Encinitas Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade Dec. 1
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on. Tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard at 5pm.
5:30-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101
Winter Wonderland Festival Dec. 1
Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer! Food and drink will be available.
3-8pm / California Center for the Arts
Chula Vista Children’s Faire Dec. 1
Real Snow Hill, Pictures with Santa, Children’s Train, Elf Yourself, Games, Crafts, and more!
2-5pm / Memorial Park
100 Years of Philippine CinemaDec. 1
We’ve invited 2 exceptional Filipino films created by 2 award winning filmmakers from the Philippines. Ang Larawan (The Portrait) by Loy Arcenas and Lorna by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo.
4pm & 7pm / Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park
Fallbrook Christmas Parade Dec. 1
“Toyland Christmas” The Christmas Parade marks a special day in early December when Fallbrook residents and visitors alike come to enjoy this gift to the community.
5pm / Main Avenue: Ammunition to Ivy
Chula Vista Starlight Parade Dec. 1
A variety of colorful floats, caroling groups, marching bands, dance teams, classic cars, and other participants will usher in the holiday season as part of SD County’s largest nighttime parade.
6-8pm / Third Avenue Village
North Park Toyland Parade & Festival Dec. 1
Vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.
10am-3pm / University Avenue
OB Holiday Parade Dec. 1
See the Point Loma Marching Band strut their way down the street or the SD Roller Derby Dolls. VW Beetle club and classic Woodies. Motorcycles, bright-lit floats and countless bands that fill the beach with live music.
5-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave
888-615-3518 / www.obtowncouncil.org
Lions Tigers & Bears Christmas Festival Dec. 1
Watch as lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, leopards, bobcats and other sanctuary animals open their holiday gifts and enjoy their new Christmas trees. Silent auction, opportunity drawing, food trucks, a full bar, shopping at the LTB Gift Shop and Santa!
1-4pm / 24402 Martin Wy, Alpine
Vista Chamber’s Candyland Parade Dec. 1
The parade route starts at Civic Center parking lot, turns right on Eucalyptus, right on S. Santa Fe, right on Broadway, left on Citrus, left on Main Street and ends at the Wave Waterpark.
1-3pm / Vista Civic Center
760-726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Dec. 1
Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience a tree lighting, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.
4-8pm / India St & W Fir St
619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
Storytime Breakfast with The La Jolla LibraryDec. 2
Delight in a breakfast buffet, variety of holiday-themed drinks, dessert and a fireside reading of Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas led by the La Jolla Library.
8-11am / Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday FestivalDec. 2
Marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus. Church bells peal with a fly-over. There is also a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street
San Pasqual Battle DayDec. 2
Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.
10am-3pm / 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
760-737-2201 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=655
Kringle Mingle Dec. 2
Come get free photos with Surfing Santa in his vintage Camera Camper Sleigh. Listen and dance to lively musical performances. Enjoy a cup of warm savory soup from Rimel’s, scrumptious holiday treats and cookies from VG’s Donuts and much more. Children’s Craft Pavilion.
1-5pm / North Courtyard of Cardiff Town Center
Santa by the Sea Dec. 2
Free pictures with Santa, treats, games and entertainment, plus a holiday tree lighting!
3-5pm / L’Auberge Amphitheater, Del Mar
858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com
SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off Dec. 2
40 local restaurants competing in a chili smackdown. 30 local handmade vendors. Local craft beer and wine garden.
Kids Fun Fest area with bounce houses, carnival games and more. Live entertainment.
11am-5pm / Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park
Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah LightingDec. 3
Celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities, and more! Guests are invited to partake in an evening of ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink after the Menorah Lighting.
5-9pm / Liberty Station
Alpine Village Christmas Parade & Snow Festival Dec. 7
Imaginative creative entries for this hometown range from lights on pets and bikes to actual floats and huge trucks! The snow sledding, Santa Claus, entertainment, children’s activities and vendors begins at 7pm.
6:30-9pm / Alpine Creek Town Center
619-445-2722 / www.alpinechamber.com
Coronado Holiday Parade & Open HouseDec. 7
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.
3:20-8pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
619-435-7242 / www.coronadochamber.com
Balboa Park December Nights Dec. 7-8
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 5-9pm.
Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm / Balboa Park
La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village Dec. 7-8
Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.
5-9pm / La Mesa Village
619-606-2028 / www.lamesavillageassociation.org
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 8
A distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.
6-9pm / Mission Bay & Beaches
858-488-0501 / www.mbyc.org
Poway’s Christmas in the Park Dec. 8
Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Steam locomotive train rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods. Tree lighting and Santa!
3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights Dec. 8
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.
7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor
Santa’s Holiday Festival Dec. 8
Come take pictures with Santa. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament. There will be face painting, crafts and refreshments. Don’t forget to do a little holiday shopping in the Gift Shop.
10am-3pm / Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista
760-726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com
Jingle Bell Run Dec. 8
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.
6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park
619-468-5986 / https://events.arthritis.org
Red Nose Run Dec. 9
A holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded.
12:30-5:30pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Dec. 9
All courses feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100’-500’. We are proud to offer our “Kids Dash”.
6-11am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido
Santa at the Lakes Dec. 9
Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more!
10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Dec. 9 & 16
More than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
5pm / San Diego Bay
ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Dec. 12-16
The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.
See website for schedule. / La Jolla Shores
858-551-8563 / www.isasurf.org
San Diego Santa Run 5K & 1 Mile Race Dec. 15
A series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave.
8:30-11am / Garnet Ave. and Bayard St.
858-412-6787 / www.sandiegosantarun.com
Old Town Las Posadas Dec. 15
Based on the story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. Fiesta de Reyes invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit with festive decorations throughout the park, entertainment, and holiday experiences for the whole family.
12-8pm / Old Town San Diego
619-291-4903 / www.oldtownsandiego.org
Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10KDec. 15
In addition to a costume contest and holiday theme, this run will involve a poker element – your poker hand could give you bonus time!
9am-12:30pm / Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Dec. 15
Starts on Penasquitos Drive in front of the Hotel Karlan then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Road along the 56 bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
5am-12pm / Hotel Karlan, Ranch Penasquitos
The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet ParadeDec. 16
All pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing, and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.
1-5pm / MLK Promenade Park, San Diego
San Diego International Auto Show Dec. 27-30
Over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers. Be among the first in the US to see more than 20 debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show.
Thur-Fri 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / SD Convention Center
858-550-0080 / www.sdautoshow.com
SDCCU Holiday Bowl Dec. 31
This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.
4pm / SDCCU Stadium
Solar Turbines 5K Run/WalkDec. 31
Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and inflatable characters.
9:45am / San Diego Harbor Front
Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner Nov. 1
This year we’re inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and celebration planned. This event will sell out!
6-10pm / Galaxy Taco, La Jolla
Escondido Dia de los Muertos Festival Nov. 1
Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.
5-9pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
800-988-4253 / www.artcenter.org
California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival Nov. 1-3
Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.
CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino
Chula Vista Veterans Parade Nov. 2
A ceremony recognizing veterans and military families will immediately follow.
8-11:30am / Magdalena Avenue to Santa Venetia Street - Veterans Elementary School
Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los MuertosNov. 2-4
The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts & crafts, music and food.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show Nov. 2-4
Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping.
Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
800-999-5400 / www.homeshowsusa.net
San Diego Beer Week Nov. 2-11
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3.
858-581-7368 / www.sdbeer.com
Escondido Tamale Festival Nov. 3
A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Activities for the kids.
11am-5pm / Grape Day Park
760-839-4777 / www.escondidotamalefestival.org
Kids Care FestNov. 3
This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free health screenings for children and their families.
9am-1pm / Lemon Grove Recreation Center
619-825-5050 / www.kidscarefest.org
Bike the Coast Nov. 3
Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier with food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
8am / Oceanside Pier
6K Veteran Walk/Run Nov. 3
All proceeds benefit the Veteran’s Home in Chula Vista.
8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veteran’s Home: 700 E Naples Court
619-392-6333 / www.theveteranswalk.org
Trout Opening Weekend Nov. 3-4
2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be stocked for this upcoming event!
6am-5pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-258-4785 / www.santeelakes.com
Carrera de los Muertos San DiegoNov. 4
You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise, music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun.
6:45am / Embarcadero Park South
Carlsbad Fall Village Faire Nov. 4
Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the largest one-day street faire in the nation.
8am-4pm / Grand Avenue
Fallback Festival Nov. 4
A Children’s Historic Street Faire. Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.
11am-4pm / Gaslamp Quarter
Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 9-12
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.
Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle RideNov. 10
Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA on EXCLUSIVE routes open once a year!
6am-12pm / Liberty Station
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 10
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day.
11am-1pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K Nov. 11
Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the post race Beach Party and Beer Garden.
7-11:30am / Sunset Park, Coronado
858-268-1250 / www.silverstrandhalf.com
Tribute to Veterans – Showcase Concert Nov. 11
This special performance will include patriotic repertoire as well as classical selections.
1pm & 6pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
619-233-3232 / www.sdys.org
UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights Nov. 11
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
11am-4pm / University Heights, San Diego
Fallbrook Veteran’s Day Parade & Celebration Ceremony Nov. 11
Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd.
10am-1pm / Main Avenue
760-728-8784 / www.fallbrookvfw.org
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Nov. 11-18
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.
Breast Cancer Cheering Station Nov. 16
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show of support as they enter the Del Mar Village - the first city on their journey!
7:30-9:30am / Del Mar Village
858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com
Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Nov. 16
Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throughoutt the evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
6:30-8pm / Carlsbad Premium Outlets
760-804-9045 / www.premiumoutlets.com
Victorian Country Christmas Nov. 16-18
Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more!
9am-4pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge
619-240-0098 / www.chulavistavcc.com
Del Mar Antique Show Nov. 16-18
One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+ exhibitors from all over the United States.
Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
727-423-0187 / www.calendarshows.com
Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Nov. 16-18
A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever.
6:30am-5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
800-996-3DAY / www.The3Day.org
Star of India Companion Sail Nov. 17-18
Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience!
Maritime Museum of San Diego
619-234-9153 x111 / www.sdmaritime.org
Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Nov. 18
450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local bands and Kidz Zone.
9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101
760-943-1950 / www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas
Mother Goose Parade Nov. 18
San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
619-333-0771 / www.mothergooseparade.org
San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza Nov. 21-25
A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
619-297-5277 / www.sdjazzfest.org
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk Nov. 22
Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joe’s Villages’ efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year!
7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
O’side Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants.
6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
760-434-5255 / www.osideturkeytrot.com
Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid’s Fun RunNov. 22
All proceeds benefit Santee Santa's, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate.
6-11am / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run Nov. 22
Let’s have another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while we raise funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.
7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
858-449-1101 / www.thankyourun.org
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K Nov. 22
All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall
Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s).
8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
760-468-0322 / www.fallbrookturkeytrot.com
SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive Nov. 22
Run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles).
8-10:30am / Rohr Park, Bonita
Coronado 5K Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Children’s.
8-11am / Tidelands Park
Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting Nov. 24
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. Meet Santa!
2-7pm / Pioneer Park
760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com