Can't-miss events in Atlanta this January

All of the hustle of the holidays are officially over. With the parties slowing down and the weather turning chilly, it's easy to want to stay in and curl up with Netflix. That would be a bad idea, though. This is Atlanta, and it's filled to the brim with great things to do every day. Here are the things you can't miss in January.

First day Run at Red Brick Brewing | 1:00 p.m. Jan. 1

2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Kick off the new year on the run. The 5K will begin and end at Red Brick Brewing. With the race starting at 1 p.m. you can hit the snooze button as many times as you want.  Runners who complete the race will be rewarded with discounted tours that include samples of Red Brick beer.

Hangover Ball at Venkman’s | 9:30 p.m. Jan 1

740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

If you need something a little less active than a 5K on New Year’s Day, why not a night of listening to Yacht Rock Revue cover The Beatles? Tickets are $15. Needing some hair of dog earlier in the day? They will also be serving bottomless mimosas and showing silent movies during brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Opening weekend at Dad’s Garage | Dec. 31 – Jan. 2

569 Ezzard St, Atlanta GA

They’re finally back. After months in their temporary digs at 7 Stages, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company is breaking in their new Old Fourth Ward digs. The crew will be joined by guests including 10-year-old comic Saffron Herndon. Be warned though, there may be a 10 year old on stage for part of the performance, but the show is not safe for kids.  Tickets start at $10.

BARocker Competition at Hard Rock Café | Jan. 7

215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Watch and cheer on as bartenders from the Southeast region compete for a chance at glory. Hard Rock Cafes from Atlanta, Biloxi, Miss., Hollywood, Fla., Key West, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Miami, New Orleans, Nashville, Tenn. and Orlando are all sending their best to make the best cocktails they can. The winner will secure a spot at the worldwide finals at Hard Rock Café’s annual Global Conference in Orlando. A $5 cover will be collected at the door. Cocktails will be auctioned during the event in support of The Giving Kitchen.

Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome | Jan. 9

1 Georgia Dome Dr, Atlanta, GA 30313

Gather the troops, Atlanta. It’s time for Monster Jam. The Dome will be taken over by monster trucks like Grave Digger and El Toro Loco on Jan. 9. Expect head to head races, car crushing and individual trucks whipping the crowd into a frenzy with tricks. Tickets start at $10 and it’s great for kids. Just make sure to pack your earplugs.

Book of Mormon at the Fox Theatre | Jan. 12 – Jan. 24 

660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

From the creators of South Park, comes this nine-time Tony award winning Broadway show about Mormon missionaries. It is raucous and not for kids. This is only the second time coming to Atlanta, and many of last year’s shows sold out.  Tickets are $35 - $135.

30th anniversary of Treehouse Pub | Jan. 16

7 Kings Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Party like it’s 1986! The popular Buckhead restaurant Treehouse Pub will be turning 30, and they are throwing a party. Expect complimentary bites and drink prices from 1985.

MLK Day Commemoration at Ebenezer Baptist Church | Jan. 18

407 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

On the federal holiday, a church service will be held to commemorate one of Atlanta’s most influential sons. The King Center invites the community for a non-denominational program that will focus on volunteer work.

Pizza making class at Double Zero Napoletana | Jan. 19

5825 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328

Is one of your new year’s resolutions getting into the kitchen more? Well, learn how to make the crowd-pleasing pies at Sandy Spring’s Double Zero Napolitano. Learn how to make the perfect dough and then try your masterpiece. Reservations are $40 and can be made on their website.

Kids Kitchen at Bellina Alimentari | Jan. 19

675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE N-131 Atlanta, GA 30308

Want to teach your kids to cook you dinner sometime? Ponce City Market’s Bellina Alimentari are inviting you and your child into their kitchen. Each child - 8 to 12 years old – and their adult will learn how to make pasta from scratch. The class is $45.

Tamborrada Celebration at Cooks & Soldiers | Jan. 20

691 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

On Jan. 20, Cooks & Soldiers will halt regular service and celebrate its Basque namesake. For $40, guests can enjoy specialty bites and favorites from their regular menu. For $20 more, they can add unlimited Txakoli, beer and cider. Tickets are available to purchase here. 

Callanwolde Arts Festival

980 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Just in time for the makeover you have planned for your home, the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is opening the Callanwold Fine Arts Center for a unique two-day arts festival. More than 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists and jewelers will be on hand to show off their work for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door, and will also include live music, food trucks and artist demonstrations. 

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival | Jan. 26 - Feb. 17

Various venues

Now in its 16th year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues to explore Jewish history and culture through international film. It is not only the largest film festival in Atlanta, last year it became the largest Jewish film festival in the world. Seventy-seven films will be show at venues throughout Atlanta.

Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome | Jan. 30

One Georgia Dome Drive Atlanta, GA 30313

The Honda Battle of the Bands brings college marching bands from Historic Black Colleges and Universities from around the country. Eight bands have been selected through public voting and judge selection to perform the Invitational Showcase. All eight will perform. Tickets start at $10.

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