Los Angeles events January 2021. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events January 2021

Rose Bowl

January 1, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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.

Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

January 1 - 3, 2021
(begins Nov. 20)
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.

Winter festival

January 1 - 3, 2021
(begins Dec. 17)
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.

Austrian music & dance

January 3, 2021
(2:30 p.m.)
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert brings the waltzes of Strauss to life with costumed dancers, singers, and an orchestra at Dolby Theatre.

Free day at the tar pits

January 5, 2021
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.

Film festival in the desert

January 7 - 18, 2021
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.

Reptile show

January 9 - 10, 2021
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.

No Pants Metro Ride

January 10, 2021
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.

Golden Globe Awards

January 10, 2021
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.

Yoga Expo

January 16, 2021
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.

Asian American Expo

January 16 - 17, 2021
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.

Hawaiian music festival

January 17, 2021
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 18, 2021
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.

Free national park day

January 18, 2021
Nationally
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.

Fitness expo

January 23 - 24, 2021
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.

Free museum day

January 2021
(undated)
multiple cities
Visit 40 museums in Southern California during Museums Free-for-All. Free except parking.

Latin urban music festival

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Restaurant week

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Cosmetics expo

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Women’s march

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Dance on film

January 2021
(undated)
Downtown (1.4 miles NE)
Watch 325 films about dance from 40 countries during Dance Camera West Festival at Redcat.

Fresh jokes

January 2021
(undated)
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.

New Year’s Race

January 2021
(undated)
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 2021
(undated)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Ring in the “year of the rat” at Oshogatsu Family Festival. Make crafts, taste food, watch a lion dance, hear live music, see candy sculpting, and tour the Japanese American National Museum. Free.

Wine tasting

January 2021
(undated)
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.

R&B charity gala

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Japanese food festival

January 2021
(undated)
Universal City (8.9 miles NW)
Japanese Food Expo features food, sake, beer, exhibitors, entertainment, and chef demonstrations at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Lunar New Year Celebration

January 2021
(undated)
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
Lunar New Year Celebration features “lion dances, Korean fan dances, a magic show, martial arts, and arts & crafts” at the Original Farmer’s Market. Free.

Free museum day

January 2021
(undated)
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.

LEGO convention

January 2021
(undated)
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 2021
(undated)
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.

Photography show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Lights in the garden

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Restaurant week in Santa Monica

January 2021
(undated)
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.

A taste of new restaurants

January 2021
(undated)
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+.

Lantern art

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Dogs in the garden

January 2021
(undated)
Rolling Hills Estates (22.3 miles SW)
Normally closed to pets, South Coast Botanic Garden welcomes your furry friend with a ticket to Dogs’ Day. Wander 87 acres and miles of trails with your four-legged friend and shop from pet-related vendors.

Comic expo

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Chinese New Year

January 2021
(undated)
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 2021
(undated)
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.

Chinese New Year at Disney

January 2021
(undated)
Anaheim (28.1 miles SE)
Celebrate Lunar New Year with culturally inspired food, music, entertainment, parades, a lucky wishing wall, ornamental lanterns, and multilingual banners at Disney California Adventure Park.

Motocross racing

January 2021
(undated)
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 2021
(undated)
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. Good reviews on Yelp.

Beauty fair

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Boat show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Car show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Lantern festival

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Restaurant week in Newport Beach

January 2021
(undated)
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.

MLK parade

January 2021
(undated)
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 classical concert

January 2021
(undated)
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.

MLK parade

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Lights at the zoo

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Christmas on the Queen Mary

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Christmas at Magic Mountain

January 2021
(undated)
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.

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