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San Diego International Auto Show

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.
The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 30 plus global manufacturers. Be among the first in the U.S. to see dozens of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms. The wide selection of 2020 and 2021 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting-edge designs.
Jan 1 - Jan 5, 2020

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Kids' New Years Eve at LEGOLAND

``Midnight`` comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes.

LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air at San Diego's largest Kids' New Year's Eve Party!
Dec 31, 2019
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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2020 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.

More than a race, Carlsbad is an unforgettable experience.
Jan 19, 2020
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM


San Diego Restaurant Week

The Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 19 through Sunday, January 26 for a delicious dining experience! With more than 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving.
Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020


Museum Month

Half-Off Admission to 40+ Museums
San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at any of the libraries listed at the bottom of this page or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums. The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums* throughout the month of February.


New Year's Day Brunch Cruise

Spend New Year's Day aboard a yacht sipping mimosas and enjoying a delicious brunch buffet. Bring your appetite, Flagship's New Year's Brunch includes all your breakfast favorites, along with made-to-order omelets, chef's carving station, fresh seafood, farm-fresh salads, Belgian waffles, French toast, fruit, pastries and authentic street tacos with Mexican rice and refried beans. Replenish yourself with scenic sights, music and fresh air, aboard a relaxing cruise around the bay, New Year's Day is Wednesday, January 1, 2020.



Filled with musical performances, entertainers, and animal encounters. New this year is Aurora, an exciting visual and sound experience that weaves 3-D projections, music, and light into a spectacular performance.
December 13–23 and December 25–January 5.


What’s Driving the Balboa Park Leadership Vacuum

The Balboa Park Conservancy, founded eight years ago to act as a leader for Balboa Park, has never found its footing in that role. Advocates and power brokers who rarely align on what’s right for Balboa Park quietly agree on the need for change in the weeks since the Plaza de Panama plan fell apart.


Tourism to Cabrillo National Monument

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 842,000 visitors to Cabrillo National Monument in 2018 spent $49.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 654 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the San Diego economy of $67.5 million.

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It’s official, San Diego’s downtown planning agency is finished

On Tuesday City Council members voted 5-2 to implement a settlement agreement that separates the two entities, effectively returning downtown land use decisions to the city and leaving Civic to stand alone as a public benefit company with a focus on community investment programs.

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Holiday Bowl, Mountain West face changes after new tie-ins announced

Official word came Tuesday when the bowl revealed its Mountain West tie-in will be replaced in 2020 with an SEC/Big Ten relationship that coincides with a move to the Raiders’ new Las Vegas stadium.

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San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison

At a ceremony for the inaugural Michelin Guide California in Huntington Beach, which was attended by a who’s who of the state’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Addison executive chef and San Diego native William Bradley accepted the illustrious award for the 13-year-old bastion of fine dining at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

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Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions

The city of San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art are set to execute a 20-year lease agreement that will have the institution pay rent for the first time in history, and set a precedent for all nonprofit leases in Balboa Park.


U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

Date - Aug. 31-Sept. 3

One of the top 20 “Must See” seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best, this Labor Day weekend tradition features 12 world master sculptors.


Sea Chantey Fest

Date- Aug. 26

Visitors will join in sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by local and national artists such as The Jackstraws, The Bilge Pump band, Gilman Carver and more.


San Diego Spirits Festival

Date- Aug. 25-26

Celebrating its 10th year, the San Diego Spirits Festival brings the best of cocktails to the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier.


San Diego Zoo

Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat.


Baja Vino

Baja Vino does weekly group tours and daily custom private tours from San Diego and Northern Baja to Mexico's Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe. All Baja Vino tours are ALL-INCLUSIVE which includes transportation to/from Valle de Guadalupe, personal tour guide, tastings at 3 of Baja's premier wineries, and a gourmet lunch provided by a top chef of the region.


Bates Nut Farm

15954 Woods Valley Rd Valley Center, CA 92082
Five generations of the Bates family have owned and operated the Bates Nut Farm. It started out as a walnut farm but they now sell nuts from all over the world in addition to other old-fashioned delights. Shopping is part of what you do here and not-to-be-missed is are the candy barrels and other specialty items in the huge shop. But fall is when many families make an annual trek out to the farm to celebrate the seasons. Bates Nut Farm has a petting zoo, straw maze, fall activities and a 15-acre pumpkin patch where you can take out a wheelbarrow in search of your perfect pumpkin.