Nightclub Grand Openings, Passport For Fashion, Yacht Party, and More April 19-21
When your friends say there isn’t much to do in Charlotte, send them here.
Friday, April 19
Saddle Up Saloon & Dancehall Grand Opening
Come get your line dancing on at this new country-themed nightclub (click here to read my previous blog post about it). There’ll be free line dance lessons at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Tyler Reese of 96.9 The Kat, who will be giving away prizes. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission until 8 p.m.; cover charge after. Saddle Up Saloon & Dancehall, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., Ste. B11, saddleupsaloon.com.
Concerts in the Round (weekly event, through May 17)
This outdoor, happy hour series in SouthPark kicks off this evening, brought to you by the folks who put on Uptown’s Alive After Five. Each week features a different live band, and this Friday is Black & Blue Experience. Also enjoy drinks as well as access to the surrounding restaurants, bars, and shops. 7-11 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Dr., aliveafterfives.com/piedmont-town-center.
Where’s the love? This series returns, featuring an evening of unfiltered conversation on dating and sex. Complimentary food and drinks will be served. Presented by The IT Factor Media Group and No Grease, and serves as a grand opening event for this new location of the local barbershop franchise. 9 p.m.-midnight. $5 suggested donation. No Grease Barbershop, at Mosaic Village, 1635 W. Trade St., nogrease.com, theitfactormedia.com.
The Captains of Industry Live
DJ duo Graham Funke and Stonerokk, better known as The Captains of Industry, bring their partying ways from Las Vegas. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies; VIP tables available. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.
Socialflockers in Ballantyne
Party gurus Socialflockers invite you to party in the south Charlotte ’burbs. Enjoy the dance floor and outdoor patio. Drink specials include $3 local draft beers and select $5 cocktails. 10 p.m. Free. Cosmos Café – Ballantyne, 8420 Rea Rd., cosmoscafe.com, socialflockers.com.
Saturday, April 20
10 Park Lanes First Anniversary
This hip Montford Drive hangout celebrates one year of business. The all-day event will feature one game of complimentary bowling (with a shoe rental fee), beer tastings, Southern barbecue, live music, a hot dog eating contest, and beer pong and corn hole tournaments. They’re also unveiling the new beer garden, featuring bocce ball and ping pong. 2-11 p.m. Free. 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com.
Patio Kickoff Party
One of your favorite Midtown restaurant and bars is celebrating the start of patio season. It’s also celebrating Festa di San Marco (St. Mark’s Day), the annual Italian festival. There’ll be food, beer and wine, games, and live music by Kyle Sorenson’s Horse Ghost. Proceeds will benefit the Hope for Holt Foundation. 2-6 p.m. $16 adults; $6 children. Vivace, at Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., vivacecharlotte.com.
Passport For Fashion 2013 and After-Party
Charlotte Seen presents one of the city’s largest, annual fashion events, featuring a runway show highlighting eco-friendly design and ready-to-wear fashion designers, and trend-setting hair and makeup stylists. There will be more than 200 models and 15 vendors representing their products, restaurants showcasing their cuisine, and eight bars. Plus, your ticket to this event gets you complimentary admission into the after-party at Label (10 p.m. DJ Ross One in the main room and DJ R Wonz in the Ivory Lounge, labelcharlotte.com). 6:30 p.m. $25-$55; VIP tables available. Silver Hammer Studios, at NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St., passportforfashion.com, passportforfashion2013.eventbrite.com.
Oak Room Grand Opening
Come check out this posh, new South End nightclub (click here to read my sneak preview), and party with Charlotte socialites. Featuring music by DJ Edward Shouse. 10 p.m. Free admission and free parking (valet also available); VIP tables available, firstname.lastname@example.org. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
For Sisters Only After-Party with Raheem Devaughn
For Sisters Only is a much-anticipated, all-day event each year, presented by V101.9 and Power 98 FM. The after-party features Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem Devaughn, and music by DJ Mr. Incognito. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $15 in advance. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St., thesolkitchen.com.
Sunday, April 21
Old-School Yacht Ride
Enjoy your favorite old-school R&B and hip hop music while sailing the waters of Lake Norman. Complimentary soul food will be served, along with a cash bar. There will also be prize giveaways and swag bags. Hosted by Fly Ty of Old School 105.3FM and music by DJ Freedom. Presented by QC Infobroker. 7-10 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 day of. Departing from Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius, oldschoolflyty-efbevent.eventbrite.com.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.