Regardless of what genre of music you listen to, what kind of social scene you prefer, or what your entertainment budget is, Charlotte nightlife in its vastness and diversity is doing its part to make weekends fun. Here are just a few options:
Bar Olympics at Strike City (210 E. Trade St.): The games include Pong, Punch-Out, flip cup, Wii tennis, bowling, and cornhole. The team with the highest score at the end banks $500. You can even make $100 for having the best team name. Registration starts at 9 p.m., the games begin at 10. Free to participate. 704-716-9300.
Motorcycle Film Festival at Buffalo Wild Wings in the NASCAR Hall of Fame (400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.): A pseudo-afterparty for the International Motorcycle Show going on at the convention center. The movie marathon starts at noon, but at 10 p.m. it turns into bike night at the car museum, with a DJ spinning until 2 a.m. Free. 704-971-9464.
Country star Jerrod Neiman at Coyote Joes (4621 Wilkinson Blvd.): Before the headliner performs, bar stars Out Of The Blue will get the line dancing going. 8 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 704-399-4946.
Time Lounge Reunion at Dixies Tavern (301 E. 7th St.): The legendary Charlotte club is re-opening in spirit (with lots of spirits) at Dixies. Featuring Red and Rob Reeves, Time Lounges original resident DJs. 9 p.m. Free. 704-374-1700.
Inflatable Wonderland Party at Label (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.): According to promoter and planner Derek Braun, there will be girls in balloons, thousands of inflatable toys falling from the ceiling, a 9-foot LED robot, and Las Vegas DJ Greg Lopez. Its like Monkey Joes with alcohol. Doors open at 10 p.m. $15. 704-910-0526.
One more thing
You dont have to be 21 to enjoy Charlotte nightlife; in fact, you dont even have to be 18. This Saturday, the Artists Den is hosting an Open Mic Night Jr. at Mugs Coffee (5126 Park Road.). The kids can perform their art, while parents enjoy the recital, and a night out. Note: Each minor does need to be accompanied by an adult. 5-7 p.m. 704-733-9014.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ; nights on WSOC.
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