There are also events for San Diego and Los Angeles counties below the OC events.
Orange County Events
Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Knott’s Merry Farm Jan 1-3
Each evening, see the night come to light in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show, and then take a walk down Ghost Town’s Main Street as thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of familiar holiday music while snow gently falls.
Winter Fest Jan 1-3
Enjoy winter in the OC with ice skating, holiday film viewings, ice tubing, nightly snowfall, Christmas tree lighting celebration and more festive entertainment and family-friendly activities.
OC Chill • Ice Rink Jan 1-31
A tradition the whole family can enjoy! Gliding around Irvine Spectrum Center’s outdoor Ice Rink is the coolest activity in OC so lace up some skates and join the frozen fun in Giant Wheel Court!
Craft & Hobby Association Mega Conference and Trade Show Jan 7-12
The 2015 CHA MEGA Show drew thousands of buyers from 56 countries to see the newest products coming to market.The Show floor featured an array of education and interactive activities including an Independent Retailer Conference, product workshops, a Makerspace with live demonstrations, a Designer Showcase featuring the hottest craft designers, celebrity appearances, and fashion shows.
Bollywood Bridal Show Jan 10
Bollywood bridal show features the finest South Asian and American vendors in California, for Californians to experience the rich culture and traditions of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and other Southeast Asian weddings & preparation. California’s best & experienced vendors will be here under one roof to help you plan and help you make decisions that will make your dream wedding into reality.
Decadent Donuts – A Hands On Cooking Class Jan 10
Whether they are baked or fried, yeast or cake… homemade donuts are delicious! In this class our Chef Instructor will share techniques on creating yeast doughs, flavorful cake doughnuts, and frying both. You will also learn tips on creating a perfect pate a choux and versatile glazes. Join us for 3 1/2 hours of sinful indulgence as we mix, fry, and glaze decadent donuts!
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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend @ Disneyland Jan 14-17
Newport News Restaurant WeekJan 15 – Feb 6
Visit those hot spots you’ve always wanted to try and return to your neighborhood favorites you’ve loved for years. No matter where you choose to dine, you’ll be a part of a community-wide celebration of the great restaurants and talented chefs who serve up fresh, delicious cuisine every day.
OC Roller Derby: Heroes vs Villains Jan 23
Please check website to confirm date and time.
TICKETS: Your ticket will be held at will call. Please bring ID to will call, which opens one hour before the first game. If you would like physical tickets and do not want to pay the extra online fee-you can purchase them from any skater at any practice or at our shop, OC Roller Skates, located at 5555 MC Fadden Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Limited amounts of VIP tickets (if available) are sold online or by purchasing a VIP season ticket.
Centennial Farm Garden Class – Pruning Workshop Jan 30
“Pruning Workshop”: A follow-up to “Pruning Fruit Trees: The Basics” held in November, this second workshop will offer pruning demonstrations of a variety of trees around Centennial Farm.
Snow Day Jan 31
Tons of frosty snow will be delivered to the park to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves. The event time is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Tournament of Roses Parade Jan 1
There are a variety of events that you can get tickets for or just come down to watch the parade.
Roses Bowl Game Jan 1
Penguin SwimJan 1
Give your new year a cool, fresh start with the Penguin Swim Club! Sign up at Venice Beach at 11:00 am. The Penguin Swim begins at noon. The event is free, with snacks and hot drinks provided.
Woodland Hills Ice Jan 1-24
Recreational skating, professional skating exhibitions, group classes, private lessons and even birthday parties are all on offer at this outdoor rink—the only one of its kind in the SFV. Glide on more than 7,000 square feet of ice, located at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills.
People’s Choice Awards 2016 Jan 6
See your favorite stars from movies, music and TV at the first awards show of the year! Last year’s event was hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney (Mom), featured musical performances by Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy, and appearances by Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Melissa McCarthy, Betty White, and dozens more!
Winter Sounds Jan 9
Winter Sounds is a FREE indoor concert series of Jazz, Classical and World music presented by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week Jan 10-15
Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger’s genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. Forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special creations and deals.
ICE at Santa MonicaThru Jan 18
Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St at Arizona) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana.
Free Santa Monica Symphony ConcertJan 16
Annual Martin Luther King Day Concert
2016 Winter Restaurant Week Jan 18-31
dineL.A Restaurant Week is right around the corner! Mark your calendars and tell your friends and family – the dates are Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 31st. This is the best time to explore L.A.’s restaurants in your local neighborhood or across town.
Movie Night at the Wiltern Welcomes Fast Times Fest Jan 23
COASTAL 5k/10k Walk/Run for Foster Youth – Pepperdine University
A family-friendly event, the Coastal Run/Walk for Foster Youth will raise funds for GSEP initiatives to improve the lives of foster children in Los Angeles County.
LA River Night Run Jan 24
Start your run at sunset and continue underneath the stars – at least, the few you can see from the Valley at this nighttime running series. This 5K takes you through fields along the LA River and includes games, live music, giveaways, a vegan taco bar, a fire pit with s’mores and free beer from Golden Road Brewing, all in the name of raising awareness for the beautification of the river. Headlamps and warm clothes are highly suggested.
Griffith Park Run Half Marathon and 5K Jan 24
Annual Half Marathon and 5K road race in iconic Griffith Park organized by the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to support our city parks. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the city’s public park system with over 440 public parks and recreation centers stretching more than 16,000 acres.
stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles Jan 28-30
stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles, which takes place January 29-31, 2016 at the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood, is an independently produced contemporary art fair for unrepresented artists.
Leimert Park Art WalkJan 31
The Leimert Park Art Walk is a free self-guided visual and performance art experience that happens on the last Sunday of every month.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
San Diego Restaurant Week Dates TBD
Enjoy great cuisine at some of the best restaurants in San Diego. Over 180 San Diego restaurants participate. Enjoy a 3 course dinner for $20 – $50. Lunch option available too. Reservations recommended.
International Auto Show (Dec 31) Jan 1-Jan 3
Be the first to see all-new models not yet in showrooms.
La Jolla Polar Bear Swim Jan 1
New Years Day Jan 1, 2016. Make you new years resolution and join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club in their annual polar bear swim, 10 AM at La Jolla Shores. This is a fun non-competitive swim. One of the cool San Diego events in January.
San Diego New Year’s Day Race 2016 Jan 1
San Diego Yacht Club, Shelter Island. All boats and classes are featured in this New Years day traditional regatta. Participants will start around noon at the east end of Harbor Island and sail into San Diego Bay. Nice to watch as you explore the San Diego waterfront.
Winter Concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing
Jan 3, Jan 10, Jan 17 and Jan 24
Poway Community Park: Winter Festival Jan 8 – 9
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down snow hill, smell roasted marshmallows as you devour s’mores, experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink, and peruse a variety of vendors. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the appeal and entertainment of a cold-mountain town set right in Poway.
San Diego Spring Home Show 2016 Jan 8 – 10
At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.
Resolution Run 15K & 5K Jan 9
Take strides to reduce your carbon and physical footprint — a healthier you can mean a lighter you, and a lighter footprint. Race includes Earth-friendly race management practices and benefits San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, a local eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier San Diego food system.
Supercross Motorcycle Jan 16
Billed as “the world’s premier indoor motorcycle circuit,” composed of 17 races with tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, and massive triple jumps.
San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Jan 16 – 17
Meet some of your favorite celebrity travelers like Rick Steves or Samantha Brown. Hear unfamiliar accents as you speak to destination experts from around the planet. Taste an exotic dish at the Taste of Travel Theater. Experience rhythms of distant lands. Find a world of vacation options and deals that you just can’t find anywhere else only at America’s Favorite TRAVEL EXPOS!
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 2016 Jan 17
Sunday Jan. 17 2016 starting at 2:00 PM at Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK parade with floats, high school bands, drill teams and more.
Disney on Ice presents Frozen Jan 20 – 24
Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.
Malashock Signatures Jan 22-24, Jan 28-31
An evocative program of dance that highlights two of John Malashock’s “signature” works and two world premieres. Audiences are not separated from the dancers in the typical way — they are sharing the studio space with the dancers.
Monster JamJan 23
The world’s best monster trucks battle it out in an event of speed, racing, and destruction with 28 massive trucks.
San Diego’s Black Film Festival 2016 Jan 27 – 31
As the first and largest black film festival of the year, numerous other film festival reps scout new films from us for their event. Simply put, each year the San Diego Black Film Festival will premiere a large percentage of the independent films that will prove successful throughout the year at other film festivals.
Lunar New Year Festival Jan 29-31
Celebrated for thousands of years in various countries around the world influenced by Chinese civilization, the Lunar New Year remains Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday. This Lunar New Year Festival observes the Year of the Monkey, an animal representing intelligence, mischievousness, curiosity, and inventiveness.
Wildlife Hike-a-Thon Jan 30
This event takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course. Bring the whole family, and take the leisurely hike to the half-way point where you can enjoy a refreshing drink before turning back to the finish line.
Bridal Bazaar Jan 31
This is San Diego’s largest bridal show of the year, so you’ll find more variety, more choices, and more inspiration to plan your day, your way.