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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from February’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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Western

Groundhog Day Celebration • Chimney Rock • February 2
At Chimney Rock State Park, Greta the groundhog will predict whether or not spring will come early. After she sees her shadow (or not), take part in a family-friendly activity or go on a guided hike.

Learn more: (828) 625-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore • Hendersonville • February 2-11
Attend the Hendersonville Community Theatre’s Second Stage production of this funny and nostalgic play. Written by Nora and Delia Ephron, the show is made up of a series of monologues performed by a rotating cast of women.

Learn more: (828) 692-1082 or hendersonvilletheatre.org.

Afternoon with the Winemaker! • Ronda • February 3
Go behind the scenes of wine making at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery, where owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini and assistant winemaker Katy Kidd will guide you on a tour and show you how they craft award-winning wines with their team.

Learn more: (336) 526-1078 or raffaldini.com.


Central

Romeo and Juliet • Raleigh • February 1-18

Star-crossed lovers, dueling families, intrigue, deception, and a tragic twist of fate: The Carolina Ballet will bring Shakespeare’s classic tale to life with dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes, and beautiful dancing.

Learn more: (919) 719-0900 or carolinaballet.com.

And In This Corner: Cassius Clay • Charlotte • February 2-4

This play at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will thrill audiences with the story of the iconic boxer Muhammad Ali, taking them through his early life in Jim Crow-era Kentucky and the events that made him into the famous figure we all knew.

Learn more: (704) 973-2828 or ctcharlotte.org.

Cheers for Chocolate • Burlington • February 3

In addition to tasty treats, enjoy music by Elvis tribute artist Wayne Euliss, a “Men Can Cook Chocolate Contest,” and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Christmas Cheer, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged children and the elderly of Alamance County.

Learn more: (336) 229-9969 or christmascheerofalamance.org.

Hurricane Coaster’s Vintage Bicycle Show and Swap • Concord • February 3

Browse and shop from a variety of bike-related vendors, and admire and swap vintage bikes at this huge event at Cabarrus Arena. Enter your bike in a people’s choice contest, and enjoy beer and food.

Learn more: (980) 621-6005 or facebook.com/hurricanecoaster1941.


Eastern

North Carolina Jazz Festival • Wilmington • February 1-3

Musicians from across the U.S. and beyond will come to the Wilmington Hilton Riverside for a weekend-long jazz showcase, one of the largest in the Southeast.

Learn more: (910) 793-1111 or ncjazzfestival.com.

Jazz in the City • Jacksonville • February 2-3

This two-day jazz event begins on Friday with a celebration of the talents of local middle school performers, as well as a performance by Tenya Coleman. It continues on Saturday with a performance by George Freeman and The Stanley Baird Group.

Learn more: (910) 546-0235 or jazzinthecitync.com.

Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate • Washington • February 3

The Pamlico Writers’ Group will select the first Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate at this event at the Turnage Theatre downtown. The finalists will present their poems, and three judges will make the selection.

Learn more: (252) 623-1975 or artsofthepamlico.org.

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