Looking for something new to do this weekend? Whether you’re into gardening, hoops or St. Paddy’s Day festivities, we’ve got just the thing. Here’s our guide to what to do this weekend in Charlotte:
March 15 – 17 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
DSBG’s weekend-log Orchid Show, recognized by the American Orchid Society, features the chance to learn about, view and purchase stunning orchids. Free for garden members or with general admission.
March 15 – 16 | Belk Theater
Maestro Warren-Green leads this performance of Strauss’ Emperor Waltzes, Mahler’s Blumine and Symphony No. 1 “The Titan”. Don’t miss a pre-concret talk before Friday’s performance with resident conductor Christopher James Lees.
Friends! The Musical Parody
March 14 – 17 | The Comedy Zone – Charlotte
Everyone’s favorite TV series returns as a musical parody taking the stage this weekend at The Comedy Zone. $25 general admission.
Women in Jazz
March 14 – 16 | The Jazz Room
An all-female congregation of instrumentalists present the three-day Women in Jazz series with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door.
2019 New York Life ACC Tournament
March 12-16 | Spectrum Center
Charlotte will host the ACC postseason conference for the 13th time this weekend, starting with three first-round games on March 12 and culminating with the championship game March 16.
Charlotte Ballet’s Peter Pan
Through March 17 | Knight Theater
Join the high-flying adventures of Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook in Neverland as the ballet adaptation of this timeless tale comes to the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $25.
Olly Olly Oxen Free Opening Reception
Anne Neilson Fine Art | 6 p.m.
Gather the girls and head to the opening reception for Olly Olly Oxen free at Anne Neilson Fine Art. The two-person exhibition features new, individual and collaborative works by Memphis artists Stephanie King and Pam McDonnell.
Elizabeth 8k Launch Party + Big E Beer Release
Legion Brewing | 6:30 p.m.
Get ready for the Elizabeth 8K on March 23 with a special release of The Big E beer and help with registration.
Fundamentals of Cookie Decorating
Sweet Spot Studio | 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to decorate Instagram-worthy sweet treats in this hands-on class led by pastry chef Jossie Lukacik. $50 per person.
NoDa Costume Crawl – March
NoDa Charlotte |6 – 11 p.m.
Join in on this fun monthly event by dressing in your 70s and 80s best and making your way through NoDa’s shops, galleries, restaurants and bars.
Taste of the Tour Cocktail Party
Ferguson SouthEnd Showroom | 6 – 9 p.m.
Kick off the 2019 Kitchen Tour on March 22 and 23 with an evening of tastings from Charlotte’s best chefs, a silent auction and a thrilling “duel” between Chef Eloy Roy of OGGI Charlotte and Chef James Jermyn of Ilios Noche. $50 per person.
Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room | 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a five-course meal paired will Sierra Nevada brews, plus a chance to win a VIP brewery tour and signature glassware to take home. $55++ per person. Call 704.333.9463 for reservations.
Corkbuzz Restaurant – Charlotte | 6 p.m.
In this introductory class, wine-lovers will explore and taste a selection of two most popular grape varietals of Burgundy: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $65 per person.
Celebration of Smiles: Charlotte
Legion Brewing SouthPark | 6 – 8 p.m.
Support The Celebration of Smiles with a panel of local Charlotte dentists, appetizers, drinks and more. Proceeds benefit America’s Toothfairy’s. $10 general admission.
Cereal With CC Breakfast & Workshop
The Ballantyne Hotel | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Get your tickets now to support Caroline “CC” Casey and other children facing life-altering or terminal diagnoses at Cereal With CC. The inspiring breakfast and workshop aims to inspire attendees to Give Where You Live and discover ways to support other families. Early Bird Tickets are $55.
Bechtler by Night: Swing Into Spring
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5 – 9 p.m.
Shake off the winter blues at the next edition Bechtler by Night. The night out at the museum includes a spring flower art collage in the first-floor lobby, free gallery access, light bites and a refreshing specialty cocktail: a gin and tonic.
Opera At The Market
7th Street Public Market | 6 p.m.
Kick off your weekend with a pop-up performance by Opera Carolina and food and drink specials at the 7th Street Public Market. You’ll hear popular Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater numbers.
Science on the Rocks: Masquerade
Discovery Place Science | 5 – 9 p.m.
At this adults-only Masquerade night at the museum, create your own mysterious mask, compete in a contest contest, pose in the photo booth, enjoy lively music and more. $10 in advance.
Pilot Brewing & Cabot Cheese Pairing and Fundraiser
Pilot Brewing | 5 – 9 p.m.
This beer and cheese pairing benefits the brewery’s March charity of the month, Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love. All month long, $1 of every Crowler to-go beer sale will be donated to the non-profit.
Beyond the Mountain
Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art | 6 – 8 p.m.
Don’t miss the opening reception of Beyond the Mountain, on display through April 26, with artists Jessica Singerman & Martha Armstrong.
Free and open to the public.
Food Truck Friday in Plaza Midwood
Resident Culture Brewing Company | 5 – 11 p.m.
Food truck Friday in Plaza Midwood is back for Spring with a special line-up of food trucks beginning at 5 p.m. and music by DJ Smitty from 7 – 10 p.m.
Chocolate & Cider Pairing
Red Clay Ciderworks | 7 p.m.
Red Clay Ciderworks will team up with Potts Chocolate for a pairing of four small batch, handmade chocolates with four craft ciders.
African-Print Fashion Now!: Kumasi Marketplace
Mint Museum Randolph | 12 – 4 p.m.
Inspired by the African-Print Fashion Now! and Gastonia artist John Biggers’ Kumasi Market, visitors can shop exhibition-inspired clothing, jewelry, shoes, hand bags, graffiti-wear and home décor from selected small businesses and independent artists. The day also includes baked goods for sale, music, head wrap demonstrations, gallery tours, food trucks and more.
Spring Craft Crawl
South End | 1 – 7 p.m.
South End’s favorite craft beer destinations will team up for the next Craft Crawl, with live music and special releases at multiple stops. Check them all off your list with free trolley rides to and from each participating location.
Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 5 p.m.
Oysters Carolina will join forces with Sycamore Brewing for an Oyster Roast on Saturday, complete with live music by Below the Belt, beer, wine, cider and a food truck.
DIY Cake Stand Event
Charlotte ReStore | 1 – 3 p.m.
Add a little flair to your table with a custom cake stand. Learn how to make your own from pre-selected glass and tableware pieces in this hands-on class. $5 class fee.
Irish Whiskey – The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne
The Ballantyne | 6:30 p.m.
Get a taste of Ireland at this Irish whiskey tasking of Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey served with small plates. $65 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your seat.
Final Funny Four: Queen City Improv Room
The Knight Gallery | 8 p.m.
Don’t miss the Improv Battle that determine the Final Funny Four. Now Are the Foxes Improv / Comedy, Improv Charlotte, Mom’s Adhesive Improv Team and Charlotte Comedy Theater will take the stage to compete for a spot. $10 general admission.
National Agriculture Week
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate the final day of National Agriculture Week with special displays from market vendors that show just how agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives.
Hozier: Wasteland, Baby! Tour
Ovens Auditorium | 8 p.m.
Hozier brings the Wasteland, Baby! tour to Charlotte this Sunday at Ovens Auditorium. Every ticket purchased online includes a CD copy of Hozier’s forthcoming album “Wasteland Baby!” with the option to upgrade their CD to the standard vinyl LP.