While we realize it’s almost impossible to think of anything beyond the holiday season, the arrival of 2018 brings many exciting events worthy of marking on your brand new calendar. From a premier wine festival in Naples to a not-to-be-missed event benefiting rescue dogs in Nashville, here’s what we’re looking forward to next month:

Alexandria, Virginia

On January 30, Mount Vernon hosts the first of a three-part series in which guests will be treated to a discussion on the history of Mount Vernon followed by an intimate chamber concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. Following the hour-long concert, attendees can stay to enjoy champagne and chocolates with the musicians. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Alexandria here.}

Charlottesville, Virginia

A celebration (and examination) of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural legacy kicks off at The Fralin Museum of Art on January 26 with the opening of From the Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture and Design. A component of the University of Virginia’s bicentennial celebrations, the exhibit will showcase Jefferson’s early influences and interests, details about the techniques used to construct his iconic buildings, and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charlottesville here.}

Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art invites guests to don their best creative black-and-white attire on January 27 for Wonderball, an evening featuring artist performances, artisan cocktails, appetizers from top Columbus eateries, live music, and DJs, all to support a vibrant arts community at the Museum and throughout the region at large. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Columbus here.}

Greensboro, North Carolina

Combining “outsize hairdos and outré outfits” by local designers, the sixth annual Big Hair Ball benefiting Family Service of Greensboro takes place January 27 at Greensboro’s Elm Street Center. With a runway show featuring outfits inspired by sponsors as well as an enticing raffle, this is sure to be an exciting event. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Greensboro here.}

Naples, Florida

An unmatched experience that benefits a wonderful cause, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, which runs January 26th through 28th, is a truly extraordinary event that draws attendees from all over the world. Top vintners, chefs, and sommeliers converge to create three days of unforgettable food and wine tastings and dinners, while online and live auctions offer bidders the chance to win extraordinary wines, travel packages, and more, with all proceeds going toward the Naples Children & Education. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Naples here.}

Nashville, Tennessee

Dog lovers will want to mark their calendars for January 27, when the 8th Annual Unleashed: Dinner with Your Dog event will take place at the Hutton Hotel to benefit the Nashville Humane Association. The canine-focused evening will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and a doggy fashion show. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Nashville here.}

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

ArtNow, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s annual exhibition of Oklahoma-based contemporary artists that runs from December 15th through January 19, culminates in a closing event art sale on the evening of the final date of the show, during which guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists and purchase one-of-a-kind works. Those interested in attending should act fast—tickets to the 2016 and 2017 ArtNow closing events sold out! (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Oklahoma City here.}