San Diego: This Weekend (Dec. 7-10)


Events around San Diego this weekend include the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, Makers Arcade Fair and comedian Bert Kreischer.

12.7: Sip & Savasana

Breathe in and let it all out. The holiday season can be stressful, but thanks to Sip & Savasana, after you namaste you can sip on some yoga-themed cocktails to relax just a little bit more. BYOM (bring your own mat).

Hotel Solamar, 435 Sixth Ave., downtown,

12.7: Holiday Joy Ride

Santa is ditching the sleigh for two wheels for the 7th Annual Holiday Joy Ride. For the Dec. 7 event, riders will be decked out ‘80s-style holiday attire for a ride that travels through Balboa Park. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Bike Coalition.

Balboa Park,

12.7: IDEA1 Grand Opening

The event, from 7-9 p.m., is open to the public with entry costing $10, and all proceeds going to Urban Discovery Academy. The grand opening will feature food samples from neighboring eateries, cocktails, beer and even a whiskey tasting on site. Red more deatils here.

895 Park Blvd., East Village.

12.7: Lil Jon

The DJ, producer, and Grammy-winning King of Crunk heads back to America’s Finest City after he and Skellism dropped In The Pit (feat. Terror Bass) in June. And thanks to a September remix by MaNa, he’s once again barking the greeting on a new version of Alvaro & Mercer’s 2013 single, Welcome to the Jungle. — Scott McDonald

Omnia, downtown,

12.7-10: Bert Kreischer

“I’m not homophobic at all. I’m not. I’m not. I’m definitely not. I’m more like a homochondriac. Like, I’m comfortable if you’re gay. I’m comfortable with your lifestyle. I’m just afraid one night you’ll get me drunk and trick me into it...and I’ll like it. That’s my fear. That I’ll like it and be good at it.” — Bert Kreischer on The Machine

The Comedy Store, La Jolla,

12.8: Slow Magic

In October, the anonymous electronic music producer released his 13-song third album, Float. It features appearances from the likes of singer/songwriter MNDR and The Antlers’ songwriter/vocalist Peter Silberman. — Scott McDonald

Observatory North Park, North Park,

12.8: Bob Saget

“My girlfriend just made me the best home-cooked chili. Hope she doesn’t mind getting a whiff of it at 2 AM.” — Bob Saget on Twitter

Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Funner (Valley Center),

Bob Saget at the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Brazos Hall on March 16, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Bob Saget at the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Brazos Hall on March 16, 2015 in Austin, Texas.


12.8: The Him

The Amsterdam-based DJ duo of Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs released a pair of singles earlier this year - Oasis (feat. Sorana) and Everybody Hurts (feat. Ivy Adara). They followed it with another in November, Always. — Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown,

12.8-9: Carols by Candlelight

This 28th annual holiday country concert donates proceeds to Rady Children’s Hospital and has helped raise more than $1 million for charity since 1990. The lineup includes headliner Lonestar, Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Anna Vaus and concert founder Steve Vaus.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

12.8-10: Tommy Davidson

“I’m from D.C. You see, D.C.’s the blackest city on Earth. Chuck E. Cheese is black in D.C. Everything’s black.” — Tommy Davidson on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend

American Comedy Co., downtown,

Tommy Davidson.

Tommy Davidson.

(Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images for National Geogra)

12.9: Toast of Gaslamp

The annual event is a self-guided tour where tickets can be used to redeem 20 sips, 20 bites and 20 shopping deals at more than two dozen participating venues. — Chris Madaffer

Various locations around the Gaslamp,

12.9 Erin Hanson: The Petite Show

The newest collection from contemporary impressionist Erin Hanson features a special selection of small paintings under 20 inches. Join the artist for an exclusive viewing from 5-9 p.m., including festive live music, holiday treats and wine tasting.

9705 Carroll Cantre Rd., Mira Mesa,

12.9: Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Bring a blanket, a jacket and some hot cocoa to sip on while watching decked-out boats of all shapes and sizes float amid this seafaring celebration along O’side’s coast. — Michael Benninger

Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside,

The Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights.

The Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights.

(Charlie Neuman / San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.9: Comfort Creatures opening reception

Weird, fun and funky are all words that can describe Comfort Creatures the new exhibit opening at Distinction Gallery in Escondido. The opening reception from 6-10 p.m. will feature live music, wine from BK Cellars, beer from Stone Brewing and ArtHatch open studios.

317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido,

12.9: 5th Annual San Diego Santa Run

Run with 3,000 Santas through the streets of P.B., then put your free drink ticket to good use at the post-race celebration, which wraps up right before the neighborhood’s holiday parade begins. — Michael Benninger

Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach,

12.9: 4th Annual Makers Arcade Fair

Meet makers, listen to live music and express yourself at the make-and-take craft center during this one-of-a-kind event that includes scrumptious bites, a free photo booth and finely crafted cocktails. — Michael Benninger

Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, downtown,

12.9-10: Jingle

Join the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening of merriment as they belt out traditional favorites, including Silver Bells and Joy to the World, as well as A Christmas Song from Elf and Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix.

Balboa Theatre, downtown,

12.10: 10th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Pet owners and their companions from the animal kingdom are invited to don costumes and compete in any of nine categories during this romp through the Gaslamp Quarter. — Michael Benninger

MLK Promenade Park, downtown,

12.10: Miles for Meals 5K

Aiming to raise $5,000, this charity run through the Gaslamp hopes to provide 20,000 meals to San Diego families. Holiday or festive fruit and vegetable costumes are encouraged.

Corner of Fifth Ave. and L St., downtown,

12.10: San Holo

Here last year as part of Valley View Casino Center’s Tramps Like Us show, the Dutch DJ Sander van Dijck’s remix of Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode has 152 million YouTube views and counting. He tapped James Vincent McMorrow for his September-released single, The Future, and seven other artists for the recent If Only. — Scott McDonald

Spin, Mission Hills,

12.10: 46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

More than 100,000 locals are expected to attend this bayfront tradition, which takes place on Dec. 10 and 17, showcasing 80 lavishly decorated boats fitting this year’s theme: Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Bay, downtown,

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

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