It’s almost 2018, Charlotte! You’ve survived the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and well, now it’s time to prepare for the new year. Once you’ve taken a moment to finally put the wrapping paper away and relax, it’s time to look ahead at what the month has in store! January signals a fresh start, so why not start the year off right by attending these fun Charlotte events?!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018, Charlotte!

January 5 & 6, 2018: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi Four Seasons

Witness dynamic violinist and conductor Aisslinn Nosky as she leads a celebration of strings, featuring Vivaldi’s  Four Seasons, as well as works from Bach, Telemann and Mendelssohn. Tickets to this show start at just $19. For more information visit

January 6, 2018: Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Food Tour

Dive into the best of Uptown Charlotte’s food scene on this three-hour Feast Food Tour. Along the way you’ll meet the chefs of some of the best restaurants in the QC and enjoy some delicious food and even a wine pairing or two. Tickets are $80 per person. For more information and participating restaurants visit

January 8, 2018: Fundraiser & Food Party

Join Charlotte’s Hearty Rabbit for a fundraiser featuring Charlotte’s favorite DJ, Boss Austin, local Sugar Creek Brewing Company and Raw Photage all at Flight Beer & Music Hall on Monday, January 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets include a buffet, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket for the giveaways, a party favor and free parking. Stick around after this 21+ event for the college football National Championship game at 8:30 p.m.! For more information regarding tickets, click here.

January 12, 2018: Unwind & Dine in Historic South End Tour

Kick off the weekend in style with a relaxing happy hour … or three hours! Explore the diversity of establishments that have turned this once industrial neighborhood into a vibrant community of new businesses in and among historic warehouses and train lines. Tickets are $80 per person. For more information, visit

January 13, 2018: The Whole Enchilada

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is home to over 35 miles of trail, and you’re about to crush every last one of them. The Whole Enchilada is a brand-new Whitewater Race Series event covering the entire trail system on mountain bike. This one-lap format will cover “Todas las Millas” (all of the miles) as you explore and conquer every last foot of trail the USNWC has to offer. Want to get in on the feast, but looking for a shorter distance? Go for The Half Enchilada and take on roughly half the trail system by bike. For more information, visit

January 17-28, 2018: The Phantom of the Opera at the Belk Theater

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will return to Charlotte as part of a brand-new North American tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” Tickets start at $25. For more information visit

January 18, 2018: Imbibe & Inspire Tour

Join Garden Curator Andrea Sprott for a private tour of Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden and learn about its history, her research and, best of all, what’s kicking botanical booty! The tour will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 18. Space is limited to 10 participants and tickets cost $25, which includes one adult beverage. The registration deadline for this tour is Friday, January 12th. For more information, click here.

January 19, 2018: Bechtler By Night: New Year, New You!

Explore all four floors of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art after hours. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy art, light bites and cocktails, and this month’s featured drink is a White Russian. Bechtler By Night is held on the third Friday of every month and is free. Find out more at

January 24, 2018: Jay Mohr at The Comedy Zone

Comedian, actor, radio host and bestselling author, Jay Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 16 years old. Don’t miss the “Saturday Night Live” star for one night on Wednesday, January 24th at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit

January 27, 2018: CRC Winter Classic 8K

Join Charlotte Running Club for either a 4K or 8K race on Saturday, January 27 at McAlpine Creek Park. Registration fees start at $30 and children run free! Don’t miss the chance to lace up your tennis shoes and run with the CRC. For more information, click here.

Looking Ahead Regional Event:

February 2-4, 2018: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center

If you’re looking to take a road trip in early 2018, head west to Music City and enjoy a paradise of antiques and gardening! The longest-running, largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the country, the 2018 Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville will be celebrating its 28th year from February 2-4, 2018. You won’t want to miss this year’s impressive and entertaining lineup of speakers including British aristocracy, authors, designers, media personalities, a master floral design expert and perhaps even a Nashville celebrity or two. This event will also benefit two beloved charities in the Nashville community. Tickets start at $20 in advance.


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