San Diego: This Weekend (Nov. 29-Dec. 2)


The holidays have arrived with several parades and tree lighting ceremonies taking place around San Diego, as well the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival and SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff.

11.29: San Diego Ramen Festival

Slurp your way to satisfaction with samples from a dozen vendors, a ramen eating contest, live performances and a beer garden.

1000 N. Harbor Dr., downtown,

Through 12.25: Miracle on 30th Street

Normal Heights’ happening cocktail spot transforms into a winter wonderland all month long, serving Christmasy libations amid kitschy holiday décor that’s certain to delight even the grouchiest Grinch. Read more about the annual pop-up here. — Michael Benninger

Polite Provisions, Normal Heights,

Through 1.5.19: Holiday by the Bay

Barrel down a 100-foot ice slide, take a spin on an ice-bound bumper boat, then try your hand at riding a bucking reindeer at this breathtaking winter wonderland. — Michael Benninger

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, East Village,

11.30: Wasted Penguinz

Swedish DJ duo Wasted Penguins (aka Jon Brandt-Cederhall and Ponutz Bergman) released their second album, Clarity, in 2016. But 2018 has been a busy year for the pair, as they have released four new singles so far — The Lights, Euphoria, Can’t Stay and August’s This Is The One with Adrenalize. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

11.30: Carnage

Guatemalan-born, L.A.-based producer and trap DJ Carnage (aka Diamante Blackmon) released his full-length debut, Papi Gordo, in 2015. After a couple of EPs, Blackmon followed it in August with his sophomore full-length, Battered Bruised & Bloody. The new album features appearances from Migos, Lil B, MadeinTYO, Mac Miller, Lockdown and more. — Scott McDonald


11.30-12.1: Rod Man

“I got a ticket for being in the carpool lane. And I thought I was helping traffic because there was a lot of cars in the other lanes. So I got in the carpool lane and started riding good. But then a police on a motorcycle got right behind me, and I was like, man, he is after somebody. Let me get out of the way. Then he come up to the car, and I thought like maybe I’m a witness to something, I don’t know. He told me I can’t be in this lane, and I said why not, and he said, ‘Because you’ve got to have another occupant in the vehicle.’ I looked at him, and I looked at his motorcycle, and I said, ‘Well, you don’t have an occupant in your motorcycle, so I’d like to press charges too, that’s all I’m sayin’. As a matter of fact, leave the motorcycle, and get in the car with me. Then we both will be in compliance with the law.’” — Rod Man at The Funny Bone

@ The American Comedy Co.,

11.30-12.1: Pizza Port 22nd annual Strong Ale Festival

Sample more than 60 drafts with ABVs north of 8 percent and enjoy a bevy of rare bottled brews at Pizza Port’s yearly beer bonanza. — Michael Benninger

Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad,

12.1: 55th annual North Park Toyland Parade

Marching bands, vintage cars, beauty queens and more meander between Utah and Iowa streets during Uptown’s yearly yuletide event. Go show your support of this 55-year running event after it almost didn’t happen due to lack of funding this year. — Michael Benninger

University Avenue, North Park,

12.1: Eppig Brewing’s Second Anniversary and Repeal Day Celebration

Cheers to Eppig’s second birthday and the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition by treating yourself to a selection of the brewery’s Natural Bridge Lagers. — Michael Benninger

Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten, Point Loma,

12.1: 20th annual Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Take care of some holiday shopping, go for a horse-carriage ride and then stand in awe of a 25-foot-tall poinsettia tower while basking in Little Italy’s abundant charm. — Michael Benninger

India Street and Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy,

12.1: Sugar Rush 5K

In this unique exhibit of athleticism, runners consume Krispy Kreme donuts at each mile-marker before attending a finish line celebration that includes cornhole, oversized checkers and ladder ball among other games. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Park North, Marina District,

12.1: Craft Beer Festival

Showcasing more than 100 local and international brews — including many hard-to-find craft concoctions and limited-release ales and ciders — this event also includes admission to the track, a stein-holding contest and access to Del Mar’s first-ever silent disco dance party. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

12.1: Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Bring the whole family to this holiday parade that includes real snow, an elf-yourself station and pictures with St. Nick himself. — Michael Benninger

Third Avenue, downtown Chula Vista,

12.1: Bolt Brewery Fourth Anniversary Party

Celebrate the fourth birthday of this burgeoning beermaker with a bash at their 10-barrel brewhouse in La Mesa. — Michael Benninger

Bolt Brewery, La Mesa,

12.1: 61st annual Encinitas Holiday Parade

Schmooze your way onto any of nearly 100 floats or join the throngs of cheering spectators during this Coast Highway tradition that culminates with a tree-lighting ceremony and a cameo by Kris Kringle. — Michael Benninger

S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas,

12.1: 60th annual Vista Candyland Christmas Parade

See some of Vista’s best and brightest community groups during this parade that commences at the Civic Center and winds down at Wave Waterpark. — Michael Benninger

Throughout historic downtown Vista,

12.1: Winter Wonderland Festival

Scamper around in real snow, create winter-themed crafts and rub noses with live reindeer as the North Pole takes over the heart of Escondido. — Michael Benninger

California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

12.1: 39th annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade

More than 100 groups of Obecians embrace an It’s a Wonderful Life theme as O.B.’s holiday parade returns to bring out the neighborhood’s most curious and creative. — Michael Benninger

Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach,

12.2: The Local Bazaar @ Liberty Station

Cross off any remaining names from your shopping list at this pop-up holiday market offering a curated selection of local fashion, handmade gifts and vintage treasures from more than 150 vendors. — Michael Benninger

The Corky McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station,

12.2: SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff

More than three dozen of the city’s best restaurants compete in this volunteer-run chili showdown brimming with craft beverages, local merchants and three stages of live music. — Michael Benninger

32nd Street at Thorn Street, North Park,

12.2: 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

Kicking off with an antique-aircraft flyover and sporting a new Sounds of Christmas theme, this holiday parade through downtown La Jolla gives guests of glimpse of the community’s incredible talent. — Michael Benninger

Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla,

12.2: WinterFest 2018

Enjoy holiday carolers, a horse-drawn carriage and colorful ballet dancers at this family-friendly fête that also includes a holiday marketplace and a snow-covered-tree lighting. — Michael Benninger

Vista Village, downtown Vista,


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