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January 2023 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2023 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

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With the holidays behind us, January sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures for most of the country—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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2023

The best January events in L.A.

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  • Art
  • Performance art
  • Downtown

Best known for her lo-fi sculpture-centric Dance Constructions, choreographer Simone Forti’s pieces explore movement and the dialogue between visual art and contemporary dance. Catch weekly stagings of those Dance Constructions, plus six decades of works on paper, videos and holograms, during this career-spannung exhibition at MOCA. 

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  • Things to do
  • Anaheim

What better spot to mark the Lunar New Year than “the happiest place on earth”? Disney California Adventure commemorates the Year of the Rabbit with a month of multicultural celebrations. Kids can look forward to photo ops and parade processions with Mulan, Mushu, Raya, Tigger and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, while adults will find a tasty reprieve with treats from China, Korea and Vietnam—available both à la carte and with a six-item “Sip and Savor Pass.” Stick around into the evening for a Lunar New Year-themed prelude to “World of Color.”

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  • Art
  • Glendale

The museum atop Forest Lawn’s Glendale cemetery is celebrating 60 years of the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater with a display of about 100 historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos and an animatronic band.

Swing by on October 20 for the opening reception, which includes exhibition tours, marionette performances, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a DJ set from OK Go’s Timothy Nordwind, who’ll be spinning vintage records from the theater’s music library. Email museum@forestlawn.com to RSVP.

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • USC/Exposition Park

Whether he’s submerging actors in abandoned power plants (The Abyss) or teaching them to hold their breath for five minutes (Avatar: The Way of Water), it’s clear that James Cameron kind of has a thing for shooting underwater. But the big-budget director also has a deep personal connection with the sea: He’s been down to the wreckage of the Titanic and even became the first person to embark on a solo expedition to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench. Now, that 12-ton, 24-foot-tall submersible will be on view at the Natural History Museum as part of a pop-up installation about how exactly one navigates their way seven miles deep into the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Little Tokyo

The Chicana muralist and Great Wall of Los Angeles artist brings her collaborative mural to the Geffen. A two-and-a-half-decade-long project, The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear features nine 10-by-30-foot panels that Baca worked on with collaborators as they toured the globe, displayed here in a cathedral-like installation.

  • Things to do
  • Fairfax District

Throw it back to the days of movie rentals with this limited-time themed speakeasy taking over Stone Street, the all-day café below Prohibition-themed Bathtub Gin. Each $45 ticket includes two cocktails (non-alcoholic options available), with a drinks menu that draws names and flavors from the turn of the millennium (think Gushers and Capri Sun, as well as long-gone beverages like Tab and Crystal Pepsi).

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  • Art
  • Textiles
  • Westside

See how American quilters have knitted together stories since the 1600s at the Skirball’s celebration of quilt makers. Over 40 artists will have work on display, as will a complementary exhibition, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and the Quilting Corner,” a large-scale collection of keepsakes that respond to the pandemic. Both run at the same time as outdoor sculpture exhibition “Chloë Bass: Wayfinding.”

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