San Diego County Calendar of Events January 2019

December 27, 2018

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station | Through Jan. 6
Don your cold-weather gear and go for a glide at this outdoor ice rink! Net proceeds from this event benefit the Thriving After Cancer program in the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.
Time/Place: 10am – 10pm / 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma

La Jolla Polar Bear Plunge | Jan. 1
Join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club at their annual Polar Bear Plunge and chili potluck. You don’t have to swim or get wet, but if you do, you get to say you did. Wear warm clothes and bring chili, soup, or another warm food to share. Cider and coffee will be provided.
Time/Place: 10am / La Jolla Shores

New Year’s Day Brunch | Jan. 1
Gather friends and family and keep the party going aboard a luxury yacht for a mouth-watering New Year’s Day brunch cruise! This two-hour cruise includes unlimited mimosas, complimentary coffee and tea and a gourmet buffet with vegetarian options.
Time/Place: 11am – 1pm / 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

Rose Parade Tour | Jan. 1
Enjoy the excitement of New Year’s morning in the tradition and pageantry of magnificent floral floats.
Time/Place: 4am – 3pm / Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company, 1050 Kettner Boulevard

Illuminating Rhythms, an Art Exhibition | Jan. 2 – 26
The San Diego Watercolor Society presents “Illuminating Rhythms,” an art exhibition juried by award-winning artist Thomas Schaller.
Time/Place: 10am – 4pm / San Diego Watercolor Society – 2825 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106

Cos-Losseum Cosplay Con (C3) | Jan. 5
We focus on the art and passion for Cosplay through this smaller, more personable and affordable show. We also provide activities, guests and all aspects one would look for in a convention of this style.
Time/Place: Times Vary / Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego

ArchaeoCon 2019 | Jan. 5
Join fellow archeology enthusiasts for a day of small group workshops, an ancient games tournament, a Q&A session with experts and an activity fair packed with hands-on experiences, demonstrations, presentations and more.
Time/Place: 10am – 4pm / Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event | Jan. 5 – 6
Connect with your kids and have off-the-charts fun at the #1 Minecraft event in the USA. You can plunge into the Minecraft Mixed Reality Experience, join parent-child build challenges, win a Minecraft costume contest, witness non-stop mega-stage shows and more!
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm

Quicksilver Baroque: “Off the Beaten Track” | Jan. 6
The San Diego Early Music Society and ECHO Chamber Music Series are thrilled to co-present QuickSilver Baroque. Returning to San Diego after a brilliant debut three years ago, Quicksilver lives up to its name.
Time/Place: 3pm – 5pm / Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre – 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, Rancho San Diego

“Abducting Reality” Exhibition | Jan. 6 – March 24
See new feature works from San Diego artist Alexander Arshansky. These intricate paintings bring the conceptual into physical form while questioning absoluteness and corporeality. The opening reception is on Sunday, January 6 from 6 – 9pm and is free to attend. RSVP required.
Time/Place: Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss | Jan. 10
Comedian and podcaster Shane Mauss presents Stand Up Science. Local scientific experts, stand-up comedians and other special guests join Shane to bring you a show equal parts “aha!” and “haha!”
Time/Place: 8pm – 9:15pm / The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Somi | Jan. 10
See a performance by jazz vocalist, songwriter and activist Somi. Her newest album, Petite Afrique – a daring, relevant refashioning of what “jazz” and “African music” mean – is inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem.
Time/Place: 8 – 10pm / The Loft at UC San Diego

New Discoveries in the American Paleolithic | Jan. 10 – 12
The Anza Borrego Foundation, California State Parks and sponsors announce New Discoveries in the American Paleolithic: The Pre-16,000BP Archaeological Record.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, 590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs

Springboard West Music Festival | Jan. 10 – 12
For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music. A two-day Band Bootcamp featuring 40 bands and 10 solo artists who were selected from over 3,000 submissions will include workshops, panels and pitch sessions with veterans and music industry professionals. The event culminates on Saturday with the wildly popular Band & Brew Crawl.
Time/Place: 10am / Ocean Beach Playhouse

soundON Festival of Modern Music | Jan. 10 – 13
This four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music brings together an international roster of composers and performers. The series includes concerts, performances, workshops, lectures and art curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler.
Time/Place: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla
Contact: 858-454-5872 /

Poway Winter Festival | Jan. 11 – 12
Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, you’ll get to experience the magic of winter like never before at this festival!
Time/Place: Friday 5 – 9pm and Saturday 3:30 – 8:30pm / Poway Community Park
Contact: 858-668-4671 /

Gem Faire | Jan. 11 – 13
Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world-renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more.
Time/Place: Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 503-252-8300 /

Wood X: A Furniture Show | Jan. 11 – Feb. 1
View beautiful household furnishings built by some of the very best furniture makers in Southern California. A variety of wood mediums will be exhibited throughout the month. The opening reception is on Saturday, January 12 from 5:30 – 8pm.
Time/Place: 11am – 5pm / Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue, Escondido

San Diego Brew Fest | Jan. 12
Taste unlimited samples from 70 breweries featuring 150 different beers while you enjoy live music and food from San Diego’s most popular food trucks. 21+ only.
Time/Place: 1 – 4pm (General Admission), 12 – 4pm (VIP) / Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station

SD Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon | Jan. 13
Get ready to shed a few of those holiday pounds and lighten the impact you leave on the earth at this inspirational waterfront event that benefits Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, an eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier food system in Southern California.
Time/Place: 7:15 – 10:30am / Tecolote Shores South Park, Mission Bay

Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo | Jan. 16
A FREE opportunity to discover more about what Fallbrook has to offer! Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prizes and more.
Time/Place: 3 – 7pm / Pala Mesa Resort

Borrego Springs Film Festival | Jan. 17 – 21
A young and popular Southern California-juried film festival with categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino and short films. Enjoy a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
Contact: 760-440-5338 /

Kids Marathon Mile | Jan. 19
A one-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Participants can run, walk, skip, stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller as they wind through the park to make their way to an exciting, spectator-filled finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and more!
Time/Place: 6:30 – 10am / LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

City Heights Health Fair | Jan. 19
M.E.M.O. at UCSD is holding their annual Health Fair, a free event that is open to the public and includes representation from a variety of local health providers and mobile clinics. The organization’s goal is to engage and educate lower-income families in San Diego so that they can work with local providers of health-related services to help them build happier and healthier lives.
Time/Place: 8:30am – 12:30pm / Copley-Price Family YMCA

Travel & Adventure Show | Jan. 19 – 20
Discover the leading destinations, meet local travel experts and celebrity personalities and learn about exclusive travel deals. You can also get a taste of faraway cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.
Time/Place: Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm / San Diego Convention Center
Contact: 203-878-2577 /

Monster Jam | Jan. 19 – 26
Monster Jam® is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tours!
Time/Place: 7 – 10pm / Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade | Jan. 20
The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal high school bands, church groups and youth organizations.
Time/Place: 2 – 5pm / Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
Contact: 619-264-0542 /

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon | Jan. 20
This course includes 26 fully-staffed support stations, continuous entertainment and volunteer support. Each participant will receive a gender-specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and more.
Time/Place: 7am – 1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

San Diego Restaurant Week | Jan. 20 – 27
Dine deliciously at your choice of more than 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour through the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. For one week only, over participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Jan. 21  
This event will feature an outdoor cultural arts and craft marketplace as well as performances featuring Danza Azteca, West African Dance, Afro-Cuban Percussion and Dance, Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hip Hop and more!
Time/Place: 12 – 8pm / WorldBeat Center, San Diego
Contact: 619-230-1190 /

A Barrio Cocktail Party | Jan. 21
Come together with friends and neighbors for a night of community and local fare. There will be chocolate-inspired treats from Chef Lety McKenziey and pastry talent Rochelle Noelani, seasonal cocktails by mixologist Cesar Sandoval, Latin and Jazz music spun by radio host DJ Chris from 88.3-KSDS and more. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a San Diego non-profit for youth. 21+ only.
Time/Place: 6 – 9pm / One Bunk, 2628 National Avenue, Barrio Logan

Fee Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument | January 21 – Ongoing
The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of their second century by visiting Cabrillo National Monument for a fee free voyage.
Time/Place: Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show | Jan. 24 – 27
The Boat Show will feature new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.
Time/Place: Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive
Contact: 619-497-5254 /

Farmers Insurance Open| Jan. 24 – 27
Enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, world-class competition and fan attractions that include The Michelob ULTRA Zone, autograph areas, a variety of locally-themed concession stands!
Time/Place: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
Contact: 858-886-4653 /

Winter Home Decorating/Remodeling Show | Jan. 25 – 27
Interact with hundreds of exhibitors who can assist with home improvement needs ranging from landscaping to remodeling and more! For 44 years, Home Show USA has been bringing buyers and sellers together in a neutral setting by producing a one-stop shopping center for home and commercial improvements.
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 /

Global Game Jam | Jan. 25 – 27
Create games with the San Diego game development community and become part of the largest game jam in the world. No formal game development experience is needed. Computer workstations and software will be provided.
Time/Place: 5pm Friday – 9pm Sunday, The Art Institute of California, Mission Valley

Joel McHale | Jan. 25 – 26
Joel McHale is one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry. McHale recently wrapped his twelfth and final season of E!’s The Soup in which he satirized pop culture and current events.
Time/Place: 7:30 – 11pm / The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Save Your Scraps | Jan. 26
Join I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the City of Chula Vista for an organics workshop. Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly and composting your scraps. Join us for a fun informational session with a free make-and-take project, an eco-friendly kids craft corner and raffle prizes too!
Time/Place: 10am – 12pm / Montevalle Community Center, Chula Vista

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo & USATF National 50 km Racewalk Championships | Jan. 26
Watch athletes compete in an extreme obstacle course, firefighter challenge and BMX trick shows. There will also be a vendor fair and free breakfast while supplies last.
Time/Place: 7:30am – 2:30pm / Santee Trolley Square
Contact: 619-258-4100 x219 /

San Diego Cat Show | Jan. 26 – 27
The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. There will be more than 450 cats from more than 42 recognized cat breeds in competition.
Time/Place: Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 760-746-7800 /

Lung Force Walk | Jan. 27
Join us as we walk to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. LUNG FORCE Walks are a time to laugh, learn and imagine a world free of lung disease. Our walks promote fitness and help forge lasting connections between participants.
Time/Place: 7:30am / NTC Park, Liberty Station

San Diego Black Film Festival | Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen more than one hundred films each year in categories including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, LGBT, horror, religious, foreign/African diaspora, shorts, features and music.
Contact: 619-232-0401 /

SDSU Writers Conference | Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Whether your goal is direct feedback from a top-tier agent or editor or you’re simply hoping to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers Conference is for you.
Time/Place: DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley

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