Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story • Wilkesboro • March 3
This musical chronicles the rise of groundbreaking rock ’n’ roller Buddy Holly, whose 1950s hits included “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day,” to his final performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. He died in a plane crash en route to the next town, but his music lives on.
Learn more: (336) 838-6260 or walkercenteronline.org.
Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf • Asheville • March 4-6
Filled with ancient wisdom and modern wit, the musical Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf pays tribute to Aesop’s famous Greek fables, including the story of the tortoise and the hare.
Learn more: (914) 830-3000 or ashevillecreativearts.org.
Monster X Tour • Fletcher • March 4-5
With 66-inch-high tires and up to 2,000 horsepower, these five-ton Monster Trucks duel it out over two nights.
Learn more: (828) 687-1414 or wncagcenter.org.
Fish Stew Friday • Fairview • March 4, 11, 18, 25
Every Friday, the Trout Lily Deli & Market cooks up a batch of fresh North Carolina-caught fish stew, sourced from Cape Fear Coast Seafood in Wilmington. Warm up on a cool spring afternoon with a hot bowl of fish stew.
Learn more: (828) 628-0402 or troutlilymarket.com.
Seussical • Asheville • March 4-6
“Oh, the thinks you can think,” says The Cat in the Hat, as Dr. Seuss’s best-loved storybook characters collide and cavort in a musical caper at the Asheville Community Theatre. As host, emcee, and all-around mischief-maker, The Cat in the Hat leads this romp through the Seuss classics that champion the power of imagination and the benefits of inclusivity.
Learn more: (828) 254-1320 or ashevilletheatre.org.
Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles • Franklin • March 5
Take a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and listen to the band Hotel California as it pays homage to one of the most popular supergroups of the 1970s.
Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or greatmountainmusic.com.
Art Affair 2016: From Athena to Zeus • Asheville • March 5
Many of Asheville’s top restaurants will serve signature dishes and libations at this popular live auction, which features original artwork from renowned artists. Proceeds benefit Open Doors of Asheville, which helps underserved youth.
Learn more: (828) 777-1135 or opendoorsasheville.org.
Hendersonville Community Band Spring Concert • Flat Rock • March 6
This 75-member, all-volunteer Hendersonville Community Band celebrates its 25th year with an afternoon of classical, popular, and concert band music, including an original debut composition.
Learn more: (828) 692-8801 or hcbmusic.com.
First Mondays Concert Series • Brevard • March 7
Renowned harpist Ina Zdorovetchi performs at a free lunchtime concert at Brevard College.
Learn more: (828) 862-2100 or brevardmusic.org.
Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike • Waynesville • March 8
Pull on your hiking boots for the first classic trek of the year to Little Cataloochee. The guided, 6.6-mile round-trip hike is moderately difficult, with an elevation gain of more than 1,400 feet. On the way, you’ll see a historic chapel, cemetery, and cabins.
Learn more: (800) 845-5665 or friendsofthesmokies.org.
Mélange of the Mountains Culinary Weekend and Gala • Waynesville • March 10-13
At Laurel Ridge Country Club, experience the culinary talent of some of western North Carolina’s most regarded chefs as they compete in cooking categories ranging from salad to seafood to dessert.
Learn more: (828) 456-3021 or haywoodchamber.com.
Youth Art Expo • Elkin • March 11
Gallery opening reception and awards for student artwork from 10 area schools. Afterward, put on your walking shoes for the Downtown Elkin Art Hike. Free admission and refreshments.
Learn more: (336) 835-2025 or foothillsartscouncil.org.
Inside Pitch Toy Show • Hickory • March 12
Looking for that rare Mickey Mantle baseball card? You might find it for sale at this toy, hobby, and sports card show.
Learn more: (540) 593-3736 or insidepitchpromotions.com.
Spring Fling 5K • Old Fort • March 12
The positive side of running up a small mountain is that eventually you get to run down it. Proceeds benefit Mountain Gateway Museum and Davidson’s Fort Historic Park.
Learn more: (828) 668-7223 or oldfortchamber.com.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour • Boone • March 18-19
This film festival hosted by Appalachian State University showcases profound stories of journeys, adventures, and groundbreaking expeditions by renowned authors, photographers, and filmmakers.
Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or op.appstate.edu/banff.
Home Movie Day of the High Country • Blowing Rock • March 19
Before there was YouTube, there was Super 8 film — and 8mm and VHS. Dig out the faded footage from your 4th birthday party for Home Movie Day. Film archivists provide the equipment and the expertise. You provide the memories. Snacks, bingo, and door prizes.
Learn more: (828) 295-9099 or blowingrockmuseum.org.
Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 19-20
Singers ages 18-40 from North and South Carolina compete for cash prizes in several categories: opera, operetta, musical theater, oratorio, and classical song.
Learn more: (704) 732-9055 or heafnerwilliamsvocalcompetition.com.
Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 26
More than 100 vendors sell Southern traditional and contemporary pottery, antique furniture, textiles, and folk art. For $45, you can attend a preview party on Friday night, which includes a Southern supper and live entertainment by the Sigmon Stringers.
Learn more: (828) 324-7294 or catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org.
Easter Hat Parade • Dillsboro • March 26
All hats are welcome at Dillsboro’s annual Easter Hat Parade, which showcases inventive headwear for people and pets.
Learn more: visitdillsboro.org.
Cars and Coffee • Gastonia • March 26
Remember your 1970 Pontiac GTO? Did you always want to see a 1965 Barracuda up close? On the last Saturday of every month, vintage car enthusiasts will bring their street rods, muscle cars, and other classic rides to downtown Gastonia.
Learn more: (980) 285-8888 or downtowngastonia.com.
Bolshoi Ballet • Highlands • March 27
Spartacus, a ballet by composer Aram Khachaturian, follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War. It remains one of Khachaturian’s best-known works and a centerpiece in the repertoires of the Bolshoi Theatre and other Russian ballet companies.
Learn more: highlandschamber.org.
Davidson Horticultural Symposium • Davidson • March 1
Learn new design ideas and plant combinations for gardens, especially those growing in urban areas and tight spaces.
Learn more: davidsonsymposium.org.
Cinc Hayes at Bond Park • Cary • March 1-April 30
Animals, cities, and mythos: The whimsical work of mixed-media artist Cinc Hayes is on exhibit at Bond Park Community Center. The Chapel Hill native uses paint, fabric, sparkles, and found objects to tell stories — and to inspire you to create your own.
Learn more: (919) 462-3970 or cinchayes.com.
Downrange • Fayetteville • March 3-6, 9-13, 16-20
See the world premiere of Downrange: Voices from the Homefront, a play that relates the impact of deployment on military families, based on interviews with military spouses from Fayetteville. Downrange was written by North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley.
Learn more: (910) 323-4233 or cfrt.org.
Guilford Horticulture Society Symposium • Greensboro • March 5
Spend the day greening your thumb at educational workshops and lectures. Vendors will also sell plants and gardening products.
Learn more: (336) 601-4443 or guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org.
“Back to Barry, Billy & the Beatles” • High Point • March 6
Pianist-vocalist Brian Gurl and his five-piece band perform creative arrangements of Beatles classics such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “And I Love Her,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” along with expressive renditions of Barry Manilow hits and Billy Joel favorites.
Learn more: (336) 887-3001 or highpointtheatre.com.
Just Spoolin’ Around! Quilt Show • Charlotte • March 11-12
The Charlotte Quilters’ Guild’s annual quilt show features more than 150 juried quilts, a guild boutique, demonstrations, and raffle items.
Learn more: charlottequiltersguild.org.
Garth Brooks • Raleigh • March 11-13
The country star — he’s sold more than 68 million records since 1989 — plays three nights at PNC Arena. Trisha Yearwood opens the shows. Fun fact: Brooks signed with the San Diego Padres for spring training in 1998 and 1999 but never secured a spot on the roster.
Learn more: (800) 745-3000 or thepncarena.com.
Art Show & Sale • Winston-Salem • March 12
Piedmont-area artists showcase their work, with proceeds from the annual show and sale providing nutritious food for homebound, at-risk elderly through the Meals-on-Wheels program of Senior Services.
Learn more: (336) 725-0907 or seniorservicesinc.org.
Lights, Camera, Symphony! • Fayetteville • March 12
The Fayetteville Symphony performs popular selections from blockbuster movies such as Frozen, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings, and more.
Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.
“Nexus: Found Objects” • Greensboro • March 12-June 12
This exhibition illustrates how artists breathe new life into found objects. These everyday items hold little interest until an artist reconfigures them, reassigning the object’s original meaning or function.
Learn more: (336) 334-5770 or weatherspoon.uncg.edu.
Orchid Grower’s Day • Fayetteville • March 12
Beginning or advanced orchid growers can learn from this one-day workshop, including a two-hour master class taught by Art Chadwick Jr. A $30 fee includes workshop materials, lunch (only if registered by March 9), and an orchid.
Learn more: (910) 867-0217 or sandhillorchid.org.
Rowan Reading Rendezvous • Salisbury • March 12
In its third year, the Rowan Reading Rendezvous brings James McTeer II, Kim Wright, and Erika Marks into its bibliophile fold for the day. Several local, regional, and national authors roam the library, meet fans, sign books, and talk literature.
Learn more: (704) 216-8240 or rowanpubliclibrary.org.
Science Olympiad • Laurinburg • March 12
St. Andrews University is renowned for starting the Science Olympiad, which is now a national event.
Learn more: (910) 515-9402 or sciencenc.com.
Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Court House • Greensboro • March 12-13
The 235th observance of the Revolutionary War battle happens at Country Park.
Learn more: guilfordbattlegroundcompany.org.
The Clothesline Muse • Cary • March 18
The Clothesline Muse is a multi-discipline theater project featuring a cast of six, including jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The performance combines dance, percussive music, spoken word, video, and interactive art.
Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or townofcary.org.
Rooting Through Sentience: Spring Equinox Retreat • Stoneville • March 18-20
Spark and nurture your creativity with proven techniques to find artistic inspiration.
Learn more: (919) 864-2231 or rootingthroughsentience.eventbrite.com.
Cameron Carpenter • Raleigh • March 19
Internationally acclaimed organist and UNC School of the Arts graduate Cameron Carpenter smashes the stereotypes of organists and organ music.
Learn more: (919) 515-1100 or live.arts.ncsu.edu.
“Luminous” • Hillsborough • March 21-April 24
Jewelry by Arianna Bara, stained glass by Christopher Burnside, and paintings by Eduardo Lapetina are on display at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.
Harlem Globetrotters • Fayetteville • March 24
The Harlem Globetrotters celebrate their 90th-anniversary world tour with a star-studded roster of passing and shooting wizards, showing off their basketball artistry.
Learn more: (910) 438-4100 or crowncomplexnc.com.
The Gloaming • Durham • March 26
From Dublin, The Gloaming is a five-piece ensemble featuring some of the world’s great Celtic musicians. The quintet brings their jigs and reels to Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s campus.
Learn more: (919) 684-4444 or dukeperformances.duke.edu.
Downtown Goldsboro Kilt Run • Goldsboro • March 26
Kilts are required at The Flying Shamrock’s second annual afternoon fun run. Nonalcoholic green beverages also available. Proceeds go to St. Baldrick’s childhood cancer foundation.
Learn more: (919) 580-0934 or theflyingshamrock.com.
Moravian Easter Sunrise Service • Winston-Salem • March 27
Held since 1772 under the auspices of the Salem Congregation Churches, this liturgical worship commemorates a 244-year tradition. Worshippers gather in front of Home Moravian Church, then proceed to God’s Acre, the Moravian graveyard in Old Salem.
Learn more: (336) 722-6504 or salemcongregation.org.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street • Chapel Hill • March 30-April 23
A tale of obsession and revenge, Sweeney Todd combines melodrama and murder with a score by Stephen Sondheim.
Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.
Treasures From the Vault • Kinston • March 1-June 1
Visit the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, home of the Confederate Navy ironclad gunboat, and view a special exhibit of items never before displayed.
Learn more: (252) 522-2107 or nchistoricsites.org/neuse.
The Mystery of Women’s History • Wilmington • March 3, 13, 31
Take a tour with Cape Fear Museum historian Jan Davidson and curator Barbara Rowe as they highlight the role of women in the Lower Cape Fear’s history. Times vary. Advance registration required.
Learn more: (910) 798-4362 or capefearmuseum.com.
North Carolina NewMusic Initiative • Greenville • March 3
The New York-based new music chamber group loadbang performs at East Carolina University, using unique lung-powered instrumentation: bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice. It’s music that will change the way you think about sound.
Learn more: (252) 328-4280 or ecu.edu/music/newmusic.
Explorations: The International Film Series • New Bern • March 4
Grab a seat at Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College’s New Bern campus for an evening of film. The monthly series features Philomena, which tells the story of a woman’s search for her son whom she gave birth to as a teenager while at a Catholic convent.
Learn more: (252) 633-2618 or cravencc.edu.
Ray Live! Tribute to Ray Charles • Rocky Mount • March 4
Pete Peterkin performs the hits of the legendary Ray Charles at this audience participation show at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
Learn more: (252) 985-5197 or ncwc.edu.
NC Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony • New Bern • March 6
MAR 6 Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 has firmly ensconced the composer as one of the Romantic era’s finest. He composed the symphony in 1888, the same year it premiered. Although audiences initially dismissed the work, it later became one of his most beloved compositions.
Learn more: (252) 637-1551 or ncsymphony.org.
The Beaufort Dolphins • Beaufort • March 9
Spend the lunch hour with the museum’s natural science curator, Keith Rittmaster, for an informal discussion about the biology, behavior, and conservation issues affecting Beaufort’s dolphins.
Learn more: (252) 728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.
Eggstravaganza! • Scotland Neck • March 12
Learn all about eggs and ducks at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. The workshop is appropriate for all ages, and explores the parts of eggs and egg development. Children will also enjoy a story, make crafts, and even meet a duck. The event will wrap up with an egg hunt in the park. Bring a basket for your eggs.
Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or shwpark.com.
St. Paddy’s Engineer 5 Mile Challenge • Jacksonville • March 12
Think you’re tough? Find out at Camp Lejeune on this Marine-designed endurance course that includes a variety of obstacles and mud pits. Five miles will never feel so long.
Learn more: mccslejeune-newriver.com/grandprix/stpaddys/.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade • Nags Head • March 13
Slip on your green duds and celebrate the luck of the Irish. Kelly’s Restaurant sponsors the event with entertainment, awards, and hot dogs. Parade starts at Bladen Street and Virginia Dare Trail at 1 p.m.
Learn more: (252) 441-4116 or kellysrestaurant.com.
OBX Taste of the Beach • Outer Banks • March 17-20
One of the most anticipated food events of the year offers wine tastings, cooking classes, special menus, brewery tours, tapas crawls, and cook-offs. When you’re done, you’ll need a nap.
Learn more: obxtasteofthebeach.com.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons • Wilmington • March 17
“Allegro / Spring has arrived with joy,” read the sonnets that accompanied Vivaldi’s seminal work. The NC Symphony performs the concerti chronicling spring, summer, autumn, and winter bliss.
Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or cfcc.edu.
Third Thursday Jazz Series • Elizabeth City • March 17
Prepare for the weekend with an evening of jazz at Arts of the Albemarle. The free series includes refreshments and a cash bar.
Learn more: (252) 338-6455 or discoverelizabethcity.com.
Down East Folk Arts Festival • New Bern • March 18-20
Downtown New Bern comes alive with acoustic music, dance, and art for its annual festival. Special attractions include luthier David Rhodes, who makes guitars and fiddles, as well as the Unknown Tongues, a Cajun zydeco band from Gloucester, North Carolina. Dom Flemons, a founding member of North Carolina’s famed Carolina Chocolate Drops, has the headlining slot on opening night.
Learn more: (252) 646-4657 or downeastfolkarts.org.
Idlewheel Acoustic • Bolivia • March 18
Acoustic duo Idlewheel has quite a country music pedigree: Craig Bickhardt has performed and co-written with the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Kathy Mattea, while Jack Sundrud made his name with Poco. At Brunswick Community College.
Learn more: (910) 755-7416 or bccowa.com.
Quintiles Marathon • Wrightsville Beach • March 18-20
This weekend event offers several races, including a full and half marathon with views of the Intracoastal Waterway, a team relay, a 5K, and a 1-mile fun run. Limber up, and register now.
Learn more: (877) 945-6386 or wrightsvillebeachmarathon.com.
My Time to Shine 3 Talent Competition • Lumberton • March 19
Singers, dancers, jugglers (bonus points if you can do all three simultaneously), and other talented individuals compete to win cash and prizes.
Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or carolinaciviccenter.com.
Outer Banks Wedding Showcase • Duck • March 19
The Sanderling Resort is the place for prospective brides and grooms to prepare for their big day. Vendors will include videographers, photographers, bakers, event planners, florists, and more.
Learn more: (855) 412-7866 or sanderling-resort.com/weddings-showcase.php.
Tar River Swing Band • Kill Devil Hills • March 19
At the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts, you can savor the sophisticated sounds, styles, and class of the 18-piece Tar River Swing Band as they perform music from the swing and big band era: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman.
Learn more: (252) 256-9361 or outerbanksforum.org.
Zonnie Gorman, Historian of the Navajo Code Talkers • Greenville • March 23
Recognized historian of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, and documentary consultant for Windtalkers and other films, Zonnie Gorman will discuss these bilingual Native Americans, who were recruited by the Marines in World War II to transmit secret messages.
Learn more: (252) 328-6378 or ecu.edu/voyages.
Southport Spring Festival • Southport • March 25-26
Jump-start your spring with an invigorating 5K run, then reward yourself with handmade crafts, art, baked goods, spring plants, and more. Live music, performances, and children’s activities will make this festival fun for the whole family.
Learn more: (910) 279-4616 or downtownsouthport.org.