It’s the first week of 2018, and L.A.’s got lots of great ways to ring in the new year. It all starts with the 129th annual Rose Parade, followed by some BINGO at a brewery, winter wonderlands to explore, an evening exploring climate change, and more. Happy New Year L.A!
Monday, January 1, 2017
129th Rose Parade
Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena

The year begins with one of L.A.’s most beloved traditions, the annual Rose Parade. Now in its 129th year, the parade features floral floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and all the merriment of the new year. The parade starts at the corner of Green St. and Orange Grove Blvd., travels north on Orange Grove, and turns east onto Colorado Blvd. where most of the spectacular viewing takes place.

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L.A. New Year New You Sunset Yoga
OUE Skyspace L.A., Downtown L.A.

End the first day of the year on a healthy note with a special Sunset Yoga class set atop one of the highest vantage points in the city. Guests will wear headphones with ambient music paired with instructor-guided poses, and stretch into the evening while enjoying a 360-degree view at the observation space. A ride down the all-glass Skyslide is included.

Tuesday, January 2, 2017
Visit Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats
E Washington Blvd. & E Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

After the floats have made their way down the streets and the marching bands have ended their fanfare, guests have the chance to check out the floral masterpieces up close. See the hard work that went into each manmade entry, and learn all about the process from Tournament volunteers.

Wednesday, January 3, 2017
BINGO at Three Weavers Brewing Company
Three Weavers Brewing Company, Inglewood

Three Weavers brewery in Inglewood hosts a spirited BINGO game the first Wednesday of every month. Today’s not only the first Wednesday of the month, but of the year, so join in the fun, drink some craft beer, and play to win some sweet prizes.

Thursday, January 4, 2017
Winter Fest
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Just a short trip down the 405 and you’ll find SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink along with ice tubes, a massive snow play and slide area, snow flurries, light maze, carnival rides, fireworks, and more at Winter Fest. Festive entertainment and seasonal eateries are also a part of the fun that lasts through Sunday.

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Friday, January 5, 2017
The Queen Mary’s CHILL
Queen Mary, Long Beach

It’s your last chance to experience the Queen Mary’s CHILL, taking place through Sunday. Play in the all new Ice Adventure Park, where 38,000 square feet of ice skating, bumper boats, zip lining, shuffleboard, ice tubing, and more await. You can also enjoy international food and beverages, light shows, dancing, and all sorts of chill fun.

Saturday, January 6, 2017
Violinist Sarah Chang in Concert
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills

World premier violinist Sarah Chang joins multifaceted pianist Julio Elizalde for a one-night-only performance of works by Bartok, Brahms, and Franck. Before the concert starts, an intimate conversation with Chang will take place as part of The Wallis’ Preludes series.

Bricks LA
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

LEGO lovers of all ages will be wowed at this weekend’s display of hundreds of fan created models at the Pasadena Convention Center. Check out over 13,000 square feet of creations, a build area, and vendor stands filled with new, used, and vintage LEGO sets, minifigures, jewelry, and unique accessories you won’t find elsewhere.

Sunday, January 7, 2017
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” Screening + Q&A with Al Gore
Hammer Museum, Westwood

Vice President Al Gore continues his outspoken advocacy of climate change awareness through a new documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” The film follows Gore’s passion and pursuit to overcome the perils of climate change as he works to influence international policy. The screening is free, and a Q&A with Al Gore follows it.
Atwater Village Theatre, Atwater Village

King Lear finally gets a happy ending in a hilarious musical play-within-a-play recently revived by Open Fist Theatre Company. With a clever story, whitty songs, and creative production, it’s no wonder the show has been extended through January 27.

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