5 events you can attend today to celebrate International Women’s Day, drinks and fitness included

In case you haven’t already heard, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Today’s the day to celebrate achievements of women around the globe – and to continue fighting for gender equality.

The official theme of International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress. As stated on the IWD website: “Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

Ready to raise up your fellow women in support of this global celebration of female achievement? We rounded up a few International Women’s Day events and activities you can be a part of today, right here in Charlotte.

3rd Annual Charlotte International Women’s Day at International House

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free. International House, 1817 Central Ave. 

The Charlotte International Women’s Day Committee invites you to celebrate the history, contributions and achievements of women at an inspirational and motivational event featuring women from around the city.

The event will start with registration, networking and light bites, then move into opening remarks from Ella Scarborough, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Next, you’ll hear from the keynote speaker Dr. Maha Gingrich, CPCC International Community Liaison, Assistant to VP Foundation and an internationally successful TV host. At 7:30 p.m. comes the call to action: the #PressforProgress ballot, encouraging women to engage in their civic duties.

Then, listen to the beautiful music of a local female harpist, and join in on the cultural dance performances of troupes from the Philippines, India, Africa and Latin America. Don’t forget to stick around for closing remarks at 8:30 p.m. to see if you’re the lucky winner of any door prizes! More details here.

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International Women’s Day Celebration – Beer, Wine, Cheese, Art! at Resident Culture Brewing

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Resident Culture Brewing, 2101 Central Ave.

This event celebrates local female entrepreneurs and artists of all kinds, kicking off with an all-female art show curated by Resident Culture artist and SCAD graduate Maryssa Pickett. Attendees are also invited to paint tattoos on an interactive art piece: a 5′ x 7′ original canvas of Resident Culture’s own Vicky Virago.

You can enjoy free bites from Piedmont Bleus Chocolate and Pure Pizza, along with samples of Updog Kombucha. Then, get a free 10-minute massage and guided aromatherapy experience from the women behind Bellies & Babies.

If you’re feeling indulgent, you can come early for a 6:30 p.m. beer and cheese pairing, featuring three 4 oz. tastings of Resident Culture beer paired with three hand-selected cheeses from Ormann’s Cheese Shop – but class is limited to 30 spots, so be sure to get your tickets online soon.

lululemon SouthPark’s International Women’s Day Event at CenterStage@NoDa

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free. CenterStage@NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St.

Join lululemon SouthPark to “celebrate, inspire and to share our perspective with the world proudly” and to “come together with our community to recognize our 100% worth” at this free event. You can expect a gentle flow, discussion and connection led by Jaimis, NC Yoga Bar, Kent Youngstrom and Dina Gambella, as well as free samples from Updog Kombucha and light treats from Baked Well By Elle. You can RSVP here.

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Fabulous Feminist Cross-Stitch: Crafty Hour with Crowned Sparrow Co. at Catalyst

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $22. Catalyst, 255 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Cross-stitch hoops have recently seen a surge in popularity, thanks to all the aesthetically pleasing photos of them circulating on Etsy and Instagram. Craft a cross-stitch creation of your own in celebration of International Women’s Day at this feminist-themed “crafty hour” with Crowned Sparrow Co.

All the materials you’ll need to create one six-inch hoop will be provided, and they’ll teach you the basics on how to cross-stitch before you choose from one of six feminist designs. Then, you’ll learn a few ways to finish your piece and how to display it in your home (or office) when you’re done. Bonus: class is BYOB, so you can sip and snack while you craft. Learn more here.


#GirlsRule Dance Fitness Class with THE JAM: CLT at Sugar Creek Brewing

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. $12 for a drop-in, or less with a class pass. Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Dr.

THE JAM is a 60-minute dance fitness class hosted by THE JAM: CLT that combines toning and cardio while moving to some bumpin’ R&B and hip-hop beats—and today’s #GirlsRule class in particular will also celebrate women. Proceeds from this class will go toward the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. Be sure to wear your favorite femme power shirt (we love the class instructor, Erica’s shirt in the photo above: “Feminist is my second favorite F word”). More details here, or sign up here.

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