Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 26, 2017 January 1, 2018

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including New Year’s Eve celebrations and these top things to do.

Holiday Food Truck Festival

Holiday Food Truck Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Experience the park’s colorful seasonal light displays as you sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks. Free live music performances in the Plaza de Panama will provide additional family friendly fun. The Spanish Village Art Center will also present arts and crafts activities for kids, and the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth will help visitors capture the moment.

Where: Balboa Park – House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 26-30, 2017
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 to 7:00 PM
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Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Festivities for the 2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl kick off in downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park. Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating universities will perform and meet for a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands! The pep rally atmosphere of the Carrier Johnson + Culture Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase is fun for the whole family.

Where: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

San Diego International Auto Show

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers. The 2017 and 2018 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 28, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $11-$15
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Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

America’s Largest Balloon Parade! Marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade down San Diego’s beautiful waterfront in celebration of the Holiday Bowl.

Where: Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Don’t miss America’s Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game. This year #18 Washington State will take on #16 Michigan State in the 40th annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl. Don’t miss the pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year!

Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 28, 2017
Kick Off: 6:00 PM
Cost: $25-$175
> Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve 2018

Who needs Times Square when you can celebrate in perfect year-round climate? Pamper yourself and your loved ones by ringing in the New Year San Diego style.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.