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.
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.
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.
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.
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.