The weekend’s almost here, and that means it’s time to start making plans. Here are our picks for where to go and what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
February 22 – 24 | The Park Expo and Conference Center
Think ahead to spring with all of the home improvement, design and landscaping tips you’ll learn at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, happening this weekend and March 1 – 3. Enjoy a stroll through the showcase gardens, see celebrity hosts share their best tips (including Ty Pennington!), get inspiration from the DIY stage, shop live flowers in the garden market and more.
Through February 24 | Belk Theater
The celebrated new production of Miss Saigon makes a stop in Charlotte this weekend. From the creators of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon takes theater-goers on a journey through the last days of the Vietnam War and Kim and American G.I. Chris’ love story. Tickets start at $25.
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
February 22 -23 | Knight Theater
Guest conductor Joseph Young leads this evening of enchanted castles and magical fairies with performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Copland’s portrayal of Billy the Kid and Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears.
Neal Caine plays Charles Mingus
February 22 – 23 | Stage Door Theater
Neal Caine will pay tribute to the celebrated Charles Mingus in the next installment of The Jazz Room at Stage Door Theater. $14 in advance, $16 at the door.
Ladies Night with Capizzi, M.D.
February 21 | 900 East Blvd. | 5 – 8 p.m.
Bring your girlfriends and your questions as the Capizzi team discusses everything you need to know about some of their most popular services. Enjoy wine, light refreshments and discounts on services booked during Ladies Night.
The Bechtler Modernism + Film: Frei Otto: Spanning the Future
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 – 8 p.m.
The next installment of The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Modernism + Film program features a viewing of Frei Otto: Spanning the Future, a documentary about the life and work of Frei Otto. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online, by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.
Albert Bichot Wine Dinner
Local Loaf – NoDa | 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Indulge in a six-course dinner prepared by Chef Adam Spears paired with seven wines presented by a Albert Bichot representative. View the full menu here. $100 per person.
Girl Scout Cookie Pairing and Pint Night
Town Brewing Company | 4 – 10 p.m.
Buy a Town Brewing flight and enjoy a cookie specifically paired with each brew while drinking for a cause. $1 from every flight and pint sold will benefit the Girls Scouts, and you can also purchase cookies to send to U.S. Military and overseas.
Meet the preferred vendors of one of Uptown’s wedding destinations at this wedding show, featuring hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and complimentary admission for brides and grooms.
This Friday is National Margarita Day.
Special Musical Tribute to Nina Simone
Mint Museum Uptown | 6 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the life and music of Nina Simone with new works on view, a tribute by Charlotte Songbird Nicci Canada & Dapper Street Productions and view of the Under Construction exhibit. Visitors will also enjoy $10 admission and a cash bar.
2019 Wish Ball
The Westin Charlotte | 6 p.m.
Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina’s signature blue-tie gala features a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, raffle opportunities, seated dinner prepared by the Westin’s master chef, dancing to the JAVA band and surprises for and from local wish families. $100+.
Hands-on Mixology Class – Home Bar Basics
Liberate Your Palate | 6:30 p.m.
Step up your at-home bar game by learning how to make four classic cocktails from the professionals. You’ll get hands-on instruction and a list of liquors, mixers and tools to take home to your own bar. $70 per person.
Black History Month Comedy Jam
Tate Hall – Central Piedmont Community College | 7 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with performances from the top black comedians in Charlotte, plus a special guest DJ, free food, raffle prizes and more. $20 general admission.
National Margarita Day and 3 Year Anniversary
Hot Taco | All day
Hot Taco isn’t just celebrating National Margarita Day – it’s also their three year anniversary. All day, enjoy half price fajitas, $2 margaritas and $2 tacos. A DJ starts at 6 p.m.
Cookie & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Cider maker Jay Bradish and baking scientist Monica Nye, PhD team up for four cookie and cider pairings each with their own unique flair. $19.
Art With Heart Auction
February 23 | Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art | 7 p.m.
Head to Art with Heart, where over 400 community leaders, artists and gallery owners gather to support the mission of Safe Alliance. The live and silent art auction is emceed by Maureen O’Boyle, anchor of WBTV News. $100+.
Chef Pano Cooks In Charlotte
Ilios Noche – Quail Corners | 6 and 8 p.m.
Chef Pano I. Karatassos, Executive Chef of KYMA in Atlanta will play host for this special event featuring two dinner seatings each including a signed copy of Pano’s Modern Greek Cooking, plus a greek night music/dance starting at 9 p.m.
Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts Grand Opening
1030 Woodward Ave. | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts’ opening in Camp North End with a day full of beer, food, music, prizes and events.
Strike Out Domestic Violence 2019
Ten Park Lanes | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The sixth annual Strike Out Domestic Violence bowling event, hosted by The Steve Smith Family Foundation, invites bowlers to play in one of two sessions to raise awareness and funds for the Smith Family Wellness Center. The day also includes raffle prizes and food available for purchase.
5th Annual Ballantyne Ball
February 23 | The Ballantyne Hotel | 6 p.m.
Ballantyne’s annual masquerade ball gathers individuals and businesses in support of The Relatives, which helps guide Charlotte youth and young adults out of crises and towards safety, stability, and independence.
13th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala
Founders Hall | 6 p.m.
Take a quick trip to the French Quarter to support The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter in finding a cure for the disease. Break it down on the dance floor with exciting music from Cease Fire Productions, dine on authentic creole cuisine, compete in a masquerade contest, test your luck at the casino, bid on an array of items in a silent auction and more.
Winter Beer Fest – Steele Creek
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Steele Creek | 1 – 4 p.m.
Don’t miss the inaugural Winter Beer fest at Lucky Dog’s Steele Creek location, complete with beers from up to ten local breweries and food from A Taste of Culture food truck. $20 admission for unlimited samples.
African-American Heritage Festival
Charlotte Museum of History | 12 – 4 p.m.
Celebrate over 250 years of Charlotte’s rich African American history and culture with special tours of the property, explorations of the African roots of Southern foods, performances by jazz singer Tenya Colemon and Latin American singer Ana Lucia Divins.
Hoppin’ 1 Year Anniversary Party
Hoppin’ | All day
Help Hoppin’ cheers to one year with a special collaboration beer brewed with The Unknown Brewing Company, music from a DJ, a corn hole tournament, photo booth, beer and wine specials and giveaways.
Celebrate! Annual Gala
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center | 7 p.m.
Support the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte at this casino night fundraiser complete with catering by Best Impressions, an open bar, music and a live auction and raffle. $150+.
Verde X HSM Core: Free Class Studio Spotlight
HSM Core Stonecrest | 10:30 a.m.
Verde and HSM Core will team up for a donation- based class benefitting the American Heart Association, plus fresh bites from Verde to refuel. Sign up here.
9th Annual Pancakes For A Purpose
Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 8 – 11 a.m.
Fuel up for a fun Saturday by digging into a short stack for a good cause. 100% of proceeds support The Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.
Charlotte’s 7th Annual Banana Bar Crawl
Uptown Charlotte | 4 p.m.
What could be better than thousands of banana’s hitting the town? Join in on Charlotte’s 7th annual Banana Bar Crawl with drink specials at 12 Uptown bars, free admissions and more. Banana suit is included in your ticket price. $25 in advance, $35 day of event.
Art of Reading Public Tour: The Lacuna
Mint Museum Randolph | 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna before tasking a docent-led tour of Spanish Colonial, Pre-Colombian, Mayan and Mexican galleries that highlight selected works depicted in the book. Free for Mint members or with admission.
February 24 | Spectrum Center | 8 p.m.
Sing along to your favorite classic songs as Fleetwood Mac takes the stage at Spectrum Center.
February 24 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | 12 – 5 p.m.
The Garden’s annual Wedding Showcase has everything you need to plan and design a stunning 2019 wedding. Be inspired by dozens of vendors, see the latest trends, get special discounts and even partake in a tour of the Garden at 1, 2 or 3 p.m. The first 250 guests will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Free for brides, grooms and Garden members. General admission applies for all other guests.
Men In Bras: A Runway Fundraising Event
7th Street Public Market | 6 – 9 p.m.
Watch male models (think local business leaders, athletes, influencers and personalities) showcase bras sponsored by local companies and designed by local artists in support Carolinas Breast Friends. The event is hosted by Cel Thompson as part of her role in Dancing with the Stars to Benefit Carolinas Breast Friends, and emceed by Aaron Dodge and Arden McLaughlin.