Things to do in January

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)
(Peggy Peattie / U-T San Diego)

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.

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 ,

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,

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,

1.7 San Diego Beer Festival

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

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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