Brent Bernasconi

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

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

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

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

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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Soak in the SoCal flavor at the Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Wood - Farmers Insurance OpenTiger Woods will be there, will you?

The Farmers Insurance Open returns January 25-28 to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come out to enjoy the ocean views, world-class golf, an array of specialty food and drink offerings and open-to-the-public fan attractions.

Specialty Food and Drinks

Enjoy an array of specialty SoCal flavor food and drink offerings at the Farmers Insurance Open including:

  • Boom Boom Chicken Sausage Roll
  • Grey Goose Specialty Cocktails including the 2018 signature drink, the Torrey Breeze
  • 10-Under, a West Coast Pale Ale brewed specially for the Farmers Insurance Open by 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Michelob ULTRA and a variety of Anheuser-Busch beers
  • Torrey BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich featuring Seaside Market’s “Cardiff Crack”
  • Baja Shrimp and Cucumber Ceviche
  • William Hill Estate Wine selections

Arrive early to the course to enjoy:

  • Torrey Breakfast Burrito featuring “Cardiff Crack”
  • Signature Grey Goose Bloody Mary

Open-to-the-Public Attractions

Make the most of your day at Torrey! Be sure to stop by these open-to-the-public attractions:

MD Anderson Shaded Bleacher

Offering shade and seating near the Main Entrance on 11

Grey Goose 19th Hole and Flight Deck

An expanded area that will all-new elevated viewing deck with panoramic views of the course, a Pétanque course and specialty drink offerings including the Farmers Insurance Open signature cocktail, the “Torrey Breeze”

The William Hill Estate Wine Lounge

Located on the south side of the 8th green, the Lounge will offer ocean and golf views and will feature an array of wine selections from William Hill Estate

The Michelob ULTRA Zone

At the center of the action, the Michelob ULTRA Zone will feature premium food and drink offerings

The Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal

When the play ends, keep the party going with live music from local DJs and Happy Hour drink specials.

Farmers Insurance Open Tickets

From general admission to a VIP experience, there’s a ticket option for everyone. Daily ticket options range from $50-$385 for an all-inclusive experience. Senior, kids, youth and Military discount ticket opportunities available.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 2-7, 2018

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

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

Hamilton - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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
> Find out more about Hamilton

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
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

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

Snow Day San Diego - Top Things to Do

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

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

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
> Find out more about Winter Wonderland

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

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship and these top things to do.

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
> Find out more about the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

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
> Find out more about It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 14-19, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival and these top things to do.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

The Grand Finale of the sizzling seven-day festival is the star-studded Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 18 at the Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village. Take in the beautiful San Diego Bay and enjoy the ocean breeze as you partake in the largest, most talked about wine and food festival in Southern California. The 14th annual Grand Tasting features 150 wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world, 60 local restaurants plus dozens of gourmet food companies.

When: Thru November 19, 2017
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart's Requiem

Markus Stenz, who thrilled Copley Symphony Hall audiences last season leading the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth, returns to conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final masterpiece, his magnificent Requiem. The Requiem is famous for Mozart’s powerful and moving choral tapestry and dark sonorities, unusually suppressing flute, oboes and french horns in favor of basset horns and trombones.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 17-19, 2017
Cost: $20-$72
> Find out more about Mozart’s Requiem

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

As holiday music fills the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles, transforming the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. Celebrate the reason for the season during our mesmerizing new nativity show, O Wondrous Night, inspired by the original story of Christmas. Visit Santa’s Christmas Village, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ and friends, and savor holiday flavors as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: November 18 – January 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

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: November 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Cost: Starting at $19
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71st Annual Mother Goose Parade

71st Annual Mother Goose Parade

More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

Where: El Cajon Blvd & W Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 7-12, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including San Diego Beer Week, Veteran’s Day and these top things to do.

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week

Building on the success of the previous San Diego Beer Weeks, the San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing for San Diego Beer Week 2017 (SDBW). San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.

When: Thru November 12, 2017
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San Diego Asian Film Festival

Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (US Premiere) to luminary independent work like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family (North American Premiere). Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

Where: Various Locations throughout San Diego
When: November 9-18, 2017
Cost: Starting at $9
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Coronado Island Film Festival

Come celebrate our enduring love affair with Hollywood that began when the historic Hotel del Coronado, our Presenting Sponsor, had barely opened its doors.  That romance continues uninterrupted to this day.

Where: 820 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 9-12, 2017
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about the Coronado Island Film Festival

Fabulous France

Fabulous France

Parlez vous francais? Whether you speak it or not, this concert of French masters has something for everyone, from Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s exotically mythological opera suite to Gabriel Fauré’s darkly suggestive music for a tragic stage melodrama. The concert includes Maurice Ravel’s bright, brilliant, jazz-tinged Piano Concerto (as performed by French-Canadian Ravel specialist Louis Lortie) and Ibéria, Claude Debussy’s fantastic “impression” of a Spanish composer.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 11-12, 2017
Cost: $20-$72
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A Veteran’s Day Celebration for All

A Veteran's Day Celebration for All!

Join us all day long for a fun-filled day celebrating our service men and women! Activities include Veterans Day Parade along Harbor Drive; NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 Salute to Service Festival presented by Thank You Heroes Home Rebate Program on the Midway Flight Deck; Blood Drive by The San Diego Blood Bank; Live Entertainment, KidZone, give-a-ways, and more onboard!

Where: USS Midway Museum – 910 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
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San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

“A Tribute To Heros At Home” – Recognizing Contributions By Veterans To Their Communities and Country. Join in delivering a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years 1941 to 1945! We invite all San Diego region to participate in this tradition and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

Where: San Diego Embarcadero – Harbor Drive and West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost: Free
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Escondido Tamale Festival

Escondido Tamale Festival

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.

Where: Grape Day Park – 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Tamale Festival

Collabapalooza

Collabapalooza - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The spirit of collaboration has always been alive and well in the San Diego brewing community and collabapalooza is focused on highlighting this camaraderie and shared goodwill. Plus, we wanted an excuse to hang out with all of our friends and fans while sharing some incredible beers.

Where: North Park Observatory – 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40-$55
> Find out more about Collabapalooza

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Photo courtesy of Joey Hernandez.

As the West Coast’s premier showcase of wine, beer, spirits and gourmet foods, the weeklong epicurean experience celebrates San Diego’s vibrant culinary community through wine and cooking classes, celebrity chef dinners, and multiple tasting events ranging from lessons in mixology to a rough and tumble fish taco competition.

When: November 12-19, 2017
Cost: Varies by Event
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Beer Garden

Beer Garden

There is no better setting for the closing event of San Diego Beer Week than the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines.  The Beer Garden brings together the best of San Diego’s breweries and local chefs to celebrate the craft beer movement.  With 28 breweries and 14 chefs, the Beer Garden is a truly unique and delicious food and beer pairing event.  Each admission includes unlimited tasters of beer and food.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $85
> Find out more about the Beer Garden

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5 San Diego Beer Week Events & Festivals Well Worth the Trip

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.

Here are 5 San Diego Beer Week events and festivals you don’t want to miss this year.

Bikes, Brews & Brats

Bikes, Brews & Brats

This year’s ride will be better than ever with two separate departing times for different level groups. Beginner and intermediate level riders are welcome on this urban mountain bike ride which includes pavement as well as single track mountain biking through Florida Canyon and Balboa Park. Riders will experience a few climbs as well as some descents.

Where: Cal Coast Bicycles – 3020 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
When: November 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost: $55-$60
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San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

San Diego Brewers Guild Fest

Enjoy the Guild Festival with a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited beer samples. The event showcases San Diego County’s finest craft breweries! Food will be available for sale from local, craft-beer friendly restaurants and food trucks. And to top it all off, musical entertainment will be provided by some of San Diego’s most talented musicians!

Where: The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$100
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Stone DRK Festival

Stone DRK Festival

Celebrate the dark side of ales. Stone Brewing has combined their annual Pour It Black and Oakquinox beer festivals into one mashup just for San Diego Beer Week! We have been on a mission to find the best and rarest dark beers to share with our dark beer loving friends.

Where: Stone Brewing – 2120 Harmony Grove Rd., Escondido, CA 92029
When: November 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $49
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Collabapalooza

Collabapalooza - San Diego Beer Week

The spirit of collaboration has always been alive and well in the San Diego brewing community and collabapalooza is focused on highlighting this camaraderie and shared goodwill. Plus, Karl Strauss wanted an excuse to hang out with all of our friends and fans while sharing some incredible beers. Their goal is simple: rally 30+ independent, San Diego-based breweries to help us throw a killer party during our favorite week of the year complete with tons of good food, excellent vibes, and altogether fabulous people.

Where: North Park Observatory – 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40-$55
> Find out more about Collabapalooza

Beer Garden

Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

There is no better setting for the closing event of San Diego Beer Week than the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines.  The Beer Garden brings together the best of San Diego’s breweries and local chefs to celebrate the craft beer movement.  With 28 breweries and 14 chefs, the Beer Garden is a truly unique and delicious food and beer pairing event.  Each admission includes unlimited tasters of beer and food.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $85
> Find out more about the Beer Garden