For many, January represents a fresh start and the perfect time to try unfamiliar things, set positive goals and seek out new experiences. But keeping resolutions can be daunting, so South Carolina is doing its part, providing ample opportunities to help you start off your 2017 in style.
Here's a roundup of events happening around the state this January.
First Day Hikes- Jan. 1
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to be active or to get outdoors more in 2017, there's no better way to jump-start your goals than to participate in a First Day Hike. On Sunday, Jan. 1, more than 30 South Carolina state parks will host ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events. So in addition to eating your black-eyed peas and greens this New Year's Day, you can gear up for a fresh year with an exhilarating hike, or even a chilling watery plunge in one of our state parks.
Find more information about which parks are hosting events here. And don't forget to share your First Day Hike experience on social media with the hashtags #SCStateParks and #FirstDayHikes.
Restaurant Week South Carolina- Jan. 12-22
Prepare yourself for 11 straight days of delectable dining all over South Carolina. Though the holidays will be over, your opportunities for epic eating certainly won't be. Hundreds of participating restaurants across the state will be showcasing their cuisine through special menu items and promotions. Whether you want to stop in for deals at one of your favorite casual eateries or try someplace new, this makes it easy. Plan ahead by checking the website for participating restaurants and by making any necessary reservations.
Charleston Marathon- Jan. 14
Looking to plan out your next race? Consider kicking off your year by venturing down south as the Holy City plays host to its 7th annual marathon and half marathon. This run through the historic streets of Charleston will bring participants from all over to South Carolina's beautiful Lowcountry. With its mild winter climate conditions, flat and fast route, and complimentary shrimp and grits awaiting racers at the finish, the Charleston Marathon is a marathon runner's dream. Find more information here.
Every third Monday in January, our nation takes a day to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. A voice for equality and a powerful symbol for truth and service, the City of Columbia will honor Dr. King with celebrations at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Community Center on Monday, Jan. 16. Join in remembering this incredible figure on the corner of Harden and Greene streets beginning at 4 p.m. And for more details as they come available, visit the City of Columbia's website.
Charleston Jazz Festival- Jan. 20-22
Charleston is proud of the jazz culture and talent that has developed there over the years. To celebrate it, the city plays host to an entire weekend of performances by some of the genre's local favorites and renowned players. In its third year, the Charleston Jazz Festival will welcome two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups touring today as headliners - The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. With plenty of other noteworthy performances in multiple locations around the Holy City, this is a weekend you won't want to miss. Find the schedule of bands and locations for the weekend here .
New Years Celebrations don't have to end once the clock strikes midnight and January 1 arrives. At Hagood Mill, the first established mountain community in South Carolina's historic Blue Ridge, they choose to welcome the New Year later in the month in true mountain fashion, with bluegrass and gospel music. This year's "Ringing in the New Year!" event is taking place on Jan. 21, featuring local bluegrass and gospel bands from across the Upstate. So if you want to start 2017 with some traditional music in the mountains, there's no better place than Hagood Mill in Pickens. For more details as they come available visit their website.
South Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention- Jan. 27-28
Whether you're a pro at the do-si-do or a promenade neophyte, you're welcome to attend the South Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention. Head to the coast at Springmaid Resort in Myrtle Beach for plenty of opportunities for dancing, a fashion show, sewing clinic and more.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival- Jan. 29
Make your way down to Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant for the largest Oyster Festival in the world. Oysters are a Lowcountry delight, and the Charleston Restaurant Association strives to make sure everyone attending the festivities will experience them at their best - by the bucket that is - with excellent wine, beer and live music to boot. This one-day event has been a January staple for more than 30 years, but if you haven't experienced the tradition yet for yourself, there's no better time.