EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – December 2017

EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – December 2017


Christmas Parades & Festivals

Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Children’s Faire  –  December 2, refer to website for event schedule
www.starlightparade.com

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House  –  December 1, refer to website for event schedule
www.coronadochamber.com/holiday-parade

Encinitas Holiday Parade  –  December 2, 5–7:30 pm
www.encinitasca.gov/Home/City-Calendar/ctl/ViewEvent/mid/774/OccuranceId/179

Escondido Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival  –  December 2, 3 pm
www.visitescondido.com/10944/holiday-tree-lighting-winter-wonderland

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival  –  December 3, 1:30 pm
www.ljparade.com

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village  –  December 2, 4–8 pm
www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights  –  December 9, 6–9 pm
www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/christmas-boat-parade-of-lights-mission-bay

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival  –  December 2, 11 am–3 pm
www.toylandparade.com

Ocean Beach Holiday Parade  –  December 2, refer to website for event schedule
www.obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights  –  December 9, 7–9 pm
www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/oceanside-harbor-parade-of-lights

Poway Christmas in the Park  –  December 10, 3:30–8:30 pm
www.poway.org/890/Christmas-in-the-Park

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights  –  December 10 & 17, 5 pm
www.sdparadeoflights.org

 

EVENTS –

Dec. 1–2, Balboa Park December Nights  –  Friends, families, and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food, and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5–9 pm. Enjoy international cuisine, unique gift shopping, music and dance performances, and a wide variety of museum exhibits. This is a free event with food and drink available for purchase.  –  Time: 3–11 pm Friday, Noon–11 pm Saturday  –  Location: Balboa Park, San Diego  –  www.balboapark.org/decembernights

Dec. 2–17, Old Town Holiday in the Park  –  Let Old Town San Diego make your holiday season merry and bright! Halls will be decked, fires built, and songs sung during Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas. The stores, restaurants, and museums in the park will be decorated to evoke the spirit of the season during the 1800s. Park merchants will have extended hours to help you find interesting gifts for everyone on your shopping list!!  –  Time: 6–9 pm (extended hours)   –  Location: Old Town, San Diego  –  www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/events.html

Dec. 2–23 & 26–30, Garden of Lights  –  Experience a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis. The Garden has something for the whole family, including local food, treats, and warm beverages, live jazz and blues bands, marshmallow toasting, visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!  –  Time: 5–9 pm   –  Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas  –  www.sdbgarden.org/lights.htmDec. 3, SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off  –  Enjoy a day of family fun with chili samples, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a fun fest kid’s zone, and live music! While you’re there, visit with local handmade craft vendors and do some holiday shopping. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the McKinley Elementary School foundation. This is a free event.  –  Time: 11 am–5 pm  –  Location: 32nd St. and Thorn St., North Park, San Diego  –  www.sonofestchilicookoff.com

Dec. 9, Makers Arcade Holiday Fair  –  Find that one-of-a-kind gift at this fair, where makers come together to offer you a unique holiday shopping experience. While perusing handcrafted goods, enjoy live music, free make and take crafts, a photo booth, and delicious food and cocktails.  –  Time: 11 am–7 pm  –  Location: The Port Pavillion at the Broadway Pier
1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego  –  www.makersarcade.com/holiday-fair-details

Dec. 9 & 10, Holly, Jolly Holidays  –  Make merry with Christmas music, songs that celebrate Hanukkah, a salute to our active military and veterans, and more. Even Santa Claus will stop by with treats for the children! Proceeds from the show will fund scholarships for high school seniors who plan to pursue their education in music.  –  Time: 7 pm Dec. 9, 1 pm Dec. 10   –  Location: Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway  –  www.powaycenter.com/525/RB-Chorale—Holly-Jolly-Holidays

Dec. 9 & 10, 15–17, 20–23, The Nutcracker  –  Gather your friends and family to enjoy a classically extravagant score and vibrant cast of over 150 dancers. California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in a favorite holiday tradition.  –  Time: Showtimes vary by date   –  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego  –  www.sandiegotheatres.org/the-nutcracker

Dec. 10, Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade  –  Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter! After a festive strut around the Quarter, explore the pet expo and enjoy live music and special pet presentations on the “Cat” walk stage.  –  Time: 1–5 pm   –  Location: Martin Luther King Promenade Park  –  4th Ave. and K St., Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego  –  www.gaslamp.org/events/pet-parade

Dec. 10, Hanukkah Happening  –  Bring the whole family for a holiday extravaganza filled with games, crafts, raffles, and more at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center! You’ll find themed gift baskets for all ages at great prices. There will also be an inflatable jump house, arcade, and kosher treats.  –  Time: 11 am–2 pm  –  Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center  –  Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla  –  www.lfjcc.org/preschool/hanukkahhappening.aspx

Dec. 15–16, Queen Bee Market Holiday Show  –  Looking for that perfect holiday gift? With over 100 vendors selling home décor, handcrafted art, clothing, accessories, furniture, and so much more, you are certain to find something unique at this original urban-style, artisan market.  –  Time: 4–9 pm Friday, 9 am–4 pm Saturday   –  Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar  –  www.facebook.com/events/125773624772415

Dec. 27–Jan. 1, San Diego Tango Festival  –  Join Tango enthusiasts from all over the country and dance the night away! There’s something for everyone at this event, and teachers are on hand to show beginners the basic steps as well as proper dance etiquette.  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location:Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 1355 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego  –  www.sandiegotangofestival.com

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – October 1 – 31st

Sep. 29–Oct. 31, Haunted Trail Balboa Park  –  Enter the mile-long Trail through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks to experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. This year, the Trail begins with a maze of Purge-inspired terror, and the Stranger Things house, Upside-Down World, and Krampus return. You’ll also get up close and personal with Pennywise, Leatherface, Freddy Kruger, and Michael Myers.  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Balboa Park, San Diego  –  www.hauntedtrail.net

Oct. 1–31 (select dates), Boomont Park  –  Celebrate Halloween with family-friendly festivities all month long! Activities include trick-or-treating, Zombie Laser Tag, Pumpkin Patch & Painting, Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall, and costume contests.  Entry is free, with small fees for some rides and activities.  –  Time: 5–10 pm   –  Location: Belmont Park, Mission Beach  –  www.belmontpark.com/BoomontPark

Oct. 1–31, Kid Kingdom San Diego  –  Receive great deals from more than 100 participating partners: during the entire month of October, kids eat, stay, and play for free. Locations include the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, The New Children’s Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and many more.  –  Time: Refer to individual locations for hours   –  Location: Refer to website (San Diego County)  –  www.sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free.aspx

Oct. 4–8, San Diego International Film Festival (SDIFF)  –  Be among the first to see the best that independent filmmakers and studios have to offer; the 100+ films selected for SDIFF are among the finest in the world. Hear from filmmakers, actors, and industry leaders. And don’t forget the parties, too!  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location: Refer to website  –  (Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego & ArcLight Cinemas, La Jolla)  –  www.sdfilmfest.com

Oct. 7, Pacific Beachfest  –  Discover a one-day event that is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. The family-friendly ‘fest has something for everyone, including a “Best of the Beach” Fish Taco Contest, live music, Kids Action Alley, Craft Beer Garden, local vendors, and the Beachfest BeerCup contest! This is a free event.  –  Time: 8 am–Sunset  –  Location: Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Pacific Beach  –  www.pacificbeachfest.org

Oct. 7, Mira Mesa Street Fair –  Enjoy a full day of family fun with crafters, food from around the world, two stages of entertainment, a carnival, kids’ crafts and games, a solar telescope, and more! This is a free event.  –  Time: 10 am–5 pm  – Location: Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St.  –  www.miramesatowncouncil.org/mira-mesa-street-fair

Oct. 7–8, La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (LJAWF)  –  Featuring the work of over 150 established artists from San Diego and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone. In addition to the art, there will be a silent auction, entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, a family art center, and a wine and beer garden. All profits will benefit programs for local public elementary and middle schools. This is a free event.  –  Time: Saturday 10 am–7 pm, Sunday 10 am–6 pm   –  Location: Girard Ave., La Jolla  –  www.ljawf.com

Oct. 11, Taste of Coronado  –  Spend an evening on Coronado Island indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by local chefs. You can take a culinary trip around the world by sampling from our local bistros, meander along Orange Ave., or ride on the complimentary trolley.  –  Time: 5–9 pm  –  Location: Refer to website (Coronado)  –  www.atasteofcoronado.com

Oct. 12, Brews By the Bay Fall Social  –  Join I Love a Clean San Diego at this annual fundraiser for an evening of beer and wine tastings. There will be Oktoberfest beer pairings with pretzels and sausage, an awards ceremony, a silent auction and raffle, a photo booth, and live music. Proceeds will help keep San Diego’s beaches, bays, and canyons clean.  –  Time: 5:30–8:30 pm  –  Location: The Catamaran Hotel, 3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach –  www.cleansd.givezooks.com/events/2017-fall-social-at-the-catamaran-resort

Oct. 15, Grand Avenue Festival  –  Browse goods from over 400 vendors while you enjoy live entertainment and food from around the world at the Grand Avenue Festival—a family tradition since 1989.  –  Time: 9 am–5 pm  –  Location: Grand Ave. from Centre City Pkwy. to Juniper, Escondido  –  www.kennedyfaires.com/Escondido

Oct. 15, Taste of North Park  –  Sample food from over 50 restaurants and craft beer from 15 local breweries. North Park chefs highlight unique ingredients and flavors, and many offer vegetarian and farm-to-table creations.  –  Time: 11 am–3 pm  –  Location: Refer to website (North Park)  –  www.northparkmainstreet.com/events/taste-north-park

Oct. 20–22, Borrego Days Desert Festival  –  Bring the whole family for an inspiring weekend that will feature a vintage plane flyover, a parade, artists, retail vendors, food offerings, live entertainment, an auto show, an off-road show, and the Kids’ Carnival. This is a free event.  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location: Christmas Circle Community Park, Borrego Springs  –  www.borregodays.com

Oct. 21–22, Coronado Art Walk  –  Find that one-of-a-kind artwork you’ve been looking for at this juried art show featuring paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, woodworking and more. There will also be live music, food, and other vendors, as well as free art activities for all ages.  –  Time: 10 am–5 pm  –  Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st St., Coronado  –www.coronadoartwalk.com

Oct. 27, Harvest Howl  –  Enjoy food from over a dozen restaurants, a hosted bar, live entertainment, and a fantastic silent auction. All proceeds benefit the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Youth Housing Project.  –  Time: 6–9 pm –  Location: San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego  –  www.maryah.org

Oct. 28, Rancho BEERnardo Festival  –  Taste over 50 craft beers and regional wine selections, as well as live music, gourmet food truck offerings, and other fun activities. This is the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous charities, schools, and other non-profit organizations.  –  This is a 21+ event.  –  Time: 2–5 pm – Location: Webb Park, 16826 Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo  –  www.ranchobeernardofestival.com

Oct. 29, Celebrate the Craft  –  Indulge in food and drinks from all over California, prepared with natural ingredients and careful craftsmanship. Some of California’s most renowned growers, vintners, brewers, and culinary artisans will share their skills and enthusiasm at this premier showcase. A portion of proceeds will go to Slow Food Urban San Diego.  –  Time: 11:30 am–3 pm  –  Location: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla  –  www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft.php

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – August 16 – 31st

EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – AUGUST 16-31st

Aug. 18–19, ¡Latin Food Fest!  –  Celebrate the Campanile Foundation’s Latin culinary extravaganza! The four-day Fest includes a kick-off party, a two-day ultimate tasting experience, and a private chef’s dinner. Every guest will have endless opportunities to indulge!  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego  –  www.latinfoodfest.com

Aug. 19, Chula Vista Harbor Fest  –  Enjoy art, food, and fun for the whole family at Harbor Fest! There will be a “Tacos & Spirits Fest,” live music, and entertainment on three stages. Water activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. You can also take a ride on a Vietnam-era Swift Boat or tour the Bay on the amphibious SEAL Bus. This is a free event.  –  Time: 10 am–6 pm   –  Location: Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista  –  www.chulavistaharborfest.com

Aug. 24–27, Ramona Country Fair  –  Get ready for a good ol’ time at this old fashioned County Fair! Enjoy thrilling rides, live entertainment, a Wild West show with real cowboys, a motorcycle rally, and much more! Food, beverages, crafts, and goods will be available as well. This is a free event.  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln., Ramona  –  www.ramonachamber.com/ramona-country-fair

Aug. 26, Imperial Avenue Street Festival  –  Celebrate the rich history, art, and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community, from its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today. Groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of local artists and craftsmen, and feast on gourmet food and beverages. This is a free event.  –  Time: Noon–9 pm   –  Location: Imperial Ave. between 28th & 30th  –  www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

Aug. 26–27, The Pancakes & Booze Art Show  –  Come to San Diego’s largest underground art show, featuring 50+ local emerging artists, live body painting, and a free pancake bar.  –  Time: 7 pm Saturday–1 am Sunday   –  Location: 57 Degrees, 1735 Hancock St., San Diego  –  www.pancakesandbooze.com

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – August 1 – 15th

Aug. 4, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)  –  Richard Lester’s boldly contemporary rock n’ roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press, and troublesome family members, while revealing the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.  –  Time: 7:30 pm  – Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park  –  www.mopa.org/event/2017-08-04/film-hard-days-night-1964

Aug. 4–6, Nat Diego Natural Wine Festival  –  Enter the exciting world of natural wine! Nat Diego is a three-day festival packed with parties, winemakers, importers, and advocates of Natural wine. In addition to the wine, there will be live music, a double-decker bus cruise, a seafood lunch, and much more.  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Refer to website (San Diego)  –  www.natdiego.com

Aug. 5, Farm to Bay  –  Support coastal wildlife, education, and sustainability programs! At this annual fundraiser, you can enjoy tastes from over 40 food and beverage partners, experience animal encounters, and support sustainability with a Zero Waste event goal.  –  Time: 4–7:30 pm   –  Location: Living Coast Discovery Center  –  1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista  –  www.thelivingcoast.org/events-calendar/farmtobay

Aug. 9, Chula Vista Lemon Festival  –  Pucker up for the sweetest sour event of the year! Celebrate Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” at the 20th Annual Lemon Festival. The Festival brings crates full of summer fun with hundreds of vendor booths, live bands on two stages, a Kids’ Fun Zone, and everything lemon. This is a free event.  –  Time: 11 am–5 pm –  Location: 3rd Ave. from E St. to G St., Chula Vista  –  www.thirdavenuevillage.com/lemon-festival

Aug. 12–13, ArtWalk at Liberty Station  –  Spend the weekend enjoying visual arts and music in beautiful Ingram Plaza. ArtWalk features an outdoor setting that is flat, grassy, and easily accessible for both artists and attendees. There will also be a shaded wine and beer pavilion and a street food area. This is a free event.  –  Time: 10 am–6 pm Saturday, 10 am–5 pm Sunday –  Location: Liberty Station, 2645 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma  –  www.artwalksandiego.org/libertystation

Aug. 13, Summer Jazz Concert  –  Enjoy an evening of jazz on the Gazebo Lawn. The Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra will perform the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Baise, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton and many more.  –  Time: 5–7 pm   –  Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas  –  www.sdbgarden.org/jazzconcert.htm

Aug. 13, Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational  –  Begin the day with a surfing tournament: sponsored teams will be paired with a surfing legend to vie for traditional trophies. Afterwards, celebrate with Luau festivities featuring traditional Polynesian dancing, live music, and a tropical buffet. Proceeds will benefit the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.  –  Time: 7 am Surfing, 11:30 am Luau   –  Location: Scripps Pier, La Jolla  –  www.luauandlegendsofsurfing.org

Aug. 13, Art in the Village  –  Browse work from over 120 local and regional artists, including oil painting, watercolor, photography, sculpture, jewelry making, woodworking, pottery, clothing, and accessories. Enjoy live music, demos, and instruction throughout the day. This is a free event.  –  Time: 9 am–5 pm   –  Location: State St. & Grand Ave., Carlsbad Village  –  www.carlsbad-village.com/events/art-in-the-village

Aug. 14, Hillcrest CityFest  –  Stay past sundown and dance with Hillcrest’s best DJs under the neon Hillcrest sign! With games, activities, more than 250 vendors, live music, a beer garden, and much more, CityFest is a celebration of community and spirit in the heart of Hillcrest.  –  Time: Noon–11 pm   –  Location: 5th Ave. & University Ave., Hillcrest  –  www.sandiego.org/explore/events/festivals-and-street-fairs/hillcrest-cityfest.aspx

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Events in San Diego – June 16 – 30

Jun. 16, Beer & Sake Festival  –  Dine on sumptuous appetizers from local restaurants while you taste a wide selection of tasty beers and sakes. There will also be art booths, a silent auction, a raffle, and exciting entertainment, including San Diego Taiko. Proceeds from the Festival support educational and community outreach programs. 21+ only.  –  Time: 7–10 pm   –  Location: Harrah’s Resort Southern California  –  777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center  –www.japan-society.org/early-bird-special-on-sale-now

Jun. 16–18, San Diego International Beer Festival  –  Have a cold one with your friends! Hundreds of award-winning varieties of ale, cider, mead, and more will be available for tastings. Festival admission includes San Diego County Fair admission.  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar  –  www.sandiegobeerfestival.com

Jun. 24, OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off  –  Join more than 70,000 visitors for tasty nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping, and more. The Chili Competition will feature tastings from amateur entrants competing for titles. Attendees of all ages can take part in creating the annual Street Fair Community Mural. This is a free event.  –  Time: 10 am–8 pm  –  Location: Newport Ave., Ocean Beach  –www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook

Jun. 24–25, Scottish Highland Games and Gathering  –  Enjoy Scottish country and highland dancing, piping, drumming, athletics, and sheep dog trials during this celebration of Scottish culture. There will also be authentic Scottish food and drink.  –  Time: 9 am–5 pm   –  Location: Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista  –  www.sdhighlandgames.org

Jun. 24–25, Philippine Cultural Arts Festival  –  Celebrate Filipino culture at this family-friendly event! There will be live performances, traditional foods, and workshops in everything from the Tagalog language to Tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines. This is a free event.  –  Time: 11 am–5 pm  –  Location: Park Blvd. & Presidents Way, Balboa Park  –  www.samahanphilippinedance.com

Jun. 25, Taste of Adams Avenue  –  Go on an adventurous tasting tour of over 40 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars, and unique eateries! Taste attendees can also explore the many distinctive shops along the Adams Avenue business corridor.  –  Time: 11 am–3 pm   –  Location: Adams Ave. from University Heights through Kensington  –  www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/taste-of-adams-avenue

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – June 1 – 15th

Jun. 2–Jul. 4, San Diego County Fair  –  Don’t miss carnival rides and games, art exhibits, beautiful flower and garden shows, farm animals, car shows, food, and live music! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun.” Celebrate the legendary Wild, Wild West at the San Diego County Fair!  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar  –  www.sdfair.com

Jun. 9–10, Oysterfest Music Festival  –  Celebrate the oyster by rocking out to big-name national touring indie acts while celebrity chefs prepare delectable oyster dishes. Additional attractions include a “Schuck and Suck” competition, cooking demos, and a beer garden. 21+ only.  –  Time: 2–10 pm   –  Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego  –  www.oysterfest.me/san-diego

Jun. 9–11, Film Out San Diego  –  Immerse yourself in this exciting LGBT film festival, which will showcase 37 films. Screenings will include international and regional premieres of award-winning features and short films. Q&A sessions follow most films, with directors and cast members in attendance.  –  Time: Refer to website   –  Location: The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego  –  www.filmoutsandiego.com

Jun. 9–11, Greek Festival  –  Join your family, friends, and neighbors for Greek food, music, dancing, a church tour, wine tasting, and beer at the St. Spyridon Greek Festival. There will also be a kids’ fun zone for the little ones! This is a free event; donations are encouraged.  –  Time: 5–10 pm Friday, 11 am–1 pm Saturday–Sunday   –  Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church  –  3655 Park Blvd., San Diego  –  www.sdgreekfestival.com

Jun. 10, Fido Fest  –  Bring your two-legged and four-legged friends to this doggie extravaganza! Petco will be on site with rescue pups waiting to be adopted. There will also be vaccinations, microchipping, dog licensing, and live entertainment. This is a free event.  –  Time: 9 am–1 pm  –  Location: Town Center Community Park East  –  550 Park Center Dr., Santee  –  www.cityofsanteeca.gov

Jun. 10–11, Inter-Tribal PowWow  –  Experience dancing and drumming by diverse tribes from all over California and the U.S. at the Inter-Tribal PowWow, sponsored by the San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation. There will also be booths with arts, crafts and delicious food. This is a free event.  –  Time: 9 am–11 pm Saturday, 9 am–6 pm Sunday  –  Location: San Luis Rey Mission Grounds, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside  –  www.slrmissionindians.org  

Jun. 11–12, San Diego Festival Of The Arts  –  Stroll the turf of Waterfront Park at this prestigious juried art show, held to benefit disabled San Diego residents. This event showcases works by over 200 fine artists in a bay view setting. Entertainment, delicious foods, fine wine and craft beer will be available.  –  Time: 10 am–5 pm   –  Location: Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego  –  www.sdfestivalofthearts.org

Jun. 12, Taste of La Mesa  –  Enjoy entertainment and sample fare from local restaurants and food providers. Beverages will be available at additional cost.  –  Time: 5–8 pm   –  Location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa  –  www.lamesachamber.net/taste

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – March 16 – 31st

Mar. 16–26, San Diego Latino Film Festival  –  Choose from more than 160 films from Latin America, Spain, the United States, Mexico, and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art, and culture. There will also be guest filmmaker appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions and gala celebrations.  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location: Refer to website (San Diego) – www.2017.sdlatinofilm.com

Mar. 17, Shamrock San Diego –  Join over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Over 50,000 square feet of Astro Turf will be rolled out to set the scene for a Saint Patrick’s Day block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and—of course—plenty of green beer and Irish Whiskey libations. This is a 21+ event. – Time: 6 pm–Midnight  – Location: Gaslamp, San Diego – www.sandiegoshamrock.com

Mar. 25, San Diego Beatles Fair- “Come Together” for a Celebration of Beatle Mania at this grassroots event featuring local artists, writers, and musicians. Listen to great music and learn about the history of the Beatles. – Time: Noon–11 pm  – Location: Queen Bee, 3925 Ohio St., San Diego – www.sandiegobeatlesfair.com

Mar. 25–26, Tequila & Taco Music Festival –  Enjoy live music, craft beer, margaritas, and food vendors all weekend long! Tequila sampling is on Saturday only, from 11 am–3 pm: taste top-shelf tequilas while enjoying the best gourmet tacos. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Gen Giammanco Foundation. Refer to website for tickets. –  Time: 11 am–5:30 pm Saturday, 11:30 am–6 pm Sunday  – Location: 200 Marina Park Way – Embarcadero Marina Park S., San Diego – www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/sandiego

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO – March 1 – 15th

Mar. 4, Finish Chelsea’s Run –  Join your friends and neighbors for the 7th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and refreshments. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund.  –  Time: 7:30–11 am   –  Location: Refer to website (Balboa Park, San Diego)  –  www.chelseaslight.org/race-faq

Mar. 4–5, CRSSD Fest  –  See headlining performances from Flume, Duke Dumont, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, and more at this biannual Electronic Dance Music Festival.  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location: 1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego  –  www.crssdfest.com

Mar. 4–5, Spring Busker Festival  –  Experience the only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professional performers from across the country will showcase their talents, from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. This is a free event, but performers will be accepting tips.  –  Time: Noon–6 pm  –  Location: Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego  –  www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Mar. 10–26, Willy Wonka, Jr.  –  Embark upon a delicious adventure with Charlie Bucket when he visits Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.  –  Time: Refer to website  –  Location: JCompany Youth Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla  –  www.sdcjc.org/jc

Mar. 11, Best Coast Beer Fest  –  Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands, and dine on a tasty lunch from food truck alley. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards Cancer for College, a scholarship charity that helps cancer survivors attend college. –  Time: 1–5 pm –  Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
1 Marina Park Way, San Diego  –  www.bestcoastbeerfest.com

Mar. 11, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival  –  Experience the largest Irish celebration west of the Mississippi. The parade features over 120 floats complete with marching bands, bagpipers, traditional Irish dance troupes, clowns, and dignitaries. The festival portion boasts live music, a beer garden and a kids’ zone. The parade will start at 10:30 am at 5th and Laurel Streets.  –  Time: 9 am–6 pm – Location: Balboa Park, San Diego  – www.stpatsparade.org

Mar. 11, Planet Love Fest  –  Celebrate love, gratitude, and the beauty of nature at this community fundraiser for the Water Protectors and a plastic-free ocean. This event features powerful visuals, fashion, art, music, an Eco Fashion Show, and much more.  –  Time: 5–10 pm  – Location: Seaside Center for Spiritual Living 1613 Lake Dr., Encinitas – www.eventbrite.com/e/planet-love-fest-tickets-31500149796?aff=es2

Mar. 12, International Mariachi Festival & Competition  –  Celebrate San Diego’s heritage through mariachi music and traditional ballet folklorico dancing. The main stage will showcase a variety of mariachi groups from the United State and Mexico, and the children’s area includes live entertainment, a mini-petting zoo, face painting, carnival game booths, and more. This is a free event.  –  Time: 11 am–7 pm  –  Location: Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City – www.mariachifest.com

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EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO, Feb 16 – 28th

auther visit

Feb. 18, Author Visit: Natashia Deón – Join the Oceanside Public Library in welcoming Natashia Deón, author of the critically acclaimed novel Grace. Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi, Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.  –  Time: 3–4:30 pm – Location: Oceanside Public Library, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Rd., San Diego  –  www.eventbrite.com/e/author-visit-natashia-deon-tickets-30471151033?aff=es2

winter brew

Feb. 18, Winter Brew Fest –  Sample amazing brews from over 30 breweries throughout the night while listening to great live music from Elektric Voodoo! The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will feature craft beverages from around California and beyond as well as live local music, food, and other vendors. The event will benefit Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA). Ages 21+ only. –  Time: 6–7 pm (VIP Session), 7–10 pm (General Admission)  –  Location: The San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego  –  www.sandiegobrewfest.com

taste of hope

Feb. 18, A Taste of Hope  –  Join the Hope2gether Foundation for a fun and delicious evening at The Taste of Hope fundraising event! Enjoy local food, wine, and beer tastings, live music, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go towards education and advocacy for reducing drug addiction and overdoses in San Diego County.  –  Time: 6–9:30 pm  –
Location: Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar  –  www.hope2gether.org/fundraiser

jump start

Feb. 19, Jump Start Your Heart 5K Walk & Run  –  Walk or run to help bring health, hope, and happiness to children impacted by the #1 birth defect in the United States: congenital heart defects. The Jump Start Your Heart 5K will benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation, which funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects. The course will follow the beautiful Mission Bay boardwalk along the waterfront. Refer to website for registration.  –  Time: 10 am   –  Location: De Anza Cove, 3000 N. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego  –  www.jumpstartyourheartsd.com

san diego mardi

Feb. 28, San Diego Mardi Gras  –  Celebrate with over 20,000 revelers at one of the biggest Mardi Gras parade festivals West of New Orleans! San Diego’s nationally recognized Mardi Gras celebration will bring over-the-top floats, live music, experiential entertainment, DJs, beads, and vivacious energy to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Be sure to catch the huge finale of the parade as the spectacular final float parks and becomes the roaring stage for the rest of the night. Refer to website for tickets. – Time: 5 pm–Midnight  –  Location: Fourth Ave. and E St., San Diego – www.sdmardigras.com

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