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San Diego Events Calendar by Month


November 2
Dia de Los Muertos
10:00am – 9:00pm
Bazaar Del Mundo
Crafts, altars and more at Bazaar del Mundo’s Día de los Muertos celebration.

November 2
Challenge Walk MS (3-Day Event)
8:00am – 4:00pm
Tyson Park (Oceanside) to San Diego Hilton Del Mar
The event is a 50-mile, 3-day walk from Carlsbad to San Diego. Participants will experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

November 2-11
San Diego Beer Week
Various Locations
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. San Diego is home to more than 120 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States.

November 3
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
Enjoy samples from more than 50 San Diego County breweries! The event raises funds for local charities.

November 4
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon and 5K
5:30am – 11:00am
Ruffin Road – Aero Drive – Ruffin Road – Mission Village Road – Friars Road – Old SeaWorld Drive – Quivera Way – Ingraham Street – Vacation Lane – Ski Beach. San Diego’s newest 1/2 marathon is a point to point that starts at the brand-new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and finishes at the Vacation Isle in the heart of Mission Bay. The 5K is a loop course that starts and finishes in Mission Bay.

November 4
Fallback Festival
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hay ride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, saddle up on pony rides and enjoy two stages of live entertainment. Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 15th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire.

November 4
Race for the Cure
Balboa Park, 6th Avenue at Palm St.

November 4
La Jolla Presbyterian Church Fall Harvest Festival
11:00am – 2:00pm
615 Prospect Street
La Jolla Presbyterian Church is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival for the whole community. There will be jumpy houses, face painting, animal rides, a petting zoo, and food trucks.

November 10
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade
11:00am – 1:00pm
Harbor Dr. & Grape St.
“A Tribute to The Guardians of Freedom” – Recognizing Our Veterans of Every Era and Our Serving Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen. Join in delivering a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years of 1941 to 1945! We invite all San Diego regions to participate in this tradition, and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

November 10
JDRF One Walk San Diego
6:30am – 12:00pm
Balboa Park, 6th Ave. & Laurel St.
JDRF One Walk® has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We hope you’ll join us this year as we walk and raise money for life-changing research for the millions affected by this devastating disease.

November 10
Ride the Point
6:00am – 2:00pm
Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road
The bike rides are designed for recreational riders, family riders, challenged athletes, and experienced athletes. There’s a 10-mile Family Ride, 25-mile Enthusiast Ride, and a 62-mile Metric Century Ride. Proceeds go towards research and services for pancreatic cancer.

November 11
SOSL’s Walk in Remembrance with Hope
7:00am – 10:30am
Balboa Drive and El Prado
By participating in SOSL’s Walk in Remembrance with Hope, your tax-deductible donation will support and strengthen Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) programs. SOSL provides suicide survivor support services, suicide awareness presentations and suicide prevention trainings in San Diego County.

November 11
San Diego Fall Classic
6:00am – 12:00pm
Mission Bay off of Crown Point Park
The Fall Classic is a rowing regatta featuring high school, collegiate, and master’s rowers from across the country.

November 11
Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veteran’s Day 5K
Sunset, Coronado
The ONLY Run with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right and the San Diego Bay on your left, finishing with a California Beach Party! Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Coronado Island is located just across the bridge from downtown San Diego.

November 12-18
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Wine and food enthusiasts will gather for this event, the region’s largest wine and culinary extravaganza held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego. Features cooking classes, wine tastings, celebrity chefs, approximately 70 of San Diego’s top restaurants and other food events.

November 17
Annual Doggie Street Festival
9:00am – 3:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station
Join the 10th Annual Doggie Street Festival San Diego. This not-to-be missed dog, cat & parrot adopt-a-thon and fun celebration of our companion animals presents fantastic pet products, services, yummy eats, vet tips, speakers, music, kids’ area, auction prizes and much more! Together we can do good!

November 17
Hillcrest Car Show
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Normal Street between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue
Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.

November 18
Mother Goose Parade
El Cajon
The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

November 22
Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K
6:30am – 11:00am
Balboa Park: Cabrillo Bridge near the arch at the Museum of Man
San Diego’s original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day run. Join over 10,000 participants and spectators for one of the most family-oriented holiday traditions!Event offers a Post-Race Festival featuring: Live Music, Beer Garden, Costume Contest and Award Ceremonies. Most importantly, this event provides a great atmosphere for your family to participate in the beauty of giving back to others. Father Joe’s Thanksgiving 5k is also one of the only dog-friendly 5k events in San Diego. The entire family can participate in this event!

November 22
Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for the Hungry
5:30am – 10:00am
Broadway Circle – Broadway – 5th Ave. – Market St. – 15th St. – Island Ave. – 13th St. – K St. – Park Blvd. – Tony Gwynn Dr. – 7th Ave. – Market St. -. State St. – Broadway. Today is Thanksgiving Day. Before you pile up on a feast of food, consider a way to burn off calories before putting them on. This 10K & 5K run/walk is the perfect solution. Your participation will help the San Diego Food Bank to provide nourishing meals for underprivileged persons.


December 1
Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Street
Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red fire engine and bells will be ringing as loved ones snuggle up in the bright, frosty air. ‘Tis the season to celebrate the continued rejuvenation and growth of North Park! Hang your stockings and then mark your calendar for this year’s 55th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival. As this winter’s most beloved holiday event, adults and babes alike will never want to leave Toyland.

December 1
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
Piazza Natale, corner of India & W. Date Streets
4:00pm – 8:00pm

Come one and all; family, friends and pets are welcome. Also we are expecting a surprise guest to add that additional holiday cheer; along with the music, Italian cookies, cider and coffee we will be provided. Don’t forget there will be vendors selling holiday gifts to get the season started off right.

December 2
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla
The event includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus. The event begins at 2:00pm on Girard Avenue and the theme for this year’s parade is ‘Christmas in the Village.’

December 2
Girls on the Run 5K
7:30am – 11:00am
NTC Park at Liberty Station
The Girls on the Run 5k is the culmination of Girls on the Run of San Diego’s 10-week season. More than 500 girls ages 8-14, will celebrate their “girl power” by running 3.1 miles with their coaches, families, friends, teachers and community members. This event is open to anyone who wants to run, walk, or skip to the finish line! General Information: Kathryn Osborn: (619) 962-4602.

December 7
Coronado Holiday Open House & Christmas Parade Celebration
Different locations in Coronado
The holiday season in Coronado starts when Santa arrives by ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 3:20pm. A festive parade follows; merchants keep their doors open late for shopping. Santa lights the central 75-foot star pine Christmas tree as the community band plays holiday music. The evening finishes with fireworks over Glorietta Bay.

December 7-8
December Nights
3:00pm – 11:00pm
Balboa Park
Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California, unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

December 8
5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Balboa Park – Park Blvd. and President’s Way
Put on your holiday themed costume and running shoes in this fun San Diego event to support the Arthritis Foundation.

December 8
Mission Bay Christmas Parade of Lights
6:00pm – 8:00pm
San Diego Mission Bay Park
Free parade followed by fantastic firework display at 9:00pm. More than 60,000 people are expected. The best viewing is from Riviera Shores, Crown Point, Santa Clara Point, the east side of Vacation Island, the west side of Fiesta Island.

December 9
The Winter Classics
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Tecolote Shores North Park
The Winter Classic is an end of season rowing regatta featuring high school, collegiate, and master’s rowers from across the country. They will be competing in a 6K Head Race in Tecolote Channel, just in front of the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa on E. Mission Bay Drive.

December 9
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Seaport Village
With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features boats decorated for the holiday season.

December 9
Red Nose Run
Powerhouse Park, La Jolla
A fun run & walk on beautiful Del Mar beach that is family and dog friendly. Choose your distance – we offer 3K and 5K distance.

December 12-16
ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship
La Jolla Shores
The Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship was created to give surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, world-class competition.

December 15
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon
Penasquitos Drive
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1-mile course that starts on Penasquitos Drive in front of the Hotel Karlan (formerly, the Doubletree Golf Resort) then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Rd (your only ‘real’ hill at mile 1.5), along the 56-bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach. The race includes a 711-foot net elevation drop along the rolling downhill bike path, which also makes it a personal best candidate.

December 15
Old Town Las Posada

This centuries-old tradition is being celebrated in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for the 62nd consecutive year. Please join the Park Merchants Association as they reenact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem. The event begins with carolers and children’s choirs in the state park, with the a live theatrical procession starting promptly at 4pm. A piñata party for all the children follows at 5pm. Make this a new holiday tradition for your family. It is sure to be a night you will remember. Activities & Choir Performances: 11am – 4pm. Las Posadas Procession: 5 – 6pm.

December 15
San Diego Santa Run
875 Garnet Ave.
The event will consist of a series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave. featuring a 5K fun run and 1-mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave. Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade!

December 16
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Seaport Village
With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features boats decorated for the holiday season.

December 16
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Corner of 4th Avenue and K Street
All pet owners and their furry, featured and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

December 27-30
San Diego International Auto Show
San Diego Convention Center
The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers. Be among the first in the US to see more than 20 debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show. The wide selection of 2018 and 2019 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.
December 28
Holiday Bowl 5K
9:45am – 12:00pm
Harbor Dr./Ash St. – Harbor Dr. – walkway – Embarcadero Marina Park North – Ruocco Park. This nationally televised 5K run/walk is a kick-off event to the Weiner Nationals Dachshund Dog Race and the Big Bay Balloon Parade. Thousands of spectators will be lined up along Harbor Drive or peering from building windows cheering on the athletes in anticipation of the parade.

December 31
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Downtown San Diego/ Waterfront Park
America’s Largest Balloon Parade. The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

December 31
Holiday Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Stadium
Don’t miss America’s Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Don’t miss the electrifying pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year!


January 1-31
Free Museums
A few museums in Balboa Park are free on 1st – 4th Tuesdays of each month to San Diego area locals and active military.

January 1
New Year’s Day Race
San Diego Yacht Club, Shelter Island
All boats and classes are featured in this New Year’s day traditional regatta. Participants will start around noon at the east end of Harbor Island and sail into San Diego Bay. It is nice to watch as you explore the San Diego waterfront.

January 1
New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim
La Jolla Shores

January 5
Monsters of the Midway Boot Camp
8:00am – 9:30am
910 N. Harbor Dr.
Join Gut Check Fitness and the CAF-Operation Rebound for our first ever Monsters of the Midway Boot Camp workout on the historical Midway aircraft carrier in sunny San Diego. This will be a killer 1.5 workout filled with plenty of bodyweight calisthenics, cardio, motivation and high fives.

January 12
San Diego Brew Festival
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Liberty Station
The 7th annual San Diego Beer Fest returns to Liberty Station and promising 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 (food sold separately).

January 13
San Diego Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half
Tecolote Shores South Park, 1292 East Mission Bay Drive
Walk, run, skip, crawl, we don’t care! Whether this is your first race or you’re a trained running professional, there’s something for everyone! So join us for the 12th Annual San Diego Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half. Our post-race wellness village is sure to please with tons of freebies and services helping you make your 2019 be the best year yet! This event benefits Wild Willow Farms & Education Center, a local, eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier San Diego food system.

January 19
Margarita Madness 5K Run
2:00pm – 7:00pm
East Mission Bay Park, 1292 E. Mission Bay Dr.
Margarita Madness 5k is a unique night 5K fun run focused less on speed and more on Margarita fun with friends and family. Margarita participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; every participant will get Mad Margaritas and have the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Margarita Madness 5k course will have you beaming and waiting for the next one!

January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
The annual event commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade features marching bands, floats, drill teams, balloons, and antique cars. Parade route: starts at Harbor Drive and Grape Street and continues to Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway.

January 20-27
San Diego Restaurant Week
Mission Valley & Old Town
It’s that time of year again when you get to treat your taste buds to a night out at San Diego Restaurant Week! Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in three courses prepared special for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners at $20, $30, or $40. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!

January 24-27
Farmers Insurance Open – PGA Tour
6:00am – 6:00pm
Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
Popular with golf enthusiasts, this annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament features top players from the PGA Tour. Includes Pro-Am rounds, practice rounds, and the pro tournament.

January 26-27
San Diego Cat Show “Food and Water Bowl XXVII”
Del Mar Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall
For cat lovers, this largest annual cat show on the West Coast features 450 cats competing for top honors and more. Saturday: 10:am – 5:00pm and Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm.

January 27
Lung Force Walk
NTC Park at Liberty Station
Join us as we walk together 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.