The New Year is a time for renewal and restoration. A time to set off on an exciting new path and to plot a course for 12 months of novel experiences. Start 2017 off on the right foot by stepping out of your comfort zone and finding something different to do.
Spend a leisurely afternoon hunting treasures at the Torrance Antique Faire on January 22nd. Enjoy free parking and free admission as you peruse the vintage wares of 200+ vendors.
Rediscover an American hero with Hal Holbrook’s acclaimed Mark Twain Tonight. Performance scheduled for January 20th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. Critics say it’s a living, breathing masterpiece.
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster! San Gabriel Mission District is the place to ring in the Lunar New Year on January 28th from 11am-10pm.
Head to Santa Anita Park for Sunshine Millions Wine Festival. A thrilling card of thoroughbred racing and a stunning array of fine wines & tasty delicacies – a party you won’t want to miss.
And join the San Gabriel Valley NAACP in their 18th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on January 16 at the West Covina Civic Center.
Sledding in So Cal? You bet.
Come to Lake Forest’s 2017 Snow Fest on January 28th and slide down Mount Pittsford in speedy saucers! Register and pre-pay in advance as tickets sell out prior to the event. Cost is just $7 per sledder.
Rain or shine! The Laguna Niguel Triathlon & 5K will get you outside and your juices flowing. Register online, event takes place January 29th.
Reconnect with nature by hiking a gorgeous 3-mile loop trail through avocado orchards. Register for the Orchard Hills Evening Hike in advance as spaces are limited.
January is a month for foodies!
Newport Beach Restaurant Week makes it easier than ever to sample the city’s fine fare at bargain basement prices. Visit participating venues January 16-29 and order from special prix-fixe menus at premier eateries.
Take part in an classy evening of whisky & wine at the Taste of the Orange Coast at The Oak Grill at The Island Hotel. $100 for general admission features Glenmorangie tastings and presentations from Scotch Master Jon Trainer, Advanced Sommelier Michael Villas and Mixologist Jessica Gomes. $150 includes VIP Meet & Greet.
Based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda the Musical, is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts January 17-29. It’s a story of an extraordinary girl fighting to change her destiny with her sharp mind and vivid imagination. Ticket start at just $29.
Celebrate Vietnamese culture in Southern California with UVSA’s Tet Festival. Enjoy delicious food and plenty of laughs as you ring in the Lunar New Year. The 3-day event runs from January 27-29.
7 ten-minute original plays from different directors. It’s a wild night of inspiring theatre at the ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival. Enjoy the spectacle and vote for your favorite, January 20-29.
New to San Juan Capistrano, the 1st Annual Food & Wine Experience comes to the Ocean Institute at Dana Point. Celebrity chefs, live music, special drinks and more.
Be a Big Cheese to End Human Trafficking is a wine & cheese tasting event taking place Jan. 30th at The Cellar in San Clemente to benefit the I-5 Freedom Network. Schedule features keynote speaker Lori Donchak, book signing with Kim Yim, live entertainment, wine bottle drawings and more. Enjoy a wonderful evening out while supporting a great cause.
Renowned cellist Paul Wiancko is set to perform at Casa Romantica January 26th at 7pm. Stroll through lush gardens and relish in an evening of delicate music.
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Get your year started off on a healthy track with the Carlsbad Marathon & Half on January 15th. New to the event, finishers age 21 and up can enjoy a complimentary Ballast Point beer at the Finish Line Festival Beer Garden!
From January 22nd through March 5th the Cannon Art Gallery will feature the 2017 Juried Biennial Exhibition. The collection is one of San Diego’s most significant showcases of emerging local artists.
Watch the pros rip the waves at the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour January 15th at the South Harbor Jetty. Surfers hit the water as early as 6:30am so program the timer on your coffee pot and plan on getting there early.
Purchase tickets online to guarantee admission for the Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival. Sample over 50 unique brews from local artisans at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre January 28th from 2-6pm. Live music, tasty grub, don’t miss out.
Get through your restaurant “to-do” list during San Diego Restaurant Week. Enjoy discounted pricing and special menus from January 15-22 at a whopping 180+ different eateries.
Tidepooling at Dike Rock or False Point is a unique seaside experience you won’t want to miss. From November through March, minus tides widen the beaches to reveal countless tide pools teeming with life. Explore this wonder of nature with a trained naturalist to learn more about the wonders of our ocean ecosystem.
Find something that glitters at Del Mar Gem Faire January 13th from noon to six. Browse millions of beads, precious & semi-precious stones, fine jewelry and more. 70+ exhibitors from across the globe.
Purchase tickets to the Farmers Insurance Open and watch your favorite golfers compete on the challenging course at Torrey. Tournament runs January 26-29.