Grand Openings for The Tavern, Tin Roof, and X Nightclub; Live Bands and DJs, Cigar and Chocolate Events, and More Oct. 3-6

Credit: facebook.com/dharmalounge
Dharma Lounge celebrates its fourth anniversary Saturday night.
There are plenty of great social events and parties taking place over the next few days. You may now commence to planning your weekend. 
 

Thursday, October 3

 
The Sort-Of Grand Opening Happy Hour 
The bar formerly known as Morehead Street Tavern, which closed two years ago, has reopened as The Tavern. Come out for this special happy hour event and enjoy complimentary samples from the new food menu and cocktail samples. There’ll also be live music on the patio. Presented by RockHouse Events. 6-8 p.m. Free admission. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St., twitter.com/TavernCLT, rockhouseevents.com/events.
 
Fall Concert Series (each Thursday in October)
This annual outdoor concert series returns, taking place each Thursday in October (there are five of them). Music this week by On The Border, an Eagles cover band, on the lakeside stage. Food and drinks will be for sale from restaurants in the complex. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. The Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J M Keynes Dr., shoppesatuniversityplace.com, facebook.com/ShopUniversityPlace.
 
MetLive: Music on the Greenway
This is the second-to-last installment of the fall run of this weekly after-work series. Music by Who Rescued Who, while you enjoy a great view of Uptown and food and drinks from surrounding restaurants and bars. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., metmidtown.com/metropolitan-metlive.htm.
 
Bill Hanna’s Vintage Dance Band 
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to go dancing. The 20-piece orchestra will be accompanied by vocalist Renee Ebalaroza, as they play ballroom classics encouraging you to dance the swing, shag, fox trot, cha cha, waltz, samba, salsa, and more. Come early for complimentary dance lessons (7-7:45 p.m.). Food and drink menu will be available. 8 p.m. $10 (cash only for cover). Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave., grandcentralevents.com.
 
Scandal Season Premiere Viewing Party
One of the most talked about shows on TV, ABC’s Scandal, returns for season three. Come watch it with fellow fanatics, and also enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. The episode will be shown on a large projection screen with surround sound. Presented by Tempo, V 101.9 FM, and Power 98 FM, with hosts from the radio stations. 8 p.m. Free admission. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd., tempocharlotte.com.
 

Friday, October 4

 
Teachers Lounge
Educators (and friends) from around the city are invited to come out and eat, drink, enjoy music and great conversation. 3-8 p.m. Free admission. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., cosmoscafe.com, teacherslounge.eventbrite.com
 
Fourth Annual Oktoberfest (Mortimer’s)
Get ready for an all-day party, featuring games, live music, German food, and drink specials, including $3 Bud Light bottles, $4 OMB, $4 pumpkin ale, and $6 pumpkin bombs. German polka music will be played 4-8 p.m., followed by Heroes at Last at 9 p.m. Show your strength in a stein-holding competition to win prizes. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Mortimer’s Café & Pub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., mortimerspub.com, facebook.com/MortimersPub.
 
Tin Roof Grand Opening Party
While it’s been open for about six weeks now, the Charlotte location of this “live music joint” franchise is holding its official grand opening party this Friday. There’ll be complimentary food samples, drink specials, and prize giveaways. Plus, live music by Nashville-based band Kansas Bible Company. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Tin Roof, at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tinroofbars.com/Home/Charlotte.
 
X Nightclub Grand Opening with Pete Tong
It’s the highly anticipated opening of X Nightclub at NC Music Factory (in the former space of Butter NC). English DJ Pete Tong from BBC Radio headlines, and also music by resident DJ Kevin Focus. Presented by Disco Donnie, Sugar Society, and db Promotions. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and up; for VIP tables, vip@xnightclubclt.com. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com, petetongcharlotte.eventbrite.com.
 
Ciroc Boy Friday with Stevie J
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J hosts this party. Music by Ciroc Boy DJ SNS. 10 p.m. Free admission before 11:30 p.m.; cover charge after. Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall St., caviarnightlife.com.
 

Saturday, October 5

 
Mecktober Fest
Charlotte’s hometown brewery puts on this annual German-style celebration, featuring fresh beer, food, and live music from three bands, including the nine-piece Holzhackern Tyrolean Band playing Bavarian music. Noon-10 p.m. $5. Cash-only event. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Dr., oldemeckbrew.com.
 
Lite Up Charlotte 2013
This is one of the region’s largest cigar festivals, returning for the fourth year. Enjoy cigars, food, and beer with your all-inclusive ticket. There will be boutique brands and blended cigars along with raffle prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Beds For Kids. 1-6 p.m. $75. Outland Cigars, 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, outlandcigars.com, liteupcharlotte2013.eventbrite.com
 
Second Annual Taste of FreeMore
It’s a celebration of the thriving FreeMoreWest neighborhood, featuring good food, local beer, live music by The Clayfall Trio and the New Familiars, children’s activities, a donut-eating contest, and more. 4-8 p.m. Free admission. The Burger Company parking lot, 1500 W. Morehead St., freemorewest.com.
 
Third Annual Chocolate For A Cure
This gala and charity event brings awareness of breast cancer, raising funds specifically for the uninsured and underprivileged communities. Support a great cause while enjoying an evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, chocolate and wine pairing, a jazz band, vendors, gift bags, giveaways, and more. Grammy nominated singer and star of R&B Divas LA Kelly Price is the keynote speaker. Presented by TMB Marketing Firm. 6-9 p.m. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. 3rd St., hiltoncentercity.com, chocolateforacure.eventbrite.com.
 
A Soulful Evening at The Cotton Club
Relive a golden era in high society as The Cotton Club is re-created. Come dressed in your finest black and white attire and enjoy dinner, drinks, and music by a live band and DJ. 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., marriott.com, charlottelinksinc.org/cottonclub.htm.
 
Dharma’s Fourth Anniversary Party
This South End lounge and nightclub continues to be a hotspot for underground music four years later. Help celebrate the anniversary at this party featuring Dubtribe Sound System. Also music by Dharma regulars Nat Eichler, Chuck Martin, and on the patio: Hey Whore Hey, KT Caustic, and Dick Not Richard. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com, dharma4yrs.eventbrite.com.
 
The Seventh Annual Pink Party
It’s one of the largest, wildest annual parties held in support of breast cancer awareness. And this year it’s taking place at a brand new nightclub. Music by DJ Spryte from Los Angeles. Proceeds to benefit Amped 4-A-Cure. Presented by X Nightclub, db Promotions, and Elevate Lifestyle. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; for VIP tables, vip@xnightclubclt.com. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com, ticketssoeasy.com/pink7.
 

Sunday, October 6

 
Sunday Funday: Football Edition (weekly event)
Watch football on the TVs, while enjoying drink specials such as $3 beer and $5 you-call-its, along with complimentary food. Plus, there’s half-priced hookah. DJs spin at night. Noon-2 a.m. Free admission. ’Stache House Bar & Lounge, 1520 South Blvd., stachehouseclt.com.
 
Moxie SunDAYs: Ball Into Fall
Spend your Sunday afternoon and evening mixing and mingling, listening to music, and watching football. Music by DJ Shogun. The Panthers vs. Cardinals game will be shown on a large projection screen. Presented by Moxie Society. 3-9 p.m. Cover charge at the door; bottle service and table reservations available, info@moxiesociety.com. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., cosmoscafe.com, moxiesociety.com.
 
Panthers Game Watch
The Carolina Panthers are away this weekend to play the Arizona Cardinals, so you can watch the game here on several of the 75 large HD screens. Game kickoff is at 4 p.m., but arrive early to get a good seat and order food and drinks. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
 
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