Best Things to Do in the South Bay This January

Best Things to Do in the South Bay This January

It’s a new year filled with great things to do in the South Bay and Peninsula. We’ve pulled together the best events, festivals, museum exhibitions and concerts of January to start your year off right. Whether you’re in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Jose or elsewhere, there’s plenty to do.

Beyond January 2024, Local Getaways has more of the best things to do in the South Bay, including museums, cultural events, food tours, golfing, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the South Bay. Staying for a weekend? Here are the best places to stay
January is cold in the South Bay, with temperatures in the 40s-50s and eight days of rain on average.

Featured photo by Skyler Fusco (@slfusco on Instagram).
Downtown Aloha Skate Ice Rink at San Jose Aloha Skate
Photo courtesy of San Jose Downtown Association.

Aloha Downtown Skate

Through mid-January

The beloved Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice Rink has been replaced this winter season with roller skating. Make new memories and keep the holiday tradition of skating alive this winter season. 

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A girl holds her hands against glowing light at IlluminOdyssey
Photo courtesy of CuriOdyssey.

IlluminOdyssey at CuriOdyssey

Dates TBD

For the rest of January, you can still play with colors and learn about light with CuriOdyssey’s seasonal exhibit IlluminOdyssey. The interactive San Mateo museum presents a maze of glowing projections and phosphorescent surfaces, where the whole family can learn about refraction, photoluminescence, color and the properties of light. Grab your lantern and bask in its glow!

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Filoli Estate Trail with giant tree in South Bay
Photo by Skyler Fusco (@slfusco on Instagram).

Hair of the Dog Hike at Filoli

January 1

Working on your New Year’s resolution but don’t want to stop celebrating just yet? Filoli is leading a boozy hike through a trail connected to its beautiful Woodside estate. This self-guided hike includes a bit of bubbles to start, mimosas at the halfway point and a poolside bloody Mary to finish. Tickets are on sale now for four different starting times between 10 a.m. and noon.

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Two traditional Mexican dancers at Three Kings Day at Childrens Discovery Museum San Jose
Photo courtesy of Children's Discovery Museum.

El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos

January 6

Celebrate Latino culture with Mariachi bands, dancing, crafts and more at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos — Three Kings’ Day in English, or the Epiphany — ends the season of Christmas festivities and is widely celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries. Experience folkloric dance while enjoying a slice of King’s Cake in this vibrant event. 

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49ers quarterback makes a pass while defender blocks oncoming opponent at 49ers game in Santa Clara
Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers.

49ers games

Dates TBD

The San Francisco 49ers return to Levi’s Stadium for highly anticipated home game. Watch the Niners go head-to-head with other NFL teams at their Santa Clara arena. Bring your friends and get your game face on!

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Desi Comedy fest in San Jose
Photo courtesy of Improv.

Desi Comedy Fest

Dates TBD

Catch a night full of Desi comics (comics of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent) at San Jose Improv. Branded as the largest South Asian comedy festival in America, Desi Comedy Fest features a hilarious lineup of Abhay Nadkarni, Samson Koletkar, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and many more. 

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Human finger points at robotic finger, glowing light between them - the graphic for San Jose Symphony's Automation show
Photo courtesy of Symphony San Jose.

Symphony San Jose

January 27–28

Symphony San Jose’s January program in 2023 included Automation, a groundbreaking performance blends AI and classical music. A cellist battled a holographic counterpart during a striking performance of Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” a piece at the center of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Humans face a new technological frontier, and Automation seeks to cross it. 

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Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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