Your 5 essential dates in January

Jan. 1

Work off those holiday sweets with First Footin’ at Rural Hill. The festivities celebrating Hogmanay, or Scottish New Year, kick off at 11 a.m., with the 2.5-mile First Footin’ Walk around the pastoral grounds of Rural Hill’s farm at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville. After walking the property (and getting a few history lessons), participants will gather at noon for the Stone Soup Blessing and Gathering. The event is free, but don’t show up empty-handed for the luncheon—it’s said to bring bad luck. ruralhill.net


Jan. 11-13
Plan your next remodeling project or set up your spring gardening strategy with a trip to the Charlotte Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Browse the latest styles in cabinetry, countertops and flooring, check out a seminar on home-improvement projects. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 or enter your email on the event’s website for free admission. homeshowcenter.com/overview/charlottehome


Jan. 18-27
Tickle your tastebuds while trying something new during Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. The semi-annual event involves 125 restaurants across nine counties. Each participating restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $30 or $35. Browse the menus available online in early January and make reservations. charlotterestaurantweek.iheart.com


Jan. 19-24
Take in the classic majesty of Opera Carolina’s Carmen at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk Theater. Described as a “feminist heroine for the ages,” Carmen drinks, smokes, and gets what she wants. But she meets an untimely death after choosing bullfighter Escamillo over Don Jose. Show times are 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets start at $22. blumenthalarts.org


Jan. 29
Experience the symphony in a whole new way at the Charlotte Symphony On Tap. The sounds of music will fill NoDa Brewing Co.’s taproom at 2921 N. Tryon St., starting at 7 p.m. At $15, these tickets sell out fast online, so don’t delay. In addition to the entertainment and good company, the entrance price includes a beer and a signature pint glass. charlottesymphony.org