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Featured Event: Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival Hatteras • February 21-23 

Since 1938, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island has been charged with protecting and conserving dozens of migratory bird species, such as the brown pelican and the great blue heron. Learn about these birds and their role in our state’s ecosystem at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.

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Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group • Boone • February 1

Lyle Lovett, a Texas-based musician, will fuse elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues during this concert at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Build & Remodel Expo • Fletcher • February 1-2

Gather inspirational home renovation ideas, learn about the newest trends, and meet knowledgeable construction professionals at the Build & Remodel Expo.

Learn more: (828) 299-7001 or

The Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education • Lake Junaluska • February 1

The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will host this freezing fund-raiser for Haywood Waterways’ environmental education programs in a gorgeous mountain setting. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and top fund-raisers.

Learn More: (828) 476-4667 or

A.I.M • Boone • February 5

Come to the Shaefer Center for the Performing Arts to watch an evocative dance performance that will combine dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. The resulting performance will be an interdisciplinary body of work combining movement and sound.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

The FantasticksAsheville • February 7-March 1

Watch the musical The Fantasticks — a timeless, nostalgic fable of love at the Asheville Community Theatre. This musical will feature two neighbors who pretend to feud in an attempt to make their children fall in love with each other, but not everything goes according to plan.

Learn more: (828) 254-1320 or

Bryan Koontz Presents: “Life Along the Blue Ridge” • Asheville • February 15-April 5

Asheville native Bryan Koontz’s take on the Blue Ridge Mountains will be reflected in his oil paintings at this exhibit at the Grovewood Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Retro ’80s Ski Weekend • Beech Mountain • February 20-23

North Carolina families have made skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Beech Mountain Resort’s Retro ’80s Ski Weekend an annual tradition for nearly a decade.

Learn more: (404) 237-3761 or

Movies & Meaning • Asheville • February 21-23

Movies & Meaning is a film festival that strives to build a better world through telling better stories. This year’s films include Babette’s Feast and After Life. In addition to watching films, attendees will have the opportunity to attend lectures, Q&A sessions, and a community dinner at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

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Trinity Irish Dance Company • Boone • February 22

Trinity Irish Dance Company will dazzle audience members at the Schaefer Center with its lightning-fast agility and aerial grace by showcasing a fusion of Ireland’s vibrant and longstanding dance form, combined with elements of American innovation.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Hedda Gabler Asheville • February 27-29, March 1

In this Norwegian period drama by Henrik Ibsen, main character Hedda is newly married to a man who she does not love. Watch this play at the Carol Belk Theatre as Hedda’s boredom, jealousy, and despair over the circumstances of her new life lead her to take destructive action in an attempt to manipulate the lives of the people around her.

Learn more: (828) 232-2291 or

Chilly Challenge Race and Chili Cook-Off • Weaverville • February 29

Enjoy a scenic run and post-race celebration that will include lunch from Luella’s Bar-B-Que, a local chili cook-off contest, fantastic prizes, and a race day T-shirt at North Buncombe Middle School. Proceeds will benefit the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.  

Learn more: (828) 713-8911 or



“Green” • Hillsborough • January 27-February 23

Explore a gallery filled with hints and shades of green, completed by the artists of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Salem Band’s Winter Concert • Winston-Salem • February 4

A musical ensemble formed when Moravian settlers began to arrive in Old Salem in the mid-18th century. The Salem Band, which is the oldest continuous mixed-wind group in the nation, has its roots in that ensemble’s music.

Learn more: (336) 413-2180 or

MGS Presents: The Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo • Greensboro • February 7

Comprised of clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, this musical duo will play a beautiful concert repertoire at Christ United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Annual Valentine’s Week Orchid Sale • Charlotte • February 8-14

Why give roses when you can give a beautiful live orchid? An assortment of houseplants and succulents will also be available to purchase at the McMillan Greenhouse. And on February 11th, come learn how to help your orchid thrive at the Orchid Care 101 Workshop. Proceeds from the sale will benefit UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or

Ganache in the Gardens • Charlotte • February 8

The McMillan family donated dozens of flowers to UNC Charlotte’s botanical gardens in 1970. In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the McMillans’ legacy, grab your sweetheart and enjoy chocolate, live classical music, free samples, and live demonstrations at the McMillan Greenhouse.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or

“Music She Wrote” • Fayetteville • February 8

Celebrate female composers with this concert at Seabrook Auditorium, featuring pieces written exclusively by groundbreaking women including Florence Price, the first African-American woman composer; Amy Beach, the first successful American female symphony composer; and two living composers Joan Tower and Anna Clyne.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Little Texas • Liberty • February 8

Don’t miss Grammy-nominated country rock band Little Texas, playing at The Liberty Showcase Theater.

Learn more: (336) 622-3844 or

Chocolate Festival • Pinehurst • February 8

Give back to local charities by purchasing chocolate treats of all kinds. Then watch chocolate demonstrations by culinary students from Sandhills Community College at Pinehurst Methodist Church.

Learn More: (910) 215-4559 or

Crime Scene Mystery Festival • Pittsboro • February 8

Attend Crime Scene 2020 at McIntyre’s Books — a mystery book festival that will feature noted mystery authors who will autograph their books.

Learn more: (919) 542-3030 or

Tanger Outlets POPS Series Presents: “The Paul Simon Songbook” • Greensboro • February 14

Explore the artistry and music of the legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon on Valentine’s Day at Westover Church. Conductor Evan Feldman, vocalist Paul Loren, Simon’s band, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform songs including: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Loves Me Like a Rock,” and “Homeward Bound.”

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Sunset Signature Series Presents: Elizabeth Smart • Greensboro • February 15

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart in 2002 was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Listen to this talk from Elizabeth Smart at the Asheboro Library and learn about how she has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation. 

Learn more: (336) 318-6803 or

Marvelous Music Mainstage Series: CATAPULT presents: “The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance” • Greensboro • February 15 

America’s Got Talent finalist Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes. This show at the Cary Arts Center is sure to be an evening full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Carolina Alpaca Celebration • Concord • February 15-16 

Fun fact: Concord is home to the biggest alpaca event in the Southeast. Learn the art of weaving alpaca fiber during seminars at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, and greet dozens of alpacas on-site.

Learn more: (336) 465-8211 or

“Romance in the Air” • Raleigh • February 15

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the 16-voice Chamber Choir accompanied by pianist Susan Lohr, in an homage to the great singer-songwriters of past and present at Kenan Recital Hall at William Peace University. Enjoy classic hits from artists like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Carole King, Billy Joel, and Elton John, as well as more recent hits from Adele, Sam Smith, and Ed Sheeran.

Learn more: (919) 856-9700 or

Marvelous Music Family Series: Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “Around the World” • Cary • February 16

Join Triangle Wind Ensemble for “Around the World,” a musical journey, where you will listen to a variety of popular genres from across the globe during this concert at the Cary Arts Center. 

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

“Farewell Symphony” • Greensboro • February 20, 22

For two evenings at Dana Auditorium, Greensboro Symphony presents guitarist Artyom Dervoed and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky performing Puccini’s Cappriccio sinfonico for orchestra, the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Concerto, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 “Farewell.”

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Anne of Green Gables Rockingham • February 20-23, 27-29

Come to the Richmond Community Theatre and watch the play based on the beloved book by L. M. Montgomery. Green Gables is the home of lovable Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister, Marilla. They agree to adopt a boy to help with the farm work. Imagine their surprise when Anne Shirley, a girl from the orphanage, is sent by mistake!

Learn more: (910) 997-3765 or

Daily & Vincent Liberty • February 22 

Dailey & Vincent, an award-winning bluegrass group that has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and has performed with numerous country music legends, will perform at the Liberty Showcase Theater.

Learn more: (336) 622-3844 or

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY, VOL. VIII: Billy Strayhorn” Hillsborough • February 24-March 22

Artists at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will respond in a variety of media — such as ceramics, painting, or fiber arts — to the music of jazz composer and lyricist Billy Strayhorn, who spent his boyhood summers with his grandparents in Hillsborough.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or



Honour, The MusicalNew Bern • January 31-February 2

Honour is an original musical written by Bill Hand that tells the story of North Carolina’s most notorious affair of honor, the Stanly-Spaight Duel. The New Bern Historical Society invites audiences to come out to the show and watch as former Governor and Congressman Richard Dobbs Spaight attempts to defame the young John Stanly.

Learn more: (252) 638-8558 or

The Black Market • Oriental • January 23

This pop vocal jazz group from Los Angeles will dazzle audience members at The Old Theater with a cohesive, stylish sound during this concert.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews, and Comfort Foods • New Bern • January 31

Few foods represent eastern North Carolina quite like the oyster. Pair them with other coastal favorites, like shrimp and grits, at the North Carolina History Center.

Learn more: (252) 639-3524 or

Carolina Chocolate Festival Morehead City • February 1-2

The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival at Morehead City takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center and will be packed with activities – from tastings and demonstrations to junior bake-offs and opportunities to relax at the spa.

Learn more: (252) 393-2011 or

Cocoa 5K Fun Run & Walk Morehead City • February 1

This 5K racecourse, which is part of Morehead City’s annual Carolina Chocolate Festival, begins and ends at the Crystal Coast Civic Center for Marine Sciences and Technology Building.

Learn more: (252) 393-2011 or

Volante Winds Wilmington • February 2 

This vivacious ensemble from Indiana University’s famous Jacobs School of Music has secured international residencies in South Korea, Japan, and Spain and won national awards for their delightful interpretations. They will be performing at Beckwith Recital Hall at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Learn more: (910) 962-3500 or

Kubecca Washington • February 4 

The band Kubecca combines the talents of a Polish multi-instrumentalist and his Broadway singing wife. Listen to a spectacular performance from these musicians at the Turnage Theatre. 

Learn more: (252) 947-2076 or

Brown Bag Games Beaufort • February 7, 13, 20

Pack your lunch and join the North Carolina Maritime Museum for its Brown Bag Games, a series of free, informal lectures.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

The Drifters Lumberton • February 7

The Drifters, inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and deeply influential musicians who helped shape the sound of popular music, are once again on tour in the U.S. — performing iconic hits such as “This Magic Moment,” “There Goes My Baby,” and “Stand by Me” at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Power Plant Wilmington • February 8 

During World War II, the USS North Carolina patrolled the South Pacific in combat. Since 1961, the battleship has resided on Wilmington’s riverfront. During this event, visitors can get an in-depth look at how a ship of its proportions was powered.

Learn More: (910) 504-7740 or

“Heart of the Sea” Beaufort • February 14

The NC Maritime Museum’s new research and education center, Bonehenge, aims to educate the community on North Carolina cetaceans like Echo, the museum’s whale skeleton.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

Seaglass Salvage Market Leland • February 14-16

This indoor/outdoor “meet the maker” market opens every third weekend of the month off Andrew Jackson Highway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for handmade, homemade, resale, and retail items, and grab lunch from one of the local food trucks.

Learn more: (910) 239-7709 or

Barbara Lica Oriental • February 14

Barbra Lica — Juno-nominated Canadian jazz vocalist and songwriter celebrated for a unique approach that stresses subtlety, grace, and storytelling — will perform at The Old Theater in downtown Oriental. 

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Battleship 101 Wilmington • February 15 

Volunteers will be stationed throughout the Battleship North Carolina to engage visitors in specific subjects and areas, including gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Guests will have the opportunity to try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out their names using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters, and more.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

“Southern African-American Schoolteachers and Struggles for Freedom” Oriental • February 18

Join Dr. Valinda Littlefield in discussing the advancements of African Americans on the social, economic, political, and educational battlefields of the Southern landscape at the Southport Community Building.

Learn more: (910) 477-5150 or

Empty Bowls Luncheon Morehead City • February 19

The Empty Bowls luncheon raises money to fight community hunger through Hope Mission, Martha’s Mission Cupboard, and Backpack Friends. At this 17th annual event, ticket holders may select a handmade pottery creation from a local artist and choose two cups of soup prepared by local chefs and restaurants.

Learn more: (252) 240-2359 or

Footloose Elizabeth City • February 20-March 1

This movie musicals will burst onto the live stage at the College of The Albemarle. With the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar- and Tony-nominated score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Learn more: (252) 335-9050 or

Flung Smithfield • February 21-23, 28-29

In this Neuse Little Theatre performance of the drama by Lisa Dillman, four adult siblings gather at their childhood vacation home to scatter their father’s ashes, and in the process come to terms with their complicated relationships with each other and their childhood memories.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or

Mardi Gras in Historic Ghent New Bern • February 22

The homes in the historic Ghent neighborhood were built between 1912 and World War II. Since then, the homes have evolved into a large subdivision known for its annual Mardi Gras parade and festival.

Learn more: (214) 733-3153 or

Tidewater Camellia Club Show & Sale Wilmington • February 22-23

Tidewater Camellia Club will celebrate its 70th Annual Camellia Show & Sale with a two-day celebration at the New Hanover County Arboretum. See hundreds of amazing blooms, art displays, education seminars, garden tours, and purchase a camellia from a huge specialty sale.

Learn more: (910) 798-7660 or

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