Welcome to the Queen City Calendar, your ultimate guide for what to do in and around Charlotte. Have an event you think should be listed here? Shoot us an email to charlottefive@charlottefive.com.

Recurring events

Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical: This brand new musical comedy was adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic book to premiere at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. ImaginOn’s McColl Family Theatre, 300 East 7th St. This event occurs on different days from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2016.

NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.

Coco and the Director’s series of events: 

Every other Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.

Every other Thursday, vintage film lovers can sit back and enjoy classic films on Throw Back Thursday Movie Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Popcorn is free and some items are half off. Upcoming films are posted on Coco and the Director’s social media feed (Twitter @CATDCLT, IG @cocoandthedirector). 100 W. Trade St.

Each Friday, Final-E Friday Acoustic hosts local musicians that perform a variety of genres from pop and R&B to rock and country. Guests can enjoy $4 tall boys while enjoying to the music.

On Mondays, enjoy: Team Trivia at Rhino Market. It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.


Jan. 13

(updated date due to snow cancellation)

Reception for the exhibition “Chrysalis”: This show is by local artist Lara Americo from 7-10 p.m. at Gallery C3. The artwork, a blend of 3-D molding and photography, the works explores the meaning of inhabiting the human body, and the concept that the body is a shell and the true self extends beyond the flesh. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 23. 2525 Distribution St.

Jan. 17

“Winter Vegetarian” cooking class with Chef Alyssa: Whip up some vegetarian-friendly goodness, from Miso Glazed Squash to Mushroom and Tempeh Ragu over Spaghetti Squash. 6:30-9 p.m. Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, 2104 South Blvd.

Jan. 20

Free reading of “The Taming”: Donna Scott Productions is presenting a reading of the play “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson. The satirical, feminist play touches on political and gender stereotypes. 7 p.m. RSVP here. Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road.

Jan. 21

Tosco Music Party: The Tosco Music Party features an eclectic mix of all styles of music, with performances of one or two songs by a mix of about 15 acts, professional and amateur. Tickets are $14-$24 and can be found at www.carolinatix.org or the Box Office: (704) 372-1000. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon St.

Jan. 22

Years End: Hear from former TEDx speaker Loren Fletcher on the topic of “Thought Alchemy,” a method of reworking thoughts and experiences. Take this opportunity to reflect on this past year and reshape experiences and events into something inspirational and useful. 1-2 p.m. at Lenny Bow Brewing Co., 3000 S. Tryon St.

Lenny Boy Event

Jan. 23

Revolution 2017: It Starts Within!: This is the first installment in the Donna Scott productions Women Entrepreneurs in Business and Arts Speakers series in 2017, featuring author, educator, speaker and activist Rosie Molinary. The event is free and goes from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Charlotte Art League. RSVP is required: http://bit.ly/2iJgNoN. 1517 Camden Road.

Jan. 24

Wine Tasting: Between the ages of 21 and 40? Join the Charlotte Museum of History’s Young Affiliates Society for a wine tasting at The Corkscrew from 6-8 p.m. Also hear from Holly Schoolmeester about advice on honing your personal brand. For more info or to RSVP, email YAS@charlottemuseum.org412 W. Fifth St.

Walk to End Lupus Now Kickoff Rally: Celebrate the 16th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte with the Lupus Foundation at the rally from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center. The free event gives walkers and teams time to meet each other, discuss fundraising ideas and get walk materials. RSVP and sign up at https://2017lupuswalkkickoffcharlotte.eventbrite.com. 1073 Providence Road.

Jan. 25

“The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” Book Discussion with Kathie Collins: Read the book, join the conversation. 7 p.m.pen to public. Free. Registration required at http://www.charlottelit.org/carsonmccullers. Charlotte Lit Studio, 1817 Central Ave.

CLTMAP presents Clayworks – Playing and Creating with Clay: Head to Elder Gallery at 6 p.m. for this month’s installment of the Charlotte Millennial Art Program event series. The speaker is Kira Campbell of Clayworks, Charlotte’s premier ceramic arts organization. As a clay artist, Campbell will discuss working with clay and in ceramic arts in Charlotte. Refreshments will be provided by Queen City Catering and Wooden Robot Brewery. Elder Gallery, 1520 S Tryon St.

Jan. 27-29

Comedy Festival: Brought to you by Queen City Comedy and Acting Out Studio, this festival weekend will feature improv, sketch and stand-up shows from local improvisors, actors and comedians. You can purchase tickets at www.queencitycomedy.com starting in January. Festival passes will be available. Acting Out Studios, 8145 Ardrey Kell Road.

Jan. 27-29

The Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show: Catch showtimes at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. The show connects homeowners with industry pros about trends in home and garden. Exhibits will include the latest in products and services from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, storage, plants, landscapes, kitchenware and more. Showtimes: Friday, Jan. 27, 2-6 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Find more details and tickets here. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC Hwy 49, North Concord.

Jan. 28

Connect with Culture Day: Join the Arts & Science Council in exploring diverse arts, science and history experiences across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area for free. See the full schedule here.

Jan. 29

Get Your Rear In Gear Fundraiser: Join Team Sanford for an afternoon of prizes, music, family and friends to raise money for the Get Your Rear In Gear 5K in Charlotte. Visit the Team Sanford page to sign up for the race or to donate. 1-5 p.m. at Triple C. Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St.


Feb. 4

Queen City Brewers Festival: Returns to The Fillmore on Saturday, February 4, 2017. QCBF is ACEing Autism-Charlotte’s annual winter fundraiser, bringing together the Charlotte-area’s breweries, brewpubs, craft beer focused restaurants, sponsors and enthusiasts to support ACEing Autism’s mission to serve more families in the Charlotte community affected by autism spectrum disorders. Each brewery and exhibitor offers a variety of its beer and food for guests to sample in an intimate setting. Live music, local artists and games will be on hand during each of the two tasting sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets are limited, $45 ea. and go on sale Dec. 1.

49er Gold Rush 5K: The public is invited to join this 5K at the Irwin Belk Track on the UNC Charlotte campus. Net profits go toward student development scholarships, and organizers also take direct donations for Girls on the Run. 9 a.m. Register here. 8723 Cameron Blvd.

Feb. 5

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” Film, Panel Discussion, and History Exhibit: This program is presented by Charlotte Lit in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte Film Society. 1:30 p.m. Free. ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 East 7th St.

Feb. 8

Evening Talk: Julie Lythcott-Haims: This former Stanford University Dean and author of “How to Raise an Adult” is speaking at Providence Day School. The reception is at 6:30 p.m. and the keynote address is at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here. Prices start at $36. 5800 Sardis Road.

Feb. 9

Parent Workshop: From 9:30 a.m.-noon, Erin Walsh will examine the impact of stress on the brain and discuss practical strategies for raising resilient children. Get tickets here. The cost is $65. Levine JCC, 5007 Providence Road.
Educators and Professionals Workshop: From 1:30-4:30 p.m., Erin Walsh will talk about creating resiliency in the classroom, executive function and academic achievement, and more. Get tickets here. The cost is $65. Levine JCC, 5007 Providence Road.

Feb. 15

Shapeshifting: When Novel Becomes Film. Tune in for this talk by Sam Shapiro.  Free. Registration required at http://charlottelit.org/carsonmccullers.Charlotte Lit Studio, 1817 Central Ave.


March 4

This cocktail event will showcase the Humane Society of Charlotte’s work and raise money to support their adoption, spay/neuter, behavior, foster, volunteer and community outreach programs. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, music by Fitz of Emit Productions for dancing and a raffle. Individual ticket: $95 early-bird (after Feb. 4: $105). YAP member: $85 early-bird (after Feb. 4: $95). Tickets will be available until Friday, Feb. 24. Sponsorship opportunities are available at: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=hsc&id=83.

7-11 p.m. at 8.2.0. at the AvidXchange Music Factory.

Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer

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