photograph by Laura Sumrak

Feature Image: Botanical Gardens Annual Orchid Sale • Charlotte • February 9-14

Shop from hundreds of orchids at the McMillan Greenhouse, named after the family who donated dozens of the flowers to the botanical gardens in 1970. These exotic blooms are an exquisite symbol of love and beauty. Proceeds from this sale will benefit UNC Charlotte’s botanical gardens.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or


Groundhog Day Celebration • Chimney Rock • February 2

While other woodchucks are hibernating, Greta the groundhog will venture out to predict whether or not spring will come early. Enjoy the scenic views of Chimney Rock State Park and attend a guided hike after Greta’s big news.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

The Sock Hops • Hayesville • February 2

Dance your way back through the era of poodle skirts, bobby socks, and ducktails in this concert featuring The Sock Hops. This four-man music group started entertaining audiences in 1989.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Masterworks III: “Shades of Red” • Hickory • February 2

In this performance, Guest Conductor Bruce Kiesling will lead the Western Piedmont Symphony in jazz-era pieces from composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or

Art in the Hall • Morganton • February 4-March 22

Walk through City Hall and view the artwork of Morganton’s own Casey and Tom Kilgore. These self-taught artists have painted animal portraits and landscapes for nearly two decades.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or

“A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas” • Asheville • February 8-May 27

See what the Biltmore House looked like when the Vanderbilts entertained guests at the estate in this new exhibit. Listen to an audio tour to learn what life was like at the time. The exhibit will also feature clothing displays based on the Vanderbilts’ wardrobes.

Learn more: (800) 411-3812 or

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo • Boone • February 9

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas will play fiddle and cello during a concert featuring traditional Scottish music at The Reeves Theater. The show, designed by musician Martha Bassett, feels like an old-time radio program.

Learn more: (336) 258-8240 or

Afternoon with the Winemaker • Ronda • February 9

Accompany Jay Raffaldini, owner of Raffaldini Vineyards, on a behind-the-scenes tour of his winery. Learn how his award-winning wines are crafted by following the staff through the step by step through the process.

Learn more: (336) 526-1078 or

Herbie Hancock • Boone • February 13

Rock, soul, funk, and electronic music will come to the Schaefer Center in the form of one man: Herbie Hancock. His passion for innovation and his creativity make all of his concerts a fun experience.

Learn more: (828) 262-4046 or

National Arts and Crafts Conference • Asheville • February 15-17

Visit the Omni Grove Park Inn to view the exhibitions of 115 artists’ work. Take part in arts and crafts workshops, discover antiques, and tour a historic house during this conference.

Learn more: (800) 438-5800 or

Brandy Clements: Chair Caning and Seat Weaving • Asheville • February 15-17

Watch self-proclaimed chair nerd, Brandy Clements, demonstrate a variety of seat weaving techniques like shaker tape weaving and Danish Cord weaving. Clements is co-owner of the nation’s only chair caning school and museum.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Great Outhouse Races • Sapphire • February 16

The Sapphire Valley Ski Resort celebrates Presidents’ Day with the craziest race of the winter. Teams composed of three people will compete to win by racing down a hill in outhouses made out of wood, cardboard, and plastic.

Learn more: (828) 743-7663 or

Dance Theatre of Harlem • Boone • February 19

This internationally acclaimed ballet company will bring innovative forms of expression to the Schaefer Center. Their performance will include choreography by George Balanchine and Dianne McIntyre.

Learn more: (828) 262-4046 or

“Masterworks 5: Kodály, Dvořák, Beethoven” • Asheville • February 23

Treat your ears to the musical stylings of three distinct composers at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The centerpiece of this concert is Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony inspired by his love of the countryside.

Learn more: (828) 254-7046 or

Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend • Beech Mountain • February 21-24

Break out your sweatbands, leg warmers, and big hair to ski back in time. Take part in daily retro skiing and live music at this event featuring all of your favorite ’80s jams.

Learn more: (800) 438-2093 or

Bluegrass First Class • Asheville • February 22-24

Listen to a lineup of local bluegrass artists at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This weekend is a great time to hear performers’ new music in a smaller setting.

Learn more: (828) 275-8650 or

“Universal Roots” • Asheville • February 28

Grammy-award winner and nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers, will entertain audiences with a night of music at the Diana Wortham theatre. Ivers has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin” and has played in more than 50 symphonies.

Learn more: (828) 257-4530 or


“Two Artists, One Space” • Greensboro • February 1-April 14

Experience this multimedia exhibit created by artists Catherine McLaurin and Dane Winkler at GreenHill Art Gallery. Their projects will take a closer look at cities that have undergone intense economic and cultural changes.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Trio Valtorna • Greensboro • February 1

A trio of musicians, David Jolley, Giles Vonsattel, and Ida Kavafian, will play Brahms’s Horn Trio at Christ United Methodist Church. Half of the concert proceeds will go to the Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

“It’s All About the Story” • Hillsborough • February 1-20

View local artists’ interpretations of Elizabeth Keckley’s memoir, Behind the Scenes, about life as an enslaved member of the Burwell household during the 19th century, at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

PBS Kids Live • Raleigh • February 2

Follow PBS characters Dot, Dee, and Del, who have been shrunk to the size of a grasshopper, as they cross a backyard to attend a friend’s birthday party, facing several obstacles along the way. The adventure starts at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or

Bernstein Birthday Concert • Winston-Salem • February 5

Enjoy show tunes composed by Leonard Bernstein at this 100th anniversary celebration of his musical work. Listen to pieces from West Side Story, Into the Woods, and Gypsy at the Elberson Fine Arts Center at Salem College.

Learn more: (336) 413-2180 or

Chelsea Hodson Reading • Davidson • February 6

Listen to a reading of essays from Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson, whose work has appeared in New York magazine, Frieze magazine, and Black Warrior Review.

Learn more: (704) 894-2254 or

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds • Charlotte • February 8-10, 16, 22-24

This play follows Ziggy, a shy child who ventures out with his friend Nansi. Inspired by the music of reggae artist Bob Marley, this jammin’ show at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or

“Love Is in the Air” • Fayetteville • February 9

Enjoy a romantic evening listening to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra play selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, with additional music from Casablanca and West Side Story, at the Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

“Masters of Soul” • Cary • February 15

Celebrate the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music at the Cary Arts Center. This show is full of stylish costumes and fully choreographed performances backed by a live band.

Learn more: (919) 469-4069 or

“Bubble Trouble” • Cary • February 16

As part of the Marvelous Music Family Series, Jeff Boyer will juggle, sculpt, and build bubbles in this one-man bubble extravaganza at the Cary Arts Center. Boyer mixes comedy, music, and interactive “bubble magic” to entertain audience members of all ages.

Learn more: (919) 469-4069 or

Antique Appraisal • Burlington • February 16

Get a jump start on your spring cleaning and bring your silver, porcelain, pottery, books, coins, jewelry, dolls, and more to St. Mark’s Church for this event. One item can be appraised for $10; three items can be appraised for $25. Large furniture is not permitted. Proceeds will benefit the Alamance County Historical Museum.

Learn more: (336) 226-8254 or

Souper Bowl • Concord • February 19

Warm up with a bowl of soup from participating restaurants to support the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at Forest Hill United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (704) 782-7822

“The Evolution of the Seagrove Area Pottery Scene” • Greensboro • February 21

Lindsey Lambert, executive director of the North Carolina Pottery Center, will talk about a new exhibit at GreenHill Art Gallery featuring work from contemporary potters from Seagrove — the pottery capital of the United States.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

“Other Dimensions” <strong “>• Hillsborough • February 21-March 24

For this exhibit, artists from the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will create pieces using different art forms, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, sculptures, photography, and fiber arts.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001

Showcase of Woodcarvings • Charlotte • February 23-24

More than 700 displayed woodcarvings will compete for prizes during this event’s 36th year. Participate in a raffle, a silent auction, and mini seminars. Vendors will sell tools and carvings.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001


Oyster Roast • Hatteras • February 2

Sit around a fire on Oden’s Dock and enjoy an old-fashioned oyster roast. Attendees can choose from a selection of seafood chowder, cornbread, homemade dessert, and other treats. Proceeds from this event will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s oyster education and restoration programs.

Learn more: (252) 473-1607 or

Carolina Chocolate Festival • Morehead City • February 2-3

Indulge your taste buds with chocolate in many forms and flavors at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Proceeds from this 16th annual festival will benefit Carteret County charities.

Learn more: (252) 473-1607 or

Farmville’s Black History Month Celebration • Farmville • February 7-9

Recognize Black History Month with a proclamation from Farmville’s mayor, plus three days of art, history, and Motown music at the Paramount Theatre.

Learn more: (252) 753-3832 or

East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival • Washington • February 7-9

Participate in a duck-carving competition or a duck-calling contest, and watch the unveiling of the North Carolina duck stamp at the 23rd annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in downtown Washington. Enjoy snacks from food trucks, free musical performances, and crafts.

Learn more: (252) 946-5001 or

The Diary of Anne Frank • Goldsboro • February 8-10

Watch the experiences of eight people in this play based on the world famous book about Jewish families who lived in an attic to hide from the Nazis.

Learn more: (919) 583-8432 or

Savannah Jack • Washington • February 12

Be a part of a high-energy concert with the band Savannah Jack at the Historic Turnage Theater. Great songwriting and tight harmonies are what this group from Nashville, Tennessee, is known for.

Learn more: (252) 947-2076 or

“The Heart of the Sea” • Beaufort • February 14

Learn about Echo, a 33.5-foot-long sperm whale skeleton, at this program at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Learn how Echo’s skeleton was reconstructed after washing ashore on Cape Lookout in 2004.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart • Greenville • February 15

Watch a play about baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was praised on the field and treated like a second-class citizen off the field. This show will highlight Robinson’s courage, dedication, perseverance, and leadership at the Wright Auditorium.

Learn more: (252) 737-5444 or

Battleship 101 • Wilmington • February 16

Walk around the Battleship Memorial and learn about the ship’s gunnery, radar, galley, sick bay, and more from volunteers. Visitors can try their hand at raising the signal flags and using Morse code.

Learn more: (910) 399-9113 or

Masquerade Ball • Edenton • February 16

Participate in an evening full of mystery at the historic Wessington House, an antebellum residence. This is a black-tie, masked event. Costumes are optional.

Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or

Farewell Angelina • Lumberton • February 16

Inspired by the haunting Bob Dylan song “Farewell Angelina,” this all-female country group is composed of four powerful vocalists who are also dynamic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Treat your ears to a blend of harmonies at the Carolina Civic Center.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

“Unlimited Color” • Hertford • February 21-March 27

View the works of many local artists at the Perquimans Art League gallery in this exhibit. Their work includes jewelry, pottery, fiber art, glass, paintings, and other media.

Learn more: (252) 426-3041 or

Transient Canvas • Greenville • February 21

Listen to superb sounds of the bass clarinet and marimba by musical group, Transient Canvas, at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. Since 2011, the duo has commissioned over 75 works by emerging and well established composers, and has been called “superb” by the Boston Globe.

Learn more: (252) 328-6851 or

Wine and Chocolate Among the Stacks • Farmville • February 23

Spend an evening pairing fine wines selected by Inez Ribustello with chocolates from Café Madeleine, a local bakery, at the Farmville Public Library. All proceeds from the event benefit the library’s building fund.

Learn more: (252) 753-3355 or

Wine and Chocolate Among the Stacks • Wilmington • February 23

Based on the story of The Arabian Nights, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular orchestral works, Scheherazade at the Wilson Center.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Tidewater Camellia Club Show • Wilmington • February 23

Dive into a world of sweet blossoms in the place officially recognized as “Camellia City.” Camellia Society judges will evaluate more than 1,000 flowers. Attendees can buy the blooms at the New Hanover County Arboretum.

Learn more: (910) 798-7660 or

Miniature Masterpieces Fundraiser • Wilson • February 28

Enjoy food and an artistic evening at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Participants can take home a small piece of art created and donated by a regional artist. Proceeds from this event go toward visual arts programming for children and adults.

Learn more: (252) 291-4329 or

M5: Mexican Brass Quartet • Greenville • February 28

One of Mexico’s musical groups and cultural ambassadors, M5, will bring its Latin American charm, showmanship, and musical skill to the Wright Auditorium. This brass quintet is known for a sense of humor and unique sound.

Learn more: (252) 737-5444

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