Social Mixers, Singles Events, Red Tie Gala, Steelers vs. Panthers Tailgates and Parties, and More – Sept. 18-21

Photo credit: facebook.com/bubblecharlotte
Charlotte’s Most Wanted: Top Singles of the Queen City takes place Friday at Bubble lounge.
It’s an exciting next few days in Charlotte, with plenty of enticing social events on the schedule, as this is officially the last weekend of summer (first day of fall is next Tuesday). Seize the day!
 

Thursday, September 18

 
Caipirinha Tasting Event
Experience this authentic Brazilian cocktail—your ticket gets you three tastings of caipirinha—along with appetizers. Taking place at the upstairs bar and lounge. 5-8 p.m. $20. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St., facebook.com/chimacharlotte.
 
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber’s monthly after-work event sets up at the EpiCentre’s rooftop, offering networking with business professionals, complimentary food and drinks, and the chance to win prizes. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/rooftop210, charlottechamber.com/events.
 
Charlotte’s Favorite Hour
Herb and Felicia Gray host their popular monthly event, this time welcoming guests to Charlotte’s new, upscale sports bar. Enjoy drinks, music, and the Thursday night NFL game will be shown. 5:30-11 p.m. Free admission. Sports One Bar & Lounge, 521 N. College St., facebook.com/sportsonecharlotte.
 
#instabeerupclt
Social darlings Corri Smith and Amy Herman host round three of their #instabeerupclt series, inviting you to a fun and comfortable social networking evening—this time in South End. 6 p.m. Free admission. Good Bottle Co., 125 Remount Rd., goodbottleco.com, facebook.com/events/731090243593222.
 
Hotshots’ One-Year Anniversary Party and Customer Appreciation Day
This Mooresville sports bar and grill is showing its appreciation for customer support during its first year of business by offering 25-cent Bud and Bud Light drafts all day and night. And you can meet the lovely bartenders and waitresses. Open until 2 a.m. Free admission. Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill, 247 E. Plaza Dr., Mooresville, facebook.com/hotshotsmooresville.
 

Friday, September 19

 
Science on the Rocks: Fan Fest
It’s time again for Uptown’s science museum’s monthly, adults-only event. Guests are invited to come dressed in their favorite team’s colors, hang out with the Charlotte Knights’ mascot, test their skills in the Charlotte Hounds’ lacrosse toss, shoot to score at the Charlotte Checkers’ slapstick hockey shootout, compete in the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s slack rope challenge, and there’ll be an ultimate fan trivia challenge. Plus, as usual, there’ll be cash bars and music from Charlotte radio DJs. 5-9 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., discoveryplace.org.
 
Meet and Greet Social Mixer and Stoplight Party
Awesome Random Adventures is a popular social group for twenty- and thirty-somethings, and they’re hosting a night featuring a complimentary buffet, drink specials, prize giveaways, and bar games. And this is also a stoplight party, which is where guests wear a colored wristband to denote their relationship status: single, in a relationship or not looking for one, and unsure. 7-10 p.m. $10. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com, meetup.com/awesome-adventures-charlottes-best-20s-and-30s-social-club.
 
Charlotte’s Most Wanted: Top Singles of the Queen City 
It’s a singles charity auction, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, and the evening will include eligible men and women, ranging from their mid-20s to 40s, who will be auctioned off for dates. There will also be food, drink specials, music, and more. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 and up. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, ticketssoeasy.com/topsingles.
 
CLT Models’ Fall Fashion Mixer
Industry professionals, fashionistas, and everyday lovers of fashion are invited to this mixer, which includes a fall fashion show featuring collections from Circa 360, Sizetique, Sara Johnson, and LeMond Modeling. Proceeds will benefit All We Want Is L.O.V.E. 9-11 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested; donations accepted. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, cltmodels.com/industry-mixer.html.
 
Riot Fridays (weekly event)
Have you checked out this vintage-themed nightclub yet? DJ Edward Shouse will play top-40 mash-ups, drink specials will be served, and you can bounce around from the main room to the billiards lounge to the outdoor tiki bar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Automatic Slims, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., autoslims.com, facebook.com/automaticslimsclt.
 
One Night Only with Olivia Chisholm
See talented Charlotte R&B musicians perform, including Olivia Chisholm, Ebony AnGiah, and K.Riss. Hosted by Bootz Durango, and music by DJ RaQuest. After-party will follow. 9 p.m. $5 before 10 p.m.; $10 after; VIP, $20. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com/venues/studio-movie-grill, instagram.com/oliviachisholm_.
 

Saturday, September 20

 
Italian at 7th Grand Opening
Formerly known as Villa Francesca, this Italian restaurant and bar has been renovated and rebranded. Come check out what it has in store during this grand opening event, with live entertainment and giveaways during the afternoon. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Italian at 7th, 321 N. Caldwell St., facebook.com/italianat7th.

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Charlotte Beerfest
This inaugural beer festival offers sampling from more than 100 craft beers, along with food vendors, live music by Blues Traveler, Simplified, and Charity Case, and games and tournaments, all taking place inside Uptown’s beautiful baseball stadium. 4-9 p.m. $50. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., charlottebeerfest.com.
 
Sixth Annual Lake Norman Wildlife Oyster and Shrimp Fest
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservation’s annual fundraising event takes place at the new LangTree development this year, offering food, drinks, live music, a silent auction, and more. 5-10 p.m. $50. LangTree at The Lake, 401 Langtree Rd., Mooresville, langtreelkn.com, lakenormanwildlife.org/oysterfest.htm.
 
Third Annual Red Tie Gala
The Young Professionals Society of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte host their annual fundraising event, where you’re encouraged to show off your best red wardrobe, while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, two complimentary drinks in addition to a cash bar, live music, dancing, and a silent auction. 6-10 p.m. $60; ticket sales end Friday at 2 p.m. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St., rmhofcharlotte.org.
 
Panthers Pride Bar Crawl
Show your pride for the hometown team by wearing you Carolina Panthers gear and bar-hopping with a bunch of fellow fans. Participating bars: Prohibition, Ri Ra, Sip, Roxbury, and Tilt. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Presented by Lazyday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 day of. Registration at Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., pantherspridebarcrawl.eventbrite.com.
 
Heaven and Hell Party
There’ll be a Helluva Hot chicken wing eating contest for cash prizes ($5 to enter), along with music, a themed food menu, and drink specials. 8 p.m. Free admission. Solstice Tavern, 3221 N. Davidson St., solsticetavern.com.
 
Live Jazz: 5th and York
Popular Charlotte jazz band 5th and York performs at this Uptown martini bar. 9 p.m. Free admission. Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., sydneysmartiniandwinebar.com, facebook.com/fifthandyork
 
Vanity’s One-Year Anniversary Party Hosted by Mike Epps
This nightclub is saying thank you for the support during its first year, with a party hosted by comedian and actor Mike Epps. And there’ll be $1 Pineapple Ciroc drinks. Music by DJ Ca. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before midnight; cover charge after; VIP tables available. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. Fifth St., vanitycharlotte.com.
 
Power
MAZ Entertainment, The A List, and Kwagi Heath Group are joining forces for this Saturday night party, with music by DJ Skillz. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $7 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, poweratphoenix.eventbrite.com.
 

Sunday, September 21

 
Sports Brunch (new weekly event)
It’s the kickoff of a new Sunday brunch event, hosted by Melanie Pratt of Praise 100.9. Brunch menu will be for order, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and after brunch, NFL games will be shown. 11 a.m. Free admission. Sports One Bar & Lounge, 521 N. College St., facebook.com/sportsonecharlotte.
 
PCOS Awareness Social
Help raise money and awareness for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), which is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. The afternoon will include raffle prizes, gift bags, and tasty items from the crepe menu. Hosted by R Elegance Event Planning. 3-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Crispy Crêpe, 1436 South Blvd., crispycrepe.com, werelegance.com/rsvp.html.
 

Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers

The Panthers host this nationally televised game on NBC. Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. 
 
Cans:Recycled – Panthers' Fans Home Game Party
The Roaring Riot presents its popular home game event, featuring a pre-party with a DJ, followed by the game being shown on all TVs with sound. 3 p.m. Free admission. Draught, 601 S. Cedar St., draughtcharlotte.com, facebook.com/thecansrecycled.
 
Panthers Fans Tailgate
This Uptown bar is hosting a tailgate party, offering complimentary wings and great drink specials such as $2 select draft beers, $3 select shots, and $4 cocktails. 5-8 p.m. $5. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St., tiltontrade.com.
 
Steel City Takeover
As you might know, there are a lot of Pittsburgh fans in Charlotte, and Steeler Nation is hosting a big tailgate party, featuring a DJ, drinks, food vendors, former player appearances, and raffles. Noon-7 p.m. $20. EZ Parking Lot, Cedar Yard 3, 600 McNinch St., steelertailgate.com.
 
NFL Fans Tailgate
Football fans are invited to tailgate and represent their teams, as this event will provide food, drinks, music, and a television showing the Steelers-Panthers game. 5 p.m.-midnight. $15. Corner of S. Graham St. and W. Fourth St., facebook.com/events/1446020245638920.
 

Where to Watch the Game

@ Angry Ale’s, 1518 Montford Dr., facebook.com/angryalesmofo.

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@ All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., facebook.com/allamericanpub.
 
@ Dilworth Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., dilworthgrille.com.
 
@ Hickory Tavern, at Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., facebook.com/ht.metropolitan
 
@ Fitzgerald’s (a Steelers bar), 201 E. Fifth St., fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
 

[Mark Your Calendar… The Week Ahead]

Wednesday, September 24
Dusk Till Dawn Social Series Kickoff
Since you’re here, it means you read the Dusk Till Dawn blog, and hopefully you find the list of events that are published each week to be resourceful. Well now, Charlotte magazine and Dusk Till Dawn are launching an event series of its own. The Dusk Till Dawn Social Series kicks off on this evening and you’re invited to mix and mingle and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and the chance to win an awesome gift certificate from Diamonds Direct (buy yourself some bling). 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission; RSVP required. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd., www.charlottemagazine.com/DTDSocialSeries.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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