Experience America’s Finest City and Discover San Diego’s Liveliest Events.
What’s Happening in San Diego
3/1 – 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.
3/1 – 3/2 – 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 – 3/9 – Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival | Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave, San Diego | Thursday & Friday 5pm-11pm / Saturday & Sunday 5pm-11pm |$2 Admission fee, FREE for age 6 & under. | A 4-day community festival-fun for the whole family. There will be traditional carnival rides, challenging games, snacks, and a portrait novelty booth | For more information call 760-735-8542
3/6 – 3/17 – 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.
3/8– 3/9 – 87th 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.
3/9 – 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.
3/9 – 19th Annual Del Mar Kiwanis’ Ugly Dog Contest | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | 11am-3pm | Big dogs, little dogs, long dogs, short dogs, shaggy dogs, curly dogs…and not a pretty one in the bunch! Well, there’s more to it than just “ugly” with 14 categories of winners.
3/13 – 3/23 – 21st 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 – 3/16 – 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
3/15 – 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade | Balboa Park, West side of park along 6th Ave, between Laurel & Quince | 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 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
3/15 – 19th Annual Miller Lite 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
3/22 – 9th 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!
3/23 – US Grant 2012 Wedding & Event Showcase | US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego |12-4pm | | $20 | 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
3/29 – 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.
3/29 – 3/30 – Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival | Seaport Village – Embarcadero, San Diego | 12pm-5pm | 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.
2/6 – 2/16 – 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
2/8 – For the Love of Chocolate | Escondido, Grand Avenue (downtown) | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Admission to Sweet Street and Champagne garden is FREE, $20/person for 10 beer or wine and chocolate pairing tastes | More information 760-745-8877
2/7 – Kettner Nights | Little Italy, Downtown San Diego | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | FREE | Galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues on the second Friday each month for a night filled with arts and design.
2/8 – 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
2/16 – Coronado Valentine’s Day 10k | Tidelands Park, Coronado | 7:15 a.m. Start | Must register in advance, no race-day registration
2/21 – 2/23 – Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | FREE admission | No pets (only dogs participating in the show are allowed) | More information 951-734-4307
2/22 – 11th 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”
2/24 | San Diego 2012 Muscle Walk | Crown Point, Mission Bay, 3600 Corona Oriente Rd | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Route: Crown Point Shores > boardwalk > Ingraham Street Bridge >Riveria Dr. > Crown Point Shores | 5K walk – donations and pledges to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association
3/1 – 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.
3/1 – Little Italy Carnevale | Little Italy, Downtown San Diego | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Venetian masquerade event in Little Italy with traditional Venetian Carnevale attire and entertainment including music, stilt-walkers, jugglers, and more
Great news Little Italy and waterfront residents! Hanson’s Natural Market is slated to open soon underneath the newly-built apartment building Ariel Suites at the corner of Kettner and Beech Streets. The store will be 2 levels with the upper level featuring a deli serving sandwiches, Asian and Mexican dishes, and raw juices including home-brewed kombucha- an amazing fermented tea exilir.
Hanson’s does not carry anything with preservatives or coloring. Their produce is 90% organic and much of it is already sourced from small farms in San Diego. All their meats are grass-fed.
Hanson’s currently has one successful store in San Clemente. Ron Castruita, the owner, runs his store based on customer feedback: Castruita
only stocks 60% of his shelves himself. The remaining 40-percent he stocks based on feedback from his customers. “It’s essential for a neighborhood market
to express the needs of the people in that neighborhood,” he explains. “I still bring in 20-30new items a week.”
Those living at Bayside, The Grande, Sapphire Tower, Breeza, Acquavista, la Vita, & Aperture will be just blocks away from this new grocery store. It’s definitely a great time to invest in downtown real estate as our city continues to expand, grow, and cater to local residents who appreciate being conveniently within walking range of unique stores, restaurants, and soon a wonderful new grocery store. If you are interested in joining our fantastic neighborhood, please call
Laura Ochoa @ 619-920-2823 for help buying or selling.
Directly From Hanson’s website……
PRODUCE: From farm to fork, and depending on the season, our produce section is 90% organic. We focus on organic/local and our prices are excellent! We often carry fruits and veggies you simply won’t find in traditional grocery stores.
DELI/RAW JUICING: Our deli features Deitz & Watson meats & cheeses along with a wide range and variety of unique cheeses. We also feature unique variety of sandwiches that include veggie & gluten free. We also carry a large variety of organic salads that are constantly changing up. Our Raw Juicing and Smoothie Bar has Organic based Juices and Veggies with a bunch of healthy supplements.
HEALTH & WELLNESS DEPT: We carry a HUGE assortment of Vitamin, & Supplements and Body Care, Herbal and Homeopathic remedies along with Essential Oils, Candles, Incense/Holders, Bath Essentials, and much more. Our Wellness staff is available for your Holistic and Nutritional Questions at any time!!!
GRASS FED BEEF: We carry Rocker Bros beef Choice cuts (Iowa Beef Packers (IBP), Nebraska Beef, National Beef Packers, Harris Ranch, Swift, and USDA Certified Angus Beef.
FISH AND POULTRY: Hanson’s buys local, fresh, wild caught…we filet fish ‘sides’ nearly every day and package ourselves to retain flavor and goodness!!
1/1 – Annual Polar Bear Plunge | La Jolla Shores | 10:00 – 9:00pm | Free event | Annual plunge into the icy cold ocean
1/1 – 1/5 – San Diego International Auto Show | San Diego Convention Center | 10:00 – 11:00 a.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.
1/4 – Annual San Diego Resolution 5k & 15k | De Anza Cove, Mission Bay | Race begins at 7:30 a.m. | A scenic Mission Bay Park run benefitting charities to keep the environment healthy
1/4 – 1/5 – 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.
1/17 – 1/19 – 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
1/18 – 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.
1/19 – Carlsbad Marathon & ½ Marathon | Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad | 6:00 a.m. Marathon, 7:30 a.m. half-marathon
1/19 – 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
1/19 – 33rd 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.
1/26 – Bridal Bazaar | San Diego Convention Center | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Tickets are $12 at the door or $9 online | Ideas for ceremony and reception locations, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, cake and catering options, the latest trends in florals and décor from San Diego’s leading designers
1/23 – 1/26 – PGA Tour Golf Tournament – Farmer’s Insurance Open | Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla | Refer to website for schedule | “Farmers Insurance Open”
1/23 – 1/26 – 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
1/26 – Miss San Diego Pageant | Ruth Chapman Theater, Eastlake High School | 2:00 p.m. | Contestants from all over San Diego County compete for the title of Miss San Diego and Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen. This pageant is a preliminary to Miss California and Miss America pageants
11/30 – Annual North Park Toyland Parade and Holiday Fair | University Ave, from Utah St to Iowa St, North Park | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Large scale parade with marching bands, dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials & Santa
11/30 – 12/21 – 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
12/6 – Coronado Holiday Celebration – Parade – Tree Lighting | 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
12/6 – 12/7 – 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
12/7 – 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 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
12/8 – 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
12/8 – 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
12/7 – 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)
12/14 – 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
12/8 & 12/15 – 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
12/26 – Annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl | Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars, Rd, Mission Valley | 6:30 p.m. | The 2013 Poinsettia Bowl.
12/30 – Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade | County Admin Bldg parking lot, down North Harbor Drive and follows the waterfront, ending at West Harbor Dr | 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Parade 10:00 a.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. – 3:00 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.