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Start the New Year off with a calendar filled with events, including New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, San Diego Beer Festival, San Diego Restaurant Week, Monster Jam and the Farmers Insurance Open.

Start the New Year off with a calendar filled with events, including New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, San Diego Beer Festival, San Diego Restaurant Week, Monster Jam and the Farmers Insurance Open.

In 2013 Mike Kelley, aka Captain America, took the plunge with about 150 close friends at La Jolla Shores on the first day of the year. He has been doing the polar bear swim since he was a boy, he said. To the right is Jay Weber, who wore a tuxedo collar for the event. (Peggy Peattie/U-T)

In 2013 Mike Kelley, aka Captain America, took the plunge with about 150 close friends at La Jolla Shores on the first day of the year. He has been doing the polar bear swim since he was a boy, he said. To the right is Jay Weber, who wore a tuxedo collar for the event. (Peggy Peattie/U-T)

 

1.1 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Splash into the New Year with a morning dip in the frosty waters off La Jolla Shores, followed by a potluck with warm chili and soups.  

La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, lajollacoveswimclub.com

The Swoon Event, the "freshest wedding showcase to hit San Diego." (Courtesy Suzi Jacobs)

The Swoon Event, the “freshest wedding showcase to hit San Diego.” (Courtesy Suzi Jacobs)

1.7 The Swoon Event

Before tying the knot, find fresh inspiration at this curated wedding market with complimentary sips and bites, live music and Pinterest-worthy design ideas.

Broadway Pier, downtown, theswoonevent.com

The Resolution Run takes place on Fiesta Island. (Charlie Neuma/U-T)

The Resolution Run takes place on Fiesta Island. (Charlie Neuma/U-T)

1.7 San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K

Shed a few holiday pounds and get a healthy start on 2017 by slogging through a 5K or 15K course along Mission Bay.

Mission Bay, sandyfeetevents.com

 

1.7 San Diego Beer Festival

This outdoor fest highlights dozens of local and international craft beers.

Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiegobeerfest.com

"Thunder From Down Under" Aussie Adventure 2017 tour. (Courtesy SPI Entertainment, Inc.)

“Thunder From Down Under” Aussie Adventure 2017 tour. (Courtesy SPI Entertainment, Inc.)

1.7 Australia’s Thunder from Down Under

Get thrust into the action of the Australian male revue Thunder from Down Under, making muscle fans squeal since 1991.

Pala Casino, Temecula, palacasino.com/entertainment

Riders take off at the start of the 450SX Heat 1 during the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross at Petco Park in San Diego. (Hayne Palmour IV/U-T)

Riders take off at the start of the 450SX Heat 1 during the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross at Petco Park in San Diego. (Hayne Palmour IV/U-T)

1.14 Monster Energy Supercross

Watch the world’s top Supercross racers compete for broken bones and glory at Petco Park.

Petco Park, East Village, supercrosslive.com

 

The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in 2016 made its way down Harbor Drive downtown. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (U-T file photo)

The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in 2016 made its way down Harbor Drive downtown. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (U-T file photo)

1.15 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this massive parade marches down Harbor Drive with dazzling floats, bands and more.

Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, alpha-zsl.org

 

San Diego Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 15-22.

San Diego Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 15-22.

1.15-22 San Diego Restaurant Week

Dine out for a discount during San Diego Restaurant Week, an eight-day culinary showcase of nearly 200 restaurants across the city.

Participating restaurants countywide, sandiegorestaurantweek.com

 

The Carlsbad Marathon also includes a 13.1 mile half marathon course. (U-T file photo)

The Carlsbad Marathon also includes a 13.1 mile half marathon course. (U-T file photo)

1.15 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Run a glorious waterfront course during the Carlsbad Marathon, the first race of the Triple Crown series.

The Shoppes at Carlsbad, Carlsbad, carlsbadmarathon.com

 

Metal Mulisha at Monster Jam at Petco Park. (Feld Entertainment)

Metal Mulisha at Monster Jam at Petco Park. (Feld Entertainment)

1.21 Monster Jam

Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and other monster-truck heroes rev up huge crowds during this live motorsport event at Petco Park.

Petco Park, East Village, monsterjam.com

 

The opening ceremony parade during the Lunar New Year Festival 2015 at the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot in San Diego. (U-T file photo)

The opening ceremony parade during the Lunar New Year Festival 2015 at the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot in San Diego. (U-T file photo)

1.20-22 San Diego Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster with dragon and lion dances, as well as a Miss Asia Pageant.

Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley, lunarnewyearfestival.org

 

A Caffeine Crawl led by a group called The Lab toured dozens of San Diego spots over the weekend in an effort acquaint coffee lovers with local roasters and coffee shops. (John Gastaldo/U-T)

A Caffeine Crawl led by a group called The Lab toured dozens of San Diego spots over the weekend in an effort acquaint coffee lovers with local roasters and coffee shops. (John Gastaldo/U-T)

1.20-22 San Diego Caffeine Crawl

Get a caffeine fix from a selection of more than 25 local roasters by following any of 10 routes through the city’s rich coffee scene.

Various locations, caffeinecrawl.com

 

Dine Out Escondido restaurant week includes Vintana Wine + Dine, a beautiful dining room with a spectacular view. (Courtesy Visit Escondido)

Dine Out Escondido restaurant week includes Vintana Wine + Dine, a beautiful dining room with a spectacular view. (Courtesy Visit Escondido)


1.22-28 Dine Out Escondido!

Escondido holds its own version of Restaurant Week with more than participating 30 restaurants featuring prix-fixe menus.

Various restaurants, visitescondido.com

 

San Diego Comedy Festival, comedian Rodger Lizaola. (Courtesy Jesse Arroyo)

San Diego Comedy Festival, comedian Rodger Lizaola. (Courtesy Jesse Arroyo)

1.23-29 San Diego Comedy Festival

L-O-L at this weeklong joke fest showcasing comedians from across the country.

The Comedy Palace, Kearny Mesa, sandiegocomedyfest.com

 

Brandt Snedeker approaches the green for his final hole at Torrey Pines North during the second round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open. (Misael Virgen/U-T)

Brandt Snedeker approaches the green for his final hole at Torrey Pines North during the second round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.
(Misael Virgen/U-T)

1.26-29 Farmers Insurance Open

Watch the pros swing for victory at this major tournament at Torrey Pines, which offers course-side access for golf fans and plenty of action for those attending just to be part of the scene.

Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, farmersinsuranceopen.com

 

San Diego Yoga Festival Ocean Beach. (C Pedersen Photography)

San Diego Yoga Festival Ocean Beach. (C Pedersen Photography)

1.27-30 SD Yoga Festival

Downward dogs abound at this three-day festival slated to include classes and workshops covering everything from hip-hop yoga to the art of backbending.

Various locations, Ocean Beach, sandiegoyogafestival2017.sched.org

 

1.28 Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival

Highlighting local and regional breweries, the Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival adds to the buzz with chef creations and local bands.

Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside, chugginbrews.com

 

Denali, a copper-eyed white Persian was among the thousands of cats at the 2014 San Diego Cat Fanciers CFA All-Breed Cat Show. This is the largest annual cat show on the West Coast and more than 41 recognized cat breeds competed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. (K.C. Alfred/U-T)

Denali, a copper-eyed white Persian was among the thousands of cats at the 2014 San Diego Cat Fanciers CFA All-Breed Cat Show. This is the largest annual cat show on the West Coast and more than 41 recognized cat breeds competed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. (K.C. Alfred/U-T)

1.28-29 San Diego Cat Show

The largest cat show in the Western U.S. purrs with a kitty pageant, cat adoptions and a feline agility competition. 

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sandiegocat.org

 

San Diego will close out its season against the Kansas City Chiefs. (U-T file photo)

San Diego will close out its season against the Kansas City Chiefs. (U-T file photo)

Chargers home games

1.1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Gulls home games

1.6,7 vs. San Antonio Rampage ($2 Bud Light Happy Hour on 1.6)

1.11 vs. Stockton Heat

1.20 vs. San Jose Barracuda (Star Wars Night and $2 Bud Light Happy Hour

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