The Weekender is proudly presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway – Home of the Coca-Cola 600. Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it and tickets are already on sale for the Coca-Cola 600. Snag them now for the whole fam and start dreaming of warmer weather.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
48. Rain. 77% chance of rain.
EDIT Charlotte Spring/Summer Sale at 2325 Crescent Ave.: Spring is just around the corner. Shop pre-loved designer clothing, shoes and bags at Edit Charlotte’s spring/summer sale. Feb 24-27, times vary. Prices vary. Details.
In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception of Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum Uptown: To celebrate Mint Museum Uptown’s tenth anniversary, In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art brings together four innovative contemporary artists who create works celebrating the power of color and its transformative ability to permeate the space around us. Now through Sunday, February 28. General admissions $15. Details.
I Heart Rail Trail in South End: “I Heart Rail Trail,” the popular lights installation, is back in South End with six new displays from local artists. The interactive light installations run until March 7 along South End’s Rail Trail from 1100 South plaza to Atherton Mill. Free. Details.
Love, Charlotte Exhibition at 7th Street Public Market: In celebration of their love for Charlotte, six local artists painted giant love-themed postcards that will be on display outside 7th Street Public Market. Now through March 15. Details.
Virtual Cooking Classes with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen: Add a little bit of spice to your next at-home dinner by following along with a recorded cooking class lead by Chef Alyssa. Purchase of a class includes the recipe, an info sheet, and access to the video of your choice. Times vary. $15 per class. Details.
Sweet Spot at Home: Sweet Spot Studio is bringing the fun of baking right into your home. Now through the end of February, baking classes will be offered virtually with lessons including French macarons, cake donuts and DIY Twix & Kit Kat bars. $30-$45. Details.
W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine Exhibition: The Mint Museum’s newest exhibition, presented by PNC Bank, examines the historic use and artistic treatment of walls over the centuries. W|ALLS will feature more than 130 photographs taken by 67 photographers across five continents. Times vary. General admissions $15. Details.
How to Care for Houseplants online with SkillPop: Join Jasmine, expert gardener, and owner of Black Girls with Gardens, for a crash-course that will provide you with the actionable steps on how to assess and care for any houseplant. Jasmine will cover plant basics and provide a comprehensive yet simple approach to successfully maintaining your houseplant. 5:30-7 pm. $20. Details.
Wine Tasting Like a Pro online with SkillPop: Join wine aficionado Kristy Wenz for a lesson on the basics of wine tasting and pairing, as well as Kristy’s top recommendations on new wines to try. You’ll taste three different wines paired with a variety of small bites to better understand the keys to coupling wine and food. 7-8:15 pm. $20. Details.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
61. AM Showers. 32% chance of rain.
9th Annual Run Jen Run Virtual 5K: Run or walk at your own pace to support Go Jen Go and raise funds for the Survivor Grants program — a program that provides critical financial assistance to local breast cancer survivors to pay household bills. Feb. 27 – Mar. 6. $25-$35 to register. Details.
Ride and Seek MTB Adventure Race at the Whitewater Center: In teams of two, you’ll bike through the trail system to mapped and mystery checkpoints to gather points. The team with the most points wins. This race will be organized into a dispersed model to allow for social distancing. 9 am to 2 pm. $55-$65/team. Details.
Dancing the Poem: A Free Virtual Collaborative Movement and Poetry Writing Workshop: Sarah Council Dance Projects is partnering with the Arts & Science Council’s Culture Blocks Program to offer a free virtual movement and poetry workshop series called Dancing the Poem. In addition to movement creation, the workshops will include collaborative poetry writing explorations that reflect on participant experiences. 10-11 am, various dates. Free. Details.
Starving Artist Market Pop-up at Summit Seltzer: Head to Summit Seltzer to shop 20+ local vendors, enjoy refreshing drinks and take in views of the skyline. Noon to 5 pm. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
69. Showers. 37% chance of rain.
‘Now That’s What I Call Brunch’ at Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo: Head to Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo for its 90s themed Sunday brunch series ‘Now That’s What I Call Brunch.’ The brunch items are sure to bring back 90s nostalgia with offerings like Sunny D mimosas and donut charcuterie boards. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Reservations are highly recommended and face masks are required. Noon to 5 p.m. Menu pricing. Details.
Build Your Own Bloody Mary at Spindle Bar: Head to Spindle Bar at Optimist Hall to check out the “build your own” Bloody Mary bar (due to COVID you choose your toppings and a bartender will build it for you). There will also be mimosas with a variety of juices to choose from, and a brunch pizza special from Ava Pizzeria. All drinks will be available at the bar and to-go. Menu pricing. Details.
Bold Music’s Virtual Gig Night Live from Heist Brewery: Grab take-out from Heist Brewery and tune in to Bold Music’s YouTube channel for an evening of music and fun. These budding musicians will be performing live from Heist Brewery in NoDa for a special, virtual edition of their traditional Gig Night showcase. 5 p.m. Details.
Time Sawyer’s “Sam on Sunday” Livestream: Charlotte-based touring band, Time Sawyer is kicking off season II of the “Sam on Sunday” live stream. Performances are scheduled twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and streamed live from The Neighborhood Theatre. 7:30 pm. Free, donations appreciated. Details.
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