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If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, now's the time to get started. California has countless reasons to visit in 2020, and there’s no need to wait: Some of the best events and attractions start in January. Here are 20 compelling reasons—including exciting theme park openings, sporting events, historic anniversaries, and more—to make good on that resolution soon.

Experience Cool New Theme Park Thrills

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens, Jan. 17

The second, much-anticipated ride within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens soon at Disneyland Park. Next door, Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure Park will introduce the superhero-sized Avengers Campus in summer 2020, with new rides and other attractions.

Gilroy Gardens celebrates 20 years, beginning March 27

The small Central Coast theme park—home of the funky Circus Trees and rides such as the Artichoke Dip—celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 when its season starts in March. Look for a new light show and other events highlighting the park's whimsical, horticultural history.

Knott’s Berry Farm turns 100, celebrations start May 15

The Buena Park theme park that started out as a boysenberry stand will commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2020. The party includes season-long “Knott’s Family Reunion” festivities and a new 4-D interactive ride, “Knott’s Bear-y Tales,” which is a throwback to the park’s first ride.

Secret Life of Pets opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, summer

The studio-lot-meets-theme-park destination plans to introduce the new Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash attraction in 2020, where guests will take on the roles of the film’s critter characters in an immersive experience.

New Great Wolf Lodge opens, summer

The family magnet will be opening a new hotel and indoor-outdoor waterpark in Manteca, near Stockton in California’s Central Valley. The new one-stop destination will cover 29 acres and feature 500 rooms.

Watch Top Sporting Events

U.S. Freestyle Moguls Championships, March 19–22

Come see the country’s top mogul skiers combine speed and style at the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Championships at Squaw Valley. Then buy a lift ticket and try some spring skiing yourself at the ski resort that stayed open through July 4th in 2019.

2020 PGA Championship, May 11–17

One of golf’s biggest showdowns will take place at San Francisco’s Harding Park Municipal Public Golf Course. Book your own tee time to play the famed course before the pros arrive.

2020 MLB All-Star Game, July 12–14

See the best baseball players in the world play in the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14 at Dodger Stadium—and come early for the All-Star Futures Game (July 12) and the Home Run Derby (July 13). You can also catch the stars in regular-season action from April through September, with California’s five MLB teams in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Anaheim, and San Diego.

SoFi Stadium opens, July 25

L.A’s $5 billion SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park complex debuts with a Taylor Swift concert. The 70,000-seat arena in Inglewood will then be the home turf for the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, as well as the venue that will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Celebrate Historic Anniversaries

Hearst Castle turns 100, all year

The opulent Central Coast mansion of William Randolph Hearst hits the century mark this year. Take one of the many tours operated by California State Parks that covers different parts of the 68,-00-square-foot, 38-bedroom home and its surrounding buildings.

Point Reyes Lighthouse 150th Anniversary, all year

The 19th-century lighthouse perched on a scenic rocky point recently reopened after a 15-month renovation to celebrate its 150th birthday. The Point Reyes National Seashore also includes hiking trails and ranger-led tours of the lighthouse and seaside.

50th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration, June 29–30

One of the world’s largest gay pride parades marks 50 years of celebrating LGBT culture and rights with a two-day party including a parade, music, and speakers.

Monterey’s 250th Anniversary, all year

The seaside city will celebrate its quarter-millennial anniversary of its founding in 2020 with a yearlong series of events. The centerpiece may be the June 3 fiesta commemorating the Spanish mission’s founding of Monterey.

Eat, Hike, Explore, and More

California Restaurant Month, January

During January, 40 cities, towns, and regions host dining weeks (or months) and serious deals at top restaurants. But don’t feel limited to January: In 2019, the Michelin Guide expanded to cover the entire state, which resulted in 90 Michelin-starred restaurants across California that beckon year round. Or plan a trip around one of the Golden State's foodie events, like Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Festival in September or the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival in November.

Go wine tasting in an award-winning region

Wine Enthusiast recently named Sonoma County the Wine Region of the Year, due to its fine vintages, focus on sustainability, and variety among its 425 wineries. October means harvest festivals and events, but Sonoma in winter also offers some great deals and a more mellow vibe.

Hike through National Park Week, April 18–26

Work off all that great food and drink with a hike in one of California’s many state and national parks during April’s annual celebration. You can score free admission on April 18, which is a good way to see banner national parks such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Pinnacles. Pay it forward other times of year and sign up for a “Volunteer Vacation” with Nature Corps to help restore trails in Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings National Parks, Big Sur, and more.

Follow the music

California hosts a lot of famed music festivals, including Coachella (April), Outside Lands (August), and the Monterey Jazz Fest (September). That’s just the beginning, of course. You could also plan your trip around April’s Stagecoach Festival in Greater Palm Springs, or summer’s Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley, which combines music and yoga. In October, Dirtybird Campout, near Modesto, offers a unique pairing of electronic music with classic summer camp vibes.

Go surfing

California’s 840 miles of coastline provide an aquatic playground—especially around San Diego County, where surfing events like August’s Supergirl Surf Pro in Oceanside happen throughout 2020. Surfing season lasts year round, but you can celebrate the state sport on California Surfing Day on September 20.

Take an epic road trip

California has some of the country’s best road trips, including the “Mother Lode Highway" from Sonora to Auburn in Gold Country that is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Discover under-the-radar trip ideas—like the Shasta Cascade region’s Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway—and more than 50 itineraries on the California Road Trip Republic hub.