With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to embrace winter with some festive Southern events lined up for January. Whether you’re looking to peruse art in Huntsville or slurp oysters in Charleston, 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 4-28, 2018: Winter Shakespeare: Hamlet – Nashville, TN
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is bringing Hamlet to the stage this month for the tenth annual Winter Shakespeare season at Belmont University’s Troutt Theatre. Make time for a school matinee Tuesdays through Fridays, have a date night on Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s shows or enjoy a Sunday afternoon performance. Individual tickets start at $17 for students and $29 for adults. nashvilleshakes.org
January 5 through March 30, 2018: 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 6, 2018: Winter Jam at Freedom Hall – Louisville, KY
Christian music’s largest annual tour is coming to Louisville on at Freedom Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Enjoy performances by Building 429, NewSong, Skillet, Kari Jobe and more. Tickets start at $15. premeirproductions.com
January 12 & 14, 2018: Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour at the KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
For 92 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of people around the world with their jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring ball-handling skills and basketball talent. The team is bringing their show to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, January 12, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $23. kfcyumcenter.com
January 13, 2018: “Salute to Greatness” Awards Gala 2018 — 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, GA, hosts 10 days of events surrounding MLK Day, this year observed on January 15. 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,” says Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. For more details about this event, and all events surrounding MLK Day at The King Center, click here.
January 14, 2018: The Pink Bride Show – Birmingham, AL
Formerly the Southern Bridal Show, the Pink Bride Show gives brides-to-be the opportunity to plan their dream wedding all in one day. This year’s event will feature Birmingham’s most preferred wedding professionals, inspirational showcases to help brides envision their perfect day, a fashion show showcasing this season’s bridal and bridesmaid fashions, tasty food and drinks, giveaways and tons of shopping! Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. thepinkbride.com
January 15-21, 2018: Nashville Restaurant Week – Nashville, TN
Nashville restaurant week only rolls around twice a year, and we look forward to taking advantage of the special menu items and deals when it does. More than 60 restaurants will take part in restaurant week. Head to Music City to take advantage of the steals and leave the cooking to the experts. Stay tuned for special breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and additional participants. nashvilleoriginals.com
January 16-20, 2018: International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN
The 34th annual International Blues Challenge features blues musicians from around the world who are gathering in Memphis to compete for cash, prizes and industry recognition. Presented by The Blues Foundation, this annual event kicks off Tuesday, January 16, and the competition runs throughout the week at Beale Street venues, concluding with the finals at the Orpheum Theatre. A basic pass costs $100. For more information and a full lineup of events, visit blues.org.
January 21, 2018: BourbonHam – Birmingham, AL
Do you love bourbon and barbecue? Then, this event is sure to make your January special! BourbonHam is Birmingham’s premier bourbon and barbecue fundraising event that benefits the National MS Society. This year’s event will feature a variety of bourbons paired with award-winning barbecue and live blues music for the ideal Southern celebration. Tickets start at $25, and the event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Haven. eventbrite.com
January 27, 2018: Art Tour of Homes – Huntsville, AL
Arts Huntsville’s Art Tour of Homes offers a dose of inspiration by showcasing the displays and collections of Huntsville’s local art enthusiasts, with the goal of inspiring people to grow their collection of art, support local artists and re-envision their spaces. Tour attendees are encouraged to chat with the homeowners about their favorite artists and design inspiration. All attendees will be provided with a list of local resources for starting or growing their art collections. Ticket start at $15. Find more information here.
January 28, 2018: Soul Cleanse Winter Festival at The Pointe – Louisville, KY
Start the new year by honoring your fitness resolutions with the Soul Cleanse Festival in Louisville, KY, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 15 regional teachers will be leading workshops and classes focusing on different yoga styles, meditation and yoga philosophy. Delicious eats from DakShin South Indian Restaurant and pop-up shops from local health, beauty and art vendors will be on hand. Tickets start at $70. soulcleansefestival.com
January 28, 2018: 35th Lowcountry Oyster Festival — Charleston, SC
Enjoy 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!
February 2-4, 2018: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center – Nashville, TN
It’s 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. antiquesandgardenshow.com
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