Photo: Courtesy of The Gray Classic

What’s happening, Charlotte?

It’s that time of year again for The Gray Classic. The four-day event, which includes a golf tournament and several networking opportunities, kicked off Thursday night at the Levine Museum of the New South with the Business Round Table. It concludes Sunday with a farewell brunch.

It’s a great weekend to party with purpose and give back to the community. Inspire the Fire is hosting a fundraising event at Roc’s Jazz Bar, and Bonterra Restaurant is hosting a Bastille Day Celebration to benefit the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas.

There are also a lot of free things to do this weekend. Power 98 is hosting Bubble on Sundays and charging no cover at the door. Plus, stand-up comedian Mark Gregory is giving a free performance at Victory Christian Center.

Finally, mark your calendar for July 29. is hosting a Meet & Greet and Day Party at Fire House Bar & Lounge. Come out and meet the writers, staff and creative team behind Be sure to bring your business card for a chance to win a Qcitymetro promotional package valued at $1,000 for your business or nonprofit organization.



Dennis Reed Presents Good Music
Friday @ Roc’s Jazz Bar
This event is a fundraiser to help sponsor youth for the Inspire the Fire Experience, an annual week-long, faith-based arts camp for children and teens. The evening will feature live music and performances by Volume 4, Seretha Lichez, Everyday Heroes and Lejuene Thompson. Plus, enjoy a special performance by Dennis Reed and Gap. (Details)

AfroPop! Charlotte Vol.13 : ISSA Flag Party!
Saturday @ Morehead Tavern
This unique event is all about celebrating your ancestry and heritage. Show some love for your nationality and lineage by rocking your flag or national colors. Kizomba Charlotte will provide dance instruction from 9-10 p.m. (Details)

Art Songs & Arias In Summer With Helen Goldsby
Sunday @ Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Art Songs & Arias will feature music by French composers Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart and more. Goldsby will be accompanied by long-time collaborator pianist David Gilliland. (Details)


Bastille Day Celebration
Friday @ Bonterra Restaurant
Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with Amuse-Buches and champagne upon arrival followed by a four-course dinner and wine pairing created by Chef Blake & Chef Charles. The fifth course, dessert, will be prepared by Chef Sylvain. Proceeds will benefit the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. (Details)

CAABJ Summer Madness Cookout
Saturday @ Berewick Manor House
Relax and unwind with your favorite journalists while eating delicious food from the grill, sipping tall summer cocktails and enjoying the fellowship of good company. (Details)

I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party
Saturday @ Sports One
Feast on delicious Southern brunch dishes like Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits and Steak & Eggs while DJ Justice gets the party going. This weekend, artist Christopher Clarke, owner of Art From the Heart, is joining the party. Come see what he creates during a live demonstration. (Details)


Laugh, Laugh & Laugh Some More with Stand-up Comedian Mark Gregory
Friday @ Victory Christian Center Dome
Don’t let the stresses of life, work or relationships wear you out. Stand-up comedian Mark Gregory will give you something to laugh about, and aside from your time, it won’t cost you a dime. (Details)

Bubble on Sundays
Saturday @ Bubble Charlotte
Starting this Sunday and every Sunday night thereafter, it’s Power 98’s Bubble on Sundays with Mr. Incognito in the DJ booth. Doors open at 11 p.m., and admission is free all night. (Details)

The Gray Classic After Party
Saturday @ Vapiano
Socialize, mingle and mix with Charlotte professionals at one of the Qcity’s most highly anticipated networking events of the summer. It’s A Party With A Purpose. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 100 Black Men of Charlotte (Details)


Tri! Ballantyne
Saturday @ Morrison Family YMCA
Tri! Ballantyne participants can race individually or as a relay team in this 300-yard pool swim, 12.7 mile bike and 3.1 mile run in support of the YMCA Annual Campaign, which raises money to provide YMCA opportunities to under-resourced children in our community. (Details)

Saturday @ Carowinds 
KidsFest, a two-day celebration just for kids, returns this year with interactive games and activities including arts and crafts, live entertainment and so much more. (Details)