January 2019 Events Calendar
FUN EVENTS FOR ORANGE, LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO COUNTIES
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Science of Gingerbread Through Jan. 6
Aprons on, scientists! You’ll head into the world of the classic holiday dessert and find out how science plays a crucial role in the kitchen. Our favorite goodies don’t come together magically though. We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create the confections everyone loves.https://oc.discoverycube.org/event/science-of-gingerbread/
Knott’s MerryFarm Through Jan. 6
Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s MerryFarm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world classice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. Plus stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, an enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightlyfalling snow, and so much more.
African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies Through Jan. 6
Bowers Museum proudly presents a masterpiece of historic story-telling that captures Africa’s vanishing cultural landscape through video and images that illuminate diversity and power of ancient tribes and traditions. https://www.bowers.org/index.php/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/503-african-twilight-vanishing-rituals-ceremonies
Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935Through Jan. 13
This exhibition is part of a year-long celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of a hundred years ago whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum. http://lagunaartmuseum.org/
Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake Breakfast Jan. 1
Celebrate the New Year with a dip in the chilly Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits – that’s cheating! The Surf City Splash also features a pancake breakfast (ends at 11 a.m.) and vendor booths all day. http://www.hbsurfcitysplash.com/
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K – Anaheim Jan. 9
January 9, 2019 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! To honor law enforcement we are hosting a virtual race. We will be donating at least 15% of every registration to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), whose mission is “Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.”
Rock it in Aliso & Wood Canyons 5K and 17K Trail Race Jan. 12
The 5K is a fast out and back course along the Aliso Creek Trail (East) to Wood Canyon. The 17K (yes 17K, almost 11 miles) offers a few challenging climbs, including Rock it Trail, technical terrain, and nice long flat stretches. Both distances are almost entirely on trails except for one brief paved road crossing.
Irvine Half Marathon Jan. 12
Formerly known as the Southern California Half & 5K, the Irvine Half Marathon is taking place on Saturday, January 12. The race will begin at 20 Lakeview Drive and will conclude at Mike Ward Park. https://www.irvinehalf.com/
Super Warrior 5K Jan. 17
The Super Warrior 5K, is hosted by Stripes of a Warrior, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that originated in Anaheim, California. It will be held at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. Our mission is to help cancer Warriors FIGHT cancer financially. We provide financial assistance to those that have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to afford their medical bills, housing, medication, or food expenses, etc.
Amigo Guitar Show Jan. 26-27
This tradeshow has tons of international appeal with vintage, new and rare products. Attendees may bring their own items too the show to sell and trade.
Gray Whale Migration Off Newport Beach Winter/Spring Through April
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport/Laguna Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and travel along the Newport Beach coast during the months of December, January, February, March, & April. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed along with several species of dolphin. www.newportwhales.com/newport_beach_whale_watch_offer_16.html
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Melrose Trading Post Every Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles, it’s much more than a mere flea market: live music, a food court, local LA artists and musicians, and expansive grounds bring people out to wileaway the day, chat with old friends, and yes, be seen. Fortunately, the Trading Post is also a world-class flea market. With the right balance of new and old, expensive and affordable, the many vendors hustling artwork, succulents, and vintage jackets fill a startlingly expansive space in an urban epicenter.
Rose Bowl Parade Jan. 1
The 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda begins at 8 AM on January 1, 2019, and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Blvd.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1
The 105th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual will be held on January 1, 2019. The game will feature a traditional match upof teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. Come early and enjoy pre-game activities including tailgates, Rose Queen and Royal Court appearances, and more.
Yoga Expo Jan. 5
The Yoga Expo is an all-day yoga event at the Pasadena Convention Center, featuring local & national teachers. Studios showcase their unique styles of mind & body practice. The Yoga Expo serves as a platform to empower and strengthen the local yoga community. Connect with local teachers, bring a friend (or make one), explore yoga studios in your area, and taste local and sustainable food & beverages.
Bricks LA Jan. 5-6
Bricks L.A. is a convention for fans of LEGO. Buy a ticket to see their amazing creations and make your own on the weekend at Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets start at $5 and children under five are FREE! http://www.bricksla.com/
New Year’s Race Jan. 6
Celebrate the new year by joining the 10K or 5K New Year’s Race, which has music, food trucks, and a beer garden at Grand Park. http://www.newyearsrace.com/
Boat Show Jan. 10-13
See a wide variety of boats at Los Angeles Boat Show [sound], including performance boats, wakesportsboats, deck boats, personal watercraft, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghies, inflatables, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards at the Fairplex. http://www.losangelesboatshow.com/
Winter DineLA 2019 Jan. 11-25
It’s baaaack. DineLA returns for its annual winter edition for a full 15 days, featuring 400 of L.A. restaurants offering discounted lunch and dinner meals. Lunch menus range from $15-$35 for two courses and dinners range from $29-$99+ for three courses. Prices and dining schedules vary by restaurant. Please contact the restaurant directly to make a reservation and view the menu.
Foster the Future Jan. 12
The 4th Annual Foster The Future 5/10K Run/Walk & Youth Wellness Festival is coming to Pasadena, California just south of the world famousRose Bowl! Join us on January 12, 2019 for this is a wonderful wellness opportunity to help support the Journey House of Pasadena which provides transitional services to emancipating youth. http://www.fosterthefuturerun.com
Chinese Business Exhibition Jan. 19-20
After more than 30 years of continuous growth and transformation, there are now six exhibition halls and more than 1,000 exhibitors, attracting hundreds of thousands of representatives from different countries and different ethnic groups every year, becoming the largest trade show for overseas Asians. From the food court to the performance stage, the merchants cover everything from clothing and food to entertainment. http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/home/index
LA Art Show Jan. 23-27
The Los Angeles Art Show is the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country—there’s something for everyone here, from art history majors to avant-garde gallery owners. The show is broadly divided into Modern & Contemporary and Traditional Contemporary sections. The event will feature top galleries and programming, including lectures, tours, special exhibits, and after-parties, and beginning with a benefit opening night premiere party. www.laartshow.com/
Fitness Expo Jan. 26-27
See martial arts, power-lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This family-friendly event provides the opportunity to discover new health and wellness products, access cooking classes, meet fitness celebrities and much more!
Uncorked Wine Festival Jan. 26
More than 200 wines plus wineries, food trucks, music and a beautiful setting—sounds like a perfect Saturday to us. Uncorked Wine Fest returns to Union Station on January 26, sending wine fiends into a frenzy with some incredible varietals. Tickets include admission and wine tastings. Food is sold separately and pets are prohibited.
Griffith Park Half Marathon & 5K Jan. 27
Half Marathon and 5K road race through iconic Griffith Park, plus an expo with music, local vendors and fun for the whole family! Both courses are USATF Certified! All proceeds benefit Los Angeles City Parks.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Ice Skating by the Sea Through Jan. 2
At the Del, Hotel del Coronado, enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The ice rink will be open daily with session times that vary. Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a festive San Diego holiday activity. For
more information and schedule visit www.hoteldel.com
San Diego Spring Home Show Jan. 4-6
Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence.
The Winehouse Experience Jan. 5
The Winehouse Experience is a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. Visit the quaint neighborhood of Little Italy to experience an honor the singer. This event takes place at the Music Box on India Street and tickets are $22-$47.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Jan. 8- Ongoing
Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour Event as you compete against other teams for the best score. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and
completing challenges while learning local history.
San Diego Brew Festival Jan. 12
The 8th annual San Diego Beer Fest returns to Liberty Station, promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks. The Brew
Festival’s proceeds will benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and find permanent homes for rescued pets. https://www.sandiegobeerfest.com/
Poway Winter Festival Jan. 12-13
Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!
San Diego Resolution Run 5k & 15k Jan. 13
Start your year right with a San Diego run that is good for your mind, spirit, and body. The San Diego Resolution Run 5K/10K/ Half Marathon will take runners on a waterfront course from along Mission Bay, while raising funds for Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. www.sandiegoresolutionrun.com
San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Jan. 19-20
At the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show, you’ll meet with thousands of destination experts from around the world who can help you personalize the trip that’s right for you. Meet face-to-face with your favorite travel celebrities such as Josh Gates and more!
2019 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon Jan. 20
Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winningevent will wow you. Our course features support stations, breathtaking costalviews, continuous
entertainment and much more. https://www.inmotionevents.com/event/carlsbad-marathon
38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Jan. 20
This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth
San Diego Restaurant Week Jan. 20-27
San Diego Restaurant Week returns for eight days starting Sunday, January 20 through Sunday, January 27 with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego
County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. https://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
Farmers Insurance Open 2019 Jan. 24-27
The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open. Come enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions
including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more! https://www.farmersinsuranceopen.com
2019 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show Jan. 24-27
If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more! http://bigbayboatshow.com/
Monster Jam Jan. 26
Monster Jam is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks. https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US