San Diego: This Weekend (Dec. 8-11)

From The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade to comedian Steve Byrne at the La Jolla Comedy Store, there's plenty to do this weekend in San Diego.

North Park After Dark - Thursday

It's time to do some shopping! More than 26 businesses in this cool neighborhood will stay open late to take part in the winter edition of North Park After Dark. Those in attendance have the opportunity to visit stores between 5-9 p.m. and stamp a raffle card (most get 10 stamps) to enter for a variety of prizes. For more information and updates, visit the event's Facebook page.

Jon Rudnitsky - Thursday through Saturday

"Texting I find painful, because I wait. I can't handle it. If a girl doesn't respond to me in 30 to 40 seconds, I assume the worst: that she's not into it. You thought I was going to say something more dramatic, like, 'Worst-case scenario, she's dead.' That's best-case scenario, because then I don't have to technically deal with the rejection. 'Oh she got hit by a bus? Thank God, I thought she was just ignoring me.' "

- Jon Rudnitsky at Gotham Comedy Club

@ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

Sue Meet Sue - Thursday through Sunday

Calling all Sue's of the world. The Animals: Machines in Motion exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been open since October, but through Sunday those with the first name Sue are invited to come meet the life-size cast skeleton of the T. rex (named Sue) for free (and of course, friends and family of those named Sue, but they will have to pay regular admission price -$28 adults; $26 seniors/students/military;$15 youth ages 3-17; children 2 and under are free). For more information, visit sdnat.org/meetsue. #SueMeetSue

BAAUER - Friday

"Harlem Shake" producer Harry Bauer Rodrigues released his debut studio album, "Aa," in March. His latest single, "Night Out," features Chaki Zulu, KEPHA, JB, kZm, and PETZ. - Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com

Steve Byrne - Friday and Saturday

"I'll tell you who the greatest friend you can have when you're growing up is. Not only that, I'll tell you who the greatest human being in our country is right now. You ready? Fat white girls. Fat white girls rock. Fat white girls are ahead of the game. Whatever fat white girls do, it takes the rest of the country a few years to catch up to them, which sounds ironic."

- Steve Byrne on The Late Late Show with James Corden

@ La Jolla Comedy Store, lajolla.thecomedystore.com

Rain Man - Friday

Former producer/member of Chicago EDM trio Krewella, Rain Man (aka Kris Trindl) has joined Steve Aoki's Dim Mak and just released the single "Habit" with Krysta Youngs. - Scott McDonald

@ Omnia, omnianightclub.com

"The Principles of Nature" - Saturday

South Korean artist Jaehyo Lee's second solo exhibition will showcase his nature-inspired work, which explores the boundaries between contemporary art and design. The show runs through Feb. 5. - Sarah Pfledderer

Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St., St. 100, La Jolla, 858.459.0836, madisongalleries.com

Holiday Block Party - Saturday

The streets, plazas, shops, galleries and restaurants around Liberty Station will be filled with holiday spirit from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday for the Holiday Block Party. Expect to see carolers singing holiday tunes, a holiday pop-up market, kid-friendly activities, and of course, the central outdoor ice rink. For more information and to see a map of participating locations, go to libertystation.com.

Toast of Gaslamp - Saturday

Posh, nosh and slosh your way around downtown from 1-5 p.m. Saturday during the Toast of Gaslamp. Twenty of the top Gaslamp restaurants will offer samples of cocktails and bite-sized treats to make you forget about the stress of the holiday season. But if shopping is still on the brain, there will be several retailers and galleries offering up deals as well. Festive attire is encouraged. Tickets are $25 in advance (use code PACIFIC for $5 off tickets) and $30 the day of. For more information or to buy tickets, go to toastofgaslamp.com.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights - Sunday

The 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights dazzles bayfront crowds over two weekends with a procession of nearly 100 boats decorated to this year's theme, "It Began with a Roar - San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years." The Parade of Lights also takes place on Dec. 18. - Michelle Dederko

San Diego Bay, sdparadeoflights.org

The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Sunday

Furry and feathered companions of all shapes and sizes are invited to don festive costumes and strut in this jolly pet parade. Read more about the event here, or check out our Facebook page to enter our contest for a free pair of tickets (enter by 10 a.m. Friday). - Michelle Dederko

Hilton Gaslamp Park, downtown, gaslamp.org

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