So long winter! Our Charlotte event calendar for March is simply bursting at the seams with springtime holidays, festivals and art events. Be inspired to trim up your gardenias at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, take the family on a charming easter egg hunt, run for a good cause at the Know Your Craft 5k and so much more.
Through March 13, 2016: Jewish Film Festival
Catch the tail end of Charlotte’s Jewish Film Festival with screenings of films that highlight the Jewish experience in both America and around the world. All March screenings will be held at the intimate Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters. We are particularly excited about the March 3 screening of Hebrew film A Tale of Love and Darkness starring and directed by Natalie Portman. For a few screening schedule see charlottejewishfilm.com.
March 4 – 6, 2016: Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
Now in its 56th year, the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is set, once again, to inspire and delight the Queen City community. This year’s show at the Park Expo and Conference Center will feature 18 beautifully landscaped gardens along with six tasteful “rooms” decked out in the latest interior decorating trends. Experts in the areas of landscaping, building and remodeling will also be on hand to offer sage advice and quality products for any planned home projects. Visit southernshows.com for ticket information and additional details.
March 4 – April 23, 2016: Particle Falls
Artist Andrea Polli is primed to make a dramatic and thoughtful statement this March and April with her light installation piece entitled “Particle Falls.” Every night, beginning at sunset, the west wall of the UNC Charlotte Center City building will be awash with light depicting the invisible dangers particle pollution causes in the air we breathe. During the installation’s grand opening on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. hear Polli and other clean air advocates speak on what they hope to achieve with the piece. Learn more at particlefallsclt.org.
March 5, 2016: Lupus Mardi Gras Gala
Don your glitziest attire for a good cause at this year’s Lupus Mardi Gras Gala at Center Stage. The evening’s events will have you convinced you’re in the French Quarter thanks to an electrifying jazz band, authentic Creole cuisine and a fortune-telling mystic. All proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina Chapter to spread awareness and find a cure for the debilitating condition. Find out how to get involved at lupusmardigrasgala.kintera.org.
March 5, 2016: Charlotte Symphony Chorus Presents Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem
Enjoy an hour-long evening reprieve with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and Chamber Singers at the First United Methodist Church. The singers’ both soothing and rejoiceful performance of Duruflé’s Requiem will surely match the historic church’s grandeur. For tickets visit charlottesymphonychorus.org.
March 11 – 20, 2016: The Little Mermaid with the Charlotte Ballet
See Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story presented as you’ve never seen it before by the talented Charlotte Ballet. There will be stunning new sets adorning the Knight Theater, dancers clad in eye-catching costumes and creative choreography helmed by Mark Diamond. For ticket information on the nine performances spanning two weeks, visit blumenthalarts.org.
March 12, 2016: Feast Uptown Chic Behind-the-Scenes Tour
For a perfect prelude to date night or a fun girls’ night out, sign up for the tasty Feast Uptown Chic Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Feast is no stranger to the culinary landscape, hosting all sorts of walking tours with varying themes, but this tour is perhaps the most luxurious with tastings at five upscale fine dining establishments. We love how the group is kept at an intimate 12 so there is ample opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with the talented chefs. Sign up ahead of time at feastfoodtours.com.
March 18 – April 3, 2016: The Miracle Worker
The Miracle Worker is the emotional and inspiring story of Helen Keller, born mute and deaf, and Annie Sullivan, the teacher who worked tirelessly to reach in and save Keller from the depths of her silent, secret world. This production is recommended for ages 12 and up and tickets can be found at theatrecharlotte.org.
March 19, 2016: 20th Annual Charlotte Goes Green Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Paint the town green at the 20th Annual Charlotte Goes Green Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte! Ceili and the Federal Clan Kings, a toe-tapping Celtic band, will be joined by Irish dancers, the pipe-blowing and drum-beating Grandfather Mountain Highlanders and a slew of vendors. Catch the opening parade at 11 a.m. over on N. Tryon Street and Ninth Street Learn more at charlottestpatsday.com.
March 19, 2016: Historic Rosedale’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This year, March 19th is a day for both St. Patrick’s and Easter celebrations. Thankfully, many of our choice activities take place close to one another. We recommend hopping to and from the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and Historic Rosedale’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The gorgeous, peaceful plantation, just a six-minute drive from the city center, will be brimming with bright easter eggs begging to be found. There will be three egg hunts: first beginning at 10 a.m., second at 11 a.m. and the final one at noon. Get tickets in advance at historicrosedale.org.
March 19, 2016: Hosanna Easter Celebration
Gather at the Billy Graham Library for a spirited and spiritual Easter celebration. Baby farm animals will be posing for precious family portraits, Mr. Nigel and Friends will set the mood with live worship music and each guest who attends will receive a surprise treat. For tickets, times and more, visit billygrahamlibrary.org.
March 19, 2016: Craft Cocktail Craze Cooking Class
Upstream is not only one of our favorite sushi spots, but also home to one of Charlotte’s finest food and drink programs. Lucky for us, the experts at Upstream, part of Harper’s Restaurant Group, offer various classes designed to bring out the capable cooks and bartenders in all of us. This month their Craft Cocktail Craze class will teach us how to step up our mixology game big time. For the full schedule and ticket information visit the event calendar at harpersgroup.com.
March 26, 2016: La Ruzzola del Formaggio Cheese Rolling Event
Celebrate Easter, or rather, Pasque, as the Italians do at the beautiful Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. The main event will be a trio of cheese rollings — a traditional Italian game that dates back over 3,000 years. After getting your fill of watching folks barrel after wheels of cheese, spread out a picnic and overlook the majestic vineyards. Oh, and make sure to stop by the Raffaldini tasting room during your visit.
March 26, 2016: Know Your Craft 5k
Dog is man’s best friend, and, unsurprisingly, that bond of companionship has the power to transform a life. Participation in the Know Your Craft 5k, held at Triple C Brewing Company, will help fund the cost to train new litters of service dogs and change the lives of veterans and those with special needs. Grab a pup to run alongside or run solo for the cause. Sign up at knowyourcraft.raceonline.com.
March 27, 2016: Women’s History Hall of Fame
Connect with powerful, influential women from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area at the Women’s History Hall of Fame induction at Levine Museum of the New South. The event will feature an honorary ceremony and light reception. Before the ceremony kicks off at 5 p.m., take a tour of the exhibits currently on display — namely “NUEVOlution: Latinos and the New South” and “We are the Music Makers.” Learn more over at museumofthenewsouth.org.
Get out and enjoy the best of Charlotte. Happy March!