It’s time to par-tay!

CHARLOTTE — It’s time to get your lucky party hat on and attend the Buff Faye’s Friday Night Party Bus tour for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend on March 12 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Tour the Queen City’s hottest gay nightlife in style. Support local gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses. Check-in is between 8-8:30 p.m. at The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselear Ave. Passengers must arrive by 8:20 p.m. or else tickets may be sold. Online sales are final and must be paid for regardless of attendance. Only those 21 and up are eligible.

Buckle up and reserve seats now. Only 50 spaces are available. Breakfast will end the tour.

Tickets are $15 and entitle participants to VIP access, a BFF gift bag, free cover, drink specials all night long at Club Closet, Petra’s Piano Bar, Hartigan’s Pub, The Bar at 316 and 1300 Southend Tavern. There are $250 worth of prize-winnings up for grabs.

Sponsorships are available for future trips. Email to inquire. Sponsors for this event are Ragin Uptown, qnotes and White Rabbit. Proceeds benefit Campus Pride. For reservations and more detailed information on the tour including schedule, visit

Time to dine

CHARLOTTE — On Feb. 20, join your friends and acquaintances at the McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. for Dining with Friends.

This annual event is a fun and innovative way to help raise money for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN). Hundreds of people will join forces by hosting and attending parties in their homes, congregations, and workplaces in a massive fundraising effort.

The type of party and menu is up to the hosts. Anything goes from black tie to barbecue!

Hosts provide the dinner for their guests and RAIN will provide the red ribbons, party tips, posters and invitations. Guests bring a $50 donation for RAIN and enjoy a great dinner with their friends and co-workers.

Being a host is easy and fun — you can even have co-hosts to help cover the costs.

The evening is topped off with dessert, champagne, coffee and a signature cocktail at 9 p.m. at the McColl Center for Visual Art. All hosts and their guests are invited to the Finale.

To be a host or for more information, visit

This article was published in the Feb. 6 – Feb. 19 print edition.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.

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