Even while we’re all staying in to flatten the curve, there’s still fun to be had all around the Queen City from the comfort of your home. From virtual wine classes to story time, here’s what to do this weekend:
ARTS & CULTURE
Opera Carolina’s new series, iStream Fridays, will feature performances of popular opera songs by Opera Carolina resident artists.
Lunch & Learn “Mobilizing Morale & Spirit”
Thursday | 12 pm
Don’t miss the first of The Charlotte Museum of History’s virtual Lunch & Learn series. Hear from Dr. Brian Madison Jones, James B. Duke Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Johnson C. Smith University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Charlotte Museum of Historyas he shares stories of mobilization of morale and spirit in twentieth century America.
Facebook Live – Key Signature Entertainment Virtual Concert Series
Thursday and Friday | 4 pm
Support local musicians by tuning in to this virtual concert series Monday-Friday at 4 pm. This week, enjoy performances by Todd Johnson & The Revolvers and Pete Lents with Brookstone Bards Entertainment.
McColl Center’s Connected Art Workshop
Saturday | 10 am
McColl Center’s Connected Art Workshops are taught live online by Charlotte-based artists.
Alumni artist Chris Clamp will lead this online class covering the fundamental building blocks of drawing from life, plus concepts and principles such as line, shape, form and value. Identify a simple object around your house that you would like to draw before the class. $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
FOOD AND DRINK
Virtual wine classes from Corkbuzz
Use this time at home to freshen up on your wine knowledge. All Corkbuzz classes are held over Zoom and led by wine experts. This weekend’s classes include:
- Tour of South Africa: Thursday
- Tour of Champagne: Friday
- Wines of New York State: Saturday
- Tour of Germany: Saturday
- Wine 101: Saturday
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Sunday
Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen Virtual Cooking Class: Dumplings
Thursday, 4 pm
Learn to prepare Chinese style dumpling dough, both meat and vegetarian fillings and steamed and pan-fried preparations in this virtual cooking class. You’ll also learn how to create your own sauces based on what you may already have in the pantry. $15.
Virtual Beer Garden
Saturday | 7 pm
Join the Beer With Me Network every Saturday in April for a virtual beer garden gathering. Join in and enjoy your favorite local beers.
Meet the Winemaker: Wine & Cheese Tasting
Wednesdays | 6 pm
Birk O’Halloran, winemaker & owner of Iconic Wine, Josh Villapando, owner of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, and Rachel Klebaur, owner of Orrman’s Cheese Shop host this virtual workshop. $80 per package with contactless curbside pickup.
On-demand classes from Sweet Spot Studio
Choose from virtual cookie decorating classes with themes like “garden party” and “Harry Potter” or opt for an online French macaron class.
Live Wine Tastings with NoDa Company Store
April 13 | 12 pm
Every Monday at noon, join Wine Connoisseur Sean Nowak for a virtual wine tasting on Facebook Live. Guests will be able to pick up the three featured wines along with a charcuterie board to take home for $50 throughout the week.
Virtual Hands-on Cocktail Class with Liberate your Palate
Book your own time
Get cocktail and bar essentials dropped on your doorstep, then experience a virtual private hands-on class where you’ll learn how to use them. The best part? You get to keep your new bar tools.
JUST FOR FUN & DIY
SkillPop Anywhere: Makeup Made Easy
Thursday | 7 pm
Local makeup artist Catie Starr will cover this fundamentals in this online class, including how to better understand and cater to your unique facial structure and skin type, easy techniques and recommended products. $20.
Craft Night IN! Online Workshop | Power of Punch Needle!
Thursday | 6:30 pm
Get started with punch needling in this online crafting workshop from the pros at Crowned Sparrow Co. Choose your pattern and get to punching.
SkillPop Anywhere: Watercolor Cacti Prints
Friday | 7 pm
Learn basic watercolor techniques from home in this virtual class led by local watercolorist and calligrapher Ali Loncar-Bridges. Participants will explore fundamental techniques including wet-on-wet painting and using salt to create texture and depth as they complete their own watercolor cacti art. $20.
Virtual Event- A Wildflower Wonderland
Saturdays through April 11 | 9 am
Join Amy Tipton virtually as she broadcasts live from the Van Landingham Glen to discuss wildflowers that are native to the Carolinas. Event is free and no registration is required.
Family Storytime on Live
Monday – Saturday | 9:30 am
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center host story time on Facebook Live Monday-Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Cooking with Flour Power Kids
Get the kids involved in meal prep with the help of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios. They are sharing fun weekly and daily recipes, answering questions and posting videos on their Facebook page.
Crafting with Cory
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Head to Bells Box Collective’s Facebook page and IGTV for a free new series of craft workshops every Monday, Wednesday and Friday using everyday items you likely have around the house.
Cartoons and Coffee Story Time
April 13 | 10 am
Rea Farms is partnering with Children’s Party Plus to bring your kids’ favorite stories right to your living room. This week, tune in for 5 Minute Marvel Stories, led by Spiderhero.