Honda Battle of the Bands: 7 things to do in Atlanta in January

The fun doesn’t have to end with the holidays. There are plenty of great events to keep you entertained throughout the first month of 2017 in metro Atlanta.

From Honda Battle of the Bands to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: The Music of David Bowie, here are five things to do in metro Atlanta in January:

Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham will perform at The Tabernacle on Jan. 10. The Danish band released their second studio album, featuring “Mama Said” and “7 Years” in 2015. The latter hit helped the band secure three Grammy nominations.

8 p.m. Jan. 10. $27.95. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

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Little Mermaid at Fox

Revisit the tale of the Little Mermaid in January. The Fox Theatre will host a production of the show, based on the Disney animated film and Broadway musical. Bring the family along for singalongs to songs such as “Under the Sea” Jan. 12-15.

Times vary. Jan. 12-15. $47.45-$174.10. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta.


Country music fans will love this musical with original music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. In the production, country music singer Billy Mason’s son, Joe, works to create a name for himself in the shadow of his father’s legacy.

Times vary. Jan. 18-Feb. 12. $10-$72. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Honda Battle of the Bands

Celebrate the magic of HBCU marching bands at the annual Honda Battle of the Bands in January. North Carolina A&T State University and Alabama State University are among the bands that will perform at the Georgia Dome.

3 p.m. Jan. 28. $15-$21. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive, Atlanta.

The Nile Project

Artists from 11 Nile countries have joined together as the collective musical group “The Nile Project,” touring to for educational concerts. The group will perform at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University on Jan. 28.

8 p.m. Jan. 28. $31.21-$62.64. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta.

Atlanta Symphony OrchestraThe Music of David Bowie 

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the late David Bowie on Jan. 20. “Join Conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Tony Vincent and a full rock band on a symphonic musical odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie's music including the hits Space Oddity, Changes, Under Pressure, Heroes, Rebel Rebel, Fame, China Girl and more,” the ASO’s website reads

Bowie died January 10, 2016. 

8 p.m. Jan 20. $29.50-$89.50. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta.

‘I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle’

After nearly 9 months at the High Museum, the “I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle” exhibit is nearing the end of its time at the High Museum. The exhibit offers a look at Carle’s work such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Through Feb. 12. $12-$19.50. The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400

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Chinese Lantern Parade 

Centennial Olympic Park is currently hosting Atlanta’s first Chinese Lantern Festival as a part of an ongoing celebration of the park’s 20th anniversary. The festival includes handcrafted flowers, a three story pagoda and 200-foot-long Chinese dragon, and is open every night.

6-11 p.m. Through Jan. 15 (tickets can be purchased up until 10 p.m.). $16 (adults), $12 (children). $12 (per person in a family of four) Centennial Olympic Park, at the corner of Andrew Young International Boulevard and Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

The Atlanta festival began Dec. 9 and runs through Jan. 15. The festival is open from 6-11 p.m. each night. (Video by Branden Camp, edited by Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

Ice skating

There are few things as romantic as holding on to your partner for dear life as you slide around an ice rink. A couple that falls together stays together. 

From Avalon on Ice in north Fulton to Centennial Olympic Park’s annual ice rink, there are plenty of places to bundle up and bond over a solid block of ice this winter and a warm cup of hot chocolate. 

Here are a few ice rinks around metro Atlanta: 

Avalon on Ice: Through Jan. 22. 3-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; noon-7 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. school holidays. $18 (includes skates), $14 (children under 10; includes skates). Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000, 

Winter Wonderland in Marietta: Through February (weather permitting). 4:30-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; noon-8 p.m. Sundays. School vacation hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Holiday hours: 2-10 p.m. Thanksgiving; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve; 2-9 p.m. Christmas; 10 a.m.-late New Year’s Eve; 2-9 p.m. New Year’s Day. $12. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta. 770-429-1115,

Winter at Atlantic Station: Through Feb. 14. 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; noon-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon-9 p.m. Sundays; 3-11 p.m. holidays. $13 (general admission), $10 (children under 12, seniors, military and college students), $75 (season passes). Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta. 404-410-4010, 

Centennial Park Ice RinkThrough Jan. 8. 4:30-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. See website for holiday hours. $12 (90-minute skate and skate rental). Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta. 404-223-4412,

The Aquafina Rink at Park TavernThrough Feb. 20. 4:30 p.m.-midnight Mondays-Fridays; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and Sundays. (Must be 16 or older after 8 p.m.) $15 (non-peak days), $20 (peak season days). Park Tavern, 500 Tenth St., Atlanta. 404-249-0001. 

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