We may be right in the middle of San Diego’s holiday season, but there’s no reason we can’t look beyond the mistletoe to see what’s on tap for 2020 as well. The new year promises plenty of parties, wine tastings, cultural programs, road races, sports, and other amazing events including a stout assemblage of food, beer, and music festivals. We’ve packed the best of the city into one handy calendar that'll happily glide you through the holiday season and beyond. Here's everything you need to do in San Diego this winter.
Now through January 5
Lace up your skates and hit the ice at Rady Children’s Ice Rink in the Arts District at Liberty Station. With 100% of the proceeds going to benefit The Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, the annual event has raised more than $1 million over the past 22 years. Skate ‘till your heart’s content, then visit one of Liberty Station’s restaurants and breweries or hit the Liberty Public Market for nearly unlimited food and beverage choices.
Cost: $10-15 (includes skates and helmet rental)
IDEA1 Building Courtyard
San Diegans will use any excuse to stuff themselves with tacos, so why not lend a helping hand while you’re at it? Lola 55 hosts Block Party For A Cause for Mt. Tabor Monastery in Tecate to provide relief for families affected by the recent wildfires in Baja. The buffet dinner includes a whole roasted pig, dishes created by Lola 55’s chef Drew Bent and several other notable local chefs, plus two alcoholic beverages and one agua fresca (additional beverage tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.) There’s also an auction for a multi-course private dinner provided by one of the participating chefs. Note: The event takes place in the courtyard of IDEA1 Building, so don’t show up at the restaurant!
MLK Promenade Park
Your furry, feathered, or scaled friend gets the chance to strut its stuff at the 12th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. The festivities start under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway and feature prizes for the best pet, human, and group costumes in nine categories, as well as a pet expo. The “Best in Show” winner will even be invited to be the Grand Marshall of the 2020 pet parade! There’s also free live music, and registered guests get 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.
Cost: $15-20 per pet for parade participants; free to watch
American Comedy Co.
Part TED talk and part comedy routine, Stand-Up Science with Shane Mauss at the American Comedy Company in the Gaslamp Quarter combines the best of both worlds to keep you laughing and learning. The show starts with Shane delivering his best brainy material before handing off to two to three guest speakers (ranging from local stand-up comics to Ivy League professors), who keep the comedy flowing while entertainingly educating the audience. After the show, Shane and the guests will all come back onstage and open the floor to questions and discussions with the audience. Nibbles, beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available.
Cost: $18-25 (plus a two-drink minimum)