VIRTUAL NATIONAL PARK TOURS
Did you know that you can tour 33 national parks from the comfort of your own home? Click here to discover which parks accommodate this virtual experience.

BROADWAY PLAYS AND MUSICALS
Enjoy 15 Broadway plays and musicals while sitting comfortably on your couch. Click here to learn more.

VISIT ITALIAN MUSEUMS
Watch in-depth 360-degree tours and videos of many of the most famous Italian museums. Click here to explore today.

STORY TIME IN SPACE
Watch astronauts read to kids from space! Astronauts on various missions read popular books while floating about. Click here for more information.

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM LIVE CAMS
Watch live as ocean animals explore their habitats. Click here to check it out.

SCIENCE KIDS
Providing experiments, games, quizzes, projects, videos and more! Click here to learn more.

DOODLE EVERY WEEKDAY WITH MO WILLEMS
Join children’s author Mo Willems on weekdays as he hosts a livestream doodle! Click here for more information.

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San Diego Bird Festival | Feb. 26-Mar. 1
We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the U.S. We hope you will join us for the celebration, and well give you plenty of opportunities to look up and see the birds of San Diego. 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. 
Time/Place: Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way 
Contact: 858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org

KuumbaFest | Feb. 28-Mar. 1
KuumbaFest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage. The three-day festival includes traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre Live at the Lyceum, a Gospel Concert, and guest speakers and artists. 
Time/Place: San Diego Repertory Theatre: 79 Horton Plaza 
Contact: 619-544-1000 / www.sdrep.org

TinyFest California | Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Tour tiny houses, van conversions, skoolies and more! Enjoy speakers, workshops, Simple Living Marketplace, food & music. 
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: https://www.tinyfest.events

San Diego Comic Fest | Mar. 5-8
Indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators in a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Our special theme will be a celebration of the centennials of the births of science-fiction and fantasy master Ray Bradbury and stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen! 
Time/Place: Four Points by Sheraton San Diego: 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego 
Contact: www.sdcomicfest.org

Spring Home/Garden Show | Mar. 6-8
Inspiring real Garden Masters landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales and face-to-face consultations with top experts – all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. 
Time/Place: Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: 858-350-3738 / www.springhomegardenshow.com

Swimbait Invasion Expo | Mar. 7
Shop from a variety of vendors including swimbaits, apparel, food, and more! 
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve 
Contact: 619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com

San Diego Undy Run/Walk | Mar. 7
Participants run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about the often tabooed disease of colon cancer. A unique, family-friendly run/walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Participants receive a pair of boxer shorts and are encouraged to run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about this often tabooed disease. 
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Mission Bay Park – De Anza Cove 
Contact: https://fundraise.ccalliance.

CRSSD Festival | Mar. 7-8
A two-day electronic music festival featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more. 
Time/Place: Sat 12pm-Sun 10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park 
Contact: www.crssdfest.com

Spring Busker Festival | Mar. 7-8
We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nations top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment. 
Time/Place: 12-6pm / Seaport Village 
Contact: 619-530-0704 / www.seaportvillage.com

Mariachi Festival | Mar. 8
Join us to enjoy the wonderful performances of great Mariachi groups and Folkloric Dance groups throughout the day. 
Time/Place: 11am-7pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista 
Contact: 619-477-9339 / www.mariachifest.com

San Diego Latino Film Festival   Mar. 12-22
An 11 day celebration of Latino Cinema, Arts & Culture. The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain as well as Opening Night and Closing Night Parties, the 5th Annual Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and free student screenings.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / AMC Fashion Valley 18  
Contact: 619-230-1938 / www.sdlatinofilm.com

St. Patricks Day Parade & Festival | Mar. 14
Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 120 entries. Following the parade, an event-filled Irish Festival features live entertainment on 3 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, a Celtic Food Village and other Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone. 
Time/Place: 9am-6pm, Parade 10:30am / Balboa Park 
Contact: www.stpatsparade.org

San Diego shamROCK | Mar. 14
Frolic through a clover field with your green beer or Irish whiskey libation as 6 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter get covered with over 50,000 square feet of luscious emerald green astroturf! Bust out your best jig with performances by traditional Irish steppers, or shake your clovers across 3 stages of non-stop live music including nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands, top DJs and more! 
Time/Place: 2pm-Midnight / Gaslamp Quarter 
Contact: 619-233-5008 / www.sandiegoshamrock.com

St. Patricks Day 10K Run | Mar. 14
St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk. Features: Awesome Medals to all Finishers, Domino’s Pizza and Beer at the finish, High quality tech shirt, 10K Awards to top 3 in each age division. 
Time/Place: 7:45am / Mission Bay Park 
Contact: 619-298-7400 / www.kathyloperevents.com

Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest | Mar. 14
Enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs, as well as unlimited beer and wine tastings provided by some of the best craft breweries and wineries from San Diego and Baja California! Well also have live music w/ Kimba Light and live art showcases all day! 
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Fashion Valley Mall 
Contact: 619-230-1938 / www.sdlatinofilm.com

Rocket Con | Mar. 20-22
You will find many unique vendors selling all kinds of geeky collectibles from statues to comics and games. You can also meet some spectacular artists within our Artist Alley, introduce yourself to some professional cosplayers, or better yet, take a picture with them! 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Scottish Rite Event Center, San Diego 
Contact: www.sdrocketcon.com

Rough N Cut Show | Mar. 21
Rough stone, yard rock, lapidary materials, equipment, minerals, crystals, gemstones and more! 
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Contact: 760-728-1130 / www.fgms.org

Best Coast Beer Fest | Mar. 21
Bringing together over 100 breweries from all across the Best Coast, the festival will allow nearly 5,000 beer lovers the opportunity to sippity, sip, sip on over 200 beers from 100 of the West Coasts best breweries. Every ticket sold goes to support Cuck Fancer and helps young adult cancer patients and survivors. 
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North 
Contact: https://bestcoastbeerfest.com

Bark in the Park | Mar. 21
Bring your family and dog for a day of fun to help raise funds for the Live Oak Dog Park! Dog walk, contest, booths and demonstrations. 
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Live Oak Dog Park, Fallbrook 
Contact: www.liveoakdogpark.org

The Julian Daffodil Show | Mar. 21-22
Visit Julian to marvel at Daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts. It will also feature Childrens Art – Water Colors of Daffodils. 
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Julian Town Hall 
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com

Carlsbad 5000 | Mar. 21-22
The event features multiple age-group races throughout the morning leading up to the legendary pro womens and mens races. The Party by the Sea gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line with participants 21 and older celebrating in the Pizza Port beer garden with two complimentary craft brews and runners of all ages rocking out to live music on the streets of the Carlsbad Village. 
Contact: https://carlsbad5000.com

San Diego Cake Show | Mar. 21-22
Themed Red Carpet Cakes, this is a weekend with celebrity chef appearances, raffles, cake competitions, classes by world-renowned cake artists, shopping from the top caking vendors, and free stage demos. Features a cake design competition open to everyone, a variety of decorating classes for all skill levels, skills & decorating demonstrations, plus raffles and vendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and supplies. 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: 858-333-6905 / www.sandiegocakeshow.com

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race | Mar. 22
Each Hot Chocolate 15/5K race features both a 15K (9.3 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! It benefits Make-A-Wish, a national charity that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The best goodie bags in running, free instantaneous race photos and scrumptious post-race treats are just three reasons youll want to sign up. 
Time/Place: 6:45am / Petco Park, Park Boulevard 
Contact: www.hotchocolate15k.com

Community Service Fair | Mar. 25
Encourage students to develop skills, make contacts, and allow them to improve the quality of their community. 
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Fallbrook High School 
Contact: https://fallbrookhs.fuhsd.net

Veterans Appreciation Golf Tournament | Mar. 27
It will be an amazing day of fun with 18 holes, boxed lunch provided, business networking and a dinner during the awards ceremony.  
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Carlton Oaks Golf Club, Santee 
Contact: 619-449-1515 / www.santeechamber.com

Race for Autism | Mar. 28
Featuring a SUPERHERO 5K chip timed run, 5K walk or 1-mile Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, childrens activities, music, commemorative medals, and t-shirts, capes for kids, prizes, refreshments and more! Costumes and strollers welcome! Help NFAR (National Foundation for Autism Research) continue to change lives. 
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Balboa Park 
Contact: 858-679-8800 / www.raceforautism.org

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington | Mar. 28
A tribute to Fallbrooks own, Frank Capra! A idealistic man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. He soon finds out about political corruption. Come learn about Fallbrook History and support the Fallbrook Historical Society. 
Time/Place: 2pm & 6pm / Fallbrook Mission Theater: 231 N Main Ave. 
Contact: 760-253-8904 / www.fallbrookmissiontheater.com

San Diego Awesome 80s Run 5K & 10K | Mar. 29
All finishers receive a Totally Awesome 80s Finishers Medal & a Circa 1980s Style T-shirt. Wacky costumes, neon shorts and leggings, wild colorful hairstyles, big glasses, headbands and scrunchies, stylish leotards, and many other ridiculous costumes will be worn on race day.  
Time/Place: 7:15-11am / Embarcadero Park South
Contact: www.awesome80srun.com/san-diego

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San Diego Black Film Festival | Jan. 29-Feb. 2
We screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos. As the first and largest black film festival of the year, numerous other festival reps scout new films from us for their event. 
Time/Place: Theatre Box: 701 Fifth Ave, San Diego 
Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com 

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby | Feb. 1
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Freshly stocked with rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony. 
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Lake Poway 
Contact: 858-668-4772 / www.poway.org 

Museum Month | Feb. 1-29
The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums throughout the month of February. Receive a San Diego Museum Month pass when you book a stay in February at one of Hilton’s 40 participating locations throughout San Diego County. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 libraries in San Diego County. 
Time/Place: locations in the San Diego area. 
Contact: 619-276-0101 / www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org 

Brewbies Beer Festival | Feb. 8
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! 
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside 
Contact: www.brewbies.org 

Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk | Feb. 8
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 parks many programs, including science education for underprivileged children. 
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30am / Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma 
Contact: 619-222-4747 / www.cnmf.org 

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego | Feb. 8
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! 10K, Half, 5K, Mermaid Dash (Ages 9-12) and Mermaid Dash (Ages 6-8). 
Time/Place: 7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay 
Contact: www.mermaidseries.com 

Chinese New Year Fair | Feb. 8-9
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! We will also be featuring a very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days, so dont miss out! 
Time/Place: San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum: 404 3rd Ave 
Contact: 619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org 

2020 Cardiff Kook Run | Feb. 9
The course starts under the world famous Encinitas sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. 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. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costume participants who best display the spirit of the annual Cardiff Kook. 
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas  
Contact: www.cardiffkookrun.com 

San Diego Theatre Week | Feb. 13-23
More than 30 San Diego performing arts organizations have come together to collaborate on and promote the fourth annual San Diego Theatre Week, a celebration of performing arts that will serve to promote the vast array of performing arts in the city. Most theatres will be performing during the special week, but even organizations without events that week will have special offers whether for present or future performances.
Contact: 858-381-5595 / www.sandiegotheatreweek.com 

5K Paw Walk in the Garden | Feb. 15
San Diego Botanic Garden is partnering with Rancho Coastal Humane Society once again for our 8th Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Both organizations benefit from this great event. Dogs and their human friends follow a scenic route through the 37 acre garden. There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies. 
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas 
Contact: 760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org 

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience | Feb. 15-16
Filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.  Neon City and Glow Gallery: See LEGO art shine under black-light and add your custom creations to the mix! Brick Fest Speedway: Build, race and win! Watch your custom-built LEGO derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-tracks! 
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds  

Contact: www.brickfestlive.com 

Californias American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival | Feb. 20-22
The CAIIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country. The festival offers an event that promises not only exclusive viewings, but includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening. 
Time/Place: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino 
Contact: 760-750-3535 / www.caiiff.com 

San Diego Mardi Gras Celebration | Feb. 21-22 & 25
Indulge in an evening of Mardi Gras festivities including DJ, live music, themed parties, decadent drink specials, extended Happy Hour and more perks! Dress Festive in Mardi Gras colors (purple, gold and green). Put on your comfy dancing shoes! 
Time/Place: 6pm-2am / Gaslamp Quarter 
Contact: 619-944-8900 / www.gaslampmardigras.com 

San Diego Beer Chase | Feb. 22
A one-day six-person running relay of approximately 50 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distance to sunny SoCal to celebrate the amazing craft beers of San Diego County! Teams will start in San Marcos and meet the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad to enjoy beautiful oceanfront running through the coastal towns of Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Bay to finish in San Diego. Run with your friends and enjoy some sun & sand, while sampling San Diego’s best breweries! 
Time/Place: Mason Ale Works, San Marcos 
Contact: www.cascaderelays.com/beer-chases/san-diego-beer-chase 

Hillcrest Mardi Gras | Feb. 25
Hillcrest will be tossing out the beads, and doubloons while the food and drinks are flowing throughout the entire neighborhood in true New Orleans Mardi Gras style! Your ticket allows you exclusive access to hop on/off any party bus and enjoy no cover, and priority admission to the neighborhood’s best bars, clubs, and venues where you will enjoy exclusive drink specials, beads, offers, samples and more!  
Time/Place: 7-11pm / University Ave & Third Ave, San Diego 
Contact: 619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com 

San Diego Bird Festival | Feb. 26-Mar. 1
Were celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States. We hope you will join us for the celebration, and well give you plenty of opportunities to look up and see the birds of San Diego. 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. 
Time/Place: Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way 
Contact: 858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org 

KuumbaFest | Feb. 28-Mar. 1
KuumbaFest is San Diegos longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage. The three-day festival that includes traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre Live at the Lyceum, a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists. 
Time/Place: San Diego Repertory Theatre: 79 Horton Plaza 
Contact: 619-544-1000 / www.sdrep.org 

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival | Feb. 29
Thats right, FOOD. You dont pay for food at MVCBF. As 2020 will be our 10th Anniversary we wanted to do something special. So we joined forces with San Diego Bacon Fest to celebrate bacon and all things craft. 
Time/Place: 1:20-5pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: www.mvcbf.com
 

Sycamore Canyon Trail Races | Feb. 29
The Sycamore Canyon Trail Races are run on a loop course in the beautiful Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve just east of San Diego. Registration Requirements: 100k Solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race. 
Time/Place: 4:30-10:30pm / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Lakeside 
Contact: http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/sycamore 

Chula Vista Champions Celebration | Feb. 29
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. 
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 
Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov 

East County Honors Annual Dinner | Feb. 29
East County Honors has become the premiere awards celebration in East County, honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizing the tremendous and lasting impact theyve made on our community. 
Time/Place: 6-9:30pm / Barona Resort & Casino, Lakeside 
Contact: 619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org 

Wine, Chocolate and a Good Book | Feb. 29
Enjoy the sunset at a beautiful home on the beach in Oceanside while you sip wine, sample chocolate, mingle with friends, and meet Hudu Al-Marashi, author of First Comes Marriage. In addition to the sipping and sampling, there will also be the opportunity to bid in a variety of silent auction items including two vacation trip. 
Time/Place: 4-6:40pm / Location with ticket purchase 
Contact: 760-435-5564 / http://wcgb2020.eventbrite.com 

TinyFest California | Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Tour tiny houses, van conversions, skoolies and more! Enjoy speakers, workshops, Simple Living Marketplace, food and live music. 
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sim 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: https://www.tinyfest.events

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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 / www.sdautoshow.com

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
Contact: www.sandiegobeerfest.com

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 / www.poway.org

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 / www.gemfaire.com

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 / www.jurassicquest.com

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 / www.soroptimistvista.org

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 / www.sandyfeetevents.com

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 / https://aquarium.ucsd.edu

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 / www.bridalbazaar.com

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 / https://encinitasca.gov

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 / www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org

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 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com

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
Contact: www.odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com

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 / www.alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.html

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
Contact: http://ectlc5k.greatfeats.com

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 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

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.
Contact: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

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 / www.bigbayboatshow.com

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 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

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 / www.delmarshows.com

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 / www.sdtet.com

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 / www.purebrewing.org

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
Contact: www.paddleguru.com

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 / http://cityofsanteeca.gov

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
Contact: www.sandiegocat.org

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 / www.san-marcos.net

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 / www.poway.org

Photo Credit: www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

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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, iBuyer.com 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 homes@livininsd.com or 619.405.7673 to help get you started with the process. 

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