Things to do in January in Laguna Beach
1. NEWPORT LANDING PRESENTS: $20 WHALE WATCHING CRUISE SPECIAL
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport/Laguna Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and then come back traveling from Baja, California to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea during the months of December, January, February, March, & April. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed along with several species of dolphin. Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles stretching from Newport to Laguna Beach and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline and along with being a mecca for whale watching also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California.
2. LAGUNA BEACH FARMERS' MARKETS
For years now, and on every Saturday morning in Laguna Beach, the Certified Farmers' Market has served Laguna Beach residents and tourists. From just-picked produce, flowers to local honey, homemade delicacies and more from 40+ vendors and farmers the Laguna Beach Farmers' Market is a must. Start with a fresh cup of coffee from one our own indie coffee shop, and take your time strolling the many booths. (Don't miss the empanadas!) As you'll see from the large numbers of locals in attendance, it's a perfect way to start a lovely Saturday morning in Laguna Beach.
3. LAGUNA ART MUSEUM PRESENTS: ART AND NATURE
In its annual Art & Nature festival, the museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.
4. THE PROMENADE ON FOREST
The Promenade on Forest, a pedestrian-only experience, offers outdoor dining, display and art performances, retail decks and temporary art installations on Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street throughout the Summer of 2020. The Promenade design supports local businesses by expanding customer seating and merchandise display areas , to allow for social distancing.