Top 10 things you MUST do in February

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Don’t think that just because February’s the shortest month of the year, it will offer the fewest festivities. There are plenty of upcoming events to get excited about this month in Charlotte (and none of them require a Valentine).

(1) Art After Dark.

Friday, Feb. 1. 6 – 10 p.m. Free. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St.

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Kick off your February with an evening of music, trivia, conversation and creative expression at “Art After Dark” at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Go on a guided tour of the galleries, create your own album and magazine covers, play R&B Trivia and more. Enjoy all of this art totally free — more details about the event lineup here.

(2) Cupid’s Undie Run.

Saturday, Feb. 2. 12 – 4 p.m. $40. Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St.

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Run in this “brief” (pun intended) race for a good cause: finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects one in every 3,000 children born. Running in your underoos is encouraged, but if that’s not for you, just pick one of your favorite costumes to wear for the duration of this one-mile, un-timed fun run. Find tickets and more details here.

(3) Queen City Brewers Festival.

Saturday, Feb 2. 12 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. sessions available. $45. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.

The 2019 Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) returns to The Fillmore for the fourth year this Saturday. The festival is ACEing Autism-Charlotte’s annual winter fundraiser in support of families in Charlotte affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Guests will enjoy beer sampling from 40+ Charlotte-area breweries and cideries, as well as complimentary food sampling from more than a dozen hand-picked restaurant exhibitors. Tickets are almost sold out, so get yours here.

(4) Nina Simone: Four Women.

Performances Feb. 1 – 16 (schedule here). $17.50. Hadley Theater, 2132 Radcliffe Ave.

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Nina Simone: Four Women

Artist Nina Simone’s renowned song “Four Women” was born from tragedy. After the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, Simone wrote “Four Women” in memory of the four little girls who were lost in the explosion.

This play, “Nina Simone: Four Women,” is set inside the church after the bombing and brings those four women from the song to life. The play itself is centered around not just the bombing itself, but the oppression of black women in America. Read more about the play here, and get your tickets here.

(5) 3rd Annual Puppy Bowl at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew.

Sunday, Feb. 3. 1 – 4 p.m. Free. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, 2220 Thrift Rd.

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We’re all miserable that the Panthers aren’t playing in the Super Bowl this year (and even MORE miserable that the Patriots are), so cheer up with a LIVE puppy bowl featuring adoptable puppies from local animal rescue, Pits And Giggles.

Plus, there will be a costume contest for the best dressed pup — dress your dog(s) in your team’s gear for the chance to win a Lucky Dog gift card. And of course, there will be great drink specials and a food truck on site. More details here.

(6) “Sour Draft Kids” release party at Legion Brewing.

Sunday, Feb. 3. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Ave.

Two weeks ago, we announced that “Sour Draft Kids” would be the name of the Sour Patch Kids-inspired kettle sour beer that Legion Brewing collaborated with us to brew. This unique beer will make its debut at Queen City Brewers Festival 2018 this Saturday, Feb. 2 — but if you can’t make it to the festival (or if you love it so much you want more the next day), it will be released in the Legion taproom the following day.

There will even be Sour Patch Kids-inspired mocktails for the kiddos, and they’ll be able to decorate the chalk walls in the taproom with drawings of Sour Patch Kids. More details here.

(7) 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.

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Shop Charlotte’s top brands with all of your BLFFs (best lady friends forever) 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.

(8) 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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I’m not going to embarrass myself by trying to talk about the intricacies of the NBA All-Star Weekend, but here’s what I know: 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. That’s all I’ve got. Here are more details.

(9) SEA LIFE: Aquarium Yoga with SweatNET.

Saturday, Feb. 23. 9 – 10 a.m. Tickets range from $5 – $45. SEA LIFE Aquarium, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.

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Spend your morning getting your zen on while surrounded by sea creatures at this unique yoga class led by Jaimis Yoga. Experience this gentle yoga flow alongside sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles and more while wearing Drop Sound Silent Disco/Yoga headphones. Find out more here.

(10) 2019 CIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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

More basketball! 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.


  1. p.s.
    re: #6
    “There will even be Sour Patch Kids-inspired mocktails for the kiddos
    teaching and starting the kids to be an alcoholic and to be forever a… kid, much like the kidult generation. to whom this event, and other alcohol/beer/cocktail gathering/feast, is catered to.

      • Exactly. One must consume cocktails and alcohol to take them in a fourth dimensional state to enjoy Charlotte. Beneath the thin veneer of mirth and bonhomie it’s not hard to see the emptiness/misery in these participants’ eyes. Most of these alcohol-centric events are a simulacrum of a good time.


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