Friday, December 1: Balboa Park December Nights
Friday | 1
Bill Murray will almost certainly not bore you at the California Center for the Arts
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends: New Worlds
It’s a safe bet that SNL original-cast-member-turned-movie-star Bill Murray has never bored anyone with a conversation, let alone a performance. His appearance at the California Center for the Arts promises a bit of both, with Murray reciting selections by authors Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway, and Walt Whitman to live musical accompaniment. He’ll also share stories from his career and sing songs from his new release, New Worlds. Music performed with cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang includes classical compositions by Schubert, Bach, and Piazzolla and standards by Gershwin and Bernstein, selected to present “themes of American history and identity.”
The largest free community event in S.D. is at Balboa Park
Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights celebrates its 40th year, billing itself as “the largest free community event in San Diego.” This year there’s an all-new Starlight Winter Marketplace on the Federal Lawn to the east of the Hall of Champions. Don’t miss the sparkling sights at the California Tower, El Prado, the Botanical Building, the Plaza de Panama canopy, and the Moreton Bay fig tree. Dancers, musicians, and performers perform on over 15 stages and venues throughout the park, including the San Diego Junior Theatre and San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. The newly expanded Artisan Marketplace features local handcrafted goods. Park Boulevard South at President’s Way has holiday-related fitness challenges and skill competitions. Free admission to all museums 5 to 9 p.m. both nights. Also on Saturday.
Saturday | 2
Celebrate the Christmas season in Little Italy
- Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
India Street at Fir Street,
Tree Lighting and Christmas Village
Enjoy Little Italy Mercato vendors, festive decor, live music and entertainment, horse-carriage rides, and a tree lighting. Santa will be onhand to listen to kids’ wishes from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Little Italy’s 25-foot tower of more than 1100 poinsettias, located in the center of Piazza Basilone, will be lit up the entire evening. At 6:30 p.m the new, permanent 20-foot-tall live tree at the Piazza della Famiglia at Date and India gets its own light show.
Sunday | 3
Creative chili concoctions in South/North Park
Sono Fest and Chili Cook-Off
The festival features 40 chefs battling it out for bragging rights for the best pot of chili. Not limited to the traditional bean-and-beef recipes, competitors pull out all the stops with creative concoctions — past winners include a Japanese curry chili from Underbelly, a smoked lamb leg and tri-tip chipotle chili from Toronado, and a shrimp-and-seafood “sausage-style” smoked chili with smoked jalapeño cream from South Park Brewing Company. Commemorative festival mugs and ceramic bowls sell for $20, which includes five chili tastings. Five additional tastings can be purchased for $15. The beer garden features 20 breweries from surrounding areas. Hop-heads can purchase pours ($6 each) from newcomers Bivouac Ciderworks and Boochcraft.
Monday | 4
Jewel brings her family and a craft fair to the Civic Theatre
Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour
Jewel’s father, Atz Kilcher (also known from the Discovery TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier) accompanies his daughter onstage. The family affair also features her brothers, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher, performing holiday classics and originals and songs from Jewel’s catalog. The singer promises “an instructional craft fair prior to the show where you can make gifts for loved ones.” Each date also includes a collaboration with a local animal shelter to sponsor pet adoption.