AUGUST EVENTS

The Duke Mansion's Summer Cocktail Series continues through August. 

The Duke Mansion's Summer Cocktail Series continues through August. 

Summer Cocktail Series: Gather your friends for summer cocktails at Duke Mansion and stroll through the gorgeous gardens. 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday through August. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com.

Radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother, Weezie, host the Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. It's one of the many highlights of the Southern Women's Show, which runs Aug. 24-26 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother, Weezie, host the Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. It's one of the many highlights of the Southern Women's Show, which runs Aug. 24-26 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Southern Women's Show: Charlotte's most popular weekend for women features shopping, fashion shows, gourmet treats, health and beauty ideas, celebrity guests and more. Highlights include a Literary Panel hosted by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Executive Director Jenni Gaisbauer with authors Kimmery Martin, Kathy Izard, Helen Kimbrough and Kathie Collins (noon-1 p.m. Aug. 24); the hot Firefighter Fashion Show at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 emceed by WBTV's Molly Grantham; an appearance by Savannah Chrisly from the reality TV show Chrisly Knows Best at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 (a special VIP meet-and-greet with Savannah is available at 11:45 and costs $35); a chance to meet bestselling author and actor Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars at noon Aug. 26 (tickets for special book signing and autograph packages are available online); and a  Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest hosted by radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother Weezie (2 p.m. Aug. 26); Show hours are  10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 26. Charlotte Convention Center Hall A.  Admission is $12 at the door (advance tickets available for $10 at Walgreen's stores); teachers, staff and military get in free with valid ID; a three-day pass is $15; $6 for ages 6-12; children 5 and younger get in free with a paying adult. www.southernshows.com.

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Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

Galleries

Black Blooded  is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Black Blooded is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

New Gallery of Modern Art: On view through August: Black Blooded, an exhibit of talented artists of the African diaspora. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Juan Logan's  Long Silence  exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Juan Logan's Long Silence exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Soco Gallery: Aug. 1-Sept. 14: Long Silence, works by Juan Logan. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

JULY EVENTS

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's  Celebrate America!  concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's Celebrate America! concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Celebrate America!: Join the Charlotte Symphony for a night of patriotic favorites including Sousa marches, "America the Beautiful" and the Armed Forces Medley followed by fireworks. 8:15 p.m. July 1 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Tickets available at Symphony Park beginning at 4 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults, $7 ages 13-18, free for 12 and younger. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Doncaster Liquidation: Thousands of spring and summer garments for sale in missy, petite and plus sizes. All sales final. In-store only. July 6-21. Tanner Warehouse, 581 Rock Road, Rutherfordton. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ: This second annual event features music, local beer and BBQ. 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. July 14. Trilogy at Lake Norman. www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

24 Hours of Booty: The 17th annual 24-hour event on the 3-mile Booty Loop runs through the Myers Park Neighborhood.  The community event hosts over 1,200 riders and 200 walkers raising funds for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, the LIVESTRONGFoundation and Queen’s University. It starts at 7 p.m. July 27 and ends at 7 p.m. July 28. www.24foundation.org.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. Exhibit extended through August 19. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays (closed July 4); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Galleries

Anne Neilson Fine Art: Chromatic Shift, a compilation of colorful works from different view points and medium, is on view through July 27. Featured artists include Marcy Gregg, Jeff Erickson, Audrey Stone, Michael Barringer, Ken Tate and Joe Vinson. The Shops at Morrison,
532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite C-110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

The  Black Blooded  exhibit is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

The Black Blooded exhibit is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

New Gallery of Modern Art: On view through August: Black Blooded, an exhibit of talented artists of the African diaspora. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Soco Gallery: Through July 27: Tracing the Azimuth, works by Liz Nielsen. Aug. 1-Sept. 14: Long Silence, works by Juan Logan. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Soon

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Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

AUGUST EVENTS

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit  The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art , the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

The Wyeths: Three Generations Of American Art, Works From The Bank Of America Collection: Time is running out to see this acclaimed exhibit that explores the artistic impact of the Wyeth family. It showcases 50 remarkable paintings and drawings from family patriarch N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945); his son, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); Andrew's sister, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997), and her husband, Peter Hurd (1904-1984); and Andrew's son, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). It's on view through Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12; $9 for seniors and students. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show: Get an early look at the luxe Fall 2017 collection. It features neutral colors (light heather grey to charcoal; camel to caramel) and seasonal color accents inspired by earthy mineral colors (bronze, platinum, rhodium and rose gold). Aug. 16-19. Paul Simon Women, Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.  

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Great Gatsby Gala: Save the date Old Sport for this 29th annual fundraiser for the National MS Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. Dress in your best Great Gatsby attire, or black tie, and enjoy food from some of Charlotte's best restaurants, dancing, costume contest and a silent auction. The evening's emcee is WBTV anchor Brigida Mack. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 19, Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon Street. General admission is $75. VIP Speakeasy tickets are $150 and include a private pre-event reception starting at 6 p.m., access to the Speakeasy throughout the event, and an invitation to the VIP After-Party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse uptown. www.greatgatsbygala.org.

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Chef's Best: Fahrenheit Charlotte's executive chef Rocco Whalen will prepare a three-course meal for guests at this fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. The theme of the evening is "91" because it takes $91 for Second Harvest to provide one person living in poverty a daily meal for a year. The event also includes a reception, music, a live auction and more. The raffle prize is dinner for two at 52 of Charlotte's best restaurants; raffle prize tickets cost $91. And $91 is also the price of a ticket to attend the event on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; dinner beings at 7 p.m.  704-376-1785; www.chefsbestcharlotte.org.

Southern Charm's  Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Charm's Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Women's Show: There's shopping, food, fashion, beauty tips and celebrity appearances at this three-day show running Aug. 25-27 at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. Highlights include appearances by 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing With The Stars winner Laurie Hernandez on Aug. 26 (VIP tickets are $50); and Southern Charm's Shep Rose on Aug. 27 (VIP tickets are $35). On Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. there's a Mother Daughter Look-Alike Contest hosted by Ramona from 107.9 The Link and her mother. There's also a Plus-Size Fashion Show; Firefighters Fashion Show; and on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., the Wheel Pretty Fashion Show emceed by Ms. Wheelchair N.C. Deja Barber and featuring models in wheelchairs from The Raw Beauty Project Charlotte wearing fashions from the Isabel Vernard label. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. General admission tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Teachers, student teachers and school staff with school ID get in free; so do women military veterans with military ID. www.southernshows.com.

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

Cocktail Class: Learn the art of cocktail-making using local spirits paired with gourmet bites. 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place. $45. Space is limited; must be 21. Reservations: 704-295-0101.