photograph by Mark Buckler

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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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, 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

Chili Cook-Off • Morganton • March 13

For 26 years, locals have gathered over bowls of chili at this event at the Morganton Community House. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown Development Association.

Learn more: (828) 438-5252 or

 Dinner Theater • Highlands • March 19-21, 26-28

What began as five friends with a vision and a handful of cash has transformed into the Highlands Cashiers Players nearly 25 years later. Watch a live performance from the players and enjoy a bite to eat, too.

Learn more: (828) 526-8084 or

Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour • Boone • March 20-21

Films that were shown at the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada, are coming to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss the chance to watch these films about mountain culture, sports, and the environment.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Super Saturday • Tryon • March 21

Try a variety of food cooked by local church and school groups, watch local artists perform, cheer on the Melrose Avenue parade, and more.

Learn more: (828) 859-8322 or

Florence Flapjack Fund-Raiser • West Jefferson • March 21-22

The Florence Thomas Art School, a nonprofit organization, provides artistic resources to Ashe County residents. Proceeds from pancake sales will benefit the school’s mission.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

L.A. Theatre Works Presents: SevenBoone • March 24

Watch the play Seven at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, which is based on a documentary about seven female writers who face life-threatening obstacles, but ultimately bring positive change to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show • Hickory • March 27-29

Founded in 1969, the Gem and Mineral Club uses this show at the Hickory Convention Center to increase the community’s lapidary knowledge.

Learn more: (828) 446-7633 or

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 27-28

Browse dozens of glazed ceramic creations at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Advance tickets are required for the Friday preview party, which includes early buying privileges, a cash bar, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. 

Learn more: (828) 324-7294 or

Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 28-29

Listen to talented singers from North and South Carolina and Virginia as they rehearse for professional auditions and compete to win scholarships at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

Learn more: (704) 732-9055 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

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

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

Head to the Richmond Community Theatre to 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

American Girl Doll TeaBurlington • March 1

Youngsters and accompanying adults are invited to enjoy a traditional tea party at the Alamance County Historical Museum in honor of the American Girl doll Kit Kittredge. Young guests are encouraged to bring their dolls, and will learn about Kit’s life during World War II.

Learn more: (336) 226-8254 or

Dvořák’s “Requiem” • Raleigh • March 3

The North Carolina Master Chorale has performed for Triangle audiences since 1942. The chorale will bring Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s “Requiem” to the stage at Meymandi Concert Hall.

 Learn more: (919) 856-9700 or

“Common Thread,” Featuring Alia El-Bermani & Pete Sack • Raleigh • March 5-April 4

View paintings from artists Alia El-Bermani and Pete Sack at The Mahler Fine Art museum. El-Bermani and Sack’s work will explore the complexity of the human experience in their work. El-Bermani’s work has been featured in museums across the world, including the Museu Euopeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain, while Sack’s work has been featured in Sports Illustrated and Walter Magazine

Learn more: (919) 696-4214 or 

Carolina Lily Quilt Show • Charlotte • March 6-7

Browse more than 180 quilts, explore special exhibits, meet with local specialty vendors, and enter to win prizes in the raffle during this quilt show at the Union County Agricultural Center.

Learn more: (704) 219-3451 or

“In Their Footsteps” • Fayetteville • March 7

The Fayetteville symphony and its youth orchestra will “walk” in the footsteps of composers Wagner, Brahms, Berlioz, and Bizet by playing the composers’ beautiful music during this concert in the Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Whirlikids Book Festival • Pittsboro • March 7

Take your little ones to this one-day book festival at Fearrington Village. Picture books, early chapter and middle grade books will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a panel, book signings, costumed characters, and plenty of book-related activities.

Learn more: (919) 542-3030 or

Art Show & Sale • Winston-Salem • March 7

For the past decade, a handful of talented Piedmont artists have sold their artwork at Senior Services to help provide meals to at-risk elderly residents of Winston-Salem.

Learn more: (336) 725-0907 or

Marvelous Music Family Series: Jeff Boyer Presents “Fun with Energy” • Cary • March 8

Performer and physics-lover Jeff Boyer will put on a show filled with interactive demonstrations and activities that are sure to entertain and teach kids about the forces of nature.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Abbott Lecture Series and Reading Series Presents: Lan Samantha Chang • Davidson • March 12

During this event at the Belk Visual Arts Center, listen to author Lan Samantha Chang speak about her experience as an author and professor of fiction writing at Stanford University and the MFA program for writing at Warren Wilson College.

Learn more: (704) 894-2254 or

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives • Liberty • March 13

Country-music singer, songwriter, and musician Marty Stuart will perform a variety of his award-winning songs at The Liberty Showcase Theater. Stuart’s style has been compared to legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard.

Learn more: (336) 524-6822 or

Tea with Seagrove Potters • Seagrove • March 14

Seagrove boasts the largest concentration of working potters in the U.S. Visit participating shops for new wares and sample local tea and baked goods.

Learn more: (336) 879-4145 or

Art & Bloom • Raleigh • March 19-22

The North Carolina Museum of Art will transform into a dazzling display of color this month. Fifty local and regional floral designers, shop owners, garden club members, and hobbyists will display blossoming arrangements that will offer new interpretations of the museum’s artwork. Last year, Vanessa and Marc Smith of Raleigh artfully used lily grass, eucalyptus, monstera, succulents, and other extraordinary greenery in their botanical take on Aaron Douglas’s 1931 painting Harriet Tubman. Celebrate our state’s creators at this sixth annual event.

Learn more: (919) 839-6262 or

Music for a Great Space Presents: Edie Johnson • Greensboro • March 20

Listen to the talented music stylings of organist Edie Johnson at Christ United Methodist Church, who originally studied the organ with Johnny Bradburn at the church. 

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

A Kaleidoscope of Quilts – Quilt Show • Greensboro • March 20-21

Work on quilt projects with Piedmont Quilters Guild members, browse more than 100 quilts on display, enter the raffle for a chance to win a quilt, browse boutique items, and more at the Trotter Active Adult Center.

Learn more: (336) 681-3295 or

Cantari, the Voices Ensemble Presents: “Brasileiro” • Chapel Hill • March 21

Experience a concert filled with Brazilian folk and popular songs composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and featuring guest soloist Caique Vidal at the University United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (919) 929-0044 or

CCMGA Spring Garden Symposium • Fayetteville • March 21

Gather tips and tricks to spruce up your spring garden from talented speakers such as Joe Lamp’l, host of the PBS series Growing a Greener World; Kerry Ann Mendez, a garden educator and design consultant; and Jason Weathington, the urban horticulture agent and landscape artists at the Cumberland County Extension office, at the Ramada Plaza.

Learn more: (910) 286-0132

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Show • Burlington • March 25-28

Members from the Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Guild will display their work at The Gathering Place at The Village at Brookwood.

Learn more: (336) 587-1519 

Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series Presents: “Ode to Joy” • Greensboro • March 28

Singers Lyubov Petrova, Nancy Maultsby, Rodrick Dixon, and Frederico De Michelis will join the Greensboro Symphony Master Chorale to perform “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Copland, the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky, and “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Evolving Styles and Trends in Floral Design • Greensboro • March 28

Learn what it takes to create gorgeous floral creations from Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer for the White House from 2009-2015, at the Starmount Forest Country Club. Tickets are $50 and will include lunch.

Learn more: (336) 558-5959 or

Barons of Broadway • Raleigh • March 29

Enjoy this concert played by the NC Master Chorale and pit orchestra that will be filled with songs from some of the most well-known musicals, such as Camelot, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and more at Meymandi Concert Hall.

Learn more: (919) 856-9700 or



Brown Bag Games Beaufort • February 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

“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. 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

Watson Brass • Oriental • March 1

Two trumpets, one French horn, one trombone, and a tuba will perform a lively repertoire of brass music. This faculty brass quintet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will cross styles and genres at the River Dunes Harbor Club on the Pamlico Sound.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

NC QSO Party & Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club • Wilmington • March 1

North Carolina’s Battleship will host a friendly contest, where ham radio operators can make contact in all 100 North Carolina counties. Contestants might especially seek to contact the Battleship’s station NI4BK and can contact the ship via voice, digital, and Morse code. There is no cost to enter the contest.

Learn more: (910) 799-1694 or 

Alive After 5 • Washington • March 6

Gather with family, friends, and co-workers to enjoy live music, drinks, and a laid-back atmosphere on downtown Washington’s Caboose Lawn. This family-friendly event will include face painting, lawn games, balloons, and more for children.

Learn more: (252) 946-9168 or

Coastal Home & Garden Show • Morehead City • March 7-8

Reflect the beauty of the North Carolina coast in your house: Learn about the latest trends in home decorating at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

Learn more: (252) 247-3883 or

Firepower! • Wilmington • March 7

Explore the historic North Carolina Battleship to learn about fire control equipment, the operations of battery plotting rooms, and the combat information center. Participants must be 16 years or older and have the ability to climb narrow ladders.

Learn more: (910) 399-9101 or

Wreck of Caribsea Lecture • Beaufort • March 12

The Caribsea, a cargo freighter, was sunk March 11, 1942, by German U-boat 158 off of Cape Lookout. Now, 78 years later, Benjamin Wunderly, associate museum curator at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, will present an informal lecture at the museum about the fate of the 28 crew members aboard Caribsea.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

Introduction to Wooden Boat Building • Beaufort • March 14-15

Immerse yourself in our state’s heritage craft of wooden boatbuilding at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. This hands-on course will teach different skills and boat designs.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

Birds, Brews & BBQ • Scotland Neck • March 14

Enter this eastern-style barbecue competition at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and help support the conservation of local waterfowl. Proceeds will benefit the park.

Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or

Hidden Battleship Tour • Wilmington • March 14

Tour the unrestored areas of the North Carolina Battleship. Participants should wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing and sturdy, rubber-soled shoes for this guided tour.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

Alcohol and the Irish Lecture • Southport • March 17

Learn about Irish emigrants in North Carolina and their connection to alcohol from pre-emigration to present day in this St. Patricks Day talk by Dr. Paul Townend in the Southport Community Building. Admission is free, though pre-registration is required at (910) 477-5150.

Learn more: (252) 504-7744 or

Coastal Dog Games • Southport • March 21

Pups of all kinds are invited to enter into competitions like dock jumps and frisbee catches at the Old Yact Basin Park. Families can also visit vendors and walk the piers. Donations will benefit the Sergei Foundation to care for sick and injured pets.  

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Battleship 101 • Wilmington • March 21

Experience the thrill of the North Carolina Battleship as you try on helmets and communicate with Morse code, semaphore flags, and vintage typewriters. All ages are welcome to come and adventure a day in the shipboard life.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

Wilson Spring Expo • Wilson • March 21

Check out an impressive crowd of area businesses sharing the best of their goods and services at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. Home and garden, hospitality, finance, and manufacturing are just the beginning of the industries represented at this event.

Learn more: (252) 237-0165 or

By Hook or By Crook • Beaufort • March 25

Jump into the lives of 18th-century female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read in this informal talk at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The talk will also use the lives of these women to present an understanding of the expectations and limitations for women in the early 18th-century.

Learn more: (252) 504-7743 or

Midori • Oriental • March 25

Be transfixed and moved by the beautiful music of Midori at the Old Theater on the Pamlico Sound. Midori is known as a child prodigy and internationally renowned concert violinist for more than 30 years. 

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Homeschool Fridays presents: The Menhaden Fishermen • Southport • March 27

Students from 7 to 17 will join an expedition to catch the slippery menhaden fish as they learn about the menhaden fishing community and history. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more: (910) 477-56153 or

Brew, Blue & ‘Que Festival • Kenansville • March 28

Get your fill of barbecue and beer while listening to live bluegrass music from artists including Lorraine Jordan & the Carolina Band, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and Cumberland County Line Bluegrass at the Duplin County Events Center. The outdoor festival will also host local vendors and a barbecue cook-off. Tickets are required and include a commemorative glass for participants ages 21 or older.

Learn more: 910-275-0008 or

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