Happy Presidents Day! Thats code for, Enjoy your long weekend and if you need ideas on how and where exactly to do that, read on.
NoDa Gras Mardi Gras Bar Crawl: NoDa becomes NoLa. The parade starts at Boudreauxs Louisiana Kitchen (and bar, 501 E. 36th St.), then goes through Solstice Tavern, Blind Pig, Jack Beagles, and ends at Revolution Pizza and Ale House. 6 p.m. $15 the day of, but buy early and save five bucks. www.nodagras2013.eventbrite.com.
Care Ring Young Professionals Casino Night at Extravaganza Depot (1610 N. Tryon St): What happens in fake-Vegas doesnt stay there, as proceeds benefit Care Ring of Mecklenburg County. 7:30-11:30 p.m. $50 in advance or $65 at the door (includes $5,000 in play-money); $25 more to buy into the Texas Hold Em tournament. 704-375-0172.
Sixth Annual Valentease Burlesque Show at Visulite Theatre (1615 Elizabeth Ave.): Featuring Big Mammas House of Burlesque. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $18 at the door. 704-358-9200.
12th Annual Bartenders Ball at the Blake Hotel (555 S. McDowell St.): Hands-down my all-time favorite annual event in Charlotte. A mix between a convention of Charlotte bars and an adult prom, it benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7 p.m.-midnight. $70 (includes unlimited alcohol). www.charlottebartendersball.com.
One more thing
You can start your own bar crawl by literally pedaling a bar through the streets of uptown on a Party Pedaler a pedal-powered, pub-crawling trolley that holds up to 14 people. 704-453-4494; www.partypedaler.com.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ; nights on WSOC.
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