What better way to celebrate than in sunny San Diego? 2020 has a calendar packed with exciting things for the entire family to enjoy! Dish on local San Diego cuisine, jam out to legendary musicians on stage, or witness gravity-defying acrobatics… on stage and on ice! It’s all in here in America’s Finest City.
Willie Nelson and Family – Jan 3
Legendary country singer Willie Nelson will take the stage at Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter to start off 2020 this January 3rd. Touring with his band, Willie Nelson and Friends, the country musician will play hits from his six-decade career. While in the neighborhood, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. When you’re ready to eat, The Werewolf American Pub hosts one of the best country karaoke nights along with classic American bar fare.
San Diego Brew Fest – Jan 11
Experience food trucks and craft beers, West Coast style, at the 8th Annual San Diego Brew Fest. Brought to you by 70 breweries and food trucks, this fun-filled celebration gives unlimited beer samplings with admission. VIP Admission comes with an exclusive beer tasting. The festival starts at noon in Liberty Station, Point Loma, and runs until 4 p.m. Enjoy a day of food, live music, and beer to start the new year right in San Diego.
Guided Tide Pool Adventures – Jan 11 and Jan 25
December through March marks the best time for tidepooling in San Diego. First, check for daily low tide times, then explore the marine life that thrives in this habitat where land meets sea. The Birch Aquarium welcomes marine enthusiasts of all ages to explore the beaches and tide pools on guided adventures. Trained naturalists teach all about local tide pools and how to better protect our planet. Ready for a DIY tide pool adventure? Here’s your San Diego tidepooling guide.
Boomshaka Music Fest 2020 – Jan 18
Celebrate the new year jamming to some of SoCal’s finest local bands. The Boomshaka Music Fest hosts one day of live reggae and hip hop with headliners Iration and Cypress Hill. On January 18, the music festival will serve beers and cocktails in Pechanga Arena San Diego. Snack on local fare or shop the artisan stands. Get your tickets in advance, so you don’t miss out.
Los Lobos – Jan 18
Los Lobos will perform a benefit concert this January at Spreckels Theater with proceeds going toward the homeless youth of San Diego. The three-time Grammy winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, Los Lobos, has teamed up with local businesses and nonprofits for the event. B-Side Players will open this year. Purchase your tickets to celebrate the new year and to help homeless youth find safe housing. Catch an upscale dinner before the show at Grant Grill in the US Grant Hotel, or head to Lucha Libre for a casual bite.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade 2020 – Jan 19
San Diego has a longstanding tradition of celebrating the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade 2020 starting on Harbor Drive between Grape Street and Broadway. The parade will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. on January 19. Take advantage of the opportunity to have lunch at Queenstown Public House and explore the enchanting Little Italy neighborhood before the parade.
Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines – Jan 23-26
Golf enthusiasts will not want to miss this year’s Farmers Insurance Open at world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. The three-day tournament features top PGA tour players vying for a win on this gorgeous course with stunning Pacific Ocean views. Enjoy the event in luxury with a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Unwind in the evening over a high-end meal at A.R. Valentien where you just may spot a player, or two.
Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party – Jan 23-26
Bring the whole family to see your favorite Disney characters take to the ice. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and the rest of the gang show off high flying acrobatics and stunts on ice. Head to Pechanga Arena on Sports Arena Boulevard to enjoy favorite Disney tunes at a new year celebration the kids will love.
Shen Yun – Jan 24-26
Witness gravity defying stunts with Shen Yun. Performers combine ancient Chinese folk legends told through acrobatics, dance, and breathtaking costumes. Shen Yun shows at the San Diego Civic Theater, an ideal location for an overnight stay at the swanky Westgate Hotel.
Whether you prefer a top tier golf competition, ice shows, beer tasting, live music, or all the above, you’ll find it in San Diego this January. Every day in January and all year long, you can get the best deals on San Diego’s top attractions like SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, and LEGOLAND California with a Go San Diego Card. Catch all the celebrations and don’t miss an attraction in 2020.