Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (Dec. 14-17)

Events around San Diego this weekend include the Queen Bee Market, Hotels/Motels (Unofficial Art Fair 2017), 12 Bars of Charity and Cold Brew City SD. 

12.14: Wood Fired Dinner Series 

Downtown restaurant Biga will fire up its dual wood ovens and team up with chef Drew Bent (of the soon-to-open in East Village Lola 55) who will show off his Mexican upbringing in a 4-course meal.

950 Sixth Ave., downtown,


Biga in downtown San Diego features two wood fire ovens.

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12.15: Red Nose Run

Choose between a 3K or 5K course for this dog-friendly fun-run fully managed by volunteers and benefiting two local nonprofits. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Beach, Del Mar,

Red Nose Run

The Red Nose Run.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

12.15-16: Queen Bee Market

The city’s original urban-style, artisan market features more than 100 local and national vendors specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, along with clothing, home décor, furniture and more. — Michael Benninger


Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

Queen Bee Market

Queen Bee Market.

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12.15-16: Hotels/Motels (Unofficial Art Fair 2017)

You’ll never look at a hotel foom the same after seeing this exposition that brings together artists from San Diego and Los Angeles areas who then transform hotel rooms into galleries, stages, and project spaces. There also will be various visual and performing artists throughout. A portion of ticket sales goes to support local nonprofit Vanguard Culture.

The Lafayette Hotel, North Park, 

james watts

Artwork from James Watts.

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12.15-16: Alycia Cooper

“I dated a 400-pound vegetarian. That was a whole lot of broccoli. And he had the nerve to ask if I was bisexual. He said, ‘Are you bisexual? Cause I only date women who are bisexual.’ I was like, ‘Hell, yeah. If you buyin’, I’m sexual.’” — Alycia Cooper at Bally’s Las Vegas

The Comedy Store, La Jolla,

Alycia Cooper

Alycia Cooper.

(Courtesy photo)

12.16: 12 Bars of Charity

Dedicated drinkers can donate $10 to join any of eight charity teams before taking a free shuttle to a dozen participating watering holes offering a variety of drink specials. — Michael Benninger

Various locations around downtown and Little Italy,

12 Bars of Charity

12 Bars of Charity.

(Courtesy photo)

12.16: Cold Brew City SD

Plan on being WIDE awake on Saturday if you head down to Liberty Station for this second annual event. The day will include coffee-culture inspired artwork and a cold brew competition hosted by the San Diego Coffee Network. Participants will include Alto Cold Brew, Cafe Moto, Trident Coffee, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and many more.

BRICK, 2863 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station,

12.16: Movie Night at The Village

Snuggle up under some warm blankets and enjoy a free outdoor screening of Elf. And since Buddy the Elf claims, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” there will be a performance by students of Canyon Crest Academy to kick off the event.

The Village at Pacific Highland’s Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy., Carmel Valley,

Movies Now showing

Will Ferrell (right) stars as Buddy the Elf in New Line Cinemas " Elf. "

(Alan Markfield/AP)

12.17: Great Chocolate Race

Go on a scenic 5K- or 10-mile run through downtown, Hillcrest and Balboa Park, then be treated to truffles and cocoa upon arriving at the Fifth Avenue finish line. — Michael Benninger

Downtown to Balboa Park,

12.17: Victory at Sea Day

At each of Ballast Point’s seven locations — Miramar, Scripps Ranch, Little Italy, Linda Vista, Temecula, Long Beach and Daleville, Va. — at least 15 varieties of Victory at Sea will be tapped.

Various locations,

Victory at Sea

Ballast Point is honoring its imperial porter, Victory at Sea.

(Courtesy photo)

12.17: Santa Cycle

Santa Clause is coming to town and he’ll be doing so on two wheels during the second annual Santa Cycle with Surfrider San Diego. The ride is free and family friendly and leaves from Knotty Barrel in downtown.

Knotty Barrel, downtown,

santa cycle

Surfrider Santa Cycle.

(Bjoern Keller and Lena Keller)

12.17: 46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The second of two nights for an event that attracts more than 100,000 locals to this bayfront tradition showcasing 80 lavishly decorated boats fitting this year’s theme: Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Bay, downtown,

San Diego Parade of Lights 2017

Celebrating boaters showed off their finest holiday light displays at the annual Parade of Lights in San Diego Bay on Dec. 10, 2017. 

(John Gastaldo)

San Diego Gulls home games

12.16 vs Stockton Heat

San Diego Sockers home games

12.17 vs Turlock Express

Movie releases

12.15: Ferdinand, Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi


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