Don’t let the chill in the air get in the way of you making the most of living in beautiful San Diego. Throw on a light sweater and get out there and kick off your upcoming holiday weekend by enjoying the best of what the area has to offer. Short films, classic cars, parades, and foodie events will help you bloom as you plan your end of week activities.
Thursday, January 16th
Lights, Cameras, Action!
Can’t get enough of indie films, documentaries, and short stories? You’re in luck as the Borrego Springs Film Festival is kicking off this Thursday and will run until Monday, January 20th. Featuring films under the categories of narratives, documentary, animation, Latinx, and short films, this festival is ramping up to be a hit in the making. Passes to the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center event are limited, so make sure to plan out your viewing schedule and reserve your seats now before the projectors cut off. Click here for more information about this event.
Saturday, January 18th
Revving Engines with Pride
The jewel of every third Saturday in Hillcrest’s crown, Great Autos of Yesteryear’s Classic Car Show will be returning to Pride Plaza on Normal Street from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday. The largest LGBT car club on the West Coast will be featuring the show-ready rides from the collections of 20 members. Make sure to cruise on by to check out these domestic and foreign classics and ask their owners about the history of their cars before grabbing a bite to eat and a drink at any one of the dozens of fabulous restaurants and bars. For event details, click here.
Curiosities and Curios
With a twist of punk and a dash of macabre, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo is rolling into the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend to serve up all things a little bit weird. Looking for the strange and unusual? This expo promises to satisfy that craving with sideshows, classes – specifically the Jackalope Taxidermy course, crafts for sale, and more. Creepy and twisted fun for the whole family awaits down at the Fairgrounds this Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm.
Sunday, January 19th
March for the Accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Harbor Drive in Embarcadero will be alive with song, dance, and dazzling displays this Sunday to recognize, celebrate, and carry on the work and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. Coordinated this year by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, America’s oldest African American fraternity (est. 1906), this year’s parade will feature incredible floats, high school bands, high-energy drill teams, and various peace and youth organizations dedicated to celebrating and embodying the legacy of Dr. King’s life and work. Click here to learn more about the parade route information and how to volunteer.
Give Positive Actions Traction
Homelessness is a chronic global issue. However, there are are plenty of ways to help assist organizations dedicated to helping provide transitional housing for those without a permanent home in order to improve the quality of life for those working towards a better or more stable living situation. The East County Transitional Living Center will be helping put action to the pavement this Sunday from 7:30 am – 12 pm with their fund and awareness-raising fun run/walk in Liberty Station. Throw on those running shoes and sweat for a cause as you jam out to a live DJ and wear special event gear. Follow this link for more information on how to attend and help out with 5K to Better Lives.
Run, Run as Fast as You Can!
Is a light job not enough to stretch those legs? How about a 5K or half or full marathon? Sunday will be a day for the outdoors as the Tri-City Medical Center holds its Carlsbad Half/Full Marathon, and Surf and Sun 5K Run. Take in the beautiful coastline of Carlsbad while you don your race shirt and new pull-over jacket. Race or volunteer for this great event by making sure to register before time is up.
Restaurant Week Returns
Dine ’til you drop with over 180 participating restaurants in the San Diego area. Prix-fixe menus to salivate over will be popping up on special menus for lunch and dinner from the South Bay, East County, to Oceanside, Fallbrook, and further to the north from the 19th through the 26th. You will not want to miss out on a foodie week in heaven, so make sure to plan out your eating extravaganza now before it is too late!
Have a great time out there San Diegans and remember to Live Long in SD!