San Diego International Auto Show | Jan. 1-5
Over 400 vehicles from 30 plus global manufacturers. Be among the first in the U.S. to see dozens of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms. The wide selection of 2020 and 2021 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting-edge designs.
Time/Place: Thu-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / SD Convention Center
Contact: 858-550-0080 /

San Diego Brew Fest | Jan. 10
Another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Preble Field in Liberty Station

Poway Winter Festival | Jan. 10-11
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious smores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and more! Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.
Time/Place: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Poway Community Park
Contact: 858-668-4671 /

Gem Faire | Jan. 10-12
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.
Time/Place: Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 503-252-8300 /

Jurassic Quest | Jan. 10-12
Americas largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds.
Time/Place: Fri 3-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 936-588-3332 /

Human Trafficking Awareness Walk | Jan. 11
This event is free and open to all. Families and pets are welcome! We will have bottled water available and signs. Arrive at 12:30 to register and hear speakers. A $10 donation is requested but not required.
Time/Place: 12:30-3pm / Vista Library Community Room
Contact: 760-683-9427 /

San Diego Resolution Run | Jan. 11
Are you ready to keep your New Years resolution to exercise regularly? You can do it! This event can get you started right with a new regiment. It offers adult 5K & 15K run/walks; plus youth races and a stroller strut run.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Tecolote Shores North Park and Fiesta Island
Contact: 619-269-7047 /

Birch Aquariums Turtleversary | Jan. 11-12
We are celebrating our Loggerheads fifth anniversary at Birch Aquarium with a sea turtle-filled weekend of crafts, sea turtle science, and family-friendly activities. Included with admission.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Contact: 858-534-3474 /

Bridal Bazaar | Jan. 12
We partner with top wedding professionals to bring you the biggest and best collection of wedding products and services in San Diego.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / San Diego Convention Center
Contact: 858-576-0078 /

Cyclovia Encinitas | Jan. 12
Explore Downtown Encinitas on South Coast Highway 101 via bike, on foot or other means of self powered transportation, FREE of cars! It is a Spanish term that means Cycleway.  It is the closing of certain streets to automobiles for a temporary time, in order to allow cyclists, skaters and pedestrians access to local businesses on open streets.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / S. Coast Hwy 101
Contact: 760-633-2760 /

Borrego Springs Film Festival | Jan. 16-20
A young and popular So Cal juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino, and short films.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
Contact: 760-440-5338 /

Hillcrest Car Show | Jan. 18
Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Normal Street
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

Oddities & Curiosities Expo | Jan. 18
For lovers of the strange and unusual youll find what youre looking for at the Oddities & Curiosities Expo. Vendors from all over the country will be selling all things weird, plus sideshow entertainment and much more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade | Jan. 19
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.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
Contact: 619-264-0542 /

ECTLC Fun Run/Walk | Jan. 19
Join team ECTLC for an amazing experience while supporting our goals and raising awareness of our mission. Chip timed; finisher medals; top finisher awards. You dont want to miss this amazing event featuring a live DJ, pre-race warm-up & stretch, a professional announcer, and one-of-a-kind ECTLC event gear.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon | Jan. 19-20
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND takes place Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8am.
Time/Place: 7am-1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

San Diego Restaurant Week | Jan. 19-26
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. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show | Jan. 23-26
Well 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.
Time/Place: Thu-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm / 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego
Contact: 619-497-5254 /

Farmers Insurance Open | Jan. 23-26
The PGA TOURs Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.
Time/Place: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
Contact: 858-886-4653 /

Winter Home & Backyard Show | Jan. 24-26
Offering a wide range of exhibitors featuring the latest products and services for all of your home improvement needs, including home remodeling, decorating, outdoor living, landscaping and more. Discounts offered by exhibitors at the show.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 /

San Diego TET Festival 2020 | Jan. 24-26
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, a Vietnamese cultural festival will take place to showcase homeland traditions. Come and experience ancestral rituals and Vietnamese dance and music performances. You can also shop for merchandise, stop for lunch, and watch a firecracker show.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park
Contact: 858-215-4838 /

Pure Project 4th Anniversary Party | Jan. 25
Beer Garden & Food: Beer tents, food trucks, music, games and lounge areas. Rare Beers: We have been stockpiling beers all year long for this party. Cellar Beers: We will be pulling beers out of our cellar for purchase. Games: Throughout the day we will be having games such as corn hole, stein holding and more. Raffles & Prizes: As part of your admission you will receive a raffle ticket for prizes throughout the day.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / 9030 Kenamar Dr. #308, San Diego
Contact: 858-252-6143 /

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge | Jan. 25
One of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California (OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard, & Kayak) Come and mix with top-level professional athletes and beginners from ages 7-80.
Time/Place: 7:30am-3pm / Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Park

USATF 50km Race Walk Olympic Trials & Santee Sunset 5K | Jan. 25
The 5K course will be the same as the USATF 50km Race Walking course that professional athletes just competed on to qualify for the U. S. Olympic Race Walking team in the Tokyo 2020 games that morning.
Time/Place: 7:30am-7pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.
Contact: 619-258-4100 x263 /

CFAs San Diego Cat Show | Jan. 25-26
The nations finest cats will vie for top honors at The Super Bowl of Cat Competition, 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.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Star Walk XI | Jan. 26
Learn beginner astronomy concepts, about specific stars, constellations and simple astronomy facts and principles.
Time/Place: 5:30-7pm / Double Peak Park, San Marcos
Contact: 760-744-1050 /

Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout | Jan. 31
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5:00 PM, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $15 a car.
Time/Place: 5pm / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-668-4772 /

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The iBuyer Bottom Line

December 12, 2019

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ve likely seen a recent story or two about the increasing popularity of iBuyers. What’s an iBuyer? Career Compass defines one as, “a company that has significant venture capital investment to position itself to purchase (and subsequently sell) property directly from and to the consumer. These companies are strategically positioned to work with real estate agents, but greatly prefer to act as a direct middle-entity between the seller and the buyer.” 

iBuyers have been a more frequent topic of conversation this year, partially because of Zillow’s recent foray as an iBuyer into the San Diego real estate market. Earlier this fall, Zillow launched a new program in our region called “Zillow Offers”, which promises quick cash for home sellers. Zillow Offers already exists in 16 other markets – you can read about the specifics of the program in this article from The San Diego Union Tribune. However, Zillow isn’t the only player in the iBuyer game. Companies like Red Fin, and Open Door are just a few examples of other current iBuyers. 

While it might seem like an easy way to make quick money, many homeowners don’t realize what they’re giving away by working with an iBuyer. We created this side-by-side comparison which outlines the estimated costs of working with a real estate agent to sell your home, versus working with an iBuyer.

Whether you’ve owned your home for a couple of years or a couple of decades, there’s certainly plenty of blood, sweat and tears that come along with home ownership. You’ve made your mortgage payments on time and maybe you’ve even put in quite a bit of sweat equity in the form of improvements and upgrades. That brings me to the million-dollar question…

Do you really want the hard-earned equity that you’ve accumulated over the years given to an iBuyer?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new trend in the comments below! Remember, a real estate agent is still the best value when it comes to selling your home. 

Are you thinking of making a move in 2020? Please feel free to reach out to me at or 619.405.7673 to help get you started with the process. 


2019 Holiday Light Guide

December 10, 2019

2434 Cypress Drive | Nov. 29-Dec. 31 | 6-9:30pm | Weekends Only

Holidays at LEGOLAND California | Nov. 23-Jan. 5 |

Carlsbad Christmas House | 7607 Romeria Street | Dec. 8-31 | 5-10pm

6646 Elegant Tern Place | Dec. 5-25 | 5-10pm

3520 Corte Ramon | Dusk-10pm

Carmel Mountain Ranch
Holiday Magic | Dec. 15-Jan.1 | 5:30-10:30pm
Fairway Village: E & W sides of Stoney Gate Pl.

Chula Vista
Christmas Circle | Whitney St./Mankato | Dec. 7-26 | 5-10pm

Clairemont Christmas Park| Lana Drive & Jamar | Dec. 7-25

5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. | Dec. 9-27 | 6-10pm

5348 Channing St. Dec. 4-31 | Dusk-10pm

A Christmas Legend | Nov. 29-Dec. 31
Hotel del Coronado |

El Cajon
Jingle Bell Hill | Solomon Ave./Pegeen Place | Dec. 7-26
Mon-Th: 6-9pm, Fri-Sun: 6-10pm

Nightmare Before Christmas | 11456 Pegeen Pl.| Nov. 30-Jan. 4
Mon-Th: 6-9pm, Fri-Sun: 6-10pm

1838 El Pico Drive Off Hacienda Dr.| Nov. 25-Dec. 31 | Dusk-10pm

1552 Cajon Greens Place| Nov. 22-Jan. 2
Sun-Th: Dusk-10pm, Fri-Sat: Dusk-12am

Botanic Wonderland Holiday Nights in the Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden | Dec. 3-8, 10-15, 17-23, 26-30 | 5-8:30pm |

Northern Lights
California Center for the Arts | Dec. 7-31 | 5-10:30pm |

La Jolla-UTC
Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Diego Temple | 7474 Charmant Drive | Nov. 29-Jan. 1 | 5-11pm

La Mesa
6266 De Camp Dr. | Dec. 1- 25 | 5-9pm

Tinsel Town |10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. | Dec. 7-25 | 5:30-9pm

Mira Mesa
8866 Cassioepia Way| Dec. 10-31 | Dusk-10pm

11505 Elbert Ct.| Dec. 10-31 | Dusk-10pm

Mission Bay
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights| Dec. 14 | 6pm |

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration | Nov. 23-Jan. 5 |

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights | Dec. 14 | 7pm |

1615 Quiet Hills Dr. |

1562 Peacock Blvd. | Dec. 10-Jan. 5 | 5:30-10:30pm

Paradise Hills
2160 Reo Dr.  Nov. 28-Dec. 31 | 6-10pm

Point Loma
Garrison Street Lights | Garrison & Chatsworth | Dec. 1-31 | Dusk-10pm

The Griswolds | 12631 Stoutwood Street | Dec. 1-Jan. 1

5:30-10pm weekdays | 5:30-11pm weekends

Candy Cane Lane | Hickory Court, Hickory Street, Butterwood Court and Rockrose Court
Dec. 7-24 | 6-9pm

Happy Lights Ramona | 23542 Bassett Way. | Nov. 30-Jan. 1

Sun-Th: 5:30-10pm, Fri & Sat: 5:30-11pm

Rancho Peñasquitos
Christmas Card Lane | Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. | Dec. 7-31 | Dusk-10pm

San Diego Bay
Parade of Lights | Shelter Island to the Coronado Ferry Landing | Dec. 8 & 15 | 5pm

San Diego Downtown
The Forward House in Bankers Hill
108 Ivy St. (1st & Ivy) | Nov. 28-Dec. 31 | 5-10pm |

South Park’s Luminaria Season
30th and Fern St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech | Nov. 22-Jan. 8 |

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Dec. 13-23 | Dec. 25-Jan. 5 | 9am-8pm (until 5pm Dec. 24) |

San Marcos
1639 Knob Hill | Nov. 22-Dec. 30 | 5-9pm |

Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee | Tomel Court, off Magnolia | Dec. 1-31 | Dusk-10pm

9325 Pebble Beach Drive | Dec. 1-31 | Dusk-10pm

9435 Saint Andrews Drive | Nov. 30-Jan. 1 | Dusk-10pm

Scripps Ranch
Merry-tage Court | Stonebridge Parkway & Merritage Court | Dec. 1-31 | 5:30-9:30pm

10883 Sunset Ridge Dr. | Nov. 28-Dec. 31 | 5-11pm

Serra Mesa
2002 Ainsley Rd. | Dec. 1-31 | Dusk-9pm

Spring Valley
4037 N. Bonita Street | Dec. 10-Jan. 5 | Dusk-11pm

Enchanted Village | Dec. 13-15, 20-22 | 4:30-8pm |

5306 Belardo Drive | Nov. 30-Dec. 28 | 6-10pm |


San Diego Jazz Fest  and Swing Extravaganza | Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly. 
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center 
Contact: 619-297-5277 /

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off | Dec. 1
SoNo Fest is an all volunteer run, locally-focused street festival featuring a 40-restaurant chili cook-off; 24 craft beer, wine and spirits makers in a huge beer garden; 30 local handmade vendors, a food truck court, live music on three stages and a kids fest! All proceeds from this event, in its 10th year, benefit McKinley Elementary. 
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / 32nd and Thorn, North Park 

La Valencia Hotel Tree Lighting | Dec. 5
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla 
Contact: 855-476-6870 /

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House | Dec. 6
Festivities kick off with Santa Claus arrival by ferryboat at 3:20pm, followed by frosty fun on Snow Mountain until 7pm and carolers at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Other highlights include a popular Holiday Parade at 6pm and Merchants Open House 5-9pm down Orange Ave., a traditional Christmas tree lighting at 7pm and community band concert in Rotary Park. 
Contact: 619-435-9260 /

Alpine Parade of Lights & Snow Festival | Dec. 6
There will be a visit from Santa and lots of snow! Enjoy various vendors, food, music and fun for the entire family! 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Alpine Community Center 

Balboa Park December Nights | Dec. 6-7
Festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm. 
Time/Place: Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm / Balboa Park

US Beach Soccer National Championships | Dec. 6-8
All Pro-Am Beach Soccer events are open to everyone to be part of the growing sport. We want all players, teams, clubs to enjoy the beach and treasure the benefits of playing on the sand. 
Time/Place: Mission Beach: N Jetty Road 
Contact: 415-308-0603 /

Jingle Bell Run | Dec. 7
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 Americas #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. 
Time/Place: 6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park 

Red Nose Run | Dec. 7
A holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Your choice of a 3k or 5k run along the beautiful Del Mar beach. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded for best costume.  
Time/Place: 12:30-4pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Artisans Alley Craft Fair | Dec. 7
More than 160 vendors selling homemade crafts and unique holiday gifts. All proceeds from the fair support the Coronado Band & Choir in the elementary, middle and high schools. 
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Village Elementary School Coronado  

Winter Wonderland Festival | Dec. 7
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. 
Time/Place: 3-7pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

Fallbrook Christmas Parade | Dec. 7
A Storybook Christmas A special day in early December when Fallbrook residents and visitors alike come to enjoy this gift to the community from the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. 
Time/Place: 5pm / Main Avenue: Ammunition to Ivy 

Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Childrens Faire | Dec. 7
Gather the gang and enjoy FREE Pictures with Santa, fun holiday games, story time, FREE Snow Hill train rides, bounce houses, festive ornament making, and Elf Yourself station! Fair take place at Memorial Park from 1-5pm. Parade starts at 6pm. 
Time/Place: 1-8pm / Third Avenue Village

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village | Dec. 7
Enjoy the communitys festive dcor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and more! 
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Piazza della Famiglia

Encinitas Holiday Parade | Dec. 7
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on. 5pm tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard. 
Time/Place: 5-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101 

Vista Christmas Parade | Dec. 7
Time/Place: 1-3pm / Historic Downtown Vista Village 
Contact: 760-726-1122 /

OB Holiday Parade | Dec. 7
Point Loma Marching Band, VW Beetle Club and classic Woodies, motorcycles, floats, live music and more. Santa Claus, will be making his appearance. 
Time/Place: 5:05-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave 

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair | Dec. 7-8
Local and regional artists, designers, and makers. Guests enjoy a fun and festive opportunity to mix and mingle throughout the day, buy local, and shop small for the holidays while enjoying delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, live music, a photo booth, crafts for all ages, and more. 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier 

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival | Dec. 8
Youll see floats, marching bands, community groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, horses, and yes ~ a camel. Church bells peal with a fly-over. There is also a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony. 
Time/Place: 1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street 
Contact: 858-922-4046 /

Vista Winterfest | Dec. 8
Live Entertainment & Music, Tree Lighting, Holiday Movies, Roaming Mariachi, Ugly Sweater Contest, Downtown Merchant Storefront Decorations Contest, Homemade Tamales Contest, Holiday Gift Market, Santa, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts, Local Food & Beer!  
Time/Place: 2-7pm / 25 Main Street 

Santa at the Lakes   Dec. 8
Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more! 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve  
Contact: 619-596-3141 /

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival | Dec. 8
Vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus. After the parade festivities, make sure to stop by the North Park Christmas Tree Lot at The Observatory North Park parking lot. 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / University Avenue 
Contact: 619-294-2501 /

Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K | Dec. 8
All courses feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100-500. When hills are present, they are short but steep. 
Time/Place: 6-11am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido 
Contact: 720-835-9141 /

Santa by the Sea | Dec. 8
Free pictures with Santa, treats, games and entertainment, plus a holiday tree lighting! 
Time/Place: 3-5pm / LAuberge Amphitheater, Del Mar 
Contact: 858-735-3650 /

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights | Dec. 8 & 15
A time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. 
Time/Place: 5-7pm / San Diego Bay 

Rawhide Country Christmas | Dec. 12-15
Hay rides, Petting zoo, Photos with Santa, Christmas lights, BBQ dinner, Holiday snacks and refreshments, Rodeo riding and equestrian vaulting exhibitions, Carolers, Live bands, Smores, Christmas carols around a campfire, Arts and crafts fair, Country Christmas gift shop. 
Time/Place: 3-8pm / Rawhide Ranch, Bonsall 
Contact: 760-758-0083 /

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village | Dec. 13-14
Walk the streets of La Mesas historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids area with holiday movies and activities. 
Time/Place: 5-9pm / La Mesa Village 
Contact: 619-343-2460 /

Poway’s Christmas in the Park | Dec. 14
Christmas tree lighting at 5:15pm, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30pm. 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. 
Time/Place: 3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park

Santa’s Holiday Festival | Dec. 14
Take pictures with Santa and whisper your holiday wishes in his ear. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament. 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista 
Contact: 760-726-1340 /

Lions Tigers & Bears Holiday Open House | Dec. 14
Come watch the animals open their Christmas presents, spend the afternoon at the sanctuary with the man in red – Santa Claus – local food trucks, festive music, and lots of fun! 
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 24402 Martin Way, Alpine 
Contact: 619-659-8078 /

Old Town Las Posadas | Dec. 14
Fiesta de Reyes invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit with festive decorations throughout the park, entertainment, and holiday experiences for the whole family. 
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Old Town San Diego 

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights | Dec. 14
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. 
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Dec. 14
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade. 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Mission Bay 

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade & Expo | Dec. 15
Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and Holiday Pet Market. 
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Gaslamp Hilton Park: 401 K St.

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon | Dec. 21
A fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach. 
Time/Place: 5am-12pm / Hotel Karlan: 14455 Penasquitos Drive 

Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk | Dec. 26
Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features floats, bands and huge inflatable characters. 
Time/Place: 9:45am / San Diego Harbor Front

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade | Dec. 26
Americas Largest Balloon Parade! Marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade down San Diegos beautiful waterfront. 
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Waterfront Park


Old Town Dia de los Muertos | Nov. 1-3
This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with street food, vendors and activities on San Diego Avenue. Many Old Town restaurants will be providing special menus and live music, along with activities for the entire family.
Contact: 619-291-4903 /

SD Zoo Safari Park Da de los Muertos | Nov. 1-3
A happy celebration full of mariachi music, dancing and festive entertainment. Shopping, face painting, and, of course, plenty of amazing animals add to this family fun-filled event.
Contact: 619-231-1515 /

Escondido Da de los Muertos Festival | Nov. 1-4
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.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / California Center for the Arts

San Diego Beer Week | Nov. 1-10
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Events are held throughout SD County at participating breweries, bars and restaurants.
Contact: 858-581-7368 /

Escondido Tamale Festival | Nov. 2
Traditional, gourmet and vegetarian tamales. Craft brews and wine garden. Grand stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec and Latin dance performances. Hispanic heritage exhibits and low rider car show.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Grape Day Park

Bike the Coast | Nov. 2
Experience gorgeous riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25-mile routes on Highway 101. Food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
Time/Place: 8am / Oceanside Pier

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego | Nov. 3
Enjoy a festive and scenic 5k or 10k run along San Diego Bay and stay to celebrate with mariachi, dancers and comida deliciosa!
Time/Place: 6:45am-12pm / Embarcadero Park South

Fallback Festival | Nov. 3
Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides and enjoy live entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Contact: 619-233-4692 /

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire | Nov. 3
Over 800 vendors will sell everything from clothes and accessories to plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will feature more than 50 booths. The children’s area will entertain youngsters.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. & Jefferson St.

Fleet Week San Diego | Nov. 4-12
Honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events.
Contact: 619-858-1545 /

Coronado Island Film Festival | Nov. 8-11
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, special events and 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 Ride | Nov. 9
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Liberty Station

Celebrate East County | Nov. 9
Wine, beer and food tastings provided by local merchants. Music by: British Mania and Summer Love.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / 405 Ballad Street, El Cajon

UH Arts Open & Taste of University Heights | Nov. 10
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Buddhas Light Bookstore: 4538 Park Blvd.
Contact: 619-297-3166 /

Nason’s Doggy Draft | Nov. 10
We’re partnering with the San Diego Humane Society for a day filled with fuzzy faces, sloppy kisses and puppy touchdowns.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Nason’s Beer Hall: 570 J Street

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K | Nov. 10
Run, walk, skate, roll, elliptiGO with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right. The ONLY Run with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right and the San Diego Bay on your left, finishing with a California Beach Party!
Time/Place: 7-11:30pm / Sunset Park, Coronado
Contact: 858-268-1250 /

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival | Nov. 10-17
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.
Time/Place: Embarcadero Marina Park North

San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade | Nov. 11
See over 4,000 veterans, active military, bands, floats and civic groups celebrate Veteran’s Day.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Contact: 619-804-3200 /

Poway Veterans Day Ceremony | Nov. 11
Join VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veteran’s Park Committee for a ceremony to honor those who selflessly served our country.
Time/Place: 11am / Veterans Park

Padres Pedal the Cause | Nov. 13-17
One of the top 15 cause-related cycling events in the country, bringing together a community of over 3,500 passionate riders, walkers and spinners to help find cures for cancer. There is also a 5k Walk/Run, Spin Classes and a Kids Challenge.
Time/Place: 8am-12:30pm / Petco Park
Contact: 619-510-4955 /

Breast Cancer Cheering Station | Nov. 15
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Volunteers decorate the street with pink balloons and ribbons, and hand out water to each walker.
Time/Place: 7:30-8:45am / Camino Del Mar

Bikes & Beer San Diego | Nov. 16
Ride 15 or 30 miles through the city of San Diego with a large group and enjoy some of the best sights of the city! The event benefits BikeSD to improve cycling conditions in San Diego. The post-ride festival will feature live music, food trucks, outside games and free beer!
Time/Place: 9:30am / Societe Brewing: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival | Nov. 22-24
A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival. The festival offers diverse attractions including yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village and plenty of local flavors.
Time/Place: Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks
Contact: 619-340-1070 /

Mother Goose Parade | Nov. 24
The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
Contact: 619-333-0771 /

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair | Nov. 24
With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers. Enjoy music in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone and walk your furry friends into Dog Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets
Contact: 760-943-1950 /

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza | Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 /

Running of the Turkeys 10K Trail Run | Nov. 28
The course will take you through beautiful Penasquitos Canyon. NO official entry fee; we would truly appreciate a minimum $20 donation for our partner charity Operation Rebound, a branch of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Time/Place: 7:30-10am / Torrey Hills Neighborhood Park

Oside Turkey Trot | Nov. 28
10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants. Free digital photos, medals, shirts and timing to all registered participants. The event has raised over $321,500 for non-profits that serve Oside residents.
Time/Place: 6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
Contact: 760-434-5255 /

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K | Nov. 28
Benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. An added bonus to the event includes the participation of dogs, and each registered dog receives a bandana and dog treats along the course.
Time/Place: 7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot | Nov. 28
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community.
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Contact: 760-468-0322 /

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run | Nov. 28
Raises funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS. All participants will receive a tech t-shirt, finishers medal and one beer ticket for the beer garden (21+).
Time/Place: 7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
Contact: 858-449-1101 /

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot | Nov. 28
Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for our 5K to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Tidelands Park

Surfin Santa Arrival | Nov. 30
Visitors can pose for free pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Seaport Village
Contact: 619-530-0704 /

Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting | Nov. 30
The holiday season in Julian offers an opportunity to shop at small boutiques and craft shows, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts. Be in Pioneer Park By 5:30pm to be sure you do not miss the tree lighting.
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Julian Pioneer Park
Contact: 760-765-1857 /