If having more fun was any part of your New Year’s resolution, then consider checking out some of these super fun events in sunny southern California. Of course, simply spending the winter months exploring all that SoCal has to offer is fun, in and of itself, but these events will round out that resolution and guarantee you can call it “mission accomplished.”
Sunny and seventy is the mantra here during the winter months and there’s plenty to see and do while enjoying the fabulous weather and a stay at Palm Springs Campground.
Every Thursday evening, downtown Palm Springs is all about the art and artisans with its Villagefest Street Festival. Stroll the streets and check out the jewelry and hand-crafted art, flower market, food offerings, and live entertainment. This event runs every Thursday evening through May from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit villagefest.org for more information.
Did you ever ride a camel? Well if you’re in Palm Springs, you’ll have the chance to do so at The Living Desert. Daily camel rides are available for $6, plus admission to this unique zoo and botanical garden that has over 1,600 species of plants and 140 species of animals. Visit livingdesert.org for more information.
If New Year’s Eve is a bit foggy, try celebrating again, but this time ring in the Lunar New Year at SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld’s New Year Festival will celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese acrobats, lion dancers, special Asian-inspired food, and more! Check out the SeaWorld website at seaworld.com/san-diego for more details. The event runs February 2 through February 18.
Another way to celebrate the Year of the Pig is San Diego’s Chinese New Year Fair, which is scheduled for February 16-17, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include a Lantern Parade, traditional and cultural performances, Chinese acrobats, children’s crafts and delicious food. For information, visit sdcny.org.
Pio Pico Campground is about a 45 minutes to an hour drive to downtown San Diego, depending on traffic.
Santa Barbara in wintertime is just as beautiful as Santa Barbara in summertime, while there is still abundant sunshine, there are fewer tourists! This is lucky for you if you’re staying at Rancho Oso Campground because you’re so close to the winter fun in Santa Barbara.
Winter in Santa Barbara also brings the gray whale migration (December to April) and there are several trips you can take to see these magnificent creatures in action. Visit santabarbara.com to see a variety of options for whale watching cruises.
The 34th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival will run from January 30 to February 9, 2019. More than 200 films will be screened during this eleven-day event, and will also feature celebrity tributes, parties and film discussion panels. Visit sbiff.org for more information.
Rancho Oso Campground is about 40 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara.
Toast the New Year and sample more than 200 wines and champagnes at Uncorked: LA Wine Fest, which will be held at Union Station in Los Angeles, on Saturday, January 26, 2019. In addition to the wine offerings, there will also be food trucks and live entertainment. Visit uncorkedwinefestivals.com for more event information.
As an alternative to the bright lights, big city vibe of LA, check out Vasquez Rocks Natural Park Area in Agua Dulce. Of note here are the rock formations that were formed about 25 million years ago and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Several hiking trails and magnificent vistas at this 932-acre park provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and glimpse some wildlife.
Soledad Canyon RV Campground is located about 15 minutes to Agua Dulce and about an hour to Los Angeles.