Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Balboa Park December Nights
Dec. 7-8. From carolers to light displays to live music and more, this two-day holiday blowout is the best way to kick start your holiday spirit. Long-standing traditions including food from around the globe, the charming Santa Lucia procession, unique gift shopping, live presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and much more will fill the heart of Balboa Park each day. Participating museums even open their doors with complimentary admission. Friday 5-10 p.m. Saturday noon-10 p.m. Balboa Park. 619.239.0512.

coronado-holiday-celebratioCoronado Holiday Celebration
Dec. 7. Gather family and friends for this annual Coronado celebration with a festival, parade along Orange Avenue, the lighting of a Christmas tree, holiday music and a fireworks show over Glorietta Bay. Santa arrives by ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 3:20 p.m. to kick off the festivities and sticks around to light the 75-foot tree for all to see. Coronado. 619.437.8788.

whale-watching-hornblowerWhale Watching
Beginning Dec. 8. San Diego’s whale watching season officially opens this Saturday. Come aboard Hornblower’s whale and dolphin watching tour and experience marine wildlife up close and personal. Expert captains and the trained docents narrate the sights—you could see gray, blue, humpback, fin back and even killer whales during the season! Hornblower also offers a whale guarantee. If whales are not sighted on your cruise, come back another time at no cost.  970 N Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.686.8715.

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 8. The boats of Mission Bay will be decked with holly and lights for this annual sail. More than 100 illuminated powerboats and sailboats are expected to participate in the parade, which ends with a fantastic firework display and the lighting of the SeaWorld Skytower Tree of Lights. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Mission Bay, 858.488.0501.

holiday-pet-paradeGaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Dec. 9. Pooches want to get into the holiday spirit too! Pups and pet owners will dress up and march down the decorated, historic streets of the Gaslamp Quarter at this parade and pet expo. The Holiday Pet Parade is open to all pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions. All participants will receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with unique keepsakes, samples, toys and special discounts to some of the Gaslamp Quarter’s pet-friendly restaurants and shops. There will be awards for best-dressed pups and more. $15-20 entry fee. 3 p.m. Parade begins at Gaslamp Hilton Park,  401 K Street, San Diego, 619.233.5227.

san-diego-bay-parage-of-ligSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Dec. 9 & 16. San Diego Bay will twinkle like never before as more than 100 private boats will be garnished with holiday lights for a night on the water. This year, boats are dressed to fit the USS Santa Claus theme. There’s still time to enter—each participant will be entered for a chance to win a grand prize package worth more than $4,000. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays. 5:30-9 p.m. Visible from downtown, Coronado, Embarcadero and Seaport Village. 619.224.2240.

oceanside-parade-of-lightsOceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Dec. 8. Featuring fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys all brightly decorated for the Christmas season, this annual parade enchants onlookers at the harbor, in the nearby restaurants and on the beach. Create holiday magic with your family this December, asa many boats even feature their very own Santa waving to the crowd. 6-9 p.m. Oceanside Harbor.

strong-ale-festivalFOOD + DRINK
Strong Ale Festival
Dec. 8. Pizza Port’s annual festival returns with more than 80 behemoth beers all boasting more than eight percent ABV. Entry to the festival includes six tastes, a commemorative logo tasting glass and the official Strong Ale Festival program to guide you through the day. $30. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. From Belgians to IPAs, Strong Ale Festival has all the heavy hitters, including some extremely rare kegs. 571 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad. 760.720.7007.

lions-share-anniversaryThe Lion’s Share One Year Anniversary
Dec. 9. Celebrate the one year anniversary of downtown’s cozy neighborhood den with half-off all drinks, including the fan fave Cyn-City, made with Plymouth gin, Cynar liqueur, lemon and egg white. For even more excitement, The Lion’s Share will be raffling off prizes throughout the night. 629 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. 619.564.6924.

Broken Lizard
Dec. 6-8. Fresh off of their Comedy Central stand up special, Broken Lizard comedians Kevin Heffernan (“Farva” in Super Troopers) and Steve Lemme (“Finkelstein” in Beerfest) are back on the road. Hear the hilarious pair tell tales of what it’s like to die in a vat of beer, how cops treat them after seeing Super Troopers and the downsides of a fat man hanging around with a little bitty fella. American Comedy Co., 818 6th Avenue, San Diego. 619.795.3858.

Bad Santa Party
Dec. 7. Have you been nice… or naughty? Santa’s nice list may get all the glory, but his naughty list is where all fun resides. Head to Side Bar in your best ‘bad santa’ outfit for a night of devlish fun and the chance to win one of two Gucci purses. DJ Bamboozle will be spinning. 536 Market St., San Diego. 619.780.3848.

Where LA’s Weekend Roundup Breaks Down All the Upcoming Events in LA

Wondering what upcoming happenings are going on in Los Angeles? Look no further than Where LA’s Weekend Roundup, our extensive and continually updated listing of everything happening in the city this weekend. We’ll keep you up to date on museum gallery openings, film festivals, concerts, fireworks, movie nights, and pretty much anything worth doing this weekend. It’s updated every week, so there’s always something different. We’ll tell you what it costs, when it happens, and which website you can visit for more information. Don’t miss out because you were in the dark. Check it out and get off the couch this weekend. The city beckons you.