Sip & Stroll, Respect My Vote, Concert After-Parties, Panthers Game Viewing Parties, and More Sept. 14-16

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The Panthers play their home opener this Sunday against the Saints.

It’s a jam-packed weekend with social events and parties. Dive right in!

Friday, September 14

Sip & Stroll (Friday and Saturday)
This third annual festival features great art from approximately 40 visual artists, wine and wine seminars, food by EpiCentre restaurants, and live music by Charlotte jazz bands Unique Blend, Tempo All-Stars, U-Neek Flavur, and 5th & York. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 12-8 p.m. $20; $30 for two-day pass. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, sipandstrollcharlotte.com.

Little Black Dress
Ladies, wear your LBDs and come get pampered with manicures and makeup by Versa Salon, City Tan, and Lipp Boutique. Complimentary appetizers will also be served, along with drink specials such as $2.50 beer, $4 wine, and $5 vodka. 8 p.m. Free. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com.

Social Flockers in Ballantyne
These party-starters are hitting this south Charlotte hotspot tonight. The Jonathan Brooks Band will play on the patio 8:30-11:30 p.m., while the DJ rocks inside 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Cosmos Café Ballantyne, 8420 Rea Rd., cosmoscafe.com, socialflockers.com.

Big K.R.I.T. Concert After-Party
After his concert tonight at Tremont Music Hall, Mississippi rap star Big K.R.I.T. hosts this after-party. Also featuring Tiger The Ace, Royal-Tee, Tito Lopez, and hosted by Power 98’s Nolimit Larry. Music by DJ Shaun Nyce. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Free until midnight; $10 after; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave., club935.net.

Saturday, September 15

E Pluribus Unum Opening Reception with Respect My Vote!
Enjoy a great evening of art and music at the opening reception for E Pluribus Unum, Latin for “out of many, one," and the title of the new art exhibit at UNC Charlotte Center City that explores the experience of pluralism in America. The Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! initiative is partnering with this event and will showcase live performances by Mike from Day 26, Bettie Grind, and Mr. 704. Plus, Quentin "Q" Talley will deliver spoken word in front of a melting ice sculpture depicting the Middle Class. Complimentary wine and farm-to-fork cuisine provided by Harvest Moon Grille will be served. 6-10 p.m. Free. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., centercity.uncc.edu, respectmyvote.com.

Star Studded Saturdays Presents The Mary J. Blige After-Party
After her Liberation Tour stop at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, the Queen of hip hop and soul hosts this party, with special guest K. Michelle. Music by DJ Sean Nice. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Fifth Element, 500 W. Fifth St., 5thelementnc.com.

ID Saturdays Presents Vegas Nights
Experience the music at this large Uptown nightclub, featuring DJ Vice, resident DJ at TAO in Las Vegas; along with DJ Red of the Beatnox. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available, graham@phoenixofcharlotte.com. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, wantickets.com/vegasnights.

Liberation Tour After-Party with Melanie Fiona
This rising R&B star goes from the concert stage to this Elizabeth nightclub for her after-party. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Cost varies; VIP tables available. Societe, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave., societecharlotte.com.

Stilettos & Bow Ties III: The Stoplight Edition
It’s a celebration of the Virgos, with a twist—the stoplight. Pick a color to indicate your status: green if you’re single and up for a good time, yellow if you’re slightly more conservative and possibly single, and red if you’re in a relationship or not looking. Music by DJ Shogun. Presented by King Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., twitter.com/republic_of_clt, kingentevents.com.

Sunday, September 16

Roaring Riot / Cans Recycled
Reliving the days of when Cans Bar and Canteen was open and was a favorite among Carolina Panthers fans, you can enjoy that old atmosphere throughout the season for games. Hosted by the Roaring Riot unofficial Panthers fan club. 11 a.m. Free. Cans Recycled (Fifth Element), 500 W. Fifth St., facebook.com/cans.recycled, roaringriot.com.

Panthers vs. Saints Tailgate and Viewing Party
With its close proximity to Bank of America Stadium, this is one of the most popular tailgate locations all season. And this Sunday you can root for the Carolina Panthers at home against the New Orleans Saints. There’ll be food from various restaurants, a fully staffed bar, indoor seating, live music, a live WFNZ broadcast, and plenty of TVs. 12 p.m. Free. WFNZ/CPI Security Doghouse, 401 W. Morehead St., charlotte.cbslocal.com/show/the-cpiwfnz-dog-house.

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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