San Diego: This Weekend (Dec. 13-16)


Top events around San Diego this weekend include 12 Bars of Charity, Hillcrest Taste ‘n’ Tinis, Lil Jon at Omnia and San Diego Santa Run.

Through 12.16: Fourth annual ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

Awe-inspiring athletes from far and wide descend upon La Jolla to participate in this remarkable, rapidly growing sporting event that gives surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to compete for the title of World Champion. — Michael Benninger

La Jolla Shores, La Jolla,

12.13: Scooter and Lavelle

San Diego’s own two-headed DJ beast concludes their almost year-old residency at Oxford with their 10th and final show of the 2018 run. The veteran turntablists are also set to perform together at the 15th anniversary of Groove Cruise Miami in January. — Scott McDonald

@ Oxford Social Club,

12.13: Naughty of Nice Holiday Party

No matter what list Santa has you on, head to Oxford Social Club for a night of holiday cheer sponsored by Tipsy Elves.

435 Fifth Ave., downtown,

12.13: Holiday Wine & Cheese

Learn the secrets of successfully pairing coagulated milk with fermented grapes during this wintry tasting event that also includes entertaining tips you can use to wow anyone who drops by during the holidays. — Michael Benninger

Venissimo Cheese, Del Mar,

12.13: Hillcrest Taste ‘n’ Tinis

Shop till you drop (or drink till you flop) during this self-guided sip ‘n’ stroll when many Hillcrestaurants will serve samples of signature dishes while local boutiques encourage you to wet your whistle with holiday martinis and other festive cocktails. — Michael Benninger

Throughout Hillcrest,

12.13: Wild Night Out

Party like an animal at the San Diego Zoo with music, an ugly sweater contest and keeper talks who will be showing off some of the animal ambassadors up close. Reservations can be made at 619.718.3000.

2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park,

12.13: Michter Whiskey Dinner

Stake Chophouse & Bar will host a curated Michter Whiskey Dinner prepared by executive chef Andrew Kedziora. Guests can expect dishes like dry-aged beef roast with mushroom panisse (chickpea flour fried in olive oil) and barrel-aged soy sauce alongside pours of Unblended American Small Batch Whiskey, Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon and Small Batch Sour Mash. — Carolina Gusman

1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. Reservations: 619.522.0077

12.14: Neal Brennan

“The Internet is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book except every adventure ends with me masturbating.” — Neal Brennan on 3 Mics

@ House of Blues,

Neal Brennan.

Neal Brennan.

(Rich Polk / Getty Images for The Art of Elys)

12.14: Theatre Box Grand Opening Celebration

Downtown will be poppin’ when a new luxury dine-in cinema, Sugar Factory American Brasserie and Chocolate Lounge officially opens its doors in San Diego with Pitbull making history as the first to make his mark with a “Hand and Footprint Ceremony” in the tradition of famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. San Diego native Nick Cannon will host a DJ set inside starting at 10 p.m.

701 Fifth Ave., downtown, (for more information)

12.14: Love Actually screening at San Diego Symphony

Find the antidote to your inner Grinch at this screening of the 2003 romantic comedy accompanied by a live performance from the San Diego Symphony. — Michael Benninger

Copley Symphony Hall, downtown,

12.14: Big Gigantic

The Colorado-based drum/production duo of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken broke through with their 2016 sixth studio album, Brighter Future, which featured collabs with Waka Flocka Flame, Logic and others. Last year, Kasbo, Pham, Kill the Zo, KRANE and others contributed versions to a follow-up remix album. — Scott McDonald

@ Observatory North Park,

12.14: Lil Jon

This dude loves San Diego. The DJ, producer and Grammy-winning King of Crunk was last here in October, at the same venue, fresh from teaming with Lil Buddha on new single, No Hook. — Scott McDonald


Lil Jon.

Lil Jon.

(Noam Galai / Getty Images for Candy Crush Fri)

12.14: MK

Detroit-bred, L.A.-based DJ MK (Marc Kinchen) is best known for charting a pair of No. 1’s on the Billboard 200 and producing tracks for Pitbull. In September, he teamed with Jonas Blue and Becky Hill on new single, Back & Forth. Since, Franky Rizardo, KDA and Boston Bun have taken turns remixing it. — Scott McDonald

@ Spin,

12.14-15: 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,

12.14-15: Hotels/Motels (Unoffical Art Fair 2018)

Explore hotel rooms that are transformed into art galleries, theatrical stages and creative spaces during the fourth edition of this pop-up art show.

The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park,

12.14-16: Rex Navarrete

“I’m so proud to finally see Filipino food featured on Food Network instead of Fear Factor.” — Rex Navarrete

@ The American Comedy Co.,

12.15: Coone

Belgian hardstyle DJ and producer Koen Bauweraerts (aka Coone) is also the founder of the Dirty Workz record label. Bauweraerts just released his sixth studio album, Trip To Tomorrow, in October. The eight-song collection features collaborations with Technotronic, Jelle van Dael, Belle Humble and others. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

12.15: 68th annual Old Town Las Posadas

Halls will be decked, fires will be built and songs will be sung during this annual procession inspired by the story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. — Michael Benninger

Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town,

12.15: Sixth annual San Diego Santa Run

Choose the 5K or one-mile route and race along the streets of P.B. with 3,000 other Santas, then put your free drink ticket to good use at Mavericks Beach Club’s post-race celebration. — Michael Benninger

Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach,

12.15: Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

Following the Santa Run, Garnet Avenue will remain closed as numerous community groups and P.B. businesses strut their stuff in one of the city’s oldest holiday parades. — Michael Benninger

Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach,

12.15: Sixth annual San Diego Holiday Half Marathon

Burn some of those holiday calories on this fast, 13.1-mile course that travels from Penasquitos Drive to Carmel Mountain Road, then follows the bike path along State Route 56 all the way to Torrey Pines State Beach. — Michael Benninger

From Rancho Penasquitos to Torrey Pines State Beach,

12.15: Holiday Market Spectacular

If you’re going to have to spend the day shopping, you might as well do it in the company of delicious beer offerings and more than 15 vendors at the Modern Times’ Fortress of Raditude.

3612 Kurtz St., Point Loma,

12.15: Cold Brew City 2018

Artists, merchants and musicians unite over their shared love of caffeine during this creative and collaborative coffee-centric cultural event that culminates with a friendly competition to suss out the city’s best cold-brewers. — Michael Benninger

Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan,

12.15: Second annual 12 Bars of Charity

Helping local nonprofits build awareness, raise money and attract more members, this charitable pub crawl invites dedicated drinkers to donate $10 to their choice of eight charity teams before taking a free shuttle to a dozen watering holes offering a selection of drink specials.— Michael Benninger

Venues throughout downtown,

12.16: A Very Carnitas’ Christmas

Situated along the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights parade route, Carnitas’ Snack Shack at the Embarcadero offers hot chocolate and peppermint soft-serve for the kids and a variety of holiday cocktails for the adults. There’s also complimentary ornament decorating, gourmet popcorn station, games, a photo station and live music with DJ Mike White. — Carolina Gusman

1004 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.696.7675,

12.16: 11th annual Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Pet owners and their furry, feathered or scaled friends are invited to don costumes and compete in several categories during this romp through the Gaslamp followed by a free pet expo. — Michael Benninger

MLK Promenade Park, downtown,

12.16: 47th annual San Diego Parade of Lights

More than 100,000 locals are expected to attend this bayfront tradition showcasing 80 lavishly decorated boats fitting this year’s theme: Tropical Island Christmas. — Michael Benninger

Several viewing areas along the San Diego Bay,

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