Weekend Best Bets: Carnivals, Color & Chocolate

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NC Comedy Arts Festival – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Come for the last few days of this hilarious annual festival. Take your pick from an array of comedians, from Kevin McDonald to all-star improvers. Prices, locations and times vary; nccomedyarts.com

NC Symphony Performance – Thursday, 7:30pm – Come enjoy a thrilling performance of this classic by Stravinsky. Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, 114 E. Cameron Ave; Tickets: $10-$66; ncsymphony.org

Valentine Sweets & Treats – Friday, 11am-6pm – Find hand-crafted goodies for your valentine and meet the makers at the Valentine Pop-Up Makers Market. Drink a cup of joe from Carrboro Coffee and take home a bag of your favorite beans. University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr.; universityplacenc.com

Cupcake Smackdown – Friday, 4-6pm – Libraries are for books and the occasional cupcake decorating competition. Come prepared to win and you may walk away the cupcake champ. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr.; Free; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

Public Celebration of “Walls of Color” Friday, 5–9pm – The public is welcome to view “Walls Of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann” during extended evening hours. The event will feature a Hofmann-inspired light installation on the Museum’s exterior by artist Belinda Haikes in coordination with Shimmer. 101 S. Columbia St.; events.unc.edu

Family Valentine’s Dance – Friday, 6-8:30pm – Make your son or daughter your valentine for the evening and dance to songs you will both be sure to enjoy. You’ll snack on light refreshments, persuade the DJ to play your favorite song, and take home one 5X7 photo of you and your child to capture the evening for years to come. Due to this event’s popularity, timely pre-registration is recommended. Central Recreation Center, 302 West Tryon St., Hillsborough; Tickets $10 per person; RSVP to 919-245-2660.

Shimmer: The Art of Light  Friday, 6-11pm – Grab your glowsticks and explore illuminated art installations, light projections and programs from over 20 artists for February’s second Friday ArtWalk. Locations vary. shimmerevent.com

Love Is In the Air Annual Ball for Seniors – Friday, 7-10pm – This formal ball is sure to be full of food, dancing and fun! Robert & Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd.; Free; RSVP to 919-968-2070

Tim Carless at Johnny’s Gone Fishing  Friday, 7-9pm – Enjoy a latte while you listen to acoustic originals from this English singer-songwriter. Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 West Main St., Carrboro; Free; johnnysgonefishing.com

Table 5K – Saturday, 9:30am – Don your heart-themed garb and bring your valentine to Table’s inaugural 5k! All proceeds go to Table. At Old Well on Cameron Ave.; Registration: $20; email spalladino.tablenc@gmail.comtablenc.org

Southern Season’s Chocolate Extravaganza – Saturday, 11am – This is as delightful as it sounds. Stop by Southern Season this weekend to sample and taste an array of tasty chocolates. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Free; southernseason.com

Dance Theater – Carnival of the Animals – Saturday, 3pm and 7pm; Sunday, 3pm – Talented young dancers ages 8-18 from across the Triangle take the stage in this original ballet. Hanes Theater at Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd.; Tickets: $6; balletschoolofchapelhill.com

UNC Men’s Basketball Game – Sunday, 1pm – Come out to support the Tar Heels against Pittsburgh at the Dean E. Smith Center. 300 Skipper Bowles Dr.; $65; 800-722-4335; goheels.com

Cornucopia’s Chocolate Affair at Sheraton in Chapel Hill – Sunday, 1-4pm – Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beverages and chocolate treats from over 30 Triangle-area restaurants. Live and silent auctions add to the fun. All proceeds benefit Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, One Europa Dr.; $60; cancersupport4u.org

Chapel Hill Philharmonia – Sunday, 3pm – Don’t miss Philharmonia’s winter concert! Philharmonia is an all-volunteer symphony orchestra made up of musically-inclined members of our community – professors, physicians, college students, homemakers, scientists and everyone in between. Carrboro High School auditorium, 201 Rock Haven Rd.; Free; chapelhillphilharmonia.org



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