photograph by Stacey Van Berkel

Feature Image: The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace • Sanford • January 12-13

There’s no better time of year to cozy up under a quilt — or spend time making your own. At this annual shop-and-stroll in Sanford, more than 35 quilting and knitting vendors will be at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center selling fabrics, yarns, patterns, jewelry, embellishments, quilting books, and sewing machines. Enter a raffle to win your own quilt, or check out the Quilts of Valor on display. Enjoy lunch on-site from Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House, and stick around for hourly prizes.

Learn more: (704) 376-2531 or


Polar Plunge • Lake Lure • January 1
Following a fun-run and other activities, take an icy plunge in Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. Bonus points if you wear a costume.

Learn more: (828) 243-0540 or

Jazz Night • Sylva • January 4, 11, 18, 25
Every Thursday, unwind with a cold beer and good music at Innovation Brewing, where you can enjoy a live performance by jazz musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Collings.

Learn more: (828) 586-9678 or

Winterfest Beer Festival • Beech Mountain • January 6
For this fourth annual event, the Beech Tree Bar and Grille in Beech Mountain Resort’s Alpine Village will be filled with more than 50 ales and ciders from North Carolina craft breweries and cideries. The festival also serves as a fund-raiser for the Beech Mountain Ski Education Foundation.

Learn more: (828) 387-2011 or

Dailey & Vincent • Lenoir • January 6
See this Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band when they perform at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Learn more: (828) 726-2407 or

National Winter Trails Day • Sugar Mountain • January 7
This 23rd annual event at Sugar Mountain Resort offers the chance to try snowshoeing for free, including snowshoe rental, during a 45-minute guided tour.

Learn more: (828) 898-4521 or

The Kruger Brothers • West Jefferson • January 11
The Wilkesboro-based Kruger Brothers will blend classical and folk music in an innovative acoustic performance at the Ashe Civic Center.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Schug Wine Dinner • Highlands • January 13
Cozy up at The Farm for an evening of live music by Wirewood, Schug wine, and a multicourse paired menu created by Chef Chris Huerta and Madison’s culinary team at the Old Edwards Inn. Reservations required.

Learn more: (828) 787-2635 or

Life Is Magic • Asheville • January 19
Entertainer Joshua Lozoff captivates audiences with his amazing illusions, but it’s his deep love for the art form, contagious humor, and fascination with human psychology that will make this show at the Diana Wortham Theatre so much fun.

Learn more: (828) 257-4530 or

Chamber Classics II • Hickory • January 20
The Western Piedmont Symphony presents the award-winning Tesla Quartet, which will perform selections from Beethoven and Bartók at Drendel Auditorium.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or

Winterfest • Blowing Rock • January 25-28
It may be chilly outside, but you can embrace the season at this annual festival, which will feature events like ice skating in Memorial Park, a polar plunge, hayrides, and ice carving, as well as shopping, wine tastings, and food events.

Learn more: (828) 295-7851 or

The Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza • Statesville • January 26-27
Shop for fabrics, yarns, wools, and sewing machines, as well as books, jewelry, and food at this 10th annual shopping extravaganza, which brings together a variety of knitting, sewing, and quilting shops at the Statesville Civic Center.

Learn more: (704) 376-2531 or

Chili Cook-Off • Fletcher • January 27
Sample some of the best chili in western North Carolina at Veritas Christian Academy, with donations benefiting the Fletcher Park Development Fund.

Learn more: (828) 687-0751 or

Lucia Micarelli • Spindale • January 27
Violinist Lucia Micarelli has toured the world as a featured violinist with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and Barbra Streisand, and has starred in the HBO series Treme. At this show at the Foundation Performing Arts Center, she’ll put on an eclectic performance drawing on influences from classical to jazz to traditional Americana.

Learn more: (828) 286-9990 or

The Italian Kitchen • Ronda • January 28
Head to Raffaldini Vineyards for an afternoon of wine and delicious Italian food prepared by local chefs. Tickets required.

Learn more: (336) 526-1078 or

The Del McCoury Band • Asheville • January 28
Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series presents The Del McCoury Band. A Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band that’s been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Del McCoury has been jamming for nearly 30 years.

Learn more: (828) 257-4530 or


“Ava Living in London” Exhibit • Smithfield • January 1-12
Visit the Ava Gardner Museum for their newest exhibit, “Ava Living in London,” which showcases North Carolina native and film star Ava Gardner’s quiet and full life in London from 1968 until her death in 1990.

Learn more: (919) 934-5830 or

Resolutions 2018 • Hillsborough • January 3-21
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts’ annual statewide juried art exhibit will feature both 2-D and 3-D artwork from a host of artists across the state. An evening reception featuring the artists will be held at the gallery on January 12.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Monster Jam • Charlotte • January 5-6
Watch eight larger-than-life trucks battle it out in races, freestyling, and more at this annual event held at the Spectrum Center. Head to the Pit Party on Saturday to see your favorite trucks and meet the drivers.

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Masterpiece Fridays in the ArtQuest Studios • Greensboro • January 5, 12, 19, 26
Every Friday morning in January, enjoy stories, art making, and a “lollipop” tour of GreenHill’s most current exhibition. Kids will experiment with different crafts inspired by a new story each time. Activities are geared toward children ages 5 and younger.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Winter Hike Series • Hillsborough • January 7, 14, 21, 28
Every Sunday, enjoy a guided hike on the Eno River and adjoining park lands. Each hike has a different destination, and offers the chance to explore the river and meet friends who share the love of the outdoors. All hikes begin at 2 p.m.

Learn more: (919) 620-9099 or

Symphonic Masterworks • Pinehurst • January 10
The Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Fifth and Schubert’s “Unfinished” symphonies at Owens Auditorium.

Learn more: (910) 687-0287 or

The French Connection Concert • Fayetteville • January 11
Francophiles will love this concert, which will feature the Fayetteville Symphony String Quartet as they perform Ravel’s String Quartet, a cornerstone composition of French Impressionism, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Love Letters • Raleigh • January 12-21
Experience romance the old-fashioned way with this imaginative play from the North Carolina Theatre at the Duke Energy Center, which explores the many forms of love shared by childhood friends who remain pen pals for more than 50 years.

Learn more: (919) 996-8500 or

Greensboro Symphony: Manuel Barrueco • Greensboro • January 18
As part of its Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series, the Greensboro Symphony will perform a variety of pieces with classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco at Dana Auditorium, including Debussy’s Iberia, Rodrigo’s Concierta de Aranjuez, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Martha Redbone Roots Project • Concord • January 20
Influenced by her Native American and African-American heritage, Martha Redbone will give a performance inspired by Native American, funk, Appalachian folk, and Piedmont blues music at the Cabarrus Arts Council.
Learn more: (707) 920-2753 or

Women’s Voices Chorus Winter Concert: Song of the Universal • Chapel Hill • January 21
This show at University United Methodist Church will explore themes of war; the wish for peace; and the redemptive powers of nature, love, and mercy. It will feature a string ensemble and music will include works by Ola Gjeilo and Veljo Tormis, as well as American composers Gwyneth Walker, Abbie Betinis, and more.

Learn more: (919) 307-6860 or

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Show • Burlington • January 24-28
At this annual show at the Village of Brookwood, see quilts made by guild members and Brookwood residents, and shop at a boutique filled with handmade items.

Learn more: (336) 512-6123.

Music of the New World Concert • Fayetteville • January 25
The Fayetteville Symphony’s second chamber music concert at St. John’s will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Brass and Woodwind quintets performing American works including ones by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein.

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Day 1 Run and Polar Plunge • Sunset Beach • January 1
Start the new year off with a 5K road race beginning and ending on East Main Street, followed by a polar plunge.

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Dolphin Dip Extravaganza • Surf City • January 1
Take an icy plunge into the ocean during this annual charity event, the largest New Year’s Day swim in the country. Wear a crazy costume for a chance to win prizes.

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Art and the Bloom • Wrightsville Beach • January 11-14
The New Hanover Garden Club hosts this weekend of floral design exhibitions, demonstrations, afternoon teas, and a fashion show of hats at the Blockade Runner Resort. The art will consist of juried pieces from private collections and the Wilmington Art Association.

Learn more: (910) 616-0476 or

African-American Music Series • Greenville • January 12
Soloman Howard, Deb Nansteel, and John O’Brien perform with the house band at the Pitt County Arts Council’s free monthly concert.

Learn more: (252) 551-6947 or

Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run For Food • Ocean Isle Beach • January 13
Gorgeous views from atop the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge might help motivate you during a half-marathon, 10K, or 5K, the proceeds from which will benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry. Canned or boxed food donations are also welcome.

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Clam Chowder Cook-Off • Beaufort • January 19
Warm up with tasty homemade comfort food at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center’s annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Sample four types of the soup and a variety of cornbreads, and vote for your favorites. Ticket prices are $35 for members, $40 for non-members.

Learn more: (252) 728-1638 or

An Evening of Music with Bob Lind • Bolivia • January 20
Enjoy a performance by Bob Lind at Brunswick Community College. In 1966, as a 23-year-old singing poet, Lind helped launch and define folk rock, writing and recording the hit “Elusive Butterfly.”

Learn more: (860) 485-3354 or

Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival • Greenville • January 20
This annual festival at the Greenville Convention Center will feature more than 50 craft breweries and wineries, and more than 125 beers and wines for tasting. There will also be a DJ, live music, and a silent auction.

Learn more: (252) 321-7671 or

Terrarium Garden Workshop • Manteo • January 20
At the Elizabethan Gardens, the greenhouse manager will walk participants through the creation of a terrarium garden, a pretty, decorative glass container filled with soil and plants. Reservations required; entry fee is $50 for members, $65 for non-members.

Learn more: (252) 473-3234 or

Svetlana and the Delancey Five • Oriental • January 20
This energetic, Golden Age-inspired band will play swinging 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s jazz standards, as well as original songs, when they perform at the Old Theater.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Antiques Show and Sale • Wilmington • January 26-28
This 48th annual event, held in the historic Atlantic Coastline Railroad building on the Riverfront, will showcase more than 35 antiques dealers and their fine furniture, vintage silver, linens, toys, clothing, art, rugs, and collectibles of all kinds. Restoration experts will be on-site, and a silent auction will be held.

Learn more: (910) 262-4757 or

Avner the Eccentric • Kill Devil Hills • January 27
Clowns get a bad rap, but award-winning Avner the Eccentric has traveled around the world, performing, teaching, and appearing on television and Broadway, at festivals, and in movies. He’ll perform at First Flight High School Auditorium as part of the Outer Banks Forum’s Performing Arts Series.

Learn more: (252) 256-9361 or

Ocracoke Preservation Society Silent Art Auction • Ocracoke • January 27
Following the theme “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes,” talented amateur artists have donated works of art to be auctioned off in support of the Ocracoke Preservation Society; bidding and festivities will take place at the OPS Museum.

Learn more: (252) 928-7375 or

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