Los Angeles events January 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events January 2019

Free museum day

January 1, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
(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, 2019
(11:30 a.m.)
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.

New Year’s dip

January 1, 2019
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 - 6, 2019
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 - 6, 2019
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.

Lights at the zoo

January 2 - 6, 2019
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.

Winter festival

January 3 - 6, 2019
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.

Film festival in the desert

January 3 - 13, 2019
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.

Christmas on the Queen Mary

January 4 - 6, 2019
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.

Yoga Expo

January 5, 2019
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.

LEGO convention

January 5 - 6, 2019
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.

Reptile show

January 5 - 6, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See frogs, turtles, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Reptile Super Show, with educational tables and vendors in the Fairplex. Held in Jan. & Aug.

Retro video games festival

January 5 - 6, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Retro City Festival offers “classic arcades, pinball, tournaments, museums, vendors, and a huge console play area” at the Fairplex in Pomona.

New Year’s Race

January 6, 2019
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 6, 2019
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Ring in the “year of the boar” at Oshogatsu Family Festival. Make dog-themed crafts, taste food, watch a lion dance, hear live music, see candy sculpting, and tour the Japanese American National Museum. Free.

Restaurant week in Santa Monica

January 7 - 13, 2019
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.

Free day at the tar pits

January 8, 2019
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.

Boat show

January 10 - 13, 2019
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.

Restaurant week

January 11 - 25, 2019
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.

No Pants Metro Ride

January 13, 2019
(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. Check out the website for details.

Golden Globe Awards

January 13, 2019
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. Variety lists the week’s lavish parties.

Restaurant week in Newport Beach

January 14 - 27, 2019
Newport Beach (46.3 miles SE)
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 69 restaurants on Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Chinese tasting

January 16, 2019
(7 to 9 p.m.)
San Pedro (22.5 miles south)
Learn about Chinese spirits and taste five drinks made from baijiu with gourmet bites during 9,000 Years of Drinking in China at Pacific Food & Beverage Museum.

Short Japanese films

January 17, 2019
(6:30 to 8 p.m.)
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Short Shorts Film Festival is a screening of four curated films “with appearances and remarks by special guests” at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Cats on display

January 18 - 27, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles SE)
Watch cats walking above you on a glass ceiling, enjoy interactive cat-themed rooms, and even adopt a cat at Cats on Glass Gallery at 1147 Hope Street. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Donation. Video (1 minute).

Women’s march

January 19, 2019
(10 a.m.)
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.

MLK classical concert

January 19, 2019
(2 to 4 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.

Motocross racing

January 19, 2019
(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.

Anime convention

January 19 - 20, 2019
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 19 - 20, 2019
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 19 - 20, 2019
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.

Taste of L.A. breweries

January 20, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
Downtown (2.2 miles NE)
A ticket to DTLA Breweries United Fest gets you unlimited beer samples from 10 local breweries, with food for sale outdoors at Triangle Park for age 21+.

Hawaiian music festival

January 20, 2019
(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 21, 2019
Exposition Park (2.2 miles south)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration has family art activities beginning at 10 a.m. plus readings of Dr. King’s speeches beginning at 1 p.m. at California African American Museum. Registration is optional. Free.

MLK parade

January 21, 2019
Leimert Park (4.5 miles SW)
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Kingdom Day Parade, starting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, going south on Western Avenue, and west on 48th Street to Leimert Park Plaza. Free. [Parade starts 10 a.m., TV coverage starts 11 a.m.]

MLK free museum day

January 21, 2019
Mid-Wilshire (8.6 miles west)
Admission is free to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, with live music (ranging from noise pop to classic soul to dreamy folk) and family activities at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Free.

MLK parade

January 21, 2019
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 (10:30 a.m.), and it ends at a celebration in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (noon to 6 p.m.). Free.

Free national park day

January 21, 2019
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.

Cosmetics expo

January 23, 2019
Downtown (1 mile SE)
Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at California Market Center.

Art show

January 23 - 27, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
L.A. Art Show fills a giant space with modern and contemporary art from 100 galleries in 18 countries at Los Angeles Convention Center. Littletopia is a popular section with humorous and irreverent artwork.

Whiskey tasting

January 25, 2019
(6 to 10:30 p.m.)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Taste 60 whiskeys and hear hear the band St. Paul & The Broken Bones at WhiskyX Los Angeles, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at Barker Hangar for age 21+.

Car show

January 25 - 27, 2019
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.

Chinese New Year at Disney

January 25 - Feb. 17, 2019
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.

Wine tasting

January 26, 2019
(6 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+.

Chinese acrobats

January 26, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Long Beach (28.1 miles south)
The talented Golden Dragon Acrobats juggle, tumble, balance, and perform cirque acts and daring stunts in colorful costumes to traditional & contemporary music at Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Fitness expo

January 26 - 27, 2019
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. Less crowded Sunday.

Chinese New Year

January 26 - 27, 2019
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.

A taste of new restaurants

January 29, 2019
(7 p.m.)
Downtown (2.6 miles SE)
Taste signature dishes, sip on creative cocktails, and meet chefs from the Top 10 Best New Restaurants selected by Los Angeles Magazine, at Rolling Greens Downtown for age 21+.

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