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Feature Image: WinterFest • Blowing Rock • January 24-27

Celebrate the new year with a polar plunge, wine tastings, s’mores around the fire, hayrides, shopping, a chili challenge, and ice carving. WinterFest has raised thousands of dollars for charities since its debut in 1998.

Learn more: (828) 295-7851 or


Iceless Skating Rink • Hendersonville • January 1

Participate in a beloved winter activity without the ice. This skating rink is made with special polymers, providing an ideal skating and curling experience. Purchase a s’mores kit while you wait for your turn on the “ice.”

Learn more: (828) 768-4413 or

New Year’s Polar Plunge • Lake Lure • January 1

Join the people brave enough to dive into Lake Lure’s frigid waters in support of local charities. A bonfire, a DJ, and costumes make this chilly experience a fun way to start the new year.

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Dulcimer U Winter Weekend • Lake Junaluska • January 3-6

Try your hand at playing the dulcimer and other string instruments. Larry Conger, the 1998 national mountain dulcimer champion, will host a weekend of instruction for participants eager to learn a new instrument or improve their skills at the Lambuth Inn.

Learn more: (828) 227-7397 or

Big-Band Dance Weekend • Asheville • January 11-12

Dance the weekend away to the musical stylings of The Sentimental Gentlemen of Swing and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The weekend includes dance instruction, big-band sounds, and breakfast each morning.

Learn more: (828) 252-2711 or

Big-Band Dance Weekend • Asheville • January 11-12

Dance the weekend away to the musical stylings of The Sentimental Gentlemen of Swing and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The weekend includes dance instruction, big-band sounds, and breakfast each morning.

Learn more: (828) 252-2711 or

“A Simple Space” by Gravity & Other Myths • Asheville • January 12

Seven skilled acrobats will dazzle the audience with their sheer strength and agility at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Watch these athletes push the limits.

Learn more: (828) 257-4530 or

A Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring Damien Sneed • Asheville • January 22

Inspired by the actions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Damien Sneed — a pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader — will celebrate the civil rights movement with fellow performers at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Sneed’s music is combined with snippets of King’s speeches to demonstrate the culture of the time period.

Learn more: (828) 257-4530 or

The Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza • Statesville • January 25-26

Calling all lovers of quilting, knitting, and sewing: Enjoy a local shopping experience featuring fabrics, yarns, books, jewelry, and sewing machines at the Statesville Civic Center. Food from Risto’s Place and homemade bread and desserts will be available.

Learn more: (704) 376-2531 or

Zlatomir Fung Cellist • Tryon • January 31

Listen as one of Juilliard’s award-winning students, Zlatomir Fung, performs his music at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Fung has been a soloist with the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Symphony, and the New England Philharmonic, among others.

Learn more: (888) 501-0297 or


“Icons in Transformation” • Fayetteville • January 1-9

Russian-born contemporary artist Ludmila Pawlowska will bring an internationally renowned exhibit to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Her expressionistic icons have been displayed in cathedrals, churches, and art museums throughout Europe and the United States.

Learn more: (910) 484-2134 or

First Friday with John Emil • Greensboro • January 4

Listen to live music by John Emil at the GreenHill Gallery. Emil is an accomplished singer-songwriter and master of slide guitar, and has performed at various music festivals around the world.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Young Artists Concert • Greensboro • January 11

Watch three student musicians who won the Euterpe Scholarship Competition in piano and voice as they perform in a concert presented by Music for a Great Space.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624

CUPful • Creedmoor • January 12-February 24

Enjoy a cup of coffee at Cedar Creek Gallery and choose from more than 400 mugs and cups handcrafted by artists across the United States. Each artist has a limited number of mugs for sale.

Learn more: (919) 528-1041 or

Greensboro Comicon • Greensboro • January 12-13

Prepare for a weekend full of games, costumes, and superheroes with local creators and pop culture vendors at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown. Fans can participate in panels, interactive events, and a cosplay contest.

Learn more: (336) 379-8000 or

“Parisian Salons” featuring David Michael Wolff • Southern Pines • January 12

Pianist David Michael Wolff, conductor of the Carolina Philharmonic, evokes the Paris of Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy at Pinecrest High School’s Lee Auditorium.

Learn more: (910) 687-9287 or

“Magical Mozart” • Fayetteville • January 17

Experience the magic of Mozart with Musical Director Stefan Sanders and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra as they play The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and No. 12 in C minor at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week • Charlotte • January 18-27

Learn about new eateries around the Charlotte metro area and try dishes from more than 125 restaurants in nine counties. Be sure to make a reservation, and settle in for a three-course dinner.

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Koresh Dance Ensemble: “Inner Sun” & Other Works • High Point • January 19

Observe a group of dancers redefining traditional movement. Israeli choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh will bring a show full of dramatic dance pieces to the High Point Theatre.

Learn more: (336) 887-3001 or

Women’s Voices Chorus Winter Concert: “Only Light, Only Love” • Durham • January 20

Enjoy a concert packed full of international freedom songs, compositions, and texts by female writers and poets, including a title piece inspired by the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at First Presbyterian Church

Learn more: (919) 307-6860 or

Bill Engvall Live • Raleigh • January 20

Grammy-nominated comedian Bill Engvall will delight the audience with an evening of stand-up comedy at the Memorial Auditorium. Engvall has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and the animated series Bounty Hunters.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or

Miss Saigon • Durham • January 22-27

Watch 17-year-old Kim live through the Vietnam War in this musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center. While working at a bar, Kim falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but the fall of Saigon pulls them apart. Experience a range of emotions as Kim embarks on a three-year journey to find him.

Learn more: (919) 680-2787 or

“Oldies but Goodies: From Doo-Wop to Disco” Variety Show • Benson • January 25-27

Dance to music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s at The Benson Little Theatre’s W.J. Barefoot Auditorium.

Learn more: (919) 894-3825 or

“The Next Generation Leahy” • Cary • January 26

Learn about Celtic music, song, and dance at this concert performed by three generations of the Leahy family at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 469-4069 or


Resolution Run 1 Mile & 5K • Beaufort • January 1

Kick off 2019 with a run through downtown Beaufort. Participants can choose between running a mile or a 5K. The race starts at the corner of Turner and Front streets.

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WinterLights • Manteo • January 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Soak in the last bit of the holiday season at The Elizabethan Gardens with an array of holiday decorations, plant sales, and crackling fires. A stroll through the festive gardens is reminiscent of walking in a winter wonderland.

Learn more: (252) 473-3234 or

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra • Greenville • January 10

This Grammy Award-winning group will perform Dvorak’s Five Bagatelles and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major at Wright Auditorium.

Learn more: (252) 737-5444 or

“Whales of Southern Baja and the Sea of Cortez” • Beaufort • January 11

Learn about the marine life that Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster observed during his trip to the Sea of Cortez at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

The 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher • Kure Beach • January 12

Go back in time to January 15, 1865, and learn what took place at the historic Fort Fisher site at the end of the Civil War. Watch the daily duties of soldiers in the camp and view the large cannons they once used.

Learn more: (910) 251-7340 or

“Masters of Illusion” • Wilmington • January 14

Modern illusions, fantasy, and magic await viewers of this comedy-filled show at the Wilson Center.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Coastal Culture and Waterfowl Watching Trip • Beaufort • January 16-17

Staff members from the North Carolina Maritime Museum will lead a tour of Pamlico, Hyde, and Dare counties to observe the migration of wintering waterfowl at wildlife refuges and national seashores.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

“Happy Winter” Exhibit • Hertford • January 18-February 15

The works of about 75 local artists will be displayed at the Perquimans Arts League gallery on North Church Street. Their pieces, including jewelry, pottery, fiber art, glass, paintings, and other media, will adhere to a wintery theme.

Learn more: (252) 426-3041 or

Coffee Crawl • Wilmington • January 26

Coffee and tea lovers are welcome to try coffee-related drinks, foods, and sweet treats at seven stops during this annual coffee crawl. Vendors will offer demonstrations at each stop, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Full Belly Project, the Cape Fear Enrichment Program, The Carousel Center, and The Coffee Trust.

Learn more: (910) 431-8517 or

“Unfinished Business:” A Masterworks Concert • Wilmington • January 26

Enjoy Schubert’s “Unfinished” symphony No. 8, performed by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the winners of their Young Artists Concerto Competition at the Wilson Center.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Silver Coast Bridal Shower • Ocean Isle Beach • January 27

Discover the beauty of the Brunswick Islands and beyond at Silver Coast Winery, as local wedding professionals, including caterers, photographers, bakers, musicians, and many more, show how they’ll make your wedding day extra special.

Learn more: (910) 287-2800 or

North Carolina’s Jazz Festival • Wilmington • January 31-February 2

Be a part of one of the oldest jazz festivals in the country. Enjoy performances by musicians from across the United States, Australia, Canada, and Italy at the Hotel Ballast ballroom during the 39th year of this event.

Learn more: (910) 793-1111 or

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