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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.
11/1 – 11/2 – Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos | Old Town | 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. | The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region.
11/1 – Curie’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Marie Curie Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | One of the largest holiday craft fairs in San Diego with over 100 booths | Free Parking
11/1 – Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast| Oceanside Pier, Oceanside | 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Expo opens at 9:30 a.m. | 7-mile or 25-mile non-competitive bike ride on the Pacific Oceans coastline beginning at Oceanside Pier
11/2 – Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure 5k Run/Walk | 6th Avenue & Palm St, Balboa Park | 8:00 a.m. | Proceeds go to fund breast cancer education, screenings and treatment in San Diego County
11/2 – Carlsbad Village Street Faire| Village of Carlsbad, Carlsbad | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Largest 1-day street fair in California with over 900 vendors, international food, live entertainment, pancake breakfast, children’s rides, beer garden and more | More information 760-945-9288
11/2 – Annual Gaslamp Fall Back Festival | Gaslamp Quarter, Island Avenue and 4th, Downtown San Diego| 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Entertainment, food and demonstrations
11/6 – 11/15 – 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival | Refer to website for schedule & locations | Festival showcasing Asian and Asian American cinema.
11/7 – 11/16 – San Diego Beer Week | See website for dates, times and locations | Ten-day festival celebrating Craft Beer in San Diego
11/8 – 10th Annual East County Cruisers Car Show & Toy Drive | Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | New & Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, games, music & more
11/8 – 11/9 – Christmas on the Farm Arts n Crafts Fair | Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food while you shop.
11/11 – Annual San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade | Harbor Drive between Cedar & G St, Downtown | Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. | A salute to our Veterans and military men and women
11/16 – 1/4 – Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration | 500 Sea World Drive | Available during park hours | A winter wonderland of snowmen, snowballs and family fun at SeaWorld’s Arctic Plaza
11/21 – 11/23 – Del Mar Antique Show & Sale | O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Fri & Sat, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sun | Exhibitors will be showcasing and selling antiques, vintage collectibles and decorator items.
11/22 – 12/31 – Legoland Holiday Snow Days | One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad | Available during park hours | Play in real snow, build snowmen and throw snowballs. See the world’s largest LEGO Christmas Tree and watch the nightly tree lighting ceremony
11/23 – Annual Mother Goose Parade | Magnolia Ave & Main St, El Cajon | 12:15 p.m. | Largest, single-day event in San Diego County & one of the biggest parades of its kind in the US
11/26 – 11/30 – 35th Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival | Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley | Wed & Thurs 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Bands from throughout the US bring the sounds of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing
11/27 – Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5k | Archway at Museum of Man, Balboa Park| 7:00 a.m. | Proceeds from this 5k event go to help underprivileged persons through the St. Vincent De Paul Village
11/29 – Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village | Seaport Village, 849 Harbor Dr, Downtown | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Santa will arrive via watercraft; live entertainment, treats, face painting and more
9/27 – 10/26 (weekends) – Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld | SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego | Included with park admission | Come in costume and explore an underwater Halloween Fantasea
10/1 – 10/31 – Pumpkin Station – Del Mar | Del Mar Fairgrounds – East Parking Lot, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Mon – Thur 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Fri – Sun 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Ages 3 – 13 | Admission FREE | Pumpkins, rides, slides & jumps | Other locations include: Rancho Bernardo, Mission Valley, El Cajon, National City, Bonita, Chula Vista
9/26 – 11/1 – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park | Balboa Park – Marston Point, east of 6th Ave & Juniper | Refer to website for times | A stroll through the park you will never forget!
10/1 – 10/31 – The Pumpkin Patch – Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | Pumpkin Patch open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday | Pumpkin patch, pony rides, straw maze, rock climbing, kid n’ paint, food and more!
10/1 – 10/31 – October Kids FREE at San Diego Zoo | San Diego Zoo | Throughout October Kids 11 and under free admission to the San Diego Zoo
10/1 – 10/31 – San Diego Museum Council FREE Kids Admission | Kids get FREE admission to 24 San Diego museums during the month of October with paid adult admission
10/3 – 10/5 – La Mesa Oktoberfest | La Mesa Blvd between Date & Fourth St, La Mesa | Fri & Sat 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Sun 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. |Traditional German celebration featuring dancing, food, beer gardens, Bavarian bands, arts & crafts, commercial booths, & kids’ carnival
10/3 – 10/5 – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show | FREE General Admission | 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday night twilight show 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | A salute to San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation
10/11 – 10/12 – Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival | Mission Bay Park – Playa Pacifica, north of Hilton Hotel | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Entertainment, food, arts & crafts and Dragon Boat Race – teams consist of 16 paddlers
10/4, 10/18, 10/25 – The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show | Courtyard by Marriott, 530 Broadway St, Downtown San Diego | 6:15 p.m.|$63.95/pp, additional package upgrades available –see website
10/10 – 10/12 – Annual Polish Festival San Diego | St M Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission, 1735 Grand Ave, San Diego | Friday (ages 21+) 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sat 12:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sun 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Admission $3 | Delicious Polish food, Beer Garden, merchandise & costumed song and dance performances
10/10 – 10/11 – Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest | Parking lot & grassy area at Newport Ave & Abbott St, Ocean Beach | Friday 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Entrance donation $3 | Bavarian Oktoberfest with delicious food & drink, costumed music & dancing, fun games & Fun Run at 10:00 a.m.
10/11 – 10/12 – La Jolla Art & Wine Festival | Village of La Jolla, Upper Girard Avenue | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under, military/senior (65+)/under 2 FREE | Proceeds go to 3 area public schools and the event
10/12 – Little Italy FESTA | India & Date Streets, Little Italy | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE | Entertainment, food, merchandise, Beer & wine garden, sidewalk chalk art, and more!
10/8 – Full Moon Dinner Cruises | Hornblower Dinner Cruise | San Diego Embarcadero, Downtown | Board 6:30, Cruise 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. | $76.95 +fees | 3-hour cruise, Champagne, three-course dinner, dancing.
10/24, 10/25, 10/31 - Haunting Tales from our Seafaring Past onboard the ‘Star of India’ | Star of India, Embarcadero, Downtown San Diego | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Lantern led tours of 45-60 minutes around the ship, ghostly tails and eerie legends from the Star of India’s past
10/24 – 10/25 – Haunted Birch Aquarium | Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Sea-themed tricky-treats, slimy encounters, spooky activities, dress up! | RSVP 858-534-7336
10/25 – Annual Light the Night Against Crime 5k | Balboa Park – Old Navy Hospital, Park Blvd & Presidents Way | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. , kids run at 8:15 p.m. | 5k Run/Walk, post-event social, Kids’ Zone, Costume contest & more
10/25 – Pumpkins & Pancakes at Seaport Village | Seacoast Drive, San Diego waterfront |9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | FREE | Come in costume, enjoy pancake breakfast, pumpkin decorating for Halloween & other activities.
10/25 – Hallo-‘wine’ & Spirits Party at The Del | Hotel del Coronado, Coronado | 7:00 – 12:00 a.m. |$125/pp | Adults only | Come in costume to San Diego’s most haunted hotel
10/31 – Annual Monster Bash | Gaslamp Quarter, 6th Ave & Island, Downtown | 6:00 p.m. – midnight | $35 in advance, $45 at door | Live entertainment, food, dancing, cocktails, Costume contest with $5,000 CASH prize
8/29 – 9/1 – Festival of Sail 2014 | San Diego Bay – Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr | Refer to website for schedule | Annual event held each Labor Day weekend includes live entertainment, petting zoo, cannon battles, pirates, 150 vendors, racing yachts and more
8/29 – 9/1 – U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo | B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier, Downtown | Refer to website for schedule | Master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art
9/6 – Julian Grape Stomp Festa | Menghini Winery, Julian | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Ages 21+ $10, ages 6-20 $5, ages 5 & under FREE | Julian celebrates the harvest of the grapes with Italian music, dancing, Bocci ball, stomping, wine tasting and more
9/6 – Coronado Main Street Garden Party | 1144 Isabella Ave, Coronado | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Annual garden party with entertainment and no-host beverages
9/7 – Brazilian Day Festival and Parade | Pacific Beach – Garnet between Bayard & Everts Streets | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | 40 performances, carnival parade, unique handicrafts, food, live music, colorful costumes
9/9 – 11/21 – Fleet Week San Diego | San Diego Bay | Refer to website for times & locations | Thank our Sailors, Marines & Coast Guardsmen for their services
9/12 – 9/14 – Fall Home/Garden Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds at O’Brien Hall | Fri & Sat, 10am – 6pm; Sun, 10am – 5pm | Featuring interior design displays, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars. This event showcases the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home.
9/13 – 84th La Jolla Rough Water Swim | Largest rough-water swimming competition in the U.S.
9/12 – 9/14 – Annual San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Racing | Mission Bay – Vacation Island/ Fiesta Bay / Ski Beach / Crown Point Shores / Stony Point / Hydro Pond | $10 – $45 | All ages | 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Watch the fastest boats in the world, live entertainment, fireworks and more
9/13 – 9/14 – Coronado Art Walk | Museum of History, Coronado Ferry Landing | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.| Over 90 artists displaying paintings, photography, pottery, glass work & jewelry
9/19 – 20th Annual Beer Festival | Columbia & B Streets, Downtown San Diego | 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. | Sample from over 40 different breweries
9/20 – Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day | San Diego coastline beaches & bay | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Major part of international coastline cleanup including all 50 states and over 100 countries
9/20 – 9/21 – Annual Pacific Islander Festival | Ski Beach, East Mission Bay | Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Culture, food, crafts & customs of the Pacific Islands
9/21 – 9/26 – San Diego Restaurant Week | Various restaurants throughout San Diego | Lunch and Dinner | See website for participating restaurants and menus
9/24 – 10/31 – Fall of the Farm – Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | Pumpkin Patch open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily | Pumpkin patch, pony rides, straw maze, rock climbing, kid n’ paint, food and more!
9/24 – 9/28 – San Diego Film Festival | Gaslamp Theater, 701 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego | 10th birthday celebration showcasing best in American & International Cinema
9/26 – 10/31 – Pumpkin Station – Del Mar | Del Mar Fairgrounds – East Parking Lot, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Mon – Thur 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Fri – Sun 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Ages 3 – 13 | Admission FREE | Pumpkins, rides, slides & jumps | Other locations include: Rancho Bernardo, Mission Valley, El Cajon, National City, Bonita, Chula Vista
9/26 – 11/1 – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park | Balboa Park – Marston Point, east of 6th Ave & Juniper | Refer to website for times | A stroll through the park you will never forget!
9/27 – 9/28 – ArtSplash | Flower Fields of Carlsbad | Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Free | Chalk Art Festival on Armada Drive, hands-on art, fine art, carnival & sand sculpting
9/27 – 9/28 – Adams Avenue Street Fair | Adams Avenue, between 35th & Bancroft St, Normal Heights | Sat 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Southern California’s largest free 2-day music festival with more than 70 artists on 6 outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts/crafts vendors, 3 beer gardens, carnival & kids’ activities
9/28 – Spirits of Mexico Festival | Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar |3:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Showcasing top agave spirits brewed by hundreds of distillers
8/1 & 8/8 – Point Loma Summer Concerts |Optimist Field at Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd | See website for times | FREE | Outdoor concert with various bands
8/1 – Summer movies in the Park | Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy | Begins at dusk | Free | Join us at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park for a night under the stars and a movie in the park
8/2 – Annual Clairemont Family Days | South Clairemont | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Festival with music entertainment, pancake breakfast, pony rides, carnival, arts & craft vendors & more!
8/2 – 60th Annual Balboa Park 8-mile & 3-mile Runs | Balboa Park – East side, off Park Blvd & Presidents Way | 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. | See website for fees | Courses are through and around Balboa Park
8/3 – Annual Lemon Festival | Downtown Chula Vista – Third Ave from E St to Roosevelt | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | FREE | For More Information 619-422-1982 | Live entertainment on three stages, international foods, hand crafters, contests & lemons galore!
8/9 – Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest | Cardiff by the Sea – Aberdeen Dr & Newcastle Ave | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Dog contests, custom pet products, animal adoptions, live music, food, doggie photo booth & crafts, silent auction, raffle & more
8/9 – 8/10 – Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival |Balboa Park – lawn area at Park Blvd & President’s Way | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Festival showcasing Philippine performing arts, folk dances, music, food & costume.
8/10 – Annual CityFest | Hillcrest – 5th Ave & University | 12:00 – 10:30 p.m. | FREE | Popular arts & crafts festival with 250+ vendors, games, activities, beer garden, food & more
8/15 – 8/17 – Annual Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival | Vista – Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave | Gates open 8:00 a.m. | Family oriented event with live music, food, music workshops, jam sessions, vendors & activities for kids
8/16 – World Bodysurfing Championships | Oceanside Pier | Begins at 6am | Body surfers from around the world will compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes
8/16 – Free to Breathe 5K Fun Run/Walk| Point Loma – Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Rd |8:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Event promoting awareness of and raising money for lung cancer research
8/17 – America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk | Cabrillo National Monument & Balboa Park | 7:00 a.m. start | Half marathon begins at Cabrillo National Park and ends in the Pan-American Plaza in Balboa Park, 5k begins and ends at Pan-American Plaza
8/21 – 8/24 – Julian Starfest 2014 | Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian | See website for times | Four day festival focused around the field of astronomy
8/23 – 8/24 – San Diego Spirits Festival | Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | Sat, 2-6pm; Sun 2-5pm | 21+ Event | Refer to website for pricing & tickets | Cocktail culinary and cultural event where the world of craft spirits, high profile liquors and fine cuisine unite overlooking a sun-drenched San Diego Bay
8/24 – Annual Bike the Bay | Downtown San Diego – Embarcadero Marina Park South | 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 25-mile fun bike ride that begins and ends at Embarcadero Marina Park South, food, entertainment & beer garden
8/29 – 9/1 Festival of Sail 2014 | San Diego Bay – Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr | Refer to website for schedule | Annual event held each Labor Day weekend includes live entertainment, petting zoo, cannon battles, pirates, 150 vendors, racing yachts and more