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Events, Happenings and More Things to Do in Charlotte Right Now

All the great exhibits, shows, sporting events and cultural occurrences that you need to plan your week (or your trip)

From the gridiron and the hardwoods to gallery halls and seasonal events aplenty, the Charlotte area offers no shortage of things to do and things to see as the new year unfolds. Here's a guide.

Jan. 20-June 5

45 Drawings by Alberto Giacometti: Just over one year prior his death in early 1966, Swiss artist and Venice Biennale grand prize winner Alberto Giacometti printed his titular portfolio, effectively retracing his illustrious career and preserving his life’s work. The included 45 photogravure prints are now on exhibit at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art offering spectators a look at selected sketches that otherwise might have only be seen in the coffers of private collectors.
420 S. Tryon St., 704.353.9200

Nov. 19-April 30

Genghis Khan: Discovery Place Science’s winter exhibition Genghis Khan catapults viewers back to 13th-century Mongolia, the time period during which China’s historic founding leader united nomadic Asian tribes and created the massive Mongol Empire. Museum goers get to explore all the facets of his world, from battlegrounds to marketplaces and many things between, as they wind through Central Asia’s grasslands, the wall city of Karakorum, the Silk Road and into modern Mongolia. More than 200 relics and artifacts, including gold jewelry, silk robes, instruments, pottery and weaponry, shed light on his world and that of his legacy. For an enhanced experience, visitors can book a 90-minute walk-through guided tour of the exhibit, and also catch the IMAX film “Mysteries of China.” 301 N. Tryon St., 704.372.6261

Display at Genghis Khan exhibit (© Darryl Moran Photography/ TFI)
Display at Genghis Khan exhibit (© Darryl Moran Photography/ TFI)

Feb. 17-Oct. 22

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace: This landmark exhibition examines the relationship between law enforcement and the community under the lens of police-involved shootings across the nation—particularly in Charlotte last fall. Meant to be a platform for discussion, the exhibit begins with a timeline that provides multi-layered historical context from the 1960s to the present. Also included are images by Charlotte-based emerging photographer and activist Alvin C. Jacobs Jr., who travels the country in an effort to record and understand America’s racial tensions including documentation of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The exhibit goes on to further examine personal stories of individuals affected by police-involved shootings and highlights responses of people from the local community, including police officers, activists, medics and clergy. For both travelers to Charlotte and residents, the Levine Museum’s offering is a must-see. 200 E. Seventh St., 704.333.1887

March 5 & April 2

Front Door Sundays: Artisans, makers, food trucks and others gather at this monthly pop-up for an afternoon of shopping local. 2151 Hawkins St., 704.332.222

March 8-May 6

Halsey Hathaway Solo Exhibit: Tony Smith Award recipient Halsey Hathaway's works are on display at the SOCO Gallery. The artist's colorful, abstract paintings and works on paper emulate a mid-century aesthetic. 421 Providence Road, 980.498.2881

Halsey Hathaway, Untitled, 2015, 50 x 40 inches (© Halsey Hathaway courtesy of SOCO Gallery)
Halsey Hathaway, Untitled, 2015, 50 x 40 inches (© Halsey Hathaway courtesy of SOCO Gallery)

March 11

Green River Revival: Things are looking green
at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater Center, where revelers participate in morning yoga, a 5K trail run, live music and game tournaments. At 1 pm, the waters of the center’s river turn
a brilliant green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, 704.391.3900

March 17

Science on the Rocks: Spend a night at this science museum for an adults-only, after-hours party with fun science-based activities and cocktails (like an Irish Whisky Vaportini). 301 N. Tryon St., 704.372.6261

March 26

The Oyster Roast: Historic Rosedale Plantation calls to bivalve buffs with this open-air event that
has oysters roasting hot in Southern coastal tradition paired with tasty side dishes and all the fixins. Cornhole, croquet and beer, too. $12-$50. 2-5 pm. 3427 N. Tryon St., 704.335.0325

March 30

Chef Alyssa's Kitchen Healthy Spring Dinners: Learn how to prepare spring ingredients during this cooking class in Atherton Market building. 6:30-9 pm. 2104 South Blvd., 704.817.7568

April 6

Charlotte Knights: Queen City launches its minor league baseball team’s 30th season with a debut contest against the Norfolk Tides. 7:05 pm. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., 704.274.8282

BB&T Ballpark (© Laura Wolff)
BB&T Ballpark (© Laura Wolff)

April 17-23

Charlotte Jazz Festival: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra headline this smooth to-do. Clubs, the Knight Theater and Romare Bearden Park host events all weekend long. www.charlottejazzfestival.com, 704.372.4000

April 19-20

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend: Chefs and wine makers the world over celebrate their passion with dinners, a grand tasting and more. www.charlottewineandfood.org, 704-338-9463

April 22

Moo & Brew Craft Beer and Burger Festival: Festival goers sample offerings from local restaurants and breweries vying for the title of “best burger.” Live music sets the tone; this year headlined by Grammy award winners Blues Traveler. $30-$40. 2-6 pm; VIP entrance at 12:30 pm. AvidExchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.