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California in January

Events and Activities for the Month of January


  • Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena: Held on January 1 most years, it's a floral extravaganza well worth a visit

  • Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena: Plan ahead or you'll be stuck watching this one on television

  • Monarch Butterflies, Pacific Grove: The orange-and-black butterflies spend their winters in the trees around town

  • Chefs' Holidays, Yosemite: Held in sessions over several weeks, this holiday is all about food with cooking demonstrations and a not-to-be-missed gala dinner

  • Elephant Seals, Año Nuevo State Reserve: Males fight for dominance while newborns grow at an astounding rate, making an unforgettable spectacle. You can also see the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas near Hearst Castle

  • Mavericks Invitational: It attracts the world's top surfers and it can happen any time between November and March, as soon as the waves are big enough. This guide has all the details and information about how to find out when it's happening.

  • Whale Watching: Winter is migration time for many whale species and you'll find cruises going out from most coastal locations.

  • Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco: The lunar holiday occurs in late January or early February and San Francisco holds the most extravagant celebration in the state.

  • Quadrantid Meteor Showers: This burst of astronomical fireworks happens in early January. The best places to see them are far away from city lights and where there are few trees: Joshua Tree or Lake Shasta are great choices.

  • Whale Watching in January: This is the month to see gray whales and fin whales

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