When you’ve got a day off from school and work, it’s best to take advantage of it. We’re making it easy to make the most of your holiday with a round-up of 17 ways to spend your 2/17 ~ President’s Day 2020.

FUN TO-DOS

I Heart Rail Trail

Get outside and walk the Rail Trail, where you can experience four interactive light installations along a one-mile stretch from Carson St. to Sycamore Brewing. Where to find them:

  • Sonic Forest: Next to 1100 South Apartments across from Carson St. Station
  • Passage: Next to Post South Apartments near Bland Street
  • Echo: Kingston Plaza near Dilworth Artisan Station
  • Run Beyond: Sycamore Brewing

Wine Week at The Ballantyne

From Feb. 17-23, The Gallery Restaurant will feature the wines of Orin Swift Cellars and renowned winemaker Dave Phinney at special by-the-glass pricing. Reserve your seat by calling 704-248-4100.

Sweat it out with BK Pilates CLT

NYC’s boutique pilates studio, BK Pilates, is coming to Charlotte. Ahead of opening its permanent location at 1520 South Blvd., BK Pilates CLT is temporarily popping up in The RailYard and offering classes everyday. Sign up for classes here.

Browse exhibitions at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Bechtler offers art lovers a variety of celebratory exhibitions, including Filled with Light: The Designs of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Open Mondays from 10am – 5pm.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Stroll the gardens and count the garden’s birds as you help scientists in their study of the garden’s birds with guided walks and educational information. Get there early for a complimentary light breakfast. Garden admission is free until 1 pm.

Play games at one of Charlotte’s social houses

Whether you’ll try your luck at duckpin bowling, old-school arcade games or classic skee-ball, there are plenty of ways to feed your competitive side while staying warm. Try Queen Park Social, Pins Mechanical CoPiedmont Social House, El Thrify or Topgolf Swing Suite in Uptown.

Visit Art & Orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Spend the day browsing a collection of orchids in bloom inside The Orchid Conservatory, plus NC artist Patrick Dougherty’s latest woven sculptures and the Garden’s own woven sculptures inspired by Dougherty’s work. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mommy + Me Cooking Class at Sur la Table

Practice making British tea time favorites. You and your little chef will mix pie dough for yummy jam tarts and transform puff pastry into palmier cookies. Various Times.

PRESIDENT’S DAY EVENTS

Bubbles & Berries
Corkscrew Birkdale, Huntersville | 7 pm

Enjoy an evening of decadent berry-inspired desserts paired with four champagnes. $40 per person.

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

SkillPop: Intro to Brush Lettering
Bold Missy Brewery | 6:30 pm

Get an introduction to the art of Brush Lettering with this Skillpop class led by artist Daryl deLadurantaye. $35.

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.

NC Yoga Bar at the Mint
Mint Museum Uptown | 6 pm

Wind down from your holiday weekend with a one-hour yoga class taught by NC Yoga Bar. Mint members enjoy yoga for free, while non-members can buy a yoga passport or drop-in for $10. 

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

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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)!