San Diego Weekend Events | January 1-4

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Happy New Year! Check out what’s happening this weekend in San Diego with our special ‘New Years Day’ weekend events round-up, which includes two chances to take a dip into the cold Pacific Ocean on New Year’s Day! Brrr!

New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge
When: Thursday, January 1st, 10am
Where: On the lawn (Kelogg Park) of La Jolla Shores (Not the Cove). Look for our Club banner.
‘Splash’ into the new year with the La Jolla Cove Swim Club Polar Bear plunge! Some will come to swim and others just to dip their big toe in the big blue (without turning…blue), but all should come to share in the joy of the New Year and the warmth of good friends, fellow swimmers, and great potluck food (Cider/Coffee provided).

Penguin Plunge
When: Thursday, January 1st, 11am
Where: Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street.
Celebrate 2015 with a dip in the Pacific Ocean, which kicks off at 11am at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street.

SEE ALSO: Start The New Year Right With These 3 Family-Friendly Hikes in La Jolla

49th Annual 2015 New Year’s Day Regatta
When: Thursday, January 1, 2015, 12:25pm
Where: Harbor Island Park – 1910 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 92101
Come kick off the new year with a race in San Diego Bay, with the first warning signal at 12:25. This is a free event. “Last year there were over 80 sailboats of all shapes and styles competing in the San Diego Yacht Club’s New Year’s Day Regatta.”

San Diego International Auto Show
When: January 1-4th
Where: San Diego Convention Center
The San Diego International Auto Show will feature over 400 2015 Model-year vehicles, ride and drives, expanded exotics salon and much more! Planning a family outing to the auto show? Consider Ford Family Day, Sunday, January 4th, when kids 12 and under get in FREE with a paid adult. For tickets and information click here.

Climb the Museum of Man’s California Tower
The iconic California Tower is officially opening for tours starting on January 1, 2015! The 45 minute guided tours will offer commentary on and answer questions regarding the tower and the park’s history during the ascent to the tower’s eighth floor (125 stairs, sorry no elevator available), where visitors will have 10-15 minutes to absorb one of the best views in San Diego – panoramas from Mexico all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Read more about it here.

Whale Watch with Birch Aquarium and Flagship Cruises
Embark on an unforgettable journey with the ocean experts at Birch Aquarium at Scripps! Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their annual 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California. Tours are available daily (9:45am–1:15pm & 1:30–5pm) through April 2015. Click here for more information and tickets.

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[Image courtesy of La Jolla Cove Swim Club]

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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