Sundance Film Festival | Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Despite the challenges this year has brought, nothing could stop us from celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and you, our adventurous audiences. So, for the first time ever, we are bringing the festival to you-both online and in the real world across the US and beyond.

Goteborg Film Festival | Jan. 29-Feb. 8
The largest film festival in the Nordic countries. Each year the festival’s program group travels around the world to track down choice films to bring back to Goteborg. During the eleven-day festival, there will still be a great banquet serving audiences nearly 50 films with premiere screenings every night.

Art Festival Beth-El Virtual Show | Jan. 30-Feb. 7
An invitational, judged, indoor and outdoor exhibit and sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry.

Hoggetowne Medieval Festival | Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 6-7
Guests can safely shop the medieval marketplace, watch performances and demonstrations, play along in the interactive quest, and engage with characters during live shows.

SCAD aTVfest | Feb. 4-6
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual TV festival is going entirely virtual for its next edition, with screenings, panels, awards, and more. SCAD aTVfest is the longest running of the SCADFILM festivals and an international event celebrating the latest in design, creativity, and innovation in tv and media.

Mountainfilm Documentary Film Festival | Feb. 4-7
Spruce Peak Arts in Stowe, VT will host a virtual screening of Mountainfilm on Tour with an inspiring program of films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire a better world.

ArtFest Fort Myers | Feb. 6-7
Our virtual show will run alongside our regular show. You can now also shop from our artists from our website from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re a new or experienced art lover, you’ll find something wonderful to add to your personal collection.

Pop Up Video Virtual Film Festival | Feb. 7
A virtual short film fest hosted in Columbus, GA. PUVFF aims to support, highlight, and celebrate filmmakers from the local to the international short film scene. We cater to the budding filmmaker. These talented folks deserve a platform to tell their stories and a connection to our indigenous local and regional film industry community.

Orchestra Week | Feb. 7-13
Luther College Music Department Online Orchestra. We will feature a series of videos on our YouTube channel to highlight the string opportunities available at Luther College in Iowa.

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival | Feb. 10-15
The Festival features festival films, panels, and our signature event THE MARATHON. All films will be in high quality HD. The Marathon runs for 24 straight hours. Think of it as the original binge view. It’s been happening for 46 years. It starts at noon on Sunday Feb 14 and ends 24 hours later.

Aspen Music Festival and School | Feb. 11-12, 18 & 25
One of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students.

Tet in Seattle | Feb. 12-14
Inviting the community to a celebration of the lunar new year with lion dances, firecrackers, martial arts, dance and visual arts.

Slamdance Film Festival | Feb. 12-25
Slamdance will screen 25 features and 107 shorts and episodics in a hybrid event. All films, Q&As, and panels will be available online, while drive-in screenings will be held in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles. It will also launch a new program, Unstoppable, a showcase for creators with disabilities.

Beyond the Science Bazaar | Feb. 13
Our theme this year is “Discovery and Exploration”. Be prepared to listen, watch, build, draw, experiment, share, laugh and think. Meet our staff and students and learn new things – enjoying ‘science’ in the widest possible sense. This FREE event will be packed with exciting activities offering something for everyone.

Pan African Film Festival | Feb. 14-28
It is PAFFs goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Light of Day Canada 12 Virtual Festival | Feb. 19-20
2-day virtual festival that will feature great music, Parkinson’s and Cancer awareness, celebrity shout-outs and more! Light of Day Canada is committed to raising money through various events to distribute to Parkinson’s organization that support Parkinson’s research and care for Parkinson’s victims and families.

Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Festival | Feb. 19-28
Watch 45+ films about climbing, snow sports, the environment, mountain culture and adventure, and more! Join us to be inspired, entertained and connect virtually with our outdoor community.

FIVARS | Feb. 19-Mar. 2
Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories. Showcases an expertly curated selection of immersive experiences from around the world, featuring many North American and World premieres. If you love movies, short films, animation, documentaries, culture, theatre, and the arts, or the strange and esoteric, you can now experience them in 4k resolution via your desktop web browser.

Iyengar Yoga Festival Miami | Feb. 20-21
Join our community for a virtual Iyengar Yoga experience. Eleven Teachers over two days. An amazing opportunity to connect and practice from the comfort of your home.

Riverside Dickens Festival | Feb. 20-21
We are going virtual this year! Celebrating the life and works of author Charles Dickens and his impact on society, our Dickens Fest is the brainchild of a small group of people who wanted to promote the cultural arts.

Soul Long Beach Yoga Festival | Feb. 20-21
Join us for a magical day exploring different types of yoga, calming meditation, Holistic healing, spoken word, spiritual music and so much more! This experience is for the beginning practitioner to the seasoned yogi.

LASP Virtual Guitar Festival and Competition | Feb. 20 & 27
The Latino Arts Strings Program is delighted to invite classical guitarists of all ages and enthusiasts of classical guitar music to the 8th Annual Latino Arts Strings Program (LASP) Guitar Festival and Youth Competition. Latino Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to bringing cultural awareness, artistic educational experiences, and high-quality programming to the Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin community, featuring Hispanic artists from throughout the world.

Big Feb Fest | Feb. 21
A day-long virtual concert with a lineup of 26 bands from the United States, Chile, South Africa, and Norway on the Big Leap Collective Twitch channel, featuring very special guests Nelward, Paria, and Foxtails Brigade.

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival | Feb. 25-27
Music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend artist and educational workshops, perform and receive feedback from world-class artist educators, and view phenomenal concerts featuring live performances of present jazz stars and archival footage of past greats including Hamp himself.

Boolarra Folk Festival | Feb. 27
The format for the 2021 festival will stream live with selected musicians who have performed over the last 18 years, hosted by a special and well-known presenter. We look forward to using innovative ways to promote the market stall holders and community groups that have made been a major part of previous festivals.

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival | Feb. 27-28
LAAF assembles some of the best performers in a cappella for educational classes, networking, scholastic competition, a professional showcase, and the live presentation of the A Cappella Video Awards. It brings together top industry professionals, scholastic a cappella groups, and fans in a unique celebration of the vocal arts.

Bowers Museum Virtual Chinese New Year Festival | Feb. 28
Featuring performers, artmaking, and food recipes! Celebrate the year of the Ox with music, art, and dance. Live streamed on Facebook.



  • Wide mouth glass vase: I use 6″ x 6″ cylinders as I like to put multiple bulbs into a single container. I enjoy using glass as I find it fascinating to watch the roots grow, but as long as it holds water, you can pretty much use anything.
  • Any of the following, according to your preference: pea gravel, sea glass, glass gemstones, marbles, or even something that you already have on hand. You can find these items in The Dollar Store, 99 Cents Only Store, craft stores or garden centers.
  • Paperwhite bulbs: I used 7 bulbs in each cylinder vase, for a total of 14 bulbs. I purchased them prepackaged for the first time this year, but I don’t think I’ll do this again as the bulbs were all different sizes and one of them was dried out. Usually, I purchase them from a bulk bin so I can pick bulbs of similar size, check for firmness and confirm that they haven’t been damaged. I’ve purchased them in the past at Walter Anderson’s, Grounded: Modern Furniture and Gifts, Mission Hills Nursery and Armstrong Nurseries. They’re approximately $1.50-$1.75 per bulb.
  • Water
  • Vodka or gin: No, we’re not having cocktails! I got my bottle of vodka on sale at Von’s and will be able to use this bottle for years as we don’t drink vodka. You can’t use beer or wine as the plants don’t like sugar – they only like the hard stuff.
  • Scissors or paring knife
  • Festive ribbon: This one is optional, but I think ribbon always looks pretty wrapped around the vase! I decided to keep it simple this year, so no ribbon.


Clean your glass vessel. Mine always get a little dusty sitting on the shelf. Once your vessel is clean, place clean pea gravel inside of it. There’s really no wrong way to do this. I fill my containers to just slightly over halfway to give the bulbs plenty of room to spread their roots, but I’ve also seen people put just a few rocks in the bottom. 

Next, carefully scrape the old roots off the bottom of the bulbs with the edge of a knife or scissors. I did this over the garbage disposal so that I could just shred the stuff later. Scraping the bottom is a new trick I learned this year from one of the staff at Grounded in Encinitas. I tested it on one of the bulbs and it had roots starting the very next day! I was shocked. It would have taken up to a week the way I used to do it. In the past, I’ve even had bulbs that haven’t sprouted at all.

Before scraping the roots

After scraping the roots

Now, fill the container with water until it just covers the pebbles and place the root side (rounded side) down on top of the rocks. I stuff them tightly into the vase and make sure all of the bottoms touch the water. The spout protruding from the top of the bulb will eventually straighten as it starts to grow.

In approximately one week, carefully dump the water from the container and begin watering the bulbs with a mixture of one-part vodka or gin to seven-parts water. Again, just water to where it covers the pebbles. (I would NOT feed the vodka mixture to your other houseplants.) The vodka is to stop the paperwhites from becoming lanky. Instead of a height of 30 inches where they’ll flop over, the vodka will help them stop at a height of around 16 inches. I learned this awesome tip from the Grumpy Gardner (Steve Bender) of Southern Living Magazine. Side note: Steve Bender is hilarious when it comes to all things gardening! I love reading his articles. Google him if you are looking for a giggle (and who doesn’t need a good giggle these days?)

In four to six weeks, you’ll have an amazing show of the most intoxicating scented blossoms! I’ve been told the bulbs won’t rebloom once they’ve been forced. I’ve never questioned this wisdom; thus, I have never tried planting them after they’ve been forced. My garden just isn’t large enough to experiment so instead they go into the green bin after they’re done blooming. Then I wash the rocks and place them in a sealed container so I don’t have to wash them again next year!



Botanic Wonderland at Botanical Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Enjoy a dazzling evening in nature with Holiday Nights in the Garden throughout December. Highlights include lighted animal displays, laser lighting and fire pits. Open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-6, 9-13. 16-23 and 26-30. Reservations required and ticket prices range from $7 to $18.  

Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience | 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley
The Noah Homes’ Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience puts guests in the driver’s seat for holiday cheer. Experience interactive displays and a drive-through lighted tunnel featuring over 100,00 lights. You can even get your picture taken (from a safe distance) with St. Nick. $65 per car. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18-23.

Holidays at Legoland California Resort | One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad
Marvel at a 30-foot Christmas tree made out of Legos, and decorated in hundreds of Lego ornaments, which will come to life each evening during a Holiday Light Show synced to music. Snap photos in front of a life-size model of Lego Santa, build Lego reindeer and holiday ornaments, and participate in socially-distanced meet and greets with characters like Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man. Tickets are required and must be purchased online. Happening Nov. 20-29; Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-31; Jan. 1-10, 2021.

Holidays In Your Car in Del Mar | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Head to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a large-scale, drive-through holiday light experience. The family-friendly show features more than one million LED lights, as well as holograms and projection mapping animated to holiday music. Tickets are only available to buy online for $45 (car with up to four people) or $64 (cars with five or more people) with a 45-minute time slot between 5 and 9 p.m.

Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park | 100 Park Boulevard, East Village
Peruse a one-way, socially-distanced trail at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square and enjoy local and European-themed artisan shops, lighting displays, seasonal characters, food and drinks and unique gifts at the Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park. Dec. 3- 6 and Dec. 9-23.

Northern Lights in Escondido | 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido
California Center for the Arts, Escondido invites guests to a self-guided tour of its outdoor venue decked out in lights, blow-up figurines and large LED Christmas trees. The non-ticketed public event is free. Open through Jan. 3, 2021.

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town
A safe way to see some of San Diego’s seasonal sights? The Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour takes guests on a tour of festive lights throughout Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and more, while conductors share fun holiday facts and traditions. Dec. 3-24 and Dec. 26-30.


Bankers Hill
The holidays are lit at the Forward House in Bankers Hill, where homeowner John Olbrich has been decorating his home and de-lighting the neighborhood since 1998. Lights are displayed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through New Year’s. Located at First and Ivy in Bankers Hill.

Jamar Drive, Jamar Court, Lana Lane and Lana Drive have decorated for the holiday season. This semi-circular route off Mt Abernathy Drive behind Madison High School is consistently rated as one of the best Christmas displays in San Diego County.

El Cajon
“Jingle Bell Hill,” also known as “Pepper Drive Lights,” is El Cajon’s own winter wonderland. West entrance is at Pepper and Rockview drives and east entrance is at Pepper and Lindenwood drives.

Take the Riverford exit on Highway 67 to “Tinsel Town,” where more than 20 homes on Paseo Palmas Drive participate. Cross streets are Palm Row and Paseo Palmas.

Mission Hills
Santa’s elves have placed a special mailbox where kids can drop off their Christmas wish lists and have them sent to the North Pole. Bring letters to 2163 Guy Street between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Christmas. Families can also see lights and take pictures with elves.

Hickory Street turns into “Candy Cane Lane” for the holidays. Most lights stay up until Christmas, and some continue to shine until New Year’s Day.

Rancho Penasquitos
“Christmas Card Lane” on Oviedo Street is a beloved North County spot. More than 200 houses participate in the festivities.

“Starlight Circle” is located at East and West Glendon Circle.

Since 2006, Randy and Brandon Schimka have hosted a holiday lights display (synchronized to music on FM 106.1) at their home at 5306 Belardo Dr. in Tierrasanta. Lights will display from Nov. 28 through Dec. 27.


Family Christmas Tree Farm | 300 Pepper Drive, El Cajon
This ten-acre, family-owned farm in El Cajon offers an array of native California Monterey Pine trees. In addition to the u-chop experience, there’s an abundance of pre-cut tree varieties (Douglas, Grand, Noble & Nordman Fir) as well as potted trees and wreaths to choose from.

Highland Valley Christmas Tree Farm | 18425 Highland Valley Road, Ramona
Tree cutting and wine from Principe di Tricase Winery in Ramona! Families can stroll through the groves to find the prettiest tree to cut and take home. In addition to cutting your tree, they offer shaking, drilling and netting for free. 10% off for military families, firefighters and senior citizens.

Mountain Valley Ranch | 842 Highway 78, Ramona 92065
Mountain Valley Ranch is a great spot for families, as there are usually several animals on-site for the kids to pet (including goats and horses). Though they aren’t u-pick, they carry a variety of trees including Noble Firs, Douglas Fir, and Grand Firs.

Mr. Jingle’s Christmas Trees | 6710 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla
Mr. Jingle’s is a second-generation family-owned business that provides a fun one-stop shop for all things Christmas: along with five different tree types, they also carry fresh garland, wreaths, and other decorations.

Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery |2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook
Pop in to this gorgeous botanical garden in Fallbrook and make an afternoon out of picking your perfect pine. Their charming gift shop also has some unique holiday gifts.

Pine Tree Acres | 620 Haverford Road, Ramona
Pine Tree Acres is a full-service Christmas tree farm that’s been in business for more than 25 years in the Ramona area. Choose from a variety of Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir and Nordman trees to take home this Christmas season; or cut your very own Monterey Pine for a fun family activity.

Pinery Christmas Trees | Various Locations
Pinery Trees is the largest independent retailer of Christmas rrees in Southern California. You can either bring the family to one of their San Diego locations, or order online and let them deliver directly to your home. Pinery has six locations in San Diego: Bonita, Del Mar, Mission Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Murrieta, and Vista.



Boston New Music Festival | Oct. 29-Nov. 15
Over two weeks, Boston’s leading new music ensembles present the finest in new music with coordinated virtual concerts.

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival | Oct. 31-Nov. 8
Film programs, guest speakers, and author events begin on October 31 and unique content will be released daily throughout the festival.

Texas Book Festival | Oct. 31-Nov. 15
Two full weeks of free virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers, and children! The 2020 Texas Teen Book Festival will also take place during the two-week virtual festival, featuring conversations with acclaimed Young Adult authors aimed at teenage readers.

Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle | Nov. 1
The festival continues to preserve the celebration for new generations to explore and understand its meaning in depth. The celebration is full of color, sounds, scents of incense, and marigold flowers.
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival | Nov. 5-15
Movie fans and film industry professionals alike gather every November for this amazing five-day event that showcases around 100 American and International films deemed to be the best in their genre. Guests may attend seminars, visit with celebrity guests and attend other special events.

LA Tequila Fest | Nov. 6 
Help turn 2020 around one shot at a time, join for a night of premium tequila tasting, entertainment, giveaways, celebrity guests, and more all from the comfort of your home!

Moab Folk Festival | Nov. 6-7
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, Jonathan Byrd and Dromedary, Sloan Wainwright, Kenny White, David Olney, Ferron, Harry Manx, Peter Mulvey, Cheryl Wheeler, Ellis, John Fullbright, Mark Erelli, Penny & Sparrow, Hubby Jenkins, and May Erlewine.

NOLA Film Festival | Nov. 6-22
Showcasing 160+ films virtually on our streaming channel + open-air screenings of a selection of films from the program on two outdoor screens at the Lafitte Greenway between November 6-16.

International Indian Cultural Festival | Nov. 7
The goal of the IICF 2020 is to preserve and foster the Indian Culture in an international setting. There will be music, songs, dance, kids activities and networking.

Tyron Beer Festival | Nov. 7
Zoom into Tryon, North Carolina for the 9th annual Beer Fest! Ticket price includes a mixed 12-pack of beer, merch and access to online entertainment.

Northwest Chocolate Festival | Nov. 7-8
During the virtual festival week we will be hosting programming from cooking demos, to chocolate tastings, as well has holiday gift ideas and exclusive interviews and workshops.

International Virtual Tea Festival | Nov. 7-8
A virtual tea experience including exclusive vendor content, vendor rooms where you can chat with vendors live, virtual tastings of their teas, showing how to prepare, how to use certain equipment, talking about where their teas come from. Depending on the ticket option you choose, you may also be able to taste samples of their teas along with their presentations!

Gainesville Downtown Festival/Art Show | Nov. 7-8
A virtual celebration of art, music, and entertainment. Visitors can marvel at works from over 40 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating drawings, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography.

Maine Jewish Film Festival | Nov. 7-22
The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience.

Future Festival | Nov. 10-12
Join 7,000 of the worlds brightest insight leaders, from Starbucks & Samsung, to Google & NASA, whove relied on Future Festival to step back, think big, and spot opportunity with fresh, data-driven insight from the #1 trend firm.

Petaluma Holiday Art Fest | Nov. 13
Artists and vintage sellers work all year to present some of the best Christmas shopping of the season at this Vintage and Christmas Art Show. Shop for gifts, decorations, or that perfect art piece to add to your collection.

Southern Utah Yoga Fest | Nov. 13-14
Two full days of yoga, meditation, sound healing, lectures, music and delicious food. Over 15 different teachers and more than 20 different classes and workshops to choose from.

Babypalooza Baby Registry Expo | Nov. 13-14
Visit one-on-one with exhibitors through live feeds. Learn about products to add to your baby registry direct from the brand reps. Attend health workshops with local experts. Play baby bingo and more in the Virtual Baby Shower room.

Women in Tech Festival | Nov. 13-14
Silicon Valley Forum’s annual Women in Tech Festival celebrates women in STEM, business, and leadership who work to inspire, engage, and empower other women.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival | Nov. 13-21
The longest-running women’s film festival in North America honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it. Showcases documentary, narrative, shorts, and animated films that are thought-provoking, enriching, and encourage both global awareness and personal growth.

Snake River Storytelling Virtual Conference and Concert | Nov.14
Enjoy five incredible workshops from nationally acclaimed storytellers. Later that evening, sit back and listen to these incredible storytellers from the comfort of your own home.

Spokane Fall Folk Festival | Nov. 14-Dec. 30
Pre-recorded performances of entertainers selected from this years applicants streamed on our website and Facebook page. In keeping with our tradition of having vendors at our festivals, this years Virtual Festival will have a Festival Market Place where you can shop for unique and very special items.

Colorado Bridal Show | Nov. 15
Plan, shop, talk to local vendors, register for prize giveaways. Plan your wedding in one day!

Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees | Nov. 19-30
Share in the magic as we virtually display a wonderland of holiday splendor, featuring lavishly decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and inspirational decor that are available to bid on and purchase online. The Festival of Trees wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Santa Claus.

Applewood Virtual Art Festival | Nov. 20-21
Colorado Applewood artisans come to you virtually in the comfort and safety of your home. Shop at your leisure, connect with the artisans, and enjoy some holiday music.

ART on the Square Virtual Holiday Show | Nov. 21
Discover unique and original gifts for everyone on your list. Visit and chat with artists in their virtual booths. You can also shop and buy directly from each artist’s website for a stress-free holiday shopping experience.

San Francisco Int’l Hip Hop Dancefest | Nov. 21
The world premiere of a commissioned work by curated dance artists from around the globe. Live performances by local artists. All-time favorite past SFIHHDF performances. Appearances by special guests. Online auction.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair | Nov. 21-22
North Americas largest toy & game fair open to the public with experiential and immersive events, interactive exhibits and activities for all ages! Expand your brains, have fun, discover and experience new toys and games!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade | Nov. 26
This year the celebration will shift to a television only special presentation, showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, street performers, clowns and heralding the arrival of Santa Claus.

Turkey Trails Virtual Race | Nov. 26
A Thanksgiving themed run that is perfect for the whole family. The fun includes great swag (designer shirt, custom medal), online results with a great running community.