Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in January

Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in January
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To help make 2017 the best year yet, we put together a lineup of January’s must-do happenings  – chronologically, so you can hit them all.

Whether you thrived or suffered through 2016, the new year is here and it’s time to embrace it. Don’t forget to show us how you’re killin’ 2017 via #cltagenda.

Birdsong New Year’s Day Party & Bottle Release

Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, January 1 / Free / Birdsong Brewing Co. / 12-8 p.m.

Why you should go: Ring in 2017 with the release of Puppies on Penguins, Jalapeño Pale Ale Bloody Beers, a complimentary bagel bar (coffee included), and a cask of Higher Ground IPA infused with Ethiopian coffee from Central Coffee Co. The party starts at noon and lasts until your NYE hangover is officially cured.

Cookies and Crafts 2017

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 7 / $30 / The Fillmore Charlotte / 2-5 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.

Why you should go: Do you love Girl Scout Cookies? How about craft beer? If so, this is the event for you. Enjoy local craft beer samples from 15+ breweries paired with specific Girl Scout Cookies.

cookies and crafts 2017 at fillmore

Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 7 /$25-$30 / USNWC / 12 p.m.

Why you should go: Watch bikes of all shapes and sizes take to the world’s largest manmade whitewater river for this one-of-a-kind cycling race. Expect a Downhill Race and Slopestyle Competition, aka lots of jumps and (probably terrifying) tricks. Also prepare to hear the words “rad” and “gnarly” a lot.

USNWC Rumble in the Concrete Jungle 2015 from Sean Murphy on Vimeo.

Star Wars: The Music

Date/Price/Location: Wednesday-Saturday, January 11-14 / $27+ / Knight Theater

Why you should go: Following the awesomeness that was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we know you’re dying for more entertainment from a galaxy far, far away. Grab your lightsaber and celebrate Star Wars’ 40th anniversary with the Charlotte Symphony.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 14 / Free / Tryon Street / 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Why you should go: See 100+ community organizations, marching bands and step and drill teams at the Carolinas HealthCare System Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade. The parade will march down Tryon Street, beginning at 9th Street and ending at Stonewall Street.

MLK Parade

*For more MLK-related festivities, check out The Harvey B. Gantt Center’s MLK Day Celebration presented by Food Lion® on January 16. Expect panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, scavenger hunts, film screenings and more all for free.

2017 Bull Dog Beauty Pageant

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 14 / Free / Lucky Dog Bark & Brew / 2-6 p.m.

Why you should go: This is one of those magical chances where you can be equally selfless and selfish. Help benefit the Bullies 2 The Rescue Group (by entering your bull dog) and/or watch a runway-style pageant with insanely adorable, dressed up bullies everywhere you look. Warning: you may die of cuteness.

Photo via Facebook.

Photo via Facebook.

Lenny Boy Dodgeball

Date/Price/Location/Time: Thursday, January 19 / $10 per team / Lenny Boy Brewing Co. / 7-9 p.m.

Why you should go: Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge with Lenny Boy this January. They’re excepting 12 teams total, so find your crew and sign up as soon as possible. Plus, if getting to play dodgeball at a brewery wasn’t enough reason to sign up, the first place team will receive a $100 gift card to the brewery. 

Kombuchas all around to the team that shows up like this.

Kombucha all around to the team that dresses up like this crew.

Science on the Rocks: Wizarding World

*Advanced tickets are sold out. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.*

Date/Price/Location/Time: Friday, January 20 / $10-$12 / Discovery Place Science / 5-9 p.m.

Why you should go: You’ll get sorted into a house, make your wand, meet with their Potions Master, play a game of Quidditch Beer Pong, sample a Butterbeer Slushie, get to know some fantastic beasts, try to win an HP-themed costume contest, PLUS get a special performance by Hannibal, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Close-Up Magic. Needless to say, the night will be nothing short of magical.

2017 Winter Beer Fest

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 21 / $20 / Lucky Dog Bark & Brew / 1-5 p.m.

Why you should go: Check out Lucky Dog’s first ever Winter Beer Festival, that will feature local breweries offering beer tastings and samples (think Sycamore, Legal Remedy, Deep River, etc). Your admission will include four hours of beer tastings (8 oz samples) with close to 10 breweries. The best part? Expect lots of dogs 🐶

lucky dog bark and brew

Photo via Facebook.

Charlotte MiniCon Forty

Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, January 28 / $5 / Grady Cole Center / 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Why you should go: Charlotte MiniCon, the longest running comic convention, is back and it’s turning 40. Celebrate by keeping it old school with comic book vendors and comic creators. 

Charlotte MiniCon Forty

Want more January events? See more here.

Cover photo courtesy of Discovery Place Science.

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