Things To Do In San Diego In January

Bobby Dyer
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San Diego In January Brings Rain and Snow

Although January generally brings most of our rain for the entire year in San Diego, the month can still be a great getaway for travelers living in cold places. The normal dry and arid landscape turns green from all the rainfall and makes for some beautiful hikes on our local trails. The normal holiday festivities and events have been postponed or changed to virtual events. Although, if you love surfing, hiking, or just being active outdoors, you can still enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery of San Diego.

Before you come to San Diego, it is best you review the current COVID19 restrictions so you can be prepared for what to expect. Guidelines are changing daily so be sure to keep up to date with what is going on.

Top Events happening in San Diego In January:

San Diego In January

Surf Big Waves

All Winter

Pacific Ocean

The waves are continuing to smash the coastline. Get your board and tear it up as a beginner or an experienced surfer on a variety of different waves along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline. Follow the winds to find what waves are breaking where on any given day. Check out this list of surf spots in San Diego for more information on where to go to find your perfect wave this winter.

San Diego Torrey Pines Hike

Go Hiking

All Winter

Torrey Pines State Park or East County Trailheads

The wintertime is the best time of the year to take on San Diego numerous hiking trails. The cooler conditions and recent rainfall make it the perfect time of year to get outdoors and hike on the nature trails. Some of my favorite hikes in San Diego are Three Sisters Waterfall, Cedar Creek Waterfall, Iron Mountain, and Torrey Pines State Park.

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the ultimate basecamp on the coast if you are looking for an adrenaline-packed adventure. Choose between hang gliding or paragliding and let your feet dangle over the cliffs!

San Diego International Auto Show

Postponed to 2022

San Diego Convention Center

Are you a car fanatic? Get the V.I.P. treatment with behind the scenes sneak peeks at models that have not been released onto the sales floors yet. See where the car industry is moving with the alternative fuel innovations or a sports car worthy of the next James Bond film (test drive it too); you will be transported.


San Diego Brew Festival

Postponed to 2022

Liberty Station

Get brewing with the best! Including 70 breweries, 150 beers, and food trucks scattered around to keep the munchies at bay, this is a massive event that takes over Liberty Station. Enjoy the spectacle with some friends old or new, listen to live music, and make the most of a festival devoted to its craft 😉


San Diego Travel and Adventure Show

Postponed to 2022

San Diego Convention Center

Do you love everything to do with travel and always want to know more? This is the event for you! Speakers such as Travel Editor Peter Greenberg to Author of the Bestselling book WILD by Cheryl Strayed will be in attendance so you can have all your travel inquiries answered from those that have made a career from it. Enjoy exhibitions, speakers, and performances from all over the world: it’s a cultural trip right in San Diego!


Everyday Events!

There is always something happening in San Diego. Want to go to a pop-up bar that rolls along in a camper? Or buy some secondhand books? Whatever you are searching for, from the mundane to the unusual, San Diego has you covered. Check out The Reader for more daily events. It’s hard to know what you will be in the mood to do at times until you see all the options of the day in front of you.


Weekly Local Events in San Diego:

Tuesdays: Pacific Beach Farmers Market 

Wednesdays: Ocean Beach Farmers Market and Drum Circles

Saturdays: Little Italy Farmers Market

Sundays: Hillcrest Farmers Market

Everyday – Locals Ride Free – San Diego Trolley Tours


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San Diego is a great destination year-round. Many other extraordinary events are happening and listed on the San Diego Events website.

For info on the live music scene, the San Diego Reader has a great list of upcoming shows.

If you have any questions about other events happening in San Diego, please contact our receptionist at any of our local hostels.


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Cofounder of ITH Hostels. I love traveling, hosting, gardening, golfing, fishing, and sailing.