Sip away! Quench your desire for adventure and indulge your epicurean spirit as you journey around the world of Zinfandel at ZAP’s Festival from January 31 to February 2 in San Francisco. You will experience global flair with local charm on this guided expedition through four extraordinary events designed to entertain, educate, make a difference and delight Zinfandel enthusiasts. www.zinfandel.org

Get carried away! San Diego Opera begins its 48th season on January 26th with The Daughter of the Regiment. The entire season includes Samson and Delilah, Murder in the Cathedral, and Aida. Celebrate the first Mariachi Opera, Cruzar La Cara de la Luna with the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, known as the World’s Best Mariachi. www.sdopera.com

Set Sail! The annual migration of the gray whales brings the unique opportunity to glimpse one of nature’s greatest occurrences on the San Diego coastline. Whale watch from a variety of events by the bay and get ready to have awe-inspiring moments. Make sure to keep your eyes open and witness as over 20,000 whales make the longest migration of any mammal through our backyard. www.whaledays.com

Give Blood! Honor blood donors, sponsor blood drives and encourage others to give. As January is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations, since 1970, it has been designated National Blood Donor Month. This is a perfect time to honor blood donors, or become a donor yourself. The San Diego Red Cross and Blood bank encourage you to take time to give. www.redcrossblood.org