Haven’t gotten around to making a 2018 resolution yet? We’ve got an idea for you: explore something new in your city.
Start with our day-by-day weekly weekend guide to the city’s events and happenings. Here’s our round-up for the first weekend of the new year:
First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl
Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station | 5 p.m.
Resolve to discover local offerings outside of your ZIP code with Matthews’ first Thursday crawl. Stroll through downtown’s shops, bars and a pop-up market while supporting non-profit partner The Matthews Help Center.
Zeppelin Grand Opening
235 W Tremont Ave. | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., regular dinner service beginning at 5 p.m.
Get your ticket now for Zepplein’s grand opening. South End’s newest hot spot will celebrate by offering their new neighbors light bites, four drink tickets and tunes for just $29 per ticket. Before the party starts at 10 p.m., regular dinner service will be available from 5-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
River’s Edge Craft Dinner
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 6:30 p.m.
The USNWC’s next craft dinner series features a five-course dinner created by Executive Chef Michael Rayfield and beer pairings from Highland Brewing Company. View the menu here. $60 per person.
Charlotte Symphony: Vivaldi Four Seasons
Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m.
On both Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as works from Bach, Telemann and Mendelssohn led by violinist and conductor Aisslinn Nosky. Don’t miss the pre-concert talk led by Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees at 6:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Bechtler: Post Holiday Blues
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 and 8:15 p.m.
Embrace the post-holiday blues as the Ziad Jazz Quartet performs with drummer Kobie Watkins. Concerts will be performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $14 for non-members and $8 for members.
January Gallery Crawl
Historic South End | 5 – 10 p.m.
Experience the local art scene with a free stroll through South End’s galleries. Participating locations and hours:
Studio Cellar: 12:00 – 11:00 pm
Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Shed Brand Studios: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Ciel Gallery: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Hidell Brooks Gallery: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Magnolia Emporium: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
C3Lab: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sozo Gallery Presents: Interbeing
Sozo Gallery | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Sozo Gallery will welcome “Interbeing”, a solo exhibition featuring Kenny Nguyen with an artist talk and reception. The exhibition will be on display through January 31.
Bark N Brew Pup Crawl
Starts at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte | 12:45 p.m.
Bring Fido along for The Charlotte Brewery Tour’s first Bark ‘N Brew Pup Crawl. The tour starts at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew and travels to Sycamore Brewing, Blue Blaze Brewing and Birdsong Brewing Co. $40 ticket includes drinks at each stop and a stand-up comedian on the bus between stops.
StrikeCity Presents: Bar Olympics
StrikeCity | 9 p.m.
Teams will compete for cash in games like Battleship pong, basketballs, bowling and more. Sign up your team of four here.
Art Crush Launch Party
The Mint Museum Update | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the launch of The Mint Museum’s new podcast, ART CRUSH with music by DJ Fannie Mae, beer from Bold Missy Brewery, tastings from Doc Porter’s Distillery, party favors and a sneak peek of the latest episode. Can’t make it? be sure to tune in on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Q & Brew Day: Korean BBQ, Beer, and Booch
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | Noon – 9 p.m.
The next Q & Brew Day featuring mouth-watering Korean BBQ from A Bar Time. Think bulgogi beef, Korean-style spinach and potatoes and sweet peanut pancakes. Stick around for live music from Scott Smith beginning at 3 p.m.
Charlotte Museum | 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Say farewell to the Christmas season with a traditional Twelfth Night celebration, featuring live music, colonial party games, treats and a candlelit tour of the Hezekiah Alexander house. Free admission.
Día de Reyes/Three Kings Day
Levine Museum of the New South | 2-4 p.m.
Celebrate Three Kings Day (Epiphany) with music, dance, family activities and refreshment by Las Delicias Bakery. Tickets include all-day admission to the Museum.
January Queen City Improv Room
Queen City Improv Room | 8 – 10 p.m.
Discover the local improv scene with a night of short and long-form comedic styles from Charlotte Comedy Theater, Now Are The Foxes, Improv Charlotte and The Acting Out Studio. General admission tickets are $9.32 online.
Appalachian Heirloom New Year’s Dinner
Catawba Brewing Co. | 7 – 10 p.m.
Catawba Brewing Company’s Culinary Series continues with an Appalachian New Year’s Dinner crafted by Chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom. The dinner begins with a tour of the brew house and a cocktail-style first course, and is followed by three entrée courses, each paired with a different craft beer. Top it off with a dessert paired with a bourbon barrel aged beer. A generous portion of the proceeds will benefit Chefs Collaborative. Tickets are $65 each.
Greenway Bridal Showcase
Dairy Barn at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Ln, Fort Mill | Noon – 4 p.m.
Plan ahead for your 2018 wedding with the help of the area’s best wedding professionals. The Greenway Bridal Showcase features vendor giveaways, games, a photo booth, complimentary food and beverages and more.
School of Rock
January 9 – January 14 | Ovens Auditorium
Get ready to rock next week at Ovens Auditorium. Grab your tickets now for this energetic show based on the hit film that follows a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher. Tickets begin at $25 each.