Avoid cabin fever: 12 fun Charlotte events to get you through what’s left of winter

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This week’s weather may be gorgeous, but don’t be fooled — we’ve still got plenty of winter left to go before spring arrives in Charlotte.

Here are the top events to mark on your calendars to get you through what’s left of the season:

(1) 3rd Annual Girl Tribe Galentine’s Day Pop-Up

Sunday, Feb. 10. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. The Design Center Atrium, 127 W. Worthington Ave.

Grab your best gal pals and shop Charlotte’s top brands at the third annual Girl Tribe Galentine’s Day pop-up. This casual shopping experience will give you the chance to pick up a little something for your Valentine, your Galentine or yourself from local businesses. Find out more here.

(2) WFAEats CHOCOLATE Tasting Event

Friday, Feb. 15. 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Charlotte Museum of History, 2500 Shamrock Dr.

‘Tis the season for chocolate-flavored everything, is it not? Spend two hours tasting decadent hand-crafted chocolates, chocolate desserts and other chocolate-inspired items from Charlotte area chocolatiers, bakeries, restaurants, breweries and more at this event hosted by the folks at WFAE. More details here.

(3) NBA All-Star Weekend Charlotte 2019

Feb. 15 – 17. Find the full schedule here. Ticket prices vary. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St.

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Kemba Walker at the 2018 All-Star Game

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m not going to embarrass myself by trying to talk about the intricacies of the NBA All-Star Weekend. All I know is that people are stoked that it’s coming to Charlotte, and there are all kinds of parties, events and more happening outside of the All-Star Game itself. Find more detailed information here.

[Related: The NBA All-Star Game is the city’s biggest party of the year—and you can’t go]

(4) 2019 CIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament

Feb. 25 – March 2. Find the full schedule here. Ticket prices vary. Spectrum Center & Bojangles Coliseum.

Yikes (or yay, depending who you are?), more sports. Once again, here’s all I know: from Monday Feb. 25 through Wednesday, Feb. 27, games will be played at Bojangle’s Coliseum at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. From Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2, they’ll be played at the Spectrum Center at 333 E. Trade St. There are also official CIAA events being hosted throughout the week at the Charlotte Convention Center at 501 S. College St. You can find out everything else you need to know here, or get your tickets here.

(5) 40th Annual BB&T Corporate Cup 5K and Half Marathon

Saturday, March 9. 7:40 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts at $35. 330 S. Tryon St.

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BB&T Corporate Cup

Join more than 3,000 runners at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s largest road race for its 40th year in Uptown Charlotte. Whether you opt for the 5K, half marathon or the half marathon relay, you’ll be helping to raise funds that enable the Y to nurture kids and teens, promote a healthy and active lifestyle and foster community in Charlotte and surrounding areas. More information here.

(6) 7th Annual Run Jen Run 5K & Festival

Saturday, March 9. 8 – 11 a.m. Registration starts at $30. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd.

All proceeds from this annual 5K race through Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood benefit the GoJenGo Foundation to assist those fighting against breast cancer (and their families). Can’t attend, but still want to help the cause? You can donate online here, or find out more details about the race here.

(7) Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Saturday, March 9. 12 – 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40. AvidXchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

If you’re thinking, “Wait, isn’t this festival usually in SouthPark in May?” you’re not wrong. The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival is back with a new date and a new location this year. You can enjoy unlimited beer and bourbon tastings, as well as BBQ for purchase—as well as a new mac and cheese pavilion for VIP ticket holders. Details here.

(8) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert

Saturday, March 9. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Expect something extra magical at this screening of the second Harry Potter film: John Williams’ legendary score will be played by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for an otherworldly experience. Get more information (and your tickets) here.

[Related: 10 geeky activities to do in Charlotte—from Harry Potter to Star Wars]

(9) 2019 POUR Coffee Festival

Sunday, March 10. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Lenny Boy Brewing Co., 3000 S. Tryon St.

Ready to get caffeinated? Sample coffee from the Southeast’s premier coffee roasters including including Black and White Coffee Roasters, Methodical Coffee, Counter Culture Coffee, Pure Intentions Coffee, Summit Coffee Co. and more at this year’s POUR Coffee Festival. Plus, learn more about everything from roasting to brewing and beyond in educational sessions. Get more information here.

(10) Shop Drop ‘N Roll Spring Market

Sunday, March 10. 12 – 6 p.m. Free. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 Tryon St.

This seasonal makers’ market will focus on all things craft: craft beer and handcrafted goods from local artisans. Expect to shop and drink local, in addition to taking advantage of free goodies and giveaways throughout the day. Find out more here.

(11) 10th Annual Green River Revival at the USNWC

Saturday, March 16. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

It ain’t St. Patrick’s Day weekend until the USNWC waters run green! The annual Green River Revival festival will kick off with the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, where runners will be bombarded with green dye as they run 3.1 miles through the trails at the USNWC. After the race ends, there will be plenty of other fun festivities including yoga, live music from the River Jam stage and, of course, the highly anticipated moment when the whitewater rapids turn green. More information here.

(12) Rich and Bennett’s 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 16. 12 – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $20. 300 N. Brevard St.

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Rich and Bennett

Chances are you’ve heard this plenty of times since this annual crawl’s inception in 2001, but just in case you’re new to Charlotte: this is the World’s Largest Pub Crawl! People seriously travel here from Europe, South America and more to “paint the town green” with Rich & Bennett at a whopping 38 bars throughout Uptown Charlotte. If you’ve never been before, now’s your chance! Wish your livers good luck from me. More details here.

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