Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This January

Looking for the coolest things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in January? We’ve got you covered. From New Year’s to Chinese New Year, to a flourish of festivals like one of the West’s preeminent mushroom festivals (Foragers Fest) and one the state’s leading swing dance gatherings (SwingFest). Even once the celebrations wane, there is still plenty to do. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula including museums, cultural events, food tours, golfing, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, and if you’re planning a weekend, the the best places to stay

January is mild on the Monterey Peninsula, with temperatures in the 50s-60s and eight days of rain on average. Don’t let that stop you from hitting the trails, however, because if you stick to the coast, there’s a chance you could see a gray whale, as their season begins in Dec/Jan.

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New Year's

January 1
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Monterey SwingFest

January 11 — 16

Here come intensive classes from pros like Benji Schwimmer and Sarah Vann Drake, nightly dance contests and popular open dance sessions. At this West Coast Swing production the programming flies from 10am until deep into the night.

More info: Monterey SwingFest’s Facebook page

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Big Sur Foragers Festival

January 21

Lovers of fungus are again among us. Now with a virtual spin on the traditional festival, forage through a box of goodies in the comfort of your own home. Choose your experience led by experts: prepare a meal and pair with wine, a charcuterie board, sip bottles of wine, or all of the above.

More info: BSFF’s Facebook page

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Monterey Whalefest

Whalefest Monterey is a free fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages celebrates the migration of the gray whales, and benefits the many local and national marine organizations that build awareness.

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Chinese New Year

January 22

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now on the Monterey Peninsula? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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