Feature Image: The Ancient Art of Chair Caning  Asheville • February 16-18
At Grovewood Gallery, Brandy Clements will demonstrate chair caning, the craft of applying rattan cane or peel to the backs or seats of chairs. A fourth-generation caner, Clements has been weaving seats for 12 years.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or grovewood.com


Groundhog Day Celebration • Chimney Rock • February 2
At Chimney Rock State Park, Greta the groundhog will predict whether or not spring will come early. After she sees her shadow (or not), take part in a family-friendly activity or go on a guided hike.

Learn more: (828) 625-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore • Hendersonville • February 2-11
Attend the Hendersonville Community Theatre’s Second Stage production of this funny and nostalgic play. Written by Nora and Delia Ephron, the show is made up of a series of monologues performed by a rotating cast of women.

Learn more: (828) 692-1082 or hendersonvilletheatre.org.

Afternoon with the Winemaker! • Ronda • February 3
Go behind the scenes of wine making at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery, where owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini and assistant winemaker Katy Kidd will guide you on a tour and show you how they craft award-winning wines with their team.

Learn more: (336) 526-1078 or raffaldini.com.

Art in the Hall: Burke Quilters Guild Exhibit • Morganton • February 5 – March 26
Artists from Burke County will display their quilt work on two floors of City Hall in the Morganton Trading Company, a renovated textile mill.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or morgantonnc.gov.

Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention • Boone • February 9-10
This 10th annual student-run event will feature concerts, workshops, competitions, a square dance, and arts and crafts in celebration of Appalachian mountain music.

Learn more: fiddle.appstate.edu.

Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie • Asheville • February 9-May 13
A new exhibition at the Biltmore Estate will feature Academy Award-winning costumes from Titanic, similar to the wardrobes favored by first-class passengers like the Vanderbilts in the early 1900s.

Learn more: (800) 411-3812 or biltmore.com.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo • Boone • February 9
This company of professional male dancers will present a playful parody of classical ballet, while still performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire, at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (828) 262-4046 or theschaefercenter.org.

Artist Kendall White: Demo + Display • Asheville • February 16
Fiber artist Kendall White will demonstrate “wet felting” at Gallery of the Mountains inside The Omni Grove Park Inn. Several of her sculptural wool baskets, inspired by the traditional native pottery of the Southwest, will be on display and available to purchase, as well as her felted merino wool neck wraps, perfect for chilly weather.

Learn more: (828) 254-2068.

Chamber Classics III: Past and Present • Hickory • February 17
As part of the Western Piedmont Symphony’s Chamber Classics series, the Tesla Quartet will perform String Quartet No. 4 by Pintscher, String Quartet in D Major by Respighi, and more at Drendel Auditorium.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or wpsymphony.org.

Outhouse Races • Sapphire Ski • February 17
Watch or take part in this unique and amusing annual race at Sapphire Valley Resort: Three-person teams create outhouses from wood, cardboard, plastic, and other items. Then, while one person sits inside of it, the other team members push the outhouse, secured on skis, down a two-lane 120-foot race course packed with snow — or ice.

Learn more: (828) 743-7663 or discoverjacksonnc.com

Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend • Beech Mountain • February 22-25
Ski back in time at Beech Mountain Resort during this rad celebration, which will feature live ’80s music nightly, retro skiing daily, and plenty of throwback activities in between. Revisit big hair, leg warmers, bandannas and Members Only jackets.

Learn more: (800) 468-5506 or beechmtn.com.

The Jeff Little Trio • Shelby • February 24
The piano doesn’t usually play a role in traditional Appalachian music, and it’s rarely the lead instrument, but this trio makes a worthy exception. Jeff Little’s distinctive, speedy, and precise style is influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition.

Learn more: (704) 487-8114 or dongibsontheater.com.

The Ciompi Quartet with Allan Ware • Statesville • February 25
Clarinet player Allan Ware and the Ciompi String Quartet have been performing together for more than 15 years. They’ll perform various programs, including the quintets of Mozart, Brahms, Jean Françaix, Paul Hindemith, and Paul Ben-Haim at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Learn more: (704) 872-6314 or trinityartistseries.org.


Romeo and Juliet • Raleigh • February 1-18

Star-crossed lovers, dueling families, intrigue, deception, and a tragic twist of fate: The Carolina Ballet will bring Shakespeare’s classic tale to life with dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes, and beautiful dancing.

Learn more: (919) 719-0900 or carolinaballet.com.

And In This Corner: Cassius Clay • Charlotte • February 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

This play at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will thrill audiences with the story of the iconic boxer Muhammad Ali, taking them through his early life in Jim Crow-era Kentucky and the events that made him into the famous figure we all knew.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or ctcharlotte.org.

Cheers for Chocolate • Burlington • February 3

In addition to tasty treats, enjoy music by Elvis tribute artist Wayne Euliss, a “Men Can Cook Chocolate Contest,” and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Christmas Cheer, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged children and the elderly of Alamance County.

Learn more: (336) 229-9969 or christmascheerofalamance.org.

Hurricane Coaster’s Vintage Bicycle Show and Swap • Concord • February 3

Browse and shop from a variety of bike-related vendors, and admire and swap vintage bikes at this huge event at Cabarrus Arena. Enter your bike in a people’s choice contest, and enjoy beer and food.

Learn more: (980) 621-6005 or facebook.com/hurricanecoaster1941.

G3 2018 • Raleigh • February 6

Since its debut in 1996, Satriani’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists, including everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp, and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.

Valentine’s Orchid Sale • Charlotte • February 10

An orchid is a gift that keeps giving. This annual sale, held in the McMillan Greenhouse at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, provides a chance to chat with experts and shop from a huge selection of orchids.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or gardens.uncc.edu.

1867-2017: A 150-Year Celebration Concert • Fayetteville • February 10

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform with world-renowned soprano Angela Brown at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium. Together, they’ll explore the influence of African-Americans on music composed during the 150 years since the university was founded.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.

A Night at the Opera • Pinehurst • February 7

The Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by four vocal soloists at the Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College.

Learn more: (910) 687-0287 or carolinaphil.org.

Pinehurst Chocolate Festival • Pinehurst • February 10

At this event at Pinehurst United Methodist Church, shop for chocolate treats and chocolate-themed gifts, watch candy making and other demonstrations by culinary arts students from Sandhills Community College, enjoy a doughnut bar with hot chocolate, and take part in a cupcake competition.

Learn more: (910) 215-4559 or pinehurstumc.org.

Marvelous Music Mainstage Series: Ten Strings and a Goat • Cary • February 16

Enjoy an evening of traditional and original music inspired by Atlantic Canadian histories and roots when this young acoustic trio from Canada’s Prince Edward Island performs at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or townofcary.org.

Southern Alpaca Celebration • Concord • February 16-18

Shop alpaca yarn, fleece, roving, and more; see spinning, weaving, and dyeing demos; and watch halter and fleece competitions between alpaca farms from across the U.S. at this celebration hosted by the Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners and the Southeastern Alpaca Association.

Learn more: (704) 451-6256 or carolinaalpacacelebration.com.

Showcase of Woodcarvings •  Charlotte • February 17-18

The Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, a nonprofit devoted to promoting the art and craft of woodcarving, hosts this showcase of more than 600 carvings from all over the U.S., which attracts thousands of fans each year.

Learn more: (704) 529-1748 or charlottewoodcarvers.com.

The Hillbenders’ Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry • Concord • February 17

Classic rock with a stringy twist: Bluegrass band The Hilldbender’s will perform The Who’s classic rock album Tommy in their own signature style at the Cabarrus Arts Council.

Learn more: (704) 920-2753 or cabarrusartscouncil.org.

It’s All About the Story, Volume VI • Hillsborough • February 19 – March 25

At the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, gallery artists will respond in their own respective media to the book A Broom of One’s Own by Nancy Peacock.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.

Postmodern Jukebox • Raleigh • February 21

Enjoy performances of classic songs with a vintage reimagining by singers and musicians. Since Scott Bradlee created Postmodern Jukebox in 2009, the project has amassed more than 740 million YouTube views and 2.7 million subscribers, performed on national television, and topped iTunes charts.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.

Masterpiece Friday in the ArtQuest Studios • Greensboro • February 23

Every Friday, enjoy stories, art making, and a “lollipop” tour of GreenHill’s most current exhibition. Activities are geared toward children ages 5 and younger. Kids will sculpt silly shaped paper hats after reading Museum Shapes by Gisela Voss.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or greenhillnc.org.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert • Raleigh • February 23-24

Watch the second installment of the Harry Potter series on a huge screen as the North Carolina Symphony performs John Williams’s score at this concert at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.


North Carolina Jazz Festival • Wilmington • February 1-3

Musicians from across the U.S. and beyond will come to the Wilmington Hilton Riverside for a weekend-long jazz showcase, one of the largest in the Southeast.

Learn more: (910) 793-1111 or ncjazzfestival.com.

Jazz in the City • Jacksonville • February 2-3

This two-day jazz event begins on Friday with a celebration of the talents of local middle school performers, as well as a performance by Tenya Coleman. It continues on Saturday with a performance by George Freeman and The Stanley Baird Group.

Learn more: (910) 546-0235 or jazzinthecitync.com.

Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate • Washington • February 3

The Pamlico Writers’ Group will select the first Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate at this event at the Turnage Theatre downtown. The finalists will present their poems, and three judges will make the selection.

Learn more: (252) 623-1975 or artsofthepamlico.org.

Carrie Newcomer • Oriental • February 8

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, who will perform at the Old Theater, has been called one of the most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years; she explores the intersection between the everyday and the extraordinary.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or pamlicomusic.org.

The Crucible • Goldsboro • February 9-11

Center Stage Theatre will perform Arthur Miller’s timeless play, which tells the dramatic story of the Salem witch trials in the 1690s.

Learn more: (919) 583-8432 or goldsboroparamount.com.

East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival • Washington • February 9-10

Check out wildlife art exhibits, the NC duck stamp competition, an art show and sale, a waterfowl calling competition, and more at this 22nd annual event.

Learn more: (252) 946-2504 or artsofthepamlico.org.

Balsam Range • Lumberton • February 10

Stomp your feet at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater to one of bluegrass music’s most award-winning artists in recent years. This band has garnered 10 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and has put out six critically acclaimed albums.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or carolinaciviccenter.com.

Witness for the Prosecution • Smithfield • February 16-18, 23-24

Head to The Hut to see the Neuse Little Theatre’s production of the suspenseful play written by Agatha Christie, which tells the story of a man accused of murdering a rich widow.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or neuselittletheatre.org.

Road to Revolution: The 252nd Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance  • Winnabow • February 17

Talk with sailors, learn about blacksmithing, and listen to lectures on how the events of the 1760s paved the way to revolution in the Cape Fear region at this free, family-friendly event.

Learn more: (910) 371-6613 or nchistoricsites.org.

Cabin Fever Reliever • Columbia • February 22-25

Pocosin Arts’ flagship workshop program features Doug Peltzman teaching in the clay studio, Kat Cole in enameling, Michael Stasiuk in mixed media, and Drew Hoover in painting. The event is hosted by Pocosin Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing creativity through art education, steps from the Scuppernong River.

Learn more: (252) 796-2787 or pocosinarts.org.

Atlantic Reed Consort • Oriental • February 25

One of the region’s most sought-after chamber music groups, this woodwind quintet will put on a concert at the River Dunes Harbor Club. The group made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or pamlicomusic.org.

Antiques Appraisal Fair • Southport • February 25

Bring up to three hand-carried antiques to the Southport Community Building during this 15th annual event. Experienced appraisers will be on hand to provide information about the history and value of your items.

Learn more: (910) 351-0034.

ACRONYM • Wilmington • February 25

This early-music string band is more contemporary than the name of their musical style suggests. Expect to hear warm and expressive renditions of string music at UNC Wilmington’s Beckwith Recital Hall.

Learn more: (910) 962-3500 or chambermusicwilmington.org.

Tidewater Camellia Club Show and Sale • Wilmington • February 24

At this 68th annual event at the New Hanover County Arboretum, exhibitors from all over the Southeastern U.S. will display their camellia blooms. In addition, there will be camellia displays by local clubs, camellia art by children from local schools, an interactive kids’ corner to touch and learn about the flowers, and a camellia sale.

Learn more: (910) 798-7660 or tidewatercamelliaclub.org.

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