The weekend’s so close we can almost taste it. We’re here to help you make the most of it with your guide of what to do and where to go this weekend in Charlotte:

 

ALL WEEKEND

ASC’s Connect with Culture Days
January 25 – 26 | Across Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Back for its fifth year, the weekend-long Connect with Culture Days invites the community to discover arts, science and history through free experiences across Mecklenburg County. View the full schedule of events here. 

 

Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works
January 25 – February 16 | The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

In a creative collaboration between choreographers and Charlotte-area Shakespeare experts, the works of William Shakespeare come to life through in Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works. Your tickets include a dessert reception with the dancers and artistic staff following the show. $25 – $80 tickets.

 

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
January 25 – 26 | Knight Theater

Lukáš Vondráček joins conductor Christopher Warren-Green for a performance of Prokofiev’s piano concerto, a complement to Rachmaninoff’s final work, and an orchestral”foxtrot” from contemporary composer John Adams.

 

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week®

A sure thing for a stress-free night out, over 130 restaurants will offer special menus of three or more courses during Queen’s Feast from January 18 – 27.  Make your reservations now!

 

 

 

THURSDAY

Opera Carolina’s “Carmen”
Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m.

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Carmen’s free spirit and gypsy ways made her a feminist heroine and the focus of an opera recognized as the most famous of all time. In fact, it’s likely you’ll recognize the music from shows, movies and commercials even if you’ve never seen the show. Tickets start at $22.

 

Open House
McColl Center for Art + Innovation | 6 – 9 p.m.

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Join in on this free celebration marking the start of a new artist residency season. Guests will meet new artists-in-residence, get a first look at the center’s winter/spring exhibition, enjoy live performances, shop art and enjoy beer and wine for purchase.

 

Beer Dinner with Suffolk Punch Brewing
The Suffolk Punch | 6:30 p.m. 

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Enjoy a 5 course special menu prepared by Executive Chef Eric Litaker with beers paired by our Brewing Team. View the full menu here. $65 per person. 

 

The Bechtler Modernism + Film: Final Portrait
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 – 8 p.m.

View “The Final Portrait” after enjoying a reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites. $10 for the public, $8 for museum members.

 

Bravo! Opera Happy Hour
204 North Kitchen & Cocktails | 6 – 7 p.m.

Join Opera Carolina’s Young Professionals Group BRAVO! for an “Opera Happy Hour” before the evening’s performance of “Carmen”. Enjoy $4 drafts and the exclusive Carmen Get It! beer collaborated with Bold Missy Brewery when you arrive at the theatre.

 

 

FRIDAY

Adult Art Party: Mixed Media
January 25 | Mint Museum Uptown | 6 p.m.

It’s time for a party at the Mint studios, and you’re invited. Bring your creativity for a mixed media studio experience (dress for a mess), a private mini-tour and adult beverages. Bring your own beer or wine! $40 per person, $30 for Mint members.

 

Winterfest – ‘Brunello or Bust’
Petit Philippe | 6 – 8 p.m.

This quarterly wine tasting features 10 producers of Brunello di Montalcino and a grand tasting of the classic 2013 vintage. Limited to 60 guests. $45 per person.

 

Hands-on Mixology Class – Gin Masterclass
Sweet Spot Studio CLT | 6:30 p.m.

In this gin masterclass, explore gin’s history and categories plus get step-by-step tips for recreating iconic cocktails at home. Attendees get hands-on instruction, three full-size cocktails and light bites. $75 per person. 

 

Artist Reception: Chalice Bartsch-Bailley
Blue Blaze Brewing | 6 – 8 p.m.

Blue Blaze Brewing will present works from Charlotte artist Chalice Bartsch-Bailley. During the artists reception, meet the artist, find unique and handmade gifts and enjoy tasty treats from A Taste of Culture food truck.

 

Jazz Arts Initiative
Town Brewing Company | 8:15 p.m.

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As part of ASC’s Connect with Culture Days, Town Brewing will host a kickoff with performances from Three Bone Theatre “Every Brilliant Thing” ( 7pm – 8pm) and the Jazz Arts Initiative ( 8:15pm – 10pm).

 

 

 

SATURDAY

Annual Free Oyster Roast 
Reid’s Fine Foods Myers Park | 4-6 p.m.

Don’t miss Reid’s free annual oyster roast, where oysters will be served starting at 4 p.m. and will be available while supplies last.

 

2019 Bulldog Beauty Pageant
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 2 – 6 p.m.

Lucky Dog’s annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant allows bulldogs to dress in their very best and vie for coveted titles, all to benefit Bullies 2 The Rescue.

 

Women United March in Charlotte 2019
First Ward Park | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join the community in marching together in support of diversity and inclusivity with music, speakers, vendors and more. 

 

CLT Wedding Flea Winter Sale
Project 658 | 10 a.m.

Recently engaged? Head to this bridal show meets flea market to shop previously loved wedding decor from local couples. General admission is $5 and VIP admission is $13.

 

Winter Bridal Brunch CLT
Sophia’s Lounge | 1 – 3 p.m.

‘Tis the season for planning and celebrating. Toast with complimentary Champagne provided by Belaire and Signature Tito’s Cocktails, take-home goodies plus brunch provided by 5 Church.

 

 

SUNDAY

Oyster Roast 2019
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | 1 – 4 p.m.

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DSBG is partnering with Saltwater Markets in Clover, SC for their third annual Oyster Roast. Enjoy steamed oysters, live music, beer, Bloody Marys and more. $50 per adult (members receive a 15% discount + 15% off for up to four guests), $12 per child 12 & Under (Portion of 12 Oysters).

 

Spice 101 Class
Savory Spice Shop | 5:30 p.m.

The shop’s expert Spice Merchants lead this exploration of spices through samples of favorite dishes. Plus, enjoy 10% off purchase made during the class. $10 per person. Call 980.225.5419 to RSVP.

 

Art of Reading Public Tour: The Invention of Wings
Mint Museum Randolph | 2 p.m.

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Be a part of this powerful discussion about the women in Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Invention of Wings. Then, explore works of art that represent the historical events and social injustices depicted in the novel. 

 

Brunchy Wedding Vendor Showcase
GoodRoad CiderWorks | 12 – 5 p.m.

Start planning for your big day by meeting caterers, calligraphers, bakeries and more who can make all of your wedding dreams come true. $15 general admission.

 

Breakfast at the Brewery
Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kick off the day with breakfast at the brewery complete with local shops and bakeries serving Chicken and waffle cupcakes, French toast flavored cotton candy, cinnamon rolls, mini donuts and more. Wash it all down with mimosas or your favorite Catawba brew.