January 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Shen Yun, MLK Jr. Events and Chinese New Year Festival
Photo courtesy of Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive
Take a magical journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture as Shen Yun presents an all-new show at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Classical dance performances, powerful orchestral works, traditional costuming and 3D projection highlight China’s magnificent dynasties, regions and ethnic groups in an uplifting production for all ages. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 5; and 2 p.m., Jan. 6. Purchase tickets, $76-$141.
MLK Jr. Events | Throughout January
Honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at several events in the Triangle this month. Durham Parks and Recreation hosts “Celebrating the Legacy Through the Arts” Jan. 12, 2-5 p.m., which features visual art displays, performances, poetry, crafts and more at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center. Book Harvest’s Big Dream Book Drive takes place Jan. 21, 1-4 p.m., at Durham Central Park, and honors King’s vision that all children have the chance to realize their full potential through literacy. Family activities, live music and food trucks round out the fun. Also, don’t miss author Willa Brigham as she shares inspirational stories with kids ages 4-10 about key leaders in the Civil Rights movement Jan. 19, 10-11:30 a.m., as part of the MLK Dreamfest Celebration: Remembering Leaders of the Dream at the Cary Arts Center. Admission is free for all events.
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the Chinese New Year Festival at Raleigh’s Dorton Arena, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., hosted by the Triangle Area Chinese American Society. Kung Fu performances, traditional music, cultural exhibits, authentic Chinese cuisine and family-friendly activities highlight this annual event. Purchase advance tickets, $5/person. Tickets are $8/person at the door. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger.