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Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

40 amazing things happening in L.A. this January 2017
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40 amazing things happening in L.A. this January 2017

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

11 free things to do in Los Angeles this January 2017
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11 free things to do in Los Angeles this January 2017

These are the best ways to make the most of your month without breaking into your wallet.

15 things to do with kids in January 2017
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15 things to do with kids in January 2017

With the holidays behind us, it's time to make plans for things to do in winter in Los Angeles.

Free things to do in LA
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Free things to do in LA

Read on for the best free things to do and places to visit across the city, for tourists and locals alike.

This week's top events

RIOT LA

RIOT LA

Downtown's plucky comedy festival is all grown up: RIOT LA has ditched its Skid Row-adjacent parking lots and bars for the bright lights of L.A. Live and Broadway theaters. The annual alt comedy will take over four venues—the Microsoft Theater, the Novo, the Orpheum Theatre and the Theatre at Ace Hotel—for three nights of performances. Individual show tickets are available as well as a weekend pass that adds free admission to "The Lot," a carnival-like area with arcade games and food trucks. RECOMMENDED: Read more about RIOT LA, including who to see at the fest and where to eat and drink before and after.

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Live Talks LA
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Live Talks LA

LA's star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $25 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Every week (and sometimes more) from March through May, venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads.

Night on Broadway
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Night on Broadway

Need any more convincing that Broadway is back? How about a cultural festival spanning seven of Downtown's historic theaters and movie palaces. All of the venues will open their doors for free during Night on Broadway to host performances and installations. Outside the theaters, there's a street festival between 4th and 7th with shopping pop-ups, a family-friendly kids area and a music main stage. The event celebrates the ninth anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which, judging by the recent road diet and influx of new businesses, we'd say is going pretty well.  

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Museums Free-For-All
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Museums Free-For-All

Got a list of LA museums you haven't visited yet? Clear your calendar for Museums Free-For-All, when museums all over the region throw open the doors for a day of free admission. It's the perfect opportunity to knock a couple off your list, like the Japanese American National Museum, Natural History Museum, LACMA and more. You'll still have to pay to see any exhibitions that require a special ticket and for parking, but we can't say no to free admission. Here's the full list of participating museums. RECOMMENDED: See more free museums in LA

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Concerts in L.A.

Princess

Princess

It may sound too good to be true, but it's actually too weirdly perfect to be false. L.A. jazz singer Gretchen Lieberum and comic goddess Maya Rudolph sync their creative genius to create the musical sensation we didn't even know we wanted which is Princess, a Prince cover band that manages to showcase all of the pop icon's greatest hits with, dare we say, even more purpleish flavor. We can't think of two women better for the job (have you seen Maya Rodolph's incredible celebrity impersonations?).

A Prairie Home Companion
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A Prairie Home Companion

After four decades of Garrison Keillor's wry humor and tales from Lake Wobegon, the 35-year-old Chris Thile has brought a more modern, music-first approach to the beloved show's voyage into the Great American Songbook. The virtuoso mandolinist has already added his own touch to the touring show, with past genre-spanning guests like Jack White, Trey Anastasio and Esperanza Spalding as well as stand-up from John Hodgman, Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro.

Sleep + Melvins

Sleep + Melvins

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

Girlschool 2017

Girlschool 2017

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. Proceeds benefit the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls LA, a non-profit social justice organization that uses loud music to nurture and empower young girls.

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Food events

LA Beer Hop
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LA Beer Hop

L.A.'s craft beer scene has grown exponentially in the past few years, leaving beer fiends to wonder not if there's a brewery they want to check out, but when and how many. That's where LA Beer Hop comes in. Started by husband and wife Hal and Cindy Mooney, Beer Hop offers brewery tours on the weekends, offering tours that focus on different L.A. neighborhoods. Tours last for 4-5 hours and are led by a knowledge Beer Hop guide, driving each group to three breweries while providing fantastic information along the way. No two tours are alike: on a South Bay excursion, you may be taken to Monkish, Three Weavers and Phantom Carriage one weekend, and King Harbor, The Dudes and Absolution Brewing on another. East/Central LA tours traverse the city from Mumford to MacLeod to Eagle Rock Brewery. And at $69, the tours are a steal—not only do you have a built-in designated driver, but each brewery includes a sizeable flight, letting you try a wide variety and leaving you thoroughly tipsy (at the bare minimum). The Beer Hop bus arranges for pick-up at metro stops to ensure as little driving on your part as possible. And your fellow tour members? Well, that can all depend, but after a flight or two we're sure you'll all be singing together on the bus in no time.

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Free Chili Day at Philippe's
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Free Chili Day at Philippe's

Iconic Chinatown mainstay, Philippe the Original, knows how tough this L.A. winter can be and is giving out free chili to warm you up. With the purchase of a sandwich, the first 500 customers will receive a voucher for a free cup of their signature chili with any toppings (shredded cheddar, beans and onions). The chili comes courtesy of Dolores Chili, which has been sold exclusively at Philippe's since the 1970s.

Pizza nights at Lodge Bread
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Pizza nights at Lodge Bread

One of L.A.'s best bakeries kicks it up a notch each Sunday night, offering seasonal pizzas from 5 to 8pm. Ingredients range from balsamic and manchego to eggs and shaved fennel, but whatever winds up being on the menu, get there fast—slices run out quickly.

Four Pillars Gin tasting event at MiniBar

Four Pillars Gin tasting event at MiniBar

MiniBar, Four Pillars Gin and K&L Wines are coming together to put on a special rare gin tasting event. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail using exclusive Australian gins that have yet to be released in the U.S., including a chardonnay solera aged gin and bloody Shiraz gin. Pair your drink with MiniBar's tasty deep-fried PB&J and other treats. Get all this and free valet for a mere $10.

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Shopping events

Melrose Trading Post
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Melrose Trading Post

Better known locally as Fairfax Flea Market, it has become an LA staple for hours of people-watching and treasure-hunting among nearly 200 vendors.

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