Here are some of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles this January
Free day at the tar pits
Tar Pits Free First Tuesdays gives visitors free general admission the first Tuesdays of (most) every month. Advance ticket reservation is recommended (maximum of 8 tickets per each reservation). The La Brea Tar Pits are one of the world’s most famous fossil localities. The museum displays Ice Age fossils — including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths — from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits. Every day inside the glass-enclosed Fossil Lab, scientists and volunteers prepare fossils including “Zed,” a recently discovered male Columbian mammoth. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, the Pleistocene Garden and iconic life-size replicas of extinct mammals depict the life that once grew, and roamed, in the Los Angeles Basin. More info here: https://tarpits.org
When: January 2, 2018
Where: The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park
LA Chocolate Festival
LA Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show brings together the world’s #1 Chocolatiers, Pastry Chefs, and confectioners along with wines, beers, and spirits at the Omni Hotel. This year’s event benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation- the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. More info. here: http://www.indulgela.net
When: January 6, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Where: Omni Hotel Los Angeles (251 S Olive St.)
LA Fit Expo
The West Coast’s Largest Health and Fitness Expo returns to the LA Convention Center on January 6 & 7, 2018. This action-packed weekend will feature amazing competitions and events, non-stop cutting edge classes, internet fitness celebrities, and hundreds of exhibits featuring the newest in fitness, diet, nutrition, strength and wellness products, with tons of free samples! More info. here: https://www.thefitexpo.com
When: January 6 – 7, 2018
Where: LA Convention Center
Free National Parks!
There are more than 400 national parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Get out and enjoy nature! (but expect more people and less parking than usual). See all park details here.
When: January 15, 2018
Where: All across the nation!
LA Wine Fest
Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to LA for the third annual Uncorked: LA Wine Fest at Union Station. Enjoy over 150 wines from across the globe, bubbly bar, gourmet food trucks, live music, custom photo booth and more! This event has a VIP admission includes an extra hour of tasting with shorter lines and some exlcusive pours from select wineries. Tickets include all your tastings with food sold separately. Cocktail or dress attire is requested (but not required). This event benefits the Rose City Crystals. This event is 21+. More info here: http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com
When: January 27, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
Where: Union Station (800 North Alameda Street)
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