Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! Tonight's party list

Today is the big day! I've been waiting all year to dress up and now I can. Whether you're barhopping in costume or hitting one of the parties below, be safe and have fun. Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 30, 2015

From Ghostbusters to Hip-hop: Tonight's Halloween Parties

A few pre-Halloween events to get you ready for the big party tomorrow. This is also your last weekend to get spooked at a Haunted House. Not sure where to go tomorrow? Here's my list of Saturday parties. I can't wait!

Carving starts at 3:30 p.m. Details.

The Gender Fusion: Monster’s Ball is an LGBTQ-friendly Halloween party featuring Tarot card readings, a lip-sync battle, costume contest and more. 7 p.m. Petra’s,  1919 Commonwealth Ave. $10.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Party List

This is one of my favorite party weekends ever! It's time to unveil your costumes and have fun. If you need some last minute ideas, try Stash Pad in Plaza-Midwood. It's a thrift store, but they have a make up artist doing Halloween stuff. Real cool spot.






Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Weekend Preview: Happy hour, Front Porch Sunday, food web series

What's up party people! This weekend is going to be crazy. Today's list is non-Halloween party. My Halloween party post goes live tomorrow. Put the finishing touches on your costume. It's going to be a crazy weekend. 

Breast Cancer Fundraiser - Enjoy wine specials and homemade baked goods at the Drink Pink Party. It benefits Little Pink Houses of Hope, which provides free weeklong beach trips for breast cancer patients and their families.6:30-8:30 p.m. The Cork and Cask, 9624 F Bailey Road, Cornelius.

Happy Hour - Sportsone & The Grays present Charlotte’s Favorite Happy Hour. There will be live music, food and drink specials. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Carolina Breast Friends. 5 - 9 p.m. Sports One, 321 N. College St. Free.


Happy Anniversary - NoDa Brewery celebrates it's 4-year anniversary with events today through Sunday. There will be beer releases, including faves such as Hot Pistol and Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge. There will also be live music and food trucks! Tonight: include a NoDable from every NoDa Brewer released every half hour. Food from Tiger Yakatori. First 100 people through the door are entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes.


Last One - It’s the last Front Porch Sunday Market of the year. Enjoy Charlotte food trucks, fashion trucks, artisans and entrepreneurs. Beer samples from BREWPUBLIK and South End Hops Festival and free samples of beer and kombucha from Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Food: Southerncakequeen, Yummi Banh Mi Truck, True Crafted Pizza, #BigRedCLT, and King of Pops Charlotte. Vendors: L Squared, Dress Like A Girl Mobile Boutique, 704 Shop, Daylight Derived, Lightbeings, Stix+Stones, PlayGround Phresh Kids, Havok Designs, Journey Home, Ellie's Bijoux, Katelynn Racer, Crowned Sparrow Co., Basha Boutique, CLT Boutique, Jan Harris Studios and more. Front Porch Sundays, 1 -5 p.m., Shook Kelley Building, 2151 Hawkins Street. Details.

Food & Lifestyle - Order/Fire is a culinary web series exploring local chefs personalities and passion. There will be a premiere party for the airing of the first episode. It features Heirloom's Chef Clark Barlowe and The Loose Lugnuts. The first 100 people to arrive get their first beer is on Asterisk Creative. 2 p.m. Sunday, Free Range Brewing, 2320 N. Davidson St.

R&B Soulster - Raheem DeVaughn is showing his love for black women with his new project “Queen.” His Queens For A Day supported battered black women. He joins songstresses  Leela James. 8 p.m., Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard. $27.50 Standing room only. Parking onsite.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tupelo Honey Bloody Mary (Video), Sunday Events

The weekend wind down. It's a slow weekend for events, but there's a couple of things going down today. Before you hit the parties, head to Tupelo Honey for their Signature Bloody Mary featuring Dixie's Black Peppered Vodka. Sip + Play Charlotte will be spotlighting restaurant's yummalicious Bloody Marys (my favorite Sunday drink) for the next two weeks. 

Meet mixologist Tiara Coleman:

Family Fun - Forget Chopped, this event is Carved. Charlotte chefs will participate in a pumpkin carving competition. Mixologists, food artisans, food educators, and other culinary professionals will also cut up! Attendees get to vote on the best pumpkin carver. Other activities include Scott Link magic and balloons, Sarah Pollock doing caricature, Popcorn on the cob demonstration, an Apple cider press and an ice cream machine churning frozen delights. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free Range Brewing, $20. Details.

Boat Party - SPENT Entertainment & Sweet Caroline present Pier Pressure NC, an EDM yacht party. Featured EDM and House music DJs are: Wiggz N Wonz, Danny B,  Daniels Jack, Freaky QC x Killtrak, DOMii, Zoe Gray x DJ Claya Jade and Richie The Kid x Fotizo. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Pier Pressure NC Yacht Cruise on Lake Norman, 1162 River Highway (Hwy 150). Free Parking and shuttle service to the boat is available. Please park behind Big Daddy's of Lake Norman*

Don't Forget

Farm Family Fun - Yes, there is a such thing. This is a Panthers’ themed event on to celebrate the Panthers’ Sunday night game. There will be football drills and prizes. Green Go Taco (locally-sourced food truck) will be on site and refreshments will be sold in the barn.  4 p.m. 8 p.m. Wise Acres Farm, 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The list keeps growing! More homecoming parties tonight

Just Added!


Grave Diggers Ball winners and going doggie style tonight

I was so excited about Catch On's Low Country Boil today, that I made one Tonya style earlier this week. But today is the real thing! After you finish stuffing your faces there get ready for the biggest costume party of the Halloween season.

But first! Congrats to our Grave Diggers Ball Ticket winners. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Don't forget to tag #sipandplayclt from the party tonight!

VIP Winners: Jerry Fehlman and Lindsay Ellis
 General Admission: James Seller, Kimberly Cole of Chattanooga, Natividad Lewis, Darrell Mullins, Lisa Walker, Gracie Ponjuan, John English, Katherine Richard, Marie Bannister and Shederick Mathew.  

Our next giveaway is tickets to the Moonshine Festival on Nov. 20.

A Worthy Cause -  The Queen City Gala benefits charities for our most vulnerable citizens. Come out for an  elegant evening, featuring music by U-Phonik, an open bar with a signature drink, heavy d’oeuvres, a wine pull and a silent auction. This evening benefits the Men's Shelter of Charlotte, Lydia's Legacy & Samaritan's Feet. 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., LaCa Projects Art Gallery, 1429 Bryant St. $65 single, $125 per couple. Details.

Doggie Style - Bring the pooch out for a party just for them. Barktoberfest 2015 features a 1-mile Dogwalk, followed by a fall festival. Doggie treats and ice cream will be provided for each dog at Canine Cafe. Don’t mess the doggie Howl-o-ween Costume Contest and more. Proceeds benefit Murray's Fund and Paws 4 People. The ticket price is for adults. No charge for dogs or children.  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St. $20. Details.

Felabration - It’s time for Su Casa: We Love Fela 2015!, the annual tribute to the life and music of Fela Kuti. Resident DJ Justice Sun Tzulu, and Steel Wheel, live Afrobeat sounds by Kenya Templeton. face painting by Catherine Courtlandt, and live painting by Dammit Wesley. There will also be vendors, film, photography and more. 10 p.m. Petra’s,  1919 Commonwealth Avenue $5 and up.

Regional Art Extravaganza - Nearly 100 regional artists will exhibit works in the FREE for ALL in a massive collection. Art will be everywhere. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E 36th St.

Don't Forget
The Halloween Party - Flo Rida headlines this year’s Grave Diggers Ball. It's a screamfest with the largest costume contest, DJs and live music performances. 6 p.m. Grave Diggers Parking Lot, 500 North College St.

Art & Fitness - This is an odd pairing, but I’m all about fitness. The Gantt center is hosting its Inaugural Art of Living Fit + Well celebration. It’s a full day featuring healthy eating cooking demonstrations, interactive dance classes, fitness and wellness expert advice, Zumba, yoga and more. There will also be guest appearances. Register and learn more. 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Details.

Costume Cruise - Pre-Halloween festivities continue with the Inaugural Costume Cruise. Ticket includes party bus to and from Lake Norman with drinks, drink specials on the 90’ two-story Ragin’ Uptown Party Yacht. There will be DJ, costume contest, and free cover afterward at Prohibition. 6:45-7:45 - Check-In at Prohibition, 200 N Tryon St. Details.

Farmer’s Market On Fleek - The #SustainableSaturday - Local Produce & Artist Market is more than farmer's market. It will feature produce from Windcrest Farms, Bush-n-Vine & more. Not Just Coffee will be crafting pour over & espressos. Joe's Doughnuts is on site making your favorites! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Barn @ Pure Pizza , 1911 Central Ave.

Seafood Boil - Catch On Seafood and Pizza Peel are teaming up for another   Lowcountry Boil and Oyster Roast. Enjoy fresh South Carolina Shrimp and all the usual fixings in a Low Country Boil. There will be oysters, beer and more. There will be live music and art. 3 p.m. Pure Pizza, corner of Thomas Ave and Central Ave. $30. Details.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Pre-Halloween parties, The real Bachtoberfest and more homecoming parties

Finally, it's Friday!!! Art and pre-Halloween parties. Let's get this party started. See you in the streets...

Don't miss my homecoming party list.

Bikes & Paint - Artist, cyclist and Charlotte B-Cycle member Fred Sexton committed to A Painting A Day that he creates on his iPad. Freddie is showcasing his work in an exhibit at B-Cycle’s office. All paintings are available for sale for $20. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.
6 p.m. Charlotte B cycle Made Possible By Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, 333 East Trade St. Suite A. Details.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Elevate presents the 9th Annual Pink Party at Sip, 200 N. Tryon St. 10 p.m.

Don't Forget
Costume Party - The 7th Annual Nightmare on Morehead features costume contests and music by DJ Spooky. 8 p.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead St. $5, $10.

OktoberFest Symphony Style - The Charlotte Symphony presents KnightSounds Bachtoberfest III: Bach & Beer for symphony novices each Friday night. This month’s Oktoberfest theme features beer tastings, a roaming accordionists, and a live “oompa” band in the lobby after the show. The symphony will perform works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, W. F. Bach, plus Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and selections from Brahms and Wagner. Local breweries, including NoDa Brewing Company and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, will provide beer samplings, and the FestzeltMusik Oktoberfest Band will keep the party going after the concert.
7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S Tryon St. $29 includes a drink voucher. Drinks are permitted in the theater! Oops. It really is this Friday!  Details.

Bachtoberfest preview with Young Affiliates of the Mint and CSO Pulse. 6:30 p.m. Conversations begin at 7:00 p.m. and last about 25 minutes. Concertgoers are invited to drop in anytime during the conversation featuring the Charlotte Symphony presents the "Musically Speaking Chat," informative and engaging pre-concert conversations.