San Diego International Auto Show Dec. 29-Jan. 2
Will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more!
Thur & Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / San Diego Convention Center
Toss for Tots Campaign Jan. 1
A fun and important way to help Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Simply pledge a donation for each San Diego Chargers’ touchdown during the regular season. You get some terrific benefits, but the kids in our community are the real winners, as 100% of your donation benefits the Brooke Humphries Fund at Rady Children’s.
(858) 966-8597 / www.radyfoundation.org
Poway Winter Festival Jan. 13-14
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.
Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive
(858) 668-4671 / www.poway.org
Tailgaters Chili Cook-Off Weekend Jan. 13-14
Bring your crockpot with your best chili for a chance to win a prize. Bring a can of beer to participate in Beer Bingo. Show your team spirit, decorate your site with your favorite football team colors for a chance to win a prize.
Pala Casino RV Resort: 11042 Calif. Highway 76
(844) 472-5278 / www.palacasino.com
Winter Festival for the Special Needs Community Jan. 14
Experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! We’re inviting our Special Needs Community to join us for an extra-special edition of Winter Festival. Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down our snow hill, trying your luck at wintry carnival games, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, there is bound to be something for everyone!
11am-1pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive
(858) 668-4671 / www.poway.org
Western Surfing Association Championship Tour Jan. 14-15
This is a surfing competition to qualify competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Event & any World Team Event.
6:30am-5:30pm / South Harbor Jetty, Oceanside
(949) 369-6677 / www.surfwsa.org
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Jan. 15
This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.
2pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
(619) 203-2014 / http://alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade
Carlsbad Marathon & Half Jan. 15
Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and much more.
6:15am / Shoppes at Carlsbad
(760) 692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com
San Diego Restaurant Week Jan. 15-22
8 days and over 180 restaurants. Presented by The California Restaurant Association San Diego County Chapter.
The All Peoples Celebration Jan. 16
This annual community program is the preeminent event in San Diego County where more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, community organizers, artists, and students come together for an inspiring program and common goal of honoring the work and the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10-11:30am / Balboa Park Activity Center: 2145 Park Blvd.
(619) 269-1823 / www.alliancesd.org/apc2017
Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo Jan. 18
A great opportunity to discover and learn about all that our community has to offer! Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prize opportunities and Aquaterra same-day dining discount.
4:30-7:30pm / Pala Mesa Resort: 2001 Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
Taste of EastLake Jan. 20
Fantastic food and drink from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, silent and live excitement, and live entertainment. Many of Chula Vista’s local leaders, business owners and educators. Will support much needed funding and celebrate 22 years of the foundation providing vital technology programs to our local public EastLake schools. Since 1995, the EEF has granted more than 1.9 million dollars to the schools.
6-9pm / The Venue: 871 Showroom Place #104, Chula Vista
(619) 997-6470 / www.eefkids.org
SDSU Writers’ Conference Jan. 20-22
Each year, more than 300 attendees from all over the world pursue their literary dreams and get direct feedback on their writing in 1:1 appointments with editors and agents. The three-day SDSU conference was among the first to pioneer these 1:1 appointments, giving writers unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences.
Fri 1-9pm, Sat 8:30am-7pm, Sun 9am-12pm / San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
(619) 594-2099 / www.ces.sdsu.edu/writers
San Diego Sunroad Boat Show Jan. 26-29
In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, FREE boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay.
Thur & Fri 12-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm / Sunroad Resort Marina: 955 Harbor Island
(619) 497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com
Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 26-29
Seven-time champion Tiger Woods and other top players on the PGA Tour compete in this annual golf tournament while also raising money for local at-risk youth and military families.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
(858) 886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com
National City Chamber Installation Dinner Jan. 27
Inaugural Celebration of the 107th Board of Directors and Presentation of the Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Leader Award, Green Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.
5-9pm / Jacobs Center: 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego
(619) 477-9339 / www.nationalcitychamber.org
San Diego Tet Festival Jan. 27-29
A one of a kind bonanza with Free Entertainment, Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Home to Miss Vietnam, Golden Voice, and the Step Up Dance Competition, the San Diego Tet Festival is world renown for its epic celebration. Join us in welcoming the Year of the Rooster as we Spring To New Horizons!
Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St.
North County SD Veterans Stand Down Jan. 27-29
Stand Down for North County’s Homeless Veterans, Veterans in need, and their immediate dependent family members. Showers, haircuts, clothing & hygiene kits, housing & hot meals, medical & dental exams, benefits counseling, mental health counseling, housing assistance, legal assistance. Pre-registration required.
Fri 12-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-12pm / Green Oak Ranch: 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista
(760) 290-5235 / www.ncstanddown.com
Mobile Vet Clinic Jan. 28
Affordable Licensing, Vaccination & Microchip Event. San Diego Humane Society will be on site providing affordable vaccinations and microchips. If you are a resident of Oceanside or Vista, you can stop by to renew or purchase a new license.
10am-12pm / Wave Waterpark Lot: 101 Wave Drive, Vista
(760) 726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com
Santee Active Lifestyle Expo Jan. 28
USATF National 50K Race Walk Championships at 7:30am: This is a professional athletic event and unique opportunity to watch elite athletes in action. Meet & greet with professional athletes. Vendor Fair with resources for a balanced lifestyle, interactive classes, health screenings, educational health information. Extreme Obstacle Course. Healthy Kid’s Fun Zone. State Entertainment.
9am-1pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.
Party in the Stars Jan. 28
La Mesa Arts Foundations Presents: Party in the Stars benefiting the La Mesa Arts Academy. The gala adds support to LMAAC and includes live entertainment, silent & live auction, dinner, dancing, & more! 6-8pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.
6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.
(619) 668-5730 / www.lamesaarts.org
San Diego Cat Show Jan. 28-29
The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “Food & Water Bowl XXIV,” 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.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
(760) 492-6457 / www.sandiegocat.org
Hip Hop Run Jan. 29
Enjoy DJ’s throughout the course, playing all of the songs you know and love. Participants will have the option to take part in the 10k run, or the 5k run/walk. Be entertained after the run with a star studded lineup of DJ’s at our main stage finish line.
7am / Balboa Stadium: 1405 Park Blvd., San Diego
(408) 766-0195 / www.hiphoprun.com
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