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Fairy Ring exhibit
2000-2140 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Local artist Meredith Connelly is lighting it up again! She is known in Charlotte for her Fairy Ring installation in the 2021 I Heart Rail Trail: Lights installation, and for her Lights art trail at the U.S. Whitewater Center in 2019 and 2020. This installation will be a supercharged version of the fairy ring of 2021. It will include about 100 cast fiberglass fungi of various sizes, representing mushrooms from around the world.Each mushroom has internal light that creates a soft glow around it. About the Artist.
Charlotte Home & Remodeling Show
The Park Expo & Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
February 25-27, See website for schedule,
Summary: The Charlotte Home + Remodeling Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.
Whether you’re joining us at the Park Expo and Conference Center with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, our local home professionals have you covered. With 350+ booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Charlotte homeowners.
The Rainbow Fish Musical
100 East McDowell Street • Matthews, NC
February 26 – March 6, See website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. Now you can experience the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea on stage!
With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all of the ocean, and the only one of his kind. When Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature. Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps him learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful.
With a bubbly, energetic score, the universal message at the heart of this delightful musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story, it teaches young audiences that the joy of beauty is in sharing it with others.
Fairy House Festival 2022
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd, Charlotte, NC
February 26, 10am, Ages 5+, $5 per person, Advanced ticket purchase required
Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners, and nature lovers! This is a festival that everyone can enjoy and building fairy houses reconnects people with nature. Join us for this annual festival that will inspire appreciation of the environment with storytelling, children’s crafts, activities, and games – all focused on fairies and nature! Fairy, gnome, and other appropriate costumes are encouraged but not required. Food vendors will be on site.
701 N. TRYON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC
February 4-26, See website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: 1970 was the year a group of students from North Carolina School of the Arts performed at Jacob’s Pillow, and North Carolina Dance Theatre was born under the direction of Robert Lindgren. Fifty (one) years later, choreographers will take inspiration for this season’s Innovative 1970 from design, music, politics and literature from 1970 as Artistic Director Hope Muir asks them to pay homage to the company’s first year. New works will be presented by 2019 Princess Grace Award winner for choreography, Rena Butler, along with NCDT Alumni, Ja’Malik, and Charlotte Ballet Company Artist, Andrés Trezevant.
Kids Skate Free
Kate’s Skate – Indian Trial
14500 E. Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC
See website for schedule
Summary: Sign up your kids to skate during Kate’s Skating Rink Kids Skate Free, offered on select days/times during the week.
Dog Days of Winter
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
November 15-mid February, See website for schedule and costs
Summary: Celebrate winter with your four-legged friends this February with a variety of activities ranging from a 5K trail race, adoption events, ice rink access, doggy vendors and more.
Dragons Love Tacos
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC
February 11-March 6, Ages 4+, see website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: What could go wrong when you give a dragon spicy salsa? EVERYTHING. The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life in a big way as the taco party of all taco parties literally brings down the house. This deliciously funny story will have you laughing out loud and wishing you read the fine print more closely: Now Made with Spicy Jalapeño Peppers.
Markets at 11 in Ballantyne
11611 N. Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Join us on the second Saturday of each month for Markets at 11!
Local businesses are bringing their craft to the South Charlotte community to shop and enjoy! Browse specialty beauty, health and home products on Ballantyne’s former golf course. Grab bites and brews from local food and drink vendors. Post up on your picnic blanket and get your groove on with musical artists all day long!
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC
Summary: The Schiele Museum of Natural History is now open! The museum is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research. To see a list of events and plan your visit, click here.
Mecklenburg County Library Virtual Events
Free Virtual Events
Summary: Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library every week for a wide range of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Daily appointments for Reading Buddies and Tutoring and Enrichment for school-age children can be accessed by clicking here.