50+ things to do in Charlotte in the dead of winter

50+ things to do in Charlotte in the dead of winter
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Welcome to the post-holiday slump. Here’s some winter entertainment to drag you off your couch through March.

Major Events

Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week – 130+ restaurants in 9 counties will be offering 3-course dinners for $30 or $35 January 18-27. Peruse the participating restaurants’ menus and make reservations in advance.

MLK Day Parade – The city honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full weekend of events and volunteer opportunities and the parade will run down Tryon Street on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Women United March – The local installment of the national Women’s March on Washington movement is pushed back a week so as not to interfere with MLK Day events and will begin at 11 a.m. in First Ward Park.

Queen City Brewers Festival – The indoor event takes place on February 2 at The Fillmore and features samplings from 40+ breweries and cideries along with complimentary food. Choose from two sessions (12-3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m.). Tickets are $45.

NBA All-Star Weekend – The weekend of February 15-17 will be packed with celebrities, fan events and parties culminating in Sunday night’s 68th NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center. See ticket options for all events.

CIAA – The men’s and women’s basketball tournament is back February 25 to March 2. See game tickets and be on the lookout for parties and fan events.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival – On Saturday, March 9 at the Music Factory enjoy unlimited samples of barbecue and bourbon plus a mac & cheese pavilion for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are $40 general admission and $75 VIP.

Brawley’s Black & Blue 10 – Hopefully you managed to snag tickets to Charlotte’s favorite sold out craft beer festival on March 16 at the Visulite.

Green River Revival – The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration features a Color Me Green 5K trail run, yoga, live music and whitewater rapids dyed clover green for the festivities.

Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl – The raucous event is back to paint Uptown green for its 19th year on Saturday, March 16.

Looking for more? Check out our events page for more things to do in Charlotte.


Eat & Drink

Afternoon tea at the Ballantyne Hotel – Have a refined afternoon in the lobby of one of Charlotte’s finest hotels. The tea experience is available Thursday to Sunday 1-4 p.m. and features tea sandwiches, assorted sweets and fluffy scones for $42-$58. A special themed Winter Wonderland Tea will be available January 17-20.

Baking classes at Sweet Spot Studio – Choose from hands on classes like cookie decorating, wedding cake workshops, French macarons and more. They also offer cocktail mixology classes.

Beards and Aprons Guest Chef Series at Queen & Glass – The first installment on January 9th features a 5-course dinner by chef Michael Bowling paired with cocktails by Bob Peters. Tickets are $100.

Wine classes at Corkbuzz – January classes include topics like Wine 101 and Burgundy Basics. Another thing to always look forward to at Corkbuzz: All champagne bottles are 50% on Saturday and Sunday as part of their popular Champagne Campaign special.

Buff Faye’s Drag Brunch – Tickets are $22.50 for seatings at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. two Sundays each month at Dilworth Neighborhood Grill.

Raclette Night at Orrman’s Cheese Shop – Stop by the cheese counter at 7th Street Public Market every Thursday night for a plate of bubbly hot cheese served with meat, bread and potatoes.

Cooking classes at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen – Don’t wait to book a spot in the kitchen; these classes are sold out until March.

Waterman Raw Bar Brewery Pop-Ups – The seafood restaurant will host free oyster pop-ups at Red Clay (1/13), Lenny Boy (1/19) and Sugar Creek (1/20).

Whiskey Club of Ballantyne – On Friday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m., enjoy samples of Crown Royal, Crown Reserve, Crown XO and Crown XR paired with light hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are $65 per person.

Sicilian Wine Dinner at Foxcroft SouthPark – Seven Sicilian wines will be paired with a four-course Italian dinner created by chef Chris March. Tuesday, January 22. Tickets are $75.

Dessert for Breakfast at Catawba Brewing – Love Desserts will host a sweet breakfast event on January 27 featuring vendors serving things like cinnamon rolls, chicken and waffle cupcakes, doughnuts, French toast cotton candy and more. Tickets are free (food is priced by vendor).

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Oyster Roast – The garden is partnering with Saltwater Markets for the third annual event on January 27 featuring all-you-can-eat steamed oysters served with crackers, hot sauce, cocktail sauce, shucking kits and hushpuppies. Tickets are $50.

Winey Grapes Festival – The indoor festival takes place February 2 at Slate and features unlimited samples of 100+ wines. Tickets start at $30 general admission.

Winter Beer Fest – Lucky Dog celebrates craft brew with unlimited samples from 10 breweries on February 9. No kids, but dogs are welcome. Tickets are $20.

Bless Back Chili Cookoff – Lenny Boy’s charity chili cookoff on February 9 features unlimited chili samples for $10.

Savor Wine + Food Festival – The indoor festival takes place Saturday, February 23 at Sugar Creek Brewing and features unlimited samplings of 50+ wines. Tickets start at $30 general admission.

$1 oz Wine Night at Hoppin’ – Stop by every Wednesday for cheap, pour-your-own wine and music bingo.

Monday Night Oyster Sessions at Sea Level – Snag a seat at the table the first Monday of each month for Sea Level’s intimate oyster sampling. Themes for the night have included East Coast vs. West Coast oysters, drinking with oysters and oyster traditions. Reservations required and space is limited.

Suarez Bakery’s Mardis Gras King Cakes – Fat Tuesday falls on March 5 and Suarez will be cranking out its annual King Cake production so stay on the lookout for pre-order details.

Taste of the New South – The Levine Museum’s annual fundraiser on March 6 will feature food, drinks and a keynote address from Jose Antonio Vargas. Tickets are $100.

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Arts & Crafts

Anders Ruff Workshop – Instructor-led DIY workshop projects include plank wood signs, pedestal trays, porch signs, trays, frames, canvas pillows and tote bags, chunky knit blankets and more. See the Charlotte schedule.

Beads Inc. – Complimentary Open Basics 101 classes will teach you beaded jewelry-making fundamentals. Register online in advance.

The Candle Bar – The $35 experience is simple — choose a vessel, select a fragrance and then measure, mix and pour to create your own candle. Book online. Read more about Candle Bar.

Crowned Sparrow – Check out pop-up craft classes at breweries featuring projects like skyline nail and string art, knitting and more.

Skillpop – They’ve got hands-on pop-up classes on everything from watercolors to terrarium design, and the curriculum goes beyond arts and crafts to topics on marketing, podcasting, investing and more.


Sports & Activities

Charlotte Hornets – Giveaway nights include Glen Rice bobbleheads on January 19, Hornets fanny packs on February 27, Larry Johnson bobbleheads on March 8 and commemorative t-shirts on March 23.

Charlotte Checkers – Promo nights include 1950s throwback pricing on January 15, Harry Potter night on February 1 and more.

Namaste All Day – SweatNET is hosting a full day line up of yoga classes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lenny Boy on March 9.

Axe Club of America (formerly Lumberjaxe) – Try your hand at axe throwing. Targets are available for $20/hour and can be booked online.

Inner Peaks – Scale walls from beginner to advanced at this indoor climbing facility. A day pass with equipment is $28.

Kinetic Heights – Challenge yourself at this 22,000-square-foot indoor obstacle course.

Topgolf – Ok so it may not really be inside but Topgolf’s luxury bays are heated so you can play all year round.

Puppy Bowl – Super Bowl Sunday goes to the dogs on February 3 at Lucky Dog’s annual Puppy Bowl featuring adoptable puppies, dog costume contests, raffles and drink specials.


Fun & Games

Abari – Relive your childhood with retro arcades and game consoles plus the grownup perk of a full bar.

Queen Park Social – The adult playground features bowling, ping pong, shuffle board, foosball and more.

Karaoke – You can’t go wrong with raucous karaoke party at 8.2.0 at the Music Factory. If you prefer to keep the party tight with just your friends, rent one of Seoul Food Meat Co.’s four private karaoke rooms. Of course, if your goal is to not remember ever hitting the stage at all, Jeff’s Bucket Shop’sbasement karaoke operation on Montford is the place for you.

Science on the Rocks – The monthly 21+ event at Discovery Place Science features themed cocktails and hands-on entertainment.

Bulldog Beauty Pageant – Charlotte bulldogs will compete in categories like “Best Butt Wiggle” and “Mr. and Mrs. Congeniality” at Lucky Dog’s annual rescue fundraiser. Attendance is free and it’s $20 to enter your dog in the competition.


Major Performances

Justin Timberlake – January 8 at Spectrum Center; tickets start at $80

Panic! At the Disco – January 22 at Spectrum Center; tickets start at $30

Cher – January 29 at Spectrum Center; tickets start at $37

St. Paul and The Broken Bones – February 12 at The Fillmore; tickets are $29

Patti LaBelle – February 13 at Belk Theater; tickets start at $24.50

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals – February 19 at The Fillmore; tickets start at $105

Fleetwood Mac – February 24 at Spectrum Center; tickets start at $69

P!nk – March 9 at Spectrum Center; tickets start at $79

Dear Evan Hansen – March 19-24 at Belk Theater; tickets start at $34.50

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