Weekend Social Events, Nov. 3 to Nov. 6

You could use a break during the last weekend before Election Season. Here's a whole list of our best recommendations.
JJ's Red Hots hosts its annual Sausagefest this Saturday.

Say it with us: It’s the last weekend before Election Day. Go out and celebrate for making it out alive, and don’t forget to vote on Tuesday if you haven’t already. See y’all out there!


Thursday, Nov. 3

Opera on Tap

Opera Carolina celebrates National Opera Week with two special performances of the live stage premiere of Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera) at D9 Brewing, 11138-C Treynorth Drive, in Cornelius. The performance will be in the brewery’s taproom, so hoist a pint high and feel cultured all the same. The free evening begins at 7. RSVP here. 


Friday, Nov. 4

Craft Beer Crawl

The EpiCentre hosts its fourth annual beer crawl devoted to craft brews. A $12 ticket buys you 10 craft beer samples and entry to Rooftop 210, Blackfinn, StrikeCity, Vida, Vida Vida, Bubble, Whisky River, Suite, Tin Roof and Howl at the Moon. Registration begins at 7 p.m. at Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St. Buy your ticket here. 


Benefit21: An EXTRAordinary Evening

Join Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte for a fancy evening at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, for this fundraising event. The evening includes dinner, both a silent and live auction, dancing and games. Tickets cost $120 per person, the attire is semi-formal, and the party lasts from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Buy your ticket here. 


Jazz at the Bechtler

The first Friday of the month means this monthly gathering of jazz and art returns to Charlotte. Choose from one of two shows: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is at 420 S. Tryon St. Tickets cost $14, and you can buy one here. 


Pumpkin Fest

Halloween may be over, but fall is just getting started. Whisky River pays homage to the beautiful orange gourd that is the pumpkin tonight with pumpkin-inspired cocktails, beers, snacks and desserts. Tickets cost about $22 for this event that begins at 8 p.m. at 210 E. Trade St. Buy your ticket here. 


Saturday, Nov. 5


JJ’s Red Hots bring back its annual festival celebrating all things sausage-y today, and you’re invited. Tickets cost about $43, but they include unlimited beer and sausage samplings from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the restaurant’s Dilworth location, 1514 East Blvd. The party also features live music from two different bands. Buy your ticket here. 


Noir VII: All-Black Affair

We’ll leave it to the event promoters to describe this one to you: “There are your typical nightlife experiences, and then there are those special nights that you don't forget…Noir is one of the most anticipated events of the fall, conveying the chic ambiance of Paris and the crème de la crème of Charlotte.” With that kind of description, you should expect nothing less than fancy with a capital F. The evening starts at 9 at the Bank of America Urban Garden, 150 N. College St. Tickets start at about $27. Buy one here. 


Hammers and Ales

This fundraising event puts tools in the hands of those who need them – literally. Helping benefit the Charlotte Community Tool Bank, your $35 ticket to this event includes two beers, food, and access to live music, games and an auction. The party starts at 7 p.m. at C3 Lab, 2525 Distribution St. Buy your ticket here. 


Chocolate for a Cure

Rescheduled from October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this gala features live music, special vendors, chocolate and wine pairings, cocktails, appetizers, gift bags, giveaways and more. The evening begins at 7 p.m. at Le Meridien, 555 S. McDowell St. Tickets cost about $59. Buy one here. 


Sunday, Nov. 6

Panthers vs. Rams


It’s game day again for our Panthers, and here’s to hoping we have our first win streak of the season! Carolina takes on the Rams in the team’s new Los Angeles stadium today, beginning at 4:05 p.m. Here are two bars we especially recommend for watching the game with like-minded Panthers fans.


Ed’s Tavern

This neighborhood joint offers $2 Bud Light Panthers cans, $5 Bloody Marys and $5 Mimosas on Sundays, so you can watch the game after having brunch. Ed’s opens at 11 a.m. and is at 2200 Park Road. Let’s go, Panthers!


Murphy’s Kitchen and Tap

This newcomer to Charlotte’s social scene is a welcome addition, and the bars here are delightful. That’s right: bars. The Irish pub has $5 Bloody Marys on special today, and it opens at 11:30 a.m. Murphy’s is at 445 W. Trade St.


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