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.
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 6-11, 2018

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 30 – February 4, 2018

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 23-28, 2018

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego Restaurant Week and these top things to do.

Farmers Insurance Open

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course – 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 25-28, 2018
Tiger will be there. Will you? The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: Thru January 28, 2018
A FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Where: Sunroad Resort Marina – 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 25-28, 2-18
Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. Come join us!

The Full Monty

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 26 – February 25, 2018
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off.

Stories in Time

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 26-28, 2018
This concert explores the curious relationship between music and time. Rhythm can give programmatic music the texture that moves the story along, such as the tales in Maurice Ravel’s gentle Suite from Mother Goose, or Béla Bartók’s highly charged narrative of The Miraculous Mandarin. Sometimes the rhythms themselves, and the instruments that create them, can suggest and movingly transform an environment as prosaic as an auto factory, as in Missy Mazzolli’s River Rouge Transfiguration. And then there is Tora Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time, which arguably exists outside of rhythm…and even time!

San Diego Caffeine Crawl

When: January 26-28, 2018
This line-up includes over 25 local roasters, cafes and companies – many long time industry veterans, and several new shops. All bringing their A game to the thriving greater San Diego beverage scene. A total of 9 routes to choose from, each with a different roster of participants, and times to work best with your schedule.

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

When: January 28 – February 3, 2018
Enjoy scrumptious specials from our highly-acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries. Savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit your favorites and create new experiences! Cheers!

House of Pacific Relations Sunday Lawn Programs

Where: 2191 W Pan American Rd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 28 – December 8, 2018
From January through early December, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 16-21, 2017

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Places in Time

When: January 20-21, 2018
Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Rhythms of Italian music pervade this concert as our “It’s About Time” festival continues. Gioacchino Rossini’s French opera about the Swiss fighting Austrian oppression was transformed into the signature music of American pop culture icon The Lone Ranger due to its perfectly propulsive, “Hi-Ho Silver!” beat. Giuseppe Martucci provides a perfect sample of Italian night music, and Ottorino Respighi gloriously tramps ghost legions down the Appian Way in The Pines of Rome. Rising young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini leads the program.

Monster Jam

When: January 20, 2018
Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Monster Jam® is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks.

U.S. WNT vs. Denmark

When: January 21, 2018
Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2018 schedule against 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro runners-up Denmark on Sunday, Jan. 21 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: January 21-28, 2018
Where: Countywise
The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

Whale Watching

When: Thru April
Where: Countywide
Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 9-15, 2017

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Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival - Top Things to Do in San DiegoThe Borrego Springs Film Festival is a young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino, and short films.

Where: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center – 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 11-15, 2017
Cost: $11-$125
> Find out more about the Borrego Springs Film Festival

Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter FestivalExperience the magic and charm of winter like never before! Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 12-13, 2018
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

SeaWorld Inside Look

SeaWorld Inside Look - Top Things to DoAnimal lovers, get a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and witness first-hand the inspiring day-to-day care our animal experts provide, as well as the life-saving operations of our amazing Rescue Team. Get a deep dive into the worlds of orcas, dolphins, sharks and more! Meet the animals and the experts that make SeaWorld the incredible place that it is, while interacting and asking the questions you’ve always wanted answered. Along the way, families will earn cool collectibles and learn what they can do to help care for our amazing planet.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: January 13-28, 2018
Cost: Included with park admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld Inside Look

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

San Diego Travel & Adventure ShowCome face-to-face with some of your favorite celebrity travel speakers such as Phil Keoghan, Jack Maxwell and Peter Greenberg. Get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater. Talk to local destination experts who have the inside knowledge of where to go and what to do at the Destination Theater. Get a taste of far away cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm and vibes of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13-14, 2018
Cost: $11-$18
> Find out more about the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

Our “It’s About Time” percussion festival opens with a program of works suffused with orchestral color and rhythm. Hector Berlioz’s boisterous Roman Carnival contains the Italian saltarello dance at its core. Serge Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 bristles with energy, often driven by inexorable “tick-tocks” coming from the percussion section. Guest soloist and festival curator Steven Schick will be at the center of a virtual menagerie of wood, metal and skin in Roberto Sierra’s Percussion Concerto.

Where: 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13-14, 2018
Cost: $20-$72
> Find out more about Fascinating Rhythm

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural FestivalThe Festival will showcase San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling, children’s activities (drum circles, face painting and crafts), and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Cajun, Latin, Jazz and Afro-Cuban bands.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day ParadeThis is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 14, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. DayMartin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 2-7, 2018

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soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 4-7, 2018
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about soundON Festival of Modern Music

Hamilton

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HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 6-28, 2018
Cost: Starting at $202
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SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru January 6, 2018
Cost: Included with Park admission
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Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland

A spectacular holiday festival featuring awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating Holidays Around the World, along with Cirque du Soleil level acrobatics, 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, international food, shopping and more.

Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Thru January 7, 2018
Cost: Starting at $19
> Find out more about Global Winter Wonderland

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

RADY CHILDREN'S ICE RINK AT LIBERTY STATION

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating. All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. To make a donation to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Thru January 7, 2017
Cost: $12-$14
> Find out more about Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Winter Gray Whale Watching

A Guide to San Diego WHALE WATCHING

Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

When: Thru April
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 12-17, 2017

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Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar

Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar

Come out to skate, play and chill with us through the holidays. Our Community Rink is the largest holiday ice skating rink in San Diego and our NHL Hockey Rink is the first full-size outdoor ice hockey rink in the history of San Diego. Whether you play ice hockey, figure skate or just love to skate during the holidays, Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar has enough ice for everyone!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: December 15-31, 2017
Cost: $9-$25
> Find out more about Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar

Snow Day San Diego

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Looking for something different and fun to do with your family, company or friends this holiday season? Check out San Diego’s newest winter event featuring tubing hills, ice skating, train rides, games, lots of holiday lights and more!

Where: Rohr Park – 4440 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
When: December 15-30, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:30 PM
Cost: $12-$39
> Find out more about Snow Day San Diego

Noel Noel

Noel Noel A San Diego Symphony treasured holiday tradition

Every family and every city has treasured holiday traditions that bring us together in celebration of the most special time of the year. One of those traditions for Southern California is the San Diego Symphony’s holiday concert, Noel Noel. Classic holiday favorites and a joyous Christmas carol sing-along, as well as a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick – this is the one concert your family won’t want to miss!

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 16-23, 2017
Cost: $25-$69
> Find out more about Noel Noel

Victory at Sea Day

Victory at Sea Day

December marks the annual return of Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Day! Featuring 18+ Victory at Sea Day variations, food specials, and a Victory at Sea Inspired Family Feast in The Kettle Room, an intimate dining space within Ballast Point Little Italy, it is bound to be the darkest day of the year.

Where: Ballast Point Brewing Company – Little Italy – 2215 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about Victory at Sea Day

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

Where: San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA
When: December 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 5-12, 2017

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Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

During Jungle Bells Presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, merry-making performances, and festive foods. Special displays and scheduled events fill the Zoo – and guests – with holiday cheer.

Where: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 8, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Winter Gray Whale Watching

 A Guide to San Diego WHALE WATCHING

Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

When: Starts December 9, 2017
> Find out more about Winter Gray Whale Watching

The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER - Top Things to Do in San Diego

California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America’s favorite holiday tradition.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9-23, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
> Find out more about The Nutcracker

Winter Daydreams

Winter Daydreams

Don’t be fooled! Though Piotr Tchaikovsky’s very first symphony carries a wintry nickname, the music has enough youthful energy, rhythm, and fire to dispel any chill that December brings to San Diego. Opening the concert, conducted by a returning Johannes Debus, is the charming, innocent prelude from Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous children’s opera, Hänsel und Gretel. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s elegant, lyrical Concerto for Flute and Harp, originally written for a father and daughter who were Mozart’s patrons, features our two principals, respectively, of those instruments.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9-10, 2018
Cost: $20-$72
> Find out more about Winter Daydreams

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair Features More Than 100 Local Makers plus Craft Cocktails and Beer, Gourmet Food Trucks, Live Music, Camera Camper, Craft Making, Swag Bags and More.

Where: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.

Where: 1215 El Carmel Place, San Diego, CA 92109
When: December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

Where: San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA
When: December 10 & 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Maritime Museum of San Diego

For two special nights, we are transforming the parking lot in front of the Maritime Museum into a Winter Wonderland. The area is open to all, no museum admission is required to visit Winter Wonderland. Items can be purchased individually.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10 & 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
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The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego’s furriest festive family-friendly parade returns to Downtown as The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to view
> Find out more about The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 28 – December 3, 2017

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2017 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

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The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.

Where: 8302 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
When: November 29 – December 3, 2017
Cost: Free to Spectators
> Find out more about the 2017 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year” with lights and more!

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 1-2, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Balboa Park December Nights

Santa Train North Pole Limited

Santa on the North Pole Limited

Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

Where: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – Campo Depot – California 94 & Forrest Gate Road, Campo, CA 91906
When: December 1-23, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about the Santa Train North Pole Limited

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.

Where: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 3:20 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights

The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: December 2-30, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $5-$20
> Find out more about the Garden of Lights

Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Let Old Town San Diego help make your holiday season merry and bright! Halls will be decked, fires built, songs sung, and shopping to be done during Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: December 2-17, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

Where: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: December 2, 2017
Starting Time: 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

Winter Wonderland Festival

Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in the real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Winter Wonderland Festival

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Celebrate the season during Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see their unique Christmas Tree – a 25-foot tower of 1,000+ gorgeous Poinsettias. Experience two Tree Lightings, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

Where: India St & W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Encinitas Holiday Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.

Where: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: December 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Encinitas Holiday Parade

38th Annual OB Holiday Parade

Annual OB Holiday Parade

Come find out what the locals have known for 30+ years – Santa would rather be in the quaint little surfing village of OB at the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. The 2017 Parade Theme is “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love.”

Where: Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
When: December 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:05 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 37th Annual OB Holiday Parade

Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Celebrate the Season in Downtown Chula Vista! The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is a great way to kick-off the holiday season and get into the festive spirit!

Where: Third Avenue Village – 353 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: December 2, 2017
Starting Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Starlight Parade

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

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The festive and fiery SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off, promises everything a person could want in a fun day including craft beer, wine, shopping music and chili!

Where: Thorn & 32nd Streets, San Diego, CA 92104
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Chili Bowl & Five Tastings – $25
> Find out more about the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.

Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert

It's a Wonderful Life in Concert

Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like you’ve never seen it before: It’s a Wonderful Life – in Concert. You know the story: struggling Bedford Falls hero George Bailey discovers, through the timely intervention of his Guardian Angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, that he’s the “richest man in town.” Now this timeless classic will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s richly sentimental score LIVE.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20-$70
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Battle on the Midway

Battle on the Midway

A Collegiate wrestling event featuring two of the Nation’s best West Coast teams. The event is hosted by SDIKWA (San Diego and Imperial County Kids Wrestling Association, junior affiliate of USA Wrestling) and Left Coast Wrestling.

Where: USS Midway – 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25-$200
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San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

The 38th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 22-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$115
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Thanksgiving in San Diego

Thanksgiving - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you’re able to enjoy SoCal’s outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

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Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, through January 1. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. The Del’s Skating by the Sea partially benefits the Wish Kids served by Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $30
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Skate by the Bay

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Celebrate your Holiday by the Bay by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on our outdoor bayfront ice rink! When you join us on our ice rink, we’ll share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $15-$20
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Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snowfall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

Where: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Returning for the second year in a row, this heartwarming holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24 – December 24, 2017
Cost: $25-$50
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Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Surfin' Santa Arrival

Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true SoCal fashion as he makes his annual arrival at Seaport Village.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$55
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