Your out-of-town guests have come and gone, the calorie-laden cookies eaten and NYE toasts a fond memory. Suddenly, it’s back to the grind and those pesky New Year’s resolution diets.

Shed the post-holiday blues with a weekend full of cultural events, from self-guided gallery crawls to opera-inspired mixology classes and a performance from the Charlotte Symphony. Your guide to What to Do This Weekend in Charlotte:

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Corkbuzz Charlotte January Events

Let’s kick the year off with a round-up of events this month at Corkbuzz. If you haven’t been yet, you’re overdue for a visit to this wine bar that focuses on education and the tasting experience. Learn more online and check them out in person at one of these January events:

Open Cellar Wine Tasting
Saturday Jan. 7th | 12 pm
Free admission

Champagne 101 Wine Class
Jan. 12th | 6:00 pm
$75 per person

Tour of France Wine Class
Jan. 14th | 2:00 pm
$55 per person

Blind Tasting
Jan. 18th | 6:00 pm
$60 per person

Work For Your Beer January Events

What to Do this Weekend

Work For Your Beer is proof that your New Year’s Resolution and love for craft beer can in fact live in perfect harmony. They’ve put together a single resource of all the brewery-led fitness classes in Charlotte. It’s simple to participate this month. First, use their calendar to see which beer fitness events Work For Your Beer will be at each day in January. Complete your workout, drink your beer and enter to win that week’s local brewery prize pack. Cheers!

First Thursday Matthews Crawl
Thursday, January 5
Historic Downtown Matthews

matthews-crawl What to Do this Weekend

Is 2017 the year you finally get to know (and love) your neighborhood? Plan to kick off the New Year with the First Thursday Matthews Crawl. The historical walking tour stops at downtown bars, eateries and shops with tastings at five locations. Two tour times: 5 pm and 6 pm. $25+.

Winter Weekend Events – Sake & Sushi
Friday, January 6- Sunday, January 7
The Ballantyne Hotel

Whether you’re looking for a date night stop or an add-on to your staycation, The Ballantyne Hotel has just the fix. Their Winter Weekend events throughout the month feature one beverage per person and a shared delicacy crafted by the resort’s Chefs. This weekend the theme is Sake & Sushi. Additional items may be purchased a la carte. 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm. $28 per couple. Reserve your spot at 704. 248.4100.

Southend Gallery Crawl
Friday, January 6
Southend neighborhood

Explore the cultural scene in one of Charlotte’s favorite neighborhood at Friday night’s self-guided gallery crawl. Every first Friday, the community comes alive as galleries, bars and breweries celebrate the arts with free admission and entertainment along the way. 5 pm – 9 pm. Plan your perfect evening here.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Many Shades of Blue
Friday, January 6
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Sometimes you just have to give in to the blues. Hear the Ziad Jazz Quartet perform classic blues selections including Charles Mingus’ Noddin Ya Head Blues, John Coltrane’s Equinox and Joe Henderson’s Isotope. Performances are at 6 pm and 8:15 pm. Tickets are $14 for the public and $8 for museum members. Purchase here.

Charlotte Symphony: Shubert “Great C Major”
Friday, January 6- Sunday, January 7
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

charlotte-symphony What to Do this Weekend

This weekend, the Charlotte Symphony will perform classical favorites at multiple concerts Friday through Sunday. Conductor Christopher Warren-Green and percussionist Leonardo Soto lead the symphony in Schubert’s Great C Major. Tickets start at $25.50.

Beer Dinner at Legion Brewing
Friday, January 6
Legion Brewing

legion-beer-dinner What to Do this Weekend

Legion Brewing is teaming up with ROOTS for an intimate, six-course beer dinner featuring sea scallop, steak, beignets and more. Seating is limited to 25. $85 per person. Get your tickets here.

Champagne Class
Friday, January 6
Gallery Bar

Sure, you toasted a glass of champagne at midnight last week, but do you really know your bubbles? The experts at Gallery Bar are hosting an informative Champagne Class and tasting complete with complementing light bites. 6:30 pm. $55 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve.

Sous Terrain
Friday, January 6
Free Range Brewing

Yup, you read that right. It’s a photography show featuring everyone’s favorite “treat”, the sweet potato. Over the past six months, photographer Rémy Louis Thurston has worked with Charlotte sous chefs and apprentices to capture handcrafted dishes and sips featuring sweet potatoes. To celebrate, Free Range will be pouring a sweet potato brew and serving a special dish while you browse the artwork. 6 pm – 8 pm.

Cookies and Crafts 2017
Saturday, January 7
The Fillmore


What could be better than craft beer, you ask? Craft beer and Girl Scout Cookies. It’s the stuff your beer festival dreams are made of as area breweries pair their beers with America’s favorite cookies. Two sessions: 2 pm – 5 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm. Tickets are $30 and benefit the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council. Get your tickets here.

Opera Themed Cocktails with Bob Peters
Saturday, January 7
Earl’s Grocery

Save the drama for your bar cart. This week at Mixology with Bob Peters, the renowned bartender is showing us how to make Opera themed cocktails. Begins at 2:30 pm. Grab a beer, snack or glass of wine early to grab a spot! Free admission.

Rumble in the Concrete Jungle
Saturday, January 7
U.S. National Whitewater Center


The rapids aren’t just for the rafts anymore. Bikes of all shapes and sizes will take to the banked whitewater channels for the first event of the 2017 Whitewater Race Series. The event includes a Downhill Race with two timed runs per participant and a Slopestyle Competition. Get more information here.