Did You Know?

March 15, 2019

Did you know that closing a home sale around the time property taxes are due could mean that your escrow company is going to take the taxes out of your proceeds, even if you have an impound account with your mortgage holder?

Yes, you read that correctly! An escrow/title company is required to confirm that property taxes are paid prior to closing in order to transfer clear title to the buyer.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I would sure like to avoid paying my property taxes twice and then have to wait for my refund from the County Tax Assessor. From what I’ve heard, this can be a pretty lengthy process!

In order to avoid this waiting game, you should call your mortgage holder and find out when they plan to pay the property taxes. If it’s close to the closing date on your property, you can request that the property tax payment be held in the impound account so your taxes don’t get paid twice. Although it will vary depending upon the mortgage holder, you should only have to wait for 14-30 days to receive your refund from the impound accounts. It’s important to pay close attention to the dates on this, as you certainly don’t want your taxes paid late – that’s a hefty 10% penalty!

If your closing date is near the deadline for a late payment, it’s better to have taxes paid from the impound accounts and have escrow withhold the amount due for property taxes. Once they receive confirmation from the tax assessor that the property taxes have been paid, they’ll send you a check refunding the amount.

Now, if you’re purchasing another property and need every dime of proceeds from the sale, you may want to consider closing after the late payment date. This can help prevent issues with a hold back or a duplicated payment of property taxes through escrow. Another option that’s available is to pay any property taxes that are due in advance of putting your home on the market.

Below are the key dates that will help you determine what works best for your situation: 

November 1 – First Installment Due
Covers the tax period from July 1 to December 31.

December 10 – First Installment Becomes Delinquent at 5pm
A 10% penalty will be added to taxes due. If December 10 falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5pm on the next business day.

February 1 – Second Installment Due
Covers the tax period from January 1 to June 30.

April 10 – Second Installment Becomes Delinquent at 5pm
A 10% penalty will be added to taxes due. If April 10 falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5pm on the next business day.


The Flower Fields | March 1 – May 12
One of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world!
Time / Place: 9am – 6pm / 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad

34th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show | March 1 – March 3
Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home Garden show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes.
Time / Place: 10am – 6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

2019 San Diego Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday | March 1 – March 5
Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter at the 2019 San Diego Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday.
Time / Place: 6pm – 2am / American Junkie, 628 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Meze Hummus Competition | March 1
Do you love Mezé hummus? We gave you a chance to share and vote on your favorite flavors. Now it’s time for you to help us choose it!
Time / Place: 6 – 9pm / Meze Greek Fusion, 345 6th Avenue, San Diego

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering | March 2 – March 10
The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a nine-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids.
Time / Place: 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K | March 2
Please join us for the 9th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King.
Time / Place: 6:30 – 11am / Balboa Park, 6th Avenue & Olive Street, San Diego

San Diego Undy Run/Walk | March 2
During the San Diego Undy Run/Walk, participants run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about the often-taboo disease of colon cancer.
Time / Place: 7am – 12pm / 2750 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon | March 3
Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.
Time / Place: 6:30am – 12pm / Downtown El Cajon, Main Street & Magnolia Avenue

San Diego Comic Fest | March 7 – March 10
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.
Time / Place: 9am – 11pm / Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego
Contact: https://www.sdcomicfest.org/

SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival | March 9 – April 28
Foodies and craft beer aficionados will love SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.
Time / Place: SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego

The Irish Rovers | March 9
The Irish Rovers have been selling out worldwide and are thrilled to be returning to Balboa Theatre – by popular demand!
Time / Place: 7:30pm / Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego

San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K | March 10
The San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K is a race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities!
Time / Place: 6:30am – 11pm / PETCO Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

The Green Zone at the 7th Annual Mariachi Festival | March 10
The National City Chamber of Commerce and The Unified Port of San Diego are hosting the 7th annual international mariachi festival & competition.
Time / Place: 11am – 7pm / Bayside Park, 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista

San Diego Latino Film Festival | March 14 – March 24
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this 11-day experience of Latino films.
Time / Place: AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road, San Diego

2019 IRISH 4 A DAY | March 15 – March 17
Presented by the organizers of the sold out San Diego Zombie Crawl and the top 20 nightclubs and bars along the famous 5th Avenue, Irish for a day is truly an one-of-a-kind celebration and unlike any other “pub crawls”!
Time / Place: Gaslamp Event Management, 835 5th Avenue, San Diego

Hell Fire Fat Tire | March 16
Hell Fire Fat Tire is a challenging mountain bike race featuring varied terrain, elevation and panoramic views aboard our marine corps base camp Pendleton.
Time / Place: 6:30am – 12pm / Camp Pendleton, 20250 Vandegrift Boulevard, Oceanside

St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run | March 16
Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk.
Time / Place: 7:45am / Mission Bay Park, 2688 E Mission Bay Drive, San Diego

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | March 16
Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi! Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.
Time / Place: 9am – 6pm / Sixth Avenue & Laurel Street, San Diego

36th Annual San Diego Cake Show | March 16 – March 17
Come see San Diego’s best cake decorators compete in the largest event of its kind in California.
Time / Place: 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest | March 16
Celebrate Latino flavors and culture with us! We invite you to the 4th Annual Sabor Latino Food, Beer and Wine Fest to enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs.
Time / Place: 1 – 5:00pm / Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, San Diego

Julian Daffodil Show | March 23 – March 24
Come celebrate spring with the Flower of Hope at Julian, which is just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains.
Time / Place: 10am – 4pm / Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main Street, Julian

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race | March 24
Each hot chocolate 15/5K race features both a 15K (9.3 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance & all runners are encouraged to join!
Time / Place: 6:45am / PETCO Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

Kia Classic | March 25 – March 31
Entering its tenth year, the 2019 Kia Classic will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad.
Time / Place: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad

East Village Opening Day Block Party | March 28 – March 29
East Village is ready to hit the ball out of the park with this free, family-friendly, two-day block party on J street.
Time / Place: East Village, Sixth Avenue & J Street, San Diego

2019 San Diego Tour de Cure | March 31
The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes.
Time / Place: 6am – 1pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Photo Credit: stpatsparade.org, sdhalfmarathon.com and sandiegomagazine.com


San Diego Black Film Festival | Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen more than one hundred films each year in categories including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, LGBT, horror, religious, foreign/African diaspora, shorts, features and music.
Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com

SDSU Writers Conference | Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Whether your goal is direct feedback from a top-tier agent or editor or you’re simply hoping to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers Conference is for you.
Time/Place: DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley
Contact: https://ces.sdsu.edu

Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout | Feb. 1 
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 24th Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5pm, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm. 
Time/Place: 5 – 7pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road 
Contact: 858-668-4772 / www.poway.org

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby | Feb. 2 
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 1pm. 
Time/Place: 6am – 12pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road 
Contact: 858-668-4772 / www.poway.org

Susan G. Komen Pink in the Rink | Feb. 2 
The San Diego Gulls will be offering fun and exciting things throughout the evening, including a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind Pink in the Rink Game Jerseys! 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Komen San Diego!
Time/Place: 7pm / Valley View Casino Center 
Contact: 858-573-2760 x105 / http://komensandiego.org

Burn Run 5K | Feb. 2 
Join the Burn Institute in promoting Burn Awareness Week and raising funds to support burn prevention education and burn survivor support programs. We love pets but please leave them at home as they are not permitted at this event. 
Time/Place: 7:15am / De Anza Cove Park, Mission Bay 
Contact: 858-541-2277 / www.burninstitute.org

Senior Health & Wellness Expo | Feb. 2 
Embracing retirement – before and after 65! This event will feature expert speakers, government agencies, health care providers, housing providers, senior service providers, refreshments, gift bags, an opportunity drawing and more! 
Time/Place: 10am – 2pm / Encinitas Senior Community Park 
Contact: 760-753-6041 / www.encinitaschamber.com

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld | Feb. 2 – 18 
Enjoy a riveting Chinese acrobat show, watch lion dancers perform and take in all of the wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule / SeaWorld San Diego 
Contact: 619-222-4732 / www.seaworld.com/san-diego

Cardiff Kook Run | Feb. 3 
The Cardiff Kook Run offers a 5K, 10K and costume contest. The course starts under the world-famous Encinitas sign on historic HWY 101. 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. 
Time/Place: 7am – 12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas 
Contact: www.cardiffkookrun.com

San Diego Improv Festival | Feb. 7 – 10 
The festival will offer professional workshops and performances from a selection of hand-picked improv teams from cities around the country. 
Time/Place: Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego 
Contact: www.sdimprovfestival.com

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival | Feb. 7 – 17 
The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films. 
Time/Place: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla 
Contact: 858-362-1348 / www.sdcjc.org/sdjff

Kuumba Fest | Feb. 8 – 10 
Black 2 Excellence Kuumba (Swahili for creativity) Fest brings together community leaders, local performers and celebrities. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego’s Kuumba Fest showcases arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events / Lyceum Theater: 79 Horton Plaza
Contact: www.kuumbafest.com

San Diego Tet Festival | Feb. 8 – 10
Join us in welcoming the Year of the Pig! This event will feature the Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant, lion dancing, beer garden, carnival rides, dancing contests, games, non-stop entertainment, food vendors and more! 
Time/Place: Mira Mesa Community Park 
Contact: 858-215-4838 / www.sdtet.com

Escondido Chocolate Festival | Feb. 9 
Stroll through Downtown Escondido’s various restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue.
Time/Place: 1 – 5pm / Historic Downtown Escondido 
Contact: 760-877-8582 / www.downtownescondido.com

Brewbies Beer Festival | Feb. 9 
Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and 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 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

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego | Feb. 9 
Mermaid returns to Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. The course features beautiful 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! 
Time/Place: 7 – 11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay 
Contact: www.mermaidseries.com

Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk | Feb. 9 
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 – 9am / Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma 
Contact: 619-222-4747 / www.cnmf.org

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Run | Feb. 10 
Each 10K, 5K and 1-mile participant receives a high-quality t-shirt, finisher’s medal, continental breakfast and access to the beer garden. Hand-carved tikis will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category, men and women. 
Time/Place: 6:30 – 11am / Tidelands Park 
Contact: www.valentinesday10k.com

Sweethearts Ball | Feb. 15 
Sweethearts young and old are invited to attend an evening of dancing and light hors d’oeuvres. Photo backdrops will be available so don’t forget to bring your camera! 
Time/Place: 6 – 8pm / Encinitas Community Center 
Contact: 760-633-2740 / www.encinitaschamber.com

5K Paw Walk in the Garden | Feb. 16 
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and San Diego Botanic Garden join paws to raise funds to support people, plants and animals. 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

Chula Vista Champions Celebration | Feb. 16 
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. You can submit an individual or a team, class or other group.
Time/Place: 11am – 1pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 
Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov

Chinese New Year Fair | Feb. 16-17 
We will have traditional and cultural entertainment, lions dances, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances and so much more!
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm / Downtown SD: Third Avenue and J Street 
Contact: 619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org

American Red Cross Blood Drive | Feb. 21 
Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. 
Time/Place: 9am – 3pm / 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 
Contact: 760-744-9000 / http://www.san-marcos.net

ConDor 2019 | Feb. 22 – 24 
Through the Looking Glass: Alternate Realities ConDor is San Diego’s long-running Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. Enjoy panel discussions, classes, workshops, art shows, vendor halls, karaoke, dance and much more!
Time/Place: Handlery Hotel: 950 Hotel Circle North 
Contact: www.condorcon.org

Silver Bay Kennel Dog Show | Feb. 22 – 24 
AKC all-breed dog shows, conformation, obedience, rally and agility trials. AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing (Saturday 1pm) and AKC Trick Dog Title (Saturday, following CGC Testing). Dog Show Tour at 10am. Meet 50 AKC breeds (Seaside Pavilion) from 10am – 2pm. Over 50 doggie boutiques selling pet supplies and gifts. 
Time/Place: Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: www.silverbaykc.com

Sycamore Canyon Trail Races | Feb. 23
Registration Requirements: 100k solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race. The 100k course is approximately 102KM and the 50k Course is approximately 51KM. More for your money!
Time/Place: 4:30 – 10:30pm / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve
Contact: http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/sycamore

Black History Month | Feb. 23
The Church of the Loving God (COLG) Choir, Errrrverybodi Line Dancers, Storyteller: Alyce Smith Cooper, Junkyard Dog Dance Crew, Christian Rapper: Charles Egypt, T.R.U.T.H. Gospel Mime Group, African drummer Nana Yaw Asiedu, Spoken Word with Gregory McKnight Jr., Poet Tomas Gayton. Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Richard Lawrence, Local Author of Light, Bright, Damn Near White and civil rights activist. Music provided by DJ Leon Ferguson. There will be vendors with raffle items and soul food.
Time/Place: 1 – 5pm / Logan Heights Library: 567 South 28th Street, San Diego
Contact: 619-533-3968 / www.sandiego.gov

San Diego Camp Fair | Feb. 23 
Want to find a summer camp but don’t know where to start? Be sure to bring your family and friends as you go booth-to-booth meeting camp directors, asking questions, gathering promotional materials and learning about programs. We’ll have games, food and prizes, too, plus lots of activities for the kids and the opportunity to win a free camp session from participating camps. 
Time/Place: 12 – 3pm / Casa Del Prado-Room 101, Balboa Park
Contact: www.lasummercamps.com

East County Honors Annual Awards Gala | Feb. 23 
Honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizing the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community. East County Honors also serves as a fundraiser, raising money to fund community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year. 
Time/Place: 6 – 9:30pm / Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon 
Contact: 619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org

San Diego Bird Festival | Feb. 27-Mar. 3 
We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States. 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: See website for schedule / Marina Village Conference Center 
Contact: 858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org

Photo Credit: sdcny.org, sportsroadtrips.blogspot.com, rchumanesociety.org


“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters daydreaming,
the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” – Gaston Bachelard

In the past three installments of our Home Buying 101 Series, we’ve covered the preparation process, house hunting and (most recently), offer writing and negotiating. Congratulations on making it this far! It’s now time to explore the opening of escrow…

Offer Accepted
Bravo! Your offer has been accepted and escrow has opened. Now what?

At this point, the financing should be in place with a stipulation that the home and appraisal are acceptable to the lender. It’s important that there are no changes to the buyer’s financial situation at this point (now is not the time to buy a new car!)

The buyer’s agent will send the lender the executed contract to begin the loan process. A good lender will look over the contract and take note of anything that may cause a red flag in the lending process.

The buyer will send their deposit to escrow within the negotiated timeframe – generally within three days of acceptance. This is also when the buyer will pay for the home appraisal, which determines the home’s value based on similar properties recently sold within a one-mile radius. This is used as protection for both the lender and buyer to ensure that the purchase price does not exceed the appraised value. If the negotiated price is higher than the appraised value, the buyer and seller can renegotiate the price. If the seller is unwilling to come down to the appraised value, the buyer can elect to pay the difference or walk away from the purchase.

A buyer has 17 days to complete the appraisal and 21 days to receive full loan approval, according to the California Association of Realtor’s Residential Purchase Agreement (CAR RPA). The only time this differs is if the buyer and seller have negotiated a different timeframe.

Due Diligence
The buyer must also schedule a physical inspection of the house. In my opinion, these are the most important dollars spent on a home purchase – so don’t be a penny pincher here! It’s better to spend a few hundred dollars on a comprehensive inspection than it is to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fix issues later on.

As an agent, I always recommend hiring a CREIA or ASHI certified home inspector. A quality home inspector will provide an estimation on the age of the hot water heater, HVAC system, roof and more. In addition, the inspector will alert the buyer if further inspections are needed.

If there is a Homeowners Association, this is when escrow will order the HOA documents. These will include financials, budgets, rules and regulations, covenants, conditions and restrictions and 12 months of HOA board meeting minutes. It’s extremely important for a buyer to read through all of these documents to ensure there isn’t anything unsuitable to their lifestyle.

Now that you’ve dipped your toe into the escrow pool, get ready for the last two pieces of this series! The two-part conclusion on disclosures will hit the blog early next month. In the meantime, remember that it’s never too early to seek the advice of a real estate professional and lender. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 619.405.7673 or homes@livininsd.com.


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station | Through Jan. 6
Don your cold-weather gear and go for a glide at this outdoor ice rink! Net proceeds from this event benefit the Thriving After Cancer program in the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.
Time/Place: 10am – 10pm / 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma
Contact: www.libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/rady-childrens-ice-rink

La Jolla Polar Bear Plunge | Jan. 1
Join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club at their annual Polar Bear Plunge and chili potluck. You don’t have to swim or get wet, but if you do, you get to say you did. Wear warm clothes and bring chili, soup, or another warm food to share. Cider and coffee will be provided.
Time/Place: 10am / La Jolla Shores
Contact: www.lajollacoveswimclub.com

New Year’s Day Brunch | Jan. 1
Gather friends and family and keep the party going aboard a luxury yacht for a mouth-watering New Year’s Day brunch cruise! This two-hour cruise includes unlimited mimosas, complimentary coffee and tea and a gourmet buffet with vegetarian options.
Time/Place: 11am – 1pm / 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Contact: www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/new-years-day-brunch

Rose Parade Tour | Jan. 1
Enjoy the excitement of New Year’s morning in the tradition and pageantry of magnificent floral floats.
Time/Place: 4am – 3pm / Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company, 1050 Kettner Boulevard
Contact: https://www.fivestartours.com/rose-parade-tours.html

Illuminating Rhythms, an Art Exhibition | Jan. 2 – 26
The San Diego Watercolor Society presents “Illuminating Rhythms,” an art exhibition juried by award-winning artist Thomas Schaller.
Time/Place: 10am – 4pm / San Diego Watercolor Society – 2825 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Contact: https://www.sdws.org/

Cos-Losseum Cosplay Con (C3) | Jan. 5
We focus on the art and passion for Cosplay through this smaller, more personable and affordable show. We also provide activities, guests and all aspects one would look for in a convention of this style.
Time/Place: Times Vary / Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego
Contact: www.cos-losseumcon.com

ArchaeoCon 2019 | Jan. 5
Join fellow archeology enthusiasts for a day of small group workshops, an ancient games tournament, a Q&A session with experts and an activity fair packed with hands-on experiences, demonstrations, presentations and more.
Time/Place: 10am – 4pm / Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Contact: www.archaeological.org/news/annualmeeting/30574

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event | Jan. 5 – 6
Connect with your kids and have off-the-charts fun at the #1 Minecraft event in the USA. You can plunge into the Minecraft Mixed Reality Experience, join parent-child build challenges, win a Minecraft costume contest, witness non-stop mega-stage shows and more!
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm
Contact: www.sandiegomagazine.com/calendar/index.php/name/Minefaire-Official-Minecraft-Community-Event/event/48568/requiressl/true

Quicksilver Baroque: “Off the Beaten Track” | Jan. 6
The San Diego Early Music Society and ECHO Chamber Music Series are thrilled to co-present QuickSilver Baroque. Returning to San Diego after a brilliant debut three years ago, Quicksilver lives up to its name.
Time/Place: 3pm – 5pm / Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre – 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, Rancho San Diego
Contact: http://www.sdems.org/quicksilver-baroque.html

“Abducting Reality” Exhibition | Jan. 6 – March 24
See new feature works from San Diego artist Alexander Arshansky. These intricate paintings bring the conceptual into physical form while questioning absoluteness and corporeality. The opening reception is on Sunday, January 6 from 6 – 9pm and is free to attend. RSVP required.
Time/Place: Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp
Contact: www.sparksgallery.com

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss | Jan. 10
Comedian and podcaster Shane Mauss presents Stand Up Science. Local scientific experts, stand-up comedians and other special guests join Shane to bring you a show equal parts “aha!” and “haha!”
Time/Place: 8pm – 9:15pm / The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: http://www.shanemauss.com/club-dates-1/2019/1/10/san-diego-ca

Somi | Jan. 10
See a performance by jazz vocalist, songwriter and activist Somi. Her newest album, Petite Afrique – a daring, relevant refashioning of what “jazz” and “African music” mean – is inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem.
Time/Place: 8 – 10pm / The Loft at UC San Diego
Contact: www.artpower.ucsd.edu/event/somi

New Discoveries in the American Paleolithic | Jan. 10 – 12
The Anza Borrego Foundation, California State Parks and sponsors announce New Discoveries in the American Paleolithic: The Pre-16,000BP Archaeological Record.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, 590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs
Contact: https://theabf.org/

Springboard West Music Festival | Jan. 10 – 12
For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music. A two-day Band Bootcamp featuring 40 bands and 10 solo artists who were selected from over 3,000 submissions will include workshops, panels and pitch sessions with veterans and music industry professionals. The event culminates on Saturday with the wildly popular Band & Brew Crawl.
Time/Place: 10am / Ocean Beach Playhouse
Contact: www.springboardwest.com

soundON Festival of Modern Music | Jan. 10 – 13
This four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music brings together an international roster of composers and performers. The series includes concerts, performances, workshops, lectures and art curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler.
Time/Place: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla
Contact: 858-454-5872 / www.ljathenaeum.org/sound-on

Poway Winter Festival | Jan. 11 – 12
Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, you’ll get to experience the magic of winter like never before at this festival!
Time/Place: Friday 5 – 9pm and Saturday 3:30 – 8:30pm / Poway Community Park
Contact: 858-668-4671 / www.poway.org

Gem Faire | Jan. 11 – 13
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.
Time/Place: Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com

Wood X: A Furniture Show | Jan. 11 – Feb. 1
View beautiful household furnishings built by some of the very best furniture makers in Southern California. A variety of wood mediums will be exhibited throughout the month. The opening reception is on Saturday, January 12 from 5:30 – 8pm.
Time/Place: 11am – 5pm / Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue, Escondido
Contact: www.escondidoarts.org/cal/wood-x-furniture-show

San Diego Brew Fest | Jan. 12
Taste unlimited samples from 70 breweries featuring 150 different beers while you enjoy live music and food from San Diego’s most popular food trucks. 21+ only.
Time/Place: 1 – 4pm (General Admission), 12 – 4pm (VIP) / Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station
Contact: www.sandiegobeerfest.com

SD Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon | Jan. 13
Get ready to shed a few of those holiday pounds and lighten the impact you leave on the earth at this inspirational waterfront event that benefits Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, an eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier food system in Southern California.
Time/Place: 7:15 – 10:30am / Tecolote Shores South Park, Mission Bay
Contact: www.sandiegoresolutionrun.com

Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo | Jan. 16
A FREE opportunity to discover more about what Fallbrook has to offer! Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prizes and more.
Time/Place: 3 – 7pm / Pala Mesa Resort
Contact: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Borrego Springs Film Festival | Jan. 17 – 21
A young and popular Southern California-juried film festival with categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino and short films. Enjoy a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
Contact: 760-440-5338 / www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org

Kids Marathon Mile | Jan. 19
A one-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Participants can run, walk, skip, stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller as they wind through the park to make their way to an exciting, spectator-filled finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and more!
Time/Place: 6:30 – 10am / LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

City Heights Health Fair | Jan. 19
M.E.M.O. at UCSD is holding their annual Health Fair, a free event that is open to the public and includes representation from a variety of local health providers and mobile clinics. The organization’s goal is to engage and educate lower-income families in San Diego so that they can work with local providers of health-related services to help them build happier and healthier lives.
Time/Place: 8:30am – 12:30pm / Copley-Price Family YMCA
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-city-heights-health-fair-memo-ucsd-tickets-49061333770

Travel & Adventure Show | Jan. 19 – 20
Discover the leading destinations, meet local travel experts and celebrity personalities and learn about exclusive travel deals. You can also get a taste of faraway cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.
Time/Place: Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm / San Diego Convention Center
Contact: 203-878-2577 / www.travelshows.com

Monster Jam | Jan. 19 – 26
Monster Jam® is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tours!
Time/Place: 7 – 10pm / Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/san-diego-ca/jan-19-2019-jan-19-2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade | Jan. 20
The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal high school bands, church groups and youth organizations.
Time/Place: 2 – 5pm / Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
Contact: 619-264-0542 / www.alpha-zsl.org

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon | Jan. 20
This course includes 26 fully-staffed support stations, continuous entertainment and volunteer support. Each participant will receive a gender-specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and more.
Time/Place: 7am – 1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

San Diego Restaurant Week | Jan. 20 – 27
Dine deliciously at your choice of more than 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour through the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. For one week only, over 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.
Contact: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Jan. 21  
This event will feature an outdoor cultural arts and craft marketplace as well as performances featuring Danza Azteca, West African Dance, Afro-Cuban Percussion and Dance, Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hip Hop and more!
Time/Place: 12 – 8pm / WorldBeat Center, San Diego
Contact: 619-230-1190 / www.worldbeatcenter.org

A Barrio Cocktail Party | Jan. 21
Come together with friends and neighbors for a night of community and local fare. There will be chocolate-inspired treats from Chef Lety McKenziey and pastry talent Rochelle Noelani, seasonal cocktails by mixologist Cesar Sandoval, Latin and Jazz music spun by radio host DJ Chris from 88.3-KSDS and more. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a San Diego non-profit for youth. 21+ only.
Time/Place: 6 – 9pm / One Bunk, 2628 National Avenue, Barrio Logan
Contact: www.tasteventuretours.com/events/a-night-of-chocolate-inspired-dishes-seasonal-cocktails-latin-jazz-art

Fee Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument | January 21 – Ongoing
The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of their second century by visiting Cabrillo National Monument for a fee free voyage.
Time/Place: Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Contact: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show | Jan. 24 – 27
The Boat Show will feature new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.
Time/Place: Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive
Contact: 619-497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com

Farmers Insurance Open| Jan. 24 – 27
Enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, world-class competition and fan attractions that include The Michelob ULTRA Zone, autograph areas, a variety of locally-themed concession stands!
Time/Place: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
Contact: 858-886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

Winter Home Decorating/Remodeling Show | Jan. 25 – 27
Interact with hundreds of exhibitors who can assist with home improvement needs ranging from landscaping to remodeling and more! For 44 years, Home Show USA has been bringing buyers and sellers together in a neutral setting by producing a one-stop shopping center for home and commercial improvements.
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 / https://hstrial-showsusa.homestead.com/

Global Game Jam | Jan. 25 – 27
Create games with the San Diego game development community and become part of the largest game jam in the world. No formal game development experience is needed. Computer workstations and software will be provided.
Time/Place: 5pm Friday – 9pm Sunday, The Art Institute of California, Mission Valley
Contact: www.globalgamejam.org/2019/jam-sites/san-diego-global-game-jam-art-institute-california

Joel McHale | Jan. 25 – 26
Joel McHale is one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry. McHale recently wrapped his twelfth and final season of E!’s The Soup in which he satirized pop culture and current events.
Time/Place: 7:30 – 11pm / The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: https://americancomedyco.com/

Save Your Scraps | Jan. 26
Join I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the City of Chula Vista for an organics workshop. Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly and composting your scraps. Join us for a fun informational session with a free make-and-take project, an eco-friendly kids craft corner and raffle prizes too!
Time/Place: 10am – 12pm / Montevalle Community Center, Chula Vista
Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo & USATF National 50 km Racewalk Championships | Jan. 26
Watch athletes compete in an extreme obstacle course, firefighter challenge and BMX trick shows. There will also be a vendor fair and free breakfast while supplies last.
Time/Place: 7:30am – 2:30pm / Santee Trolley Square
Contact: 619-258-4100 x219 / www.santeeactiveexpo.com

San Diego Cat Show | Jan. 26 – 27
The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at 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: Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 760-746-7800 / www.sandiegocat.org

Lung Force Walk | Jan. 27
Join us as we walk to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. LUNG FORCE Walks are a time to laugh, learn and imagine a world free of lung disease. Our walks promote fitness and help forge lasting connections between participants.
Time/Place: 7:30am / NTC Park, Liberty Station
Contact: http://action.lung.org/SD

San Diego Black Film Festival | Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen more than one hundred films each year in categories including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, LGBT, horror, religious, foreign/African diaspora, shorts, features and music.
Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com

SDSU Writers Conference | Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Whether your goal is direct feedback from a top-tier agent or editor or you’re simply hoping to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers Conference is for you.
Time/Place: DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley
Contact: https://ces.sdsu.edu