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Runyon Canyon
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January 2021 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2021 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

By Michael Juliano
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With the holidays behind us, January sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures—but not so here in L.A. Sure, it’s chilly, relatively speaking, but the weather is still perfect enough to tackle most of our favorite things to do outside, even with a slight uptick in precipitation. In fact, take advantage of those clear, post-rain days with one of the best hikes in L.A. 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.

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Looking for some more things to do this month?

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Krispy Rice

Order takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants

Restaurants

You’ve eaten through two bags of beans and six cans of chickpeas. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, who are making your social distancing as painless as possible. We’re keeping a running list of our favorite pickup and delivery menus that are popping up at L.A. restaurants.

cocktails
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And make sure to add in a booze order, too

Bars

Some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars have your back when you need a stiff drink at home. Restaurants and bars can now deliver alcohol to your door—whether it’s craft beer, wine or house-made cocktails—as long as they’re offering food, which means we can finally sip from some of our favorite spots in town from the comfort of our own couches.

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Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Go to the drive-in

Movies

Cinephiles, rejoice! You can watch a movie from somewhere other than your couch at L.A.’s half-dozen or so old-school drive-ins.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

Or head to one of these pop-up drive-ins

Movies

Alfresco screenings usually pop up across the city well past the summer season. But this year, with most screenings pivoting to drive in formats, it seems like we still have months of movies to look forward to.

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Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Kaity O’Keefe

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Things to do

Finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window. With traffic still relatively low, you may be inclined to drive as far as you can, but we’d stick to whichever scenic drive in our guide is closest to your area. Drive safe!

Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Dillon Shook

Go for a walk or hike—but maybe not at your usual spots

Things to do

Runyon’s open again… yay? Going for a hike is great and all (assuming you’re following proper social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering). But if you’re looking to avoid crowds, maybe stick to a walk in your own neighborhood or a lesser-known hike.

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Huntington Library
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

Find some peace at a botanical garden

Things to do

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, most major gardens are open again. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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