10Best: Hot Happenings this January

  • Sydney Festival 2012

    Sydney Festival in Sydney

    January 5-27
    January means summertime in Sydney, and the folks down under celebrate with Sydney Festival, three weeks of performing and visual arts, family events and plenty of free things to do. Be there on the first day for the welcoming of a giant yellow rubber duck to Darling Harbour to kick off the festivities.

    Photo courtesy of Sydney Festival

  • Taking a break at Marmot Basin

    Jasper in January in Jasper, Alberta

    January 11-27
    In the town of Jasper, the cold and snow aren't enough to keep people inside in January. During the two-week Jasper in January festival, the city hosts a jam-packed calender of events, including snowshoeing hikes, dog-sledding demos, a chili cook-off, fireworks, a street festival and plenty of chances to hit the slopes.

    Photo courtesy of Natalie Lucier

  • Roger Federer plays in the 2009 Australian Open

    Australian Open in Melbourne

    January 14-27
    The best of the best in the world of tennis descend upon Melbourne every January for the Australian Open, a hard-court tournament played at the Melbourne Center. It's the first of the four Grand Slam events each year, and besides great tennis action, spectators can visit the Grand Slam Oval and Garden Square for live entertainment and off-court activities.

    Photo courtesy of Richard Fisher

  • St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Castle

    St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, MN

    January 24- February 3
    This January, celebrate all things snow and ice at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, an annual winter event dating back to 1886. Using Montreal's Winter Carnival as inspiration, the city of St. Paul hosts a variety of winter-themed events, like parades, winter sports, a blanket-tossing competition and push ball. Highlights include the giant ice palace and toboggan slides.

    Photo courtesy of Kendrick Erickson

  • The Falcon F7 Supercar on Display

    North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI

    January 14-27
    Car buffs rejoice! Each January, Detroit showcases the latest automobile innovations at the North American International Auto Show, an event dating back more than 100 years. Each year, visitors are treated to an up-close-and-personal look at more than 500 vehicle models representing the latest in cutting-edge car design from the world's best manufacturers.

    Photo courtesy of North American International Auto Show

  • Elvis Presley's gravesite in Memphis

    The King's Birthday in Memphis, TN

    January 5-8
    Each January, the entire city of Memphis comes together to celebrate one special birthday, that of Elvis Presley. Events include a special Elvis tribute by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, themed tours of Graceland and an "Elvis' Hawaii: Movies, Concerts and More!" exhibit at Graceland Crossing.

    Photo courtesy of Joel Kramer

  • Stone crab claws

    Florida Keys Seafood Festival in Key West, FL

    January 19
    The annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival not only celebrates the rich bounty from the sea, but also the men and women who bring it to shore. The single-day event at Bayview Park will feature live entertainment, a raffle, children's activities and nearly every type of seafood you can imagine. Try the stone crab claws and the Key West pink shrimp, both local specialties.

    Photo courtesy of The Florida Keys & Key West

  • Rose Bowl Parade float

    Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

    January 1
    The Tournament of Roses, or Rose Bowl, has become a New Year's Day tradition for many a football-watching family. This BCS event is the oldest of all the college bowl games, dating back to 1902. Before this year's game, tune in to the Rose Bowl Parade, themed "Oh, the Places You'll Go," to see the floral floats and marching bands take to the streets of Pasadena.

    Photo courtesy of Joe McGowan

  • All dressed up for La Befana

    La Befana in Rome

    January 6
    Christmas may be over in the United States, but in Rome, things don't wrap up until the Feast of the Epiphany in January. Legend says that a witch called La Befana flies in on her broomstick during the night to fill the stockings of Italy's children with toys and presents.

    Photo courtesy of Eleonora Gianinetto

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