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The 19 best things to do around NoVA in January

From beachy music in the midst of cold weather to an ice-carving competition in Loudoun County, here’s what you need to put on your calendar this month.

ballet dancers in line on black background
Leap of Faith: This ballet dancer will be performing in NoVA on Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts)

1. Choreographer Alonzo King is bringing his talents to Fairfax with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. The San Francisco company’s latest performance, Figures of Speech, focuses on the increasing disappearance of languages across the world; combining movement with research from poet Bob Holman and the Endangered Language Alliance. // Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; George Mason University’s Center for the Arts: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax; $34-$54

painting of woman's red lips with yellow, orange, pink and blue nail polish
Nancy Jacey’s art (Photo courtesy of Workhouse Arts Center)

2. Local artist Nancy Jacey has her work on display at the Workhouse Arts Center through Jan. 12. The exhibit is titled a splash of COLOR and focuses on Jacey’s use of Prismacolor pencil, acrylic and oil paintings. Learn more about the bold and bright artist in our recent interview. // through Jan. 12; Workhouse Arts Center: 9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton; free

3. Watching a performance by Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones will make you feel like Prince is singing himself. This tribute band’s lineup includes hits from the late pop star’s extensive catalog, including “Kiss,” “1999” and the entire Purple Rain album. // Jan. 4, 9 p.m.; The State Theatre: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; $15-$18

minion chocolate cake with reese cups
Photo courtesy of the City of Fairfax

4. Chocoholics, cancel all your plans because the Chocolate Lovers Festival is back for 2020. Chocolate lovers will be able to satisfy their cravings with various chocolate beverages, cakes, fudge and even more delectable chocolate desserts. // Jan. 31-Feb. 2, City of Fairfax; free admission, prices vary for tastings

conductor leading orchestra with purple and blue background
Photo courtesy of Hylton Performing Arts Center

5. Enjoy a night of Russian music direct from the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Led by Russian-American conductor Vladimir Lande, the orchestra will perform Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture to The Tzar’s Bride, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. // Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas; $38-$60

rainbow colored christmas tree
Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run (Photo courtesy of NOVA Parks)

6. Extend the holiday season a few extra days with a visit to Ice & Lights, The Winter Village at Cameron Run. Guests will be in awe of the thousands of lights that brighten the archways and trees throughout the park as they skate around the ice rink and explore the winter displays. // through Jan. 5, 5-10 p.m.; Cameron Run: 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; $5-$17

Frank Sinatra in blue
Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre

7. Celebrate the life and career of legendary singer Frank Sinatra with Signature Theatre’s musical tribute: Ol’ Blue Eyes. Feel like you are a part of the Rat Pack as the cast performs “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and more classic hits that defined a generation. // Jan. 7-18, times vary; Signature Theatre: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington; $38

avery*sunshine singer on light blue background with denim jacket
Photo by Derek Blanks

8. Avery*Sunshine combines gospel, jazz and R&B to create her own signature sound. She has released three albums, with her most recent, Twenty Sixty Four, featuring “Come Do Nothing,” “The Ice Cream Song” and “Used Car.” // Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.; The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $65

9. Get out of the house and brave the elements for the third annual Cabin Fever Film Fest. Support and interact with local filmmakers as they present their most recent short films, documentaries, features and home movies. // Jan. 24 & 25, times vary; Franklin Park Arts Center: 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville; $8

man behind piano with sheet music
Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

10. See the National Symphony Orchestra at Mount Vernon for the first performance of a three-part series at the historic mansion. After the show, enjoy Champagne and chocolates at a reception with members of the orchestra. // Jan. 28, 7 p.m.; George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

woman and man singing near piano with band in background
Photo by Frank Stewart

11. Remember Dr. King for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20 and throughout the month. Use our guide to events celebrating and honoring the iconic civil rights leader here.

large colorful tattoo on girls back
Photo courtesy of DC Tattoo Expo

12. Stop by the DC Tattoo Expo to celebrate and admire the work of local DMV artists. With over 400 tattoo artists and piercing specialists in attendance, guests can find inspiration for their next tattoo or even walk out of the expo with some fresh ink. // Jan. 10-12, Crystal Gateway Marriott: 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; $30

13. Start thinking of warmer weather and weekends on the water at the Fredericksburg Boat Show. Whether you are looking for a boat to carry the whole family, kayaks or new sails, you’ll find everything you need for a great summer at the Expo Center. // Jan. 17-19, Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center: 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg; $7-$9

man and son looking at large dinosaur at jurassic quest expo
Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest

14. Time travel back 65 million years to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, with the help of Jurassic Quest. Guests of all ages will enjoy seeing the towering dino replicas scattered throughout the Expo Center, digging for fossils and taking a ride on an animatronic dinosaur. // Jan. 24-26, times vary; Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $22-$36

15. Is your New Year’s resolution to read more? It’s even better when you join a book club. Here is our local guide to five fun ones across Northern Virginia.

two men in Hawaiian shirts with guitars
Photo by Shane Tegarden

16. It’s January. It’s cold outside. You’re probably dreaming of a warm, beachy vacation on the shores of a far-off island. Masters of Hawaiian Music show is coming to The Barns at Wolf Trap for two nights this month. We spoke with musician George Kahumoku Jr. (pictured above, left) ahead of the performance here. // Jan. 24 & 25, 8 p.m.; The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $27-$32

ice sculpture of dragon with orange
Photo courtesy of Village at Leesburg

17. Pack on the layers for a fun afternoon at the Winter Ice Festival and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition at the Village at Leesburg. Bring the family out to watch six world-class ice carvers create unbelievable sculptures, take a twirl on the iceless skating rink and take pictures with Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot. // Jan. 18, 1-5 p.m.; Village at Leesburg: 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg; free

black and white plate with yellow art
Moira Dryer, Captain Courageous, 1987-88, Ⓒ Estate of Moira Dryer 

18. The new art exhibit Moira Dryer: Yours for the Taking features the work of the late Canadian artist Moira Dryer. Unlike previous exhibits, the Greater Reston Arts Center’s collection includes many never-before-seen works that were given as gifts to friends and family. // Jan. 18-April 18, Greater Reston Arts Center: 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston; free

19. Travel to Scotland without boarding a plane with the delicious Burn’s Night Dinner at Oatlands Plantation. Feast on a traditional Scottish menu that includes haggis, roasted lamb, tatties and whiskey. // Jan. 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Oatlands Historic House: 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg; $120

This post originally appeared in our January 2020 issue. Want more fun things to do? Subscribe to our newsletters.

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