photograph by Anna Routh Barzin

Feature Image: Sixth Annual Train Show & Sale  Mebane • March 10

Watch miniature trains and browse items from more than 60 vendors at the Mebane Train Display. This display was designed and built to show off one of the biggest model train collections in Alamance County, worth more than $250,000 and left to the city by resident Tommy Long. Proceeds from this annual show go to maintaining the collection, which delights visitors young and old on the second Saturday of each month.

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Interfaith Peace Conference • Lake Junaluska • March 1-4
Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders will offer lectures, worship, music, and meditation to guide attendees in how to talk across faiths. On Saturday, musical guest Abraham Jam, a trio composed of a Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew, will perform.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Heroes on the Mountain • Blowing Rock • March 3
Honor and show support for our military’s wounded warriors at this event. Members of the Wounded Warrior Project are invited to a weekend of skiing and food. There will also be a dedication ceremony with a memorial service and flyby.

Learn more: (828) 295-7828 or

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof • Highlands • March 3
Head to the Highlands Performing Arts Center to watch a showing of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, captured live on stage during its limited run in London’s West End and starring Sienna Miller.

Learn more: (828) 526-2112 or

OpenDoors Art Affair • Asheville • March 10
Enjoy live art auctions, live music, performance art, food prepared by top local chefs, and more at this gala fund-raiser benefitting OpenDoors of Asheville, which supports young people challenged by poverty.

Learn more: (704) 576-3999 or

Caldwell Traditional Musicians • Showcase Lenoir • March 10 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this annual showcase features area musicians and singer-songwriters, including local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent, who will host the event at the Broyhill Civic Center.

Learn more: (828) 726-2407 or

Heafner Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 10-11
Hear talented young vocalists from North and South Carolina at this annual competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The event is celebrating its 16th year of supporting the theatrical vocal arts.

Learn more: (704) 732-9055 or

Hendersonville Community Band Spring Concert • Flat Rock • March 11
This 75-member band will perform its spring concert, featuring classical, popular, and concert band music, at Blue Ridge Community College.

Learn more: (828) 692-8801 or

Asheville Metro Vintage Market Days • Fletcher • March 16
Shop for upscale, vintage-inspired art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor, furniture, food, plants, and more at this indoor market.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats • Boone • March 16
This award-winning acrobatic group from China combines traditional dance, costumes, and ancient and contemporary music, and will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Expo Madison • Mars Hill • March 17
Learn about local businesses and resources in Madison County: Meet local business owners, industry professionals, and public servants; learn about organizations and services; buy products; watch demonstrations; and enjoy food and door prizes.

Learn more: (847) 809-3098 or

Assault on Blackrock • Sylva • March 17
This seven-mile mountain trail run features 2,770 feet of elevation gain. At the halfway point, runners will summit Blackrock at 5,810 feet.

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Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club Show • Hickory • March 23-25
This year’s show, “Treasures in Your Own Backyard: Gems and Minerals in the Catawba Valley,” includes gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry vendors; educational programs and displays; door prizes; and exhibits of meteorites and dinosaur bones.

Learn more: (828) 303-1448 or

Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 24
See pottery demonstrations, a lecture, an exhibit of the Hilton family potters, and more than 115 vendors selling Southern pottery, antiques, textiles, and folk art.

Learn more: (828) 322-3943 or

Easter Hat Parade • Dillsboro • March 31
Grab your Easter hat and head downtown for this annual parade, and you just might win a prize for your creation. Get your face painted, meet the Easter Bunny, take part in an egg hunt, and more.

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Tommy Jarrell Festival • Mount Airy • March 2-4
This annual festival was created to honor the life and music of Tommy Jarrell, an old-time fiddler who was raised in the Round Peak community. The event includes dances, concerts, and workshops, as well as a youth competition, and is held downtown in the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Earle Theatre.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

Tour de Food • Davidson • March 3
Take a culinary tour of Davidson, a quaint little town full of history and rich in flavor. Sample some of the town’s dining establishments and even enjoy a local beer or wine tasting. You will get to meet the owners and chefs for a personal experience unlike any other.

Learn more: (336) 406-6294 or

Will Paint for Food • Winston-Salem • March 3
Top-flight Piedmont-area artists will showcase their work in a variety of art forms at all price levels at this eighth annual sale. Proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels, helping provide nutritious food for home-bound, at-risk elderly.

Learn more: (336) 725-0907 or

The Billy Goats Gruff • Cary • March 4
The classic children’s story is turned into an opera during this performance, which is part of the Marvelous Music Family Series at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Davidson Horticultural Symposium • Davidson • March 6
Nationally recognized speakers will share their passion for gardening at this 34th annual event presented by the Davidson Garden Club.

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Boléro • Raleigh • March 8-25
See the Carolina Ballet perform Ravel’s Boléro at the Fletcher Opera Theater. The composition, which premiered in 1928, was commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe • Charlotte • March 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31
In this two-person adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed tale, which will be performed at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Lucy and Peter recount their adventures, portraying each character they met in the faraway land of Narnia.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or

Americana Concert • Fayetteville • March 10
With inspiration from movies and the military, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform at Huff Concert Hall, playing everything from “American Salute” to pieces from movies, including Apollo 13 and Forrest Gump.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

The Wizard of Oz • Raleigh • March 13-18
There truly is no place like home: The classic tale will come to life on the stage in this family musical at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or

Drawing as Meditation and Mindfulness • Greensboro • March 15
Participants in this arts and wellness class will be guided through simple meditation and drawing exercises, including sketching still-life scenes and blind contour drawing.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo • Fayetteville  • March 16-18
This family-friendly event at Crown Arena will feature wildlife art, decoy displays and carving demonstrations, hunting and fishing projects, handcrafted duck and turkey calls, jewelry, and more to form a nature enthusiast’s paradise.

Learn more: (910) 795-0292 or

Women’s Woodwind Ensemble • Greensboro • March 16
At Christ United Methodist Church, Music for a Great Space will present an ensemble consisting of Duke and UNC Greensboro professors of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and saxophone.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Greatest Little Train Show in Greensboro  • Greensboro • March 17
The Carolina Model Railroaders will sponsor this 10th annual event featuring a variety of model trains at the Amtrak Depot.

Learn more: (336) 314-3341 or

Art in Bloom  • Raleigh  • March 22-25
This fourth annual festival at the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature more than 50 floral masterpieces created by world-class designers and inspired by art in the museum’s collection. Attend presentations and workshops, dine at the in-museum restaurant, Iris, and shop for gifts.

Learn more: (919) 715-5923 or


Little Shop of Horrors • Elizabeth City • March 1-3
See the comedic rock musical about a man who raises a man-eating plant in a florist shop at The Maguire Theatre.

Learn more: (252) 338-6455 or

Coastal Consumer Showcase • St. James • March 1
Highlighting the best products and services in the Southport-Oak Island area, this annual showcase at the St. James Community Center will have free samples, giveaways, an auction, and a $100 cash drawing.

Learn more: (910) 457-6964 or

First Friday Art Walk • Elizabeth City • March 2
On the first Friday evening of each month, businesses and art galleries downtown host and feature the works of guest artists, musicians, and more.

Learn more: (252) 338-4104 or

Crystal Coast Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K • Morehead City • March 3
Run from Morehead City to Atlantic Beach and back in this annual race, or take a shorter route on a flat course.

Learn more: (336) 793-4311 or

Hobby Greenhouse Tour • Wilmington • March 3 
Take a self-guided tour of local greenhouses, starting at the New Hanover County Arboretum.

Learn more: (910) 619-0942 or

Harpeth Rising • Oriental • March 8
Harpeth Rising features three classically trained musicians who fuse folk, rock, and classical into their own genre-bending sound. The group will perform at the Old Theater.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

The Young Irelanders • Lumberton • March 9
Get your St. Patrick’s Day celebration off to an early start and enjoy traditional Irish music and dance at this special concert at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, featuring eight performers straight from Ireland.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Southern Farm Days • Lake Waccamaw • March 16-18
In celebration of old-time farm life, there will be farm animals, demonstrations, antique farm equipment, music and entertainment, exhibits, and more at the Boys and Girls Horse Complex.

Learn more: (910) 655-3638 or

Home and Garden Show • New Bern • March 17-18
Get inspired for your next home or garden project at this event at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, where more than 90 businesses will be on-site to showcase new products and ideas. There will also be seminars, workshops, and prizes.

Learn more: (970) 590-0383 or

Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade • Nags Head • March 18
Wear some green to avoid getting pinched and watch the annual holiday parade at 1 p.m.

Learn more: (252) 441-4116 or

Taste of the Beach • Outer Banks • March 22-25
Enjoy four days of food, drink, and fun at this annual seafood and wine festival. Featuring more than 50 culinary events, the festival offers multicourse wine pairing dinners, tapas crawls, a North Carolina barbecue and wing cook-off, craft beer events, and much more at more than 30 venues.

Learn more: (252) 207-5092 or

Rocky Hock Playhouse Easter Show • Edenton • March 24
Watch a production of the musical “Our Risen Savior” while enjoying a lunch buffet at Nixon’s Catering Banquet Facility.

Learn more: (252) 482-4621 or

Duplin Blue, Brew & ’Que Festival • Kenansville • March 24
Bring your lawn chair to this outdoor festival and enjoy North Carolina barbecue, craft brews, and bluegrass. See performances by the VW Boys, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Learn more: (910) 275-0008 or

My Time to Shine Talent Competition • Lumberton • March 24
This popular talent competition includes categories for singing, dancing, musical instruments, and more. Auditions will be held to determine who gets to show off onstage at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Choral Concert: The Crucifixion by John Stainer • Wilmington • March 30
The choir at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will perform, and will feature tenor and bass soloists and an organ.

Learn more: (910) 762-4578

Easter Egg Roll • Surf City • March 31
Prepare for a sugar high at this annual event at Soundside Park, where kids can fill their baskets with tons of colorful eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and even pet live rabbits.

Learn more: (910) 328-4887 or

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