Chocolate Workshop, Rail Trail Lights, NodaHood, Oyster Fest, Wine Fest, Disney Trivia, and More Things to Do This Weekend (2/1)

Can we all agree that January is the longest. month. ever?! Now that it’s finally over, and our sights are set on spring, we’re venturing out of the house and taking advantage of all that Charlotte has to offer. This weekend, learn how to make artisan chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day, celebrate local art with Rail Trail Lights, eat your weight in oysters, sip wines from all over the world, and much more.


Shop the Last Week of savings in Onward Reserve’s RESERVE SALE in store and online.

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South Boulevard Family Storytime
Thursday, February 1, 10:30 – 11a
Bring the whole family to South Boulevard Library where you can all enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child.

Disney Trivia at NoDa Brewing North End Taproom
Thursday, February 1, 6 – 8:30p
Are you a true Disney fan? Want to show your friends how well you know your favorite Disney shows and moves? Then head to NoDa Brewing to test your knowledge during Disney Trivia night!

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Intro to Oil Painting
Thursday, February 1, 6:30 – 8:30p
Learn the basics of oil painting in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with MakerSpace Charlotte, perfect for beginners looking to unleash their creativity on canvas. Tickets are on sale here.


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Day-Time Chocolate Workshop at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Friday, February 2, 11a – 2p
Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Learn the skills to make beautiful artisan chocolates with Chef Alyssa at this 9th Annual Chocolate Workshop. Learn how to temper milk, dark and white chocolates, make both molded and rolled truffles, enrobe ganache and chewy caramels. Tickets are $85/per person and can be purchased here.

South End Gallery Crawl
Friday, February 2, 5 – 9p
Stroll the streets of one of Charlotte’s artsiest neighborhoods while galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting, and music. Make a night of it with dinner or drinks at one of South End’s many restaurants and breweries.

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South End Rail Trail Lights
February 2 – 18
Rail Trail Lights is back! Celebrate local art with never-before-seen interactive light installations along the Rail Trail in South End. On opening night, February 2nd, enjoy live music at 6:30 p.m., watch as they flip the switch on “Up-Next” by @the_robot_artist at 7 p.m., visit all four installations on a self-guided tour and meet the artists.

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Jazz at the Bechtler: Jazz for Lovers ft. Toni Tupponce
Friday, February 2, 8:15p
Fan favorite Toni Tupponce joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet, led by Ziad Rabie, for a special evening celebrating timeless jazz standards and romantic ballads that create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable early Valentine’s Day experience. Tickets for the 8:15 p.m. show can be purchased here.


PuppetPalooza at ImaginOn
Saturday, February 3
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in partnership with Sigmon Theatrical present an all-day, non-stop, FREE family-friendly puppetry festival celebrating the joy and art of puppetry. Visit here for the full schedule.

Slow Flow Yoga & Sound Bath
Saturday, February 3, 10a – 12:30p
Join North Corner Haven for a blissful morning on the farm with Slow Flow Yoga & Sound Bath. Be instructed through a series of seated yoga poses as you hear several instruments, including crystal singing bowls, frame drums and the didgeridoo. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Valentine’s NoDaHood Market
Saturday, February 3, 12 – 5p
Get your Valentine the perfect gift at Valentine’s NoDaHood Market. Shop amongst 75+ incredible local small businesses, food trucks, DJ, drinks and more. Free to attend.

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Southern Oyster, Wine & Beer Festival
Saturday, February 3, 12 – 6p
Raw, grilled, steamed? However you like them, the Southern Oyster, Wine & Beer Festival is shucking 1,000’s of oysters for you to enjoy. This first-ever festival will be held at Ballantyne’s Backyard and will also include all you care to taste beer, wine, and spirits, a Souvenir Glass to take home, steamed and roasted oysters, mussels, and clams, more delicious seafood, great music, and much more.

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Winey Grapes: Indoor Wine Festival
Saturday, February 3, 1 – 4p
A wine lovers paradise! This Saturday, sip and savor your way through a wide selection of over 100 wines from around the world. From bold reds to crisp whites, there’s something for everyone. There will also be local vendors to shop, delicious bites, and of course, great company. Tickets can be purchased here.

Shop New Arrivals at BEDSIDE MANOR, a luxury bedding and gifts store in The Specialty Shops on Carnegie Blvd.

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Candle Making Joy in Charlotte
Saturday, February 3, 4 – 6p
Looking for a unique and joyful Charlotte experience? Join Flows Grand for their Candle Making Joy in Charlotte Series at the Market at 7th Street. You will be guided through the whole process, from choosing the perfect scents to setting the wicks and pouring the wax. All materials included. Save your seat here.


Brunch & Euchre at SupperClub
Sunday, February 4, 10:30a – 3p
Join SupperClub for a mouthwatering brunch followed by a friendly Euchre competition. Entry for the Euchre tournament is $10 per person and can be bought here. Brunch reservations can be made here.

Art of Reading: The Lacuna at Mint Museum Randolph
Sunday, February 4, 2 – 3:30p
Spend your Sunday afternoon at the Mint Museum Randolph for a brief discussion of “The Lacuna” and a presentation of works of art in the galleries that bring to life historical events, social customs, and lifestyles of the period depicted in the book. This event is free with museum admission.

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Justin Silva at The Comedy Zone
Sunday, February 4, 6p
Spend the last of your weekend laughing with North Carolina native Justin Silva as performs at The Comedy Zone this Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.


Menopause and Hormone Therapy: The Facts That Will Change Your Life
February 7, 6:30 – 8:30p
Are you prepared to thrive before and during menopause? Charlotte’s own “sexpert,” Alyse Kelly-Jones, MD, FACOG, IF, and the physicians of Tryon Women’s Center welcome James A. Simon, MD, CCD, MSCP, IF, FACOG, known as the Menopause Whisperer, to Charlotte for Menopause and Hormone Therapy: The Facts That Will Change Your Life, sponsored by Astellas Pharma, Inc.