Best Festivals in January

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Why let the festivities end with New Year's? Whatever you're interested in (food, music, film?) you can find a festival to match during the month of January!

  1. Tournament of Roses

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    Pasadena's annual New Year's traditions, the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl, are part of a multi-day festival of pomp and pageantry that has become a country-wide New Year's Day celebration. Sure, you can catch the parade or the Rose Bowl game on TV, but there's nothing like being there.

    See the floats before they travel down Colorado Blvd. at their unveiling on Dec. 28. Attend Equifest on Dec. 29 to see the horses perform before they strut their stuff in the parade. Bandfest, Dec. 29-30, showcases the best of the parade's bands. It all leads up to a January 1 parade and bowl game day like no other.


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  2. Golden Globe Awards

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    Looking for another excuse to travel to Los Angeles? The Golden Globe Awards take place every January, bringing together the hottest actors and celebrities all in one place. Film buffs can plan a trip around this event and attend the red carpet and maybe even an after party or two.


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  3. International Snow Sculpture Championships

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    Some travelers choose to run away from the snow in January, while others celebrate the season. Plan a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado and you can attend the family-friendly International Snow Sculpture Championships. It's incredible to see what these professionals can craft from snow.


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  4. Key West Race Week

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    If you need to escape the cold weather during January, head south to the Florida Keys for Key West Race Week. This event includes boat races and a variety of other entertainment. Key West is also known for its great nightlife, so be prepared for entertainment day and night.


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  5. North American International Auto Show

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    If you love cars, one of the best festivals in January is without a doubt the North American International Auto Show. Held in Detroit every year, this is a chance for car enthusiasts to get together and see the latest developments in the industry at a major convention.


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  6. Southeastern Flower Show

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    Not all January events have to be centered around snow and winter weather. Travelers seeking an alternative should check out the Southeastern Flower Show held every year in Atlanta. The variety of flowers and colors is sure to brighten up your January.


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  7. Sundance Film Festival

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    The hottest film festival of the year takes place in January in Park City, Utah. Over the years the Sundance Film Festival has established a reputation for attracting the biggest stars and showing premieres of the year's most critically-acclaimed independent films. Be sure to make your vacation rental reservations in advance for this popular event.


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  8. Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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    During January, sometimes you need a flash back to the summer. There's no better way to achieve this than with the tastes and smells of summer. Plan a trip to the Lowcountry Oyster Festival in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and that is exactly what you will experience.


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  9. Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival

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    Who says that summer is the best time to visit Alaska? During January, the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival comes to Anchorage, providing a great excuse to head north and explore this beautiful city.


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  10. New York Guitar Festival

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    Music enthusiasts might be tired of the same old performance festivals. One of the best festivals in January is the New York Guitar Festival, which not only features concerts, but also offers the opportunity to learn more about guitars. New York has one of the best concentration of guitar stores in the country, and this is highlighted even further during the festival.


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