Making Hot Chocolate Bombs, Mini Dessert Market, Rail Trail Lights Open, Olaf’s Tea, BlackToNature & More Things to Do This Weekend (2/17)

This week brings us all sorts of new things to do. In our new posting format for Things To Do, we’ve also got you covered with a running list of Covid-conscious events and virtual to-dos to keep you busy all month long. Read on for Scoop-worthy things to do this weekend and beyond.

Note: We’ve done our best to ensure that events included abide by the state’s current modified stay at home order. Please do your own research before attending in-person events and always take precautions regarding mask usage, distancing and personal hygiene.

Things to Do: Feb. 18-24

Available as of 2/16 | Anytime, at your convenience

via Sweet Spot Studios

Sweet Spot Studio at home offers lots of kits & at home instructions on making your own sweet treats.

Watercolor House Portraits
Feb 18 | 5:30-8:30 pm | Virtual | $30

From Skillpop, watch & learns as an artists demonstrates how to draw architectural features and add color and detail using watercolor paints.This class is open for anyone, but taking SP’s Basic Watercolor Techniques class or having beginner-level experience with watercolors is recommended. 

Feb. 18 | 7 pm

Head to Camp North End on select Thursdays as they transform the parking lot into a 60-car drive-in movie theater where you can watch the film, enjoy a beautiful view of the Uptown skyline and a variety of food options available there.

*Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per car with a portion of proceeds benefiting service organizations in the North End community, including Crisis Assistance Ministries, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Roof Above.

Winghaven Lecture Series:
Feb. 18, 22, 23, 25 | Various Times| Virtual

PHOTO CREDIT Will Stuart via

Fee: $30 non members. As part of your registration, you will receive one free garden admission and access to the recording of the program. Details will be emailed upon registration

Virtual Modernism + Film (PUSH) and Panel Discussion
Feb. 18 | Bechtler Museum | 7-9:30 pm | FREE

View the award-winning documentary, PUSH, followed by a one-of-a-kind panel discussion. The film will be screened through Vimeo. Panel discussion will be held via Zoom. Registration required by Wednesday, February 17

The I Heart Charlotte Rail Trail Lights Open
Feb 19 | 1-4pm

Celebrate local art with these never-before-seen, fabulous interactive light installations open through March 7th. Stroll down the Rail Trail, enjoy one-of-a-kind art, take the perfect photo, grab a bite to eat or a drink and do it all again the next day. The installation footprint will span from Carson Blvd. to Atherton Mill.

Olaf’s Tea at the Ballantyne Hotel
February 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 | 1-4pm

Tea is served each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm at the Ballantyne. The cost is $45 for adults or $60 including a glass of champagne and $25 for children, ages 5-12 (plus tax and gratuity). FROZEN fans won’t want to miss this one. Reservations may be made by calling 704-248-4100

BlackToNature Stone Mountain State Park Hike
Feb. 20 | 10am – 3:30pm |Traphill NC | FREE but RSVP

Check out this new digital platform launched by 3 locals that allows Black people to connect and organize their own adventures both locally and internationally. Their Mission: To bring the Black community together through indoor and outdoor activities. While BlackToNature will be organizing some events & activities, the community is encouraged to do so on the platform as well.

Mini Dessert Market
Feb. 21 | 1-4 pm | Blank Space Events | FREE but RSVP

Occupancy at this sweets tasting event will be limited to only 14 attendees allowed inside at one time. As a party leaves another will be able to enter. Attendees need to wear a mask with the exception of eating. Vendors are: Honeybear Bake Shop, August June Desserts, Bake Mohr Sweets, Sugar Rush Crumb Cakes and Sebree Brands

Fairy House Festival – Virtual This Year
February 21 – 28 | Virtual | FREE

Just because we can’t be together this year doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the magic of nature. The virtual Fairy House Festival will feature fun videos, crafts, activities, and more on several social media platforms during the week of February 22-27th.

Get to Know Gisela Colón in the Virtual Mint Event
Feb 24 | Virtual

Artist Gisela Colón joins Jen Sudul Edwards, Chief Curator at the Mint, for a discussion on her evolution as an artist, her transition from her home island of Puerto Rico to her adopted home of Los Angeles, and her mesmerizing techniques and unique art projects. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A segment where Colón will answer questions previously submitted by the audience. Submit your questions using this link.

W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine at the Mint Museum
Opens Feb 24 | Mint Museum Uptown | Reserved

Steve Weinik. Healing Begins Through Connection, 2018. © 2018 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Swoon, 2913 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia. Artist: Swoon and Kensington Heights Community

This exhibit examines the historic use and artistic treatment of walls over the centuries—whether they are made of stone, steel, sand or wire. The exhibition brings together 67 makers from around the world with 132 images, the earliest from 1897 and the most recent from July 2019. This exhibition opens on at Mint Museum Uptown on February 24. Reserve your timed tickets in advance.

Celebrate Black History Month

ImaginOn Family Storytime: Black History
Feb 19 | 10:30 – 11 am | Virtual

Your whole family can enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

A special “Take and Make” activity kit celebrating the inventor of the stop light will be available for pickup at ImaginOn prior to this storytime.

Ted Talks Discussion Group: Systemic Racism
Feb 19 | 11am-12 pm | Virtual

Join this Ted Talks virtually, brought to you by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Book Club.

Celebrating Black History Month with the Charlotte Symphony
On demand | Virtual

This month, the Charlotte Symphony is shining a spotlight on the contributions of Black composers and artists in classical music. Tune in for notable performances of works by Black composers, the history of Black pioneers in classical music, and artists of today that are enriching the classical music scene and inspiring future musicians. Check back throughout the month for additional content.

Black History Month Virtual Experiences
All month

The Levine Museum of the New South is celebrating Black History Month with a number of virtual offerings. Join in on a Carolina Civil Rights Journey virtual tour, kid-friendly story time, a historian-led lunch and learn, student activities and more online programs. View all of the online events here.

Community Conversations from The Harvey B. Gantt Center
On demand

Stream this collection of community conversations and programs that highlight the disparities within various sectors of the Black community and the solutions we can begin to implement to move from awareness to behavioral change.

Ongoing outdoor and virtual events

Skyline Drive-In
Thursdays through February | Camp North End

Break out of your typical movie night routine and head to Camp North End’s 60-car drive in movie theater on select Thursday in February. Movie titles this month include Yesterday, Westside Story, Creed and The Great Gatsby.

Queen City Streams Concerts
Feb. 17, 24 | Virtual

In support of the Neighborhood Theatre and artists, the Queen City Streams concert series in February includes performances by Emanuel Wynter, Ocie Davis and Dexter Jordan. $10.

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival All Month Online this year

via Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival is a program of the Levine JCC Cultural Arts Department. The festival provides an illuminating and entertaining cultural opportunity by bringing together a diverse group of film lovers to enjoy stories, characters and themes with universal appeal, viewed through the unique lens of the Jewish experience in America and around the world.

Jurassic Drive Thru 
Feb. 12-21 | Dragway Pits – 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd, Concord

Experience the thrill of seeing more than 70 life-like dinosaurs from the safety of your own car. Visit with a T. Rex, Spinosaurus, Triceratops and more during this one-hour drive-thru experience.

Josh Daniel’s Quarantine Sessions

Missing live music? Josh Daniel is still hosting live shows every day on Facebook at 6 pm.


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