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Feature Image: Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 22-23

Discover clay creations of all sizes from more than 115 potters and vendors at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Advance tickets are required for Friday’s preview party, which includes early buying privileges, a cash bar, and live music. This event benefits the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove.

Learn more: (828) 324-7294 or


Live Music with Highbeams • Beech Mountain • March 1

Sip a cold beer from Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and watch Highbeams, a trio of brothers, play high-energy folk music. Catch this concert at the brewery located at Beech Mountain Resort.

Learn more: (800) 438-2093 or

Heroes on the Mountain • Blowing Rock • March 2

Appalachian Ski Patrol, law enforcement officers, regional EMS, and fire and rescue will sponsor a day of skiing and snowboarding for wounded servicemen and women, along with their families. Participants can enjoy a barbecue lunch and dinner while connecting with fellow service members.

Learn more: (828) 295-8761 or

Come Blow Your Horn • Hayesville • March 8-10, 15-17

Enjoy a night of laughs in this show, which was playwright Neil Simon’s first Broadway smash, at the Peacock Performing Arts Center. In this play, Alan Baker, a ladies man and wealthy bachelor invites his brother Buddy to live with him to the horror of their parents. Frank Sinatra starred in the screen adaption of this play in the ’60s.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

“Hooking in the Mountains — Traditional to Contemporary” • Brevard • March 8-29

Speak with rug-hooking artists known as the Tarheel Ruggers while enjoying wine and cheese on the opening night of this exhibit at the Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Learn more: (828) 884-2787 or

Art Affair: Mission X • Asheville • March 9

More than 30 Asheville restaurants will cater this art auction and gala. Proceeds from this event will benefit OpenDoors, a nonprofit organization that works to break the cycle of child poverty through education.

Learn more: (828) 775-1135 or

Marriage Enrichment Retreat • Lake Junaluska • March 10-12

Cultivate a warmer, more joyful, and loving relationship with your partner with the help of this retreat. Based on the research of Dr. Sue Johnson, couples will learn how to combine modern insights, love, and bonding with Christian tradition.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Vintage Market Days • Fletcher • March 15-17

Browse a collection of upscale art, jewelry, clothing, home decor, and more during this traveling market at the Asheville Metro.

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Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 16-17

Listen to talented vocalists from North and South Carolina as they compete for scholarships while showing off their skills at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

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Florence Flapjack Fundraiser • West Jefferson • March 16

Support the Florence Thomas Art School while enjoying a farm-to-table pancake breakfast featuring locally made maple syrup, sausage, and grits. This fund-raiser helps the school accomplish its mission of promoting experiences in the fine arts.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

Spring Sip & Shop • Asheville • March 16

Spend the weekend watching local artists’ demonstrations while tasting complimentary wine and treats. Featured artists Andrea Kulish and Karen Kennedy will create decorative nests using locally dyed wool at the Grovewood Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show • Hickory • March 22-24

Come see hands-on displays and presentations, including a mini mine, specimen identification by geologists, and 29 vendors with gems, minerals, fossils, and jewelry for sale.

Learn more: (828) 303-1448 or

“The Legacy Motown Revue” • Hayesville • March 23

Go back in time at this concert as The Legacy, a six-piece horn band, plays the music of iconic groups like The Drifters, The Coasters, The Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, and more at the Peacock Performing Arts Center.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Assault on Blackrock • Sylva • March 23

Run through a seven-mile mountain trail, and gain 2,770 feet of elevation in the process. This race is for runners ready for a challenge. Participants will summit Blackrock and weave through the Plott Balsam Mountains.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

“Artrageous” • Wilkesboro • March 28

Join the cast of the creative troupe Artrageous at the Walker Center as they sing, dance, and paint famous murals live. The audience is encouraged to engage with the troupe as they create a masterpiece using black-light dance production and other fun effects.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Constellations • Waynesville • March 29-31, April 5-7

Meet Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a cosmologist, as they navigate a romantic relationship in this play at the Hart Theatre.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix • Hayesville • March 30

Johnny Peers will lead more than a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks in this show. Dog and comedy lovers will enjoy this slapstick set at the Peacock Performing Arts Center.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Die Walküre • Highlands • March 30

Follow the warrior Brünnhilde as she loses her immortality in this three-part German opera at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.

Learn more: (828) 526-9047 or


North Carolina Potters Conference • Asheboro • March 1-3

Join a gathering of premier ceramic artists as they discuss technique with audiences in downtown Asheboro.

Learn more: (336) 629-0399 or

Music for a Great Space Presents: Richard Valitutto • Greensboro • March 1-3

Local Pianist Richard Valitutto will perform works from North Carolina composers such as Caroline Shaw, Hunter Johnson, William Duckworth, and Thelonious Monk at Christ United Methodist Church. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ingram Endowment Fund.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Camellia Show and Plant Sale • Fayetteville • March 2-3

Enter your camellia blooms in an awards show, learn the best ways to arrange the flowers, and view a variety of camellia plants, jewelry, and clothing at the Ramada Plaza. This annual event is free to the public.

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Ralph Stanley II • Liberty • March 2

This bluegrass musician will fill his father’s shoes and perform with the Clinch Mountain Boys at The Liberty Showcase Theater. Dewey and Lesley Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen will be the opening acts.

Learn more: (336) 622-3844 or

Art Show and Sale • Winston-Salem • March 2

Piedmont-area artists will showcase their work to support Meals-on-Wheels of Senior Services at this ninth annual sale.

Learn more: (336) 725-0907 or

Chamber Music Concert: Brian Reagin and Sol Eichner • Southern Pines • March 3

Brian Reagin, a frequent soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, will perform with pianist Sol Eichner at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities.

Learn more: (910) 692-6261 or

Empty Bowls • Whispering Pines • March 3

Sample a variety of soups and desserts from local chefs during this fund-raising event at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. Proceeds will benefit the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care.

Learn more: (910) 693-1600 or

“Step Afrika!” • Charlotte • March 8-9

This show blends traditional African dance styles historically practiced by African-American fraternities and sororities. These performances will integrate song, storytelling, and humor at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or

Marvelous Music Mainstage Series: The Queen’s Cartoonists • Cary • March 8

Watch classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Merry Melodies, and old Disney classics come alive to swing music from the 1920s at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 469-4069 or

Shakespeare in Love • Winston-Salem • March 8-10, 14-17

In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Will Shakespeare meets a beautiful noblewoman and attempts to write the greatest love story of all time.

Learn more: (336) 725-4001 or

Tea with Potters • Seagrove • March 9

Enjoy a tea tasting at Thomas Pottery and attend a gallery crawl throughout town. Six pottery shops are participating in this tour.

Learn more: (336) 879-4145 or

FSO “March” • Fayetteville • March 9

Students of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra will play side-by-side with the Fayetteville Symphony as they pay tribute to the Armed Forces. They will perform music from The Patriot, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Trip Rogers • Raleigh • March 10

Learn about the historic stories of Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia through Trip Rogers’ Celtic Music at the Daniels Auditorium in the North Carolina Museum of History.

Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or

Dear Evan Hansen • Seagrove • March 12-17

Watch Evan Hansen overcome social obstacles to make friends during this contemporary musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Dear Evan Hansen is a six-time Tony Award winner.

Learn more: (919) 680-2787 or

Winter Farmers Market • Apex • March 16

Spend the day browsing a variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, jams, honey, sauces, eggs, baked goods, and more at The Depot.

Learn more: (919) 589-6811 or

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Green Festival • Raleigh • March 16

Put on your favorite green attire for a day filled with crafts, music, dancing, food, and beer in downtown Raleigh.

Learn more: (919) 589-6811 or

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt • Burlington • March 20-23

View a variety of quilts created by members of this guild at The Gathering Place at The Village at Brookwood.

Learn more: (336) 908-1556

Music for a Great Space Presents: Kimberly Marshall • Greensboro • March 22

Winston-Salem native and organist Kimberly Marshall will perform works from composers Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Bach at Christ United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Heart of the Home Tour • Charlotte • March 22-23

Take your pick of refreshments from six craft distilleries and breweries, and munch on small plates from restaurants, such as Doc Porter’s, Muddy River, Potts Chocolate, Sea Level, and more at this fund-raiser for the Symphony Guild of Charlotte.

Learn more: (704) 533-1007 or

The Ghost of Splinter Cover • Charlotte • March 22-24, 29-31, April 5-7

In this play, young Cora and her brother, Nate, uncover a family secret that forever affects their lives. Come along for the journey at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or

Master Gardeners Spring Symposium • Fayetteville • March 23

Learn about topics like plant breeding from horticulture experts Tony Avent and Carol Reese at the Ramada Plaza.

Learn more: (910) 261-1091 or

The Triumph of Rapunzel and the Nanny Goat • Cary • March 24

Experience these classic Grimm brothers fairy tales in a new way in this play featuring youth artists and original music by R. Michael Daugherty at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 469-4069 or

“Whispers & Echoes” • Hillsborough • March 23-April 21

This exhibit will feature jewelry by Arwianna Bara, paintings by Eduardo Lapetina, turned wood by Michael Salemi, and more at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Woodworking Consumer Trade Show • Charlotte • March 29-April 31

Browse woodworking gadgets from more than 50 exhibitors at The Park Expo. Craftspeople of all skill levels can also participate in educational workshops.

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Coastal Home & Garden Show • Morehead City • March 2-3

Turn your home and garden dreams into a reality with the help of professional builders, landscapers, and interior designers during this event at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

Learn more: (252) 247-3883 or

Carolina Coastal Railroaders Train Show • New Bern • March 2-3

Learn about railroad equipment, chat with vendors, enter to win a raffle prize, and enjoy food at New Bern High School.

Learn more: (252) 626-3476 or

Mardi Gras, Spencer Avenue • New Bern • March 2

Join the historic Ghent neighborhood for a full day of fun featuring vendors, artists, antique cars, food trucks, the crowning of a Mardi Gras king and queen, and more.

Learn more: (703) 597-6265 or

Harp Ensemble • Oriental • March 3

Listen to the beautiful, ethereal sounds of five harps playing together at River Dunes Harbor Club. This quintet will perform selections from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist eras.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

“Celestial Navigation” • Beaufort • March 7

Learn how the night sky can be used to navigate waters off the North Carolina coast with NASA Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas • Wilson • March 8-10, 15-17

This musical at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, based on a true story about a brothel in La Grange, Texas, that shuts down after operating for more than 100 years.

Learn more: (252) 291-8951 or

“Firepower” • Wilmington • March 9

Explore Battleship North Carolina’s weapons, track targets, and learn how to load and fire the ship’s anti-aircraft guns. This event is limited to guests ages 16 and older.

Learn more: (910) 399-9113 or

Balsam Range Live • Morehead City • March 15

Bluegrass band Balsam Range will perform at Glad Tidings Worship Center. This concert will help raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

Learn more: (252) 269-1915 or

“My Time to Shine” Talent Competition • Lumberton • March 16

Watch singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and more in the final round of this competition for a grand prize of $1,000 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

“Birds, Brews & BBQ” • Scotland Neck • March 16

Prepare for a barbecue-filled evening as local cooks compete for top honors at this cook-off. Enjoy beer from craft breweries, play games, and listen to live music at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or

Vox Fortura • Washington • March 21

Spend an evening with a semifinalist from Britain’s Got Talent, Vox Fortura. This group will give classical singing a new twist at the Historic Turnage Theater.

Learn more: (252) 947-2076 or

Natalie Clein • Oriental • March 22

Listen to Natalie Clein, an internationally acclaimed British cellist, at the Old Theater. Clein received the BBC Young Musician of the Year award at the age of 16.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Coastal Living Show • Wilmington • March 23

Get in the spring spirit at the Wilmington Convention Center by browsing office, garden, and healthy lifestyle products and services.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

“Hidden Battleship” • Wilmington • March 23

Visitors ages 16 and up are invited to take a 4.5-hour guided tour through the Battleship North Carolina’s brig, engineering spaces, officer quarters, and more.

Learn more: (910) 399-9113 or

Daffodil Festival • Fremont • March 30

Celebrate the coming of spring in “The Daffodil Town.” Feast on barbecue, hot dogs, funnel cake, and ice cream while shopping for handmade crafts and gifts downtown. Attendees can also tour historical displays at Fremont Heritage Museum.

Learn more: (919) 242-4573 or

La Patronal • Lumberton • March 30

Experience Latin American music and dancing at this concert featuring La Patronal, a brass band from Lima, Peru, at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

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