San Diego Recommendations: January 2018 Events

Jason Belangoy
Jason Belangoy
Published on January 4, 2018

It’s a brand new year, with a host of happenings taking place in San Diego.  Read further for recommendations on January 2018 San Diego events to add to your calendar.

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival, Downtown Ruocco Park (92101) | CULTURE | January 13, 2018.  This is a family-friendly January 2018 San Diego event that is free to the public.  Entertainment, music, dancing, games, and many food offerings at this annual festival that is celebrating its 20th year here in San Diego.

Yoga on the Marsh, Living Coast Discovery Center (91910) | FAMILY | January 13, 2018.  For 30 years, this nature center has been educating the community on wildlife and environmental conservation.  During this January 2018 San Diego event, the entire family can release tension while strengthening core muscles.  After the family’s yoga session, everyone can experience shark and ray feeding, interact with turtles, take in the many aquarium exhibits, walk the many trails, and interact with the birds housed at the Living Coast Discovery Center.

Monster Jam, Downtown PETCO Park (92101) | FAMILY | January 20, 2018.  Every year San Diegans can’t get enough of Monster Jam – which is why the event keeps returning for the delight of fans.  This year those who purchase an Early Access Pass will get entry into the Pit Party from 1:30PM – 2:30PM, prior to the regular Pit Party that takes place from 2:30PM – 5:30PM.  Of course, for this January 2018 San Diego event, the gates officially open at 4:30PM, with showtime taking place at 7PM.  Tickets are limited, so purchase them as soon as possible.

San Diego Restaurant Week, Citywide. | FOOD | January 21 – 28, 2018.  This annual event takes place this year with over 180 restaurants participating, which means attendees can have a smorgasbord of foodie fun over the course of 8 days!  Attendees of this January 2018 San Diego event will take a culinary tour of all the gourmet offerings from San Diego’s fine dining venues, with all 180+ restaurants providing prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus per person.  Over 150,000 fellow diners will be joining in to celebrate San Diego’s thriving culinary scene.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl, Citywide | FOOD | January 26 – 28, 2018.  Over 25 local roasters, cafes, and companies are participating in the 2018 San Diego Caffeine Crawl.  Tasters of this January 2018 San Diego event have a total of 9 routes to choose from, each with a different roster of participants and times.  If you love caffeine, take your friends with you as you explore the many coffee shops in San Diego.


Painting by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado | ART | Ongoing.  Do you love painting?  Have you ever experienced a painting class overlooking the Pacific Ocean while surrounded by luxurious resort settings?  Then the Painting by the Sea class at the Hotel del Coronado is just the thing for you.  You’ll be taught by a professional master-level artist as you sip wine (for 21+ attendees).  Classes are held once a month for 90 minutes, beginning at 3PM.  See the Hotel del Coronado’s website for details.

San Diego Symphony, Downtown Copley Symphony Hall | MUSIC | Ongoing.  Whether you like chamber music, jazz, or symphony classics, the San Diego Symphony is always a crowd favorite for all ages.  Concerts take place every week.  Visit their website for the latest news and upcoming events, as well as reserving your seats and purchasing tickets for you and your party.

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures, Hornblower Cruises & Events | TOUR | Ongoing.  San Diego’s location makes it ideal for whale and dolphin watching.  Aboard a comfortable yacht, you and your party can experience the open ocean during a 3.5 hour tour.  And, according to the Hornblower Cruises website, “If some type of whale is not sighted on your whale-watching cruise, you will receive a pass good to return for a whale-watching cruise or 1 or 2 hour harbor cruise from Hornlower San Diego.”  Now that’s a great deal!

Vino!  Vino!  Little Italy Wine-Tasting Stroll, Downtown | FOOD | Ongoing.  Every Saturday afternoon, beginning at 4PM, there’s a wine-tasting tour of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.  This is a favorite for wine fanatics, who get to sample unique wines from California, Italy, and the world over during this event.  Besides the wine, there will be some Italian food, too.  There’s historical value to this event, especially since San Diego’s Little Italy was founded by Italian immigrants who came to dominate San Diego’s fishing industry from the 19th century onwards, eventually leading to San Diego’s former recognition as “the tuna fishing capital of the world.”

San Diego Recommendations: January 2018 Events
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