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21 Really Cool Things to do This January in L.A. (2019)

January 1, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in January around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

January 2019 event highlights include a No Pants Metro Ride, the L.A. Art Show, a Selena Movie Night at The Wiltern, dineL.A. restaurant week, a Mobile Museum Fair, MLK Day at CAAM, and MUCH more.


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No Pants Metro 2016

Passengers gather for the 2016 No Pants Metro Ride. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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1. Bricks LA 2018 at Pasadena Convention Center (January 5-6)

Highlights include over 19,000 square feet of custom made models, a play area for kids of all ages (adults included) & vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets. -> More information

2. Retro City Festival 2019 (January 5-6)

The Retro City Festival 2019 comes to the Fairplex on January 5 – 6 for its annual celebration of the history of video gaming! Check out California’s largest display of retro gaming all weekend long! -> More information

3. 2019 Oshogatsu Family Festival (January 6)

Ring in the Year of the Boar with the Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival on Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, and visitors will enjoy Japanese American performances, crafts, live art, candy sculptures, kids activities, and two mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstrations. -> More information

4. Santa Monica Restaurant Week (January 7-13)

Santa Monica Restaurant Week returns January 7 to 13 with over 30 of the area’s best restaurants creating a unique dish with one unifying star ingredient, the persimmon. -> More information

5. Vivi Mi Gente! Selena Movie Night at The Wiltern (January 11)

Celebrate the Queen of Tejano music, Selena at The Wiltern on January 11. Enjoy a screening of the film, a Selena tribute concert, vendors, photo ops and tacos at the celebration. -> More information

6. dineL.A. (Jan. 11-25)

L.A.’s restaurant week (it’s actually two weeks) kicks of 2019 with another round of exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. -> More information

7. Burger & Brewfest at Santa Anita Park (January 12)

Spend a day with burgers, beer and world-class Thoroughbred racing at Los Angeles landmark, Santa Anita Park during Burgers & Brewfest on Jan. 12, 2019. -> More information

8. No Pants Metro Ride 2019 (January 13)

Enjoy riding the Metro — pants free — with a big group of like-minded Angelenos on Sunday, January 13, when the 11th Annual No Pants Metro Ride returns. -> More information

9. Mobile Museum Fair a Central Library

Head to Central Library on January 13 for the first-ever Mobile Museum Fair. As part of the 21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story exhibit, this the Mobile Museum Fair highlights over 15 libraries on wheels, portable exhibits, and mobile museums from the greater Los Angeles area. -> More information

10. Asian American Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona (January 19-20)

The Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex in Pomona on January 19 and 20 for two days of celebrating the Lunar New Year through food, art, and an immersive cultural experience. -> More information

11. Anime Impluse (Jan. 19-20)

Fusing the world of anime and video games, Anime Impulse will feature celebrity appearances, esports, artist alleys, Kawaii fashion, and cosplay, all at the Fairplex in Pomona. -> More information

12. Happy Birthday Marion! at The Annenberg Beach House (January 20)

Get a taste of old Hollywood at the Annenberg Community Beach House during Happy Birthday Marion, a free event that celebrates actress Marion Davies’ 122nd birthday. -> More information

13. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at The California African American Museum (Jan. 21)

Celebrate MLK Day through a host of community activities at CAAM including poster and megaphone making,  special excerpts of King’s speeches, a performance by yhe Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and children’s march around the Rose Garden. Free for all to attend! -> More information

14. The 2019 LA Art Show (January 23-27)

The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center January 23-27 for the West Coast’s most comprehensive art experience. -> More information

15. Indie Beauty Expo at California Market Center in DTLA (January 23)

The Indie Beauty Expo comes to the California Market Center in Downtown L.A. on January 23 for an exhibition of all of the newest, freshest and most innovative beauty brands in the world. – > More information

16. The WhiskyX at the Barker Hangar (January 25)

The WhiskyX comes to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 25 for an evening of whisky tasting and live music. From bourbon to scotch to rye, WhiskyX is a true whisky lover’s paradise. -> More information

17. Rock on Film Presents: Pink Floyd: The Wall at The Wiltern (January 25)

Rock on Film Presents: Pink Floyd: The Wall at The Wiltern on January 25. The movie screening will commemorate the album’s 40th anniversary. -> More information

18. The California Wine Festival at Santa Anita Park (January 26)

The California Wine Festival comes to Santa Anita Park on January 26 inviting guests to experience wines from across the Golden State while celebrating the exciting past time of horse racing.  -> More information

19. Uncorked: Los Angeles Wine Festival at Union Station (January 26)

Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to LA for the fourth annual Uncorked: LA Wine Fest at iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles on January 26. -> More information

20. Los Angeles Magazine’s 6th Annual Best New Restaurants Celebration (January 27)

Los Angeles Magazine’s 6th Annual Best New Restaurants Celebration 2019 returns on January 29 for a celebration that honors the city’s most appetizing openings. -> More information

21. Photo LA (January 31 to February 3)

Photo LA. Happening at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica from January 31 to February 3 celebrates photography and how it fits within the realm of fine art. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout January. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox.