Best Things to Do in the South Bay This January

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the South Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, courtesy of Jeremy Daniel
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Photo: Courtesy of The Tech Interactive

Into America’s Wild

January 1

Kick off a new year with an IMAX experience at The Tech Interactive which reopened with a series of films, including a peek at the wonders of America’s natural beauty, with narration by Morgan Freeman.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sunnyvale Ice Rink

The Winter Ice Rink

THRU January 2, 2022

Of course an ice rink in the heart of Silicon Valley combines skating and tech in events such as Robots on Ice, but other events like Learn to Curl helps expand the sport of ice skating beyond its user base.

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Photo: Greg Ramar

Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

THRU January 9, 2022

Celebrate the season by skating around a shaped ice rink and a 32 palm tree track, or join for one of the special events.

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Photo: Courtesy of Subrosa Community Space

Really Really Free Market!

January 9

This monthly event involves zero money, zero trades and zero capitalism. Its deeply Santa Cruz soul is pure love: All are welcome to give away clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books, zines and more, and to take home new-to-you items. “We all have something to share with each other,” organizers say, “and to receive with gratitude is also a gift. This gathering is not about the ‘stuff’ we give and take, but more about how we can freely give and receive from each other.”

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

January 12

For one night only, experience the humble beginnings of Tom & Jerry and the folk-pop duo that became ‘60’s legends in an immersive concert-theater show.

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Photo: Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Stockton Kings

January 17

The Golden State Warriors dynasty and its sparkling new Chase Center are something to behold. But so are the Wave City Warriors and their energizing and wildly entertaining arena — at a fraction of the price. Much like minor league baseball, the action hits closer, the promotions are amped up and the excitement feels more intimate.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

January 18

Charlie Bucket and four other golden ticket holders step into the amazing world of Willy Wonka as created by Roald Dahl, through January 23.

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Photo: Jackie Lee

Jamestown Revival at Catalyst Club

January 19

Jamestown Revival, aka childhood pals Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay, translate everyday life into an avalanche of harmonies that blend Southern country, Americana and Western. Indie quartet Mipso and singer-songwriter Robert Ellis also perform.

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Photo: Jeff Fasano

Joan Osborne at Rio Theatre

January 21

Osborne calls her 10th album, Trouble and Strife, her response to “the crazy, chaotic times we’re living in, a recognition of the important role music has to play in this moment.” The seven-time Grammy nominee adds another thought, and one she embodies: “Music has a unique ability to re-energize people and allow us to continue to hang on to that sense of joy of being alive.”

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