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 / 

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 / 

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 / 

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 

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 / 

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 

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 / 

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  

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 / 

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 / 

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  


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 / 

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 / 

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 

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 / 

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 / 

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 / 

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

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 

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 

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 / 

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 / 

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 


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