San Diego Calendar of Events for January 2014

January 1, Polar Bear Plunge

As an annual tradition to ring in the New Year, a bunch of absolutely nutz swimmers will congregate on the beach at La Jolla Shores and plunge into the icy cold ocean.  Lifeguards and support crew will be there on hand in kayaks and jet skis.  Free event.  Chili & potluck on the lawn – bring your favorite chili, sour, and/or warm food.  Cider/coffee provided.

Time:  10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:  La Jolla Shores
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January 1-5, San Diego International Auto Show

Featuring the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof, over 400 vehicles from 36 global manufacturers.   Show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities. On Sunday, family day, children under 12 are free with paying adult, with fun activities for kids of all ages.

Time:  Wed. – Sat. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Dr., Downtown San Diego
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January 7, Annual San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K

San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K will take runners on a loop around Fiesta Island in scenic Mission Bay Park’s De Anza Cove while raising funds for charities: San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project‘s Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. Registration fees range from $15 – $50.

Time:  First race at 7:30 am
Location:  Tecolote Shore Park, 1740 E Mission Bay Dr.
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January 13, Petco Walk.Run.Wag 5K9

The Petco Walk.Run.Wag.5K9 is a 5km and 1-mile run & walk for people with or without a dog.  The event will include a pet & fitness expo.

Time:  7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds – Wyland Center
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January 17-19, Gem Faire

The 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 in today’s market. Workshops and classes also are offered. Admission: $7.00 (children 11 and younger free).

Time:  Fri. Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds
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January 17-19, Del Mar Antique Show

More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles. Appraisal service is available for $5 per item. Restoration services are also available. Admission: $8.00 – good for the run of the show. 17 and younger free with accompanying paid adult.

Time:  Fri. & Sat. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds – O’Brien Hall
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January 18, Sheila Harden San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

A diversified cultural festival with music, dance performances, storytelling, and a wide range of ethnic foods and merchandise. The Kids Zone has drum circles, face painting, and craft-making activities, plus you can learn about local educational institutions at the Education Fair. Free event.

Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, East Harbor Dr. between First and Fifth Aves.
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January 19, Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon features a rolling course, including 14 miles along the Pacific Ocean. Includes fully staffed and equipped water stations, and unsurpassed volunteer support and live entertainment along the way.  See website for registration fees.

Time:  Marathon start @ 6:15 am / Half Marathon start @ 7:45 am
Location:  Both races start at Westfield Plaza Camino Real, Carlsbad
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January 19, Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

An annual event commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Parade features marching bands and floats, drill teams, dance groups, and other community groups.

Time:  2:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
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January 19-24, San Diego Restaurant Week

Extraordinary three-course menus from San Diego’s best restaurants. Choose from over 180 of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy a fixed price, three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. Also a two-course lunch available $10-$15-$20. There are no tickets or passes required for Restaurant Week. For a complete list of participating restaurants visit the San Diego Restaurant Week website.

Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Refer to website – various locations
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January 20, Free Art in the Park – Poway

Stop by for crafts and free family fun at Community Park.

Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway
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January 20 – 26, Farmer’s Insurance Open

The Farmer’s Insurance Open is a professional golf tournament and the PGA TOUR stop in San Diego.  Don’t miss the excitement! Several attractions are open to the public, including the Alaska Airlines Fan Village, the Grey Goose Lounge, Michelob Ultra 19th Hole, Michelob Ultra Oasis, and Beringer Wine Bar.

Time:  Refer to website for a schedule of events
Location:  Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd.
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January 23 – 26, San Diego Sunroad Boatshow

The San Diego Sunroad Boatshow is complete with both land and in-water locations, focusing on the lastest boats and marine equipment. This years show includes over 100 new & pre-cruised sailboats and motor yachts, dozens of marine vendors with the latest nautical products & services, live music, food and beverages, and special boating events and boat rides for kids and adults. $12 for Adults. Children 12 & under, Free. Cash Only.

Time:  Thurs. & Fri.  Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Island – San Diego Bay, 955 Harbor Island Dr.
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January 25, San Diego Whale Festival

The free Whale Festival is a family community event offering a wide variety of interactive and hands on displays to spark the interest and imagination of any child including a walk-through gray whale, live sea creatures, free face painting, a kids art mural coloring project and a giant inflated obstacle course, a trackless train and two giant bounce houses. Enjoy live music on the “Whale of a stage”.

Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Embarcadero, 1066 N. Harbor Dr. – at the foot of Broadway
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January 25, Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run

A 5K run/walk and a Fun Run for kids in Carmel Valley where the proceeds from the event will benefit the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation to help pay for science, art, music, and technology programs. Admission fees: 5K for age 15 & older = $46 / 5K for age 6-14 = $36 / Fun Run = $21.

Time:  8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  Carmel Del Mar Elementary, 12345 Carmel Park Dr.
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January 31-Feb. 2, San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival

A 3-day celebration of the Lunar New Year, this Vietnamese cultural festival will showcase homeland traditions. Experience ancestral rituals and Vietnamese music with costumed dance performances, carnival rides and Vietnamese games, food, and merchandise. Free event.

Time:  Fri. 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. & Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St.
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