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FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Calendar of Events


San Diego Black Film Festival Jan. 30- Feb. 3

In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.

619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com


SDSU Writers’ Conference  Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Whether your goal is direct feedback on your work from a top-tier agent or editor, or simply to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers’ Conference is for you.

DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley



Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout  Feb. 1

Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 24th Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5pm, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm.

5-7pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road

858-668-4772 / www.poway.org


Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby  Feb. 2

Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled at 1pm.

6am-12pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road

858-668-4772 / www.poway.org


Susan G. Komen Pink in the Rink  Feb. 2

The San Diego Gulls will be offering fun and exciting things throughout the evening, including a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind Pink in the Rink Game Jerseys! 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Komen San Diego!

7pm / Valley View Casino Center

858-573-2760 x105 / http://komensandiego.org


Burn Run 5K Feb. 2

Join the Burn Institute in promoting Burn Awareness Week and raising funds to support burn prevention education and burn survivor support programs. We love pets but please leave them at home as they are not permitted at this event.

7:15am / De Anza Cove Park, Mission Bay

858-541-2277 / www.burninstitute.org


Senior Health & Wellness Expo  Feb. 2

Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65. Expert Speakers, Government Agencies, Health Care Providers, Housing Providers, Senior Service Providers, Refreshments, Commemorative bag, Opportunity Drawing.

10am-2pm / Encinitas Senior Community Park

760-753-6041 / www.encinitaschamber.com


Lunar New Year at SeaWorld  Feb. 2-18

Enjoy a riveting Chinese acrobat show, be awed by lion dancers, and be enveloped in wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia.

See website for schedule. / SeaWorld San Diego

619-222-4732 / www.seaworld.com/san-diego


Cardiff Kook Run Feb. 3

The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest. The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

7am-12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas



San Diego Improv Festival Feb. 7-10

The festival will offer professional workshops and performances from a selection of hand-picked improv teams from cities around the country.

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego



San Diego International Jewish Film FestivalFeb. 7-17

The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla

858-362-1348 / www.sdcjc.org/sdjff


Kuumba Fest Feb. 8-10

“Black 2 Excellence” Kuumba (Swahili for “creativity”) Fest brings together community leaders, local performers and celebrities for an annual audience that averages 5,000. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, SD’s Kuumba Fest present a wide showcase of arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety.

See website for schedule of events. / Lyceum: 79 Horton Plaza



San Diego Tet Festival Feb. 8-10

Join us in welcoming the Year of the Pig as we Spring To New Horizons! Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant, Lion dancing all 3 days, A new cultural village, Beer Garden, Full Carnival Rides, Golden Voice contest and Dancing contests, Game Booth with prizes, 2 stages with non-stop entertainment, Food vendors with variety of foods from cultures all around the world!

Mira Mesa Community Park

858-215-4838 / www.sdtet.com


Escondido Chocolate Festival  Feb. 9

Stroll through Downtown Escondido's various designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue. Don’t miss the 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture events downtown!

1-5pm / Historic Downtown Escondido

760-877-8582 / www.downtownescondido.com


Brewbies Beer Festival  Feb. 9

Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and (our favorite) signature PINK beers from over 40 of the best breweries around! As always, we donate 100% of the proceeds from Brewbies to the Keep A Breast Foundation to help support their mission of empowering young people around the world with breast health education and support!

12-5pm / Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside



Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego Feb. 9

Mermaid returns to San Diego’s Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. The course features beautiful Bay views and the majority of the course takes place on closed roads. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal and necklace!

7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay



Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk Feb. 9

Spectacular ocean views in a unique setting at an hour of the day when the park is normally closed. Plus, your participation helps with the park’s many programs, including science education for underprivileged children.

6:30-9am / Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma

619-222-4747 / www.cnmf.org


Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Run  Feb. 10

Each 10K, 5K, 1 mile participant receives a high quality t-shirt, an awesome finishers medal, continental breakfast, photos with heart sweets, and beer garden. Islander hand carved tikis will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category, men and women.

6:30-11am / Tidelands Park



Sweetheart’s Ball Feb. 15

This is a family event for children on up to grand-parents. Sweethearts young and old are invited to attend an evening of dancing. Light hors d’oeuvres, treats and refreshments will be provided. Photo backdrops will be available so bring your camera to capture your memories of the evening.

6-8pm / Encinitas Community Center

760-633-2740 / www.encinitaschamber.com


5K Paw Walk in the Garden Feb. 16

Once each year Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden join paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and animals. There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies!

8am-12pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org


Chula Vista Champions Celebration  Feb. 16

We will award those who have been recognized in the last five years either locally, regionally, nationally or internationally for their achievements. These champions can represent Chula Vista in academics, sports, community service, cultural arts, and more. You can submit an individual or a team, class or other group. Self submissions are welcome and encouraged.

11am-1pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center



Chinese New Year Fair Feb. 16-17

We will have traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! A very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days!

10am-5pm / Downtown SD: Third Ave. & J St.

619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org


American Red Cross Blood Drive  Feb. 21

Make sure to hydrate and eat lots of iron-rich foods to ensure a successful donation. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

9am-3pm / 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos

760-744-9000 / http://www.san-marcos.net


ConDor 2019 Feb. 22-24

“Through the Looking Glass: Alternate Realities” ConDor is San Diego’s long-running Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. Enjoy panel discussions, classes, workshops, art show, vendor hall, karaoke, dance and much more. Meet authors, artists and cosplayers.

Handlery Hotel: 950 Hotel Circle North



Silver Bay Kennel Dog Show  Feb. 22-24

AKC All-breed Dog Shows, Conformation, obedience, rally and agility trials. AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing (Saturday 1pm) and AKC Trick Dog Title (Saturday, following CGC Testing). Over 50 doggie boutiques selling pet supplies and gifts.

Dog Show Tour at 10am. Meet 50 AKC Breeds (Seaside Pavilion) from 10am-2pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds



Sycamore Canyon Trail Races Feb. 23

Registration Requirements: 100k Solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race. The 100k Course is approximately 102KM and the 50k Course is approximately 51KM. More for your money!

4:30-10:30pm / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve



San Diego Camp Fair Feb. 23

Want to find a summer camp but don’t know where to start? Be sure to bring your whole family and all your friends as you go booth-to-booth meeting camp directors, asking questions, gathering promotional materials and learning about their programs. We’ll have games, food and prizes, too, plus lots of activities for the kids and the opportunity for you to win a free camp session from participating camps.

12-3pm / Casa Del Prado-Room 101, Balboa Park



East County Honors Annual Awards Gala  Feb. 23

Honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizing the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made in our community. “East County Honors” also serves as a fundraiser, raising money to fund community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year.

6-9:30pm / Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon

619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org


San Diego Bird Festival  Feb. 27-Mar. 3

We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States. Know that your experience is giving something back to the birds: the proceeds of this festival support the education, conservation, and sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society.

See website for schedule. / Marina Village Conference Center

858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org


San Diego January 2019 ~ Calendar of Events


La Jolla Polar Bear Plunge   Jan. 1

Join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club at their annual Polar Bear Plunge and chili potluck. You don’t have to swim or even get wet, but if you do, you get to say you did. Wear warm clothes and bring chili, soup, or another warm food to share. Cider and coffee will be provided.

10am / La Jolla Shores



Cos-Losseum Cosplay Con (C3)   Jan. 5

We focus solely on the art and passion for Cosplay. While also keeping our show smaller, more personable, and affordable we also manage to provide you with activities, guests, and all the aspects one would look for in a Convention of this style.

Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego



Springboard West Music Festival    Jan. 10-12

For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music. a two-day “Band Bootcamp” where 40 bands and 10 solo artists cherry picked from the over 3,000 submissions will attend workshops, panels and pitch sessions with veterans and professionals in the music industry. Culminates on Saturday with the wildly popular Band & Brew Crawl.

10am / Ocean Beach Playhouse



SoundON Festival of Modern Music    Jan. 10-13

Brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. The four-day long series of concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and art is curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

858-454-5872 / www.ljathenaeum.org/sound-on


Poway Winter Festival    Jan. 11-12

Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, come experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! A variety of old favorites and exciting new specialty and food vendors will be on-site.

Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Poway Community Park

858-668-4671 / www.poway.org


Gem Faire   Jan. 11-13

Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world-renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices today.

Fri 12-6pm Sat 101m-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com


SD Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon   Jan. 13

Get ready to shed a few of those holiday pounds and lighten the impact you leave on the earth at this inspirational waterfront event that benefits Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, an eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier SoCal food system. Post-race Wellness Village.

7:15-10:30am / Tecolote Shores South Park, Mission Bay



Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo    Jan. 16

Free to attend! A great opportunity to discover and learn about all that our community has to offer. Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prizes, Aquaterra same-day dining discount.

3-7pm / Pala Mesa Resort



Borrego Springs Film Festival   Jan. 17-21

A young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, latino, and short films. BSFF filmmakers are honored guest in our town. We’ll treat you to a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area, and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.

Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center

760-440-5338 / www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org


Kids Marathon Mile    Jan. 19

1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Participants can run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park, making their way to an exciting, spectator-filled finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny finisher’s medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and booths.

6:30-10am / LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com


City Heights Health Fair    Jan. 19

M.E.M.O. at UCSD is holding our annual Health Fair, a free event that is open to the public, and include representation from a wide variety local health providers and mobile clinics for all to enjoy. Our goal is to engage and educate lower-income families in San Diego communities so that they can seek out various local providers of health-related services to help them build happier and healthier lives.

8:30am-12:30pm / Copley-Price Family YMCA



Travel & Adventure Show    Jan. 19-20

Discover the Leading Destinations, Local Travel Experts, Top Celebrity Personalities, Comprehensive Content, and Exclusive Travel Deals That You Just Can’t Find Anywhere Else. Get a taste of faraway cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm and vibes of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / San Diego Convention Center

203-878-2577 / www.travelshows.com


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Jan. 20

The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906.

2-5pm / Harbor Drive - Embarcadero

619-264-0542 / www.alpha-zsl.org


Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon    Jan. 20

Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and more.

7am-1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad

760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com


San Diego Restaurant Week   Jan. 20-27

A FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. For one week only, over 180 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day   Jan. 21

Outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe - vegetarian food served! Featuring:

Native American Ceremony, Danza Azteca, West African Dance, Afro-Cuban Percussion and Dance, Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hip Hop Performance by Junkyard Dance Crew and More!

12-8pm / WorldBeat Center, San Diego

619-230-1190 / www.worldbeatcenter.org


San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show    Jan. 24-27

We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. New & Pre-Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at our In-Water Display. Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services. Delicious Food and Drink Sponsored by our Local Restaurants. Special Boating Events and Boat Rides for Kids and Adults. Lots of Fun for Real Boaters!

Sunroad Resort Marina: 955 Harbor Island Drive

619-497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com


Farmers Insurance Open    Jan. 24-27

Come to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla

858-886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com


Winter Home Decorating/Remodeling Show   Jan. 25-27

Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home improvement needs from landscaping, remodeling, home additions and more. For 44 years Home Show USA has been bringing buyers and sellers together in a neutral setting, by producing a one-step shopping center for home and commercial improvements. Discounts offered by exhibitors.

10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

800-999-5400 / http://homeshowsusa.net


Save Your Scraps    Jan. 26

Join I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the City of Chula Vista for a organics workshop. Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly, and composting your scraps. Join us for a fun informational session with a free make and take project, an ‘eco kids’ craft corner, and raffle prizes too!

10am-12pm / Montevalle Community Center, Chula Vista



Santee Active Lifestyle Expo & USATF National 50 km Racewalk Championships   Jan. 26

Watch professional athletes compete, Health & wellness activities, Extreme obstacle courses, Firefighter challenge, BMX trick shows, Vendor fair, Free breakfast (while supplies last).

7:30am-2:30pm / Santee Trolley Square

619-258-4100 x219 / www.santeeactiveexpo.com


San Diego Cat Show    Jan. 26-27

The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “Food & Water Bowl XXIV,” the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. There will be more than 450 cats from more than 42 recognized cat breeds in competition.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

760-746-7800 / www.sandiegocat.org


Lung Force Walk   Jan. 27

Join us as we walk together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. LUNG FORCE Walks are a time to laugh, learn and imagine a world free of lung disease. Our walks promote fitness and help forge lasting connections between participants.

7:30am / NTC Park, Liberty Station



San Diego Black Film Festival    Jan. 30- Feb. 3

In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.

619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com


SDSU Writers’ Conference    Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Whether your goal is direct feedback on your work from a top-tier agent or editor, or simply to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers’ Conference is for you.

DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley