Hornets Draft Party, Summer Fashion Show, Dinner and Bikes, Fundraising Events, and More – June 26-29

Photo credit: guyswithtiescharlotte.com
Guys with Ties Charlotte host two fundraising events this week—a beach-themed party Thursday and a beer festival Saturday.
We’re near the end of June… where has the time gone? Guess it’s flying by because you’re having so much fun (checking out events from this list each week).

Thursday, June 26


USA vs. Germany World Cup Viewing Parties

I have a feeling a lot of you will be taking extended lunch breaks on this day to cheer on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team against Germany. Match begins at noon, and many Charlotte bars are opening their doors at 10 or 11 a.m. Click here for Dusk Till Dawn’s list of the best places in Charlotte to watch the World Cup. 
Charlotte Hornets NBA Draft Party
The Hornets have the No. 9, 24, and 45 picks in this year’s NBA Draft. Watch live coverage of the draft on the big screens at the arena, and get in-house commentary from special guests. This will also be your first chance to see the newly unveiled Hornets court. 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., nba.com/hornets/rsvp.
Thursday Night Flights (new weekly event)
This weekly event kicked off last Thursday and runs through August 21. Enjoy an evening on the raptor trail, with live music, complimentary wine or beer tasting, and a food truck will be on site. 6-8 p.m. $10. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, carolinaraptorcenter.org
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, $5 Bacardi drinks, $2.50 Heineken and more. There’ll be raffles for designer prizes, and vendors scheduled to be on display include Jewel Kade, It Works Global, Rodan and Fields, and Mary Kay. Proceeds will benefit Rima’s 5k Run for Epilepsy and the Epilepsy Foundation. 7 p.m. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
Find Your Beach
Guys with Ties host this beach-themed party for charity. You’re invited to come dressed in beach wear, play in the sandbox, and enjoy complimentary food, beer, and wine. Live music by Five on Sundays. All proceeds will benefit The Sandbox, which provides services to families with children facing life-threatening illnesses. 8-11 p.m. $10. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St., tiltontrade.com, guyswithtiescharlotte.com.

Friday, June 27

Friday Live At the Factory
This is the final night of this outdoor live music and party series for 2014. Performances by On the Border (Eagles tribute band) and Jive Mother Mary. Drink stations will be set up, and the doors open to the surrounding venues such as Osso, Wet Willie’s, Texicali, and Small Bar. 6-11 p.m. General admission, $5; VIP, $20; Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ncmusicfactory.com, ncmusicfactory.ticketleap.com.
Step Into Summer Fashion Show
Models will wear the latest summer styles from Macy’s SouthPark. And your donation includes complimentary appetizers and champagne and prosecco from 7-8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Jamie Kimbell Foundation for Courage. 7-10 p.m. $10 donation requested. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
Fourth Annual Dinner and Bikes
Part of a month-long tour of the East Coast, this event stops in South End, bringing people together to eat food (catered by Common Market) and get inspired about bicycles and their role in the new economy. There’ll be short films about bicycle activism and culture by Joe Biel, and Elly Blue will make a presentation about Bikenomics. 7-10 p.m. $10. Charlotte Trolley Museum, 1507 Camden Rd., historicsouthend.com/dinnerbikes.
Whisky Fest
Guests will enjoy six whisky tastings, including Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack Honey, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Jack Daniel's Woodford Reserve, and Woodford Double Oak. There will also be cigar and craft cocktail demonstrations, and they’ll be cooking appetizers, entrees, and desserts made with whisky. 8-10 p.m. $20. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
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.
Suite’s Six-Year Anniversary Party 
One of Uptown’s longest-running nightclubs celebrates its sixth anniversary, with music by award-winning DJ Four Color Zack. 9:30 p.m. Admission varies; party@suitecharlotte.com for guest list questions and VIP tables. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/suiteclt.
Southside Party and Vegas Trip Giveaway 
Hit this Montford Drive hotspot, and enter to win a three-day, two-night trip to the Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, along with $500 worth of casino cash and prizes. The winner will be drawn at midnight (the earlier you arrive, the more times you’ll be entered to win). The night will also feature $2 beer specials and $6 vodka Red Bulls. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr., southsideclt.com.
Moxie Society’s monthly party continues at this intimate lounge, bringing together Charlotte socialites, and music from DJ DR. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
Ultra Rave Glow Party
It’s a big EDM party, with 5,000 glow sticks, music from several DJs, including DJ Cali, DJ Freeze, DJ Sean T, DJ DNA, and DJ Krom, go-go dancers, and more. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up; ladies free before 11:30 p.m. with RSVP, ultracharlotte@gmail.com. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, ultracharlotte.com.

Saturday, June 28

Charlotte Caribbean Festival
This annual festival celebrates Caribbean culture with a parade, live entertainment, music from bands and DJs, authentic Caribbean cuisine, and kids activities. Noon-8 p.m. $10. Carnival Village, Rolling Hill Park Grove, 4340 Rolling Hill Dr., charlottecaribbeanfestival.com.
Cans Recycled Canned Craft Beer Festival
The canned craft beer movement is growing, and this event celebrates it with beers from 20 breweries, while benefitting charity. Proceeds will support the fundraising efforts of Guys with Ties. 1-5 p.m. General admission, $25 in advance; VIP, $40. Brazwell’s Premium Pub parking lot, 1627 Montford Dr., brazwellspub.com, ticketssoeasy.com/cans.
Squirt: Permanent Vacation Day Party
Spend the afternoon in Plaza Midwood, at this party featuring a dunk tank, water guns, custom cocktails, and food trucks. Plus, there’ll be live music by RBTS Win, Hungry Girl, and Forever FC, as well as music from DJs Ahuf, J. Overcash, and STRTR. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., snugrock.com.
Signature Saturdays 
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this edition features live jazz by 5th & York, followed by music from DJ Shogun. 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.
[photo credit: Eddietainment]
Lifted Music and Arts Festival
D!rty Aud!o and TinCup headline this showcase of EDM DJs. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com
Something Different Party
Kick back with the hip crowd in South End. Music by Joel Khouri, and $2.50 beer specials. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission and free parking. Nan and Byron’s, 1714 South Blvd., nanandbyrons.com.
Black and White Affair with Joe Budden
Your black and white party attire is requested at this party, hosted by the Slaughterhouse rapper and co-star of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop. Music by DJ Phalse ID. 10 p.m. Free admission before 11:30 p.m. on guest list; general admission, $15; VIP tables available. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., thebgrayexperience.com.
Slim’s Saturdays
This vintage-themed rock-n-roll bar opened earlier this month, and invites you to come as you are and be treated like rock-n-roll royalty. The DJ spins a mash-up of classic rock and modern hits, while the bartending beauties serve drink specials, and billiards are played in Betty’s Pool Hall. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Automatic Slims, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., autoslims.com.

Sunday, June 29

Brewery Tour Charlotte
The third installment of this monthly brewery tour series takes guests through NoDa, traveling on a party bus, and stopping at the neighborhood’s breweries. Admission includes transportation, a commemorative pint glass, beer samples at each brewery, snacks, and more. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Noon-5 p.m. $55 in advance; $65 day of. Tour bus departs from World of Beer South End, 222 E. Bland St., brewerytourcharlotte.com.
Bacon & Brews Cruise-in
Piedmont Culinary Guild presents this inaugural event, rounding up chefs for a bacon cook-off, and featuring beer, and classic cars. Renowned Charleston Chef Craig Diehl will conduct a hog butchery demo, and your admission includes a sampling of 20 local bacon dishes and three beers from local breweries. 3-7 p.m. $35. Atherton Mill and Market, 2104 South Blvd., athertonmillandmarket.com, baconbrewscruisein.com.
Burn Down The Roux!
This special event space, tucked away in NoDa, prepares to close its doors for good, but goes out with a party featuring a lineup of nine bands. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. $8. Roux, at Boudreaux's, 3306-A N Davidson St., facebook.com/rouxnoda.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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