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San Diego County Events for Dec. 21 – 23

Is family in town for the holidays? While you’re showing them around beautiful San Diego, stop by one of these great events, too!

San Diego county events this weekendRady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

The ice rink will be open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM until Sunday, January 6th. Tickets are good for in-and-out access throughout the day they are purchased for and include a pair of skates and an optional helmet. All proceeds from the ice rink benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

When: Now through January 6
Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $13 – $15
More information


The Nutcracker

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness the epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanted land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this classic holiday production is a cherished San Diego family tradition.

When: Dec 12 – Dec 23 | Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm
Where: Casa del Prado Theater | 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18 – tickets are no longer available online; head to the box office
More information


Holiday by the Bay

Slide into the season at San Diego’s exclusive waterfront holiday adventure park – Holiday by the Bay. Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide, iceberg bumper cars, an hourly interactive dynamic light show and much more!

When: Now – January 5
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd, San Diego
Cost: $10+
More information


Del Barrio Market: Noche Buena

NOCHE BUENA Market is right around the corner! Get your Christmas shopping done at both markets where you can find unique vintage, jewelry, art and handmade goods! This event is FREE, pet friendly and kid friendly.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Barrio Logan Flea Market | 2146 Logan Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information


NBC has a great list on where to check out must-see Christmas/holiday lights in San Diego County, as well!


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for August 11 – 13

With so many free, or nearly free, events and things to do this Friday through Sunday, there’s no reason not to come down to sunny San Diego County for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station returns for a weekend of fine art, food, live entertainment and more.

Stroll through Ingram Plaza in the heart of Liberty Station’s Arts District to view over 200 international, national and local artists will be featuring every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more.

The arts festival will also include a KidsWalk, which offers interactive art for kids; street food options and a wine and beer pavilion.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road , San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station


La Mesa, CA Farmers' MarketLa Mesa Farmers’ Market

An open-air farmers’ market occurs every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street in La Mesa, CA. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.

When: Fridays, 2- 6pm
Where: University Ave & Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: cityoflamesa.com/449/Farmers-Market


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 11 & 12) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Ratatouille
  • Sing
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Moana
  • The Incredibles

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Family Weekends

On weekends at Del Mar Racetrack, there’s plenty of fun events for the entire family. Children (ages 17 and under) receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6.00.

The free activities feature:

• Pony Rides
• Inflatable Games and Rides
• Magic Show and GameZone
• Jockey Stilt Walkers
• Giant Scramble Slide & Obstacle Course
• Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”
• Face Painters
• Caricature Artist

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 6pm | Going from now until September 3, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.dmtc.com


Fiesta Del Sol

The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the 10th Annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. It’s a fun, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, alcohol- and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering communities. Fiesta del Sol includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Main Street, Between South Evans and Sicard Streets | San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!