Events subject to cancellation. Please confirm events before attending.
Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival, Fri, Nov 16, 6:30-8pm. Free. Santa will begin his arrival at 6:30PM up near Starbucks and will make his way to center court. Help Santa light the 2-story holiday tree. Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throught the evening. Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad.
Del Mar Antique Show & Sale, Fri-Sun, Nov 16-18, 11am-5pm. Free. Antiques & collectibles including all types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American & European furniture, vintage collectibles and decorator items, more! Appraisal booth charges $5 per item. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014
Guided Bird Walk, Sat, Nov 17, 8-10am. Free. A variety of habitats gives us the opportunity to see resident and migratory birds. We’ll stay alert for hawks that like to frequent this area. Oak Grove Loop - meet in front of the Visitor Center Mission Trails Regional Park. One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
History Nature Hike, Sat, Nov 17, 9-11am. Free. Join Mike Kelly for a history and nature hike in Peñasquitos Canyon. Stand on the site of the old Immigrant Road into San Diego, the site of the first Transcontinental Mail and passenger delivery, and the Kit Carson crossing from the battle of San Pasqual. Learn about the local nature as well. Meet at the kiosk near the corner of Park Village Road and Camino del Sur Rd. in Rancho Peñasquitos, 92129. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, 12020 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92130
Tree Lighting, Sat, Nov 17, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Kick off the holidays with an evening of holiday crafts, photos with Santa, exclusive retail offers and live entertainment for the whole family which will culminate in the lighting of our 35 ft. tree. Las Americas Premium Outlets, 211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro.
Snapology: Hands-on Learning LEGO Experience, Saturdays, Nov 17, Dec 15, 10:30am-noon. Free. Build with LEGO bricks as you learn about the world. Topics and subjects change with each class and may include science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), as well as robotics and animation! Registration required at https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/snapology-–-hands-learning-lego®-experience-17. If all spots are full and you’d like to attend, you may come the day of to see if there are last-minute cancellations. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway.
Rock & Gem Round Up, Sat-Sun, Nov 17-18, 10am-4pm. Free. El Cajon Valley Gem and Mineral Society presents it’s annual Rock and Gem Round-Up. Vendors will be selling Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Jewelry and Beads. Free Gem Identification. Free demonstrations. Raffle, Food Booth and Activities for the kids. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview Street, Lakeside, 92040
Star of India Companion Sail.
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18 • 9am • $249pp.
All Aboard Californian, San Salvador and America! Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience! Star of India, built in 1863, is the world’s oldest active sailing ship and has circumnavigated the globe 21 times. Star of India first came to the City of San Diego in 1927. It was not until 1951 when Maritime Museum of San Diego made long-awaited historical renovations to the vessel originally named Euterpe, after the Greek goddess of music and poetry.
Guests can reserve tickets aboard the vessels visitors find at the Maritime Museum including: • Californian, the official tall ship of the state • San Salvador, the 1542 Spanish galleon replica built in San Diego by staff and volunteers • America, a replica of the historic yacht that won the America’s Cup in 1851.
The Sat., Nov.17 and Sun. Nov. 18 Star of India sailing celebration tickets include catered breakfast, lunch, drinks, and celebratory champagne. Each ship will include an on-board historian to deepen guests’ understanding. Space is limited and include admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego. (619) 234-9153 ext. 111. $249 per person. All ages. https://sdmaritime.org/
Mother Goose Parade, Sun, Nov 18, 1pm. Free. More than 100 parade entries from around the United States will wind through El Cajon including motorized floats, marching bands and drill units, equestrians, clowns, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and Santa Claus. The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus. Starts on Main St. at El Cajon Blvd, ends at First Ave. El Cajon Blvd & W Main St., El Cajon. 619-333-0771. www.mothergooseparade.org/
Encinitas Holiday Street Fair.
Sun., Nov. 18 • 9am-4pm • Free. With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities, and walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. When it’s time for a bite or a drink, the options are abundant, from the unique food vendors in the street fair to the 40+ restaurants and bars in our downtown.
Remember to bring your own bag(s) to collect all your street fair shopping. Merchants are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic bags in Encinitas. Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, 760-943-1950. www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas
Battle on the Midway. Tues, Nov 20, 6-9pm. $20-$100. Fresno State University vs. Stanford collegiate wrestling showdown on the flight deck of the famed aircraft carrier USS Midway. USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr., San Diego.
Fly Casting Clinic. Ongoing Sundays thru Dec 29, 9am-noon. Free. If you have wanted to cast a fly rod, or you know how but just want to practice, then the free fly casting clinic at Lake Murray on Sunday mornings might be the ticket. Sponsor, San Diego Fly Fishing Club has rods, reels and casting instructors for participants without gear. Ages 16+. Look for Gazebo and fly poles east of the Boat Ramp by lake. Lake Murray Reservoir, 5540 Kiowa Drive, San Carlos.
La Mesa Walk ‘N’ Talk, Tues, Aug, 21, 9-10:30am. Free. Walk the paths along the lake, enjoy friendly encounter with fellow walkers who enjoy getting out and about the cool environs of Lake Murray. The topic for this month will be owls of San Diego. Meet at the ball fields by entering from Murray Park Dr and Belle Glade Ave. Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive, San Diego, 92119
Softball Thursday Pick-Up Game, Ongoing Thursday thru Dec 20, 9-11:30am. Free. Age 21+. For 55 and Up/Females 50 up. Batting/fielding practice starts 9am. Game starts 10am. Have extra bats/mitts if needed. John F. Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Ave, El Cajon.
Sunset Market at Coast Hwy & Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, 5-9pm, every Thursday. www.visitoceanside.org
Waterski and Wakeboard, Sundays, 8-11am; Thursdays, 5-8pm. Ongoing. The Convair Waterski Club is active year-round on Mission Bay. The club provides two ski boats for waterskiing and wakeboarding, with instruction and equipment available on request. Nominal fee per run. Meet at the south end of Crown Point Beach, 3500 Crown Point Drive. Guests of any skill level are welcome. Info: email@example.com. Crown Point, 3700 Crown Point Drive, San Diego, 92109. sdwaterski.org
Emei Qigong Practice. Saturdays, 11:30am. Ongoing thru Fri, Jan 25, 2019. Free. Master Wendy has been studying natural medicine and natural healing techniques since the late 1980s and meditation and Eastern energetic arts since 1994. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park.
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Behind the Scenes Tour at Mission San Luis Rey, every Saturday & Sunday. www.sanluisrey.org
Youth Fishing Clinic at Chollas Lake. Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm. Free. Kids-only fishing clinic open to children 15 years and under, Saturday and Sunday year-round. No experience or equipment necessary. Fishing lessons, bait, and fun provided. Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego (Oak Park), 92115.