There are in fact a few parties that dont pertain to the CIAA this weekend:
South End Gallery Crawl and first anniversary of Food Truck Fridays: Several food trucks and 14 galleries will be open in South End, along with a special pop-up art exhibit from Citylight Charlotte at Atherton Lofts (2108 South Blvd.). 5-9 p.m. Free. www.southendclt.com.
The LKN Nightlife Crawl: You can avoid uptown traffic altogether; head up Interstate 77 North to Lake Norman to check out the party scene, starting at Harveys Bar and Grill in Cornelius (19707 Liverpool Parkway). A party bus stocked with free beer will transport you to Piano Man, Olive Martini Bar, the Rusty Rudder and Dirty Martini. Registration is 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10 per crawler/$15 per couple. www.lknfun.com.
House Wars at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub (1425 Elizabeth Ave.): The battle of the beats, as John Shallcross from Atlantas Cardio Crew squares off against DJ Dick Richard. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. 980-224-8020.
Trial by Fire Tribute to Journey Live at Hickory Tavern Steele Croft (13545 Steelecroft Parkway): The cover band is performing its last show in Charlotte. 10 p.m. Free. 704-494-7360.
TyberPalooza at Tyber Creek Pub (1933 South Blvd.): The bash begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday with live music from Simplified, Bling Crosby, and DJ Supa Skip. At noon Saturday, therell be a massive flip-cup and cornhole tournament so massive, in fact, that theyre tenting and heating the whole parking lot for it. Weekend pass $7; $20 buy-in for the cornhole tournament. www.rockhouseevents.com.
Whos Bad, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band at Amos Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.): Another cover band, this one will once again raise moonwalking to an art form. 8 p.m. $15. 704-377-6874.