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Beat the January slump with these events

Women's march, circus pirates, monster trucks, Restaurant Week, and Hostiles

Thursday | 18 Circus Vargas: Pirates Death-defying acrobats, daredevils, flying-trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, and motorcycles in a swashbuckling, pirate-themed circus spectacular. Arrive 30 minutes early for an interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can learn ...

San Diego likes festivals

On tap: San Diego Brew Festival, Multicultural Festival, Borrego Springs Film Festival

Thursday | 11 Borrego Springs Film Festival A juried, five-day film festival of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Networking events ...

A Culture Shock Nutcracker and Carnaval Fantastique are in town

Or start the year off with Hamilton. If you can get tickets.

Thursday | 4 SoundOn Festival of Modern Music: Voyages Now in its 11th year, the soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary ...

Best ways to spend the end of 2017

Holiday Bowl, Holiday Food Truck Festival, New Year's parties, and more

Thursday | 28 Holiday Bowl Parade 2017 The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor ...

The most audacious neighborhood displays of Christmas cheer

And Jungle Bells plays up animals

Got Lights The following are the most audacious neighborhood displays of Christmas cheer. Christmas Circle, Chula Vista. Nearly total participation of over 55 homes in the circle formed by Whitney and Mankato streets. At least ...

San Diego’s onset of winter things to do

Star Wars party, Dave Koz, ugly sweaters and beer, ice skating in Del Mar

Thursday | 14 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Get in on a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But first, a party at the Fleet. Meet R2D2 and hang out with Stormtroopers from ...

Tons of Christmasy things to do

Frosty Farm, The Nutcracker, Parade of Lights, Lessons & Carols...

Thursday | 7 Prophets of Rage At first it may seem an unlikely pairing — players from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave teaming up with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But Rage ...

Bill Murray, Jewel, and those December Nights

Lots to do in December

Friday | 1 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 ...

Trot like a turkey and learn about honey badgers

Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday | 23 O’side Turkey Trot “Move your feet before you eat!” is the annual refrain at the O’side Turkey Trot 10K Run/5K/15K, kids run/walk, and Senior 1-Mile. Includes a costume contest with a $300 ...

New to San Diego this week: Global Winter Wonderland

Plus David Sedaris, San Diego Bay Wine + Food, and Art of Élan

Thursday | 16 David Sedaris David Sedaris returns with social critiques that have made him one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice and several collections ...

Marching bands in Liberty Station, BBQ at Port Pavilion, and a marathon on the Silver Strand

The weather is lovely — get out and enjoy

Thursday | 9 San Diego Asian Film Festival Pacific Arts Movement presents this 18th-annual event, which they say has grown to become “the largest showcase of Asian American and international films on the West Coast” ...

Fall back into the Gaslamp, go on the Color Run, judge vegan tacos

Top events for the start of November

Thursday | 2 Charissa Noble: Music/Art Lectures This series of three lectures offers a look at controversial art and music in the 20th Century, “the intersecting lives and artistic ideologies of artists and composers, posing ...

Paint the town orange and black

Big Halloween events in Little Italy, Balboa Park, downtown, Liberty Station, and Del Mar

Thursday | 26 Haunted Trail of Balboa Park The Haunted Trail is mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks of Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon — “IT” will lead you ...

Extreme sailing, street food cinema, and the world’s largest Australian Football tournament

Event picks for mid-October

Thursday | 19 Haunted Hotel The Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego. HauntWorld Magazine named it one of the top 13 haunted houses in America, and the event was featured ...

Bike for boobs, drinks spirits by the bay, and get scared in Belmont Park

Lots to do in mid-October

Friday | 13 Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show Billed as the “West Coast’s largest and most prestigious indoor showcase,” the Harvest Festival creates a mega shopping experience with 24,000 handmade originals from hundreds ...

Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Fall frolic opportunites for the weekend ahead

Thursday | 5 San Diego Film Festival The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking ...

Take it easy with the Cabrillo Festival and perhaps a literary tea

Or go to the Scream Zone!

Thursday 28 MOON TAXI AT THE BELLY UP Nashville may seem an odd birthplace for an indie band like Moon Taxi, whose theatrical stage show is more Grand Guignol than Grand Ole Opry, but the ...

First week of fall — full of so many things to do

Miramar air show, Poway rodeo, Pacific Islander fest, star party, Julian apple days, Carole King music, Trial by Jury, school choice debate

Friday | 22 Miramar Air Show The U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and the Patriots Jet Team in aerobatic maneuvers. Civilian performers include Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck, ...

Best mid-September events

Taste of Downtown, pirates at Seaport, Steve Winwood, Kaaboo

Thursday | 14 Taste of Downtown Discover new eateries as you nom nom nom your way through downtown with bites from more than 40 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the financial district, and East Village. ...

San Diego blues, beer, burgers, and Brazil (Day)

Plus three days of horrible movies

Friday | 8 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is a celebration and exploration of horror, sci-fi, and dark-fantasy cinema and literature. The eighth-annual event kicks off with a focus on local ...

Best events for Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Barona powwow, beach polo, and sand sculpting ... or just eat a lot of bacon

Thursday | 31 Festival of Sail More than 20 tall ships and other vessels from around the world will be on display August 31 through September 4 in San Diego Bay. The Parade of Sail ...

Festival of Sail — not fuel-driven design

Importance of the Civil War to ship technology

Though steam-driven or steam-assisted vessels first ventured onto the high seas in 1831, the main turning point from sail to side-wheel and eventually propeller for naval technology was during the Civil War. During the war, ...

This week the Avengers are in town, film goes underground, and Ira Glass shares life lessons

Or ride your bike across the Coronado Bay Bridge

Thursday | 24 Marvel Universe Live The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket, and Drax, in a battle to defend the universe from evil. “Spider-Man and Wasp’s ...

The action is at the parks this week

One Love at Waterfront Park, Harborfest at Bayside Park, and Ferragosto at Amici Park

Thursday | 17 X: 40th Anniversary Tour Punk rock, once thought of as a disposable offshoot of rock and roll, has now been around long enough that L.A.’s X can say they’ve been rupturing eardrums ...

Tiki Oasis has events throughout the week

Plus Bocce Bash, Burgers & Brews, and Artwalk at Liberty Station

Thursday | 10 Folkey Monkey: Berkley Hart A to Z Local acoustic duo Berkley Hart is known for expansive theme shows, including performing entire soundtracks from movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou. At ...

Your week: Vans Warped, Mata Ortiz, and Farm to Bay tastings

Also, Dancing with the Stars comes to town

Friday | 4 Latin American Festival Mata Ortiz Pottery Market Old Town San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo shops present three days of folk art, food, and entertainment at this annual event. Artists from Mexico, Guatemala, ...

Autofest gets extreme and Supergirls take on Surf Dogs

Plus Hess Brewing for you and art camp for the kids

Thursday | 27 Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime Singer and songwriter Geoff Tate deserves a lot of credit for the success of Queensryche’s groundbreaking rock opera Operation: Mindcrime. However, the guy also gets the blame for ...

Comic-Con + Comic-Con adjacent

The biggest show in town inspires other events, including Kevin Smith and Heroes Brew

Thursday | 20 Jay and Silent Bob/Babble-On/Fatman on Batman Kevin Smith is in San Diego for Comic-Con, and as usual he has a lot to say. On Thursday it’s “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” ...

This week, see sandcastles, bocce, and pride

Also, it's opening day at Del Mar and the Festival of the Bells

Thursday | 13 Don’t Shut Up: Panel Discussion Feminist Image Group kicks off Don’t Shut Up, a month of female-led art and activism at City Gallery focused on raising women’s voices. On July 13, arts-and-culture ...

This week: outrigger canoes, Over the Line, and lichen at Mission Trails Regional Park

Sounds like San Diego

Friday | 7 BOX LACROSSE PICK-UP The game originated in Canada, where it is more popular than field lacrosse. It is played between two teams of five players and one goalie each. Show up and ...

San Diego outdoors: Aida, animal tracks, rugby, SUP with dogs, 1800s Old Town, waterski and wakeboard

Indoors: WWI San Diego, complete history of theater, Christopher Plummer, pickles, Van Gogh-Gaughin, Martina McBride

Thursday | 29 AIDA BY ELTON JOHN The epic tale follows a Nubian princess captured by an Egyptian captain, Radames. The Elton John score infused rock into the classic opera, but also lends to a ...

Festivals everywhere — OB, Adams Ave., Mission Valley, and Palomar Mountain

Switchfoot, La Jolla murals, Island fest, Summer film fest, chili cook-off, and summer solstice celebration

Thursday | 22 SOKO CANNABIS BALL Celebrating the launch of San Diego online vendor SoKo Cannabis Creations with a runway fashion show by Alexandra Marie, B.FFRENCH, and SoKo, a cannabis mixer with Southern California businesses, ...

New this week: Nighttime Zoo. And that’s not all.

Also Talib Kweli, International Beer Festival at the Fair, and Liberty Station’s first “Taste of”

Thursday | 15 San Diego International Boat Show Approximately 140 boats — from entry-level family cruisers to sailboats — to browse, board, and buy, as well as the latest nautical gear, gadgets, and accessories. If ...

Let the fests begin!

Oysterfest, X-Fest, and San Diego Festival of the Arts come to town

Thursday | 8 Czech Marionettes In Balboa Park Big Joe uses traditional Czech marionettes to tell the story of Princess Phoebe’s Birthday Present. Czech puppetry was imported in the late 17th Century by itinerant puppeteers ...

Get out there while it’s still not hot

Vista strawberries, Fiesta Botanica, and Celtic women await

Thursday | 25 Celtic Woman They’re called Celtic Woman, but several different women will take the Civic Theatre stage on Thursday to showcase music from their newest album, Voices of Angels. This will be the ...

Have fun on the waterfront

Taco Fest, Fiesta del Sol, and Pirate Days in the week ahead

Thursday | 18 Burgers and Brews Try beer from Aztec Brewing, Border X, and Stone Brewing Company, sample burger sliders from Crazee Burger (your choice of buffalo, ostrich, wild boar, or wagyu beef), play giant ...

Enjoy the days of May with these events

Mexican wrestlers, Jewish food, and Wookiee trivia

Thursday | 4 Art of the Ancients In the first of the series “30,000 Years of Art History in Four Nights,” art professor Robin Douglas will cover the ritual, reverence, and relevance of prehistoric, Egyptian, ...

Celebrate Linda Vista, avocados, Asian film, and the whole gosh darn Earth

Standout events for the week ahead

Thursday | 20 ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SHOWCASE Twenty-one films over eight days, from beauty-queen tales to political dramas to topsy-turvy comedies to musical celebrations. The 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet. ...

Free casting clinic by San Diego Fly Fishers at Lake Murray

What flies to use in San Diego tidal beds and shallow water

There are areas in San Diego for fly fishing where wading or float tubing access is easy and there are plenty of tidal beds and shallow water. Flies that resemble the prey of bass, halibut, ...

Easter, San Diego style

Also this week: the Red Bull air race and a tax-day march against Trump

Thursday | 13 ATHENAEUM ART HISTORY: FRANCIS BACON An Introduction to Francis Bacon is a series of two art history lectures presented by Hugh Davies, director emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. ...

Top events this week: Blooming buds, healthy living, and expensive cars

And SeaWorld serves up gourmet fare

Thursday | 6 FLOWER FIELDS A-BLOOM For more than 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular (albeit coordinated) display of natural color and beauty. The ...

This week in San Diego: Latin American art and Indian music

Or chase slimy little fish across the beaches

Thursday | 30 Grunion Run 2017 For those not familiar, grunion is a species of fish that leaves the water at night to spawn on beaches during the spring and summer months throughout Southern California. ...

Fun things to do at the end of March

Check out the Chamorro Festival, Mustache Bash, and women pro golfers

Thursday | 23 Borrego Springs Adventure Take a one-day motor-coach “edventure” to Borrego Springs from SDSU. The first stop is the historic Santa Ysabel Store, an emporium dating back to 1884. Ten minutes down the ...

See Latino Film, hear Irish poetry, and run with the dogs

Lots to do in the middle of March

Thursday | 16 World Baseball Classic Every four years, the biggest stars in baseball from around the globe battle to be called the world’s greatest. San Diego hosts second-round action at Petco with All-Star-heavy teams ...

Spring has sprung! Butterflies, cherry blossoms, and kids at the river

Top event picks this week

Friday | 10 Cherry Blossom Festival This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. ...

This weekend check out CRSSD, cannabis, and Holi Hai

And the two-year anniversary of Sparks Gallery

Friday | 3 Sparks Two-Year Anniversary Celebrate Sparks Gallery’s two-year anniversary with wine, small bites, performances, and music. Jewelry trunk show by Bette Barnett, live sculpting by Southern CA Sculptors, music by Joseph Luna Duo, ...

Beads (Fat Tuesday), birds (raptors), birdies (Dave Freeman), and dogs (American Kennel Club)

Start Mardi Gras on Saturday, go from there

Thursday | 23 Celebrating African-American Women in the Arts To commemorate Black History Month, the Women’s Museum of California celebrates African-American women in the arts by honoring jazz musician and composer Jeannie Cheatham, Moxie Theatre ...

Your Week: Go outrigger canoeing, see a show or two, eat at Oscar's

Event picks for this weekend and beyond

Friday | February 17 San Diego Comic Fest Comic Fest is the anti-Comic-Con, a user-friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle with professionals and exhibitors. It’s ...

Valentine’s Day Events: Celebrations of love all week, countywide

Mating rituals and sexy paintings will put you in the mood

Thursday | 9 Mating & Dating in the Animal Kingdom As part of their exhibit celebrating the San Diego Zoo’s centennial year, join the San Diego History Center in exploring the science behind animal sex ...

Fill your weekend with fermentation and ballet

Unique events to kick off February

Thursday | 2 Lotus The Philly-based “jamtronica” band last year released their most stripped set yet in Eat the Light, the album’s name and rhythmic dance vibe a nod to new-wave icons the Talking Heads. ...

Watch women bash each other! The week’s hot tickets

Spring season opener for the Derby Dolls, plus Mickey Mouse and Tiger come to town

Thursday | 26 Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Cars, and The Little Mermaid will race across the ice and perform high-speed stunts. Plus, “get warmed up for the show ...

A week of Asian-inspired events

Plus a crawl for lots and lots of coffee

Thursday | 19 Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance Show The show returns to Escondido with an all-new program for 2017 consisting of 20 pieces for a journey through 5000 years of history with animated ...

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