Welcome to 2024, where it’s all about health and wellness, productivity, new resolutions, and an abundance of things to do. San Diego is one of the best cities in America since we get excellent weather year round, making January the perfect time to go explore nature, go on a hike, discover a new hobby, or enjoy food and drink events. Here are 7 exciting things to do in San Diego this January.
While Christmas and New Years are over and we’ve kicked off a new year, some of the events are still happening through the end of the week. The ice rink and celebrations are happening at Del Coronado until January 7th as well as the holiday festivites at LegoLand that are going on until the 7th.
For something new, try attending one of these enchanting candlelit concerts that blend together classical music and contemporary culture. A talented string quartet play lovely renditions of famous musicians, like the king of the Hollywood soundtrack, Hans Zimmer to the legends themselves, the Beatles, to Adele. There’s even something for classical fans on January 19th, a tribute to Mozart.
3. Take a hike up to a waterfall
San Diego is known for having amazing weather throughout the year, so with the start of 2024 upon us, why not kick off those health goals with a hike to a stunning waterfall? Afterwards, head into the nearby neighborhood for a little lunch and a celebratory beer.
- Borrego Palm Canyon
- Harper’s Creek Falls
- Weir Trail
- Cedar Creek
4. Start a new hobby by taking a class
New year, new you. Why not kick off the start of the year with a new hobby? The benefit of taking a class somewhere is that it also doubles as a place to make friends, which seems to be getting increasingly more difficult. South Park Yoga + Wellness offers a 2 week trial for only $39, plus classes geared towards beginners. Mud Lily offers ceramic classes at their art studio for a little bit of art and community added to your routine. For more inspiration, try visiting a website like Classpop! that has cooking classes, paint and sips, and more.
5. Go whale watching
From mid-December to April, head out into the ocean to catch a glimpse of a magnificent gray whale during peak season. During this period, over 20,000 gray whales migrate along the San Diego coast, giving you a much better glimpse of the sea mammals than you would throughout other points of the year. From boat tours to kayaking tours, scour around online for some great deals on this excellent waterside activity.
6. Attend the San Diego Brew Fest
San Diegans love their beer and at San Diego Brew Fest, you can enjoy tastings from over 70 breweries that will be featuring over 200 beers, plus food trucks, lawn games, and live music. Tickets cost between $50 and $65 dollars and the event is this Saturday, January 6th from 12-4pm.
Where: Liberty Station NTC Park 2455 Cushing Road San Diego
The 42nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is happening this month on January 14th 2024 at 10 am. One of the largest parades of its kind in the states, join them on Harbor Drive where you can see dazzling floats, talented high school band performances, and more. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906.
Where: Harbor Dr.-Embarcadero