Between NBA All-Star festivities (scroll down for a full round-up), Valentine’s date nights and some extra time off for President’s Day, there’s plenty to fill your calendar this weekend.
Don’t worry, there is PLENTY of non-NBA stuff to do in the QC this weekend, but if you are only here for the game activities, scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Valentine’s Day Special Brunch
February 16 – 17 | ROOTS Cafè
Valentine’s Day isn’t over just yet. Bring your date or your galentine to ROOTS Cafe for their special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu all weekend. For $37 you’ll get a carafe of rose, Bellinis, or prosecco mimosas and three courses. Served 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
February 9 – 16 | Brock Moran Piedmont Row
Sale and shopping event featuring the artwork of locals Libby Smart, Marlise Newman, and Michele Harvey Collins plus great savings on Lee Industries furniture.
Here are our top picks for the year’s most popular date night out.
Ty Nathan Clark’s “Lessons in Remembering”
Sozo Gallery | 5:30 p.m.
Help Sozo Gallery welcome Texas-based abstract artist Ty Nathan Clark for “Lessons in Remembering,” a solo exhibit featuring a collection of the artist’s latest body of work.
An Intimate Evening with Sarah McLachlan
Belk Theater | 8 p.m.
See one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment as Sarah McLachlan takes the stage at the Belk Theater. Tickets start at $25.
Hands-on Mixology Class – Perfectly Paired Valentine’s Class
Sweet Spot Studio CLT | 6:30 p.m.
Grab a date or BFF to learn how to use North Carolina spirits using common aphrodisiac ingredients. $70 per person.
Chocolate – Benefiting WFAE with support from SunTrust
Charlotte Museum of History | 6 – 8 p.m.
Celebrate the season of love with a two-hour chocolate tasting featuring treats from Charlotte-area chocolatiers, bakeries and restaurants, plus help judge the “best of” awards. Proceeds benefit WFAE’s local news and Charlotte Talks. $25+.
Chocolate & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 3 – 11 p.m.
Red Clay Ciderworks will team up with The Secret Chocolatier to offer four small batch, handmade chocolates paired with four craft ciders. Pop in anytime between 3 – 11 p.m. $16 per person.
Wine, Chocolate, Aerial – Valentine’s Day Workshop
Aerial CLT | 6:30 p.m.
Pair wine and chocolates to new aerial moves at this beginner-friendly partner class. $60 per couple.
French Wines Class #2 at Reid’s: The Rhone Valley from N to S
Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark | 2 – 4 p.m.
Reid’s second French Wine Class, “The Rhone Valley from North to South”, includes tastings of five wines, five cheeses, a map and tutorial booklet plus a special discount on all of the wines featured in the class. Tickets are $40 per person and can be reserved by calling Reid’s Wine Department at 704.377.7686.
High Branch/Chocolatier Barrucand Beer & Chocolate Flight
High Branch Brewing Co., Concord | 3 p.m.
Post-Valentine’s Day, enjoy this beer and chocolate flight featuring High Branch beer and Chocolatier Barrucand’s treats. $20 per person.
Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 5 p.m.
Oysters Carolina will partner with Sycamore for a day of brews and oysters, live music and food trucks.
One Year Anniversary Celebration
The Pizza Peel Matthews | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate one year of The Pizza Peel Matthews with all-you-can-eat cheese and pepperoni pizza, family-friendly fun, games, prizes and music.
The Scotch Club of Ballantyne
Gallery Restaurant | 6:30 p.m.
Join The Ballantyne for a Johnnie Walker Scotch tasting, including the rare Jane Walker edition and the legendary Blue Label, alongside paired small bites. Call Gallery Restaurant at 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.
“Love is Dead” a Murder Mystery
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 – 9 p.m.
Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and solve the crime in this immersive murder mystery experience. Tickets include two ciders and light bites.
Art & Soul: That 70’s Gala
USC Bradley Auditorium, Lancaster | 6:30 p.m.
The 22nd Annual Lancaster County Council of the Arts Art & Soul Gala takes everyone back to the 70s with a photo booth, dancing, entertainment, silent and live auctions and more. $80 per person.
African-Print Fashion Now! Sundays
Mint Museum Randolph | 1 – 5 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, guests can take advantage of buy one get one admission on Sundays through March 31. Experience the galleries at Mint Museum Randolph, plus food trucks on site.
Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing
Barnes & Noble (Pineville-Matthews Rd.) | 3 p.m.
Join author Delia Owens for a discussion and signing of her book (a Reese Witherspoon book club pick) “Where the Crawdads Sing”.
Polentata 2019 – AQUA e VINO’s Annual Polenta Feast
AQUA e VINO | Two seatings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Love polenta? Head to Aqua e Vino for this hearty three-course family-style lunch that includes antipasti, a generous serving of Polenta alongside your choice of three toppings and dessert. $50 per person. Call 704.364.4445 to reserve your table.
The Bechtler Ensemble
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 p.m.
The Bechtler Ensemble, including Peter deVries, Tatiana Karpova, Kirsten Swanson, Tanja Bechtler and Paul Nitsch, will bring audiences the F Minor Piano Quintet by Brahms.
OrderFire S4E5 ft. William Dissen Screening Party
Free Range Brewing | 12 – 3 p.m.
Don’t miss the screening of OrderFire (season four, episode five) featuring Chef William Dissen. The screening will also include a tasting prepared by Chef Dissen, beer and raffle prizes.
Seoul Food 3 Year Anniversary Party
Seoul Food Meat Company | All day
Help Seoul Food Meat Company celebrate three years with $.25 craft beers and flip cup olympics. Don’t forget your togas!
MONDAY (President’s Day)
The Art of Baking & Gift Giving
Sweet Spot Studio CLT | 6:30 p.m.
Join Pastry Chef Justin Burke-Samson for an evening of joyful baking, where you’ll learn to make three pastries that can go together or standalone as gifts. You will take home your finished creations in holiday cookie tins. $55 per person.
Marian St. Clair: Making Good Gardens: Ideas and Inspiration
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd. | 6:30 p.m.
Marian St.Clair leads this gardening class that will get you excited for spring and maximizing your garden’s potential. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., programs are held from 7:15 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
February Pints For Purpose
NoDa Brewing Company | 12 – p.m.
In the next Pints For Purpose Fundraising series, raise a class to Cara’s Purpose: For every pint purchase, NoDa Brewing will donate $1 back to the charity.
Blue Blaze Brewing Special Holiday Hours
Blue Blaze Brewing | 12 – 9 p.m.
Our taproom will be open 12-9pm on President’s Day.
Coffee Tasting at the Lab: Red Rooster Coffee Roasters
Undercurrent Coffee | 11:30 a.m.
At this free coffee “cupping”, taste and evaluate specialty roasts from Virgina’s Red Rooster Coffee Roasters.
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND EVENTS
NBA All Star at Epicentre
Friday – Sunday | Epicentre
The Epicentre is your home base for all things NBA All-Star Weekend. The fan destination features customized experiences, player and celebrity appearances, art displays and more.
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Friday | Bojangles’ Coliseum | 7 p.m.
The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will feature celebrities (including many with Carolina roots) like ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson, rapper Quavo and more. The teams will be coached by Dawn Staley, three-time Olympic Champion and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the 2018 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird.
2019 All-Star **Fahrenheit Charlotte & Luc Belaire Ultimate Rooftop Party*
Saturday | Fahrenheit-Charlotte
Fahrenheit Charlotte will host an evening worthy of the weekend’s celebrations, with DJ Phalse I.D., a live painting by Rich B. Caliente and special celebrity guests.
All-Star Bar Crawl
Saturday | Epicentre
Continue the party with a day-long bar crawl around the Epicentre featuring DJ Kool, DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert and DJ Flex. $30 per person.
Redefine Black Tie All-Star Saturday Night
Saturday | Harvey B. Gantt Center | 9 p.m.
Dress competitively for this twist on the black tie event hosted at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. $30+.
2019 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Saturday | Spectrum Center | 8 p.m.
This action-packed Saturday night event features the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, MTN DEW 3-Point Contest and ATT Slam Dunk.
68th NBA All-Star Game
Sunday | Spectrum Center | 8:20 p.m.
Don’t forget about the main event! The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead 10 players from each conference to start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.