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Ring in the Chinese New Year



New Year

Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Peaceful Dragon, 12610 Steele Creek Road. 704-504-8866.

Highlights include the colorful ceremonial Lion Dance and Dragon Dance, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and yoga demonstrations, as well as traditional Chinese dance and music. Authentic Chinese food will be for sale. Event is free if you bring nonperishable food donations for Loaves & Fishes. Alternately, admission is $3 per family.


Charlotte Folk Society

monthly concert and gathering

Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.

This month’s free concert features Scott Ainslie, a traditional acoustic blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the civil rights era and a great commitment to cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer and a masterful storyteller. Doors open at 7. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert. Donations will be accepted.


Lunar New Year Celebration at

Davidson College

Sun 5 p.m. Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-964-1891

Food and dancing followed by fireworks.


Free show at Neighborhood Theatre

Fri 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St.

Presented by Ink Floyd, Neighborhood Theatre and Maxx Music, the show features the local band Ancient Cities, as well as Clear Plastic Masks, Batsheet and Triptych Collective. Doors open at 8. The event is open to all ages. Ancient Cities will release a new live EP at the show.


Kids museum for free

Sat, Sun

At Family Day Saturday at the Bechtler, admission is free for kids and $8 for adults (get $2 off if you have a ticket to the 11 a.m. Charlotte Symphony Lollipops concert at the Knight Theater). Enjoy free hands-on art activities: self-portraits, handmade Valentine’s Day cards and still-life sketches. Noon-4:30 p.m, 420 S. Tryon St.

Also, this weekend, Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon Street, will host Sunday Fun Day from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free for kids and $6 for everyone else. Kids will see art that uses illusion to play tricks on the eye and design their own magical, optical creations.

Marches (and more)

U.S. Navy Band performance

Wed 7 p.m. Charlotte Catholic High School, 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.

The U.S. Navy Band has included Charlotte on its tour, bringing its repertoire of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble pieces to the public in a free concert.