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San Diego Events Calendar: January 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


San Diego Brew Festival

January 1:

Dive headfirst into the New Year—and the Pacific—at La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Potluck in La Jolla Shores.

Rock out with Third Eye Blind at The Observatory North Park as part of their Fall of the Summer Gods tour.


January 6:

If you’re lucky enough to score a coveted ticket, watch the Broadway smash hit Hamilton at San Diego Civic Theatre (through 1/28).

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Family is on the road again, taking center stage at Harrah’s Resort.


Carnaval Fantastique

January 7:

Acrobatic talents from around the world catapult across the Sycuan Casino stage for Carnaval Fantastique.


January 9:

Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his latest one-man act, The New One, to La Jolla Playhouse (through 1/14).


January 10:

Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days plays out at North Coast Repertory Theatre (through 2/4).


January 11:

The San Diego Symphony drums up a monthlong celebration of percussion during the third annual It’s About Time festival, with 25 events held across the county and a cross-cultural concert on the US-Mexico border January 27 (through 2/11).

It’s About Time


January 13:

View colorful prints and larger-than-life sculptures when Niki de Saint Phalle’s exhibit Mythical California debuts at California Center for the Arts, Escondido (through 3/4).

Celebrate diversity at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival, featuring live music, dance, and children’s activities at Ruocco Park.

Sample from more than 150 craft beers at the San Diego Brew Festival, including food trucks and music, in Liberty Station.

Plan your next vacation at the two-day Travel & Adventure Show at the San Diego Convention Center.


January 14:

Jam with country music group Wynonna & The Big Noise at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


January 17:

Henry VIII’s sixth marriage to Katherine Parr sets the stage for The Last Wife at Cygnet Theatre (through 2/11).


January 18:

Winning scripts written by students as part of the California Young Playwrights Contest come to life at The Old Globe during the Plays by Young Writers showcase (through 1/27).


January 20:

Modern dancers from Paul Taylor Dance Company command the stage in a high-powered performance at Spreckels Theatre.

Legendary guitarists Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Phil Collen rock the house as G3 at Balboa Theatre.

High-octane motor sports take over Petco Park for Monster Jam, featuring truck races, stunts, and demolition derbies.


January 21:

Psychic medium John Edward channels messages from the dead in a reading at The US Grant Hotel.

Dine out during San Diego Restaurant Week for budget-friendly prix fixe meals from more than 180 restaurants (through 1/28).

SEA180° / San Diego Restaurant Week


January 25:

Watch the masters tee off from the West Coast during the four-day Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.


January 26:

Venturing into surrealism, San Diego Opera’s Maria de Buenos Aires delivers fiery Argentine tango music and dance to Lyceum Theater (through 1/28).


January 27:

Percussionist John Santos brings The Roots of Rhythm, an Afro-Latin jazz concert, to Copley Symphony Hall.

The Old Globe presents Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest about two carefree bachelors leading a double life (through 3/4).


January 30:

Smile like you mean it while watching rock band The Killers at Valley View Casino Center.

Chinese dance and music company Shen Yun performs for three nights at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


January 31:

Take in movies about the African American experience during the San Diego Black Film Festival (through 2/4).

Renowned composer John Williams conducts the San Diego Symphony’s performance of his scores from famous film franchises like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more at Copley Symphony Hall.

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