New Year, New Things to do! As if the holidays weren’t enough, we got a laundry list of things for you to do around town. Restaurant week is coming and so is the Carlsbad Marathon, great timing! There’s also festivals all across the county. From staring at stars in Borrego or San Marcos, bundling up for winter fest in Poway OR checking out the dino exhibits in Del Mar, there is plenty for you & the family to do this month. Check it out!
Another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks!
12-5pm / Preble Field in Liberty Station
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and more! Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.
Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Poway Community Park
858-668-4671 / www.poway.org
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 at the lowest prices today.
Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com
America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds.
Fri 3-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
936-588-3332 / www.jurassicquest.com
This event is free and open to all. Families and pets are welcome! We will have bottled water available and signs. Arrive at 12:30 to register and hear speakers. A $10 donation is requested but not required.
12:30-3pm / Vista Library Community Room
760-683-9427 / www.soroptimistvista.org
Are you ready to keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise regularly? You can do it! This event can get you started right with a new regiment. It offers adult 5K & 15K run/walks; plus youth races and a stroller strut run.
6-11am / Tecolote Shores North Park and Fiesta Island
619-269-7047 / www.sandyfeetevents.com
We are celebrating our Loggerhead’s fifth anniversary at Birch Aquarium with a sea turtle-filled weekend of crafts, sea turtle science, and family-friendly activities. Included with admission.
11am-3pm / 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
858-534-3474 / https://aquarium.ucsd.edu
Explore Downtown Encinitas on South Coast Highway 101 via bike, on foot or other means of self powered transportation, FREE of cars! It is a Spanish term that means “Cycleway”. It is the closing of certain streets to automobiles for a temporary time, in order to allow cyclists, skaters and pedestrians access to local businesses on open streets.
10am-2pm / S. Coast Hwy 101
760-633-2760 / https://encinitasca.gov
A young and popular So Cal juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino, and short films.
Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
760-440-5338 / www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org
For lovers of the strange and unusual – you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Oddities & Curiosities Expo. Vendors from all over the country will be selling all things weird, plus sideshow entertainment and much more.
11am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906.
2-5pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
619-264-0542 / www.alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.html
Join team ECTLC for an amazing experience while supporting our goals and raising awareness of our mission. Chip timed; finisher medals; top finisher awards. You don’t want to miss this amazing event featuring a live DJ, pre-race warm-up & stretch, a professional announcer, and one-of-a-kind ECTLC event gear.
7:30am-12pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND takes place Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8am.
7am-1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad
760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com
For one week only, over 180 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. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.
We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.
Thu-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm / 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego
619-497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com
The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.
Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
858-886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com
Offering a wide range of exhibitors featuring the latest products and services for all of your home improvement needs, including home remodeling, decorating, outdoor living, landscaping and more. Discounts offered by exhibitors at the show.
10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
800-999-5400 / www.delmarshows.com
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, a Vietnamese cultural festival will take place to showcase homeland traditions. Come and experience ancestral rituals and Vietnamese dance and music performances. You can also shop for merchandise, stop for lunch, and watch a firecracker show.
Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park
858-215-4838 / www.sdtet.com
Beer Garden & Food: Beer tents, food trucks, music, games and lounge areas. Rare Beers: We have been stockpiling beers all year long for this party. Cellar Beers: We will be pulling beers out of our cellar for purchase. Games: Throughout the day we will be having games such as corn hole, stein holding and more. Raffles & Prizes: As part of your admission you will receive a raffle ticket for prizes throughout the day.
1-5pm / 9030 Kenamar Dr. #308, San Diego
858-252-6143 / www.purebrewing.org
One of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California (OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard, & Kayak) Come and mix with top-level professional athletes and beginners from ages 7-80.
7:30am-3pm / Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Park
USATF 50km Race Walk
The 5K course will be the same as the USATF 50km Race Walking course that professional athletes just competed on to qualify for the U. S. Olympic Race Walking team in the Tokyo 2020 games that morning.
7:30am-7pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.
619-258-4100 x263 / http://cityofsanteeca.gov
The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “The Super Bowl of Cat Competition,” 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.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Learn beginner astronomy concepts, about specific stars, constellations and simple astronomy facts and principles.
5:30-7pm / Double Peak Park, San Marcos
760-744-1050 / www.san-marcos.net
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5:00 PM, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $15 a car.
5pm / Lake Poway
858-668-4772 / www.poway.org