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January 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Rose Parade 2015.

With the holidays behind us, January normally sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures. It's winter, after all; you can even still go ice skating. But let's be honest, the weather is still pretty perfect, even with a slight uptick in precipitation. In fact, take advantage of those clear, post-rain days with one of the best hikes in LA. Or head to one of the city's best beaches while it's still deserted for the season. Start the year off right with the city's best activities and things to do in our January events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016 and 2017

Mogwai play Atomic


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 for which Mogwai recorded the soundtrack.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Wednesday January 18 2017

Uncorked Wine Festival


Fifty wineries, food trucks, music and a beautiful setting—sounds like a perfect Saturday to us. Uncorked Wine Fest returns to Union Station on January 21, sending wine fiends into a frenzy with over 50 wineries offering their best varietals. There will also be a Champagne wine bar, an international wine market and a blind tasting bar to kickstart your wine education. General admission will be able to sip from 6-9pm, while VIP gets an extra hour to imbibe starting at 5pm.

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Union Station , Downtown Saturday January 21 2017

Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park

Ring in the Lunar New Year in the real heart of L.A.'s Chinese community at this annual two-day Monterey Park festival. This street fair takes over five blocks of Downtown Monterey Park with folk art, delectable bites and a carnival zone. The action kicks off Saturday morning with firecrackers and dragon and lion dances. Last year's fest drew 250,000 people over two days so plan ahead; the city suggests utilizing the free parking shuttles at Mark Keppel High School (501 E Hellman Ave) and El Repetto Elementary School (650 Grandridge Ave). RECOMMENDED: Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

Various locations in L.A. Saturday January 21 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017



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.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Thursday January 19 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017

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.

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New Roads School , Santa Monica Wednesday January 25 2017

The Un-Private Collection


Before the Broad opened in 2015, the Downtown museum was boasting about the breadth of its collection through this engrossing series of conversations. It's continued even after the museum's opening, with off-site discussions between artists featured in the Broad's archive and local cultural figures.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Thursday January 26 2017 - Friday March 17 2017

David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters

See the documentation of David Bowie's only trip to Mexico City in this collection of photos of Bowie taken by photographer Fernando Aceves. Aceves was commissioned to accompy Bowie on a tour of the city's cultural highlights in 1997, which led the duo to murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco; the Frida Kahlo Museum; the pyramids of Teotihuacan; and other historic sites.

Forest Lawn Glendale , Glendale Friday January 27 2017 - Thursday June 15 2017

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.  

Various locations in L.A. Saturday January 28 2017

Museums Free-For-All Saturday


Got a list of LA museums you haven't visited yet? Clear your calendar for Museums Free-For-All Saturday, 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.

Various locations in L.A. Sunday January 29 2017
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