Memorial Day Weekend Parties in Charlotte
It’s a three-day, holiday weekend and there are several parties taking place in Charlotte. Here’s a list of several worth checking out, complete with fireworks, celebrities, and a luau. And because many of us don’t have to work Monday, Sunday is really popping. And not to mention that this is NASCAR weekend—you can find our comprehensive listing of those events at www.charlottemagazine.com/nascar2011.
Friday, May 27
Tennessee Honey Bar Crawl
Enjoy the new Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey for only $5, while bouncing around to some of uptown’s most popular bars. Bar crawl schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.: Whisky River; 8:30-9:30 p.m.: Prohibition; 9:30-10:30 p.m.: Town Tavern; 10:30-11:30 p.m.: Buckhead Saloon; 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: RE:PUBLIC; 12:30-2 a.m.: Dixie’s Tavern. Presented by Lazyday.com.
Saturday, May 28
Grand Opening of Island Time Tiki Bar
It’s the newest bar on Lake Norman, opening just in time for the unofficial start of summer. There will be a luau (7-9 p.m.) with a pig roast. The Budweiser Girls will also be there, and there will be a keg of island style ale. Live entertainment starts at 9 p.m. with The Scott Johnson Band. There will be plenty of drink specials and good food on the menu. 6 p.m. Free. Island Time Tiki Bar, at Latitude 36, 18665 Harborside Dr., Cornelius, latitude36lkn.com.
Gerald Wallace Welcome Home Party
If you’re still sad that the Charlotte Bobcats traded away their best player, come greet him at this party. 10 p.m. Ladies free until midnight; men $5 until 11 p.m. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave. club935.com.
JetSet Saturdays – Love & Hip Hop Edition
Mama Jones from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop graces Charlotte with her presence. VH1 will also be conducting a national model search. 9:30 p.m. Cost varies. Jet Ultra Lounge, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave., facebook.com/clubjet.
Memorial Weekend Extravaganza – Halo
A group of Charlotte promoters have partnered up to throw two parties this holiday weekend: Saturday night at Halo and Sunday night at Phoenix. Music by DJ Skillz. Presented by Rickmond Media, RoundTable Ent., M. Simmons, and Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Halo, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St. thesolkitchen.com.
Sunday, May 29
7th Street Block Party
Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, Jackalope Jacks, and Philosopher’s Stone host this all-day block party. There will be live music at each location and plenty of drink specials. There will also be an ice sculpture and cornhole contests ($600 grand prize). 1 p.m. Free. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell St., kennedyscharlotte.com.
Whitewater River Jam Memorial Day Celebration
Celebrate the holiday with a free concert featuring Trampled by Turtles, The Apache Relay, and American Aquarium. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display over the river. 3 p.m. Free. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., usnwc.org/2011/04/memorial-day-celebration.
Miami Heat: The White Party
It’s not a party with LeBron and D. Wade and ’em, but instead celebrates their South Beach way of life. Wear your hottest white attire. Presented by Ctrus Entertainment. 10 p.m. Cost varies. Suite, inside the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. suitecharlotte.com.
Memorial Weekend Extravaganza – Phoenix
A group of Charlotte promoters have partnered up to throw two parties this holiday weekend: Saturday night at Halo and Sunday night at Phoenix. Music by DJ BroRabb and DJ DR. Presented by Rickmond Media, RoundTable Ent., M. Simmons, and Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Phoenix, 300 N. College St. thesolkitchen.com.