The Gray Classic Weekend, Martini and a Makeover, Cirque de Whisky, Daytime Summer Parties, and More – July 17-20

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Aerial artists will perform during “Cirque de Whisky” Friday night at Whisky River.
It’s another eventful span of four days in Charlotte, and several of these events are fundraisers, which means you can feel good while you're feeling good.
 

The Gray Classic (July 17-20)

The central point of this annual event series is the golf tournament, but there are also a handful of social events rounding out the fundraising weekend. Thursday, 5 p.m.: Business Roundtable at Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; Friday, 6 p.m.: Welcome Reception at Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge; Saturday: Golf Tournament and Women’s Empowerment Brunch at The Golf Club at Ballantyne; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Party With a Purpose at Vapiano; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Farewell Brunch at Upstream. Proceeds will benefit the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte. For more details, ticket prices, and registrations, visit thegrayclassic.com.
 

Thursday, July 17

 
Reminder: A handful of happy hour events and parties are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, as the weeklong AKA Boule 2014 festivities come to an end. Click here to check out that list.
 
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber presents this networking event at a different location around the city each month. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, win prizes, and make business connections. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free for Charlotte Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave., ballantyneclub.com, charlottechamber.com/events.
 
South End Social
If you love this popular neighborhood, come out and meet neighbors and business owners. Catered by Crispy Crepe, and this event is taking place at South End’s recently opened beer shop. 6-7:30 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested. The Beer Growler, 1427 South Blvd., thebeergrowler.net/charlotte, historicsouthend.com.
 
Cupcakes and Beer: Vegan Edition
Beers from RJ Rockers Brewing Company will be paired with Crave’s vegan desserts. 7-9 p.m. $15. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St., cravedessertbar.com.
 
Have a Hoot Thursdays 
This event takes place every other Thursday through the end of August (next dates are July 31, August 14, August 28), featuring live music on the lawn and great drink specials. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Ice Martini Bar, 9525 Birkdale Crossing Dr., Huntersville, icemartini.com.
 

Friday, July 18

 
Science on the Rocks
You might think of Discovery Place as an attraction only for kids, but the Uptown science museum is kicking off a new monthly event series for adults, being held the third Friday of each month. Check out the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit, engage in a Nerf gun battle, play “Angry Birds in Space” on a giant touch screen, and there’ll be bar games such as giant Jenga and catapult beer pong, and a gravity-defying aerial show from Caroline Calouche & Co. Plus, you’ll enjoy music from Channel 96.1 FM, 96.9 The Kat, and 106.5 The End, and a cash bar. 5-9 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., discoveryplace.org.
 
Summer Food Truck Rally
More than 20 Charlotte food trucks are confirmed to set up shop and dish out their goodness. Plus, there will be beer from Highland Brewing Company, wine from Shelton Vineyards, live music from Sanctum Sully, cornhole, hayrides, and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission; parking is $5. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville, ruralhill.net.
 
50 Shades of Men – The Show
This ladies night out event returns, featuring male models, complimentary champagne, and more. 8-11 p.m. General admission, $15 in advance. Men admitted after 11 p.m. for the after-party. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/50-shades-of-men-the-show-tickets-11560534871.
 
Fifth Annual Martini and a Makeover
Ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite red and black attire, and come out for a fun night, featuring samples and demonstrations from local vendors, prize giveaways, drink specials, and swag bags. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. 8-11 p.m. General admission, free, RSVP requested; VIP, $20. Blackfinn Ameripub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., blackfinnameripub.com/charlotte, eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-martini-and-a-makeover-tickets-11991441725.
 
Charlotte Gets F*cking Weird 6: The Two-Year Anniversary Party
It’s been two years since this festival-inspired EDM party series launched in Charlotte (and has since gone on to travel to other cities). The theme is “Ratchet 80s Wedding Reception” and you’re invited to come dressed in your favorite 80s attire, including gaudy wedding dresses, tuxedos, suits, workout gear, and large hair; or come as you are. Music by Kyle Biddy and Boy Beats World, Bossman, Bad Catholics, DV-US, DJ RA, Ampacity, Sundance Kidd, Kosta X, Collectr, Popraffy & Boome, Demboyz, At0m1c, DJ Ryan, Le Bang, M00dy, Savagez, Jason Wiggz & Nick Spain, Two Face, and Shuhandz. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, charlottegfw6.eventbrite.com.
 
Party Like A Pin-Up
Charlotte Fashion Week and Channel 96.1 FM present this pin-up-themed party, which is popular at Automatic Slims’ South Beach location. There’ll be music, pin-up girls, drink specials, prize giveaways, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; RSVP suggested. Automatic Slims, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., autoslims.com, facebook.com/automaticslimsclt.
 
Cirque de Whisky
Enjoy vodka-flavored snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, aerial artists, and special performances, as this Uptown nightclub is transformed into a Cirque/circus-inspired venue for the night. 10 p.m. Admission varies. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
 

Saturday, July 19

 
Low Country Boil
Treat your palate to an all-you-can-eat low country shrimp boil on the front patio of this Plaza Midwood hotspot. There will also be Abita beer specials, live music, and giveaways. 1-5 p.m. $20. The Peculiar Rabbit, 1212 Pecan Ave., thepeculiarrabbit.com.
 
The Grape Taste of Morrison
Peruse this upscale shopping center, and enjoy complimentary wine and food, live music, giveaways, and special sale items. Benefiting Teal Diva, a cancer survivor organization. 3-7 p.m. Free admission. Morrison SouthPark, 721 Governor Morrison St., morrisonsouthpark.com.
 
The Summer Soiree: Hosted by Fabolous
Chart-topping rapper, and creator of the “Cuffin' Season” anthem, Fabolous hosts this day party. Presented by Heights Entertainment. 3-8 p.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, heightsent.com.
 
Uncork It: Summertime Super Taste 
The theme for this tasting event is “Refreshing Summer Wines,” and there will be more than 35 wines featured, plus food samples from the new summer menu. 2-5 p.m. $20. D’Vine Wine Cafe, 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, dvinewinecafe.com.

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Horns, Bass and Strings Live
The night will feature music from a 12-piece party band infused with a DJ. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com, hornsbassstrings.eventbrite.com.
 
Off the Wall Three-Year Anniversary Party
This event series celebrates its third anniversary with music by MC/producer J Scienide, DJ Justice, Aking, and guest DJs. There will also be drink specials and prize giveaways. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Free admission before 11 p.m.; cover charge after. Crown Station Coffee House and Pub, 1425 Elizabeth Ave., crownstationpub.com
 

Sunday, July 20

 
Ignite Autism
Help raise funds and awareness for autism, while enjoying a day filled with live music, car shows, games, Q&A with NASCAR drivers, a bounce house for kids, and other activities. Presented by the Evernham Family Racing For a Reason Foundation and the Autism Society of North Carolina. Noon-9 p.m. Quaker Steak & Lube, 7731 Gateway Ln. NW, Concord, thelube.com/north-carolina/concord.
 
Cruel Summer: The Brunch Series Part 2
Take your brunch-time partying up a notch, with music from DJs Yona, Rowshay, and Nick Spain. Catered brunch and champagne specials. 2 p.m.-until. $15. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/vaultnc.
 
 

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Tuesday, July 22

Summer Schmooze
The Charlotte Chamber Metro Chapter’s signature summer event—this year with a baseball theme—will feature food from several restaurants, plenty of giveaways, and great networking opportunities. 5:30-8 p.m. $15. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., charlottechamber.com/events, ez-tixx.com/summer-schmooze-2014.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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