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40 amazing things happening in L.A. this January 2017
Written by
Michael Juliano

Plan out your month with the city's best concerts, culture, cuisine and more.


Jan 2, 3
Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase; Pasadena

Skip the road closures and overnight campout for this up-close view of the Pasadena tradition.

Jan 8
No Pants Subway Ride; Various locations

Show off those New Year's Resolution-ready legs at Improv Everywhere's annual pantsless Metro ride.

Through Jan 8
Enchanted: Forest of Light; Descanso Gardens

Explore interactive light installations at the La Cañada Flintridge botanical garden as a one-mile stretch of its hillside property is transformed into distinctly themed sparkly displays.

Through Jan 8
LA Zoo Lights; Los Angeles Zoo

Stroll through the Griffith Park zoo grounds as the festive tradition wraps up its holiday run.

Through Jan 8
Chill; Queen Mary

Cozy up to the Queen Mary for a waterfront winter wonderland featuring ice-skating, tubing, sculptures and all sorts of other holiday performances and surprises aboard the Art Deco ocean liner.

Jan 11
A night with Time Out L.A.'s must-see comedians of 2017; Downtown Independent

Join us for a drink, popcorn, the launch of our latest magazine issue and a night of stand-up as we celebrate our picks for L.A.'s hottest up-and-coming comedians.

Jan 14, 15
Asian American Expo; Fairplex

Get an early start to the Lunar New Year at this pan-Asian celebration, with multiple performance stages, vendor villages and food courts.

Through Jan 16
ICE at Santa Monica; Santa Monica

Bundle up and glide around an ice rink just blocks from the beach as the Santa Monica rink celebrates its 10th season.

Through Jan 16
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square; Pershing Square

Skate around a warm-weather winter wonderland with the Downtown L.A. skyline as your backdrop at this seasonal ice rink.

Jan 19-22
RIOT LA; Downtown

Catch Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, Mel Brooks, Rachel Bloom and more at this alt comedy fest.

Jan 21, 22
Lunar New Year Festival; Monterey Park

Ring in the Year of the Rooster in the heart of L.A.'s Chinese community at this annual two-day street festival.

Jan 28
Night on Broadway; Downtown

Celebrate Downtown's renaissance with a cultural festival spanning six historic theaters and movie palaces.

Jan 29
Museums Free-For-All Saturday; Various locations

Check off a few items on your cultural to-do list as 30 SoCal museums open their doors for free.

Jan 29-May 7
Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World; Hammer Museum

Examine works from the elusive visual artist, performer, poet, essayist and activist in his first North American retrospective.

Find more things to do in our January 2017 events calendar.


Jan 8-13
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week; Various locations in L.A.

Choose from more than 40 restaurants to take advantage of burger deals and special creations in this annual celebration of the almighty cheeseburger.

Jan 13-27
Winter dineL.A.; Various locations in L.A.

Indulge in some of the best restaurants in the city with specially-priced meals, from $15 lunches to $49 dinners.

Jan 21
Uncorked Wine Festival; Union Station

Kickstart your wine education with more than 50 wineries, a champagne bar, an international wine market and more at this annual boozy boîte.


Jan 7
Second City Hollywood's Open House; The Second City

Tickle your funny bone with a day full of free improv workshops, shows, food and prizes.

Jan 11-15
LA Art Show; Los Angeles Convention Center

Wander through the longest-running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country at this four-day fair.

Jan 13-15
Photo LA; The Reef

Discover new and vintage images from photographers around the world at this yearly exposition.

Jan 25
An Evening with Michael Lewis; Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre (New Roads School)

Spend an evening with the author of Moneyball and The Big Short as he talks to Mindy Kaling about his latest book.

Jan 31
Best Women's Erotica of the Year; Skylight Books

Take part in an evening of fierce female passion as Jocelyn Bringas, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Melina Greenport and Jade A. Waters read their contributions from two volumes of tales of sexual delight.


Jan 18
Focus on Female Filmmakers; Egyptian Theatre

Meet L.A.'s rising female filmmakers during an evening of directors panels and short films, many of which will make their local premiere.

Jan 18
Mogwai play Atomic; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

See the post-rock ensemble perform a live score to Mark Cousins's film Atomic: Living in Dread And Promise, a BBC documentary on the horror and beauty of the nuclear age.


Jan 6, 7
Thee Oh Sees; Teragram Ballroom

See the San Francisco-born, badass psych-pop outfit come to town for two nights of garage rock magic.

Jan 7
The Smell Benefit Show; Belasco Theater

Contribute to the DIY, Downtown venue's relocation fund with a ticket to this benefit, featuring Best Coast, No Age, Ty Segall, Bleached, Vice Cooler and other surprise guests.

Jan 12, 13
Deafheaven + HEALTH; Exhoplex

Black metal duo Deafheaven brings a dose of dreamy doom to Echo Park with help from L.A.’s own HEALTH—expect a primal mash-up of art pop and avant-metal.

Jan 11-14
Lord Huron; Teragram Ballroom

Spend four nights of campfire-ready, harmony-laden folk-pop with the local outfit.

Jan 16, 17
Hamilton Leithauser; Teragram Ballroom

The raspy ex-Walkmen frontman conjures tales of a faded New York as he croons his way through songs produced by former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij.

Jan 27, 28
Sleep + Melvins; The Fonda Theatre

Legendary stoner metal band Sleep teams up with fellow sludge-lovers Melvins for two nights of experimental rock straight out of the ’90s.

Jan 27-29
Girlschool 2017; Bootleg Theater

Celebrate women's voices at this completely female-fronted festival, with sets from Chelsea Wolfe, The Bird and the Bee, Francisca Valenzuela, Deap Vally and more.

Jan 29, 30
Lucinda Williams; Troubadour

The celebrated singer-songwriter embarks on a small club tour with two evenings’ worth of pure Americana and a love-damaged vocal delivery.

Jan 31
Devendra Banhart; The Mayan

A decade and a half since his first album, freak-folk poster boy Banhart is still as dreamily somber, cheeky and weird as he’s ever been.

Find more shows in our January 2017 concert calendar.


Through Jan 15
Amélie, A New Musical; Ahmanson Theatre

Enter the imaginative world of the endearing titular character as she steps from the silver screen and into this reimagined musical.

Jan 17
LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards; Ahmanson Theatre

Celebrate the best of L.A.'s performing arts at the city's only peer-judged theater awards.

Jan 17-29
Adler & Gibb; Kirk Douglas Theatre

Discover what is real and what isn't in Tim Crouch's play about a film actress researching her next role.

Through Jan 21
The King and I; Pantages Theatre

Take the whole family to enjoy the Rogers and Hammerstein's version of the production, which is set in 1960's Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional story of the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a schoolteacher.

Jan 28-Feb 19
The Abduction from the Seraglio; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Follow the adventure as Belmonte tries to save his beloved fiance, Konstanze, who was kidnapped by pirates and sold to a man long obsessed with her.


Jan 7
Wellness Reboot Workshop with Lee Tilghman of Lee From America; LINE Hotel

Do interval training, core exercises and recovery stretches, then learn how to make a snack of healthy toast and walk away with a $300-value health and wellness goodie bag at this workshop with healthy-living blogger Lee Tilghman.

Jan 28
Kombucha Hunter Home Brewing Workshop; Makers Mess

Learn the basics of home brewing at this kombucha workshop. You'll get your own scoby to take home and will be brewing like a pro in less than two hours.

Through Jan 31
Peroni pop-up at W Hollywood; W Hollywood

Check out how the beer brand is bringing style to the world of brews at this Peroni pop-up, featuring various luxury brands.

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