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What to do the first week of December

Seas ’n’ Greetings, Carols and Barrels, Rawhide Christmas, and trout fishing

Thursday | 1 Whether you like the Austin indie act’s ’60s girl-group side or the “macabre pop” their publicist digs, you can’t help but admire their dedication to form, releasing records on cassette and 45. ...

Skate by the sea (and other ways to work off Thanksgiving dinner)

The week's best events

Thursday | 24 Join more than 10,000 runners bright and early at Balboa Park for San Diego’s original and longest-running turkey trot. Participants will follow the route through Balboa Park to a family-friendly festival at ...

Catch Toruk, go skating, go fishing, go running, go drinking

Things to do before Thanksgiving hits

Thursday | 17 Fantasy on Ice The old Horton Plaza ice-skating rink has been permanently relocated to a new Liberty Station location. The venue has changed, but the event continues to benefit the Peckham Center ...

Ways to have fun and honor veterans this week

San Diego's best events: November 10-17

Thursday | 10 The Sklar Brothers The duo premiered a one-hour stand-up special on Netflix in 2014 called What Are We Talking About with material from their album Hendersons and Daughters, which the Onion A.V. ...

San Diego Beer Week kicks off

For a quieter time, the Asian Film Festival and Art San Diego

Thursday | 3 Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of ...

Lions and Tigers and Zombies

Halloween event picks, from Art after Dark to the Zombie Crawl

Friday | 28 A zombie pass gains you entry to 25 Gaslamp Halloween parties, all within crawling distance of each other, along with 15 welcome shots (bartender’s choice). Kickoff party at Fluxx Nightclub from 6 ...

Birch Aquarium is haunted this week

And TedX is in town

Thursday | 20 The Ferris wheel, carnival games, and cuddly farm animals have left the fair. The Scream Zone offers three attractions. The House of Horror features themed rooms filled with terrifying sights, sounds, and ...

Biggest beach run in the country is this week

And Willie Nelson pulls up to Humphreys in his biodiesel bus

Thursday | 13 “Gangstabilly” singer/songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley tapped that Athens, Georgia source for authentic roots music with a modern-rock edge. And their relentless touring and “new-and-improved South” sloganeering have made them one ...

See the gesso Italiano at the Little Italy Festa

A few things to do this week

Saturday 8 Watch us discover opera’s future stars at the Metropolitan Opera’s San Diego District auditions. You’ll also have an opportunity to vote for your favorite, no ticket needed. Door prizes; free stamps for kids; ...

Oktoberfest is upon us

Best events for early October in San Diego

Friday | 30 Nemr Lebanese/American comedian Nemr has pioneered stand-up comedy throughout the Middle East, where he performs in English. He grew up in San Diego and then moved back to Lebanon with his family. ...

The Del Mar mud run is this week

Plus the Tour de Fat and the Naked and Famous

Thursday | 22 “Indietronica bands appear to be bigger than the sum of their parts. And if it’s a night-time slot, you forget there’s a band, you forget there’s a stage, because a Naked and ...

Feed your need for speed this week

Or talk like a pirate, taste South Park, and love Spock

Thursday | 15 Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic ...

This week’s haps: Fleet Week, Burgers & Beer, Brazilian Day, and Blondie

San Diego’s best events for September 8-14

Thursday | 8 The Del Mar Village Association hosts the first evening Taste of Del Mar. This year the focus is not only on the culinary arts and talents of Del Mar’s top chefs but ...

How to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Choose from stickball in Little Italy, Baconfest, beach polo, Horrible Imaginings, and more

Friday | 2 Master sculptors Benjamin Probanza from Mexico and Katsuhiko Chaen from Japan are joining other internationally renowned artists from Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and Canada to battle the best from the ...

A smaller, faster, cheaper Comic-Con

Also: Cheech Marin wants you to drink mezcal

Friday | 26 Do you think Comic-Con has gotten too big? Check out this smaller and much more affordable celebration of nerdy culture and exploration of fandom with cosplay, gaming, comics, panels, workshops, unique vendors, ...

Drink beer and find Pokémon

Or party on Monster Island for something to do

Thursday | 18 “Eat food that has been grown from living soil less than 20 miles from Oceanside and picked within 48 hours,” says the restaurant. “It’s unique flavors that are learned from the land ...

Bocce, beehives, and Seth MacFarlane top current events

Another fun week in San Diego

Thursday | 11 VH1 selected Foghat’s “Slow Ride” as one of the best British rock songs of all time. Because of that singular hit, Dave Good writes, “It is easy to forget the band’s platinum ...

The week’s top events: Vans Warped, Heather McDonald, and Semper Tri

Plus a discussion of faith without religion

Thursday | 4 A discussion of the difference between feelings and emotions, the disparity between truth and facts, and the benefits of mindful living. When his pursuit of happiness in corporate America feels counterproductive, Timber ...

Apple cider + full puppet nudity this week

And here’s a place to race your motorcycle

Thursday | 28 This “adult musical” is a look at life in New York featuring a cast of both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the “triple crown” of Tony wins, ...

Comic-Con hits San Diego

Including many events outside of the Convention Center

Thursday | 21 Comic-Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center. 2016 marks the 47th year for the show, making it the longest continuously run comics and popular-arts convention in the U.S. With attendance ...

Opening day at the Del Mar track

And giant sand castles in Imperial Beach

Friday | 15 Tickets include Stretch Run admission and access to the party in the trackside Seaside Cabana and concert area, lots of DJs, first-come/first-served seating in shaded tents, food trucks, a beer garden and ...

Major League Baseball is all over San Diego this week

And the zoo is open late

Thursday | 7 The San Diego Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday throughout the summer. Evening events bring the zoo to life with performances and up-close animal encounters during extended hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ...

Event picks for the 4th of July weekend

Big boom on the bay; Ocean Beach pier gets a 50th birthday party

Thursday | 30 A discussion of artist Don Porcella’s debut in Shanghai, China, where he was commissioned by French couturier Hermès to design four windows for their new flagship store featuring his trademark pipe-cleaner creatures ...

The week's top events: Space Heroes, gladiators, and lots of yoga

Also, Taste of Adams Avenue

Thursday |23 Culinary creations and drinks from over 50 Del Mar restaurants, wineries, and breweries. With a front-row sunset view, ocean breezes, and live music. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a ...

Oysterfest, brats and beer, and Buckethead

Or, heck, you should buy a boat

Thursday | 16 For 2016, the in-water display area is increased by 120 feet, bringing in 50 more boats to this year’s show. A total of 200 vessels, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft ...

San Diego has super freaks, sumos, and shadowy men

Or taste Little Italy

Thursday | 9 The Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn provides the setting for this gathering of 30 chefs from San Diego and Mexico who will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations. Judged ...

See sea dragons, teeny art, and sculptures by Dr. Seuss

Plenty to see in June

Friday | 3 As part of First Friday Art Walk, 4˝x6˝ pieces of art by artists, civic leaders, and local celebrities will be displayed and available for sale to benefit the education department at the ...

Balboa Park has two big events this week

And Vista celebrates everything strawberry

Thursday | 26 Seven hours of inspiration, lunch, and networking. San Diego speakers will share their stories of personal breakthrough moments that made them pursue their own path in life, however scary, controversial, or unique. ...

Beyoncé brings Lemonade to San Diego

Plus tacos and more tacos at Tacotopia

Thursday | 12 What’s “Becky with the good hair” got that Beyoncé doesn’t? Only Jay Z knows. That’s but a note in Beyoncé’s latest hit R&B record, Lemonade, a concept album that the current queen ...

Hit the beach

Lots of ocean events this week

Thursday | 28 The Gaslamp Architectural Tour showcases the history of the Davis-Horton House (built in 1850) as well as the history of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes old City Hall (1874), the Romanesque-style ...

Earth Day and outdoor events dominate this week’s calendar

Spring has sprung

Thursday | 21 Judd ApatowHe wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and Apatow’s producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s ...

Taste Hillcrest, Point Loma, and Fallbrook

Or go to Coachella

Thursday | 14 This group of eleven performers from Colorado combines ballet and modern dance. The Boston Herald called them the “classically trained company of the future.” Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but ...

Two ways to drink beer and run

Plus a couple events on the water

Thursday | 31 Five decades of Star Trek come to the concert halls of the Civic Theatre for the first time. A live symphony orchestra performs while iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is ...

Busking, birding, Balanchine, and Best Coast

Here are some things to do in March

Thursday | 3 A demonstration of how to make three cocktails using various liquors. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own drink. The winning drink will be featured on the restaurant’s cocktail list ...

This week’s events: smashing birdies, electric bikes, and a recovering skinhead

Lots to see and do at the end of February

Thursday | 25 The San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego present internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado as the featured speaker for their 16th annual Axline Lecture. The Brazilian-born ...

This week’s calendar: hot sauce, invasive beetles, and death

Or just walk your dog in the botanic garden

Thursday | 18 A discussion group explores questions around death and dying, life and living. It is not grief support or a counseling session. As the promoter puts it, “Chat over coffee, make new acquaintances, ...

Two giant pet events this week

And a comic fest that is not the Comic-Con

Thursday | 11 See aerialists, acrobats, and clowns under a music-filled, blue-and-yellow big top. The animal-free circus offers an interactive preshow 30 minutes before each performance where children can try their hand at juggling, hula-hooping, ...

Things to do in the middle of January

Travel & Adventure, stuff you should know, and two film festivals

Thursday | 14 A showcase of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, and every show is expected to sell out. Networking ...

How to spend your last moments of 2015...

...and the first few days of 2016

Thursday | 31 Turquoise Speakeasy Chicago meets Prohibition and ragtime meets swing in Pacific Beach at the Turquoise Café-Bar Europa. New Year's Eve ticket includes all drinks, an extensive tapas selection, live Vaudeville burlesque show, ...

The best of 2015’s year-end events

Go out like a lion balloon in the Holiday Bowl parade

Friday | 25 Jungle Bells A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 3 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special ...

The nights before Christmas

What to do leading up to the big day.

League of Legends, Cannon Battles, and Jingle Bell Kroc. Plus Michael McDonald (not the singer or the wrestler).

The best holiday events this week

December Nights, Santa Paws, and Frosty Farm make the list

Thursday | 3 Australia’s platinum-selling rock stars of opera will perform traditional and contemporary favorites, with soaring renditions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Feliz Navidad.” Friday | 4 Balboa Park ...

Wrapped with Care

“Every single gift must have its proper folds,” says Lisa Koide Halverson. “In America, on Christmas, you don’t wrap a present in black — usually red or green. On Easter it’s usually wrapped in pink ...

Judge for Yourself

“There’s no question that emotions play a big part in determining the outcome of a case,” says retired San Diego superior court judge Norbert Ehrenfreund. “The appearance of the defendant, for example, and the way ...

The Illegal Tunnel

“In July 2004, I was coming out of my house and discovered the whole Colonia Federal being invaded by police and soldiers,” says Border Council of Arts and Culture founder Luis Ituarte. “I found out ...

Laughing Matter

“If I were to build the perfect comedian, it would be Jerry Seinfeld crossed with Dave Chappelle,” says local comedian Mal Hall. “My comedy is observational. I wouldn’t do anything onstage that I think my ...

Life Drawing

“The vice squad contacted the Bluefoot Bar for our very first session because they saw an ad for it and were, like, ‘We’re going to be watching you,’” says Lily Jackson, emcee for Dr. Sketchy’s ...

Pug Gig

“We normally process and adopt out 45 to 50 dogs a year — this year we have taken in and processed 87 dogs,” says Barbara McNair, president of Pug Rescue of San Diego County. “Most ...

The Light Is Elusive

“Plein air,” says Daryl Millard, owner of the Daryl Millard Gallery Solana Beach, “means painting a scene outdoors in the elements” where one can see, smell, hear, and feel what one is painting. It is ...

Equal-Opportunity Offenders

“John McCain is such an easy target,” says Bill Hurd, press secretary for the political satire comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. “He’s the oldest candidate we’ve ever had — therefore you can make all the ...

Sync Those Lips

“Those who look like the artists they are portraying will probably go far,” says producer Randy Wood. “A Michael Jackson impersonator — with all the dancers and everything — went to Mexico last year and ...

Electroride

“One electric motorcycle, called the ‘Killacycle,’ goes from zero to sixty in one second,” says Paul Thomas, organizer of the Kick Gas Festival, an electric-car-racing and eco-fair event being held at the Barona Drag Strip ...

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