Red Dress, Pink, and Fashion Parties; BLOCtoberfest, Cocktail Events, UNCC Homecoming Parties, and More Oct. 10-13

Several great events this Thursday through Sunday are raising funds for breast cancer awareness and other charitable causes.
Check out this list of twenty-or-so social events and parties taking place over the next four days. And if that’s not enough to get you revved up, the NASCAR Chase also hits Charlotte this weekend in the Bank of America 500
 

Thursday, October 10

 
Third Annual Pink Party
This popular salon invites you to join in the fight against breast cancer, during an evening featuring complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent auction, and swag bags. Proceeds benefiting Carolina Breast Friends. 6-8 p.m. Free with RSVP. Re Salon and Medspa, 1212 South Blvd., resalonandmedspa.com, resalonandmedspapinkparty.eventbrite.com
 
Chocolate Lounge Networking Event
Women in their 20s and 30s are invited to come network and learn more about the faith-based group, Women of the ELCA. Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be served, along with a cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages. 6-9 p.m.  Free with RSVP. Red Rocks Cafe, 4223 Providence Rd., redrockscafe.com, boldcafe.org
 
Little Red Dress Party
Wear your stylish red dress or other red attire in support of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women. The evening will feature door prizes, makeup advice, a style expert, and more. 6-9 p.m. Free with RSVP; donations accepted at the door. Macy’s, at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd., littlereddress2013.eventbrite.com
 
After Work Mix at Six
Kick it after work in the University Area, at this social event featuring food and drink specials, and music by DJ Cato. Presented by 5 Point Promotions. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. FireWater Restaurant & Bar, 8708 JW Clay Blvd., firewatercharlotte.com, 5pointpromotions.com.
 
MetLive: Music on the Greenway
It’s the final installment of the fall run of this weekly after-work series. Music by Simplified, while you enjoy a great view of Uptown, and food and drinks from surrounding restaurants and bars. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., metmidtown.com/metropolitan-metlive.htm.
 

Friday, October 11

 
Village Tavern at 5
Enjoy live acoustic music by Scott Smith, along with drink specials such as $3 Bud and Bud Light, $5 select wines, and $5 margaritas. Presented by Paschal Promotions. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St., villagetavern.com, paschalpromotions.com.
 
Green & White Homecoming Crawl
With a true homecoming because there’s now a football team, UNC Charlotte alumni are asked to wear your green and white gear and hit up these popular bars. The crawl will start at BlackFinn, and then move to Prohibition, Fox and Hound, and finish end at Fitzgerald’s. There’ll be free food and drinks along the way as well as additional specials. 6-10 p.m. $20. Uptown, alumni.uncc.edu/events/green-white-homecoming-crawl.
 
The Craft Cocktail Series: Hands-On Cocktail Class
Learn how to make great cocktails once and for all. Full bar stations will be set up for you as you’re given instructions from a professional bartender. You’ll learn to make three different cocktails, which you’ll be able to enjoy along with complimentary appetizers paired with each one. Presented by Good Eats & Meets. 7-10 p.m. $30. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse (upstairs lounge), 139 S. Tryon St., chima.cc, craftcocktailchima.eventbrite.com.
 
Race Week Party
Celebrate race weekend at this party, where you can watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the company of the Whisky Chicks. There will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, free mechanical bull rides, and prize giveaways including tickets to Saturday’s Bank of America 500. 8-11 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested, party@whiskyrivercharlotte.com. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
 
The Bald Ball: A Pink Tie Affair
Come dressed to impress for a festive night in support of a great cause. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Music by DJ Chase. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Charlotte chapter of the Sisters Network, Inc. Hosted by V 101.9 FM and Herb and Felicia Gray. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., ganttcenter.org, get.crowntickets.com.  
 
Tego Calderón Live 
The acclaimed Puerto Rican rapper and reggaeton artist will perform his hits and fan favorites. Presented by Live Time Ent., Conciertos Latinos, and Bravo Productions. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. General admission, $30; VIP, $50. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., tegocalderoncharlotte.eventbrite.com.
 

Saturday, October 12

 
WOBtoberfest
This annual, all-day craft beer and music festival will feature an extensive lineup of seasonal and German beers, special flights, mixed drafts, and some German beers featured on a Randall. There’ll be brewery giveaways, raffles, bartenders and servers dressed in traditional German clothing, live bands, and you’re invited to put your skills and strength to the test in the stein holding competition. Noon-2 a.m. Free admission. World of Beer South End, 222 E. Bland St., wobusa.com/Locations/south-end.
 
BLOCtoberfest VII
Business Leaders of Charlotte (BLOC) present their annual music festival, featuring Loose Lugnuts, Of Good Nature, Phase 2, and headliner Sirsy. Proceeds will benefit The Prodigal Son Foundation. 2-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ncmusicfactory.com, businessleadersofcharlotte.com.
 
Triple C Cornhole Tournament with Bar Athletes
Compete for cash prizes at this indoor cornhole tournament (entry fee for the tournament is $10 per team), while also enjoying great local beer and live music by Hunters Travesty. 4 p.m. Free admission. Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St., triplecbrewing.com, barathletes.com.
 
UNCC Homecoming Family Fun Fest and After-Party
Celebrate your Charlotte 49ers with fellow fans, at this two-part event presented by the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association. The Fun Fest is for all ages and will feature live music by Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers, a silent auction, and complimentary food from Shane's Rib Shack. 6-9 p.m. $10 for adults; kids admitted free. Small Bar, and parking lot, at NC Music Factory, 900 Seaboard St., smallbarclt.com. After-Party (for ages 21 and up) with live music from Joystick until 11 p.m., followed by music from DJ Joey. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Saloon at NC Music Factory, thesalooncharlotte.com, 49eralumni.ticketleap.com/hcafterparty.
 
Third Annual Koozies for Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Party
Go pink for a great cause, and try the pink daiquiri flavors. Ten percent of total sales during the party, as well as dollar amounts from specific memorabilia items purchased, will benefit breast cancer awareness. Music by DJ Wood. 8 p.m.-close. Free admission. Wet Willie’s, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., wetwillies.com/Locations/Charlotte.html.
 
Signature Saturdays
Mix and mingle at this hip restaurant, bar, and lounge, while you’re treated to live jazz by Tragik Soundz, followed by music from DJ Flemingo. Drink specials include $6 martinis, $3 bottled beers, and $99 Moët bottles. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free until midnight; cover charge after; for VIP tables, eddiet456@gmail.com. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., vapiano-charlotte.com, eddietainment.com.
 
Princess Party
This South End lounge has been a Saturday night hotspot since opening in the spring. This night celebrates VIP manager Yussra Mansour’s birthday. Music by DJ Edward Shouse. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; for VIP tables, viptables@oakroomclt.com. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
 
Prestige: Black Attire Affair
It’s a party for UNCC homecoming alumni and fans, as well as all partiers who are asked to come dressed in black party attire. Music by UNCC alumni DJ Ngenius and DJ Dexter Dynamite. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cover charge varies; for VIP tables, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., facebook.com/republic.charlotte, thesolkitchen.com
 
The Assembly
Partake in good drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Paradime, and an interactive art display. Presented by Inner Circle Events. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St., bluecharlotte.com, theassembly.eventbrite.com.
 

Sunday, October 13

 
Lights! Camera! Fashion!
This is the signature fundraiser of the Junior League of Charlotte—last year’s event drew more than 900 people. The event will feature runway fashion shows, prize giveaways, shopping opportunities with 20 percent discounts, and a guest appearance by InStyle Style Ambassador Tai Beauchamp. 6-9:30 p.m. $50 and up. Belk, at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd., jlcharlotte.org
 
The Walking Dead Season Premiere Viewing Party
Watch the season premiere with fellow fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and win prizes. There will also be the premiere The Walking Fierce film short. 7-10:30 p.m. Free admission. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., dilworthgrille.com, facebook.com/events/160034117538428
 
Sin Sunday: Ryan Lochte – Welcome to Charlotte Edition
It’s a special edition of this industry night party, celebrating the arrival of swim star Ryan Lochte as one of Charlotte’s newest residents. Hosted by his friend, fellow Olympian and Charlottean Cullen Jones along with Chet Desai. Music by DJ Ahuf, DJ Rowshay, and DJ Edward Shouse. Plus, the Sunday night drink specials: $5 Crown and Down, $3 Fire Eater, and $3 beer. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 'Stache House Bar & Lounge, 1520 South Blvd., Ste. 120, stachehouseclt.com, facebook.com/stachehouseclt.
 
EN•ER•GY 
Keep the party going on Sunday night, especially if you’re off work Monday for Columbus Day. Music by DJ B-Lord. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Everyone free until 11 p.m.; cover charge after. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, thesolkitchen.com.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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