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San Diego Events Calendar: January 2024

How to stay busy and important this month in America's Finest City
Three women on the deck of a ship in San Diego Bay enjoying a glass of wine aboard City Experience's January brunch cruises
Courtesy of City Experiences

January 1

Ring in the new year by hopping onto the first brunch cruise of 2024—think endless mimosas and picturesque views of the skyline and bay that will make you fall in love with the city all over again. The two-hour-long jaunt launches from North Harbor Drive and features a buffet, music, and a fully stocked bar. Kids under three ride free.

January 6

Sing your heart out to your favorite hits from the King of Pop. Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience moonwalks into El Cajon’s Magnolia Performing Arts Center, taking audiences on a live tour of Jackson’s most iconic songs and dance moves.

Things to do in San Diego January 2024: The Wiz at the San Diego Civic Theatre featuring actors and performers atop a stage singing
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

January 9–14

Step into your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road to the San Diego Civic Theatre to see The Wiz, a Tony Award–winning adaptation of The Wizard of Oz celebrating Black American culture. The musical puts a twist on the original production, throwing in ballet, jazz, and modern pop moves to match the show’s contemporary spin on the story’s score.

January 12–14

Twinkling treasures await at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Gem Faire, a marketplace for fine jewelry, crystals, beads, minerals, fossils, and other sparkly things. Tickets are $7 and give you access to a kaleidoscopic lineup of accessories, raw minerals, supplies, tools, and vendors ready to repair, clean, or resize your jewelry on the spot. Kids 11 and under enter free.

Things to do in San Diego January 2024: San Diego Rodeo at Petco Park poster featuring rodeo dates January 12-14
Courtesy of MLB

January 12–14

Grab your 10-gallon hat—it’s Petco Park’s first rodeo. The Padres are partnering up with C5 Rodeo Company Inc and Outriders Present to showcase a three-day competition in which cowpokes attempt to ride, wrestle, and rope their way to a half-million-dollar prize.

January 14

The San Diego Alpha Foundation sponsors several activities fêting Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a sensational parade through the Embarcadero. Attendees can also take a trek themselves with the MLK 5K, then explore wellness-and social justice–focused activities, workshops, and vendors at the Harmony Health Festival at Ruocco Park.

Jurassic Quest at the Del Mar Fairgrounds featuring a mid-sized car in a parking lot driving past a life-size replica of a dinosaur
Courtesy of Jurassic Quest

January 19–21

A 60-foot-long spinosaurus and an 80-foot apatosaurus are barging onto the Del Mar Fairgrounds for Jurassic Quest, an opportunity to live out the Jurassic Park movies (without fear of being chomped). Check out life-sized replicas, meet baby dinosaurs, and entertain the kiddos with dino rides, bounce houses, games, and more.

January 20

As a tie-in to their exhibition of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Korean masterworks, the San Diego Museum of Art presents Korea in Color: On The Steps at SDMA. The free festival features K-pop performances, art activities, Korean snacks, local artwork by Korean artists, and other fun happenings.

A local vendor selling colorful floral hair bands at the East Village Artisan Market
Courtesy of Las Jefas Market

January 20

On every third Saturday of the month, the East Village Artisan Market sets up shop at The Merian Community Plaza at Park and Market, bringing an array of artisan goods. In partnership with Las Jefas Markets, the fair offers plants, accessories, jewelry, and other treats crafted by San Diego–based small businesses.

By Roxana Becerril

Roxana Becerril is a Mexican-American writer living in San Diego. When she's not traveling or checking out the newest restaurant in the city, she covers art, culture, lifestyle and Latino topics.

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