A three day weekend is on the horizon, and the countdown is on. What will you do with your extra day off?
From celebrating National Drink Wine Day to activities for the little ones, here are our picks of activities to fill your holiday weekend:
Catch a show
Whether you’re in the mood for the ballet or the symphony, there are plenty of ways to entertain out-of-town guests or sneak out for a date night.
- Don’t miss your chance to see Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works and Opera Carolina’s Rigoletto, both closing this weekend.
- At Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, watch the story of sports agent Liz Rico and her superstar player Freddie Luna in King Liz, a play by Fernanda Coppel.
- On Friday and Saturday, Derek Douget will play classics from Wayne Shorter at this month’s The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door.
- See another side of The Charlotte Symphony with a performance by PROJECT Trio, tickets start at just $19.
- Have a laugh with Improv Charlotte on Saturday night. Tickets are $15 each and 100% of proceeds support Project/Alive.
- Trey Anastasio, a member of the band Phish, performs songs from his new solo album, Traveler. Tickets begin at $25.
- On Sunday, jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall takes the stage at Belk Theater to play selections from her new album as part of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour.
Take a tour
See the Queen City in a whole new way with a foodie tour, or even aboard a comedy bus. Book now:
- FEAST Food Tours: South End, NoDa, Dilworth, Uptown, Plaza Midwood. $60+ per person.
- Tour de Food: NoDa, Davidson, Uptown. $50+ per person.
- Taste Carolina Food Tours: Two different tours of Uptown. $79.50+ per person.
- The Funny Bus: Comedy City Tour. $25 per person.
Discover (or re-discover) the beer scene
Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or new to the brew scene, you can spend your holiday weekend finding something new with the help of these brewery picks:
- Rarest Bean Taproom Only Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: Friday at 3 p.m.
- Winter Brew Fest at Flight: Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Pints & Politics w/ Common Cause NC at Salud Cerveceria: Monday at 8 p.m.
Indulge in weekend brunch
A three day weekend means one more day to enjoy one of Charlotte’s best brunches. Here’s our round-up of the best winter brunches to warm up with.
Work it all off with a fitness class
After indulging, make plans to sweat with an out-of-the-box workout. Our picks:
- Yoga at Lenny Boy Brewing: Saturday at 10 a.m. $5, includes a 6 oz. kombucha.
- Yoga at The Hop Shop: Sunday at 11 a.m., $3 mimosas
- Sunday Runday at NoDa Brewing: Sunday at noon
- Run Club at Lenny Boy Brewing: Sunday at 11 a.m. Free, includes 6 oz. kombucha.
- Yoga at Sugar Creek Brewing Co.: Monday at 6:30 p.m.
For the kiddos
- Kids bowl free at Piedmont Social House: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Satisfy their curiosity with a visit to Discovery Place Huntersville: Open Monday with a special President’s Day activity.
- Visit the Charlotte Nature Museum, open Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
- Celebrate your love of art at The Mint Museum’s We Love the Mint family event on Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy the slightly warmer temperatures with multiple ways to get outside:
- Participate in the National Audubon Society’s 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count with events at Wing Haven and Historic Rosedale Plantation.
- Stroll the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as part of Art & Orchids. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Use your day off to learn something new – about our city, modern art, or our history. The following museums are worth a visit:
- Levine Museum of the New South: Open Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. when admission is half off.
- The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Don’t miss their Family First event on Saturday, Feb. 17.
- Mint Museum Uptown: Open Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Open Friday, Saturday and Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
- President James K. Polk State Historic Site: Open Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a special President’s Day event from 10 a.m. – noon on Saturday.
Raise a glass on National Drink Wine Day
Yes, it’s a real holiday. And yes, it’s perfectly fitting it falls on a Sunday of a three day weekend. Celebrate with the restaurants and bars offering wine specials on our day-by-day list.
Have a Sunday Funday
Two fun ideas for your Sunday Funday planning:
- You Drink, We Donate at NoDa Brewing Company: 4 p.m., benefitting Smile Drive
- Wine & Design date night or GNO: 6 p.m. BYOB painting class