Networking Events, Anniversary Parties, Santa Bar Crawl, Floyd Mayweather Party, and More Dec. 12-15

X Nightclub has added Thursday nights to its lineup.
This year is rapidly coming to a close, but the good times don’t stop. Check out this list of more than 20 social events and parties taking place Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday, December 12

EmpowHERment’s First Birthday Celebration
Nonprofit organization EmpowHERment celebrates a year of making a positive impact in the lives of girls and women in the community. This fundraising event will feature live music by the Harvey Cummings Project, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and guest speaker Charlotte City Councilwoman Vi Lyles. 6-8 p.m. $50-$75. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St.,,
Network After Work Event
The Charlotte chapter of this national professional networking group hosts its bi-monthly event, combining business and social networking. You’ll receive a color-coded name badge based on the industry you work in. The event will also include light appetizers and a complimentary cocktail during the first hour. 6-9 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door with RSVP, $20 without RSVP. Sip Charlotte, 200 N. Tryon St.,,
Genealogy: A Fundraiser for Charlotte Family Housing
It’s an evening of live dance and music, with performances by the Triptych Collective, Moving Poets, Ancient Cities, and the Colby Dobbs Band. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St.,,
Collision Thursdays (new weekly event)
This nightclub will now be opened on a new night. Thursdays will feature house versus hip hop music, where two DJs will play sets battle-style. Music by DJ JD and DJ Edward Shouse. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd.,

Friday, December 13

Bobcats Watch Party
The Charlotte Bobcats hold watch parties for select away games, including this Friday when the team visits the Indiana Pacers, who have the best record in the NBA. At this neighborhood pub, fans will enjoy food and drink specials, ticket giveaways, get to meet the LadyCats, and watch the game on big screens. 7 p.m. Free admission. Selwyn Pub, 2801 Selwyn Ave.,
Toys for Tots Holiday Party 
Help less-fortunate kiddies have a great Christmas by attending this toy drive/fundraising party, featuring music by DJ Breez and great drink specials such as $3 domestic beer and $5 select cocktails and wines. Presented by Paschal Promotions and CBS Radio Charlotte. 7 p.m.-midnight. Free admission; toys and monetary donations accepted. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St.,,
Black Light Balloon Drop 
You’ll have the chance to win a share of the more than $5,000 in cash and prizes this nightclub is dropping from the ceiling. There will also be music by DJ Boss Austin, and drink specials include $3 Miller Lite and $4 UV Vodka. Plus, the black lights will be on so be sure to wear white and get free admission before 10 p.m. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
Pulse 2.0 (weekly event)
This hip hop party fills up each Friday night, and this week’s installment benefits a good cause. Guests are asked to bring a toy for Toys for Tots, and Cosmos will give you drink tickets in return. Presented by ANTique Events. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St.,,
Miami Live Vol. 3
Party Miami style, to the sounds of one of that city’s top video DJs, Julian Serrano. Plus, music by resident DJ Chaka. 10 p.m. Latorre’s, 116 W. 5th St.,
EDM Fridays (new weekly event)
Electronic dance music rules the night on Fridays at this recently opened nightclub. Music by DJ Rwonz, and an appearance by import model Charmaine. 10 p.m. $10. VIP tables available, ch@ Level Charlotte, 225 N. Caldwell St.,
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Saturday, December 14

Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather invites you to party with him and his Money Team Saturday at Vanity nightclub.

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14th Annual Santa Bar Crawl
Prepare to crawl to more than 15 Uptown bars, including Tilt, Hooter's, Ri Ra, BlackFinn, Fitzgerald’s, Prohibition, Tin Roof, Suite, Bubble, Roxbury, and more. There’ll be a $3 beer, $4 shot, and $5 cocktail special at each location. Also includes a commemorative koozie. Presented by Lazy Day. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. $14 in advance; $20 day of; registration 3-5 p.m. at BAR Charlotte, 300 N. College St.,
Silverfly’s First Anniversary Party
This hip men’s clothing store celebrates the completion of its first year in business with a party featuring special happy hour power hours. You’ll enjoy complimentary drinks, treats, and music by DJ Bryson Rider. And during that two-hour window, everything in the store will be 50 percent off (items are 25 percent off during the rest of the day). 4-6 p.m. Silverfly, 1111 Metropolitan Ave.,
The Grays Holiday Party
Charlotte power couple Herb and Felicia Gray host this annual party to benefit the city’s African-American history museum. Your ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and specialty drinks, and a pass to view the museum’s new exhibitions. There will also be live music and dancing. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St.,,
Signature Saturdays
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this night features live jazz by Tragik Sounds, followed by music from DJ Shogun. Drink specials include $3 bottled beers, $6 martinis, and $99 Moët bottles, and the food menu will be available. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission until midnight; for VIP tables, Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St.,,
Darkside Hertz
It’s “a night of frequencies from the dark side of drum and bass” music, featuring Black Sun Empire, along with sets by Heavy Heads, Soundgrave, and Aggression. 9 p.m. $10 before 11 p.m.; $15 after. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,
Floyd Mayweather Party
Party with the greatest boxer of this generation and his “Money Team.” Music by Ciroc Boy DJ SNS and Power 98 FM’s DJ Buttafingaz. 10 p.m. General admission, $25 in advance; VIP, includes meet-and-greet, $50. Vanity, 500 W. 5th St.,,
Rudder’s 12th Annual Christmas Party
Party on the lake to the sounds of one of Charlotte’s most popular bands, Simplified. Santa and his elves will be there too. 10 p.m. Free admission. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius,

Sunday, December 15

Cans:Recycled – Panthers vs. Jets
The Roaring Riot, the group of diehard Carolina Panthers fans, hosts this viewing party and after-party for Panthers home games. The game will be shown on big screens with sound. And even though the Panthers game doesn’t start until 4:15 p.m., this event will open the doors early, show the other games, and play music until the home team goes on. 12 p.m. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.,,
Charlotte New York Jets Fans Tailgate Party
The Jets are visiting the Panthers this Sunday, and a group of Charlotte-based Jets fans are celebrating. Your ticket includes a catered lunch from Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ, and there’ll also be games such as corn hole and raffles for prizes. 12-3 p.m. $27. Private lot at W. 3rd and S. Mint streets,
Panthers Game Watch
This is a great place to pre-game, as this neighborhood bar offers a free shuttle to every Panthers home game. Or stay and watch it here over good food and drinks. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.,
Panthers Game Watch
Panthers fans flock to several of the Hickory Tavern locations around town, but this is the hippest of them all. Enjoy food and drink specials. Hickory Tavern, at The Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave.,
Ken Navarro Acoustic Jazz Dinner Show
Spend your Sunday evening enjoying a special champagne reception, dinner by Executive Chef Gene Briggs, and live jazz by Ken Navarro. 6-9:30 p.m. $65 (excludes tax and gratuity). Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St. (corner of College and 5th streets),
Glam23’s Anniversary Affair
Glam23 Pr and Events celebrates its first anniversary at this party featuring music by DJ Raquest, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and prize giveaways. 8-11 p.m. $5. Silk at Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, 210 E. Trade St.,,

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