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 do some yoga in Louisville or chow down in Charleston, we have some top events to check out around the South. For a New Year’s resolution, how about we start with traveling more? Here are 17 events to inspire you to hit the road. Enjoy!
Through March 8, 2019: 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 $60 per person, and these events take place on Fridays at 4 p.m. For more info visit feastfoodtours.com.
January 10-20, 2019: Restaurant Week South Carolina — Across South Carolina
Can you imagine chowing down on incredible food from South Carolina restaurants for 11 days straight? This dream can be your reality at Restaurant Week South Carolina happening January 10 through January 20. Click here to see the list of participating restaurants. You won’t want to miss it! For more info visit restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com.
January 12, 2019: Louisville Rock Lottery 3 at Headliners Music Hall — Louisville, KY
Join 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville for a rock concert guaranteed to melt your face off. Twenty-five local musicians will join together to create five bands to perform at Headliners Music Hall. This event takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets are $15. Check out event.etix.com for more info.
January 15-20, 2019: On Your Feet! at TPAC — Nashville, TN
Don’t miss your chance to see the Broadway sensation On Your Feet! at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall this January. Follow the incredible story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s journey to chart-topping musical sensations with award-winning songs and choreography. Tickets start at $40 for varying showtimes. Go to tpac.org for more.
January 18, 2019: Downward Dog and Dope Beats at Louisville Slugger Field — Louisville, KY
Head to Louisville Slugger Field to enjoy a yoga experience like no other. The class will be led by teacher power duo Shaali Singogo and Lee Schardein. Check-in time is 6 p.m., and class beings at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com for more info.
January 19, 2019: Harlem Globetrotters 2019 World Tour at the KFC Yum! Center — Louisville, KY
For 93 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 Saturday, January 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $23. Visit harlemglobetrotters.com for more info.
January 19, 2019: MLK Day 5K Drum Run — Birmingham, AL
Lace up your sneakers and celebrate MLK weekend the Birmingham way with the annual MLK Day 5K Drum Run. This year’s run and walk will be located in Birmingham’s Southside Park District and will feature a 3.1-mile scenic course, music and a celebration of the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Why not spend MLK Day celebrating our diverse culture and feeling fit and energized? Registration starts at $25, and the race will begin at 7 a.m. Check out mlkday5kbham.com for more.
January 19, 2019: Atlanta Winter Wine Festival — Atlanta, GA
Keep yourself warm and bright this winter by attending the Atlanta Winter Wine Festival at City Winery on Saturday, January 19! There’s fun to be had at each session: one from noon to 4 p.m. and another from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket holders will get to sample more than 50 wines, beers and ciders and listen to some live music. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 the day of the event. Of course, this event is only for those 21 and older. Head to atlantawinefestivals.com for all the info.
January 19, 2019: Women’s March 2019 — Charlotte, NC
Join the movement and meet up with thousands of women who are going to flood the streets of Charlotte on January 19. This event is free to attend and takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out eventbrite.com for more info.
January 19 & 20, 2019: BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo at the Kentucky International Convention Center — Louisville, KY
It’s a LEGO lover’s paradise! Experience hands-on LEGO attractions and activities at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Head to brickuniverse.com for more details.
January 20, 2019: 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. Head to bourbonham.com for more.
January 20, 2019: 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 start at $8.90 each, and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center. thepinkbride.com
January 21, 2019: 90th Birthday Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr. at The National Civil Rights Museum — Memphis, TN
On Monday, January 21, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The focus of the celebration is social justice and community service while reflecting on Dr. King’s impact. There will be performances, a health pavilion, youth-centered activities and more. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a food drive along with blood donations as well. Check out civilrightsmuseum.org for more info.
January 21, 2019: Nashville MLK Day — Nashville, TN
Join the Nashville community in honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for this national day of community service, which is grounded in the teachings of nonviolence and social justice taught by Dr. King. In one of the oldest MLK Day commemorative marches in the country, there are opportunities throughout the day to learn and to give back! The event starts with a youth rally at 8:30 a.m. followed by a ceremonial march at 10 a.m. and will take participants from Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church to TSU. Check out mlkdaynashville.com for all the details.
January 21-27, 2019: Nashville Restaurant Week — Nashville, TN
Mark your calendar for the return of Nashville Restaurant Week in January 2019! From January 21-27, enjoy delicious specials and menus at more than 60 beloved locally-owned restaurants in Davidson and Williamson Counties. Stay tuned for menu updates and more details! Head to nashvilleoriginals.com for more info.
January 22-26, 2019: International Blues Challenge — Memphis, TN
The 35th 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 22, 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 26 & 27, 2019: 8th Annual Smyrna Oysterfest — Atlanta, GA
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar hosts another good year of good eating at Smyrna’s annual Oysterfest celebration. This Mardi Gras-themed event celebrates the world’s slimiest yet tastiest food — oysters that are raw, grilled, fried and any other delish method of preparation. Besides the great food, ticket holders can show up at 11 a.m. for New Orleans-inspired music, a cold Abita beer and a great time. Tw0-day general admission tickets are $15, and daily passes are available now for $8 each. Find them at freshtix.com.
February 1-3, 2019: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center — Nashville, TN
Make plans for a road trip to Nashville as this show is a paradise of antiques and gardening! The longest-running, largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the country, the 2019 Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, will be celebrating its 29th year from February 1-3, 2019. Reserve your spot now to hear from impressive lecturers and shop the show floor boasting over 150 antique art and horticulture dealers. This event will also benefit two beloved charities in the Nashville community. Tickets start at $20 in advance, check out antiquesandgardenshow.com for more info.
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