San Diego County Events for February 12 – 14

This Valentine’s weekend, celebrate love with those you care about with any of these fun activities. These San Diego county events, festivals, and free things to do are all great ways to connect!

San Diego county events this weekendCircus Vargas’ iLuminous!

See the world premiere of Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS, an all-new, high-energy extravaganza that illuminates the wonders of modern life and the imagination of every child at heart. Be wowed by death-defying stunts, flying aerialists, exhilarating acrobats, and uproarious clowns under a music filled, blue and yellow Big Top.

When: Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 21 (closed on Tuesday)
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $25 – $70, $10 for parking
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34th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

The San Diego Chinese Center hosts its 34th annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair, Feb. 13-14, 2016 in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District of San Diego (Third Avenue and J Street). This two day event will include lion and dragon dances, continuous live performances on stage with martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances, folk dances, and taiko drumming. Visitors can sample over 50 food and commercial booths. Children can make lanterns and masks in the children craft area, and march in the Lantern Parade each day.

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14 | 10am
Where: Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District | Third Avenue and J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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24th Annual Kuumba Fest

Kuumba Fest is San Diego’s longest running celebration of African-American culture and heritage.

It’s honors African-American history with three days of original plays, fashion shows, talent shows, music performances and lots more.

When: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Where: Lyceum Theatre | 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego
Cost: $10 – $25
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Valentines Day At Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens

Spend a romantic day in the gardens with your loved one. Enjoy a picnic basket lunch or a romantic lunch in the newly renovated Plantation House.

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14 | 11am
Where: Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens | 2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Cost: $44 – $125
More information: Visit their website to for details and to register online, or call (760) 728-5340

San Diego Tet Festival

Over the Valentine’s weekend, the Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance will put on a three-day celebration at Mira Mesa Community Park. The event will feature food, cultural performances, Lucky Lion dancers, firecrackers, pageants and much more.

When: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: Free
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The Old Globe’s Free Weekend of Poetry

In honor of The Old Globe’s poetry-infused comedy, “The Metromaniacs,” the theater presents a Free Weekend of Poetry with a mix of poets and performers. Find out more on their website.

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14 | 4pm
Where: Old Globe Theatre | 1363 Old Globe Way , San Diego
Cost: Free
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Money Monday: Prioritize bills when you’re short on cash

How to prioritize which bills to pay

If you’re in a tough spot and can’t pay all of your bills, then you need to make a strategic decision on what to pay and what to delay.


Daily Finance gives advice on what “five bills you should always pay on time, each month. Not doing so could damage your credit, leave you with huge financial penalties, or even cause you to lose your home or car.”

1. Your mortgage
2. Student loans
3. Credit card payments
4. Your rent
5. Auto loans

Details on each of these bills to pay and the reasons why you shouldn’t miss payment is covered by Daily Finance. And the bills you need to pay late? They have some tips on dealing with that, too.

Read all of Daily Finance’s article here: “Prioritize These 5 Bills When You’re Short on Cash”.

San Diego County Events for February 5 – 7

Tours, art, fishing, partying — there’s so many activities to choose from; spend this weekend down in San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekendFirst Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Held on the first Friday of each month, the Oceanside Art Walk returns to showcase the community’s thriving art district. This free, all ages event includes live performances, music, poetry, art education, culinary arts and pop-up galleries throughout local business and public spaces in downtown Oceanside. Food and activities also top off the family-friendly fun.

When: Friday, February 5 | 5 – 8pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
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Historic Gaslamp Quarter Tour

Opening a window to San Diego’s past, the Gaslamp Architectural Tour showcases the history of the Davis-Horton House built in 1850, as well as the history of the of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes architecturally significant structures of the period, along with fascinating stories of the people and characters that shaped the destiny of San Diego.

When: Every Thursday at 1pm and every Saturday at 11am
Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Ave, 92101
Cost: Free – $20
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21st Annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby

Grab the fishing poles and the kids and head to Lake Poway (14644 Lake Poway Rd.) for a morning of free, family-friendly fun. The lake has been freshly stocked with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout and will be open only to youth age 15 and younger for this derby. The event includes entertainment, storytelling contests, a free BBQ lunch and prizes to be given out during a 1 p.m. awards ceremony. No registration is required.

When: Saturday, February 6 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Lake Poway
Cost: Free
More information: Call (858) 668-4772

Mardi Gras

Find a little slice of New Orleans in San Diego’s historic Downtown Quarter by attending this mega Marti Gras party in downtown San Diego. The event, which spans across 16 blocks, will feature DJs, multiple stages for live music, rooftop performances and a parade. Ticket prices start at $30 and only those 21 or older will be allowed into the event.

When: Saturday, February 6
Where: San Diego’s historic Downtown Quarter
Cost: $30+
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Buying real estate for first-time and repeat homebuyers

Why should you buy real estate?

For repeat and first-time homebuyers, the different reasons to buy a home have various degrees of importance.

Here is what’s most important to first-time homebuyers:

  1. They’re tired of renting (55%)
  2. They’d like a larger home (10%)
  3. They want to be in a better location (9%)
  4. They’ve had a change within their family (7%)

And for those moving up, these are the reasons in order of importance:

  1. They’d like a larger home (23%)
  2. They desire a better location (19%)
  3. They’re tired of renting (9%)
  4. They’ve had a change in family status (4%)

Why Buy

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, at

Money Monday: Mortgages are still getting cheaper

Mortgage rates are dropping.

“In December, when the Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade, many would-be homebuyers assumed it meant the beginning of the end for record-low mortgage rates.

mortgage rates and property taxes

“‘This is evidence that the Federal Reserve isn’t the sole determinant of U.S. mortgage rates,’ said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell to 3.79%, the fourth straight week of declines, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the rate averaged 3.66%.

“The rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage also dropped to 3.07%…

“…But tight inventory has helped push home prices higher, creating an affordability problem in many markets throughout the country.

“In response to the lower rates, mortgage applications ticked up 8.8% last week.”

Read the rest of CNN’s article here:


San Diego County Events for January 29 – 31

Come to San Diego County to celebrate the Chinese New Year, enjoy orchids and gardens, or stop by this weekend’s festivals!

San Diego county events this weekendLunar New Year TET Festival

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this big, three-day festival at Qualcomm Stadium presented by the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation. The event will feature vendors, Asian food, carnival rides and lots of live entertainment – including performances from Lion Dance troupes.

When: January 28 – 31 | Friday, 5 – 10pm, Sat – Sun, 10am – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for kids; free parking
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Free garden tour

Walk the garden trails with a Docent Tour Guide and see beautiful water saving landscapes. Tours begin promptly Saturday mornings at 10:00 am in the Plaza. No reservation required.

When: Saturdays, 10 – 11am
Where: Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College | 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Winter Festival

Carlsbad celebrates winter – SoCal style, of course – with a 40-by-80-foot skating rink made from layers of plastic polymer – no cold weather or frozen ice needed. In addition to skating, community festival will also feature inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, and other fun, family-friendly activities. The majority of the event will be held at the Roosevelt Street parking lot between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. It runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Skating rink tickets cost $6 for kids 12 and under and $10 for everyone else.

When: January 28 – 30 | Friday, 3 – 8pm; Saturday, 1 – 8pm
Where: Carlsbad Village
Cost: $6 for kids, $10 for 13+
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San Diego Fermentation Festival

Stop by this family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating all things fermented Sunday — and come with a jar for the fermentation station. In addition, you will be able to sample food and drinks from more than 30 local makers and listen to live music and entertainment. There will also be yoga classes, sound healing and other relaxation exercises.

When: Sunday, January 31, 10am
Where: Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas | 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $20+
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Orchid Show In Balboa Park

The San Diego County Orchid Society is proud to present our “Orchids in the Park” Winter Show and Sale. Visitors can expect to enjoy an exotic and beautiful display of the finest blooming orchids from our members’ collections. Plants will be judged and awarded by the San Diego County Orchid Society. The public is also invited to participate in our People’s Choice Award by voting for their favorite plants.

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31
Where: Balboa Park Casa Del Prado | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Money Monday: Top 10 tips for mortgage borrowers in 2016

Interest rates on mortgages hovered around 4% throughout 2015 but are expected to reach 4.5% by the end of 2016, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Bunch of kets in front of pile of cents

If you’re planning on capitalizing on these still-low interest rates by becoming a homeowner this year, consider these tips:

1. Improve your credit

2. Save up for a down payment

3. Get a mortgage preapproval

4. Look around for a lender

5. Consider loan types

6. Pick the home and location based on your lifestyle

7. Budget for all the other homeowner expenses

8. Ask for help from a professional (Call me if you don’t have a Realtor!)

9. Remember to have enough for closing costs

10. Save!

Read the full article and all of its advice on the Yahoo! finance site:

San Diego County Events for January 22 – 24

Head on down to San Diego County for a variety of fun events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendCaffeine Crawl San Diego

Caffeine Crawl year three in sunny San Diego kicks off 2016 and promises to be every bit as good as years one and two ~ our biggest shop lineup yet, multiple bike route options, snazzy new spaces and more caffeine than you can handle! There’s only two times left with tickets available!

When: Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24 | starting at 2pm
Where: Participating locations in San Diego
Cost: $25; purchase online at
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San Diego Restaurant Week 2016

san diego restaurant week 2016San Diego Restaurant Week returns January 17th to Sunday, January 24th.

Over 180 of San Diego County’s most delicious restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 and two-course prix-fixe lunches for only $10, $15 or $20.

When: Jan. 17 – 24 | lunch and dinner
Where: Various restaurants in San Diego County, see website for details
Cost: $10 – $50
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San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

The 2016 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show will 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.

This year, you’ll find:

  • New & Pre-Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at our In-Water Display
  • Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services
  • Delicious Food and Drink Sponsored by our Local Restaurants
  • Special Boating Events and Boat Rides for Kids and Adults
  • Lots of Fun for Real Boaters!

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 21 – 24 | 10am
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 for adults
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Food Forest Festival

Come out in your gardening clothes, pick up a shovel and plant some trees for the first-ever Food Forest Festival. The festival honors Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees. Anyone who wants to participate should be ready to dig, lift and bend for several hours. Admission is free.

When: Sunday, January 24 | 10am
Where: Coastal Roots Farm | 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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San Diego Tap & Jazz Festival 2016

The second annual San Diego Tap & Jazz Dance Festival celebrates tap and jazz dancing with a weekend of lessons, dance jam sessions and showcases.

All dancers are welcome and classes are suitable for all ages and levels from first timers to advanced dancers. Classes range from Lindy Hop to tap technique and tap repertory. Students in the repertory classes will have the opportunity to dance in the final festival performance, which includes performances from all of the faculty.

Those who would rather watch a show than participate can head over to the White Box Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

When: Friday – Sunday, January 22 – 24
Where: San Diego Dance Place and White Box Live Arts Theatre | 2650 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $35 – $225
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