Guide: January Festivals in the Triangle

Just because the holidays are over, doesn't mean you can't have fun!
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Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of History

The New Year is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure you are ready to hit the ground running. Check out these 8 family-friendly events happening across the Triangle this January.

Jan.1-Jan. 9
NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary
One of the better known festivals in the Triangle, the NC Chinese Lantern Festival is back at Koka Booth Amphitheater for the 5th year. Marvel at the luminous display of lanterns from twilight to nightfall. The expected time to view everything is about 45-75 minutes. Afterwards, indulge at the food trucks which can be found on Friday & Saturday nights. Prices vary from $15-35.

Jan. 8
Three Kings’ Day Parade

Downtown Cary, Academy Street
Join Diamante Arts & Cultural Center at 1pm on Jan. 8 for the 18th annual Three Kings’ Day Parade. Prior to the Three Kings’ entrance there will be individuals, community groups, and businesses traveling down the parade path. The parade promotes the Latino and Hispanic culture, heritage, and artistic expression. In addition, it celebrates the the three magi who traveled to Bethlehem to pay homage to baby Jesus. The parade is free to attend.

Jan. 8
Mutts & Marshmallows

WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr., Cary
9 years running and still something to howl about, the Mutts & Marshmallows 5k Doggie Dash returns Jan. 8 at 9:30am. Fit & Able offers an 8K, 5K, and 1 mile fun run. Not to mention, the signature 5K Doggie Dash. Grab your pooch and have a healthy dose of exercise. As a matter of fact, all dog entries support the SPCA of Wake County. Finishers of each of the races will receive a medal, mug, and all the hot chocolate and marshmallows they can handle. Prices vary between $5-40.

Jan. 9
School of Rock Raleigh Presents an Afternoon of Rock N’ Roll

Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh
Jam out with legends from the School of Rock Raleigh as they present musical performances by Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and more! All songs will be performed by students ranging from 8 to 18 in age. In addition, stick around for a special appearance from the adult band, and a preview of next season’s pieces. That’s not all! Kid activities and giveaways will be aplenty. The party gets started at 3pm. Entrance into the concert is free and all ages are welcome. Rather watch it from home? Go here the day of the show to be a part of the action.

Jan. 15
Under the Silver Moon Lantern Parade

Downtown Cary, Academy Street
Due to rain on the winter solstice, Dec. 21, the Under the Silver Moon Lantern Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15. From 6-7pm, walk on Academy Street with a homemade lantern in tow. Academy Street Artwork Projects with the help of Gowri Savoor, visual teaching-artist, is providing three opportunities to make your lantern. The first chance is on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10-12pm. At this time, participants will learn how to make a rattan sphere. Later in the day from 1-3pm, the exact same class will be repeated. The last class is on Sunday, Jan. 9 from 10am-3pm. At this workshop, students will learn how to make a willow pyramid.  Classes are $10 per person.

Jan. 24-30
Triangle Restaurant Week

Across the Triangle
Get your tastebuds ready for Triangle Restaurant Week! Participating restaurants present unique 2 to 3 course menus at a special price. Drive to Chapel Hill and indulge eating pasta, bike to Durham and grab a burger, or bus to Raleigh and sample tapas. The choices are endless. No reservations are necessary.

Jan. 29
21st Annual African American Cultural Celebration

North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
Enjoy a full day (10:30am-4pm) of history on Saturday, Jan. 29. Presented by the NC African American Heritage Commission, the 21st Annual African American Cultural Celebration is themed “Black People, Green Planet: Environmental Justice”. Hear speakers, music, and storytelling throughout the day. All presentations and performances are free to attend.

Jan. 29-30
Astronomy Days

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh
“Houston, we have liftoff!” Don’t miss NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ “Astronomy Days: This Year We Space Out” on Saturday, Jan. 29 & Sunday, Jan. 30. From learning about rockets to building your own space-themed crafts, this two-day event (10am-5pm both days) offers a cosmic array of exhibits, along with hands-on activities and live presentations that will send you into orbit. Join the Raleigh Astronomy Club at this socially-distanced event and learn more about the planet in the hot seat this year, Venus. Admission is free.

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