Networking and Fashion Events, Race Car Parade, Football Kickoff, and More this Week

This Thursday’s edition of Alive After Five at the EpiCentre celebrates the kickoff of football season.

I’m a Leo, so I’m happy to see my zodiac month is off to an eventful start. No need to live only for the weekend—get out and enjoy some of these parties and social events this week. (Check back Thursday on Dusk Till Dawn for a list of this weekend’s events.)

Monday, August 6

SIPP: Service Industry Patio Party (weekly event)
Party with your favorite bartender on his/her night off. Play games such as beer pong, cornhole, and flip cup, while enjoying drink specials like $2 domestic draft, $3 vodka, and $4 ice & gold shots. Music by guest DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Tin Roof Bar, The Saloon at NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Monday Night Mic Fights
Support local and underground hip hop, and you can grab the microphone if you like. Featuring performances and rap battles, plus there’ll be Remy Martin drink specials. 10 p.m. Free. Crown Station Coffee House and Pub, 1425 Elizabeth Ave.,

Tuesday, August 7

Project Tuesday
The McDevitt Agency, one of Charlotte’s leading real estate firms, puts on this after-work social every other month. There'll be models showcasing the latest fashion and styles from Revolution boutique and Re Salon, a DJ playing your favorite tunes, and photographers on hand so come camera-ready. Drink specials and complimentary food will be served. 6-8 p.m. Free. Silk Lounge inside Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,

First Tuesdays with CMBCC
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce presents this monthly event, an evening of business networking and relationship building. This installment is being hosted by Pride Magazine. Guests should bring plenty of business cards. 6-8 p.m. Free. Pride Magazine office, 312 Trade St., Suite 600,

Tantalizing Tuesday (weekly event)
This is the kickoff to a new weekly event, offering you an opportunity to network and relax, featuring complimentary hors d’ oeuvres. Hookahs and drinks will also be served. 7-10 p.m. Free. Societe, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave.,

Wednesday, August 8

Parade of Power
Charlotte Motor Speedway will roll out its fall season of speed with a parade from Concord Mills Mall, running along Bruton Smith Boulevard, and ending at the speedway’s Avenue of Flags. This event will highlight the upcoming races taking place at the speedway, zMAX Dragway, and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Fans will enjoy the Powerade Play Zone, which includes the Fan Van, face painters, and a bounce house, along with live music, and inexpensive refreshments. NASCAR and NHRA drivers, including Joey Logano, Erica Enders, and Doug Herbert, will take part in the event, and they’ll hold an autograph session and driver Q&A following the parade. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; parade begins at noon. Free. Concord Mills Mall and Charlotte Motor Speedway,

Pop Life: X-Rated Edition
Uptown’s largest, weekly Wednesday night party turns into “Fantasy Island” this night, with special guests Gigi Maguire, the renowned pole dancing instructor from Atlanta, and Magic City dancer Virgo. Music by DJ Sense. Also, the first two hours of the night will feature a complimentary tasting of X-Rated Fusion Vodka accompanied with heavy hors d’oeuvres by Sadie's Soulful Southern Experience. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Roundtable Entertainment. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free; VIP tables available, Re:Public, 314 N. College St.,,

Thursday, August 9

Alive After Five: Pig Skin Kickoff Party
This week’s AA5 celebrates the start of football season, inviting fans of the Carolina Panthers, SEC, ACC, the soon to be Charlotte 49ers, and any other sports teams. Wear your team colors for free draft beer 5-7 p.m., and there’ll be giveaways all night at the social media headquarters including local sports memorabilia. Live performance this week by '80s party band Breakfast Club. 5-9 p.m. Free admission; wristband gets you into after-parties at several surrounding venues; VIP, $25, includes complimentary beer, wine, and food. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,

Blue Is The New Black
Enjoy an evening of fashion, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails at this fundraiser for the Clearwater for Malawi charity, to provide clean water to the people in the impoverished country. 7 p.m. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St.,,

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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