St. Buy tickets here.
Thursday Shenanigans After-Work Mixer
Hosted by Klean Kut Entertainment, this event features music and specialty $6 vodka drinks. 6 p.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. Sixth St., facebook.com/hotrodthedj.
Throw it Back Thursday
Come join the social group Good Eats and Meets for BOGO appetizers. And have you had Tupelo’s jam? I say no more. 7:30 p.m. Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd., tupelohoneycafe.com.
Official School Faceoff ‘90s Party
INtuned Promotions sponsors this event, which invites students or alumni of Johnson and Wales University, Johnson C. Smith University and University of North Carolina Charlotte to compete for the best dressed and “most turnt-up” school. The winner gets a cash prize and an entry to a CIAA Week celebrity party. 10 p.m. RSVP here for free entry.BAR Charlotte, 300 N. College St.
The Charlotte Hornets are taking on the Washington Wizards. 7 p.m. $25 and up. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Purchase tickets here.
Friday, February 6
The Limo Races
Trying to get a limousine rental for tonight? Good luck! RockHouse Events has secured a slew of Charlotte’s limos for this annual event that’s billed as “part prom, part bar crawl, part scavenger hunt.” Hop in with a team, receive some complimentary beverages and for the next three and a half hours, race around some of the city's top spots. Arrive to the finish line by midnight and turn in all of your evidence from the scavenger hunt and then head over to the post-event VIP party. $575 per team of 10; $875 per team of 14. Buy your tickets here.
Music brought to you by KATOBEATS, and will take you back to “when hip hop was hip hop,” according to the organizers. Come dressed in your sexiest attire; no athletic gear allowed. 9 p.m. Free admission all night for women; men admitted free before 11:30 p.m. Indulgence Restaurant and Bar, 9601 N. Tryon St.
Shirtless Bull Riding Competition
Save a horse and ride a (shirtless) cowboy at this mechanical bull-riding competition. Gentlemen, ride the bull for the longest sans shirt, and you could win $200. 9 p.m. Free admission. BAR Charlotte, 300 N. College St., barcharlotte.com.
Celebrity Look-alike Party
Ever get told you look just like Justin Bieber? Is that just me? Come on out dressed as your celebrity doppelgänger. 10 p.m. $10. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., studiomoviegrill.com.
'90s Skate Party
Strap on your rollerblades for a night of skating, music, games and concessions. Just try and keep up with these Charlotte Roller Girls. 8 p.m.-midnight. $10 (cash only); must bring your own skates. The Shark Tank, 3701 N. Davidson St., charlotterollergirls.com.
Saturday, February 7
Indoor Dodgeball Tournament
Breakaway Sports is (literally) throwing this tournament. The games will follow a five-on-five format, with a one girl per team minimum. (Props from me if you include more women than men.) If you don't have a team, they will group you with one. Check-in, 2:30 p.m.; games begin, 3 p.m. $10 for individuals; $40 for teams. 3917 Trailer Dr. RSVP here.
Bob Marley Reggae WinterSplash
This 12th annual event celebrates Bob Marley with reggae music and more. 6 p.m. $20. Mynt Restaurant and Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St. Buy tickets here.
CLT VoodooGras Light Rail Crawl
Hop on the Lynx light rail and join Good Eats and Meets for a “rail crawl.” The event includes a free pint of beer at Icehouse, complimentary Abita Mardi Gras logo beads at each stop, $3 Abita beer offerings at each of the four places taking part in the crawl, a free souvenir Abita beer glass, a free light rail pass to use for the night, and free King Cake at your evening’s last spot. 6 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the event. Icehouse, 2100 South Blvd. Buy tickets here.
Art with Heart Auction
Come on out to SafeAlliance’s 15th annual live and silent auction, open bar, appetizers, and raises money for victims of partner violence. 7 p.m. $100 and up. 100 N. Tryon St. Buy tickets here.
Pre-Valentine's: Lock and Key Party
If you’re looking for a Valentine (and are looking to meet someone of the opposite sex), this party is for you. Women get locks and men get keys. Can you see where this is going? 7:30 p.m. $22 with an advance registration with promo code YELP; $27 at the door with RSVP; $32 at the door without RSVP. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, lockandkeyevents.com.
Sunday, February 8
Farm Hands Charlotte
This second-annual event raises money to help local farmers fund their “big ideas.” In addition to Triple C’s local brews, you’ll also get to feast on a local food menu from ModPaleo. To top it off, you’ll hear the finalists present their ideas for a project before voting for the farmer you think should receive a micro-grant from Farm Hands. 6-8 p.m. $25 and up. Triple C Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St. Buy tickets here.
The Hornets take on the Indiana Pacers. 6 p.m. $25 and up. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Buy tickets here.
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, February 19
Dusk Till Dawn Social Series
Are you ready for the next edition of #DTDsocial? Charlotte magazine invites you to an EpiCentre hotspot for an evening of mixing, mingling, drink specials, and complimentary appetizers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested. Mortimer's Café & Pub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., www.charlottemagazine.com/DTDSocialSeries.
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