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San Diego County Events for January 18 – 21

San Diego Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend, there’s a few Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, and more events and family activities are going on this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekend

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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Travel & Adventure Show

The nation’s largest travel show will feature exhibitors from more than 200 global travel destinations, thousands of travel experts to help guests plan trips, and exclusive show-only travel deals.

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 19 & 20
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: $11 – $22
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9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration & Sportsfest

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this free community event at Martin Luther King Memorial Park on Skyline Drive. Attendees can enjoy a kids zone, live entertainment, basketball, vendor booths and photo booths.

When: Saturday, January 20 | 8am – 4pm
Where: Martin Luther King Memorial Park | 6401 Skyline Dr, San Diego, CA 92114
Cost: Free
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The Sky Tonight: Lunar Eclipse

Join us at the Fleet on Sunday, January 20, to celebrate a fascinating lunar eclipse. The spectacle will also feature a beautiful, rare, red moon before the eclipse begins. Beginning at 4 p.m., you can participate in solar system-themed, hands-on activities in the theater lobby. At 6 p.m., make your way to the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater for a special viewing of one of the Fleet’s most popular films, Hubble, narrated by the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio. At 7:30 p.m., the Fleet’s resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, will take you on a journey through our solar system and explain more about lunar eclipses during an exclusive presentation of the Fleet’s The Sky Tonight planetarium show. Following the lecture, the San Diego Astronomy Association invites you to use their telescopes to see the lunar eclipse and the red moon.

When: Sunday, Jan. 20 | 4:30 – 9pm
Where: Fleet Science Center | 1875 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $19.95–$21.95
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39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Join us on Harbor Drive Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal high school bands, drill teams, college, fraternities & sororities, churches, peace and youth organizations.

When: Monday, Jan. 21 | 2pm
Where: Harbor Drive – Embarcadero, San Diego, CA
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: How to not overpay for a house

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“No buyer wants to pay too much for a house…buyers should know when a property is overpriced and be equipped with strategies to avoid overpaying.” (CNN. “How to avoid overpaying for a home.” www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/success/overpaying-for-a-home)

CNN has practical tips here: “How to avoid overpaying for a home.”

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San Diego County Events for January 11 – 13

Attend any one of these San Diego County events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend9th Annual San Diego Brew Fest

The 9th annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks and music.

The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 12pm
Where: Liberty Station NTC Park | 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $45 – 55
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Winter Festival

At Poway Community Park’s Winter Festival, build a snowman, sled down our snow hill, roast marshmallows by the campfire or take a spin around the synthetic skate rink.

When: Friday, Jan 11, 5 – 9pm | Saturday, Jan 12, 3:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Poway Community Park | 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Gem Faire

One of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the U.S. drops into the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend, showcasing the latest and greatest in the gem biz. Fine jewelry, costume jewelry, gold, silver, crystals and more will be on display and for sale at this expo; while patrons peruse, vendors will offer on-site jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing services.

When: Friday – Sunday, Jan. 11 – 13, 2019
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $7, kids under 11 free
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2nd Saturday Art Lesson

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts Escondido offers this free art lesson Saturday at Education Studio 2 led by Nancy Robinson, who will help students create a wintry, watercolor masterpiece. The class lasts one hour and is offered at two sessions: one at 10 a.m. and another at 11:15 a.m. Free tickets will be handed out at the door.

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 10am or 11:15m
Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido, Education Studio 2 | 340 N Escondido Blvd, 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: More homebuyers are DIYing than hiring professionals

“Although the majority of homeowners prefer the trusty hands of a professional, data suggests that “do it yourself” remodeling projects are on the rise.

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“In fact, the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report indicates that 53% of home projects were completed by a professional, whereas 47% were completed by a homeowner.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47836-nar-diy-projects-now-competing-with-renovation-professionals. 3 January 2019)

Read more here: NAR: DIY projects now competing with renovation professionals

San Diego County Events for January 4 – 6

It’s the first weekend of the new year; hopefully some of these events will help you pursue health, quality time with family, education or whatever resolution you’re pursuing in 2019!

San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Spring Home Show

The San Diego Spring Home Show will help you find inspiration, products and services to help make that home improvement project a reality. The 3-day expo will take over downtown’s San Diego Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Free passes can be printed out in advance online (https://www.homeshowsandiego.com/free-pass); at the door, tickets will cost $10.

When: Friday Jan. 4, 11am – 8pm | Saturday Jan. 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday Jan. 6, 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free passes online here; tickets at the door will be $10
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Three Decades in the Rearview

This retrospective exhibit, “Three Decades in the Rearview,” showcases a variety of unique vehicles that encapsulate the automotive culture including race cars, hot rods, low-riders and more. The anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019, and is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

When: Anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019
Where: San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park) | 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 adults; $4 for kids 15 and under
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Hullabaloo Family Market

Join San Diego’s own award-winning kids music group, Hullabaloo, for a morning of music, food, art projects, face painting and shopping at the Hullabaloo Family Market.

When: Jan 7 | First Mondays until May
Where: The Heritage Ranch | 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event

Connect with your kids, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the number one Minecraft event in the USA.

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event holds a Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game, and is coming to San Diego for two days only

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 & 6, 2019
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $90
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ArchaeoCon 2019

The Archaeological Institute of America turns 140 years old in 2019 and this expo at the Marriott Marquis will pretty much serve as the institute’s birthday bash. The fair will feature archaeology presentations, hands-on demos, workshops, an “ancient game tournament” centered on a board game from Mesopotamia, and Q&A sessions with experts.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5 – $10
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Guided Nature Walk – Mission Trails Regional Park

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 | 9:30 – 11am
Where: Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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: Paying for surprise repairs

Nearly half of homeowners have had to make (and pay for) an unexpected repair within the first year of owning their home. Do you have money set aside for a repair?

  • 12% had to use savings to pay for the majority of the home repair and/or improvement
  • 13% had to go into debt for the repair or improvement
  • 20% had to make sacrifices in other areas of life in order to pay for them
  • 52% were able to easily pay for the repair or improvement without going into debt, making other sacrifices or using savings

Making and paying for surprise home repairs

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for December 28 – 31, 2018

Finish out the year this last weekend of 2018 with some quality time and fun activities with others. The Holiday Food Truck Festival and the Pajama Jam event (if you have kiddos) look like great ones to go to!

San Diego county events this weekendNew Year’s Eve Family Party

Ring in the new year in style at the Living Coast Family Party as you watch the ball drop under the stars! Bundle up for wild animal encounters, night hikes, and so much more. This is sure to be a New Year’s your family will never forget! All that’s included can be found here.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: $25 – $30
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The Grape Drop

Watch the Temecula grape drop at Town Square Park twice: once with the East Coast at 9 p.m. and once with the West Coast at midnight. Plus, there’ll be free activities for kids, food vendors, and live music by Danielle Arribe 6-6:45 p.m., Frienz Band 7-8 p.m., City Beat Band 8:30-10 p.m. and Midnight Ride 10:30 p.m,-12:15 a.m. Radio host Mama Mia from 101.3 will emcee.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 | 6pm – 1am Jan. 1
Where: 41000 Main St., Temecula, CA
Cost: Free
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Honda Family Night Out: Pajama Jam

The night includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and our popular countdown balloon drop. Plus, parents get a free drink ticket.

Close out the year with a pajama fest you won’t want to miss! Pajama Jam, presented by the San Diego Honda Dealers, provides an opportunity for families to experience the museum at night – with catered dinner, drinks, music and special activities/programs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 | 5:30pm
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: $15+
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San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers.

When: Dec. 27 – 30
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $15
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

The group’s first Christmas album, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” was released in 1994 and revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 | 7:30pm
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35.50 – $146.50
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Holiday Food Truck Festival

For five days and evenings between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Dec. 26 to 30, the annual Holiday Food Truck Festival serves up gourmet food from 15 of San Diego’s top food trucks, along with free live entertainment and fun activities for families.

Food trucks will be in the park beginning at noon, with live entertainment and other activities starting at 2 p.m. For a listing of food trucks for each date, the entertainment schedule and other event details, visit our website.

When: Dec 26 – Dec 30, 2018
Where: Balboa Park | (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado, San Diego
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!