Networking Events, Festivals, Fundraising and Stylish Parties, and More Oct. 17-20

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Cowbell Burger & Bar kicks off a new, weekly Saturday night party.
Fill up your social calendar—and make new friends—by choosing from this list of 20-plus events. 
 

Thursday, October 17

 
Candidates Reception
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance are giving you the chance to meet candidates running for local office, including mayors of Charlotte and towns in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte City Council, town council seats, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. Complimentary food and drinks will be served from local restaurants. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Chamber, Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St., charlottechamber.com/events
 
Start Something Social 
Mix and mingle with fellow professionals over a complimentary glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvres, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. 6-8 p.m. $10. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, bbbs-bubble.eventbrite.com.
 
Cufflinks and Cocktails
The Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presents this cocktail event at a different hotspot each month. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ensocharlotte.com, cufflinksandcocktails.com.
 
Networking Reception and Happy Hour
The Prodigal Son Foundation hosts this event, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music. Proceeds will benefit the creation of a scholarship in memory of a North Carolina Central University alum. 6-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., psfnow.org.
 
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Friday, October 18

 
11th Annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship and Festival (Friday and Saturday)
This two-day event is one of the region’s largest barbecue competitions, featuring professional teams from around the country. There will also be several food and beer vendors, and live music by musicians and bands such as Vintage Trouble, Tinsley Ellis, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, The Soul Rebels, and more. All day; check website for event schedule. Free admission. Uptown Charlotte, S. Tryon St., charlottebbqfestival.com.
 
Simon Fashion Now (Friday and Saturday)
This fall fashion event series offers you two days of runway shows, in-store events, displays of the hottest brands and retailers, swag bags and giveaways, Design Wars competition between local designers, food, drinks, live music and entertainment, a silent auction benefiting The Sandbox charity, and more. Friday is Trends and Friends Night, 5-8 p.m. Saturday’s festivities, noon-9 p.m. Free admission. SouthPark Mall, Circle Court, Center Court, and several participating stores, 4400 Sharon Rd., simon.com/sfn, facebook.com/southparkmallnc.
 
Music at Morrison
Enjoy a live performance by one of Charlotte's most popular bands, Simplified. Cash bar, and food available from surrounding restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Morrison, corner of Sharon Rd. and Colony Rd., morrisonsouthpark.com, paschalpromotions.com/events/music-at-morrison.
 
Nappy Luv: The Liberation Party
This annual cultural series fuses various styles of music, dance, drumming, the elements of hip hop, spoken word, fashion, and eclectic forms of art, while bringing awareness to the ongoing conflict in The Congo in Africa. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com, nappyluv.com.
 
Jazz N Soul Music 
Taking place the first and third Friday of each month, this event series showcases jazz, soul, R&B, and blues musicians from the Carolinas. Live music this Friday by Conversation Piece. 9 p.m. $8. Petra’s Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., petraspianobar.com, jazznsoulmusic.com.
 
Super Hero Party
You’re encouraged to come dressed as your favorite super hero, and dance to EDM by four DJs throughout the night. 10 p.m. $10. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. labelcharlotte.com
 
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Saturday, October 19

 
11th Annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship and Festival (Friday and Saturday)
This two-day event is one of the region’s largest barbecue competitions, featuring professional teams from around the country. There will also be several food and beer vendors, and live music by musicians and bands such as Vintage Trouble, Tinsley Ellis, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, The Soul Rebels, and more. All day; check website for event schedule. Free admission. Uptown Charlotte, S. Tryon St., charlottebbqfestival.com.
 
HGTV Casting Call
HGTV is holding a Charlotte casting call for the second season of Brother vs. Brother and for its new Renovation Competition Series. For Brother vs. Brother, they’re looking for “passionate, charismatic individuals who have major hands-on skills, an eye for renovation and real estate know-how.” For the Renovation Competition Series, they’re seeking “dynamic friends, couples or family members with big dreams and a love for renovation and design.” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aloft Charlotte Uptown, at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., castinghgtvshows.com.
 
Simon Fashion Now (Friday and Saturday)
This fall fashion event series offers you two days of runway shows, in-store events, displays of the hottest brands and retailers, swag bags and giveaways, Design Wars competition between local designers, food, drinks, live music and entertainment, a silent auction benefiting The Sandbox charity, and more. Friday is Trends and Friends Night, 5-8 p.m. Saturday’s festivities, noon-9 p.m. Free admission. SouthPark Mall, Circle Court, Center Court, and several participating stores, 4400 Sharon Rd., simon.com/sfn, facebook.com/southparkmallnc.
 
Brewz Music and Arts Festival
It’s an all-day event featuring several bands and DJs, five local breweries—including a two-hour beer sampling—food trucks, live art, and fashion. Entertainment lineup includes of Montreal, The Whigs, Kool A.D. of Das Racist, The Love Language, Dangermuffin, The New Familiars, Hrvrd, Mr. Invisible, Dirty Art Club, Stranger Day, That Guy Smitty, AHuff, Sarah Burns, and more. Noon-11 p.m. $25 in advance. NC Music Factory, ncmusicfactory.com, brewzfest.com.
 
Pink Bows & Pink Cocktails
Charlotte bow tie and graphic tee designer, known as The Female Haberdasher, has teamed up with Susan G. Komen of Charlotte to raise funds for breast cancer research and prevention. For every T-shirt and bow tie sold at the event, $5 will be donated to the organization; $1 will be donated from each signature pink cocktail sold. There will also be prize giveaways. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, pinkbows.eventbrite.com.
 
Third Annual Krazy Fish Fall Festival
This colorful Plaza Midwood restaurant and bar hosts an evening of live music featuring Ken Foust, Nick Shaw, Queen City Dub, Wiggle Wagons, and The Loose Lugnuts. There’ll be $1 and $2 beers, and $5 barbecue plates and jambalaya. 5 p.m. Free admission. Krazy Fish, 2501 Central Ave., krazyfish.com.
 
Hammers & Ales: Brews, Tunes and Tools 
Support the Charlotte Community ToolBank at this fundraiser featuring, craft beer, live music by Who Rescued Who, bar games, a prize giveaways. 7-11 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Triple C Brewery, 2900 Griffith St., triplecbrewing.com, charlotte.toolbank.org.
 
Pete Rock & CL Smooth 20th Anniversary Show and Party
Legendary hip hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth will perform live along with Camp Lo. Opening set by Charlotte hip hop and R&B artists, and music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Presented by Radio Rehab Charlotte. 9 p.m. $30 and up. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com, radiorehabcarolinas.com
 
Saturday Nights at Cowbell (weekly event)
This popular Uptown burger bar is kicking off a new weekly Saturday night party, featuring music by DJ A-Minor, drink specials such as $3 Miller Lite, $5 Fireballs, and $5 Three Olive vodka drinks, and they’ve introduced their new spiked milkshakes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cowbell Burger & Bar, 201 N. Tryon St., facebook.com/CowbellBurger.
 
Lust For Life
It’s billed as a lavish night of hair, fashion, and music. Fashion shows will take place at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Presented by Planet 21 Salon. 9 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP, $50, which includes front-row seating and swag bag. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. labelcharlotte.complanet21salon.com.
 
Dolce: Party For Pink
You’re asked to dress to impress (in pink if you like), as you party to music by DJ Paradime and DJ Pyro. Presented by King Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; for VIP booths, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., kingentevents.com, dolcepartyforpink.eventbrite.com.
 
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Sunday, October 20

 
Cans:Recycled — Panthers vs. Rams
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 a DJ spins after. Noon. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., allamericanpubclt.com, facebook.com/TheCansRecycled.
 
Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams Tailgate Party
It’s a big tailgate party for Panthers fans, featuring a full bar, food from local restaurants, indoor seating, live music on an outdoor stage, a live WFNZ broadcast, and several flatscreen TVs. 1 p.m. Free admission. The WFNZ/CPI Security Doghouse, 401 W. Morehead St., facebook.com/cbsradiodoghouse.
 
Carved: A Haunting Good Time
Local chefs will carve pumpkins and compete for a cash prize, while you can bid on your favorite jack-o-lantern to take home. There will be music, food trucks, and a cash bar. Plus, there will be activities for kids. Proceeds will benefit Slow Food Charlotte. 4-7 p.m. $10 in advance; $5 for kids. Atherton Mill and Market, 2104 South Blvd., athertonmillandmarket.com, slowfoodcharlotte.org/events/carve-a-haunting-good-time.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
Be sure to bookmark www.charlottemagazine.com/Blogs/Dusk-Till-Dawn to stay plugged into Charlotte nightlife. Follow me on Twitter @HollidayInk; email me at jarvish@grownpeopletalking.com.
 
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