San Diego County Events for February 15 – 17, 2019

It’s a cold and wet weekend in San Diego County, but thankfully there’s still lots to do!

San Diego county events this weekend

Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC), returns for its 29th anniversary February 7-17, 2019. The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

When: Feb 7 – 17
Where: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Garfield Theater | 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA
Cost: $5 – $16
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Chinese New Year Fair

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with 15,000 of your closest friends at the 2019 Chinese New Year Fair, taking place on February 16th & 17th (3rd Avenue and J Street) in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district!

We will have traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! We will also be featuring a very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days, so don’t miss out!

When: Feb 16 and 17, 2019 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 3rd Avenue and J Street, in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas – celebrating its 50th anniversary and the golden era of the circus in America – returns to San Diego bringing with it acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze under the big top. The show runs through Feb. 18 at Westfield Mission Valley.

When: Through Feb. 18 at this location
Where: Westfield Mission Valley | 1640 Camino del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $15 – $27+
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San Diego Fermentation Festival

This family-friendly festival at the Leichtag Commons in Encinitas (800 Ecke Ranch Rd.) celebrates fermented foods and drinks, and overall health and wellness. The events include demos, live music, a wellness pavilion with yoga classes and sound healing, a “Makers Market” boasting dozens of local vendors, and the 21+ “Ambrosia Garden” featuring tasters of beer, wine, mead, cider and more.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Leichtag Commons | 800 Ecke Ranch Rd., Encinitas
Cost: $14 – $45; 12 and under are free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: DIY remodeling

In an effort to save money, some homeowners take on DIY projects, instead of hiring a professional.

But is it worth it?

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for Feb. 8 – 10

San Diego County has many events and activities happening this weekend.San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Tet Festival

The San Diego Tet Festival to welcome the Year of the Pig, features lion dancing, cultural village, carnival rides, and much more.

When: Feb 8 – 10
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
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Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year kids crafts and lion dancers in center court located near Tommy Hilfiger and GAP. Kids crafts will take place from 12pm – 3pm and Lion Dancers will join the fun from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

When: Saturday, Feb. 9 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Carlsbad Premium Outlets | 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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Escondido Chocolate Festival

Stroll through Downtown Escondido various designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue.

When: Saturday, Feb 9 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Historic Downtown Escondido | 198 Maple St Plaza, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $30 – $50
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Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
More information


23rd Celebration of Music Education Concert

Music Director Jeff Edmons conducts San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians in this featured concert performed in San Diego’s finest venue, Jacobs’ Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

When: Feb 10 | 4 – 6pm
Where: Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B. Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $35
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Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival

Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival, formerly The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Feb. 9 and 10. In addition to the existing Gluten-Free and Nut-Free zones, Paleo, Keto and Plant-Based zones will provide exciting new products and educational opportunities to everyone living a gluten-free lifestyle. As in the past, all products at the festival will be gluten free.

When: Feb. 9 & 10
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $5 – $35
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Financially prepare for retirement by downsizing

“It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement.”

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“The move to a smaller home is a lifestyle and financial change all parents should weigh after their offspring are off on their own, personal finance pros say.

“One of the first things freshly minted empty nesters should do is “revisit their housing situation,” says Dana Anspach, founder and CEO of Sensible Money, an investment advisory firm in Scottsdale, Arizona.” (Yahoo Finance. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/makes-financial-sense-downsize-home-110102643.html)

Read more at Yahoo here: “It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement. Here’s why.”

San Diego County Events for February 1 – 3

There’s much to do this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at this festive Tet festival with dragon and lion dances, pho-eating competition, firecrackers, games, foot and more!

When: Feb. 1 – 3
Where: SDCCU – Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Children 12 and under are $4. Adults (13+) are $6. Children ages 2 and under are free.
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Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
More information


San Diego Supercross

At this elite off-road racing championship, you have a chance to see many of the world’s top motorcyclists.

When: Feb. 2 | 6:30pm
Where: PETCO Park | 100 Park Blvd, San Diego Ca 92101
Cost: $20+
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San Diego Wedding Party Expo

San Diego’s wedding show — exhibits, vendors, displays, and all-things weddings.

When: Feb. 3
Where: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort | 10950 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $11
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24th Annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby: Poway

Rain or shine! Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! The lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger from 6:00 AM-12:00 PM. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

When: Feb. 2 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Lake Poway | 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Annual Homesteading Arts Faire

Beekeeping, home flocks and cheese making will be just a few of the demonstrations taking place at Hawthorne Country Store’s annual spring Homesteading Arts Faire, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The all-day event is designed to connect those that teach and sell homesteading arts with those that wish to learn, purchase and experience self-sustaining products and skills of the past.

When: Feb 2 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Hawthorne Country Store, 675 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: 5 different ways to save money

You might not have thought about these ways of saving substantial amounts of money. Here’s Forbes’ 5 suggestions:

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  • Don’t be penny-wise, pound-foolish. As in, don’t just scrimp and save and avoid those daily cups of Starbucks — and splurge a large chunk of your income on a larger, more-expensive apartment than you really need.
  • Donate your plasma for money.
  • Become a referee of your favorite sport.
  • Use sites and apps that help you save or earn back money.
  • Save money on necessary items (Forbes listed contacts, but you can save money on all different necessary items).

Read more: “5 Ways You Haven’t Considered To Save Or Make Money.

San Diego County Events for January 25 – 27, 2019

Head over here to San Diego County this weekend — check out the Winter Home Remodeling Show, or a local play in La Mesa, or any one of these other great-sounding events!

San Diego county events this weekendPlay: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None

“In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, ten people who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and left stranded there. Ten little soldier statues sit on the mantelpiece, with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, “until there were none.” A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder — and then one of them drops dead. One down, nine to go. Can the other “soldiers” discover the identity of the murderer before they all fall prey to the trap?”

When: Jan. 11 – Feb. 10
Where: Lamplighters Community Theatre | 5915 Severin Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: $22
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San Diego Restaurant Week

Over 180 restaurants are offering deals for the eight days of San Diego Restaurant Week. Three-course dinners start at $20 and two-course lunches begin at $10.

When: January 20 – 27, 2019
Where: All over San Diego County
Cost: Starting at $10 for lunches and $20 for dinners
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San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

If you are a boater, check out the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show! They’ll have new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.

When: Jan 24 – 27
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15 adults, children under 12 free
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Winter Home Remodeling Show

Get some serious inspiration for those home improvement projects this season at this expo at O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will feature hundreds of exhibitors – from landscaping to remodeling – with some even offering discounts.

When: Friday — Sunday, Jan. 25 – 27
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission, parking $15
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The Festival of New Trumpet Music

The weeklong Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) West culminates with this free finale concert at downtown’s Quartyard. The concert will feature performances from the Euphoria Brass Band, Gilbert Castellanos Dia de los Muertos Suite and the Daniel Rosenboom Octet, showcasing trumpet stylings in Jazz, New Orleans and Slavic styles.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 | 2 – 6pm
Where: Quartyard | 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Homeownership budgeting

Becoming a homeowner of course brings with it paying for various fees and services, but there are smaller fees that you may not be thinking about when penciling out how much you can spend on buying a home. Add into your budget fees for the following buyer fees:

  • Home inspection
  • Appraisal fee
  • Survey report
  • Title services
  • Application fees

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.