You may be so busy with things to do this month that you don't have time to think ahead, but for me, half the fun of anything is looking forward to it. Here's what I'm looking forward to in January:
- Rose Parade: It's barely January when this one happens, but California's best parade is worth planning ahead for. Instead of camping out all night or driving to Pasadena at the crack of dawn to watch, you can have even more fun using the tips in the Rose Parade Guide.
- Edwardian Ball in San Francisco: I've been looking forward to this mesmerizing event ever since attending it in LA last year. It's such a fantastical amalgamation that it's hard to describe, but a bit like falling down that rabbit hole that tripped Alice up. In San Francisco, it will be January 17-18. LA is Feb. 8
- Emperor Norton's Birthday: One of the most eccentric characters in the history of a city filled with them, Emperor Norton once issued his own currency, sent proclamations to Congress and rewrote the Bible. His January 8 birthday is a good time to visit his grave in Colma's Woodlawn Cemetery. Read more about him and get directions to his last resting place at Roadside America.
Image courtesy of the Edwardian Ball and Marco Sanchez.