If you’re anything like me, 2017 can’t be gone fast enough. After enjoying the holidays and some time off, you’re going to want to start the new year in style and I’ve got 17 great events all worth leaving the house for. After you’ve kicked that New Year’s Day hangover, of course.
January 1 — 11 a.m. — 360 Harrison Ave., Boston — Grab your best Hawaiian shirt, comb your mustache, borrow a Tigers hat from your friend from Detroit, and head over to Ink Block for Bar Mezzana’s New Year’s Day Magnum P.I. Brunch. Higgins and T.C. won’t be there, but brunch specials and tiki drinks will be available for purchase to quell that hangover. To make a reservation, call 617-530-1770.
January 1 — 1 p.m. — 40 Brattle St., Cambridge — The best way to say farewell to a crazy year is by settling for a daylong celebration of absurdist humor. The Brattle Theatre kicks off 2018 with a Marx Brothers marathon and one ticket will get you access to “A Day at the Races,” “Go West,” “Room Service,” and “A Night at the Opera” — all in 35mm, black and white glory. $20.
January 3 — 6 p.m. — 140 Guest St., Boston — YogaWorks instructor Anne Patrick and by DJ Sprino are ready to start your 2018 right after your first day back at the office. The Vinyasa Flow class starts promptly at 6 p.m. and is followed by snacks and shopping (attendees will get 20% off all footwear and apparel at the New Balance Global Flagship store). Bring your own mat. Free w/ registration.
January 5 — 5 p.m. — 450 Harrison Ave., Boston — If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take in more culture, there’s no excuse to not check out the first SoWa First Friday of 2018. Dozens of artists will open their doors, and there’s plenty of free parking. It’ll probably be too cold to walk around the neighborhood, but head next door to Cinquecento for some fantastic Italian food and cocktails. Free.
January 6 — 2 p.m. — 1 Federal St., Boston — Instead of trudging back to the same old gym to work on those tenuous fitness resolutions, let EverybodyFights kickstart your your. The 60-minute circuit training class will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Your ticket will include post-class snacks and refreshments, and raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. $45.
January 8 — 8 p.m. — 2 Bennett Street, Cambridge — Les Sablons pays homage to the Thin White Duke’s 25,000 days on this planet on what would be his 71st birthday with lots of music and plenty of libations. Attendees can expect music from DJ Evan Kenney, complimentary bites from Chef Jeremy Sewall, and a Bowie-themed cocktail menu created by mixologist Jackson Cannon. A suggested donation of $5 at the door will be donated to WhyHunger. Let’s dance.
January 9 — 6 p.m. — 1 Broadway, Cambridge (5th floor) — Whether you work in sustainability or simply care about what we’re doing to the planet, all ages will get something out of this double-feature organized by the Boston Area Sustainability Group. First, 3rd-to-5th graders will learn about sustainability from a Global Food System perspective. Later, the folks from Change is Simple will run a workshop open to anyone eager to improve how they practice sustainability at home, at work, and elsewhere. $12.
January 11 through 15 — 415 Summer St., Boston — New England’s premier showcase of the newest model year vehicles is the perfect way to spend a cold winter day. Factory and dealer representatives will be on hand at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to answer questions. It’s a no-pressure environment, so feel free to kick the tires on as many cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks, and sport utilities as you want. $15.
January 11 — 8 p.m. — 136 Mass Ave., Boston — Although he doesn’t have the megaphone he once had, few people have covered more major news events than Dan Rather. As we enter another uncertain year, the former CBS Evening News anchor will hold court at the Berklee Performance Center to share his take on what lies ahead for America in 2018 and beyond. The ticket price includes a copy of Rather’s book ‘What Unites Us.’ $32.
January 11 — 6:30 p.m. — 4 South Market Building, Boston — For three straight Thursdays in January, you can dance away the winter blues below Quincy Market’s historic rotunda. The party starts promptly at 6:30pm with a free lesson provided by MetaMovements and then social dancing and music provided by a DJ or band. Free.
January 13 — 7 p.m. — 89 Winthrop St., Cambridge — Gods, monsters, warriors, and mere mortals are invited to this one-of-a-kind Viking feast thrown by the cool kids at Cuisine en Locale. The 10-course smorgasboard, appropriately being held at Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square, will include legs of lamb, goat stew, cheesy oat porridge, and plenty of mead from Green River Ambrosia. $75.
January 13 — 8:30 a.m. — 92 Newbury St., Boston — If you weren’t able to get your 2018 fitness resolutions going in the first few days of the year, Athleta on Newbury St. has you covered. Healthworks’ Brianne Boucher will lead a free hour-long fitness class every Saturday morning in January with a focus on form. At the end of the four-week workshop, there will be prizes from Athleta and BSC Lab. All levels are encouraged to attend. The January 6 class is sold out, but the remaining three still have spots open. Free w/ registration.
January 16 — 7:30 p.m. — 306 Northern Ave., Boston — If you’ve recently been stuck in a routine or found yourself wanting to making a jump into uncharted territory, this event will show you that you aren’t alone. Author Mike Lewis and a panel including writer Laura McKowen and Harpoon Brewery CEO Dan Kenary will discuss his new book ‘When to Jump.’ Tickets include two beers, snacks, a free copy of ‘When to Jump,’ and live music from Timmy Brown. Proceeds will benefit the Corey C. Griffin Foundation. $30.
January 18 — 6:30 p.m. — 67 Smith Place, Cambridge — Two competing Formaggio Kitchen cheesemongers will be given a specific cheese to use to create their most masterful grilled cheese. Attendees will get to sip on libations from both competitors sample their way through five rounds. In the end, only one can be named The Big Cheese. $55.
January 25 — 6 p.m. — 44 Cedric St., Boston — Drink local in Bully Boy Distillers’ tasting room and raise money to support The Food Voice, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which seeks to combine Edible Boston and Let’s Talk About Food into one multi-media platform. Tickets include two cocktails and scallion pancake sandwiches and market bowls from Mei Mei’s food truck. $75.
January 25 — 6:30 p.m. — 125 Summer St., Boston — Resolved to make more connections in Boston’s always changing startup community? Head over to General Assembly Boston for a free orientation to help newcomers get acquainted with the area’s startup ecosystem. Presenters include WeWork’s Casey Barrett, Smarter in the City’s Kofi Callender, and TiE Boston’s Simone LaPray. Free w/ registration.
January 31 — 7 p.m. — 539 Tremont St., Boston — The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is bringing back Movers & Shakers for 2018. The area’s hottest restaurants and caterers will participate in a spirited competition to create a cocktail worthy of being called a work of art. Guests will vote for their favorite cocktail and bite-sized masterpiece, and an esteemed panel of judges will award the culinary crown. Proceeds from event will benefit BCA programs that nurture artists, engage audiences, and provide dynamic artistic experiences. $50.