Your bestie said YES. Now, it’s time to get the ladies together for a Girls Weekend in Charlotte that combines the last fling before the ring and girlfriend-approved hotspots. Here are five (plus one) unique ways to celebrate the Bride-to-be in the Queen City this summer.
Country Girl Squad
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: Free on Wednesdays, $10 on Fridays and Saturdays
Trade the high heels for cowboy boots at the Queen City’s premiere country nightclub. Rally the girls to the dance floor for live music by the house band Out of the Blue or a concert from country music’s biggest names. Line dance lessons are offered from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a free cover charge for ladies on Wednesdays. On the weekends, take advantage of 1-2-3 Night, where specials include $1 domestic beers and sodas, $2 well drinks and $3 call drinks.
Better Than the Movie
Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m.
Cost: $22 General, $52 Meet & Greet, $80 for 4-pack tickets
First there was Magic Mike the movie, then Magic Mike XXL the sequel. While Magic Men Live has residency in Las Vegas, there is a dance show production touring throughout the U.S. The cast of Magic Men Live! will make a stop in Charlotte for one-night only. Snag a shirt, with cheeky sayings like “Make America Magical Again” or “Alright Alright Alriiiight,” from their online shop as a souvenir for the bride.
Sing Your Heart Out
Wednesday 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. / Thursday 7 p.m. – 2 p.m. / Friday 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. / Saturday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: Free Wednesday and Thursday, $8 Friday and Saturday
There’s nothing like a crowd singing along to the same song, especially if it’s dedicated to the lady on-stage wearing a tiara, feather boa and pageant sash. The live music from dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon includes everything from classic rock to current pop. Call ahead to book the Bachelorette Party packages which offer express entry passes and a complimentary stage call down for the future Mrs.
Live the Lake Life
Cost: $490 Entire boat, $45 Individual tickets
Charlotte Cycleboats’ charters depart for two-hour cruises on a 25-foot pontoon boat, Lake Norman’s first and only eco-friendly, pedal-powered vessel. A floating party machine, it’s fueled by 10 pedal stations and four bench seats that surround a high-top bar. Load the coolers with the bride’s favorite beer or wine, and get ready to blast “I’m on a Boat” from the sound system.
Artsy Girls Night
Paint and Sip Art Classes
Cost: Varies by location
Yes, Charlotte has amazing vineyards and great wine bars. Another option is to enjoy some wine while getting a hands-on painting lesson from a local artist. Sign up your girls to take a class together, or book the whole venue for your own private party. There are a lot of painting options to choose from. And the best part—you get to take your painting home with you!
- City Art Room
- Wine and Design (Dilworth)
- Painting with a Twist (South Park)
- Paint Craze (South Park)
- The Wine Palette (Plaza Midwood)
- Studio Cellar (South End)
- The Tipsy Paintbrush (Matthews)
- Wine and Canvas (Pineville)
- Cajun Canvas (Steele Creek)
Fit for a Queen
Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 30
Cost: $30, $35
Queen’s Feast (aka Charlotte Restaurant Week) is the perfect time to get a taste of Charlotte’s delicious culinary scene. Do some research beforehand to see which of the 130 participating restaurants would appeal to the foodies in your group. Restaurants offer prix-fixe 3 course dinner menus for $30 or $35 per person. Since this is a popular event with Charlotte locals, reservations are highly recommended.