Young Professional Awards, Bar Crawls, Singles Party, Hoops & Heels, and More Feb. 6-9

The opening ceremonies for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics take place Friday. The EpiCentre is commemorating it with a bar crawl.

Photo credit: sochi2014.com

Your social itinerary awaits. Make some friends!
 

Thursday, February 6 

 
Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Awards – The YPs
The Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals are hosting their second annual awards, honoring 21-39 year-old professionals who’ve been selected as finalists in six categories. Pre-reception begins at 6 p.m.; awards program, 7 p.m. An after-party will follow at Label. $40. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., charlottechamber.com/events.
 
Bill Hanna’s Vintage Dance Band 
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to go dancing. The 20-piece orchestra will be accompanied by vocalist Renee Ebalaroza, as they play ballroom classics encouraging you to dance the swing, shag, fox trot, cha cha, waltz, samba, salsa, and more. Complimentary dance lessons begin at 7 p.m., and so does food service—light dining menu and full bar. Band plays 8-11 p.m. $10 (cash only for cover). Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave., grandcentralevents.com.
 
Blend
This night will feature three of the best female EDM DJs in the city: Moejo, Sarah Burns, and Lil Saint Dee. Drink specials on the menu. 10 p.m. Free admission. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.
 

Friday, February 7

 
Third Annual Bottoms Up Bar Crawl
Check out the bar scene in Concord during this crawl. A party bus will transport you to the participating bars: Bonfire, Iron Thunder, Tavern at the Mills, and Pippas. Drink specials at each stop. Registration 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10; $15 for two people. Bonfire Bar & Grille, 970 Branchview Dr. NE, Concord, bottomsup3.eventbrite.com.
 
The Cool Down
Kick back after work at this mixer, featuring drink specials and music by DJ Mic Check. 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., apostrophelounge.com.
 
Five Buck Friday Dance
This monthly swing dance event by Gottaswing Charlotte is for dancers of all skill levels—there's even dance lessons for beginners (7:30-8:30 p.m.). Music by DJ Savoy Joe Polsgrove. 7 p.m. $5. Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Ave., gottaswingcharlotte.com.
 
Around The World Olympic Bar Crawl
The Winter Olympic Games are kicking off in Sochi, so what better way to celebrate than hitting the bars at the EpiCentre. Participating bars: Whisky River, BlackFinn, StrikeCity, Vida, Bubble, and more. Each bar will hold a special event for crawlers to compete in and qualify to win prizes and medals. 8 p.m. $15. Registration at Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, olympicbarcrawl.eventbrite.com
 
First Fridays Charlotte
This month’s installment of this popular party series is an all-black affair (black attire is encouraged but not required). 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; ladies and Aquarius birthdays free until 11 p.m. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., firstfridayclt.eventbrite.com
 
Wolfgang Gartner Live 
The Los Angeles-based DJ is next up in this nightclub’s FreEDM Friday series. Opening sets by Rob Banks and DJ Frenzy. Brought to you by Disco Donnie Presents and Sugar Society. 10 p.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP admission, $25. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, sugarsociety.com.
 
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Saturday, February 8
 

Stephanie Ready hosts the second annual Hoops & Heels event this Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Photo credit: bobcats.com

Bowl with the Checkers
Come out for an afternoon of bowling with the Charlotte Checkers, CheckMates (cheerleaders), and mascot Chubby. Admission includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, games, and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $35. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com, gocheckers.com.
 
Hoops & Heels
It’s fun times just for the ladies, hosted by Charlotte Bobcats sideline reporter Stephanie Ready, and featuring a wine tasting by Wines D’ Italia, an interactive basketball 101 presentation, watching player warm-ups, and settling into a luxury suite to watch the Bobcats play the San Antonio Spurs. Each guest will also receive a Hoops & Heels T-shirt and the opportunity to win prizes. Doors open 3 p.m. $75. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., bobcats.com/hoopsandheels.
 
F.A.M. 
An acronym for fashion, art, music, this event will showcase 12 designers, four performing artists, and more than a dozen vendors. Brought to you by D’Vine Events and Entertainment. 7-10 p.m. $20. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., dvine-events.com.
 
Lock and Key Singles Party
Every woman gets a padlock, every man gets a key, and your goal is to match the right key with the right padlock for the chance to win prizes. And along the way you might meet someone you’re compatible with. Complimentary appetizers will be served during the first hour. 8-10 p.m. $27 in advance. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St., sipcharlotte.com, lockandkeyevents.com/charlotte.
 
Signature Saturdays
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month with a rotating lineup of entertainment, this night will feature live jazz by 5th & York, followed by music from DJ Shogun. Drink specials include $3 bottled beers, $6 martinis, and $99 Moët bottles. Brought to you by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before midnight; for VIP tables, eddiet456@gmail.com. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., facebook.com/VapianoCLT, eddietainment.com.
 
Christian Martin Live 
The Dirty Bird Records and San Francisco-based DJ returns, with opening sets by Nat Eichler and KT Caustic. 10 p.m. $10. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com.
 
Introducing Sarper
Mix and mingle, and listen to sounds from this lounge’s new DJ, Sarper. 10 p.m. Free admission. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com.
 
Valentease
Big Mammas House of Burlesque is putting on one of its biggest events of the year. This Valentine-themed night will feature dinner service, the sexy dancing girls, comedy, magic, music by DJ Spider, and more. Doors open 10 p.m.; show starts 10:30 p.m. $15. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St., upstagenoda.com.
 

Sunday, February 9

 
Brunch & Bubbles
Enjoy a special brunch at this Uptown hotspot, featuring three courses paired with champagnes from Champagne Duval-Leroy. 12 p.m. $50; reservations required, mandi@5church.com, 704-919-1322. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of W. Fifth and N. Church streets), 5church.com.
 
Soulful Sundays (new weekly event)
Be entertained by the Shrimp & Grits Band as well as various vocalists, rap artists, and poets. There will also be drink specials and hookah. A DJ will close out the evening. 7-10 p.m. $10. Red@28th, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112A, redat28th.com, eventbrite.com/e/soulful-sundays-tickets-10282257509.
 
Label On Sundays (weekly event)
Music this Sunday by DJ Cuttz. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, thesolkitchen.com/label-on-sundays-with-dj-cuttz.
 
 
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