17 Things to Do in January


12.31-1.3: San Diego International Auto Show
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
See, touch and sit in the more than 400 all-new 2016 vehicles (including Lincoln’s Continental Concept, shown here) at this annual car display and try not to leave fingerprints on the Maseratis, Ferraris and Aston Martins in the Exotics Vault.

1.8-9 Winter Festival
Community Park, Poway
Roast marshmallows for s’mores, sled down a real-snow hill and skate on the mock ice rink at this free cold-weather carnival.

1.8-10 Pacific PonyCon
Kona Kai Resort & Spa, Shelter Island
Let your inner 8-year-old girl run wild at San Diego’s first My Little Pony convention, featuring beach parties, card collecting and appearances by the voices behind the popular cartoon characters.

1.8-10 San Diego Spring Home Show
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Find out how much money it takes to build a dream kitchen, get the 4-1-1 on solar energy costs and credits, and buy a new hot tub at this one-stop-shop for all things home design and renovation.

1.12 America’s Got Talent Season 11 auditions
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Got what it takes to turn 2016 judge Simon Cowell’s scowl upside down? Prove it by auditioning for AGT’s Season 11, which airs this summer.

1.16 Monster Energy Supercross
Petco Park, East Village
The world’s top off-road motorcycle racers tackle an obstacle-laden dirt track in hopes of crossing the finish line first and ultimately dethroning reigning champ Ryan Dungey at the upcoming October 15 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.

1.17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Harbor Drive, Downtown
Parade floats, high school bands, drill teams and more help celebrate the legacy of Dr. King (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) on what would have been the reverend’s 87th birthday weekend.

1.17 Carlsbad Marathon
Marron Road, Carlsbad
Run a seaside 13.1-mile course (or twice that) during this first race of the Half Marathon Triple Crown 2016 season.

1.17-24 San Diego Restaurant Week
Several restaurants countywide
Feast at a fraction of the cost as nearly 200 participating restaurants throughout San Diego offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus during this semiannual gastronomical fête.

1.20-24 Disney On Ice presents Frozen
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Anna, Elsa and Olaf recreate their beloved Frozen story live on the ice with special appearances by Disney princesses and characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.

1.21-24 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show
Sunroad Marina, Harbor Island
Join seafarers and other salty souls for a long weekend of sailing seminars, in-water yacht displays, boat rides and more.

1.22-24 Caffeine Crawl
Coffeehouses countywide
Follow one of 10 self-guided routes to get buzzed on coffee and tea offerings from nearly two dozen local shops.

1.23 Monster Jam
Petco Park, East Village
Grave Digger, Monster Mutt and other larger-than-life trucks return to Petco Park to perform stunts and crush everything in their paths.

1.23-24 San Diego Cat Show
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Adopt a cat, watch feline agility competitions and peruse nearly 500 purring pussies at what’s being touted (by the event’s promoters) as the “Super Bowl of Cat Competitions.”

1.28-31 San Diego Black Film Festival
Reading Cinemas, Gaslamp
See more than 100 feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos at this 14th annual screening and awards ceremony... and hope Jay Z makes an appearance (as he did in 2010).

1.29-31 Lunar New Year Festival
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Enjoy carnival rides, live performances, pageants and more in celebration of Vietnamese culture and the Year of the Monkey.

1.31 Bridal Bazaar
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Wedding wizzes - experts in everything from dresses to DJs, cakes to photographers, and hairstyling to transportation - make this one-day wedding expo at the Convention Center a must for any future bride.