30 amazing things happening in LA this January

A coffee convention, massive art fairs and an alt comedy fest, plus more amazing things to do this January
Photograph: Hunter Kerhart, Courtesy Bringing Back Broadway


Jan 1-3
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 11
An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson; Pantages Theatre

Take a seat, children, because the esteemed astrophysicist is about to blow your mind with science.

Jan 15
It's the Pits!; La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

See a lineup of artists, musicians and filmmakers turn the tar pits into a late-night, science-skewed creative salon.

Jan 24
LA River Night Run; Bow Tie Parcel

Start your run at sunset and finish up with s'mores and free beer from Golden Road Brewing.

Jan 29-31
RIOT LA; Downtown

Catch Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, T.J. Miller, David Cross and more at this alt comedy fest—and make sure to grab tickets for our stand-up showcase.

Jan 30
Night on Broadway; Downtown

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

Jan 30
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.

Find more things to do in our January 2016 events calendar.


Jan 10-15
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week; Pasadena

Take advantage of limited-time deals and dishes at over 40 Pasadena restaurants.

Jan 20
LA Mag’s Best New Restaurants celebration; 440 Seaton

Celebrate the magazine's picks for the Best New Restaurants of 2015 with bites, sips and live music.

Jan 23
Uncorked Wine Festival; Union Station

Sip on vino at this inaugural fest, where over 50 wineries, food trucks and musicians will invade Union Station for an afternoon of educated drinking.

Jan 24-26
Golden State of Cocktails; Majestic Downtown

Mingle with industry folk and all-around cocktail enthusiasts at this annual three-day celebration of cocktail culture, featuring seminars, demos, bar crawls and more.

Jan 30
CoffeeCon LA; Magic Box at The Reef

Get wired at this annual coffee convention, where demos, panels and plenty of samples will reinforce your love of java.


Jan 3
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 16
Santa Cecilia Orchestra; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

See the orchestra celebrate Latino and American composers with a little help from flamenco artist Maria Bermudez.

Until Jan 16
Last Chance: Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs; Natural History Museum

Explore a walk-in tomb recreation and over 20 mummies and coffins from Pre-Dynastic Egypt to Pre-Inca Peru.

Until Jan 18
Last Chance: New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933; LACMA

Examine the uneasy paintings, photographs and films in this exceptional and subtly creepy exhibition.

Jan 22-24
Photo L.A.; The Reef

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

Jan 27-31
LA Art Show; Los Angeles Convention Center

Scope out contemporary, modern, historic and traditional works at this annual art fair.

Jan 28
The Dinner Party Download Live; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Join special guests Jason Schwartzman and Father John Misty for a live edition of the KPCC radio show and podcast.


Jan 6-20
The Contenders; Hammer Museum

See 10 of this year's most influential, innovative films—as selected by MoMA's Department of Film—with cast and crew Q&As.

Jan 7
Son of Saul screening; Nuart Theatre

Catch the four-time Cannes Film Fest winner, a 1944 period piece about a man’s life in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Jan 14
Elvis Costello Detour screening; Laemmle

Watch over 100 minutes of the legendary musician’s best performances in this intimate concert film.

Find more movies in our picks for this week's best film events.


Jan 4
Elvis Presley Tribute Show; Echoplex

Celebrate the King with hip-swiveling performances at this annual birthday bash.

Jan 8
Patti Smith; The Wiltern

See the godmother of punk perform her 1975 release, Horses, from start to finish at the Wiltern.

Jan 16
Van Morrison; Shrine Auditorium

Throw it back at this one-night-only engagement and be prepared for mood swings, special guests and improvised versions of your favorite tunes.

Jan 23
Dawes; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Listen to LA's own rootsy folk-rockers bring their Laurel Canyon sound to a stunning Downtown space.

Jan 29-30
Jenny Lewis + the Watson Twins; Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Watch the indie-rock darling perform her hypnotic and hummable tunes over two nights.

Find more shows in our January 2016 concert calendar.


Jan 14-17
Flashdance the Musical; Fred Kavli Theatre

Ready your best chair dance as the hit '80s film is brought to the stage in this Theater League presentation.

Jan 24
Stomp; Valley Performing Arts Center

Catch the incredible troupe as it creates a performance that mixes dance, music and theater with unexpected twists.

Jan 30-March 13
An Act of God; Ahmanson Theatre

See Sean Hayes play the Almighty in this comedic show fresh from its run on Broadway.

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