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San Diego Events Calendar by Month

December

December 1
Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00am – 1:00pm
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 6
Coronado Holiday Open House & Christmas Parade Celebration
3:20pm – 8:00pm
1201 1st St. and various locations in Coronado
619-435-9260
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 6-7
December Nights
Balboa Park
619-239-0512
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.Friday: 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Saturday: Noon to 11:00pm.

December 7
5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk
8:00am – 11:30am
Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road
Put on your holiday-themed costume and running shoes in this fun San Diego event to support the Arthritis Foundation.

December 7
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
4:00pm – 8:00pm
555 W. Date St.
619-233-3898
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 8
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
11:00am – 1:30pm
Girard Ave. & Prospect St., La Jolla
The event includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus. The event begins at 2:00 pm on Girard Avenue and the theme for this year’s parade is ‘Christmas in the Village.’

December 8
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00pm
Seaport Village and Embarcadero
With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features boats decorated for the holiday season.

December 14
Mission Bay Christmas Parade of Lights
6:00pm – 9:00pm
San Diego Mission Bay Park, 1215 El Carmel Place
Free parade is followed by fantastic fireworks 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 14
San Diego Santa Run
9:00am – 2:00pm
900 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 15
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00pm
Seaport Village and Embarcadero
With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features boats decorated for the holiday season.

December 15
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Corner of 4th Ave. and 401 K St.
619-233-5227
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 26-27
Holiday Bowl 5K
8:00am – 7:59am
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 26
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
3:00pm
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 27-30
San Diego International Auto Show
9:00am – 6:00pm
San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr.
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
Girls on the Run 5K
7:30am – 11:00am
Crown Point Park – Mission Bay, 3701 Crown Point Drive
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.

January

January 1
San Diego Yacht Club New Year’s Day Race
Shelter Island – San Diego Yacht Club
SDYC’s New Year’s Day race features fleet racing in San Diego Bay to kick off the new year.
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. Nice to watch as you explore the San Diego waterfront.

January 1-5
San Diego International Auto Show
Downtown – San Diego Convention Center
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof. The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including 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.

January 7
Residents Free Museums
Balboa Park
Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout each month to residents of the City and County of San Diego, and to active military personnel and their dependents.

January 11
Fitness for Freedom
Downtown – USS Midway – 910 N. Harbor Drive
Join Gut Check Fitness and the CAF-Operation Rebound for our annual Fitness for Freedom 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. Also, we will leave the ship and cover 3-5 miles of running. Can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year. Dust off your running shoes, grab your family and friends and be sure to join us. How often can you say that you’ve worked out on an aircraft carrier?!

January 11
San Diego Resolution Run
Tecolote Shores
Walk, run, skip, crawl – JUST GET OUT HERE! Whether this is your first race or you’re a trained running professional, there’s something for every level! Join us for the 13th Annual San Diego Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon! Our post-race wellness village is sure to please with tons of freebies, services and a FREE Runner Recovery Zone to help make 2020 your best year yet!

January 11
San Diego Brew Festival
Liberty Station
The 8th 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 14
Residents Free Museums
Balboa Park
Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout each month to residents of the City and County of San Diego, and to active military personnel and their dependents.

January 19
40th Annual MLK Jr. Parade
Harbor Drive/Embarcadero
Join us on Harbor Drive for the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. 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, and peace and youth organizations.

January 19-20
Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
The Shoppes at Carlsbad
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.

January 19-26
Restaurant Week
City Wide
The Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 19 through Sunday, January 26 for a delicious dining experience! With more than 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving.

January 21
Residents Free Museums
Balboa Park
Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout each month to residents of the City and County of San Diego, and to active military personnel and their dependents.

January 23-26
Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines Golf Course
The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open. Mark your calendars now, because one of San Diego’s biggest events of the year at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

January 23-26
San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show
Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive
If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll 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. Come join us!

January 25-26
San Diego Cat Show
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.

January 26
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.

January 28
Residents Free Museums
Balboa Park
Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout each month to residents of the City and County of San Diego, and to active military personnel and their dependents.

February

February 1-29
Museum Month in San Diego
Each February, in San Diego County, an entire month is dedicated to promoting our museums as the arts & culture organizations celebrate Museum Month. More than 45 participating arts institutions and museums in our county will offer admission at half price. The Museum Month pass, needed to obtain half price admission, is available, free of charge, at all San Diego County Macy’s stores beginning February.

February 8
Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run and Walk
6:30am
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
Watch the sun as it rises over the city and then run or walk through Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego’s only National Park. Spectacular ocean views offer a unique setting at an hour of the day when the park is normally closed. Plus, your participation helps with the park’s many programs, including science education for underprivileged children.

February 8-9
38th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair
10:00am – 5:00pm
3rd Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street
This year’s fair celebrates the year of the rat. It’s free to the public and promises to be the best ever, filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, and tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market.

February 8
Mermaid San Diego Run 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
East & West Mission Bay (South Shores, Fiesta Island, Tecolote Shores, Pacific Beach & Crown Point)
7:00am – 12pm
This running and walking event is designed specifically for women who are looking for a supportive exercise experience. Women can choose between a 5K, 10K, or a Half Marathon. There are scenic views along the shoreline of Mission Bay and Fiesta Island.

February 9
Zombie Escape 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
10:00am
Rancho Bernardo Park and Kit Carson Park
The county of San Diego has fallen to the zombie pandemic and has pushed the human race to the brink of extinction. Your only chance of survival is through the hoard of zombies awaiting you as you look to escape to the safe zone… Welcome to San Diego’s only Zombie infested 5K and 1-mile fun run.

February 9
Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1-Mile Run
Tidelands Park in Coronado
The Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1 mile run will be a Match Making event this year! At registration you will pick up your choice of bib: Available, Taken, or It’s Complicated. Wear the bib on the run and find others that like to run and do events just like you! Get social at the event and make new friends.

February 15
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.

February 23
Schoolyard Dash 5K
8:00am – 12:00pm
Mission Bay Dr. De Anza Cove