It’s almost time to start planning ahead to the (long) weekend. We’re making it easy with our day-by-day guide to what to do this President’s Day weekend in Charlotte. Still looking for Valentine’s Dinner Date Ideas? Our picks for that are here.

ALL WEEKEND

Chopin Piano Concerto 1
Feb. 14-16 | Knight Theater

Treat your date to an evening with the Charlotte Symphony, as they play Chopin’s Piano Concerto 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture.

The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater
Feb. 14-15 | Stage Door Theater

New Orleans-based singer Stephanie Jordan brings love songs to The Jazz Room for Valentine’s Day weekend. $16 in advance, $18 at the door.

THURSDAY

Kendra Scott x Sophia’s Lounge Galentine’s Day Event
Sophia’s Lounge | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Grab your Galentine’s and head to Sophia’s Lounge, where everyone who donates an item to Levine Children’s Hospital will be entered to win prizes, including a Kendra Scott necklace and earring set, plates and cocktails for two at Sophia’s Lounge or a romantic one-night stay at The Ivey’s Hotel.
Throughout the evening, guests will also have the opportunity to gift with heart and purchase pieces from Kendra Scott’s exclusive Valentine’s Day Collection at a Kendra Scott pop-up. Twenty percent of the sales from this pop-up will be donated directly to the Levine Children’s Hospital.

Yogapalooza: Balance, Beer & Bites, Breast Cancer Benefit
Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts | 6-9 p.m.

Charlotte’s top instructors and assistants from Charlotte Yoga, Okra, Vibe5, Y2 & 360fitco will lead a 75-minute yoga flow class followed by fun and food truck fare. Free beverage included with ticket. All proceeds support Carolina Breast Friends benefitting individuals in the Charlotte community facing breast cancer. 

“Gal”entine’s Comedy Show
METROPOLITAN | 7 pm

Laugh it out with your besties at Metropolitan’s comedy show featuring standup comedian Grace Hauth and Now Are the Foxes. $5.

Valentine’s Day Sip & Shop
7th Street Public Market | 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Shop eight local businesses offering handmade fudge, fresh cut flowers, natural skincare and more with your besties. The first 100 people 21+ will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling rose from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.

Sutler’s Gin Distillery Pop-Up
Dot Dot Dot Charlotte | 5-11:30 pm

Dot Dot Dot will team up with Sutler’s Gin for a pop-up event with signature cocktails. No reservations or tickets needed.

Beers & Burpees in the Red Room at Barry’s
Barry’s Bootcamp | 7:30 pm

Sweat it out in Barry’s Red Room to benefit the Changing Lives Together (CLT) Foundation, which aims “to enrich and change the lives of special needs kids and kids with life-altering medical circumstances.” Your $35 donation includes a one-hour workout led by Cole Goddard, event shirt or hat, plus sunglasses and a koozie.

Craft Chocolate Pairing at Lenny Boy Brewing
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Discover how craft chocolates can pair with beer and kombucha with certified chocolate expert Dr. Jessica Henderson. $25 per person in advance, $30 day of if space available.

Galentine’s Day Party to Benefit Safe Alliance
Pinhouse | 6-9 pm

Celebrate Galentine’s with a grazing table by Babe & Butcher, Instagram backdrops, photo opps and more, all benefitting Safe Alliance.

First Spice 101 of 2020
Savory Spice Shop | 6:30 pm

The first Spice 101 session of the new year gives both kitchen novices and well-seasoned cooks a refresh of spice basics. $10 per participant. Call 980.225.5419 to reserve your spot.

Valentine’s Skate and Date at the Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 7:30 – 10 pm

The Whitewater center puts a whole new spin on Valentine’s with an evening of ice skating followed by a three-course chef-inspired meal.

Ladies Night Out
Covet Atelier | 5-8 pm

Enjoy complimentary bites + bevies, a pop up with Century Clay, custom embroidery by Lil Stitches + shopping with both Covet Atelier x Grow.

Galentine’s Day at Optimist Hall
Optimist Hall | 6-8 p.m.

Head to Optimist Hall for a Galentine’s Day celebration including tarot card readings, a flower bar from In Our Nature, postcards from Archer Paper Goods, tenant specials and more.

Taste of History: Scotch from “Outlander” to the Backcountry
Charlotte Museum of History | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

This adults-only program dives into the history and culture of scotch and the Highlanders in the backcountry of North Carolina, and includes a flight of the theme libation, samples and ideas for food pairings, a commemorative glass and a fun laugh-and-learn discussion.

GALentines
The Wine Loft | 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Mic and mingle at The Wine Loft as they celebrate Galentine’s Day with a DJ, trivia, prizes and special menu items. Bring new or gently-used women’s business attire (they currently need purses the most) to donate to Dress for Success Charlotte.

FRIDAY

Night Out: Mixology 101 and Dinner with Friends
The Collector’s Room by Beau Monde | 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Mix it up with your Valentine as you learn to make three classic cocktails in this hands-on class, followed by a family-style dinner with wine. $80.

Chocolate + Beer Pairing
Pilot Brewing | All day

Enjoy pairings of two Pilot beers with two chocolates from Potts Chocolate for $8.

Light up the Night powered by Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas
Mint Museum Uptown | 6-9 pm

The free Light Up the Night event, powered by Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas, features immersive experiences for all ages, including glowing swings on the plaza, live music by DJ Fannie Mae and pop-up maker spaces inside the museum. The event is held in conjunction with special exhibition Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint.

Free Comedy Night at Lenny Boy
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 8 pm

Laugh along with your Valentine at Lenny Boy Brewing’s free comedy show, featuring Jenn “Jinx” Snyder, Joy Wills and Grace Hauth.

Falling in Love with Dutch Design
Mint Museum Uptown | 6-7 pm

As part of the Mint’s Dutch Design Lecture Series, Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion for the Mint Museum will give a talk about Dutch Design in the twenty-first century. Many of the works being referenced in the talk are a part of The Mint Museum’s collection or are on view at Mint Museum Uptown.

Pizza My Heart: Anti-Valentines Day
The Chamber by Wooden Robot | 7 pm

Celebrate with the ultimate duo: pizza and beer. The Chamber NoDa will have free pizza from Benny Pennello’s while supplies last, flights new beers and anti-Valentine’s Day desserts.

SATURDAY

Valentine’s Tea & Breakfast
The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary | 9:30 – 11 am

Treat your special someone to breakfast complete with herbal tea at this special event including live music and special gifts. $35 per couple. Email [email protected] to make reservations.

Lucky in Love Beer Pairing
Armored Cow Brewing Co. | 9 pm

Talk about a sweet pairing. Armored Cow Brewing Co. invites guests to pair a flight of six beers and six mini donuts for $24.99 per couple ($30 day of).

SUNDAY

Art of Reading Public Tour: A Single Shard
Mint Museum Randolph | 2-3:30 pm

This public event includes a discussion of the Newbery award-winning story by author Linda Sue Park, followed by a docent-led gallery tour featuring works of art that relate to the book.

Polentata 2020
AQUA e VINO | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Make Sunday lunch plans to enjoy a three-course family-style lunch of antipasti for the table, a generous serving of Polenta alongside a choice of three toppings and dessert. $60 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Seoul Food’s 4th Anniversary Party
Seoul Food Meat Company | All day

Help Seoul Food celebrate their fourth anniversary with a 90s theme bash including $.25 local craft beers (cash only) and giveaways throughout the day.

Ross Mathews Name Drop Tour
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square | 7 p.m.

Be there as television personality Ross Mathews shares stories from the ups and downs of his Hollywood experience and everyone he’s met along the way. Tickets start at $35.

Pajama Party
Birdsong Brewing Co. | 11 am

Party in your PJs at Birdsong with live bluegrass music, mimosas and Jalapeno Pale Ale bloody beers.

Tony Bennett
Belk Theater | 7 p.m.

See legendary musical Tony Bennett take the stage at Belk Theater this month. With a long list of accomplishments and beloved songs spanning his more than 60 year career, you’re sure to hear a classic favorite. Tickets start at $58.

MONDAY is President’s Day

Now, That’s What I Call Vegan Food! Vol 1
Free Range Brewing | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The first vegan dinner in Free Range’s Cultivating Community Dinner Series features Matthew Martin, the head of culinary operations for local food company Freshlist and Adam Duke of Dukes Bread

An Evening of Fondue
Orrman’s Cheese Shop | 6:30 – 8 pm

This Monday night out includes wine, food and guidance on how to make the perfect fondue, including the best cheeses to use, meats and accompaniments. $45.

Bread Baking Basics
Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen | 6-9 pm

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Glynnis Brown, owner and bakery manager at Duke’s Bread, leads this class where participants will learn to make Focaccia, Brioche and Sourdough Boule and Loaf. $75.

Brad Miller, Care of Bonsai
Mint Museum Randolph | 6:15 pm

Brad Miller will lead this class covering all things Bonsai, from plant selection, pruning, container selections, watering and more.

2 YeAR AnniversARy
AR Workshop Charlotte | 6:30 pm

Help AR Workshop Charlotte celebrate two years in business by making a DIY wood project, games, prizes, raffles and a free project with every registration. 

President’s Day at Blue Blaze Brewing
Blue Blaze Brewing | 12-9 pm

Cheers to the long weekend with live music, a food truck and half of red and white wine and $4 Blue Blaze Altbier pints, plus $14 select pitchers. (select styles)!