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Things To Do In San Diego

59 Awesome Ways To Fill Your Calendar This January

By Arianna Gary January 5, 2021

January is (finally) here and there are lots of fun activities to check off your list!

January 2021, arguably the most awaited month in recent history, has finally arrived. And with it comes a host of activities to enjoy in and around San Diego. Things may still look a bit different, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of awesome and exciting (and safe) plans out there to fill this month’s calendar, whether you prefer to get out for some fresh air or cozy up at home!

Here are 59 things to check out this month:

1-10. Channel your inner detective in these 10 thrilling virtual escape rooms

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Take your Skype sessions with friends to the next level or have a game night with family as you sort through the clues sent to you through a multitude of virtual channels. Put your inner detective to the test as you solve the mysteries and uncover the secrets that each of these exciting stories holds. It’s the perfect way to get your thrills this season without having to leave the house!

11. Get killer views of La Jolla Shores on these secret swings

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Go on a mini adventure to find this hidden gem of a spot with ‘secret swings.’ Once you get there, get your ‘gram on at a beautiful lookout point with gorgeous views of La Jolla shores. Find out more here.

12. Have a laugh with this satirical recap of 2020

Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones give us ‘Death To 2020’ — a satirical nod to an unprecedented era. The documentary-style comedy special utilises archival footage shot in the past twelve months, and the star-studded cast play a series of fictitious characters narrating their thoughts and opinions on the events that have transpired. They play experts, politicians, royalty and, for good measure, the average-joe as well.

13. Go on a mystery foodie adventure through San Diego

If you have an appetite for good food and love exploring the city, then this self-guided food adventure is the perfect way to see Coronado, Julian or La Jolla, and skip the crowds! Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally-curated clues and riddles sent to your smartphone that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning secret picnic spot. Whether you are looking to get creative for date night or just want a cool new activity to do amongst friends, this is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon outside. Book your spot here.

14-24. Order takeout from your favorite local spots

Mexican Restaurants San Diego
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Local restaurants could use our support now more than ever, as many are struggling to stay afloat during the stay-at-home order. Plus, who doesn’t love some good takeout? Here are a few of our favorite spots:

25-30. Pick up some cool handcrafted artisan goodies while you shop for your fresh produce

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There is certainly no shortage of farmers markets in San Diego. The area is known for its amazing selection of local markets, with everything from the freshest local produce to the most unique artisan goods and quirky finds. Check out 6 of our favorite weekly markets to add to your bucket list this month!

31. Take a virtual tour through Frida Kahlo’s whimsical Mexico City villa

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Step through the cobalt walls of La Casa Azul —also known as “The Blue House” — and get to know the artist through the private universe located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. Easily one of the most recognizable houses in the capital, the vibrant blue villa where Kahlo spent most of her life, has turned into a museum that you can peruse virtually.

32-41. Catch a wave at these 10 incredible San Diego surf spots

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The beach is always a good idea, if you ask us, and San Diego offers some of the best surf spots there are. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned surfer, head to these 10 incredible beaches to surf away your troubles and get a break from the daily grind.

42-47. Check out these 6 adventures on the water

Clear your mind and escape the daily grind with these six awesome adventure plans on the water!

48. Explore the worlds of Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring in a free virtual art exhibit

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The closure of museums, galleries, and venues across the globe has led to a surprising benefit. It’s no reason to jump and shout for joy of course, considering the trying circumstances that we are all facing, but due to the closure of the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, people from all around the world will find themselves fortunate enough to view the NGV’s newly-launched virtual programming. This includes the unprecedented and world premiere exhibition Crossing Lines, showcasing the works of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

49-58. Go on a virtual hike through the most breathtaking U.S. national parks

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While parks aren’t closed to the public, many of us may not have the opportunity to venture out into the great outdoors. Thankfully, in 2019 Google Earth introduced virtual tours of 31 of the country’s incredible national parks. The satellite imagery allows you to zoom right into every nook and cranny of a cliffside or take in sweeping aerial views. Check out our top ten virtual hikes to experience the stunning beauty of our national parks right from your living room!

59. Reconnect with yourself in this online meditation class

We can all agree that 2020 was filled with stress and anxiety. This class will guide you through holistic healing meditations that will help you reconnect with your higher self and find your balance again this new year. It combines astrology and other shamanic practices that will take you on a magical journey of self-discovery. Book your session here.

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See more: 10 Moments From 2020 That Made Us Smile