After what feels like years of cold and rain, spring has officially sprung in Charlotte. Here’s a day-by-day guide of the theater, arts and wine events to fill your calendar for the first weekend of spring:
Dear Evan Hansen
March 19 – 24 | Belk Theater
Dear Evan Hansen, winner of six 2017 Tony® awards including beat musical and the 2018 Grammy® award for best musical theater album, will come to Charlotte this weekend at Belk Theater. Tickets start at $34.50.
Heart of the Home Tour
March 22 – 23 | Charlotte-area homes
Taste your way through some of Charlotte’s most beautiful private homes at the fifth annual Heart of the Home Tour. While touring featured homes, guests will enjoy small plates from local chefs, sample creative cocktails and hear from the award-winning Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein
March 22 – 23 | Knight Theater
From The Sound of Music to The King and I, South Pacific and Carousel, you and your crew can experience the joyful music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in this Charlotte Symphony Orchestra program conducted by Albert-George Schram.
OMB 10 Year Anniversary
March 23 – 24 | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will celebrate their tenth anniversary with a weekend of live music, special beer releases, commemorative and activities for kids.
The Bechtler Modernism + Film: The Competition
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 p.m.
Head to The Bechtler to enjoy the next installment of their Modernism + Film series featuring a screening of “The Competition.” The film gives a raw account of how some of the best architects in the world struggle to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra. Tickets are $10 for the public and $8 for museum members.
WP Feeds The Need with Charlotte Food Bloggers
WP Kitchen + Bar | 5 p.m.
At the next edition of WP Feeds the Need, the Charlotte Food Bloggers join in raising funds for Our Daily Bread, a local organization that works with ex-offenders to give them housing and jobs in a bakery mentoring their culinary skills. 15% of the evening’s sales will benefit the charity. Call 704.295.0101 to reserve your table.
Adult Art Party: Coiled Basketry
Mint Museum Uptown | 6 p.m.
See, enjoy and then create your own art at this adults-only art party. First, visit the Mint’s Fiber Art Collection, then learn how to make your own coiled coasters, bowl or jewelry from cotton cord and strips of fabric, yarn, and thread. Bring your own wine and beer. $40 general admission, $30 for Mint Members.
LYP Cocktail Class: Drink the World Using North Carolina Spirits
Liberate Your Palate | 6:30 p.m.
Learn to whip up three cocktails on your own made from North Carolina spirits. Featured spirits include Doc Porters’ whiskey and bourbon, Pinetop gin and Seventy-Eight Degrees limoncello and organello. $70 per person.
Laugh at Lenny – Comedy Night
Lenny Boy Brewing Company | 8 p.m.
Lenny Boy’s brewhouse will transform into a comedy club to host back-to-back comedians including Tyrone Burston, Lauren Ansley and Wills Maxwell Jr. $10 general admission.
John Mellencamp: The John Mellencamp Show
Ovens Auditorium | 8 p.m.
John Mellencamp’s 2019 tour called the “The John Mellencamp Show” will feature the rock icon’s classics plus some new works. Tickets start at $42.50.
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac Tribute
The Fillmore | 8 p.m.
Sing along to your favorite songs as Rumors – a Fleetwood Mac Tribute band – takes the stage at The Fillmore. $12 general admission.
French Wines Class #3 at Reid’s: Loire River Vineyards
Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark | 2 – 4 p.m.
Reid’s third and final French Wines class will take you “Cruising Along the Loire River Vineyards” to taste five wines and five cheeses, plus enjoy a special discount on all featured wines. Tickets are $40 per person and can be reserved by calling the Wine Department at 704-377-7686.
Mint Members Tea
Mint Museum Uptown | 11:30 a.m.
Wear your tea-time best for afternoon tea at the Mint, which also includes a docent-led spotlight tour of the intricate tea pots of the Michael Sherrill Retrospective. Both members and non-members are welcome. $35 for an individual ticket, $26.25 for a member ticket.
2019 Elizabeth 8K Road Race
Elizabeth Neighborhood | 8 a.m.
Charlotte’s oldest road race returns for its 33rd year with both an 8K road race, a 1.5M run/walk route and the Liz Kids’ Fun Run for the youngest runners.
BB&T Ballpark | 12 – 3 p.m.
The official kick-off to the 2019 season includes two softball activities – a home run derby and a media game – plus kids activities, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, $2 concession items and more. Tickets are just $5 with proceeds to benefit Charlotte Knights Charities and the Crockett Foundation.
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 1 – 6 p.m.
Shop goods from local vendors at the next Brewhouse Bazaar. The day also includes live music by The Abbey Elmore Band and new beer and kombucha releases.
Skill Session 2.3: Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden
Soulshine Organics Urban Farm | 12 p.m.
Ever wanted to grow your own food? This donation-based class will get your started with all the basics – where to plant, how to water and what to grow – just in time for the upcoming growing season. You’ll even get to start some of your own seeds in class.
Artist Talk: Silvia Levenson
Mint Museum Uptown | 2 – 4 p.m.
Artists Silvia Levenson will discuss her career working in glass as well as how the theme of intimate partner violence is addressed in her sculpture, Until Death Do Us Part, on view at Mint Museum Uptown starting February 6. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple in support of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, a Charlotte-based foundation that seeks to prevent domestic violence.
March Sweetness Dessert Market
NoDa Brewing Company | 12 – 5 p.m.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at NoDa Brewing as multiple Charlotte dessert shops and bakeries offer tasty treats for purchase. Free admission.