San Diego January Calendar of Events

Outdoor Ice Rink at Horton Square November 18 – January 9 Want to experience skating ice skating in the heart of America’s Finest City all while benefitting a great cause? Come to Horton Plaza and join us in a benefit for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Admission includes rental ice skates for the duration of the public session.

Broadway/San Diego Presents ‘West Side Story’ January 4 – 9 More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by Tony Award®-winner Arthur Laurents, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. Family friendly for pre-teens and older.

Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk & Fun Run with Tony Gwynn January 15 Come join Stephen Strasburg and Tony Gwynn in a 5k walk & fun run benefitting the Aztec Baseball program. The Inaugural Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk & Fun Run with Tony Gwynn will take place Saturday, January 15, 2011 at SDSU. This is a family-friendly event that will include games and fun for everyone. By registering for this event you will receive an all-inclusive package loaded with great prizes.  Please check out the website or all the details and registration info.

13th Annual San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival January 15 Enjoy this free, family-friendly, fun festival with cultural entertainers, food, vendors, an entire children’s area, Global Villages and an education fair. There’s something for everyone!

An Evening with Joan Rivers January 15 An entertainment legend of unparalleled accomplishment and talent, Joan Rivers is an internationally renowned comedienne, Emmy-winning television talk show host, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur, red carpet fashion laureate and businesswoman.  Enjoy a special evening as Joan Rivers delights you with stories and her humorous observations of people and her world live from the stage at the historic Balboa Theatre!

Tango del Mundo: A Tango Odyssey January 15 Tango del Mundo is part of the Gallery Series, which takes place at the Meyer Fine Art Gallery, 2400 Kettner Blvd., #104, in Little Italy. The Gallery Series offers the ultimate sensory experience by combining hand-crafted wine, evocative art, and eclectic music. The evening begins with a curated wine tasting complimented by light hors d’oeuvres. Following the musical program, guests are invited to meet the artists.

Whale Watch Weekend 2011 January 15 – 16 Cabrillo’s annual Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. features presentations, exhibits and films. Rangers are also on hand throughout the weekend to assist visitors in spotting whales in the ocean and explore the park’s magnificent tide pools.  Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego’s picturesque national park on the panoramic Point Loma peninsula, offers a glass enclosed observatory for whale watching. Visitors can also explore whale exhibits and listen to a taped narration describing characteristics of these popular animals.

Exploration Hike of the NEW Heritage Trail January 16 Join us as we hike the not yet open-to-the-public, planned route of the Heritage Trail, connecting the San Dieguito River Park’s San Pasqual Valley Trail with the extensive, nearly 60-mile Poway trail system! This 6.5-mile hike will feature sweeping views of San Pasqual Valley as we travel through coastal sage scrub and oak riparian woodland. Participants will learn about the Conservancy’s large-scale efforts to combat the invasive plants that threaten these native vegetation communities, as well as what will be needed to complete the remaining challenging segments of the Coast-to-Crest Trail. This hike is a fund-raiser for the Conservancy to support its work protecting additional lands for the River Park, extending trails, and restoring habitat.  Reservations are required. To RSVP, visit and click the “Join Now” button and please select “San Dieguito Exploration” from the fund menu or contact or (858)755-6956 by January 13th. Refreshments will be provided

San Diego Restaurant Week January 16 – 21 Extraordinary three-course menus from San Diego’s best restaurants from $20-$40 per person.  Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Choose from over 180 of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy a fixed price, three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. Now in its seventh year as San Diego County’s largest and most successful dining event, San Diego Restaurant Week runs from January 16-21, 2011, and is designed to spotlight San Diego as a premiere dining destination.

San Diego Symphony: Judy Garland in Concert January 21 – 22 The legendary voice and film archives of Judy Garland are combined with the San Diego Symphony performing live to create this remarkable concert event at Symphony Hall. Judy Garland in Concert features over two dozen of Judy’s greatest musical hits, including “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” and “Over the Rainbow.”  Experience Judy Garland’s dynamic life in song as she performs on multiple screens, accompanied by the orchestra in the classic repertoire and arrangements that thrilled worldwide audiences. Using breakthrough technology, this unique entertainment incorporates rare home movies, photographs and the star’s own reminiscences to present a magical and timeless concert experience.  For ticketing and more information, check out Whale Festival on San Diego Bay January 22 Join us at the 2011 Big Bay Whale Festival to celebrate the annual migration of Gray Whales! The festival is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m and for this day only, kids cruise for free on either of our Whale Watching cruises. Receive 1 free child ticket with purchase of each full fare adult ticket. Limit of 6 people per offer. Not valid with any other offer. Reservations are recommended.

All That Glitters:  The Splendor & Science of Gems & Minerals Through January 15th San Diego Natural History Museum is proud to present the gem and mineral exhibition: All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals.  Witness a stunning selection of spectacular natural mineral crystals, exquisite jewelry, and works of art. See objects on display for the first time ever. Discover “first finds” in the world, found right here in California: benotite, gold, kunzite and morganite. View stunning objects on loan from major U.S. museums including the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Seeing Beauty Exhibition Through January 23rd The photographs in the exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts examine the elements of art and design, composition and framing, as well as subject matter. In examining these elements in the context of aesthetic beauty, the exhibition poses the question of how our personal interpretation and notions of what constitutes beauty affect our experience of looking at art. The exhibition is meant to engage viewers to challenge, redefine, or confirm their understanding of what beauty is, and what factors contribute to their aesthetic evaluation.

California Roll Through January 31st From Woodies to hot rods, from custom cars to lowriders, California had produced more ideas and trends than anywhere on the planet. This exhibit features many cars that made the statement that California is a unique and different place – full of ingenious ideas. From dune buggies to the iconic hippie VW Microbus, California has always catered to the diverse populations that make up its people, define the moment, and shape our future. This exhibit has something fun for everyone, including a facsimile of an early Jack in the Box restaurant, the pioneer of drive-thru restaurant culture.

San Diego International Auto Show December 30 – January 2 As the industry continues to evolve, automakers will be unveiling vibrant, new vehicles with more innovative, hi-tech products than ever. Show visitors should look for exciting and fun new features, family entertainment and interactive activities. This year’s show will highlight hundreds of new-model vehicles, classics and exotics, a salute to classic VW buses, five decades of Mustangs, and an art sculpture exhibit made from old car parts. Come in and find your favorite 2011-model vehicle or one you are considering for purchase. Better yet, take one of several models from Toyota, Ford, Kia or General Motors on a test drive.

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