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Things to do in January

Kick off the New Year with a calendar filled with cool events around San Diego such as the Poway Winter Festival, Padres FanFest, Margarita Madness 5K and Monster Jam.

1.1: La Jolla Shores Polar Bear Plunge

Members of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club wade, wallow and welter into the New Year at this annual splash-fest followed by a chili-centric potluck featuring plenty of coffee and cider to help the wet warm up.

La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, lajollacoveswimclub.com

1.6: San Diego Vintage Flea Market

Browse through wares from more than 100 merchants at this free, rain-or-shine market brimming with clothing, furniture and vintage vendors from far and wide.

Observatory North Park, North Park, sdvintagefleamarket.com

1.9-27: San Diego Symphony January Festival: Hearing the Future

Discover gifted artists of all ages and backgrounds — and learn about music from past to present — during this sprawling celebration of instruments and their output curated by the revered composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin.

Various venues around the city, sandiegosymphony.org

San Diego Symphony

Rafael Payare, who currently serves as music director designate, will begin the role of music director of the San Diego Symphony on July 1, 2019. 

(Courtesy photo)

1.11-12: Poway Winter Festival

Go sledding, build a snowman, roast marshmallows and skate around a rink at this weekend-long winter wonderland that serves to remind locals the season isn’t over just because the holidays are.

Poway Community Park, Poway, poway.org

1.10-12: Springboard Music Fest

Fifty hand-selected musical acts receive two days of mentorship from celebrated masters before performing for the public on five stages during the neighborhood-wide Band & Brew Crawl.

OB Playhouse & Theatre Company, Ocean Beach, springboardwest.com

1.12: Padres FanFest

Score autographs, attend Q&A sessions and enjoy an assortment of interactive experiences at this free event that supports our city’s Major League team.

Petco Park, East Village, padres.com/fanfest

1.13: 12th annual Resolution Run

Burn off some of those holiday carbs with a scenic 5K, 15K or half-marathon followed by a post-race wellness village overflowing with freebies.

Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay Park, resolutionrun.com

1.13: Bridal Bazaar

San Diego’s largest fall bridal show is back, giving would-be wives and their partners an opportunity to taste cakes, smell flowers, hear music and meet photographers all in one place.

San Diego Convention Center, downtown, bridalbazaar.com

1.17: Special Viewing of A Star Is Born with producer Q&A

The Golden Globe-nominated film is getting a special viewing at the new Galamp hotspot Theatre Box and will include a Q&A with producer Bill Gerber, plus get pre-film hosted beverages and a hosted dessert at Sugar Factory American Brasserie after the film.

Theatre Box, 701 Fifth Ave., downtown, https://bit.ly/TheatreBoxAStarIsBorn 

1.19: Margarita Madness 5K

It’s less about time and more lime at this unique fun run where everyone scores a free margarita at the finish line.

East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay Park, margaritamadness5krun.com

Margarita Madness 5K

At the end of the Margarita Madness 5K, you get a margarita to help you forget you just ran 5K.

(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

1.19: Third annual Women’s March San Diego

Join a grassroots group of volunteers and carry on the mission of the marches in support of women’s rights, human rights, access to healthcare and the end of social and environmental injustice.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy, womensmarchsd.org

Women’s March San Diego

At the Women’s March San Diego, Jennifer Moreno from San Diego said, "I'm here for our future."

(Howard Lipin / The San Diego-Union-Tribune)

1.19-20: San Diego Travel and Adventure Show 2019

Discover more than 200 vacation destinations during two days of travel-centric seminars featuring hands-on demonstrations, a global beats stage and exclusive deals on epic experiences.

San Diego Convention Center, downtown, travelshows.com

San Diego Travel and Adventure Show 2019

San Diego Travel and Adventure Show 2019.

(Courtesy photo)

1.19, 26: Monster Jam

Grave Digger, Max D and El Toro Loco among other famous monster trucks race around a dirt-filled Petco Park in this annual, action-packed auto event.

Petco Park, East Village, monsterjam.com

Soldier Fortune

Soldier Fortune at Monster Jam at Petco Park.

(Courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

1.20: Carlsbad Full- and Half-Marathon

Choose the full marathon, half marathon or Surf Sun Run 5K, each of which offers breathtaking views, outstanding support stations and live entertainment at every mile.

Three courses along coastal Carlsbad, inmotionevents.com

Carlsbad half- and full-marathon

Runners at the start of the Carlsbad Half Marathon. 

(Bill Wechter)

1.20: 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Drill teams, dazzling floats and high school bands among other organizations celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the nation’s largest events held in the civil rights leader’s name.

Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, alpha-zsl.org

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda)

1.24-27: 2019 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Meet marine vendors, soak up knowledge in boating seminars, and scope out the latest nautical products and services at this annual event that brings together the biggest brands on the water.

Sunroad Resort Marina, Harbor Island, bigbayboatshow.com

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show.

(Courtesy photo)

1.24-27: Farmers Insurance Open

Top golfers from around the globe (along with throngs of ogling admirers) return to Torrey Pines as the PGA Tour makes its annual stop in San Diego.

Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, farmersinsuranceopen.com

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open.

(Donald Miralle / Getty Images)

1.26: 24th annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

One of California’s longest-running paddlesport races returns, inviting athletes of all ages and experience levels to paddle their way across Mission Bay.

Bonita Cove Park, Mission Bay, hanohano.com

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge.

(Jared Gase)

1.26-27: San Diego Cat Show

Up to 450 felines of 42 breeds compete in beauty and agility categories at the West Coast’s largest cat expo, which also features speakers, exhibitors and the opportunity to view, pet and take home cats of rare and popular breeds.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sandiegocat.org

San Diego Cat Show

San Diego Cat Show.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.27: Lung Force Walk

Do your part to defeat lung cancer and lung disease by raising awareness — and funds — for people living with these diagnoses.

NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma, action.lung.org

Lung Force Walk

Lung Force Walk.

(Courtesy photo)

San Diego Gulls home games

1.4 vs. San Jose Barracuda

1.16 vs. Texas Stars

1.19 vs. Bakersfield Condors

San Diego Sockers home games 

1.5, 11 vs. Ontario Fury

1.13 vs. El Paso Coyotes

1.20 vs. Turlock Express