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Top January Events

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Experience endless blue skies, expansive beaches, exciting outdoor adventures and these awesome events in San Diego this January.

Don't miss these exciting events happening in San Diego this January.

Featured January Events

WSL Junior Championships

When: January 9-14, 2024
24 men and 24 women surfers will compete for the chance at surfing’s immortality and a wildcard directly into the upcoming Challenger Series, a springboard to the elite WSL Championship Tour. 

San Diego Rodeo

When: January 12-14, 2024
The San Diego Padres, in partnership with C5 Rodeo Company Inc and Outriders Present will be bringing the first-ever rodeo to Petco Park.

SeaWorld Inside Look

When: January 13-21, 2024
This unique event will take you behind the scenes and give you an inside look into what it takes to maintain a premier zoological institution like SeaWorld San Diego.

Farmers Insurance Open

When: January 24-27, 2024
Come to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more! 

Winter & Spring Gray Whale Watching

When: Thru April
Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. After spending time in warm Baja California waters so their young can grow strong, they make the journey north again in spring. The longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis, it is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

More Awesome January Events

soundON Festival of Modern Music

When: January 5-7, 2024
The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a three-day exploration of contemporary chamber music.

San Diego Brew Fest

When: January 6, 2024
Promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego's most popular food trucks.

Holidays at LEGOLAND

When: Thru January 7, 2024
It’s time for Holidays at LEGOLAND®, where the Resort is bursting with holiday cheer and festive décor!

Sesame Place's A Very Furry Christmas Celebration

When: Thru January 7, 2024
The park is transformed into a festive winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and surprises. Guests will enjoy Sesame Street Christmas shows, the Sesame Street Christmas Parade, the Furry Friends Christmas Dance Party, and exciting rides. There will be games, special merchandise, and one-of-a-kind photos with your Sesame Street friends dressed up in their holiday best!

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

When: Thru January 7, 2024
SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration is the fan-favorite experience that brings families together with priceless traditions and fun-filled surprises.

Skating by the Sea

When: Thru January 7, 2024
The landmark Hotel del Coronado offers a unique Southern California experience with Skating by the Sea, an outdoor ice-skating rink adjacent to Coronado Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During the holidays, the resort's famous Windsor Lawn is transformed into a seaside skating rink offering skating sessions daily.

Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station

When: Thru January 7, 2024
Glide gracefully across the ice surrounded by history at Rady Children's Ice Rink at Liberty Station. 

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

When: Thru January 7, 2024
Lace up your skates and take in the holiday splendor as you relive a cherished piece of your childhood or take your very first spin at the Viejas Ice Rink!

Borrego Springs Film Festival

When: January 11-15, 2024
One huge theater, one big screen, and endless community enthusiasm, it's a winning combo. The Borrego Springs Film Festival is a young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, latino, and short films.

Poway Winter Festival

When: January 12-13, 2024
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, there is bound to be something for everyone!

San Diego Monster Jam

When: January 13-28, 2024
The most unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable motorsports experience for families and fans in the world today returns to San Diego with Monster Jam events at Snapdragon Stadium for two adrenaline-charged weekends on January 13 & 14 followed by January 27 & 28, 2024.

San Diego Resolution Run 5K / 10K / Half Marathon

When: January 13, 2024
Walk, run, skip, crawl - just get out here! Whether this is your first race or you're a trained running professional, there's something for every level! 

San Diego Underground Film Festival

When: January 13, 2024
San Diego Underground Film Festival is a showcase for experimental films, video, and live shows. For our ninth edition, we have an exciting program that includes underground narratives, experimental films, live music, and projector performances by artists who are both local and international.

Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California

When: January 13, 2024
LEGOLAND® California is host to this special, 1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Before the doors open to the public, they're opened for us to enjoy the sights and sounds of LEGOLAND®!

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

When: January 14, 2024
The Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

When: January 14, 2024
Join us on Harbor Drive for the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges/Universities, Fraternities, Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. This year's parade will feature a MLK 5k Walk/Fun Run and Festival.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

When: January 15, 2024
Worldbeat Cultural Center, located in Balboa Park, is celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr with a family festival. With live music, dancing, vegan food, an outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and more.  

Monster Energy Supercross

When: January 20, 2024
See the world’s elite riders clash head-to-head at Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Snapdragon Stadium!

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

When: January 26 - April 4, 2024
This stunningly beautiful exhibition blends over 300 of Van Gogh’s most celebrated works with cutting-edge projection technology and a specially curated musical soundtrack to tell the story of one of history’s most enduring and influential artists in a completely unforgettable cinematic multimedia experience.

SeaWorld Mardi Gras

When: January 27 - February 25, 2024
Grab your beads and celebrate this New Orleans-style carnival event complete with live music, extravagant costumes, and Mardi Gras-infused Creole and Cajun food favorites. “Laissez le bon temps rouler!"

The Old Globe's English

When: January 27-29, 2024
This new production was winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize, the Obie Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award, and told with hilarious wit and genuine compassion, Sanaz Toossi’s English is “both a buoyant comedy of communication and a subtle but probing exploration of what it means to speak and feel understood” (New York Theatre Guide).

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

When: January 31 - February 11, 2024
The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films. 

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