Events: January 2020

Charlotte Events: The Editor’s Pick

BLACK & WHITE at Anne Nielsen Fine Art
Iconic. Classic. Timeless. ANFA’s inaugural exhibition of 2020 presents five gallery artists who push the boundaries of a two-toned aesthetic in painting, photography, porcelain, and mixed media. Introducing visionary emerging artist, Case Baumgarten; creative black and white attire is highly encouraged.

The art pictured:
Artist: Kim Fonder
Dimensions: 20×20
Medium: mixed media on burlap with plexiglass

Artist: Kim Fonder
Dimensions: 20×20
Medium: mixed media on paper with plexiglass

Artist: Kim Fonder
Dimensions: 20×20
Medium: mixed media on paper with plexiglass

More of This Month’s Quintessential Events

Speedway Christmas
Speedway Christmas makes its tenth year return to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Presented by COOK OUT, the drive-through light show is set to feature over four million lights over a 3.27-mile course. As you take in the wondrous display, enjoy holiday music and classic Christmas movies shown on the big screen.

Charlotte New Year’s Day 5k
Mark your calendars. Charlotte’s New Year’s Day 5k invites the community to begin the New Year on the right foot. This new CLT tradition will feature a 5k run and wellness walk through University City. Once you hit the finish line, board the LYNX light rail train, and head off to the “New Year, Better U!” street party.

The Art of Dining Public Tour
Take a stroll through 17th century Europe and discover the rich history of the Georgian era. This 60-minute walkthrough will ‘set the table’ for conversations centering on design, production, and cutlery pieces of historic Britain. Celebrate arts and culture while marveling at the Mint Museum’s collection of late 17th century-early 19th century ceramics.

The Whole Enchilada
Put your bike riding skills to the test at the USNWC trail. The Whole Enchilada is an MTB race held in Charlotte that covers over forty miles of ground. For riders wishing to take on a shorter distance, the Half Enchilada covers up to twenty miles. Prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers of the race.

Queen’s Feast
Enjoy authentic Charlotte cuisine at reduced prices from over 100 of the best restaurants in the city. During Charlotte Restaurant Week, three-course prix fixe meals will be served for $30 or $35. Participating restaurants are in nine counties around the metro Charlotte area.

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition
Come to Gaston County Public Library between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to see 50 original works by the late Maurice Sendak, an award-winning author and illustrator, widely recognized for “Where the Wild Things Are.” The exhibition’s only stop on the tour in NC will be at the Gaston County Public Library in Gastonia.

Vulture Venture at Carolina Raptor Center
Join a vulture friend for fun activities– your choice of painting, playing, or walking around the beautiful grounds from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Vulture Venture at Carolina Raptor Center
Join a vulture friend for fun activities– your choice of painting, playing, or walking around the beautiful grounds from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Taste Carolina Uptown Food Tour – Coco and the Director
Join Carolina Gourmet Food Tours and other Charlotte foodies on a guided walking tour of the city. Beginning at 1:45 p.m., the group will attend several unique, independent restaurants, and sample each chef’s creations while learning about the culinary history of the city.

Charlotte Symphony: On Tap
Unwind with an evening full of great, classic music, craft brews, and a lot of fun at NoDa Brewing Company from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Totally ’80s Night at Knight Theater
Get dressed up and come party like it’s the 80’s at Knight Theater. Greatest hits will be featured, including chart toppers by Sting, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, and more. From 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Totally ’80s
Relive the glory days with the Charlotte Symphony. Totally ’80s night will feature the greatest hits of the decade from best-selling artists Sting, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, and more. Grab your shoulder pads and neon-colored leg warmers—the Kings Theater is going back in time.

Charlotte Women’s March
Each January, the Charlotte Women’s March has inspired local uniformity and encouragement of female equality. Come together, listen to speakers, and join the march. The event will be held on January 25, 2020.

Copland Appalachian Spring at Belk Theater
Join the Charlotte Symphony as they perform Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings and Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.

Urban Roots Symposium at UNC Charlotte Center City
The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will provide a full day symposium with both local and national speakers on the topics of urban agriculture, ecosystems, and beyond. This full-day event will include lunch.

Gathering of the Fork Food and Music Festival
The Gathering of the Fork and Food Music Festival brings together the best of Charlotte chefs and food trucks. During the event, sample-sized portions of their most flavorful dishes, from $1 to $5, will be offered to all visitors and locals. Sit back, relax and enjoy a fun-filled day of food hopping. The event proceeds will be partially donated to local food pantries and other charities.

Raphael Saadiq at The Fillmore
Raphael Saadiq will take the stage at The Fillmore February 5 at 8 pm as part of his Jimmy Lee tour. The Fillmore is a standing room-only venue and doors open at 7 pm.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of The Charlotte Symphony performing live as Harry soars across the big screen.

CLT Donut Festival
Explore the flavors of delicious treats at The CLT Donut Festival. Sample your way through donuts from some of Charlotte’s best bakeries. The festival will include music, games, and local craft goods from other artisans and artists. When you’re done, wash it down with your favorite coffee, juice, smoothies, and more.

Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House
Slip on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night devoted to supporting the Carolina Breast Friends organization. This fundraising event will feature award-winning professional dancers from the Charlotte Ballroom as well as other Charlotte stars. Grab a ticket and don’t miss your chance to watch this must-see show of a lifetime.