Can’t get away for a summer vaca? A girls’ night out is the next best thing. Call the crew and set a date to create, dine or toast a glass this month with our picks for the best girls’ nights out.

This month’s feature is presented by AR Workshops. Perfect for a girl’s night out or just because, each workshop guides you through creating your own decorative or gift item. All materials and instruction are included, and you can even bring your own wine and beer to most classes!  AR Workshops has six area locations (Myers Park, Pineville, Belmont, Concord, Davidson, Hickory and one coming soon to Waxhaw).

Get $10 off with your Scoop exclusive code (GIRLSNIGHT10) and get ready to tap into your creative side. In addition to their regularly scheduled classes, AR Workshops is hosting a special weekend of DIY projects July 20 – 21 sponsored by HGTV Magazine, where attendees will score an HGTV Magazine gift bag and exclusive promotions. Here’s the Hometown Love DIY Weekend schedule at AR’s Myers Park location:

PLANK Wood Sign Workshop: Friday, July 20 | 7 p.m.

FRAMED Wood Sign Workshop: Saturday, July 21 | 10 a.m.

PLANK Wood Sign Workshop: Saturday, July 21 | 6 p.m.

Happy hour or cocktails with the girls at Upstream

Head to the bar at Upstream to sip on their weekly cocktail specials. Pair them with $1 oysters on Monday and half price oysters Tuesday-Sunday from 4-7 p.m. in the bar. Make plans to enjoy:

Half price select bottles of wine: Tuesday – Sunday
$5 wine glasses: Monday
Half price sake bottles: Wednesday
$5 red or white glasses of Upstream’s famous Southern Sangria: Thursday
$3 mimosas, $4 peach bellinis: Sunday brunch

The Color Purple
July 10 – 15 | Belk Theater | Various performance times

Jazz, gospel and blues bring this beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning story to life in the musical revival of The Color Purple. Grab tickets and an Uptown dinner reservation while the Tony Ward-winning show is at the Belk Theater July 10-15. Tickets start at $25.

Film & Fashion: The September Issue
Wednesday, July 11 | Mint Museum Randolph | 6 p.m.

Calling all fashionistas! This evening of film and fashion invites friends to tour the Mint’s The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit and watch a screening of The September Issue, a behind-the-scenes look into the production of Vogue’s September 2007 issue. Attendees will also enjoy a cash bar, live music, shopping and food trucks. Free admission.

J Louis – One Man Show
Thursday, July 12 | Shain Gallery | 6 – 9 p.m.

Shain Gallery will celebrate the work of J Loius with a show and reception featuring a gallery full of new work.

Band Together Benefit for Behailu Academy
Saturday, July 14 | 3701 North Davidson Street, Suite #203 | 3 – 9 p.m.

Join Divine Barrel Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Crown Station and Yelp Charlotte for a GNO fundraiser supporting NoDa-based Behailu Academy. The non-profit provides educational programs for underserved Charlotte youth. Enjoy live art exhibitions, food trucks, a band of the bands competition, local vendors and more. Free admission.

ArtPop- Pop Up Party
Saturday, July 14 | Evoke | 6 – 9 p.m.

Get ready for a new kind of art buying experience. Make plans with the girls to attend the next ArtPop – Pop Up, where you can browse local pieces and meet the artists over free hors-d’oeuvres from Evoke and live music. Featured artists include Katherine Kirchner-Photographer, Hilary Siber Art, RAJ ARTWorks, Denise Torrance and Deborah Kern Fine Arts.

Corkbuzz has the wine, food and ambiance that makes up a great girls’ night out. Don’t miss their new live music series on the patio, returning Friday, July 20 6 – 9 p.m. with a performance from Troy Conn. Book your reservation early!

July Cocktail Class Series: Summer Entertaining
July 13 and 20 | Hygge Coworking | 6:30 p.m.

Take a girls’ trip to the islands with these summer-themed cocktail classes from Liberate your Palate. In both the July 13 and 20 classes, you’ll learn to make three cocktails perfect for summer sipping (think tiki cocktails, margaritas and punches) using seasonal ingredients. $65 per person.

Taste of the Mint | Oscar de la Renta
Sunday, July 15 | Mint Museum Randolph | 1:30 p.m.

The best in food and fashion meet in this edition of Taste of the Mint. Enjoy wine and small plates crafted by Jamie Lynch of 5Church Charlotte, followed by a private tour of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta. $50 per person, members save 25%.

The FUN Show with Cat & Nat
Wednesday, July 18 | Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts | 8 p.m.

Moms: ever wish someone would just say what you’re thinking out loud? Cat & Nat, the mom duo known for their #MOMTRUTHSvideos and honest and hilarious weekly Facebook Live shows, are here to do just that. Grab tickets now to see them as they stop through Charlotte on their first live North American tour. Tickets start at $25.

Spa Night at Lenny Boy Brewing
Thursday, July 19 | Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 7 p.m.

We know summer can get hectic. Take a step back and relax with a spa night at Lenny Boy, where your crew will get a 101-level introduction to essential oils and make your own oil-infused bath salts or foot soaks and a complementing essential oil roller. $15 per person.

Bechtler By Night: Splash Into Summer
Friday, July 20 | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5 – 9 p.m.

July’s Bechtler By Night invites you and your girlfriends to explore galleries for free, create your own piece of art, sip on a Lemonade Gin Shandy (the featured cocktail), enjoy gallery games, play Bechtler trivia and more.

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
July 20 – 29 | Various locations

Queen’s Feast offers the perfect opportunity for a GNO dinner. 125 area restaurants will offer special menus and prices (typically three courses for $30-$35) from July 20 – 29. View all participating restaurants and start making reservations here.

Uptown Crawl 
Thursday, July 26 | Uptown Charlotte | 6 – 9 p.m.

The girls can discover Uptown’s art scene as art galleries and museums along the Tryon Street corridor open their doors for free during this monthly event. Plus, there are free trolley rides from stop to stop.

Summer at the Station House
Saturday, July 28 | 4100 Raleigh St. | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While technically a “day” out, everyone will enjoy a trip along the light rail to The Station House, where local vendors will offer art, jewelry and other homemade and handcrafted goods. There will also be performances, food trucks, and wine and beer flowing in the beer garden.