By Dan DiClerico, 2/14/2019

When real estate prices were soaring and the cost of building materials was holding steady, practically any well-planned home improvement project would add value to your home.  In recent months, however, the housing market has started to soften and tariffs are driving up the cost of lumber, steel, and other construction materials. That  means homeowners need to be more judicious in their choice of upgrades to get the best return on the investment.

The just released Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report is one of the best tools for targeting remodeling projects with maximum bang for the buck.  Below are the top winners, along with tips from HomeAdvisor’s remodeling pros on ways to add even more value to the upgrade.

1.  GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT

ROI:  97.5%

The near-perfect return on this project is because it improves both a home’s beauty and functionality.  Faulty garage doors can cause flooding, threaten your home’s energy efficiency and provide access to burglars.  Garage door updates also function as aesthetic upgrades.

HomeAdvisor’s homeowner survey puts the average cost of a garage door installation at $1,080.  It might be worth spending more on a double-layer door with added insulation and a galvanized steel skin if you live in a region with extreme weather.

2.  MANUFACTURED STONE VENEER

ROI:  94.9%

Any project that improves a home’s curb appeal will add value.  Installing stone veneer checks that box in a pretty cost-effective way.  Engineered stone siding mimics the look of pricier, natural options.  It also places less stress on the frame and foundation of your home than heavier alternatives.

The average cost of siding replacement at about $9,625.  A stone veneer can be installed for less, especially if it’s only used as an accent, like along the bottom third of the street-facing facade.

3.  MINOR KITCHEN REMODEL

ROI:  80.5 %

If you’re planning to live in your home for decades, going all in on your dream kitchen makes sense.  but if this isn’t your forever home, a mainly cosmetic kitchen makeover will deliver a much bigger return.  Kitchen overhauls improve the looks and usability of your home.  Replacing old fixtures and appliances will also increase your home’s energy efficiency.

The average kitchen remodeling cost is around $22,200, compared with $52,800 on a large-scale renovation.  You’ll be able to do a lot on the more modest budget, including new countertops, floor, and fixtures, as well as cabinet refacing, which will help give the kitchen a new look.

4.  DECK ADDITION

ROI: 75.6%

Anytime you increase a home’s usable living space, you improve its market value.  A new deck accomplishes this, while also creating a strong connection to the outdoors, a feature that ranks high on most home buyer’s wish list.  Building a new deck costs homeowners an average of about $7,225 on new decks.

Expect the project to cost more if you choose an exotic hardwood for the decking, such as ipe or tigerwood.  Whichever material you choose, be sure to rope off a full-scale mock-up of the deck during the planning phase to make sure the surface is getting the right balance of sun and shade.

5.  ENTRY DOOR REPLACEMENT

ROI: 74.9%

The front door is part of your home’s first impression.  You don’t want it shabby or out of sync with the architecture of the home.  The average cost of an exterior door replacement is just under $1000, though the actual cost will depend on the material.

High-quality steel doors (which price on the higher end) also prevent leaks and boost the insulation of your home.  Decorative flourishes, such as sidelight and a transom window, will add more to the project cost, though they can be worth the splurge given the added curb appeal they’ll deliver.

The Washington Post, Kathy Orton/February 25, 2019

Mortgage rates’ steady decline is making purchasing a home more affordable just as the spring buying season heats up.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dipped to 4.35 percent with an average 0.5 point.  (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.)  It was 4.37 percent a week ago and 4.40 percent a year ago.  The 30-year fixed rate has fallen 16 basis points since the first of the year.  (A basis point is 0.01 percentage point).

The 15-year fixed-rate average slipped to 3.78 percent with an average 0.4 point.  It was 3.81 percent a week ago and 3.85 percent a year ago.  The five-year adjustable rate average dropped to 3.84 percent with an average 0.3 point.  It was 3.88 a week ago and 3.65 a year ago.

“Today’s news from Freddie Mac should give buyers some optimism this spring as mortgage rates remain at one-year lows,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com.  “But this spring won’t be without it’s challenges.  Most markets are continuing to see rising home prices, which means many buyers will have to make some trade-offs in order to close this year.”

The Federal Reserve released the minutes from its January meeting this week, which showed central bank officials unsure about the need for interest rate increases in 2019.  Although the Fed doesn’t set mortgage rates, its decisions influence them.

“Wednesday’s release of the minutes from January’s (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting paints a picture of a more muted outlook for interest rates over the next year,” said Aaron Terrazas, Zillow senior economist.  “All eyes are on a string of Fed speakers over the coming week, when we will also see a slew of housing market data, which was a soft spot in the economy at the end of last year.  However, the January data are unlikely to provide a definitive judgment on the underlying health of the economy.  The market signal in January home sales and permits is likely blurred by the partial federal government shutdown and the polar vortex that hit much of the country mid-month.”

Mixed economic news is putting a damper on rates.  More than 84 percent of purchase borrowers and 81 percent of refinance borrowers were offered rates below 5 percent last week,  according to Lending Tree’s weekly mortgage comparison shopping report.

Bankrate.com, which puts out a weekly mortgage rate trend index, found nearly two-thirds of the experts it surveyed say rates will remain relatively stable in the coming week.  Michael Becker, branch manager at Sierra Pacific Mortgage, is one who predicts rates will hold steady.

“Mortgage rates follow the 10-year Treasury and have similarly been consolidating with small differences in rates on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis,” Becker said.  “At some point, rates will break out of this tight range and we will see either a spike or drop in rates.  If global economic concerns dominate markets, then we will see a drop in rates.  If optimism based on progress on trade wars or central bank dovishness prevails in the markets, then there will be a spike in rates.  For now, I think rates continue their consolidation pattern and that mortgage rates will be flat in the coming week.

“Meanwhile, mortgage applications have finally started to pick up, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.  The market composite index – a measure of total loan application volume – increased 3.6 percent from a week earlier.  the refinance index rose 6 percent from the previous week, while the purchase index grew 2 percent.

The refinance share of mortgage activity accounted for 41.7 percent all of the applications.

“After slumping over the past month, purchase mortgage applications reversed course, rising nearly 2 percent over the past week and 2.5 percent from a year ago,” said Bob Broeksmit, MBA president and CEO.  “With mortgage rates lower than in previous months and holding steady, lenders are indicating that prospective buyers may be eager to start their home search before the spring buying season gets underway.

San Diego home price increases fall behind nation, California

By Phillip Molnar, Union Tribune, January 29, 2019

San Diego home price gains continued to slow in November compared to most of the nation and California, said the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices released Wednesday.

Resale home prices in the San Diego metropolitan area increased 3.3 percent in the year, the third slowest of the 20 cities covered by the index. National home prices were up 5.2 percent in a year, with Las Vegas leading the pack with a 12 percent gain.

Home price increases in November were slower year-over-year nationwide, with many analysts attributing higher mortgage interest rates leading to decreasing affordability — especially in costly areas.

Los Angeles metro area prices increased 4.4 percent in a year, also below the national average. San Francisco was only slightly above with a 5.6 percent yearly gain.

Alan Gin, economist at the University of San Diego, said it is important to note that prices are still rising. However, he said home costs already being near record highs means there’s not much wiggle room for potential buyers.

“A lot of people right now are just priced out of the market,” he said. “That’s why you’re seeing sales slow, as well.”

Gin said other parts of the San Diego economy are still strong, especially with a low unemployment rate, so the region’s slowed home price increases might be an aberration.

Still, declining affordability of potential homebuyers in San Diego County is of concern to some business leaders who see themselves competing with lower cost states. Gilman Bishop, principal of local development firm Bishop & Company, said workers who continue to stay in the region will face commutes farther and farther away.

“This hurts recruitment and retention, and makes our region less competitive overall,” he said.

The indices evaluate home prices by more than just price, tracking repeat sales of identical single-family houses as they turn over through the years. It is a favorite of economists, who use it to get a more complete view of the market instead of just the median home price.

A slowdown in sales, down for six months in a row year-over-year for San Diego County, will continue to slow price appreciation as the inventory of homes for sale continues to build, wrote Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, in an analysis of November’s index.

Yet he said it is unlikely the national home price would actually decline because of a shortage of moderately priced homes, as well as a strong job market.

“In 2019, home prices in many markets look to trail income growth for the first time since 2012,” he wrote. “That is a healthy development of keeping housing affordability in check.”

The median price for a resale home in San Diego County was $605,000 in November. The interest rate for a fixed rate, 30-year loan was 4.81 percent at the end of November, said Mortgage News Daily, up from 3.98 percent a year earlier. That means the monthly cost for a median priced home (assuming 20 percent down) went up around $237 in a year.

Since November, mortgage rates have gone down. On Nov. 2, rates were around 5 percent but were down Tuesday to 4.61 percent, meaning home sales could pick up with the lower rates.

“Throughout the recovery, home shoppers have proven to be both remarkably sensitive to short-term volatility in rates and markets more broadly,” said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas, “and also to have short memories once things stabilize, however temporarily.”

The highest annual price gains in November were in Las Vegas (12 percent), Phoenix (8.1 percent) and Seattle (6.3 percent) The lowest gains were Chicago, at 3.1 percent, and Washington, D.C., at 2.7 percent.

La Jolla Polar Bear Plunge   Jan. 1

Join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club at their annual Polar Bear Plunge and chili potluck. You don’t have to swim or even get wet, but if you do, you get to say you did. Wear warm clothes and bring chili, soup, or another warm food to share. Cider and coffee will be provided.

Time/Place: 10am / La Jolla Shores

Contact: www.lajollacoveswimclub.com

Cos-Losseum Cosplay Con (C3)   Jan. 5

We focus solely on the art and passion for Cosplay.  While also keeping our show smaller, more personable, and affordable we also manage to provide you with activities, guests, and all the aspects one would look for in a Convention of this style.

Time/Place: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego

Contact: www.cos-losseumcon.com

Springboard West Music Festival   Jan. 10-12

For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music. a two-day “Band Bootcamp” where 40 bands and 10 solo artists cherry picked from the over 3,000 submissions will attend workshops, panels and pitch sessions with veterans and professionals in the music industry. Culminates on Saturday with the wildly popular Band & Brew Crawl.

Time/Place: 10am / Ocean Beach Playhouse

Contact: www.springboardwest.com

soundON Festival of Modern Music   Jan. 10-13

Brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. The four-day long series of concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and art is curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler.

Time/Place: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

Contact: 858-454-5872 / www.ljathenaeum.org/sound-on

Poway Winter Festival   Jan. 11-12

Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, come experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! A variety of old favorites and exciting new specialty and food vendors will be on-site.

Time/Place: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Poway Community Park

Contact: 858-668-4671 / www.poway.org

Gem Faire   Jan. 11-13

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 101m-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Contact: 503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com

SD Resolution Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon   Jan. 13

Get ready to shed a few of those holiday pounds and lighten the impact you leave on the earth at this inspirational waterfront event that benefits Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, an eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier SoCal food system. Post-race Wellness Village.

Time/Place: 7:15-10:30am / Tecolote Shores South Park, Mission Bay

Contact: www.sandiegoresolutionrun.com

Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo   Jan. 16

Free to attend! A great opportunity to discover and learn about all that our community has to offer. Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prizes, Aquaterra same-day dining discount.

Time/Place: 3-7pm / Pala Mesa Resort

Contact: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Borrego Springs Film Festival   Jan. 17-21

A young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, latino, and short films. BSFF filmmakers are honored guest in our town. We’ll treat you to a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area, and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.

Time/Place: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center

Contact: 760-440-5338 / www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org

Kids Marathon Mile   Jan. 19

1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Participants can run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park, making their way to an exciting, spectator-filled finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny finisher’s medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and booths.

Time/Place: 6:30-10am / LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

City Heights Health Fair   Jan. 19

M.E.M.O. at UCSD is holding our annual Health Fair, a free event that is open to the public, and include representation from a wide variety local health providers and mobile clinics for all to enjoy. Our goal is to engage and educate lower-income families in San Diego communities so that they can seek out various local providers of health-related services to help them build happier and healthier lives.

Time/Place: 8:30am-12:30pm / Copley-Price Family YMCA

Contact: www.eventbrite.com

Travel & Adventure Show   Jan. 19-20

Discover the Leading Destinations, Local Travel Experts, Top Celebrity Personalities, Comprehensive Content, and Exclusive Travel Deals That You Just Can’t Find Anywhere Else. Get a taste of faraway cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm and vibes of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.

Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / SD Convention Center

Contact: 203-878-2577 / www.travelshows.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade   Jan. 20

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 / www.alpha-zsl.org

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon   Jan. 20

Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and more.

Time/Place: 7am-1pm / The Shoppes at Carlsbad

Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

San Diego Restaurant Week   Jan. 20-27

A FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. 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. Contact: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day   Jan. 21

Outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served! Featuring:

Native American Ceremony, Danza Azteca, West African Dance, Afro-Cuban Percussion and Dance, Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hip Hop Performance by Junkyard Dance Crew and More!

Time/Place: 12-8pm / WorldBeat Center, San Diego

Contact: 619-230-1190 / www.worldbeatcenter.org

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show   Jan. 24-27

We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. New & Pre-Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at our In-Water Display. Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services. Delicious Food and Drink Sponsored by our Local Restaurants. Special Boating Events and Boat Rides for Kids and Adults. Lots of Fun for Real Boaters!

Time/Place: Sunroad Resort Marina: 955 Harbor Island Drive

Contact: 619-497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com

Farmers Insurance Open   Jan. 24-27

Come to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

Time/Place: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla

Contact: 858-886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

Winter Home Decorating/Remodeling Show   Jan. 25-27

Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home improvement needs from landscaping, remodeling, home additions and more. For 44 years Home Show USA has been bringing buyers and sellers together in a neutral setting, by producing a one-step shopping center for home and commercial improvements. Discounts offered by exhibitors.

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Contact: 800-999-5400 / http://homeshowsusa.net

Save Your Scraps   Jan. 26

Join I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the City of Chula Vista for a organics workshop. Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly, and composting your scraps. Join us for a fun informational session with a free make and take project, an ‘eco kids’ craft corner, and raffle prizes too!

Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Montevalle Community Center, Chula Vista

Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo & USATF National 50 km Racewalk Championships   Jan. 26

Watch professional athletes compete, Health & wellness activities, Extreme obstacle courses, Firefighter challenge, BMX trick shows, Vendor fair, Free breakfast (while supplies last).

Time/Place: 7:30am-2:30pm / Santee Trolley Square

Contact: 619-258-4100 x219 / www.santeeactiveexpo.com

San Diego Cat Show   Jan. 26-27

The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “Food & Water Bowl XXIV,” 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

Contact: 760-746-7800 / www.sandiegocat.org

Lung Force Walk   Jan. 27

Join us as we walk together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. LUNG FORCE Walks are a time to laugh, learn and imagine a world free of lung disease. Our walks promote fitness and help forge lasting connections between participants.

Time/Place: 7:30am / NTC Park, Liberty Station

Contact: http://action.lung.org/SD

San Diego Black Film Festival   Jan. 30- Feb. 3

In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.

Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com

SDSU Writers’ Conference   Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Whether your goal is direct feedback on your work from a top-tier agent or editor, or simply to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers’ Conference is for you.

Time/Place: DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley

Contact: https://ces.sdsu.edu

Encinitas Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade   Dec. 1
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on.  Tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard at 5pm.
Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101

Contact: www.encinitasca.gov

Winter Wonderland Festival   Dec. 1
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: 3-8pm / California Center for the Arts

Contact: www.artcenter.org

Chula Vista Childrens Faire   Dec. 1
Real Snow Hill, Pictures with Santa, Childrens Train, Elf Yourself, Games, Crafts, and more!
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Memorial Park

Contact: www.starlightparade.com

100 Years of Philippine Cinema   Dec. 1
Weve invited 2 exceptional Filipino films created by 2 award winning filmmakers from the Philippines. Ang Larawan (The Portrait) by Loy Arcenas and Lorna by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo.
Time/Place: 4pm & 7pm / Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park
Contact: www.facebook.com/sdfilipinocinema

Fallbrook Christmas Parade   Dec. 1
Toyland Christmas The Christmas Parade marks a special day in early December when Fallbrook residents and visitors alike come to enjoy this gift to the community.
Time/Place: 5pm / Main Avenue: Ammunition to Ivy
Contact: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Chula Vista Starlight Parade   Dec. 1
A variety of colorful floats, caroling groups, marching bands, dance teams, classic cars, and other participants will usher in the holiday season as part of SD Countys largest nighttime parade.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Third Avenue Village

Contact: www.starlightparade.com

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival   Dec. 1
Vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / University Avenue

Contact: www.toylandparade.com

OB Holiday Parade   Dec. 1
See the Point Loma Marching Band strut their way down the street or the SD Roller Derby Dolls. VW Beetle club and classic Woodies. Motorcycles, bright-lit floats and countless bands that fill the beach with live music.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave
Contact: 888-615-3518 / www.obtowncouncil.org

Lions Tigers & Bears Christmas Festival   Dec. 1
Watch as lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, leopards, bobcats and other sanctuary animals open their holiday gifts and enjoy their new Christmas trees. Silent auction, opportunity drawing, food trucks, a full bar, shopping at the LTB Gift Shop and Santa!
Time/Place: 1-4pm / 24402 Martin Wy, Alpine

Contact: www.lionstigersandbears.org
Vista Chambers Candyland Parade   Dec. 1
The parade route starts at Civic Center parking lot, turns right on Eucalyptus, right on S. Santa Fe, right on Broadway, left on Citrus, left on Main Street and ends at the Wave Waterpark.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / Vista Civic Center
Contact: 760-726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village   Dec. 1
Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience a tree lighting, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive dcor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / India St & W Fir St
Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

Mission Hills Artists Holiday Art & Craft Sale   Dec. 1

A collective of local artists, dedicated to supporting and promoting creative people who live or work in Mission Hills. Free admission and free parking.

Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Mission Hills United Church of Christ: 4070 Jackdaw Street

Contact: www.facebook.com/MissionHillsArtists

Storytime Breakfast with The La Jolla Library   Dec. 2
Delight in a breakfast buffet, variety of holiday-themed drinks, dessert and a fireside reading of Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas led by the La Jolla Library.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Contact: www.nightout.com

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival   Dec. 2
Marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus. 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: www.ljparade.com

San Pasqual Battle Day   Dec. 2
Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
Contact: 760-737-2201 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=655

Kringle Mingle   Dec. 2
Come get free photos with Surfing Santa in his vintage Camera Camper Sleigh. Listen and dance to lively musical performances. Enjoy a cup of warm savory soup from Rimels, scrumptious holiday treats and cookies from VGs Donuts and much more. Childrens Craft Pavilion.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / North Courtyard of Cardiff Town Center
Contact: www.cardiff101.com

Santa by the Sea   Dec. 2
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 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off   Dec. 2
40 local restaurants competing in a chili smackdown. 30 local handmade vendors. Local craft beer and wine garden.
Kids Fun Fest area with bounce houses, carnival games and more. Live entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park
Contact: www.sonofestchilicookoff.com
Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting   Dec. 3
Celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities, and more! Guests are invited to partake in an evening of ice skating at the Rady Childrens Ice Rink after the Menorah Lighting.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Liberty Station

Contact: www.libertystation.com

Alpine Village Christmas Parade & Snow Festival   Dec. 7
Imaginative creative entries for this hometown range from lights on pets and bikes to actual floats and huge trucks! The snow sledding, Santa Claus, entertainment, childrens activities and vendors begins at 7pm.
Time/Place: 6:30-9pm / Alpine Creek Town Center
Contact: 619-445-2722 / www.alpinechamber.com

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House   Dec. 7
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.
Time/Place: 3:20-8pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
Contact: 619-435-7242 / www.coronadochamber.com

Balboa Park December Nights   Dec. 7-8
Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for 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
Contact: www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

La Mesas Holiday in the Village   Dec. 7-8
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: 619-606-2028 / www.lamesavillageassociation.org

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights   Dec. 8
A distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Mission Bay & Beaches
Contact: 858-488-0501 / www.mbyc.org

Poways Christmas in the Park   Dec. 8
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. Tree lighting and Santa!
Time/Place: 3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park

Contact: www.poway.org

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights   Dec. 8
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor

Contact: www.oceansideyc.net
Santas Holiday Festival   Dec. 8
Come take pictures with Santa. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament. There will be face painting, crafts and refreshments. Dont forget to do a little holiday shopping in the Gift Shop.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista
Contact: 760-726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com

Jingle Bell Run   Dec. 8
The 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.
Time/Place: 6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park
Contact: 619-468-5986 / https://events.arthritis.org

Red Nose Run  Dec. 9
A holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded.
Time/Place: 12:30-5:30pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
Contact: www.therednoserun.com

Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K   Dec. 9
All courses feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100-500. We are proud to offer our Kids Dash.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido
Contact: www.enduranceraceseries.com/del-dios

Santa at the Lakes   Dec. 9
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 / www.santeelakes.com

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights   Dec. 9 & 16
More than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Time/Place: 5pm / San Diego Bay

Contact: www.sdparadeoflights.org

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship   Dec. 12-16
The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / La Jolla Shores
Contact: 858-551-8563 / www.isasurf.org

San Diego Santa Run 5K & 1 Mile Race   Dec. 15
A series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave.
Time/Place: 8:30-11am / Garnet Ave. and Bayard St.
Contact: 858-412-6787 / www.sandiegosantarun.com
Old Town Las Posadas   Dec. 15
Based on the story of Mary and Josephs search for shelter in Bethlehem. 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
Contact: 619-291-4903 / www.oldtownsandiego.org

Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10K   Dec. 15
In addition to a costume contest and holiday theme, this run will involve a poker element your poker hand could give you bonus time!
Time/Place: 9am-12:30pm / Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve
Contact: http://dirtyfeet.us

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon   Dec. 15
Starts on Penasquitos Drive in front of the Hotel Karlan then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Road along the 56 bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
Time/Place: 5am-12pm / Hotel Karlan, Ranch Penasquitos
Contact: www.sandiegoholidayhalf.com

The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade   Dec. 16
All pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing, and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / MLK Promenade Park, San Diego

Contact: www.gaslamp.org

San Diego International Auto Show   Dec. 27-30
Over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers. Be among the first in the US to see more than 20 debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show.
Time/Place: Thur-Fri 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / SD Convention Center
Contact: 858-550-0080 / www.sdautoshow.com

Solar Turbines 5K Run/Walk   Dec. 31
Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and inflatable characters.
Time/Place: 9:45am / San Diego Harbor Front

Contact: www.holidaybowl.com

SDCCU Holiday Bowl   Dec. 31
This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college footballs most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.
Time/Place: 4pm / SDCCU Stadium

The key 30-year mortgage rate broke through the 5 percent threshold earlier this month, faster than most analysts expected.  Rates haven’t crossed that watershed mark for seven years, but what that means for the housing market is more of the same, according to analysts.

Homes sales will stay in a holding pattern – hurt by higher rates but also helped by the strong economy.

“The higher rates will ensure that home sales will go sideways and house-price growth will slow into the low single digits as homebuyers adjust to the higher rate,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics.  The higher rates will affect would-be home shoppers in high-cost cities the most, particularly out West, Zandi said, but looser credit standards and the strong job market should ease the blow on the market as rates move even higher.

“I expect fixed mortgage rates to rise to a peak of 5.5 percent over the next 12 to 18 months,” Zandi told Scotsman Guide News.

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported this week that 30-year fixed rates with conforming balances averaged 5.05 percent, going over 5 percent for the first time since 2011.

“We didn’t expect to hit 5 percent until maybe later in the year,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting.  “So, we got an upside surprise on rates.”

Kan said MBA’s forecast hasn’t changed, though.  The strong economy and low unemployment with wages rising by close to 3 percent will keep homebuyers in the market.

Crossing the 5 percent line will weigh on consumers’ minds, however.

“It is like the stock market, right?” Kan said.  “When you hit certain points, there is definitely sort of a reaction to that.  When we were talking about the 4 percent mortgage rate, there was a lot of buzz around that in the refi world.”

Kan said homebuyers will likely accept the higher mortgage cost, or look at less expensive houses.  “(At) 5 percent, yes, it is going to be another psychological mark, but historically what we have seen is that people looking for homes tend to already have made that decision (to buy),” Kan said.  “Most people don’t change their minds based on a change in rates.”

Higher rates have already slowed the pace of home-price growth.  If the rates remain at around 5 percent, the prices could fall in some California markets, said George Ratiu, the director of quantitative and commercial research for the National Association of Realtors.  Ratiu said it is becoming a matter of simple math in some markets.  A half percentage point increases in rates in high-cost cities adds a hefty increase to the mortgage payment.  Buyers on the margins may not be able to afford that anymore.  The listed prices eventually must come down.

“It is pretty clear that the current rates are likely to push out many buyers in the market, particularly first-time buyers,” Ratiu said.  “Either prices have to come down or incomes have to go noticeably higher to compensate for that.”

San Francisco, Ratiu noted, would be one market where prices could flatten or decline.  A person earning the U.S. median wage can buy less than 1 percent of the homes on the market in that city now.

“You have to get into the $200,000 (earnings range) to get anywhere near half the available listings,” Ratiu said.  “When you compare that to a place like Dayton, Ohio, for example, the $50,000 (earnings) mark gets you access to roughly 50 percent of the available listings.  It tells you the picture is much more severe in California.”

“Autumn  Chill’?

By PHILLIP MOLNAR  San Diego Union Tribune                                                                                                                                                                  September 26, 2018

Existing home prices in July for the San Diego metropolitan area increased 6.2 percent in a year, it’s slowest pace since January 2017, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices released Tuesday.

San Diego’s price increases were the second-slowest in the West, only ahead of Portland, said the index, which studies the metropolitan areas of 20 major cities.  The San Diego region still slightly outpaced the national average of 6 percent.

The indices evaluate home prices by more than just price, tracking repeat sales of identical single-family houses as they turn over through the years.  It is a favorite of economists, who use it to get a more complete view of the market instead of just the median home price.

Price increases have slowed throughout much of the nation, with experts citing a variety of reasons:  A gain in the number of homes for sale, rising mortgage interest rates and rent growth slowing, which may limit some pressure to buy.

“A slight autumn chill has fallen over the housing market, and after an incredibly hot past few years, it’s probably fair to say the cool-down is a welcome development for many would-be home buyers,” Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas wrote.

Las Vegas led yearly price increases at 13.7 percent, followed by Seattle at 12.1 percent and San Francisco at 10.8 percent.

David Blitzer, managing director of the index, wrote in a report that 15 of the 20 cities studied saw smaller monthly increases than the same time last year including San Diego) Sales of existing single-family homes are down, he wrote, but residential building permits were up.

“Rising home prices are beginning to catch up with housing,” he said.

Following national trends, San Diego has seen more homes available for purchase over the last few months.  In July, there were 7,021 listings, up from 5,828 in July 2017 and 6,571 in July 2016, according to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.

Mark Goldman, real estate lecturer at San Diego State University, said the local market was strongly affected by increasing interest rates, more so than other parts of the nation, because of higher prices in California.

“Even if the house stayed the same price,” he said, “the house got more expensive because interest rates are higher.”

The interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan was 4.72 percent at the end of July, Mortgage News Daily reported, up from 4.1 at the start of the year.  The median home price for a single-family resale home was $630,000 in July, which meant the monthly mortgage payment (assuming 20 percent down) went from $3,044 at the start of the year to $3,275 by July.

Despite the recent slowdown in price gains, local business leaders and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are still worried about the ability of workers to own homes.

“Although indicators are suggesting that prices are no longer consistently increasing at the same outrageous pace, home ownership is still out of reach for too many San Diego families,” wrote Sean Karafin, the chamber’s vice president of economic research.

While all cities in the index increased in prices, the slowest yearly increases were in Chicago at 3 percent and Washington, D.C., at 2.7 percent.

Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner   Nov. 1
This year were inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and celebration planned.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Galaxy Taco, La Jolla

Contact: www.galaxytaco.com

Escondido Da de los Muertos Festival   Nov. 1
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, Escondido
Contact: 800-988-4253 / www.artcenter.org

Californias American  Indian & Indigenous Film Festival   Nov. 1-3
Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.
Time/Place: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino

Contact: www.caiiff.com

Chula Vista Veterans Parade   Nov. 2
A ceremony recognizing veterans and military families will immediately follow.
Time/Place: 8-11:30am / Magdalena Avenue to Santa Venetia Street – Veterans Elementary School
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/485512638599834

Old Town San Diegos Dia de los Muertos   Nov. 2-4
The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts & crafts, music and food.
Time/Place: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Contact: www.dayofthedeadsd.com

Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show   Nov. 2-4
Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping.
Time/Place: Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 / www.homeshowsusa.net

San Diego Beer Week   Nov. 2-11
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3.
Contact: 858-581-7368 / www.sdbeer.com

Escondido Tamale Festival   Nov. 3
A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of Californias culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Activities for the kids.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Grape Day Park
Contact: 760-839-4777 / www.escondidotamalefestival.org
Kids Care Fest   Nov. 3
This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free health screenings for children and their families.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Lemon Grove Recreation Center
Contact: 619-825-5050 / www.kidscarefest.org

Bike the Coast   Nov. 3
Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier with food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
Time/Place: 8am / Oceanside Pier
Contact: www.spectrumsportsevents.com/bike-the-coast

6K Veteran Walk/Run   Nov. 3
All proceeds benefit the Veterans Home in Chula Vista.
Time/Place: 8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veterans Home: 700 E Naples Court
Contact: 619-392-6333 / www.theveteranswalk.org

Trout Opening Weekend   Nov. 3-4
2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be stocked for this upcoming event!
Time/Place: 6am-5pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-258-4785 / www.santeelakes.com

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego   Nov. 4
You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise, music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun.
Time/Place: 6:45am / Embarcadero Park South
Contact: www.losmuertos5k.com/events/san-diego

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire   Nov. 4
Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the largest one-day street faire in the nation.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Grand Avenue

Contact: www.carlsbad.org

Fallback Festival   Nov. 4
A Childrens Historic Street Faire. 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 Quarter

Contact: https://gaslampfoundation.org

Coronado Island Film Festival   Nov. 9-12
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, 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.
Contact: www.coronadoislandfilmfest.com

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride   Nov. 10
Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA on EXCLUSIVE routes open once a year!
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Liberty Station

Contact: www.ridethepoint.org
San Diego Veterans Day Parade   Nov. 10
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / San Diego Embarcadero

Contact: ww.sdvetparade.org

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K   Nov. 11
Run along the Silver Strand, from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the post race Beach Party and Beer Garden.
Time/Place: 7-11:30am / Sunset Park, Coronado
Contact: 858-268-1250 / www.silverstrandhalf.com

Tribute to Veterans Showcase Concert   Nov. 11
This special performance will include patriotic repertoire as well as classical selections.
Time/Place: 1pm & 6pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Contact: 619-233-3232 / www.sdys.org

UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights   Nov. 11
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 / University Heights, San Diego

Contact: www.uharts.org

Fallbrook Veterans Day Parade & Celebration Ceremony   Nov. 11
Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Main Avenue
Contact: 760-728-8784 / www.fallbrookvfw.org

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival   Nov. 11-18
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 on the stunning Embarcadero.
Contact: www.sandiegowineclassic.com

Breast Cancer Cheering Station   Nov. 16
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show of support as they enter the Del Mar Village – the first city on their journey!
Time/Place: 7:30-9:30am / Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com

Tree Lighting and Santas Arrival   Nov. 16
Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throughoutt the evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Time/Place: 6:30-8pm / Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Contact: 760-804-9045 / www.premiumoutlets.com
Victorian Country Christmas   Nov. 16-18
Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge
Contact: 619-240-0098 / www.chulavistavcc.com

Del Mar Antique Show   Nov. 16-18
One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+ exhibitors from all over the United States.
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 727-423-0187 / www.calendarshows.com

Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day   Nov. 16-18
A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever.
Time/Place: 6:30am-5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-996-3DAY / www.The3Day.org

Star of India Companion Sail   Nov. 17-18
Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience!
Time/Place: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 x111 / www.sdmaritime.org

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair   Nov. 18
450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local bands and Kidz Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101
Contact: 760-943-1950 / www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas

Mother Goose Parade   Nov. 18
San Diegos East Countys annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
Contact: 619-333-0771 / www.mothergooseparade.org

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza   Nov. 21-25
A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 / www.sdjazzfest.org

Father Joes Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk   Nov. 22
Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joes Villages efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year!
Time/Place: 7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
Contact: www.thanksgivingrun.org
Oside Turkey Trot   Nov. 22
Pacific Marine Credit Union Oside Turkey Trot 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.
Time/Place: 6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
Contact: 760-434-5255 / www.osideturkeytrot.com

Waddle and Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run   Nov. 22
All proceeds benefit Santee Santa’s, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: www.waddleandtrot.com

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run   Nov. 22
Lets have another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while we raise funds for Helens Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.
Time/Place: 7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
Contact: 858-449-1101 / www.thankyourun.org

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K   Nov. 22
All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Time/Place: 7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall
Contact: ww.sdrunforthehungry.org

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot   Nov. 22
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Contact: 760-468-0322 / www.fallbrookturkeytrot.com

SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive   Nov. 22
Run or walk San Diegos only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Rohr Park, Bonita

Contact: www.sdthanksgivingrun.com

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot   Nov. 22
Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Childrens.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Tidelands Park

Contact: www.active.com

Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting   Nov. 24
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the towns huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. Meet Santa!
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Pioneer Park
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com

Oktoberfest in El Cajon   Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7

German culture, including entertainment provided by our popular band Guggenbach-Buam. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Zone!

Time/Place: 1017 South Mollison Avenue

Contact: 619-442-6637 / www.germanclubsandiego.org

Gaslight Steampunk Expo   Oct. 5-7

A weekend of interactive maker workshops, special presentations, vendors, tea pot racing, tea dueling, fashion shows, games, music, movies and more.

Time/Place: Town & Country Resort Hotel
Contact: www.gaslightexpo.org

Trolley Dances   Oct. 5-7

Hop on and off the trolley on a guided tour to see 6 dances created in unique public spaces.

Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Hazard Center Trolley Station – Starting Point

Contact: 619-225-1803 / www.sandiegodancetheater.org

Pacific BeachFest   Oct. 6

Fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities and music!

Time/Place: 8am-7pm / Pacific Beach Boardwalk

Contact: 858-273-3303 / www.pacificbeachfest.org

Carlsbad Oktoberfest   Oct. 6

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: 12-10pm / Holiday Park
Contact: www.rotaryoktoberfest.org

Good Food Community Fair   Oct. 6

Culinary demos, family-friendly activities, expert panel discussions, garden activities, and of course…food!

Time/Place: 11am-4pm / World Beat Center, San Diego

Contact: www.slowfoodurbansandiego.org

Solo Italiano – Dinner in Rosso   Oct. 6

A one-of-a-kind curated dining experience featuring flowing Italian food all evening, sips of Italian beverages, live entertainment, an Italian fashion show, an exotic car show, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and interactive performances.

Time/Place: 5-10pm / Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy

Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival   Oct. 6-7

Combines the best parts of the chic coastal town of La Jolla for a weekend of fine art, delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street

Contact: 858-228-6542 / www.ljawf.com

Maker Faire San Diego   Oct. 6-7

A celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. Over 250 local and regional makers display their creations.

Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Balboa Park
Contact :www.sdmakerfaire.org

Taste of Rancho Santa Fe   Oct. 7

Over 500 guests will enjoy an incredible feast from more than 40 vendors featuring Rancho Santa Fe’s and beyond most celebrated restaurants, Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries, breweries and other beverage vendors!

Time/Place: 4-7pm / The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Contact: 858-756-1131 / www.tasteofrsf.org

A Taste of Coronado   Oct. 10

Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / Orange Avenue

Contact: 619-437-8788 / www.atasteofcoronado.com

Taste of Mission Hills   Oct. 10

25 participating purveyors of delicious tastes, including long established and very new arrivals in Mission Hills are participating. Included in the price of each ticket is Old Town Trolley guest transportation to within steps of each participating venue.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / See website for list of participating restaurants.

Contact: 619-559-9502 / www.missionhillsbid.com/taste

San Diego International Film Festival   Oct. 10-14

A totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

Contact: 619-818-2221 / www.sdfilmfest.com

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest   Oct. 12-13

Eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment. Beer garden and live music.

Time/Place: Fri 3-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm / Ocean Beach Pier

Contact: www.oboktoberfest.com

Fashion Week San Diego   Oct. 12-14

We are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway.

Time/Place: LUX Art Institute, Encinitas

Contact: 858-270-9466 / www.fashionweeksd.com

Polish Festival   Oct. 12-14

A wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and cuisine.

Time/Place: St. Maximilian Kolbe Polish Roman Catholic Mission

Contact: 858-272-7655 / www.polishmission.org

Carmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15K   Oct. 13

Participants, regardless of distance, will experience one of the hillier courses you will find without heading to the mountains.

Time/Place: 6-10:30am / Torrey Highlands Community Park

Contact: www.enduranceraceseries.com/carmel-valley

Row for the Cure   Oct. 13

Grab your oars and paddles to row your way through a 4.5 kilometer course through Mission Bay. All entry fees and donations benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego.

Time/Place: 7am-12pm / North Ski Beach, Mission Bay

Contact: 858-573-2760 / www.komensandiego.org/row

Ladies at the Lake Fall Market   Oct. 13

There will be a variety of vendors with uniquely selected items. HUGE raffle, Food, Spa Services and More!

Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Contact: 619-258-4759 / www.santeelakes.com

Taste of North Park   Oct. 13

Enjoy 50+ food tastes from some of San Diego’s best restaurants and craft beer samples from 15 local brewers.

Time/Place: 11am-3pm / University Ave & 30th St

Contact: 619-294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com

Latin American Art Fair   Oct. 13-14

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, San Diego

Contact: 619-752-6118 / www.latinamericanartfairsd.com

HauntFest on Main   Oct. 19

A pumpkin patch, costume contest, kidz zone, rides, car show, entertainment and more!

Time/Place: 5-10pm / Downtown El Cajon
Contact: www.hauntfest.org

Borrego Days Desert Festival   Oct. 19-21

Inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more! Borrego Days Parade at 10am on Friday.

Time/Place: Christmas Circle Community Park

Contact: 760-767-5555 / www.borregodays.com

Ye Scallywag! Festival   Oct. 20

Music, food and craft beer festival. Live music throughout the day featuring Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, and The Interrupters.

Time/Place: 12-9pm / Waterfront Park, San Diego
Contact: www.scallywagsd.com

Monster Dash and Bash   Oct. 20

Beer garden, food trucks, costume contest, silent auction and medal ceremony.

Time/Place: 7-11am / Palomar College, San Marcos

Contact: 760-744-1150 x2732 / www.palomar.edu

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 20

World renown programs of music, folk dancing, entertainment, food and hand-crafted items.

Time/Place: 2-10pm / 3191 Orange Street, National City

Contact: www.lavistamemorialpark.com

Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy   Oct. 20

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

Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair   Oct. 20-21

Expect to see 150 local and national companies that have products and services catered to kids and families. The inflatable Playland is the place for them, filled with lots of jumpies, mini Xorbing Balls and an obstacle course!

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Contact: 619-269-9441 / www.sandiegokidsexpo.com

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival   Oct. 21

Live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world.

Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Grand between Center City & Ivy

Contact: 760-839-4880 / www.escondido.org

YMCA of San Diego County Tour de Cove   Oct. 21

Join Challenged Athletes Foundation at beautiful La Jolla Cove for 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 / www.challengedathletes.org

Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K   Oct. 21

a unique San Diego course with sweeping views, challenging hills and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line at Green Flash Brewing Co.

Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Contact: www.craftclassic.com/san-diego

Fleet Week San Diego   Oct. 22-28

Honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

Contact: 619-858-1545 / www.fleetweeksandiego.org

American Rose Society National Convention   Oct. 25-29

“Fiesta of Roses” Special events featured at the Convention will be a Reception, Rose Show, Bus Tour to Rose Gardens, Special Guests, Educational Lectures, Auction, Awards Banquet, plus District Meetings & Breakfast.

Time/Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

Contact: 619-222-3376 / www.fiestaofroses.org

Trick-or-Treat on India Street   Oct. 26

This fun and safe Halloween event makes it possible for urban families to enjoy authentic trick-or-treating fun as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats.

Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / Little Italy

Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

San Diego Monster Bash   Oct. 27

Six blocks in the East Village will transform right before your eyes as the WCKD Village comes to life.

Time/Place: 6pm-Midnight / Gaslamp Quarter
Contact: www.wckdvillage.com

San Diego Pet Con   Oct. 27

Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations.

Time/Place: 10am-6pm / De Mar Fairgrounds

Contact: 800-977-3609 / www.sandiegopetcon.com

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 27

Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more.

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Encinitas Community Center

Contact: 760-298-1708 / www.encinitasarts.org

North Park Day of the Dead Festival   Oct. 27

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 / Ray Street, San Diego

Contact: www.dayofthedeadfestivalnorthpark.com

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day   Oct. 27

Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions present free crafts for kids, costume parades and contests, and tons of spooky surprises.

Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Balboa Park

Contact: 619-239-0512 / www.balboaparkconservancy.org

Oceanside Dia de los Muertos   Oct. 28

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 / www.mslrdiadelosmuertos.com

Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run   Oct. 28

Costumes encouraged! Pumpkin decorating and a Pumpkin sprint are also part of the fun activities.

Time/Place: 8-11:30am / Morley Field, San Diego

Contact: www.friendsofroosevelt.org/tot

Fallbrook Harvest Faire   Oct. 28

An autumn themed faire of handmade crafts, local foods & treats, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin contests, pie baking contests and scarecrows on display.

Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Main Avenue

Contact: 760-728-5845 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Del Mar Racing Season   Through Sept. 3
The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.
Time/Place: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com

Barona Powwow   Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
Time/Place: Fri 6-11pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-11pm / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
Contact: 619-443-6612 x120 / www.barona-nsn.gov

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo   Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art and enjoy live entertainment from bands. Picnic on the Bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden.
Time/Place: Broadway Pier and Landing: 1000 North Harbor Drive
Contact: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com

Julian Grape Stomp Festa   Sept. 1
With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Menghini Winery
Contact: www.visitjulian.com

Labor Day Stickball Tournament   Sept. 1-3
Honoring long-standing traditions, paying tribute to this East Coast sporting pastime and having a fun!
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Little Italy
Contact: www.littleitalysd.com

Big SoCal Euro   Sept. 2
Features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.
Time/Place: 12-6pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: www.big-euro.com

Taste of Del Mar   Sept. 6
Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Downtown Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com

Play on the Bay   Sept. 7
Enjoy spectacular food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more in an unforgettable evening on the bay.  Proceeds benefit DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit assisting public school teachers with the supplies and equipment they need for their classrooms.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Contact: www.eventbrite.com

Beach Polo Cup   Sept. 7-9
Polo matches, a lavish VIP tent, stylish informal fashion modeling, boutiques selling everything from jewelry to designer clothing to yachts, the Porsche Million Dollar Road Rally and much more.
Time/Place: Hotel del Coronado
Contact: www.hoteldel.com

Burgers & Beers   Sept. 8
Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries San Diego has to offer.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Golden Hill Park
Contact: www.readerburgersandbeer.com

KGB Sky Show   Sept. 8
Blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game.
Time/Place: 5pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: https://101kgb.iheart.com

Carlsbad Brewfest   Sept. 8
Craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.
Time/Place: 12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Drive
Contact: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org

San Diego Blues Festival   Sept. 8
Features 9 musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Contact: www.sdbluesfest.com

South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival   Sept. 8
Fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Children’s Area includes bungee jumping, inflatables and more.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park
Contact: www.southbaypride.org

Cardiff Greek Festival   Sept. 8-9
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Contact: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com

Taste of Downtown   Sept. 13
Enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 Restaurants located throughout the East Village, City Center and Gaslamp Quarter.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown San Diego
Contact: 619-234-0201 / www.downtownsandiego.org

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival   Sept. 14
Fresh, cool craft beer, delicious food, live music, fun games, fire pits and plenty of comfortable seating.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Party Pals: 10427 Roselle St.
Contact: www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com

America’s Finest BBQ State Championship   Sept. 14-15
Compete in a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition, sample world class BBQ and enjoy the beer garden, all while watching the San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing.
Time/Place: Mission Bay: Crown Point Park
Contact: www.americasfinestbbq.com

San Diego Bayfair   Sept. 14-16
World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Mission Bay Park
Contact: www.sandiegobayfair.org

Santee Bluegrass Festival   Sept. 15
Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East
Contact: www.cityofsanteeca.gov

Julian Music Festival   Sept. 15
Celebrate with bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots and Western ballads to remember the past and present.
Time/Place: 1-7pm / Menghini Winery
Contact: www.julianmusicfestival.com

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias   Sept. 15
Our exciting Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Following the parade, there will be a variety of entertainment.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park
Contact: 619-220-5422 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663

Taste of South Park   Sept. 15
Hallmarked by an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, chart a course for South Park and satisfy all your foodie cravings in one day!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / South Park at Fern St.
Contact: www.southparksd.com

Oceanside Harbor Days   Sept. 15-16
Sun, sand, and surf including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village; Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas; Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition; music, a beer garden and more.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor
Contact: www.oceansidechamber.com

Ironman 70.3 Superfrog   Sept. 16
The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy Seals stationed at the US Navy Seals center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and to enhance their training.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier
Contact: www.ironman.com

San Diego Quilt Show   Sept. 20-22
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love. This year’s theme is “Wild West.”
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm / SD Convention Center
Contact: 619-443-2706 / www.sandiegoquiltshow.com

Semper Tri, Devil Dog Duathlon & 7K Run   Sept. 22
Help us support quality of life programs for our Marines, Sailors & their Families by taking part in the Semper Triathlon, Devil Dog Duathlon and 7K No Beach Out of Reach Run.
Time/Place: 7am-12:30pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Contact: www.mccscp.com

Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival   Sept. 22
Come see the South Bay’s best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food and take in arts and crafts.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School
Contact: www.facebook.com/Bonitafest

SaltDog Classic   Sept. 22
Local bands, vendors, artists, and a full on Tiki Bar rocking this year. Supporting Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Seaside State Beach, Solana Beach
Contact: www.saltdogclassic.com

San Diego Festival of Beer   Sept. 22
Enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Broadway Pier
Contact: www.sdbeerfest.org

Pacific Islander Festival   Sept. 22-23
Cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Mission Bay’s Ski Beach
Contact: www.pifasandiego.com

San Diego Restaurant Week   Sept. 23-30
Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County.
Contact: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

La Mesa Oktoberfest   Sept. 28-30
Hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.
Time/Place: La Mesa Village
Contact: www.lamesaoktoberfest.org

Poway Rodeo   Sept. 28-29
Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding.
Time/Place: Poway Valley Riders Association
Contact: www.powayrodeo.com

Cabrillo Festival   Sept. 28-29
Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma
Contact: www.cabrillofestival.org

MCAS Miramar Air Show   Sept. 28-30
The Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning and more will fill the sky over the three days of air show.
Time/Place: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Contact: www.miramarairshow.com

El Cajon Oktoberfest   Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7
Folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Zone!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 1017 South Mollison Avenue
619-442-6637 / www.oktoberfestelcajon.com

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival   Sept. 29
Highlights the unique culture of the National City community and celebrating music and of course beer, wine and spirits.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Pepper Park, National City
Contact: www.baysidebrewfest.com

Adams Avenue Street Fair   Sept. 29-30
Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 34th and Adams Avenue, Normal Heights
Contact: 619-282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

Encinitas Oktoberfest   Sept. 30
Music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive & El Camino Real
Contact: 760-753-6041 / www.encinitasoktoberfest.com

Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest   Sept. 30
Beer and food pairing extravaganza, will serve as a fundraiser for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa
Contact: www.eventbrite.com