What’s on your calendar for the first weekend of March? If you’re still looking for something to do, start here with our day-by-day guide to this weekend in Charlotte:

ALL WEEKEND

2019 CIAA Tournament
February 25 – March 2

It’s time for the 2019 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, which in addition to the games, brings over 20 ancillary events all week (and weekend) long. View a full list of events here.

CIAA Toyota Fan Fest
March 1 – 2 | Charlotte Convention Center

This two-day free event includes interactive activities, concerts and family-friendly entertainment. View the full schedule of events here.

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. 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.

Tyberpalooza
March 1 – 2 | Tyber Creek Pub

In South End, Tyber Creek Pub will gear up for its annual Tyberpalooza, featuring two days of live music, DJs and competitions. Don’t miss out on the flip cup tournament on Friday and the corn hole tournament on Saturday.

By the Water
Through March 9 | Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square

Experience the story of Marty and Mary Murphy, a couple whose home has been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The tragedy opens up on family wounds and tests the resilience of a community, but also shows how both groups can come together.

THURSDAY

18th Annual Laugh for the Cure
McGlohon Theatre| 5:30 p.m.

Komen Charlotte’s annual fundraiser brings together hilarious comedians Country Cool in support of a cure. Hosted by WBTV’s Molly Grantham, the night also includes a silent/live auction reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. $35+.

Art Workshop: Making Jewelry from Glass
McColl Center for Art + Innovation | 6 – 8 p.m.

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Get creative as you learn to use a grinding wheel and layer transparent and opaque glass to make your own jewelry with help from alumna artist Natalie Bork. $30 for McColl Center members, $35 for non-members.

Rombauer Vineyards Wine Dinner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House SouthPark | 6:30 p.m.

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Ruth’s Chris first TasteMaker Wine Dinner of 2019 features family-owned Rombauer Vineyards and a five-course menu. $115 per guest.

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

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Enjoy a five-course menu prepared and presented by Executive Chef Eric Litaker, with each course paired with a Suffolk Punch beer. View the full menu here. $65 per person.

80’s Music Trivia
NoDa Brewing Company | 6 p.m.

Put your 80’s music knowledge to the test at NoDa Brewery, where you and your team can enjoy food from the TIN Kitchen and beer while you jam along to your favorite tunes.

Swipe Light Release Party
Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 5 – 9 p.m.

Welcome the Swipe Left beer, a craft-light ale, with $4 drafts, giveaways and live music by Ellie Morgan.

FRIDAY

2nd Annual We Are Rising Event
Mint Museum Uptown | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Mint Museum’s Second Annual We Are Rising from Tragedy to Triumph program starts with a light breakfast and mimosa bar, viewings of the film The American South As We Know It and insights from filmmaker and guest speaker Fredrick D. Murphy, MA, MS, LPC on the history of HBCUs. Then, tour the exhibition Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum and shop the African-Print Fashion Now! inspired pop-up shop. $15 admission.

March First Friday Gallery Crawl
South End | 6 – 10 p.m.

Kick off the month of March with a neighborhood art crawl, where galleries will open their doors for extended hours, artist visitings and new exhibitions.

Stepshow Throwdown
Charlotte Convention Center | 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the CIAA tournament with this step show throwdown hosted by Darren Brand that positions Greeks against Greeks. $30 general admission.

Reply: Amy Herman + Micah Cash
Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy | 6 – 8 p.m.

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Opening Reception with the Artists
Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy | 6 to 8pm

Don’t miss the opening reception of <REPLY>, an exhibition featuring Charlotte-based artists Amy Herman and Micah Cash. The exhibition will be on display through May 10. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, March 1 from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will remain on display through May 10.

SATURDAY

MintMatiné: La Boda de Valentina
Mint Museum Randolph | 2 – 5 p.m.

Head to the Mint Museum Randolph for MintMatiné, which brings the best Latin films to Charlotte. This month, view La Boda de Valentina (Valentina’s Wedding), plus enjoy free popcorn. $5 general admission, $3.75 for Mint members.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 10 p.m.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras in the beer garden with live music by Falconheart and The Hwy, special beer releases plus Cajun food by the Bayou Betty food truck.

Gala for Education 2019
The Westin Charlotte | 6 p.m.


Latin Americans Working for Achievement presents this year’s Gala for Education, featuring a silent auction, dinner and dancing.

44th Faces of Diversity Mural Unveiling
ArtWorks 945 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Be there for the unveiling of the 44th Faces of Diversity Mosaic, created by artist Edwin Gil and Providence Day student Kate Carlson, at the ArtWorks945 program. Gil, who utilized the services at Urban Ministry Center after coming to Charlotte from South America, is now a local artist and teacher.

CIAA Stepshow Stepoff
Charlotte Convention Center | 6:30 p.m.

See schools from all over the Southeast compete in this step show stepoff. $15 general admission.

March NoDaHood Market
Divine Barrel Brewing | 2 – 4 p.m.

The next NoDaHood Market will feature more than 15 local vendors offering handcrafted goods, a food truck and live music.

5.5ish Music Fest and Anniversary
The Unknown Brewing Company | 4 – 10 p.m.

Cheers to 5.5ish years of brews and good times with a music festival featuring five live acts, food from Passport Dough & Co and special beer offerings from all five years of Unknown’s brewing history.


SUNDAY

Book party and reading – Charlotte Lit’s 3rd birthday
Mint Museum Randolph | 1 – 5 p.m.

Charlotte Lit celebrates its third birthday with a reading and signing by author Judy Goldman, who will share from her new memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap. The celebration also includes food, drinks and a signed hardback copy of Together for each guest. $50 for non-members.