From paddle boarding at the National Whitewater Center to amazing skyline views and exciting ballgames at the BB&T Ballpark, there’s always something to do in Charlotte, North Carolina. February is the month of hearts and roses, but you aren’t limited to romance when it comes to excitement in the Queen City. Following are just a few things to do in Charlotte this month.
Events at UNCC Botanical Gardens
On Sunday, February 16, take your blankets to the botanical gardens at UNC Charlotte for Stories in the Woods. The little ones will enjoy picture book readings and literacy activities while the grownups soak up the beautiful surroundings. A family hike with bird counting and activities for the kids will take place on the same day.
From February 8 to 14, the annual orchid sale will grab your attention in the greenhouse. Consider giving your sweetie or yourself something beautiful and delicate in 2020.
Test Bikes at the National Whitewater Center
Slip onto Giant mountain, road, gravel or e-bikes and take a test ride through the picturesque scenery of the National Whitewater Center. While the event is designed for adults over the age of 18 with valid credit cards and picture IDs, minors may take rides with the written consent of accompanying parents. Riding shoes and a helmet are required.
Many of the bikes available for test rides are beyond everyday bikes that you might ride around your neighborhood, so head out early on February 15 to make sure you get a chance with the most exciting bikes. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The last riders will depart at 3 p.m.
Open Mic Night at Graham Street Pub & Patio
The Graham Street Pub on South Graham Street has open mic night every Monday, and the food is delicious. At 8 p.m. on February 17, comedians will take the stage as part of their “So You Think You’re Funny” open mic event. The jokes are free, but you’ll want to at least enjoy the wings and domestic brew, which are on sale every Monday.
Hike for Your Health at Reedy Creek
Every Tuesday, from 5-6 p.m., head out to the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve for the Hike for Your Health event. You’ll breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery with good people while enjoying a family-friendly hike suitable for children as young as 12. The pace is medium to fast, so we hope you have a quality hybrid mattress to fall into after the hike.
Taste Test for the Mardi Gras Gumbo Contest
The 7th Street Public Market will hold a gumbo contest for local businesses from 5-7:30 p.m. on February 25. The event is held in honor of Mardi Gras, and the public will have the opportunity to taste test up to 10 gumbos prepared by participating businesses until supplies run out. Bring the family and prepare to taste your way through an evening of lighthearted competitive fun.
Most of the breweries in Charlotte will hold Mardi Gras events in February as well as their routine comedy nights and activities like yoga and running clubs. Pick a neighborhood and go for a late afternoon or evening walk, and you’re likely to stumble upon something to do in Charlotte.