The holidays are winding down but that doesn’t mean January is a quiet month. Pull on your riding boots and bundle up in your puffer coat—there is too much going on this month for you to stay cooped up inside!
Polar Bear Plunge, January 1 For anyone who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, get ready to get soaked—and frozen—for another good cause. Participants in Polar Bear Plunge will run into the frigid Atlantic Ocean and dunk under water for charity. Proceeds of the New York Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge benefit Camp Sunshine, a summer program for children with multiple disabilities. The Polar Bear Plunge has become a wintertime tradition in many cities. Find one near you and grab your swimsuit—if you’re brave enough!
Golden Globe Awards, January 11 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return for a third time to host the Golden Globe Awards. The comedic duo shot up ratings to a 10-year high last year. This year, they’re sure to deliver rollicking laughs and quotable quips once again. The list of nominees includes standout performances like Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon in Wild. The nomination list also has a handful of surprises including major props to The CW show Jane the Virgin and to first-time nominee Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Golden Globes air January 11 at 8PM EST on NBC.
Tomorrow Never Knows Music Festival, January 14-19 A frigid and blustery January in Chicago heats up with the city’s annual Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK), a music festival featuring Indie favorites and on-the-rise bands. This year, the hottest tickets are for Jukebox the Ghost, Twin Peaks and The Walkmen front-man Hamilton Leithauser. Secure your five-day pass and discover your next favorite band.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, January 19 Following the tragic 2014 events in Ferguson and Staten Island, this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is sure to be poignantly felt nationwide. New York will honor the civil rights leader with a series of events including a musical tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Across the country, volunteers will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, donating their time in service to their neighbors and communities. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit here.
Broadway Week, January 20 Like Restaurant Week for musicals, Broadway Week offers an incredible discount on select productions in New York, selling 2-for-1 tickets. Must-see participating shows include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical. For those visiting NYC through January, don’t worry: Broadway Week actually runs through February 5. Tickets are available beginning January 9, so set your iPhone reminder because tickets will go fast!