Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

December Nights
Dec. 6-7. Gather together with friends and family to spread holiday joy and kick-off the most wonderful time of the year in Balboa Park. Watch top-notch music and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food, and catch special events like the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California and unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village. Participating museums will open their doors free of charge from 5-9 p.m. each night. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego.

walkaboutSouth Park Walkabout
Dec. 7. 
Spread holiday cheer as you explore the locally owned shops, galleries and eateries in the crafty neighborhood of South Park at this quarterly open house. Use a streetcar to tour, or casually stroll at your own pace, savoring the arts, festive decorations and food along the way. A guided walking tour departs at 6:30 p.m. from the corner of Juniper and 30th. 6-10 p.m. 30th Street from Kalmia to Beech streets.

toyland-paradeNorth Park Toyland Parade & Festival
Dec. 7. 
Bundle up in the historic neighborhood of North Park and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade. Gliding down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa streets, this cheerful pageant will feel like a winter wonderland with a parade of marching bands, dance groups, vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials and more. 11 a.m. University Ave., San Diego.

winter-nights-UTCWinter Nights at Westfield UTC
Dec. 7, 14 & 21. 
On Saturday nights in December, Westfield UTC’s Palm Plaza will transform into a magical winter wonderland with live entertainment, snow cascading from the rooftops, complimentary s’mores and hot coco stations, and photo ops for the whole family.
Performances include Jazz Night with Whitney Shay and Adam Johnson, scenes from The Nutcracker and carols from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir. 5-8 p.m. Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego. 858.546.8858.

pet-paradeGaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Dec. 8. San Diego’s furriest parade returns to downtown with pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions dressed to impress in their favorite holiday costumes. The pet parade steps off at 3 p.m. $15. The expo, which is open to the public, runs from 1-5 p.m. Free. 401 K Street, San Diego. 619.233.5227. 

San Diego Chargers
Dec. 8. The Bolts welcome Eli Manning and the New York Giants to the Q. Overall, the Chargers and Giants have each won five games against one another, with San Diego winning the last two. Head to the stadium early for pre-game festivities; the parking lot opens five hours prior to kick off. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego. 877.242.7437.

Jay Z
Dec. 7. A rapper, producer, entrepreneur and media mogul, Jay Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. Now, he’s taking his latest album, “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” on the road with the Magna Carter World Tour, where he’s putting on a career-spanning show covering material from his early days all the way through “Holy Grail.” Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.594.0429.

macklemoreMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
Dec. 5.
Rap and DJ duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have taken the music world by storm since their first single as an official team, “Thrift Shop,” dropped. The track went on to be the Billboard Music Award’s Rap Song of the Year for 2013, while Macklemore and Lewis won Best Group at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Hear “Thrift Shop,” “Otherside” and “Same Love,” an anthem adopted by the LGBT community. Special guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T. also perform. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.594.0429.

wrex-the-hallsWrex the Halls
Dec. 8.
91x radio’s annual holiday concert features a rockin’ line-up of indie and alternative artists, including The Silent Comedy, Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Vampire Weekend and headliner Queens of the Stone Age. If you can’t make the main event, check out the Friday bonus show with Fitz & The Tantrums. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.594.0429.

Million Dollar Quartet
Dec. 3-8. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Prepare for uncanny impersonations and some lively rock ‘n’ roll music. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100. 

Margaret Cho “Mother” Tour
Dec. 5. According to the comedian, “Mother” is an untraditional look at motherhood and how society views maternal figures and strong women. Cho’s show is edgy, filled with riotous observations on race, drugs, sexuality, celebrity, culture and politics—nothing is sacred. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.