The holidays are here! If all the lights and Christmas trees didnt give it away, all the parties will. There are several of them this weekend along with some nonholiday fun, if youve already attended too many Secret Santa or company holiday parties.
Second String Santa Holiday Party at Fillmore Charlotte (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.): One of the biggest parties in Charlotte, its a formal gathering to eat, drink and be merry while benefitting the Salvation Army of Charlotte. You dont want to miss this event, which makes sure thousands of children in Charlotte dont miss Christmas. 7-11 p.m. $20 with an unwrapped toy, $40 without. www.secondstringsanta.org.
Beards BeCAUSE Finale Party at Amos Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.): Fundraising and follicle fun, centered on local music, a silent auction and the infamous beard competition. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation at the door, with proceeds benefitting the United Family Services Battered Womens Shelter. 704-377-6874.
Techno Wars at Crown Station (1425 Elizabeth Ave.): DJs rock the deck in this battle of the underground beats. Featuring national techno DJs Briscoe and Rob Holliday, and resident DJs Sean McClellan and Chad McNeeley. 9 p.m. Free. 980-224-8020.
South Ends First Local Light Rail Beer Crawl: A bar crawl where you ride the light rail rather than crawl, with all stops along the Blue Line. The first is Triple C Brewing Company (2900 Griffith St.); others include World of Beer, The Liberty and Common Market. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.charlottebeerblog.com.
Dance Out Hunger at Dharma Lounge (1440 S. Tryon St.): Aaron Sigmon, Glojin, Anya, and Krazy Kris will provide the boom while partiers provide the canned food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. So cut a rug for a good cause. 9 p.m. Cover is five canned or dry pantry items, or $50 (so it pays to donate). 704-334-8336.
Santa Bar Crawl: Get dressed up in festive Santa gear and ho-ho-hop among 16 uptown bars. The reindeer-led sleigh starts at 4 p.m. at Dixies Tavern (301 E. Seventh St.). $13 in advance; $20 day-of. 704-374-1700.
Queen City Awards at Hush (3500 E. Independence Blvd.): The ceremony honors members of the Charlotte community, including Mayor Anthony Foxx. Hosted by Spot E. Odie. Red carpet starts at 5 p.m., show is at 6:15. $40. Free after-party to follow at Kalu (505 E. Sixth St.). www.queencityawards.com.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ; nights on WSOC.
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