January 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts
Rose Parade 2015.
Photograph: Michael Juliano Rose Parade 2015.
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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 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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Rose Parade 2015
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Rose Parade

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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The first Rose Parade in 1890 was staged to show off California’s sun-kissed climate. The floral-decorated tradition is still going strong, drawing more than a million spectators who line the streets of Pasadena.

Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase
Photograph: Courtesy Tournament of Roses
Things to do, Walks and tours

Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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No need to camp out in the cold to see the annual Rose Parade firsthand this New Year’s Day. Instead, watch the L.A. tradition from home and mosey on over to Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street in Pasadena to view the floats post-parade.

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Music, Rock and indie

Jeff Tweedy

icon-location-pin Largo at the Coronet, La Cienega
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The Wilco frontman’s freewheeling solo shows balance acoustic takes, deep cut requests and charming banter.

Art, Installation

‘Ai Weiwei: Zodiac’

icon-location-pin Jeffrey Deitch, Hollywood
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Distinguished art dealer Jeffrey Deitch inaugurates his L.A. gallery with LEGO zodiac portraits and 5,929 wooden Ming and Qing dynasty stools from Ai Weiwei.

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Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Art, Film and video

‘Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto’

icon-location-pin Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Downtown Arts District
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In this dream pairing that you never even knew you needed, artist and director Julian Rosefeldt teams up with actor Cate Blanchett for a 13-channel video installation in which she reads famous artists’ manifestos.

Calder: Nonspace
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Art, Sculpture

‘Calder: Nonspace’

icon-location-pin Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Downtown Arts District
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Find yourself transported to another realm in this survey of 30 of the Alexander Calder’s “nonspace” sculptures at Hauser & Wirth.

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Things to do, Festivals

Enchanted: Forest of Light

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Discovery and wonder abound across the 10 illuminated installations in Descanso Gardens’ holiday tradition.

Things to do

Moonlight Forest

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
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Wander through gardens filled with massive lanterns, shimmering flowers and whimsical dragons as the L.A. County Arboretum lights up for Moonlight Forest.

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Things to do

LA Zoo Lights

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Zoo | Los Angeles, CA, Griffith Park
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Whether you like your holidays on the traditional side or served with a twist, you’ll find plenty of eye-popping, jaw-dropping wonder at L.A. Zoo Lights.

Festival of Lights
Photograph: Courtesy Mission Inn
Things to do

Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

icon-location-pin The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Inland Empire
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Riverside’s stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights.

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L.A. Kings Holiday Ice
Photograph: Courtesy L.A. Live
Things to do, Ice skating

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice

icon-location-pin LA Live, Downtown
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The annual L.A. Kings ice skating rink once again returns to L.A. Live. Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of the outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza.

Photo Ark
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark
Art, Photography

“Photo Ark”

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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Seasoned photographer and author Joel Sartore has contributed to National Geographic magazine for over two decades. Now, Angelenos will have a chance to see a glimpse of his stunning photos of some of the world’s most threatened species with this selection of 100 large-format prints.

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Chris Cornell
Photograph: courtesy Press Here
Music, Rock and indie

I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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Members of the late Chris Cornell’s former bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog—plus Foo Fighters, Metallica and Ryan Adams will come together for this special tribute show at tje Forum.

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Courtesy Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
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Come glide and pretend there’s snow on the ground at Pershing Square’s outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city.

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Chinese New Year in Monterey Park
Photograph: Courtesy World Journal LA
Things to do, Festivals

Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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Ring in the Year of the Pig in the heart of L.A.’s Chinese community with folk art, authentic eats and dragon dances at this annual two-day street fair.

Elton John
Photograph: Courtesy Elton John
Music, Pop

Elton John

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Goodbye, yellow brick road: The piano-playing legend’s farewell tour spends six nights in the city that kickstarted his career.

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