Los Angeles events January 2020. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events January 2020

Free museum day

January 1, 2020
Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)
You’re welcome to visit the Autry Museum of the American West when it is Open and Free for New Year’s Day.

Rose Bowl

January 1, 2020 (1 to 5 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Oldest of the bowls, the Rose Bowl Game is a college football game between the champions of the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Rose Parade

January 1, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Pasadena (12.2 miles NE)
The Rose Parade is a two-hour long spectacle that features 20 marching bands, 40 floats with floral themes, and 400 horses traveling 5.5 miles, mostly on Colorado Boulevard. Free views from the sidewalk are scarce, but you can buy a grandstand seat.

Polar swim

January 1, 2020
San Pedro (24.5 miles south)
The Cabrillo Beach Polar Bear Swim & Dip begins with the coronation ceremony for the club’s new king and queen, and then you can join the crowd at noon running or jumping into the ocean to celebrate the new year, behind Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse. Free.

Christmas on the Queen Mary

January 1, 2020
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Queen Mary Christmas has “thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, an outdoor skating rink, and Santa” onboard the Queen Mary.

New Year’s dip

January 1, 2020
Huntington Beach (39 miles SE)
Run into the cold Pacific Ocean in your bathing suit during Surf City Splash at Huntington Beach Pier. The pancake breakfast is 9 to 11 a.m., the costume contest is 11 a.m., and the ocean dip is noon.

Lights in the garden

January 1 - 5, 2020
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Buy tickets in advance for Enchanted: Forest of Light, a one-mile walk through lighting displays, including some that are interactive, at Descanso Gardens. Food is for sale. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

January 1 - 5, 2020
Buena Park (24.6 miles SE)
Knott’s Berry Farm is adorned with Christmas decorations for Knott’s Merry Farm. It has an ice skating show starring Snoopy, a Charlie Brown Christmas show with classic songs, real falling snow, holiday treats to eat, a Christmas market, Santa Claus, and plenty of rides. Closed Dec. 25.

Christmas at Magic Mountain

January 1 - 5, 2020
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
See holiday lights and decorations, falling snow, and Christmas characters during Holiday in the Park [website has sound], with lots of entertainment, holiday foods, and select rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Open every day.

Winter festival

January 1 - 5, 2020
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
A Winter Fest ticket includes ice tubing, craft making, real snow, walk-through lights, a petting zoo, live shows, and a nightly tree lighting with fireworks at the OC Fair & Event Center. Pay extra for ice skating, carnival rides, arcade games, and food trucks.

Lantern art

January 1 - 12, 2020
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Take a one-mile walk through a wonderland of “exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons...” at the Moonlight Forest with food for sale at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. No pets or bikes.

Lantern festival

January 2 - 5, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See giant lanterns depicting wild animals, mythical creatures, exotic trees, and illuminated plants at the Magical Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex, with Chinese folk music, dancing, and food vendors.

Film festival in the desert

January 2 - 12, 2020
Palm Springs (109 miles east)
Despite its distance from L.A., the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest and most respected film festivals in North America, with a glamorous gala, an opening night reception, parties, dinners, and a large number of international films.

Fresh jokes

January 4, 2020 (8:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.4 miles NE)
Hear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year during 50 First Jokes L.A., followed by an after party at Regent Theater.

Wine tasting

January 4, 2020 (5 to 9 p.m.)
Downtown (2.6 miles NE)
Taste 150 wines, shop from food trucks, and hear live music at Uncorked LA Wine Festival at Union Station for age 21+. Held in January and June.

Yoga Expo

January 4, 2020
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
The Yoga Expo is a full-day of 50 classes and workshops by local yoga teachers for beginners to experts at Pasadena Convention Center, with music and a food court. Children 12 and younger are free.

Reptile show

January 4 - 5, 2020
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
See frogs, turtles, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Reptile Super Show, with educational tables and vendors at Anaheim Convention Center.

New Year’s Race

January 5, 2020
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Celebrate the new year by joining the 10K or 5K New Year’s Race, which has music, food trucks, and a beer garden at Grand Park.

Japanese family festival

January 5, 2020 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Ring in the “year of the rat” at Oshogatsu Family Festival. Make rat-themed crafts, taste food, watch a lion dance, hear live music, see candy sculpting, and tour the Japanese American National Museum. Free.

Lights at the zoo

January 5, 2020
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
See dazzling colored lights, meet real reindeer, hear live music on the weekend, and visit Santa some nights at L.A. Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Golden Globe Awards

January 5, 2020
Beverly Hills (14.6 miles NW)
The Golden Globe Awards honor the best in film and American television for the previous year at The Beverly Hilton.

Restaurant week in Santa Monica

January 6 - 12, 2020
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Santa Monica Restaurant Week has a theme ingredient each year, and dozens of participating restaurants create dishes that include the ingredient. In 2020 it’s the kumquat.

Free day at the tar pits

January 7, 2020
Mid-Wilshire (7.8 miles NW)
Register online for up to eight free tickets during Tar Pits Free First Tuesdays to see all the exhibits and fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Free.

Dance on film

January 9 - 11, 2020
Downtown (1.4 miles NE)
Watch 325 films about dance from 40 countries during Dance Camera West Festival at Redcat.

Boat show

January 9 - 12, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See a wide variety of boats at Los Angeles Boat Show, including performance boats, wake-sports boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghies, inflatables, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards at the Fairplex.

Latin urban music festival

January 11 - 12, 2020
Downtown (0 miles)
Young crowds turn out for Calibash, a star-studded concert of rap, hip hop, and R&B, sponsored by Spanish radio station KXOL 96.3 FM at Staples Center.

LEGO convention

January 11 - 12, 2020
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Bricks L.A. is a convention for fans of LEGO. Buy a ticket to see their amazing creations and make your own at Pasadena Convention Center.

Chinese New Year

January 11 - 12, 2020
Monterey Park (11.6 miles east)
Dragon and lion dancers open the Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, which includes entertainment, street vendors, and a carnival on East Garvey Avenue (from Garfield to Alhambra Avenue). Free.

No Pants Metro Ride

January 12, 2020 (1 to 3 p.m.)
Downtown (2.5 miles NE)
The No Pants Metro Ride is similar to the New York subway version the same day. Begin at one of the six rendezvous points listed on the website.

Comic expo

January 12, 2020
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Celebrating comic books and pop culture, Long Beach Comic Expo has panel discussions, movie screenings, celebrity signings, an artist alley, and a vendor marketplace at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Restaurant week in Newport Beach

January 17 - 26, 2020
Newport Beach (46.3 miles SE)
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 73 restaurants on Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Restaurant week

January 17 - 31, 2020
multiple locations
Get a special price on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 300 restaurants during Dine L.A. You don’t need a ticket, but you may want a reservation. Repeats in July.

Chinese New Year at Disney

January 17 - Feb. 9, 2020
Anaheim (28.1 miles SE)
Celebrate Lunar New Year with culturally inspired food, music (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese), entertainment, a lucky wishing wall, ornamental lanterns, and multilingual banners at Disney California Adventure Park.

Women’s march

January 18, 2020
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Women’s March Los Angeles “is about having our voices heard, activating our community, and unifying our community” at Pershing Square. Free.

R&B charity gala

January 18, 2020 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)
Mid-City (6.2 miles west)
A ticket to Reaching Higher and Higher includes a hosted cocktail reception, a silent auction, an exciting tribute to soul singer Jackie Wilson, and a post-show mixer at Ebony Repertory Theatre in Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

MLK classical concert

January 18, 2020 (2 to 3:45 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Martin Luther King Weekend Concert at SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium. Free, no reservations.

Girl-power musical

January 18, 2020 (noon)
Redondo Beach (19.6 miles SW)
Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dreams of a better life and dares to take a stand to achieve it, with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

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MLK parade

January 18, 2020 (10 a.m.)
Long Beach (26 miles south)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Long Beach Parade & Celebration begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street with a parade (10 a.m.), and it ends at a celebration in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Free.

Motocross racing

January 18, 2020 (6:30 p.m.)
Anaheim (31.2 miles SE)
Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at Supercross at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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Anime convention

January 18 - 19, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Combining the worlds of anime and video games, Anime Impulse is smaller and cheaper than other conventions but still offers celebrities, eSports, panels, cosplay, parties, vendors, artist alleys, food, and fashion on a runway at the Fairplex. Reviews.

Asian American Expo

January 18 - 19, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Asian American Expo has eight stages of cultural shows, three food courts, a beer festival, an anime event, video games, and vendors at the Fairplex.

Beauty fair

January 18 - 19, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See fashion stars, shop from vendors of beauty and makeup products, attend workshops, and watch a runway fashion show at Blushcon in the Fairplex.

Cirque du Soleil

January 18 - April 12, 2020
L.A. & Orange County (42.2 miles SE)
Volta is the latest show performed by the amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers, and gymnasts of Cirque du Soleil inside a heated tent. Video (30 seconds).

Dinner cirque show

January 18 - April 18, 2020
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch an edgy mix of cabaret, comedy, music, and cirque-style acrobatics at Teatro Martini for age 18+. Reviews.

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Hawaiian music festival

January 19, 2020 (2 p.m.)
Redondo Beach (19.6 miles SW)
Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Southern California Slack Key Festival at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

MLK Day at the museum

January 20, 2020
Exposition Park (2.2 miles south)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration has family art activities beginning at 10 a.m., plus talks and readings of Dr. King’s speeches at California African American Museum. Registration is optional. Free.

MLK parade

January 20, 2020
Leimert Park (4.5 miles SW)
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Kingdom Day Parade on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Free. [Parade starts 10 a.m., TV coverage starts 11 a.m.]

MLK Day celebration

January 20, 2020 (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Pasadena (12.6 miles NE)
You’re welcome to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Student Awards, which includes an 8 a.m. breakfast, and then 9:45 a.m. guest speakers, entertainment, and a student awards ceremony indoors at Robinson Park.

Free national park day

January 20, 2020
Admission is free at national parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon). Expect more people and less parking than usual.


January 20 - Feb. 9, 2020
Burbank (12.5 miles north)
“An homage to the golden era of circus in America,” Circus Vargas promises two hours of nonstop acrobats, daredevils, jugglers, and flying trapeze artists inside a big tent in Burbank.

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Free game show

January 21 - 22, 2020
Fairfax (8.7 miles NW)
Join the studio audience for a chance to win cash and prizes during the taping of The Price is Right with Drew Carey in Television City. Bring age 18+ ID and your Social Security number. You can pay to park at The Grove Parking and walk to the gate on Fairfax Ave.

Free tickets

Frozen: The musical

January 21 - 31, 2020
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Based on the film, but with additional new songs, special effects, and spectacular costumes, Frozen tells the story of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret, and the epic adventure that brings them back together at Hollywood Pantages.

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Musical starring Sting

January 21 - Feb. 16, 2020
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sting, The Last Ship tells the story of a British man who returns home after 17 years at sea to find the shipyard in his village is closing at Ahmanson Theatre.

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Popular piano players

January 22, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
The Piano Guys play a mix of classical, cover songs, and new age music that made them stars on YouTube at Microsoft Theater.

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January 23 - Feb. 27, 2020 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect laughs and gasps at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Reviews.

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Murder mystery

January 24, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Long Beach (25 miles south)
Based on a book by Agatha Christie, The Unexpected Guest is a whodunit set on a dark and foggy night at an estate in Wales, at Long Beach Playhouse.

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Car show

January 24 - 26, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Billed as the longest running indoor car show in the world, The Grand National Roadster Show displays 500 vehicles in the Fairplex, with hundreds more outdoors on Saturday and Sunday.

Vietnamese New Year

January 24 - 26, 2020
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Tet Festival is a feast for your senses with traditional dance, karaoke, a pageant, carnival rides, a food court, and exhibitors at OC Fair & Event Center.

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Tasting tour

January 24 - May 31, 2020
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Learn about L.A.’s history, architecture, and food scene on the entertaining three-hour guided Downtown L.A. Food Tour, with tasting stops at six local restaurants. This tour is highly rated on Yelp.

Discount tickets $49

Free museum day

January 25, 2020
multiple cities
Visit 40 museums in Southern California during Museums Free-for-All. Free except parking.

Japanese food festival

January 25, 2020 (1 to 9 p.m.)
Universal City (8.9 miles NW)
Japanese Food Expo features food, sake, beer, exhibitors, entertainment, and chef demonstrations at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Free: America’s Funniest Home Videos

January 25, 2020
Manhattan Beach (16.5 miles SW)
Join the studio audience watching hysterical videos and funny commentary by host Afonso Ribeiro during the filming of America’s Funniest Home Videos at Manhattan Beach Studios for age 16+ with ID. Read the dress code and free parking instructions.

Free tickets

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 (3 to 7 p.m.)
San Pedro (25 miles south)
Lunar New Year Festival offers “entertainment, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, and a fireworks finale [depending on weather]” on the waterfront near Cabrillo Way Marina. Free admission and parking. See website for rain location.

Chinese New Year on a ship

January 25, 2020 (4 and 8 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
A ticket to Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights includes a buffet dinner and Chinese cultural performances in the beautiful Grand Salon of the Queen Mary. Children age 4 and younger are free.

Beethoven in Thousand Oaks

January 25, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
Thousand Oaks (41 miles NW)
New West Symphony performs Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” for cello, piano, and violin, plus the fiery “Eroica Symphony” (Symphony No. 3) at Fred Kavli Theatre. Optional pre-lecture at 6:30 p.m.

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Fitness expo

January 25 - 26, 2020
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
See martial arts, power-lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Cirque in Northridge

January 25 - 26, 2020
Northridge (27 miles NW)
Cirque Éloize of Canada performs its latest show “Hotel” with characaters that include a juggling janitor, a hapless tightrope-walking bellhop, and a starlet flying through the air on a trapeze at The Soraya.

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Monster trucks

January 25 - Feb. 23, 2020
Anaheim (31.2 miles SE)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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A taste of new restaurants

January 28, 2020 (7 to 9 p.m.)
Westchester (15.2 miles SW)
Taste signature dishes, sip on creative cocktails, and meet chefs from the Top 10 Best New Restaurants selected by Los Angeles Magazine, at Optimist Studios for age 21+.

Cosmetics expo

January 29 - 30, 2020
Downtown (1 mile SE)
Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Magic Box at The Reef.

Photography show

January 31 - Feb. 2, 2020 (party Jan. 30)
Santa Monica (12.9 miles west)
Billed as the longest running art fair west of New York, Photo L.A. offers exhibits, installations, lectures, discussions, and tours at Barker Hangar.

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