Two words for you: Go Panthers! The Panthers’ first playoff game since 2008 is good for Charlotte nightlife, too, as uptown will transform into one massive tailgate party all weekend. And if you didn’t get tickets within the first three minutes they went on sale, here are some places to go before, during, and after the NFC Divisional Playoff game.
The Miller Lite Panthers Playoff Pep Rally & Crawl at The EpiCentre (210 E. Trade St.): Registration begins at 8 p.m. at Whisky River, and the party parades to all the bars in the complex. Participants will receive a Panthers NFC South Champions T-shirt and an entry to win Panthers playoff tickets for the Miller Lite Extra Yard Suite. $15. 704-936-5648.
Panthers Carnival at The EpiCentre (210 E. Trade St.): An all-ages Panthers pep rally full of fandemonium including street performers, live music and a Panthers Spirit Wall you can sign for the team and show your Panther pride. Noon-5 p.m. Free. www.epicentrenc.com.
Tailgating at The DogHouse (401 W. Morehead St.): WFNZ sports radio will be broadcasting live for three hours before and after the 1:05 p.m. game; during it, see all the action on big-screen TVs. The venue is so close to Bank of America Stadium that you can hear the crowd roaring. 10 a.m. No cover. 704-570-9610.
Tailgating at Cans:Recycled, aka The Oak Room (200 E. Bland St.): Doors open at noon, but after the game, fans can celebrate the big win (or cry in their beers) till 2 a.m. No cover. 704-370-2000.
If you’re not ready for some football
Friday: “A Night of Gratitude” at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.) honors nonprofits in Charlotte with slam poetry, dance, music and a screening of the documentary “Charlotte’s Attitude on Gratitude.” Eleven local organizations will be honored. 7:30 p.m. $12. www.playingforothers.org.
Saturday: The Sans Pants Party at The Unknown Brewing Company (1327 S. Mint St.) is the after-party for Improv Everywhere’s No Pants Light Rail Ride. Yes, it’s a party without pants. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Scaleybark station; the train leaves at about 3:30. Bring clothes to donate to Warm Charlotte (and perhaps pants to put on after). No cover. cltnopants.com.
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