Mardi Gras Gala, Wine Dinner, Cocktail Class, Tea Blending, Art Party, Fat Sunday, Donut Festival & More. Things To Do This Weekend – 2/20

It’s almost time for another Queen City weekend. Start planning with our day-by-day guide of scoop-worthy events.


Performances at Middle C Jazz
Feb. 21-22 | Middle C Jazz

Enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz with performances all weekend long at Uptown’s Middle C Jazz. Performances this weekend include:

  • An Evening with R&B/Soul Recording Artist SUCH: Friday, 7 and 9 pm
  • Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Saturday, 7 and 9 pm

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!
Feb. 21-23 | Booth Playhouse

Don’t miss your chance to see this off-Broadway hit comedy as it comes through Charlotte. The one-man show is based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book. $60.


WFAEats CHOCOLATE Tasting Event
Charlotte Museum of History | 6-8 pm

Indulge during the season of love at this two-hour tasting event featuring handcrafted chocolates and desserts from local chocolatiers, bakeries and retailers. The evening also features a cash bar and proceeds benefit WFAE’s local news and Charlotte Talks.

Roaring 20’s Party & Dinner
Sullivan’s Steakhouse | 7-9 pm

Help welcome the roaring 20s with a four-course menu and speakeasy-inspired cocktails. $65 per person.

Capishe SouthPark Grand Opening
Capishe: Real Italian Kitchen SouthPark | 6-9 pm

It’s time to officially welcome Capishe to the SouthPark community with pizza specials, live music, giveaways, a kids station and more. Come early – the first 100 guests get a free Capishe koozie.

Tea Blending Workshop With Crys Roeder
Bells Box, Cornelius | 6:30 pm

Learn about your taste preferences and benefits of each plant, herb or flower before making two custom tea blends with Tea Mixologist and Herbalist, Crys Roeder of Dancing Moon Farms. $40.


Angeline’s “Pinots of the World” Wine Dinner
Angeline’s Charlotte | 7-10 pm

Experience the tastes of Italy with a five-course meal created by Executive Chef Robert Hoffman and Sommelier extraordinaire William Farquharson in the second of a three-part series that introduces diners to unique wine and food pairings.

Three Ingredients Cocktails Class
Spaces South End | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn to make easy-to-prepare, dependable foundations for your favorite cocktails using just three ingredients in this hands-on class from one of our favorite local mixologists, Tamu of Liberate Your Palate. $75.

Adult Art Party: Clay Luminaries
Mint Museum Uptown | 6-8:30 pm

At this after hours, adults-only night out, attendees can enjoy a nighttime tour of Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend and build their own Studio Drift inspired clay luminary. $50 per person, $37.50 for Mint Members.

So You Think You Can Bark
Knight Theater | 7 p.m.

Seven “pet-testants” will perform on stage for the chance to win over the judges, Morgan Fogarty, Travis Hancock, Sonja Gantt and Molly Stone-Sapir. All proceeds benefit Stand for Animals’ Medical Support Fund which directly assists dogs and cats in need of medical care and free spay neuter services.

Opera At The Market
7th Street Public Market | 6-8 p.m.

Head to Uptown’s 7th Street Market to hear Opera Carolina artists perform popular opera, operetta and musical theater numbers, plus enjoy specials from The Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Zia Pia Italian Kitchen.

2020 Wish Ball
The Westin Charlotte | 6-10 pm

Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina’s signature blue-tie gala returns to bring joy to local wish families and treat attendees to an evening of live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, a seated dinner prepared by the Westin’s master chef, live music, dancing and more.


Mint Members “Bring a Friend Day”
Both museum locations | All day

On this day, all Mint Museum members are invited to bring up to four additional guests on top of their existing membership benefits level.

VIP Brunch & Bubbly Coolsculpting Event
5821 Fairview Road Suite 115 | 11 am-1 pm

Learn all about Coolsculpting, a leading fat-free technology, over brunch and bubbly with the experts at Evolve Medical Associates.

The Charlotte Local Wedding Show
The Fillmore | 12 – 4 pm

Engaged? Here’s your chance to connect with locally-owned wedding vendors and professionals who can bring your bridal vision to life. The day includes a runway show, giveaways, food trucks, sweets from Pepperbox Donuts and more.

14th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala
Founders Hall | 6 pm

Take a trip to the streets of New Orlean’s French Quarter for an evening of dancing, music, authentic creole cuisine, a masquerade contest, visits to the casino, a luxury raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter.

Mardi Gras Bike Parade
Plaza Midwood Neighborhood | 11 am

Celebrate the official opening of the bike lanes on The Plaza with a day of Mardi Gras fun. It kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with city leaders, continues with a festive bike parade and ends with an after party complete with food, activities, a live band and more.

A Spirited Luncheon Featuring Don Julio
The Crunkleton Charlotte | 3-5 pm

Enjoy a buffet-style lunch from Executive Chef Greg Balch, plus a comprehensive tasting of Don Julio tequilas including Don Julio Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, Reposado Double Cask, 70 Añejo Claro and 1942 Tequila.

The Big ONE
Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts | All day

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Help Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts celebrate its anniversary with special can and bottles releases, guest taps and food trucks.

Beer Dinner at The Ballantyne
Gallery Restaurant | 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a four-course dinner and beer pairing featuring Legion Brewing. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.

Morning Lift: Mom’s Morning Out
Optimist Hall | 9 am

In the next installment of Optimist Hall’s Morning Lift series, Life and Leadership Coach, Melissa Uhlir, and Pregnancy and Post-Partum Athleticism Specialist and founder of strongher360, Jamie Eastley, will lead an interactive workshop for all moms and soon-to-be moms covering the emotional and physical balance of motherhood. Free.

10th Annual Pancakes for a Purpose
Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 8 – 11 am

Head to Blackfinn Ameripub to enjoy a short stack for a tall cause. 100% of proceeds go to The Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.

Celebrate! the 80’s Gala
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte | 7-11 pm

Support the Childrens’ Theatre of Charlotte with an evening of all things 80s: Tab cocktails, a chef-prepared TV dinner station, visits to the Atari lounge and more. $125+.

2020 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Charlotte
First Ward Park | 7:30 am

The Allstate Hot Chocolate race features 15k and 5k routes dotted with marshmallow stations and a post-race party with music, hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and more. The race supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

2020 Winter Beer Fest
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 1-4 pm

Lucky Dog’s fourth annual Winter Fest includes three hours of unlimited beer samples from local breweries and live music. $20.

Charlotte’s 8th Annual Banana Bar Crawl
Rooftop 210 at the Epicentre | 4 pm – 2 am

Don your banana suit and head Uptown for the eighth annual banana bar crawl, where party-goers will enjoy free admission and drink specials at each participating location. $25 in advance, $35 the day of the event.


CLT Donut Festival
Norfolk Hall | 12-4 pm

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Enjoy this tasty showcase featuring creations from some of Charlotte’s best bakeries. The day is complete with music, games, vendors and a cash bar.

Fat Sunday
Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 1-4 pm

Brewers’ inaugural “Fat Sunday” event includes a crawfish boil, all-day hurricane specials, a jazz band, beads, masks and Kings Cake cupcakes.


Allison Hancin
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!