Posted by ft Editorial Staff / May 29, 2020

30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) rates hit historic low. The 30-year FRM rate hit an historic low in May 2020, averaging 3.23%. This is down from a year earlier when it averaged 4.0%. FRM rates have descended to historic lows and are likely to go lower due to monetary policy to stimulate lending to ride out today’s trendless economic times. Beginning in March, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) dropped their benchmark interest rate to zero and began purchasing most issues of mortgage-backed securities, fulfilling their role as the lender of last resort to ensure mortgage originations continue. In turn, interest rates will remain near and below today’s record-low levels for several months to a year.

For-sale inventory drops  As we make our way through a chaotic spring 2020, inventory is emerging as a key component in pricing California’s housing market. Inventory for sale is near a record low, with just 74,100 homes for sale in March 2020. This is down 23% from 96,700 homes on the market a year earlier. Buyers of higher priced homes are taking a step back from the housing market this spring as they take the wait and see approach to the economic disarray wrought by the coronavirus (COVID-19). While listings are pulled as buyers and sellers get cold feet, the actual for-sale inventory may rise in the coming months. Many mid- and high-tier homebuyers will remain on the sidelines, able but unwilling to purchase in what is becoming 2020’s “new depression” economy. Headlights will be on lower housing.

Home sales volume set to fall.  34,100 new and resale home transactions closed escrow statewide during March 2020. The number of homes sold was 2% lower than a year earlier. Expect to see a sharper decrease when April 2020 reports come in, the result of an economic collapse and pandemic driven shelter-in-place orders. Today’s low interest rates are giving buyer purchasing power and home prices a boost. Still, home sales volume won’t recover until the pandemic response has ended, likely with a vaccine. Home sales volume will continue the year-over-year decrease in 2020, significantly slowing the flow of agent fees. Then, California’s housing market will need to emerge from the pandemic-distorted underlying recession and under-reported financial market crash, a recovery not likely to begin until 2022-2023.

San Diego Bird Festival   Feb. 26-Mar. 1
Were celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the U.S. We hope you will join us for the celebration, and well give you plenty of opportunities to look up and see the birds of San Diego. Know that your experience is giving something back to the birds: the proceeds of this festival support the education, conservation, and sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society.
Time/Place: Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way
Contact: 858-273-7800 /

KuumbaFest   Feb. 28-Mar. 1
KuumbaFest is San Diegos longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage. The three-day festival includes traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre Live at the Lyceum, a Gospel Concert, and guest speakers and artists.
Time/Place: San Diego Repertory Theatre: 79 Horton Plaza
Contact: 619-544-1000 /

TinyFest California    Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Tour tiny houses, van conversions, skoolies and more! Enjoy speakers, workshops, Simple Living Marketplace, food & music.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego Comic Fest   Mar. 5-8
Indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators in a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Our special theme will be a celebration of the centennials of the births of science-fiction and fantasy master Ray Bradbury and stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen!
Time/Place: Four Points by Sheraton San Diego: 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego

Spring Home/Garden Show   Mar. 6-8
Inspiring real Garden Masters landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales and face-to-face consultations with top experts – all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside.
Time/Place: Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 858-350-3738 /
Swimbait Invasion Expo   Mar. 7
Shop from a variety of vendors including swimbaits, apparel, food, and more!
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-596-3141 /

San Diego Undy Run/Walk   Mar. 7
Participants run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about the often tabooed disease of colon cancer. A unique, family-friendly run/walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Participants receive a pair of boxer shorts and are encouraged to run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about this often tabooed disease.
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Mission Bay Park – De Anza Cove

CRSSD Festival   Mar. 7-8
A two-day electronic music festival featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more.
Time/Place: Sat 12pm-Sun 10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park

Spring Busker Festival   Mar. 7-8
We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nations top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.
Time/Place: 12-6pm / Seaport Village
Contact: 619-530-0704 /

Mariachi Festival   Mar. 8
Join us to enjoy the wonderful performances of great Mariachi groups and Folkloric Dance groups throughout the day.
Time/Place: 11am-7pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista
Contact: 619-477-9339 /

San Diego Latino Film Festival   Mar. 12-22
An 11 day celebration of Latino Cinema, Arts & Culture. The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain as well as Opening Night and Closing Night Parties, the 5th Annual Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and free student screenings.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / AMC Fashion Valley 18
Contact: 619-230-1938 /
St. Patricks Day Parade & Festival   Mar. 14
Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 120 entries. Following the parade, an event-filled Irish Festival features live entertainment on 3 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, a Celtic Food Village and other Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-6pm, Parade 10:30am / Balboa Park

San Diego shamROCK   Mar. 14
Frolic through a clover field with your green beer or Irish whiskey libation as 6 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter get covered with over 50,000 square feet of luscious emerald green astroturf! Bust out your best jig with performances by traditional Irish steppers, or shake your clovers across 3 stages of non-stop live music including nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands, top DJs and more!
Time/Place: 2pm-Midnight / Gaslamp Quarter
Contact: 619-233-5008 /

St. Patricks Day 10K Run   Mar. 14
St. Patricks Day 10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk. Features: Awesome Medals to all Finishers, Dominos Pizza and Beer at the finish, High quality tech shirt, 10K Awards to top 3 in each age division.
Time/Place: 7:45am / Mission Bay Park
Contact: 619-298-7400 /

Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest   Mar. 14
Enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs, as well as unlimited beer and wine tastings provided by some of the best craft breweries and wineries from San Diego and Baja California! Well also have live music w/ Kimba Light and live art showcases all day!
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Fashion Valley Mall
Contact: 619-230-1938 /

Rocket Con   Mar. 20-22
You will find many unique vendors selling all kinds of geeky collectibles from statues to comics and games. You can also meet some spectacular artists within our Artist Alley, introduce yourself to some professional cosplayers, or better yet, take a picture with them!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Scottish Rite Event Center, San Diego
Rough N Cut Show   Mar. 21
Rough stone, yard rock, lapidary materials, equipment, minerals, crystals, gemstones and more!
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Contact: 760-728-1130 /

Best Coast Beer Fest   Mar. 21
Bringing together over 100 breweries from all across the Best Coast, the festival will allow nearly 5,000 beer lovers the opportunity to sippity, sip, sip on over 200 beers from 100 of the West Coasts best breweries. Every ticket sold goes to support Cuck Fancer and helps young adult cancer patients and survivors.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North

Bark in the Park   Mar. 21
Bring your family and dog for a day of fun to help raise funds for the Live Oak Dog Park! Dog walk, contest, booths and demonstrations.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Live Oak Dog Park, Fallbrook

The Julian Daffodil Show   Mar. 21-22
Visit Julian to marvel at Daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts. It will also feature Childrens Art – Water Colors of Daffodils.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Julian Town Hall
Contact: 760-765-1857 /

Carlsbad 5000   Mar. 21-22
The event features multiple age-group races throughout the morning leading up to the legendary pro womens and mens races. The Party by the Sea gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line with participants 21 and older celebrating in the Pizza Port beer garden with two complimentary craft brews and runners of all ages rocking out to live music on the streets of the Carlsbad Village.

San Diego Cake Show   Mar. 21-22
Themed Red Carpet Cakes, this is a weekend with celebrity chef appearances, raffles, cake competitions, classes by world-renowned cake artists, shopping from the top caking vendors, and free stage demos. Features a cake design competition open to everyone, a variety of decorating classes for all skill levels, skills & decorating demonstrations, plus raffles and vendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and supplies.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 858-333-6905 /

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race   Mar. 22
Each Hot Chocolate 15/5K race features both a 15K (9.3 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! It benefits Make-A-Wish, a national charity that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The best goodie bags in running, free instantaneous race photos and scrumptious post-race treats are just three reasons youll want to sign up.
Time/Place: 6:45am / Petco Park, Park Boulevard

Community Service Fair   Mar. 25
Encourage students to develop skills, make contacts, and allow them to improve the quality of their community.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Fallbrook High School

Veterans Appreciation Golf Tournament   Mar. 27
It will be an amazing day of fun with 18 holes, boxed lunch provided, business networking and a dinner during the awards ceremony.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Carlton Oaks Golf Club, Santee
Contact: 619-449-1515 /

Race for Autism   Mar. 28
Featuring a SUPERHERO 5K chip timed run, 5K walk or 1-mile Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, childrens activities, music, commemorative medals, and t-shirts, capes for kids, prizes, refreshments and more! Costumes and strollers welcome! Help NFAR (National Foundation for Autism Research) continue to change lives.
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Balboa Park
Contact: 858-679-8800 /

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington   Mar. 28
A tribute to Fallbrooks own, Frank Capra! A idealistic man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. He soon finds out about political corruption. Come learn about Fallbrook History and support the Fallbrook Historical Society.
Time/Place: 2pm & 6pm / Fallbrook Mission Theater: 231 N Main Ave.
Contact: 760-253-8904 /

San Diego Awesome 80s Run 5K & 10K   Mar. 29
All finishers receive a Totally Awesome 80s Finishers Medal & a Circa 1980s Style T-shirt. Wacky costumes, neon shorts and leggings, wild colorful hairstyles, big glasses, headbands and scrunchies, stylish leotards, and many other ridiculous costumes will be worn on race day.
Time/Place: 7:15-11am / Embarcadero Park South

BY PHILLIP MOLNAR                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Union Tribune 1/29/2020

Home prices were up 3.9 percent annually in the San Diego metropolitan area in November, outpacing all other West Coast markets, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices reported Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                                                                    San Diego metro’s price gain slightly outpaced the national average gain of 3.5 percent, and was a substantial reversal after a sluggish start to 2019. From January to June, annual price gains locally were around 1 percent.                                                                                                                                                  The index showed gains across most markets, which analysts mainly attributed to dropping mortgage interest rates. Other factors include low unemployment and tight home inventory driving up prices. Low-cost markets had the biggest gains. Phoenix was up 5.9 percent, Charlotte, N.C., up 5.2 percent and Tampa, Fla., up 5 percent. Chicago had the lowest gain at 0.4 percent.                                                                                                                                                     San Diego metro’s rise outpaced markets it often falls behind on the West Coast, including Portland and Seattle, each up 3.3 percent. The same goes for Los Angeles, up 2.7 percent, and San Francisco, up 0.5 percent.                                                                                                                                                          CoreLogic chief economist Matthew Speakman said the nation’s growing population and other factors have pushed prices up. “Add in low mortgage rates, family income growth and a limited inventory of homes for sale,” he wrote, “and that translates into home-price growth that surpasses overall inflation on other consumer products.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.7 percent in November, said Freddie Mac, down from 4.87 percent at the same time last year. The Case-Shiller indices take into consideration repeat sales of identical single-family houses as they turn over through the years. Prices are adjusted for seasonal swings. The San Diego County median home price for a resale single-family home in November was $633,750, said CoreLogic.                                                    Zillow economist Matthew Speakman said the shortage of homes for sale could be seen as a primary driver of price acceleration. “This lack of homes has made competition among buyers — buoyed by otherwise favorable economic conditions — even more fierce,” he wrote in an analysis, “in turn helping to push up prices even faster.” Speakman said the lack of homes for sale could be a threat to the housing market as an overheating of prices could lead to turning away more buyers than it attracts. There were 5,541 homes for sale in November in San Diego County, said the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. That’s down from 7,445 at the same time the previous year.                                                                                                                                                                         It is probably unlikely that home prices will be going down anytime soon, said Bill Banfield, Quicken Loans chief risk officer, about the latest index numbers. “If we fast forward ahead of this data,” he wrote, “we see interest rates falling again and the same constrained inventory issues. This should keep home prices rising in most areas of the country.”


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San Diego Black Film Festival   Jan. 29-Feb. 2
We screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos. As the first and largest black film festival of the year, numerous other festival reps scout new films from us for their event.
Time/Place: Theatre Box: 701 Fifth Ave, San Diego
Contact: 619-232-0401 /

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby   Feb. 1
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Freshly stocked with rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony.
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-668-4772 /

Museum Month   Feb. 1-29
The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums throughout the month of February. Receive a San Diego Museum Month pass when you book a stay in February at one of Hiltons 40 participating locations throughout San Diego County. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library

Time/Place: locations in the San Diego area.
Contact: 619-276-0101 /

Brewbies Beer Festival   Feb. 8
Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and (our favorite) signature PINK beers from over 40 of the best breweries around! As always we donate 100% of the proceeds from Brewbies to the Keep A Breast Foundation to help support their mission of empowering young people around the world with breast health education and support!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside

Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk   Feb. 8
Spectacular ocean views in a unique setting at an hour of the day when the park is normally closed. Plus, your participation helps with the parks many programs, including science education for underprivileged children.
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30am / Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma
Contact: 619-222-4747 /

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego   Feb. 8
The course features beautiful Bay views and the majority of the course takes place on closed roads. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal and necklace! 10K, Half, 5K, Mermaid Dash (Ages 9-12) and Mermaid Dash (Ages 6-8).
Time/Place: 7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay

Chinese New Year Fair   Feb. 8-9
We will have traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! We will also be featuring a very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days, so dont miss out!
Time/Place: San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum: 404 3rd Ave
Contact: 619-338-9888 /

2020 Cardiff Kook Run   Feb. 9
The course starts under the world famous Encinitas sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous Cardiff Kook statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costume participants who best display the spirit of the annual Cardiff Kook.
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

San Diego Theatre Week   Feb. 13-23
More than 30 San Diego performing arts organizations have come together to collaborate on and promote the fourth annual San Diego Theatre Week, a celebration of performing arts that will serve to promote the vast array of performing arts in the city. Most theatres will be performing during the special week, but even organizations without events that week will have special offers whether for present or future performances.
Contact: 858-381-5595 /

5K Paw Walk in the Garden   Feb. 15
San Diego Botanic Garden is partnering with Rancho Coastal Humane Society once again for our 8th Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Both organizations benefit from this great event. Dogs and their human friends follow a scenic route through the 37 acre garden. There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies.
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-3036 /
Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience   Feb. 15-16
Filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.  Neon City and Glow Gallery: See LEGO art shine under black-light and add your custom creations to the mix! Brick Fest Speedway: Build, race and win! Watch your custom-built LEGO derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-tracks!
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds


Californias American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival   Feb. 20-22
The CAIIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country. The festival offers an event that promises not only exclusive viewings, but includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening.
Time/Place: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino
Contact: 760-750-3535 /

San Diego Mardi Gras Celebration   Feb. 21-22 & 25
Indulge in an evening of Mardi Gras festivities including DJ, live music, themed parties, decadent drink specials, extended Happy Hour and more perks! Dress Festive in Mardi Gras colors (purple, gold and green). Put on your comfy dancing shoes!
Time/Place: 6pm-2am / Gaslamp Quarter
Contact: 619-944-8900 /

San Diego Beer Chase   Feb. 22
A one-day six-person running relay of approximately 50 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distanceto sunny SoCal to celebrate the amazing craft beers of San Diego County! Teams will start in San Marcos and meet the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad to enjoy beautiful oceanfront running through the coastal towns of Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Bay to finish in San Diego. Run with your friends and enjoy some sun & sand, while sampling San Diegos best breweries!
Time/Place: Mason Ale Works, San Marcos

Hillcrest Mardi Gras   Feb. 25
Hillcrest will be tossing out the beads, and doubloons while the food and drinks are flowing throughout the entire neighborhoodin true New Orleans Mardi Gras style! Your ticket allows you exclusive access to hop on/off any party bus and enjoy no cover, and priority admission to the neighborhood’s best bars, clubs, and venues where you will enjoy exclusive drink specials, beads, offers, samples and more!
Time/Place: 7-11pm / University Ave & Third Ave, San Diego
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

San Diego Bird Festival   Feb. 26-Mar. 1
Were celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States. We hope you will join us for the celebration, and well give you plenty of opportunities to look up and see the birds of San Diego. Know that your experience is giving something back to the birds: the proceeds of this festival support the education, conservation, and sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society.
Time/Place: Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way
Contact: 858-273-7800 /

KuumbaFest   Feb. 28-Mar. 1
KuumbaFest is San Diegos longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage. The three-day festival that includes traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre Live at the Lyceum, a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.
Time/Place: San Diego Repertory Theatre: 79 Horton Plaza
Contact: 619-544-1000 /

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival   Feb. 29
Thats right, FOOD. You dont pay for food at MVCBF. As 2020 will be our 10th Anniversary we wanted to do something special. So we joined forces with San Diego Bacon Fest to celebrate bacon and all things craft.
Time/Place: 1:20-5pm / SDCCU Stadium


Sycamore Canyon Trail Races   Feb. 29
The Sycamore Canyon Trail Races are run on a loop course in the beautiful Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve just east of San Diego. Registration Requirements: 100k Solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race.
Time/Place: 4:30-10:30pm / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Lakeside

Chula Vista Champions Celebration   Feb. 29
We will award those who have been recognized in the last five years either locally, regionally, nationally or internationally for their achievements. These champions can represent Chula Vista in academics, sports, community service, cultural arts, and more.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
East County Honors Annual Dinner   Feb. 29
East County Honors has become the premiere awards celebration in East County, honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizing the tremendous and lasting impact theyve made on our community.
Time/Place: 6-9:30pm / Barona Resort & Casino, Lakeside
Contact: 619-440-6161 /

Wine, Chocolate and a Good Book   Feb. 29
Enjoy the sunset at a beautiful home on the beach in Oceanside while you sip wine, sample chocolate, mingle with friends, and meet Hudu Al-Marashi, author of First Comes Marriage. In addition to the sipping and sampling, therell also be the opportunity to bid in a variety of silent auction items including two vacation trip.
Time/Place: 4-6:40pm / Location with ticket purchase
Contact: 760-435-5564 /

TinyFest California    Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Tour tiny houses, van conversions, skoolies and more! Enjoy speakers, workshops, Simple Living Marketplace, food and live music.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sim 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

By Phillip Molnar / San Diego Union / Jan 2, 2020

Renters in San Diego County spent $86.2 billion on housing over the decade as rent prices steadily increased, according to an analysis by Zillow.

From January 2010 to December 2019, San Diegans saw the amount they spent on rent increase 53.6 percent.

San Diego rent price growth exceeded the overall national gain of 46 percent over the last 10 years, but it was largely in the middle of the pack among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas.

For instance, rent paid was up 38.7 percent in the Los Angeles metro area and 35 percent percent in New York City – lower than San Diego.  However, in Austin, rent was up by 92.6 percent in the same time period, 91 percent in Raleigh and 65.8 percent in San Jose.

Looking at overall rent paid can be a bit tricky because of variable factors like population growth rates and – especially in the case of Austin – an influx of higher paying jobs that can fuel rising rent prices.

However, the analysis also shows that on a percentage basis, the total money going to rental housing is rising compared to wages and other living costs, said Skylar Olsen, director of economic research at Zillow.  She said while there are a variety of trends to point to in the 2010s that are good – record expansion, very low unemployment, some income growth – they don’t take into account the increasing amount of money going to rent.

“All of that ignores the cost of life’s basics are increasing above and beyond that growth,” Olsen said.  “yes, the unemployment rate is at record lows.  Yes, mortgage rates are at record lows.  but, the challenge you have to make it is still as hard  or harder, than it has ever been.”                                                             She said when renters put too much money toward housing, it limits the ability to save for a home down payment, pay for school and save for retirement.           Over the 2010s, U.S. renters spent $4.5 trillion on housing, Zillow data showed.  The biggest of any year was 2019 with $512 billion gong toward rent.  Rents grew the fastest in 2015  - up 6.5 percent annually – as the economy powered out of the recession.                                                                                                  Rent costs over the last decade took up a large part of spending in America’s larger cities, such as $506.9 billion in New York City, $345.9 billion in Los Angeles, and $133.6 billion in Washington, D.C. Zillow’s estimate of median rent prices tends to skew a bit higher, the result of a proprietary formula calculating costs.  Its recent estimate of monthly rent in the San Diego metropolitan area, which covers all of San Diego County, was $2,548.  That’s significantly higher than the estimate of $1,852 a month from real estate tracker CoStar for the third quarter.                                                                                                                  Olsen said there are reasons why rent may not go up at the same pace in the next decade, at least at the start.  She said home ownership rates are ticking up, and rental appreciation is expected to slow meaning total rental spending could head lower.                                                                                                            While many real estate analysts are bullish on an upcoming “Silver Tsunami” of baby boomers leaving homes, Olsen said it is unlikely to affect San Diego much because it is a desirable place to live.

“San Diego is insulted from the impact of the Silver Tsunami because you are exclusive,” she said.  “In other words, San Diego is such a beautiful place to live, it’s by the coast and highly sought after.  People that don’t live there now want your housing units.”

San Diego International Auto Show   Jan. 1-5
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.
Time/Place: Thu-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / SD Convention Center
Contact: 858-550-0080 /

San Diego Brew Fest   Jan. 10
Another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diegos most popular food trucks!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Preble Field in Liberty Station

Poway Winter Festival   Jan. 10-11
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious smores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and more! Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.
Time/Place: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Poway Community Park
Contact: 858-668-4671 /

Gem Faire   Jan. 10-12
Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world-renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices today.
Time/Place: Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 503-252-8300 /

Jurassic Quest   Jan. 10-12
Americas largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds.
Time/Place: Fri 3-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 936-588-3332 /

Human Trafficking Awareness Walk   Jan. 11
This event is free and open to all. Families and pets are welcome! We will have bottled water available and signs. Arrive at 12:30 to register and hear speakers. A $10 donation is requested but not required.
Time/Place: 12:30-3pm / Vista Library Community Room
Contact: 760-683-9427 /

San Diego Resolution Run   Jan. 11
Are you ready to keep your New Years resolution to exercise regularly? You can do it! This event can get you started right with a new regiment. It offers adult 5K & 15K run/walks; plus youth races and a stroller strut run.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Tecolote Shores North Park and Fiesta Island
Contact: 619-269-7047 /

Birch Aquariums Turtleversary   Jan. 11-12
We are celebrating our Loggerheads fifth anniversary at Birch Aquarium with a sea turtle-filled weekend of crafts, sea turtle science, and family-friendly activities. Included with admission.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Contact: 858-534-3474 /

Bridal Bazaar   Jan. 12
We partner with top wedding professionals to bring you the biggest and best collection of wedding products and services in San Diego.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / San Diego Convention Center
Contact: 858-576-0078 /

Cyclovia Encinitas   Jan. 12
Explore Downtown Encinitas on South Coast Highway 101 via bike, on foot or other means of self powered transportation, FREE of cars! It is a Spanish term that means Cycleway.  It is the closing of certain streets to automobiles for a temporary time, in order to allow cyclists, skaters and pedestrians access to local businesses on open streets.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / S. Coast Hwy 101
Contact: 760-633-2760 /

Borrego Springs Film Festival   Jan. 16-20
A young and popular So Cal juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino, and short films.
Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
Contact: 760-440-5338 /

Hillcrest Car Show   Jan. 18
Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Normal Street
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

Oddities & Curiosities Expo   Jan. 18
For lovers of the strange and unusual youll find what youre looking for at the Oddities & Curiosities Expo. Vendors from all over the country will be selling all things weird, plus sideshow entertainment and much more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade   Jan. 19
The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
Contact: 619-264-0542 /

ECTLC Fun Run/Walk   Jan. 19
Join team ECTLC for an amazing experience while supporting our goals and raising awareness of our mission. Chip timed; finisher medals; top finisher awards. You dont want to miss this amazing event featuring a live DJ, pre-race warm-up & stretch, a professional announcer, and one-of-a-kind ECTLC event gear.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon   Jan. 19-20
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND takes place Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8am.
Time/Place: 7am-1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

San Diego Restaurant Week   Jan. 19-26
For one week only, over 180 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.
San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show   Jan. 23-26
Well have the brands and companies youve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.
Time/Place: Thu-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm / 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego
Contact: 619-497-5254 /

Farmers Insurance Open   Jan. 23-26
The PGA TOURs Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.
Time/Place: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla
Contact: 858-886-4653 /

Winter Home & Backyard Show   Jan. 24-26
Offering a wide range of exhibitors featuring the latest products and services for all of your home improvement needs, including home remodeling, decorating, outdoor living, landscaping and more. Discounts offered by exhibitors at the show.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 /

San Diego TET Festival 2020   Jan. 24-26
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, a Vietnamese cultural festival will take place to showcase homeland traditions. Come and experience ancestral rituals and Vietnamese dance and music performances. You can also shop for merchandise, stop for lunch, and watch a firecracker show.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park
Contact: 858-215-4838 /

Pure Project 4th Anniversary Party   Jan. 25
Beer Garden & Food: Beer tents, food trucks, music, games and lounge areas. Rare Beers: We have been stockpiling beers all year long for this party. Cellar Beers: We will be pulling beers out of our cellar for purchase. Games: Throughout the day we will be having games such as corn hole, stein holding and more. Raffles & Prizes: As part of your admission you will receive a raffle ticket for prizes throughout the day.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / 9030 Kenamar Dr. #308, San Diego
Contact: 858-252-6143 /

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge   Jan. 25
One of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California (OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard, & Kayak) Come and mix with top-level professional athletes and beginners from ages 7-80.
Time/Place: 7:30am-3pm / Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Park
USATF 50km Race Walk Olympic Trials & Santee Sunset 5K   Jan. 25
The 5K course will be the same as the USATF 50km Race Walking course that professional athletes just competed on to qualify for the U. S. Olympic Race Walking team in the Tokyo 2020 games that morning.
Time/Place: 7:30am-7pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.
Contact: 619-258-4100 x263 /

CFAs San Diego Cat Show   Jan. 25-26
The nations finest cats will vie for top honors at The Super Bowl of Cat Competition, the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. There will be more than 450 cats from more than 42 recognized cat breeds in competition.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Star Walk XI   Jan. 26
Learn beginner astronomy concepts, about specific stars, constellations and simple astronomy facts and principles.
Time/Place: 5:30-7pm / Double Peak Park, San Marcos
Contact: 760-744-1050 /

Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout   Jan. 31
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5:00 PM, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $15 a car.
Time/Place: 5pm / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-668-4772 /

by Alix Langone,

Ok boomer, can you move already!

American homeowners are staying put a lot longer than they used to, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to new data from real-estate brokerage Redfin, a typical homeowner in 2019 in the U.S. has spent 13 years in their home, a full eight years longer than homeowners in 2010.  Redfin looked at 55 metro areas in the U.S. and found that median home tenure rose in every single one.  Homes for sale in the U.S. are close to the lowest recorded levels of inventory in almost four decades, the Journal reports.

Homeowners moving less frequently has resulted in a housing shortage for the first-time homebuyers, Redfin says.  The lack of inventory is causing prices to rise,  pushing potential first-time buyers out of the market.  Americans are now staying put the longest in Salt Lake City, for an average of 23.4 years today, compared to just 14.7 years in 2010.  Major cities in Texas like Houston and Fort Worth have the next highest rates of homeowners not selling, followed by Boston, which now has an average home tenure of 17.6 years, compared to 9.5 years in 2010.  While a confluence of factors has contributed to the current housing crunch (in places like California, for example, property tax laws incentive long-time homeowners to stay put), according to the Journal, economists partly blame one particular culprit:  baby boomers.

It’s becoming less realistic for baby boomers to downsize or move themselves for the same reasons prospective first-time homeowners are struggling to buy:  they’re being priced out of their options.  One boomer couple told the Journal that even though their Danville, Calif. home had more than tripled in value since they bought it in the 1080′s, paying the capital-gains taxes on the sale meant it didn’t make financial sense for them to move, especially since they’d have to pay higher property taxes after the move, too.

In Seattle, home prices have risen 80% while inventory has dropped 50% over the last nine years, according to Redfin.  For one couple there, those trends meant it was more affordable to knock down their existing home and build a bigger one on their current lot rather than find a bigger property in their price range, the Journal reports.  The problem is everywhere:  there are now about half as many homes for sale in San Francisco as there were in 2010, and the homes that are for sale come with higher price tags.  The median home price there has doubled since 2010, according to Redfin.

Without the older generation selling their family homes once the kids have flown the coop or they’ve left the workforce, housing inventory is likely to continue to stagnate, creating a greater shortage of available homes and prices that keep rising, leaving millennials to keep wondering:  when are you moving, boomer?

San Diego Jazz Fest  and Swing Extravaganza   Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 /

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off   Dec. 1
SoNo Fest is an all volunteer run, locally-focused street festival featuring a 40-restaurant chili cook-off; 24 craft beer, wine and spirits makers in a huge beer garden; 30 local handmade vendors, a food truck court, live music on three stages and a kids fest! All proceeds from this event, in its 10th year, benefit McKinley Elementary.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / 32nd and Thorn, North Park

La Valencia Hotel Tree Lighting   Dec. 5
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Contact: 855-476-6870 /

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House   Dec. 6
Festivities kick off with Santa Claus arrival by ferryboat at 3:20pm, followed by frosty fun on Snow Mountain until 7pm and carolers at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Other highlights include a popular Holiday Parade at 6pm and Merchants Open House 5-9pm down Orange Ave., a traditional Christmas tree lighting at 7pm and community band concert in Rotary Park.
Contact: 619-435-9260 /

Alpine Parade of Lights & Snow Festival   Dec. 6
There will be a visit from Santa and lots of snow! Enjoy various vendors, food, music and fun for the entire family!
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Alpine Community Center


Balboa Park December Nights   Dec. 6-7
Festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm.
Time/Place: Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm / Balboa Park


US Beach Soccer National Championships   Dec. 6-8
All Pro-Am Beach Soccer events are open to everyone to be part of the growing sport. We want all players, teams, clubs to enjoy the beach and treasure the benefits of playing on the sand.
Time/Place: Mission Beach: N Jetty Road
Contact: 415-308-0603 /
Jingle Bell Run   Dec. 7
he Arthritis Foundations original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure Americas #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces.
Time/Place: 6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park


Red Nose Run   Dec. 7
A holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Your choice of a 3k or 5k run along the beautiful Del Mar beach. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded for best costume.
Time/Place: 12:30-4pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar


Artisans Alley Craft Fair   Dec. 7
More than 160 vendors selling homemade crafts and unique holiday gifts. All proceeds from the fair support the Coronado Band & Choir in the elementary, middle and high schools.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Village Elementary School Coronado

Winter Wonderland Festival   Dec. 7
Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer! Food and drink will be available.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Fallbrook Christmas Parade   Dec. 7
A Storybook Christmas A special day in early December when Fallbrook residents and visitors alike come to enjoy this gift to the community from the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce.
Time/Place: 5pm / Main Avenue: Ammunition to Ivy

Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Childrens Faire   Dec. 7
Gather the gang and enjoy FREE Pictures with Santa, fun holiday games, story time, FREE Snow Hill train rides, bounce houses, festive ornament making, and Elf Yourself station! Fair take place at Memorial Park from 1-5pm. Parade starts at 6pm.
Time/Place: 1-8pm / Third Avenue Village


Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village   Dec. 7
Enjoy the communitys festive dcor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and more!
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Piazza della Famiglia

Encinitas Holiday Parade   Dec. 7
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on. 5pm tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard.
Time/Place: 5-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101


Vista Christmas Parade   Dec. 7
Time/Place: 1-3pm / Historic Downtown Vista Village
Contact: 760-726-1122 /

OB Holiday Parade   Dec. 7
Point Loma Marching Band, VW Beetle Club and classic Woodies, motorcycles, floats, live music and more. Santa Claus, will be making his appearance.
Time/Place: 5:05-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair   Dec. 7-8
Local and regional artists, designers, and makers. Guests enjoy a fun and festive opportunity to mix and mingle throughout the day, buy local, and shop small for the holidays while enjoying delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, live music, a photo booth, crafts for all ages, and more.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival   Dec. 8
Youll see floats, marching bands, community groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, horses, and yes ~ a camel. Church bells peal with a fly-over. There is also a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Time/Place: 1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street
Contact: 858-922-4046 /

Vista Winterfest   Dec. 8
Live Entertainment & Music, Tree Lighting, Holiday Movies, Roaming Mariachi, Ugly Sweater Contest, Downtown Merchant Storefront Decorations Contest, Homemade Tamales Contest, Holiday Gift Market, Santa, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts, Local Food & Beer!
Time/Place: 2-7pm / 25 Main Street


Santa at the Lakes   Dec. 8
Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more!
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-596-3141 /
North Park Toyland Parade & Festival   Dec. 8
Vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus. After the parade festivities, make sure to stop by the North Park Christmas Tree Lot at The Observatory North Park parking lot.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / University Avenue
Contact: 619-294-2501 /

Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K   Dec. 8
All courses feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100-500. When hills are present, they are short but steep.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido
Contact: 720-835-9141 /

Santa by the Sea   Dec. 8
Free pictures with Santa, treats, games and entertainment, plus a holiday tree lighting!
Time/Place: 3-5pm / LAuberge Amphitheater, Del Mar
Contact: 858-735-3650 /

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights   Dec. 8 & 15
A time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / San Diego Bay


Rawhide Country Christmas   Dec. 12-15
Hay rides, Petting zoo, Photos with Santa, Christmas lights, BBQ dinner, Holiday snacks and refreshments, Rodeo riding and equestrian vaulting exhibitions, Carolers, Live bands, Smores, Christmas carols around a campfire, Arts and crafts fair, Country Christmas gift shop.
Time/Place: 3-8pm / Rawhide Ranch, Bonsall
Contact: 760-758-0083 /

La Mesas Holiday in the Village   Dec. 13-14
Walk the streets of La Mesas historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids area with holiday movies and activities.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / La Mesa Village
Contact: 619-343-2460 /

Poways Christmas in the Park   Dec. 14
Christmas tree lighting at 5:15pm, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30pm. Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Steam locomotive train rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.
Time/Place: 3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park


Santas Holiday Festival   Dec. 14
Take pictures with Santa and whisper your holiday wishes in his ear. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista
Contact: 760-726-1340 /
Lions Tigers & Bears Holiday Open House   Dec. 14
Come watch the animals open their Christmas presents, spend the afternoon at the sanctuary with the man in red – Santa Claus – local food trucks, festive music, and lots of fun!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 24402 Martin Way, Alpine
Contact: 619-659-8078 /

Old Town Las Posadas   Dec. 14
Fiesta de Reyes invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit with festive decorations throughout the park, entertainment, and holiday experiences for the whole family.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Old Town San Diego

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights   Dec. 14
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor


Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights   Dec. 14
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Mission Bay


Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade & Expo   Dec. 15
Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and Holiday Pet Market.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Gaslamp Hilton Park: 401 K St.


San Diego Holiday Half Marathon   Dec. 21
A fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
Time/Place: 5am-12pm / Hotel Karlan: 14455 Penasquitos Drive

Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk   Dec. 26
Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features floats, bands and huge inflatable characters.
Time/Place: 9:45am / San Diego Harbor Front


Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade   Dec. 26
Americas Largest Balloon Parade! Marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade down San Diegos beautiful waterfront.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Waterfront Park


Old Town Dia de los Muertos   Nov. 1-3
This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with street food, vendors and activities on San Diego Avenue. Many Old Town restaurants will be providing special menus and live music, along with activities for the entire family.
Contact: 619-291-4903 /

SD Zoo Safari Park Da de los Muertos   Nov. 1-3
A happy celebration full of mariachi music, dancing, and festive entertainment. Shopping, face painting, and, of course, plenty of amazing animals add to this family fun-filled event.
Contact: 619-231-1515 /

Escondido Da de los Muertos Festival   Nov. 1-4
Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Centers museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / California Center for the Arts


San Diego Beer Week   Nov. 1-10
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Events are held throughout SD County at participating breweries, bars, and restaurants.
Contact: 858-581-7368 /

Escondido Tamale Festival   Nov. 2
Traditional, Gourmet & Vegetarian Tamales, Oaxacan, Banana Wrapped, Dulce, Smoked BBQ varieties. Craft Brews & Wine Garden. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances, Youth Performances, Chihuahua Fashion Show. Hispanic Heritage Exhibits & Low Rider Car Club.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Grape Day Park


Bike the Coast   Nov. 2
Experience gorgeous riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
Time/Place: 8am / Oceanside Pier


Carrera de los Muertos San Diego   Nov. 3
Enjoy a festive and scenic 5k or 10k run along downtowns San Diego Bay and stay to celebrate with mariachi, dancers and comida deliciosa!
Time/Place: 6:45am-12pm / Embarcadero Park South
Fallback Festival   Nov. 3
Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Contact: 619-233-4692 /

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire   Nov. 3
Over 800 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will feature more than 50 booths. The childrens area will entertain youngsters. The Rotary Club of Carlsbads beer and wine garden.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. & Jefferson St.

Fleet Week San Diego   Nov. 4-12
Honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

Time/Place: See website for schedule of events.
Contact: 619-858-1545 /

Coronado Island Film Festival   Nov. 8-11
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, Special Events, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, treasured classics, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, friendly locals, and shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride   Nov. 9
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Liberty Station


Celebrate East County   Nov. 9
Wine, Beer, Food Tastings provided by our local Merchants. Music By: British Mania and Summer Love.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / 405 Ballad Street, El Cajon


UH Arts Open & Taste of University Heights   Nov. 10
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Buddhas Light Bookstore: 4538 Park Blvd.
Contact: 619-297-3166 /
Nasons Doggy Draft   Nov. 10
Were partnering with the San Diego Humane Society for a day filled with fuzzy faces, sloppy kisses and puppy touchdowns.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Nasons Beer Hall: 570 J Street


Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K   Nov. 10
Run, Walk, Skate, Roll, ElliptiGO with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right. The ONLY Run with with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right and the San Diego Bay on your left, finishing with a California Beach Party!
Time/Place: 7-11:30pm / Sunset Park, Coronado
Contact: 858-268-1250 /

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival   Nov. 10-17
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale.
Time/Place: Embarcadero Marina Park North

San Diego Veterans Day Parade   Nov. 11
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Contact: 619-804-3200 /

Poway Veterans Day Ceremony   Nov. 11
oin VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee for a ceremony to honor those who selflessly served our Country.
Time/Place: 11am / Veterans Park


Padres Pedal the Cause   Nov. 13-17
One of the top 15 cause-related cycling events in the country, bringing together a community of over 3,500 passionate riders, walkers and spinners to help find cures for cancer. There is also a 5k Walk/Run, Spin Classes and a Kids Challenge.
Time/Place: 8am-12:30pm / Petco Park
Contact: 619-510-4955 /

Breast Cancer Cheering Station   Nov. 15
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Volunteers decorate the street with pink balloons and ribbons, and hand out water to each walker.
Time/Place: 7:30-8:45am / Camino Del Mar

Bikes & Beer San Diego   Nov. 16
Ride 15 or 30 miles through the city of San Diego with a large group and enjoy some of the best sights of the city! The event benefits BikeSD to improve cycling conditions in San Diego. The post-ride festival will feature live music, food trucks, outside games and free beer!
Time/Place: 9:30am / Societe Brewing: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival   Nov. 22-24
A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival. The festival offers diverse attractions including yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village and plenty of local flavors.
Time/Place: Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks
Contact: 619-340-1070 /

Mother Goose Parade   Nov. 24
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.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
Contact: 619-333-0771 /

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair   Nov. 24
With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers. Enjoy music 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 and walk your furry friends into Dog Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets
Contact: 760-943-1950 /

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza   Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 /

Running of the Turkeys 10K Trail Run   Nov. 28
The course will take you through beautiful Penasquitos Canyon. NO official entry fee; we would truly appreciate a minimum $20 donation for our partner charity Operation Rebound, a branch of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Time/Place: 7:30-10am / Torrey Hills Neighborhood Park

Oside Turkey Trot   Nov. 28
10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants. Free digital photos, medals, shirts, and timing to all registered participants. The event has raised over $321,500 for non-profits that serve Oside residents.
Time/Place: 6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
Contact: 760-434-5255 /

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K   Nov. 28
Benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. An added bonus to the event includes the participation of dogs, and each registered dog receives a bandana and dog treats along the course.
Time/Place: 7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot   Nov. 28
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community.
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Contact: 760-468-0322 /

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run   Nov. 28
Raises funds for Helens Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS. All participants will receive a tech t-shirt, finishers medal, and 1 beer ticket for the beer garden (21+).
Time/Place: 7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
Contact: 858-449-1101 /

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot   Nov. 28
Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Childrens Hospital Auxiliary for our 5K to benefit Rady Childrens Hospital.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Tidelands Park


Surfin Santa Arrival   Nov. 30
Visitors can pose for free pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Seaport Village
Contact: 619-530-0704 /

Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting   Nov. 30
The holiday season in Julian also offers an opportunity to shop at small boutiques and craft shows, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts. Be in Pioneer Park By 5:30pm in order to be sure you do not miss the tree lighting.
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Julian Pioneer Park
Contact: 760-765-1857 /

Taste of Mission Hills   Oct. 2
25 participating purveyors of delicious tastes, including long established and very new arrivals.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Various locations throughout Mission Hills
Contact: 619-559-9502 /

La Mesa Oktoberfest   Oct. 4-6
Hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Entertainment and fun activities for kids of all ages.
Time/Place: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / La Mesa Village

Carlsbad Oktoberfest   Oct. 5
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.
Time/Place: 12-9pm / Holiday Park


Pacific BeachFest   Oct. 5
A fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities and music!
Time/Place: 8am-7pm / Pacific Beach Boardwalk


3,500 pounds of Catfish. Every Lake (1-7) will be stocked.  You do not need a state fishing license, just a permit from the General Store.  Adults $10, Jrs. & Seniors $6, and extra pole stamps $4.
Time/Place: 6am-6pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-596-3141 /

Taste of Rancho Santa Fe   Oct. 6
More than 700 guests will enjoy a feast from Rancho Santa Fes and beyonds most celebrated restaurants, Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries, breweries and other beverage vendors!
Time/Place: 4-7pm / The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe


Rancho Santa Fe Oktoberfest   Oct. 6
Beer, brats, polka band, auction, raffle and kids zone activities. This fundraiser will help Inspire, The Foundation for Education get one step closer to opening the new Carmel Valley Campus. $45 Adults / Under 12 FREE Admission.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club


Taste of Coronado   Oct. 10
Enjoy amazing bites prepared by our local chefs.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Coronado Historical Association, Coronado Museum of History & Art

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest   Oct. 11-12
A two-day, eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment.
Time/Place: Fri 3-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm / Newport Ave & Abbott St

Polish Festival   Oct. 11-13
Performances by Polish folk dancers and various musical bands. Delicious polish food and the best genuine imported polish beer.
Time/Place: St. Maximilian Kolbe Polish Roman Catholic Mission: 1735 Grand

Carmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15K   Oct. 12
A combination of single track and dirt service road trails through beautiful open spaces.
Time/Place: 6-10:30am / Torrey Highlands Community Park

Taste of North Park   Oct. 12
Enjoy 50+ food tastes from some of San Diegos best restaurants and craft beer samples from 15 local brewers.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / University Ave & 30th St
Contact: 619-294-2501 /

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival   Oct. 12-13
Over 150 juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk art displays, interactive art murals, non-stop live music, family art center, roving entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden featuring local brews, distilleries and global wineries.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street


Latin American Art Fair   Oct. 12-14
Presents outdoor exhibits, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking as well as folk art, crafts, performance and culinary arts of Latin American countries.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Bread & Salt: 1955 Julian Ave.
Contact: 619-752-6118 /
Raptor Ridge Half Marathon   Oct. 13
An out-n-back course that begins with 4.5 miles of flat and fast jeep road that winds east towards the San Diego Safari Park and Raptor Ridge.
Time/Place: 7am / San Dieguito River Park, Escondido

San Diego International Film Festival   Oct. 15-20
The regions premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent film circuit, with 200+ filmmakers gathering in San Diego to show their films every year.
Contact: 619-818-2221 /

Borrego Days Desert Festival   Oct. 18-20
The festival has expanded to include a car show at The Mall on Saturday. Parade beginning with a fly-over of the State Park plane and local pilots on Saturday. Enjoy the music while perusing the array of artists, retail vendors, informational booths, delicious food offerings, and tasty treats.
Time/Place: Christmas Circle Park

Contact: 760-767-5555 /

Bulls of SantAgata Charge Little Italy   Oct. 19
Over 40 classic and rare Italian bulls, better known as Lamborghinis. An evening with souped up rides and musical entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / India St & W Fir St


Ladies at the Lake Fall Market   Oct. 19
Shop from local women in business! There will be a variety of vendors with uniquely selected items, from Health & Beauty, Clothing, Jewelry, Holiday Gifts and so much more!
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-258-4759 /

Villains in the Village!  Oct. 19
Over 20 nefarious characters and uncanny activities will torment and trick thrill seekers of all ages.
Time/Place: 4-9pm / Third Avenue, Chula Vista
Contact: 619-422-1982 /

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 19
Food, music, artwalk, costumes, entertainment, artists and the always-popular altar contest and runway fashion show Catrina Contest.
Time/Place: 2-10pm / 3191 Orange Street, National City
Contact: 619-475-7770 /
EastLake Cycle & 5K Run and Technology & Innovation Fair   Oct. 19
Provides kids the opportunity to meet with STEM/STEAM professionals and engage with activities and resources that will connect them to their future careers.
Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / EastLake Middle School


San Diego Triathlon Challenge   Oct. 20
Join 200 physically challenged athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, celebrities, and sports legends as they complete a 1 mile ocean swim, 44 mile bike and 10 mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country.
Time/Place: 6am-4pm / La Jolla Cove


SaltDog Classic   Oct. 20
Music, fun, craft beverage, and local businesses coming together to bring north county San Diego to life. This year we are happy to support Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival   Oct. 20
Live entertainment, over 400 vendors, childrens rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Between Center City Pkwy and Ivy
Contact: 760-839-4777 /

YMCA of San Diego County Tour de Cove   Oct. 20
A fun and sweat-drenching 4.5 hour stationary cycling marathon with 100 riders and over 50 challenged athletes.
Time/Place: 9am-1:30pm / Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Contact: 858-866-0959 /

Celebrate the Craft   Oct. 20
The finest food artisans demonstrating, discussing, and tasting their way through the vast array of premium food and wine products available.
Time/Place: 11:30am-3pm / The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Contact: 858-453-4420 /

Trick-or-Treat on India Street   Oct. 25
Bring their little monsters out in costume attire to this fun Halloween event to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, as Little Italy businesses along historic India St open their doors.
Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / Piazza della Famiglia


HauntFest on Main   Oct. 25
An exciting family friendly event with a pumpkin patch, costume contest, kidz zone, rides, entertainment and more!
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Downtown El Cajon


North Park Day of the Dead Festival   Oct. 26
Bringing together an array of Mexican-themed artisanal crafter purveyors from throughout the US, popular food trucks with a regional foodie-following, and a select choice of beer, mezcal, and tequila vendors in our spirit cantina.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / North Park, San Diego

WCKD Village   Oct. 26
San Diegos premier Halloween festival. Four radical concert stages featuring an eclectic lineup of hip-hop, open format, EDM and deep house. Play life-size interactive games and navigate around stilt walkers and fire-breathers.
Time/Place: 6pm-Midnight / East Village, Downtown San Diego

Bubble RUN San Diego   Oct. 26
Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!
Time/Place: 8am / NICU Amphitheatre, Chula Vista


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day   Oct. 26
Dozens of free craft projects for kids, Day of the Dead-themed displays and activities, costume contests and parades, carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, and food trucks.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Balboa Park
Contact: 619-239-0512 /

City Heights Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 26
People of all cultures will come together for community altars, face painting, mask making, and prizes for the best catrina and catrin contest, plus dancing, singing and music.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park

San Diego Mac n Cheese Fest   Oct. 26
The restaurants are selected from the regions top culinary talent and attendees can pair them alongside a collection of local craft beers, wines and other delicious beverages.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park
Contact: 800-316-8559 /

Row for the Cure, Susan G Komen   Oct. 27
Draws participants from various forms of watercraft including rowing, canoeing, outrigger canoeing, dragon boats, kayaking and SUPing.
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Ski Beach, San Diego
Contact: 858-573-2760 /

Oceanside Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 27
Free family-friendly event with entertainment, carnival rides, altar displays and a classic car show!
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Mission San Luis Rey
Contact: 760-757-3651 /