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San Diego County Events for December 29 – 31

It’s the last weekend and the last San Diego County events of 2017. Here’s to a wonderful year, with hopes and wishes for an even better 2018!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday Food Truck Festival

Eat, drink, and be merry in Balboa Park when the Holiday Food Truck Festival returns for five festive days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Experience the park’s colorful seasonal light displays as you sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks. Free live music and dance performances in the Plaza de Panama will provide additional family-friendly fun.

When: December 26-30 | 2 – 7pm
Where: Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway in Balboa Park, San Diego
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday

San Diego Tango Festival

The San Diego Tango Festival returns to town and offers you the option to dance into 2018 with a dance party that lasts for the entire night. Grab a partner and see how long you can stay on your feet.

When: Dec. 28 – Jan 1
Where: Wyndham Bayside | 1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $60
More information: www.sandiegotangofestival.com

Pajama Jam: Family New Year’s Party

On December 30, the Museum is kicking off their celebratory year with Pajama Jam, a new year’s party for the whole family.

One of their Honda Family Night Out events, this after-hours event provides families access to all three floors of the 50,000-square foot museum.

When: Saturday, Dec. 30 | 5:30pm
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: Children $15 (members), $25 general. Adults $25 (members), $35 general
More information: www.thinkplaycreate.org

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 40 global manufacturers.

When: Fri – Sat, Dec. 29 – 30, 10am – 9pm | Sun, Dec. 31, 10am – 6pm | Mon, Jan. 1, 10am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.visitsandiego.com

Global Winter Wonderland: Circus of Light

This 17-acre holiday festival is in San Diego for the first time ever this season, up and running at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland opens daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. but is closed on some dates.

When: Now through Jan 7, 2018 | opens at 4:30 or 5pm | Check this calendar for exact dates and times to plan your visit.
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older
More information: www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego

More New Year’s Eve Events

The Patch has an extensive list of San Diego County happenings for the New Year here.

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: New money resolutions for the New Year

New year, new money resolutions!

cashIf you’ve trying to tackle your finances for awhile, the new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Here’s three smart money moves to try this year:

  1. Get rid of credit card debt
  2. Open an IRA and contribute to it
  3. Up your credit score

More on these three top financial moves via CNN Money’s article here: “3 smart money moves you should consider making in 2017.”

San Diego County Events for December 30 – January 1

Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year in San Diego with any of these great events!happy new year

Celebrating the New Year in San Diego

From hotels to the San Diego Bay and everything in between, there are so many ways to ring in the New Year in San Diego Saturday night. Here’s NBC San Diego’s guide to celebrating the eve in America’s Finest City – depending on your personality.

When: Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
Where: San Diego area
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Where-to-Celebrate-New-Years-Eve-2017-San-Diego-407639395

So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting

Join the team of experts from Benchmark Brewing Company at their tasting room (6190 Fairmount Ave.) for this event, which focuses on what it takes to be an expert beer judge. Patrons will get to taste five brews and will also be treated to a quick tour of the brewhouse. Tickets are $10 per person and space is limited, so reserve your spot ahead of time.

When: Saturday, December 31 | 1 – 2pm
Where: Benchmark Brewing Company | 6190 Fairmount Ave., San Diego
Cost: $10
More information: So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting

Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival

Today is the last day for Balboa Park Conservancy’s Holiday Food Truck Festival in the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway.

The event features gourmet dishes from San Diego’s most popular food trucks, live music, and activities for families.

The Holiday Food Truck Festival gives visitors one last chance to experience the festive atmosphere created by the light displays and decorations that were installed for December Nights.

When: Friday, December 30
Where: Balboa Park – Visitor’s Center | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/dec/30/balboa-park-holiday-food-truck-festival

Living Coast’s New Year’s Eve Family Party

The Living Coast Discovery Center is ringing in the New Year with a family-friendly event, which will include: wildlife animal encounters, photobooth, kids room with arts and crafts, NYE Party room with games, trivia, and live coverage of Times Square New Year’s Celebration, toast at “midnight” (9 p.m. PST/ 12 a.m. EST), and more!

When: Saturday, December 31 | 7 – 9pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $18 – $20
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more! The show takes place Dec. 29, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.

When: Thursday, Dec. 29 – Monday, Jan. 2
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $12
More information: www.sdautoshow.com

San Diego County Events for January 1 – 3

Happy New Year!

As 2016 begins, start the new year with quality family and friend time — here in San Diego county, there are several fun first-of-the-year events and activities to enjoy!

San Diego county events this weekendLa 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: every Friday, 2 – 6pm
Where: University Ave & Spring St., La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Farmers-Market.aspx

Puppet Show: Jack and the Beanstalk

Bring the kids to this free, one-hour puppet show in Balboa Park; the hand puppets and their masters will tell the classic story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

When: Friday, January 1, 2016 | 2:30 – 3:30pm

Where: Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Balboa Park | 2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: Puppet Show: Jack and the Beanstalk

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show®, will open its doors to the public just in time to kick off the new-year. The 2016 model-year of one of Southern California’s premier automotive events opens its four-day run on Dec. 31, 2015, closing on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Guests can expect to view more than 400 new-model vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics, crossovers, and classics at the San Diego Convention Center.

When: Friday, Dec. 31 – Sunday, Jan. 3 | 10am
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $12
More information: www.sdautoshow.com/location-parking

Pajama Jam

Celebrate the New Year at an after-hours party at The New Children’s Museum, for all ages! Jump into your jammies and join us for delicious dinner, New Year’s themed art activities, games, music, entertainment and our famous countdown balloon drop! Adults will enjoy one drink token with ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes in an opportunity drawing.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.classy.org/san-diego/events/pajama-jam-new-years-family-night-out/e64015

When: Saturday, Jan. 2 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15 – $35
More information: www.thinkplaycreate.org/fundraising-events