NoDa Gras, TyberPalooza, Dance Parties, Fundraising Events, and More Feb. 27-Mar. 2

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Good Eats & Meets and Abita Brewery will host the Second Annual NoDa Gras Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on Friday.
Charlotte, especially Uptown, will be visited by tens of thousands of CIAA Week visitors over the next few days. If you're looking to join in that action, you’ll find more than 150 events and parties from Thursday to Sunday listed at And I even narrowed it down for you in my top picks.
So, this installment of the Dusk Till Dawn weekend social itinerary is dedicated to events that might appeal to those who are looking to get out and about but away from the CIAA crowds.

Thursday, February 27

City Tavern at 5
This Thursday night series in SouthPark returned for a winter run. Come out after work to mix and mingle, or later in the night to party (DJ goes on at 9 p.m.). Enjoy half-off select appetizers (until 11 p.m.), and drink specials all night including $5 glasses of wine, $5 cosmopolitan martinis, and $3 Heineken Lights. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. City Tavern – SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr.,
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber presents this monthly after-work event at a different venue around the city. There’ll be complimentary food and drinks, prizes, and great opportunities to network with business professionals. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Springhill Suites Ballantyne, 12325 Johnston Rd.,
The Happening (new weekly series)
This eclectic event features DJs, drum circles, spontaneous music, working artists, and drink specials. 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.,

Friday, February 28

Third Annual Spring Fest Block Party Weekend (Friday to Sunday)
Come out for a weekend of great drink specials and music from live bands and DJs. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell Rd.,
Second Annual NoDa Gras Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
Good Eats & Meets and Abita Brewery invite you to hit the NoDa bar scene during this organized crawl. There’ll be drink specials at each location and plenty of giveaways. 8 p.m.-midnight. $10 in advance; $15 day of. Check in at Cabo Fish Taco, 3201 N. Davidson St.,
TyberPalooza (Friday and Saturday)
This two-day event includes live bands, DJs, flip cup and cornhole tournaments, and Saturday features a beer tasting. A heated tent is being set up in the parking lot for your comfort. Presented by RockHouse Events. $7 weekend pass. Tyber Creek Pub, 1933 South Blvd.,,
Charlotte Locals’ Party (Friday and Saturday
Unwind at this lounge with the Montford crowd. DJ Dirty will spin on Friday night, and DJ Supa Skip on Saturday.9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr.,
NAN's this Weekend (Friday and Saturday)
Bring your koozies and dancing shoes to this South End hotspot. Music by DJ Jamie Overcash on Friday night, and DJ Clay Hefner on Saturday. Enjoy a $2.50 beer special. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission and free parking. Nan and Byron’s, 1714 South Blvd.,

Saturday, March 1

Teal Masquerade
This fundraising event includes complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Teal Diva, a sisterhood of gynecologic cancer survivors dedicated to celebrating victories, honoring memories, empowering women, educating the community, and funding diagnostic research. 6-11 p.m. $10 in advance. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.,
Mojo’s Grill and Pub Grand Opening
Early in the day you’ll find a family friendly environment with a chef-inspired food menu and games. Then at night on the weekends, the atmosphere shifts to a party with a DJ or live band and dance floor. The Night Move Band will perform R&B, beach, classic rock, and funk music. 8 p.m. Mojo's Grill and Pub, 19901 Holiday Ln., Cornelius,
Flocking at Firewater
Party planners the Socialflockers invite you to party at the lake. Enjoy food, drinks, and music by DJ BOB. 9 p.m. Free admission. Firewater at LKN, 20930 Torrence Chapel Rd, Cornelius,,
Saturday Night Dancing (weekly event)
DJ Chase Morgan will be spinning the records and keeping you moving all night. 10 p.m. Free admission. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St.,

Sunday, March 2

Strike Out Domestic Violence
The Steve Smith Family Foundation (S2F2), led by Carolina Panther Steve Smith and his wife Angie, is hosting their inaugural event. S2F2 is partnering with Safe Alliance on this fundraiser to benefit survivors of domestic violence, featuring bowling, food, drinks, and a VIP experience that includes a Steve Smith meet-and-greet and more. 5 p.m. Spectator tickets, $30; general admission, $50 or $75 for a pair; VIP (4 p.m.), $125 for adults and $75 for children ages 12 and under. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr.,,
Academy Awards Viewing Party 
Get dressed up and walk the red carpet at this event, which will also include hors d’oeuvres by Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen, photography by Austin Caine, and the Oscars shown on a large projection screen. Doors open 7 p.m. Advance tickets: $20 per person or $35 per couple. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St.,
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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