With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to embrace winter with some festive Southern events lined up for January. Whether it’s an art show in Memphis or a garden expo in Savannah, we have some top events to check out around the South. For a New Year’s resolution, how about we start by traveling a little? Here are 12 events to inspire you to hit the road. Enjoy!
January 3-28, 2017: Tad Lauritzen Wright At David Lusk Gallery — Memphis, TN
Tad Lauritzen Wright rings in the New Year for David Lusk Gallery as the first show of 2017 in Memphis. The entirety of Wright’s show, The Politics of Power, is made up of his signature single line drawings, centering on Greek and Roman mythology. Details online at David Lusk Gallery.
January 5-7: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert with the Nashville Symphony — Nashville, TN
For three nights, the Nashville Symphony will perform live alongside screenings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Enjoy this opportunity to see the movie in an unexpected and different way. There are limited tickets remaining so get yours today! Learn more at nashvillesymphony.org.
January 5, 2017: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Tour — Nashville, TN
Head to the Belcourt for this 95-minute program. Eight films, all selected from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be shown. The short films cover a variety of genres, styles and topics. Visit belcourt.org/events.
January 7, 2017: The Music of David Bowie — Louisville, KY
David Bowie was a music legend. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is commemorating his life and music with a performance by Windborne Music on Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. Brent Havens will conduct the performers in selections from Bowie’s 40+ year career of inspired and innovative music-making. Tickets start at $27. Learn more at kentuckycenter.org.
January 13-15, 2017: The 2017 Big Band & Swing Dance Weekend — Asheville, NC
Hit that jive, Jack, at a festive throwback weekend at Asheville’s Omni Grove Park Inn. For lovers of the Big Band era, this is a weekend not to miss, complete with live performances and plenty of chances to lace up your dance shoes and take to the floor. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
January 13, 2017: Soul of the South Uptown Food Tour — Charlotte, NC
Get up close and personal with the chefs behind the cuisine and beverages from locally owned restaurants and farms in or near Charlotte, NC. Hear the stories behind the food straight from the source, and enjoy an intimate epicurean adventure. Tickets are $55 per person. Click here for more information.
January 14, 2017: “Salute to Greatness” Awards Gala 2017 — The King Center, Atlanta, GA
Observing Martin Luther King Day at The King Center is something to add to your list of “musts.” The King Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, hosts 10 days of event surrounding MLK Day, this year observed on January 16. One of the marquee events is the annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Gala. “The ‘Salute to Greatness’ Award, given at the gala, recognizes national and/or international individuals and corporations that exemplify excellence in leadership; pursue the universal quest for social justice and worldwide peace in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and, have made notable strides toward improving the quality of life for all.” — CEO The King Center, Dr. Bernice A. King. For more details about this event, and all events surrounding MLK Day at The Kings Center, click here.
January 15, 2017: Southern Bridal Show — Birmingham, AL
It’s safe to say we all know someone who got engaged over the holiday season. Treat them — or yourself — to a day full of bridal heaven at the BJCC! From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of wedding professionals will help you plan and execute your dream wedding, all in one day! Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 online. Learn more at exposites.com.
January 18, 2017: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis — Birmingham, AL
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, features 15 of the best soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today. With the mission to entertain, enrich and expand a global jazz community through performance, education and advocacy, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing an unforgettable show this January 18 at 7 p.m. at The Alys Stephens Center. Tickets start at $49. Visit alysstephens.org for more information.
January 27-29, 2017: 17th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show — Savannah, GA
Spend a weekend mingling with home and garden experts, and find infinite inspiration for your springtime projects around the home. Special guests, including DIY Network’s Alison Victoria, will be on-hand, and explore everything from birdhouses to decorative concrete. Click here for more information.
January 29, 2017: 34th Lowcountry Oyster Festival — Charleston, SC
Oysters in January in one of our favorite food cities in the entire country, Charleston! Okay, it’s actually just across the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, but that’s basically Charleston … Over 80,000 pounds of oysters will be shucked and eaten at this event deemed a top 20 events to attend in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society! Intrigued? Us, too. Find out more right here. YUM!
January 31 – February 4, 2017: The International Blues Challenge — Memphis, TN
Each January, The International Blues Challenge kicks off in Memphis, Tennessee. Hosted at different, uniquely Memphis locations around this music-filled city, you will leave cherishing the unique sound of the region. Make plans to listen to the best blues music in the country as they battle it out in a challenge like none other. Click here for more information.
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