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4/9 – Padres Opening Day Block Party | Downtown San Diego, J Street between 7th & 10th | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | FREE Admission | An East Village block party in celebration of the Padres’ 1st home game of the season including music, beer garden, food court, live entertainment, tradeshow merchandise & more.
4/9 – 10/31 – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay | 2241 Shelter Island Drive | See website for concert information | The 1,400 seat outdoor theater covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music
4/16 – 5/3 – Annual Del Mar National Horse Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | The most prestigious horse show in Southern California offers more than $300,000 in prize money and attracts more than 3,000 horses to the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar.
4/18 – Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step 2011 5K Walk & Fun Run| NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma | Registration 7:00 a.m. – Run 8:15 a.m. – Walk 8:45 a.m. | Adults $45, Kids 12 & Under $20 | April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the proceeds from this walk/fun run fund vital programs & services to local Parkinson’s families.
4/18 – Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers | 2223 El Cajon Blvd – between Texas St & Mississippi St (in front of the Lafayette Hotel) | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. | FREE | 21+ event | Over 30 local craft brewers will offer samplings, entertainment & food.
4/18 – 4/19 – Annual Coronado Flower Show | Coronado Village-Spreckels Park, Orange Ave (between 6th & 7th St), Coronado | Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Adults $5, FREE for children 12 and under and CFA members | The largest flower show held under tents in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. There will be a Beer Garden, serving beer and wine.
4/19 – Annual San Diego EarthFair 2012 | Balboa Park – Central Mesa area | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Annual event showcasing a wide variety of causes, goods, and services pertaining to the environment and quality of life.
4/19 – Annual Port of San Diego Day at the Docks | San Diego Sportfishing Landings | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | The West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, this FREE annual event provides marine attractions for the whole family, and especially the sportfishing enthusiast. Features boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open house aboard sportfishing boats, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and more!
4/25 – Race Legal | Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego | 6:00 p.m. – midnight | Race Legal, the safer and sanctioned track alternative to illegal street racing, was developed with one goal in mind. Saving the needless loss of young lives to an illegal street race gone bad is RaceLegal.com’s mantra.
4/25 – Annual Chicano Park Day| Chicano Park – Cesar Chavez Parkway exit, under the Coronado Bay Bridge | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Annual Chicano Park Day celebration features a children’s art workshop, traditional and contemporary music & dance, live bands, food, arts /crafts vendors & a classic low rider car display.
4/25 – Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade| Linda Vista Rd – between Comstock & Ulric, Linda Vista | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Parade 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Cultural celebration with food, merchandise, performances, climbing wall & carnival rides.
4/25 – March for Babies | Balboa Park-at Laurel St & Balboa Dr. | 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | This is a nationwide fundraising walk organized by the March of Dimes. Proceeds from this 5K (3.5 mile) walk will help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Admission: Suggested participant pledge/donation.
4/25 – 4/26 – Annual Art Walk | Little Italy – Various locations | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE | Little Italy presents an adventurous art walk showcasing visual and performing art such as paintings, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, music, and dance. Art collectors and visitors interact with artists, view and purchase their artwork and enjoy an outdoor casual atmosphere. The fine art festival encompasses 18 blocks of downtown “Little Italy” San Diego where works are displayed in tents along the streets. A Kids Walk in Amici Park accompanies this event.
4/25 – Walk for Wishes | Embarcadero, Marina Park | Registration 8:00 a.m., Walk 9:00 a.m. | The Make A Wish Foundation provides an avenue for people to help local children receive wishes through donations and even such as this one. This family-friendly event is open to all and will feature a 1.5 mile course along San Diego’s beautiful Embarcadero Park. Presented by San Diego County Credit Union.
3/6 – 3/8 – Spring Home/Garden Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Friday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Hundreds of exhibits featuring home improvement and remodeling ideas
3/6 – 3/8 – Gem Faire | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Friday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. / Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | World renowned marketplace for the finest gemstones, jewelry, minerals, fossils, equipment, workshops, classes and more
3/7 – Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk | Balboa Park at 6th Ave & Palm St., San Diego | 5K Run/Walk in memory of Chelsea King. Additionally, there will be activities including a yoga booth, group photo spot, organic produce booth and other family-friendly activities such as a sunflower pot painting station.
3/7 – 3/8 – Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival | Seaport Village – Embarcadero, San Diego | 12pm-6pm | FREE | The only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Even escape artists and comedic stuntmen.
3/8 – The San Diego Half Marathon | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | 7am-1pm | The San Diego Half Marathon at Petco Park is a new race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the city of San Diego while raising money to help its communities. A sports health and fitness expo entitled “Celebrate San Diego” takes place the day before the half marathon and continues through the day of the event.
3/12 – 3/23 – Circus Vargas | Temecula | Refer to website for show times | Admission Fee varies | Circus that unites amazingly skilled serious performers with the innocence and silliness of truly comedic circus clowns — the kind that actually make you laugh! All the excitement of a circus with human and animal stars rendering artistic triumphs and thrilling exploits.
3/12 – 3/22 – 22nd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival | UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, Mission Valley | Refer to website for schedule | Short and feature length films from Latin America and the U.S. by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience
3/14– 3/15 – 88th Annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale | Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego | 8am-5pm | Thousands of new and gently used items such as furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, appliances, electronics and more will be sold to benefit local charities.
3/14 – 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade | Balboa Park, West side of park along 6th Ave, between Laurel & Quince | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Parade 10:30 a.m. | FREE | Parade with Emerald Societies, Scout Troops, clowns, equestrian entries, bagpipe contingents, antique cars and more; and festivities in a Celtic Village filled with Irish culture, music, dancing, food and beer; plus a children’s play area with rides
3/14 – 21st Annual Bud Light ShamROCK | Gaslamp Quarter (6th Ave between G & E Streets, F Street between 5th & 7th, G Street between 5th & 6th) | 2:00 p.m. – midnight | $35 in advance / $45 day of | 21 years & up | St Patrick’s Day musical block party with 60,000 sq ft of green Astroturf, 3 stages with live entertainment and more
3/15 – US Grant 2012 Wedding & Event Showcase | US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego |11-2pm | | $45 | A Wedding & Event Showcase presented by the US Grant Hotel. Discover the hotel’s stunning wedding venues, engage with more than 60 wedding vendors and craft your wedding desires into a reality. Opportunity to win a wedding for 100 guests at The US Grant as well as luxurious honeymoon vacations to top destinations
3/21 – Annual San Diego Race for Autism | Balboa Park, corner of 6th Ave. and Laurel St., San Diego | 7am-12pm | 100% of race donations support San Diego programs and classrooms that benefit thousands of local children. Featuring 5K timed run or walk, 1-mile Family Fun Walk, educational resource fair, children’s activities, prizes, refreshments and more!
3/28 – Ironman 70.3 California | Oceanside Harbor – starts at the boat ramp in the southwest quadrant, Oceanside | 6:30am | Cheer on these incredible Ironman athletes as they endure a 1.2-mile swim course in Oceanside Harbor, a 56-mile bike course that includes the challenging inland hills of Camp Pendleton and a 13.1-mile run through the coastal neighborhoods of Oceanside
2/1 – Cardiff Kook Run | Starts under the “Encinitas” Sign | Race begins at 8:00 am | Refer to website for pricing | The Annual Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K & Costume Contest is a celebration of the greatest town on the map. The scenic loop starts under the “Encinitas” sign and passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue along the historic HWY 101 all the way down to Cardiff State Beach.
2/1 – 2/28 – Museum Month | Participating Museums | Refer to website for museum list participating in 50% off admission | Macy’s Museum Month gives San Diegans a chance to discover what’s new at 45 area museums with incredible savings. Participants can pick up a free Macy’s Museum Month Pass at any local Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February.
2/5 – Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights | San Diego Museum of Art; 1450 El Prado | 6:00 – 10:00 pm | 21+ Event | $20 for non members | Imagine: open-air bazaars, ocean-front walkways, bright colors, crumbling colonial architecture, and salsa music booming through the streets
2/5 – 2/8 – Farmers Insurance Open | Torrey Pines Golf Course | Refer to website for times; advance ticket purchase required | The annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.
2/5 – 2/15 – 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival | Various Theaters in San Diego County | Refer to website for times | Annual presentation of American and international feature films, documentaries and short subjects exploring the Jewish experience
2/7 – Mermaid San Diego 5k, 10k & Half Marathon | South Tecolote Shores | 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | All women’s run along shoreline of East Mission Bay and roadway around Fiesta Island
2/7 – 2/22 – The Marvel Experience | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | See website for dates & times | Tickets start at $27.50 | Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet. The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes.
2/8 – Bridal Bazaar | San Diego Convention Center, Halls G&H | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | San Diego’s largest bridal show of the year where you can explore and experience all your options to create your wedding day, your way
2/14– 21st Annual Brazil Mardi Gras | San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park | 9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. | See website for pricing | San Diego Brazil Carnaval is one of the largest most authentic Carnaval Events in California.
2/15 – Coronado Valentine’s Day 10k | Tidelands Park, Coronado | 7:15 a.m. Start | Must register in advance, no race-day registration
2/17– Hillcrest Fat Tuesday | University Ave between 1st & 4th Ave | 6:00 – 11:00 pm | GA Tickets: $15 in advance & $20 day of (21+ Event) | Fat Tuesday will feature a night time dance party, carnival style performances, Cajun Cuisine, performances by the lovely ladies of Lips, two bars, exclusive VIP area with private bar and your favorite Rich’s Nightclub DJs.
2/17– Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration | Gaslamp Quarter | 5:00 pm – Midnight | See website for ticket & pricing info | Gaslamp San Diego Mardi Gras is San Diego’s most beloved nightlife street party
2/21 – 12th Annual Guacamole Bowl Cook-Off Contest | 2150 Pan American Rd West, Balboa Park | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Admission $5.00 – includes a bag of chips and a vote of your choice | Benefits “Sports for Exceptional Athletes”
1/1 – Annual Polar Bear Plunge | La Jolla Shores | Starts at 10:00 am | Free event | Annual plunge into the icy cold ocean. Bring your food and drinks for a potluck after.
1/1 – 1/4 – San Diego International Auto Show | San Diego Convention Center | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Adults $12, military $9, see website for more ticket prices | The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof, featuring over 400 vehicles from 36 global manufacturers.
1/3 – 1/4 – Western Surfing Association Championship Tour | Oceanside Harbor South Jetty | 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Surfing competition to qualify competitors to the West Coast Championship, US Championships and prime events. Sponsored by Western Surfing Association.
1/10 – Annual San Diego Resolution 5k & 15k | De Anza Cove, Mission Bay | Race begins at 7:30 a.m. | A scenic Mission Bay Park run benefiting charities to keep the environment healthy
1/16 – 1/18 – Del Mar Antique Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds – O’Brien Hall | Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Adults $8, 50% off with coupon from website, under 17 free with paying adult | $5 per item for appraisal of antique items
1/17 – Kids Marathon Mile | LEGOLAND Resort, One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad | 7:00 a.m. registration, 8:00 race starts | Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this non-competitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California.
1/18 – Carlsbad Marathon & ½ Marathon | Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad | 6:00 a.m. Marathon, 7:30 a.m. half-marathon
1/18 – 1/24 – San Diego Restaurant Week | Various participating restaurants throughout San Diego | Enjoy a 3-course meal for $20, $30 or $40 for dinner or $10, $15 or $20 for lunch, depending on the restaurant
1/18 – 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade | Harbor Drive Embarcadero, Downtown San Diego | Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. | One of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade will include floats, bands, drill teams, fraternities & various organizations, churches youth groups.
1/22 – 1/25 – San Diego Sunroad Boatshow | East end of Harbor Island, San Diego Bay | Thursday & Friday noon – 6:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Adults $10, Kids Free with adult admission, Military and Law enforcement Free Thursday & Friday
1/26 – Lake Hodges Trail Run 5k | Lake Hodges – meet at boat dock | 9:00 a.m. | Proceeds from this event will help build a biogas conversion tank for cooking at the Tumaini Childrens Village in Arusha, Tanzania
11/30 – 12/20 – North Pole Limited Santa Train | Pacific SouthWest Railway Museum, Hwy 94 & Forrest Gate Rd, Campo | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. according to date | 90-minute holiday ride on the North Pole Limited, Santa’s elves serve cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas carols and more
12/5 – Annual Coronado Holiday Parade & Celebration | Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado | Starts at 3:20 p.m. | Santa arrives by ferry, parade along Orange Avenue, Christmas tree lighting, holiday music & fireworks over Glorietta Bay
12/5 – 12/6 – Balboa Park December Nights | Balboa Park | Friday 5:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Free | Light displays, nativity, Santa, musical & dance performances, shopping, holiday food & spirits
12/6 – Annual North Park Toyland Parade and Holiday Fair | University Ave, from Utah St to Iowa St, North Park | 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Large scale parade with marching bands, dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials & Santa
12/6 – Kate Sessions PTO Craft Fair | Newport Ave, Sunset Cliffs Blvd to Abbott St, Ocean Beach | Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. | Santa Claus on a fire truck, motorcycle riding dogs, geriatric surf team, and more
12/6 – Annual Little Italy Christmas Village and Tree Lighting | Corner of W Date St & India St, Little Italy | 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Little Italy becomes a Holiday Village with holiday music, light refreshments, Santa and tree lighting
12/6 – 12/23 & 12/26 – 12/30 – Garden of Lights – San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Over 100,000 lights illuminate the Gardens, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, Santa, live music & refreshments | Snow 12/9 – 12/16 & 12/26 – 12/30 (weather permitting)
12/7 – Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Parade and Craft Fair | Newport Ave, Sunset Cliffs Blvd to Abbott St, Ocean Beach | Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. | Santa Claus on a fire truck, motorcycle riding dogs, geriatric surf team, and more
12/7 – Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade | La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St, La Jolla | Festival 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Parade 2:00 p.m., Christmas Tree Lighting 4:30 p.m. | Annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival will have musical performances, tasty foods, and an antique plane flyover
12/13 – Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Mission Bay: Quivira Basin, and along Crown Point, Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, & Sea World | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fireworks 9:00 p.m. | The best viewing areas from Crown Point, the west side of Fiesta Island or the east side of Vacation Island
12/14 – Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade | Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel at 4th & K Street, Downtown San Diego | Registration & Check-in 1:00 p.m., Parade 3:00 p.m. , Pet Expo 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.| Pet parade where pets and people dress in costume and march through Gaslamp Quarter
12/14 & 12/21 – San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights | Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Convention Center, Coronado Island Marriott and Coronado Ferry Landing | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Free | Large fleet of private craft decorated and illuminated for the holidays travel a 7-mile path from Shelter Island to Coronado
12/23 – Annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl | Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars, Rd, Mission Valley | 6:30 p.m. | The 2013 Poinsettia Bowl.
12/26 – Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade | County Admin Bldg, down North Harbor Drive and follows the waterfront, ending at West Harbor Dr | 3:00 p.m. | America’s Largest Balloon Parade, colorful floats, unique drill teams, marching bands, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, and the Wienermobile
12/31 – Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala | The Hilton San Diego Bayfront, One Park Boulevard | 9:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. | ALL-INCLUSIVE – all drinks all night, buffet and entertainment throughout 12 different party zones
12/31 – Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland | Legoland, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad | 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Fun entertainment in Miniland, kids receive glow necklaces, fireworks viewing glasses & noisemakers, Fireworks at 6:00 p.m.