The San Diego Tet Festival is the longest-running Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in San Diego that attracts more than 25,000 people every year from all over the city. This is a FREE admission event with a variety of cultural attractions, activities, games, food and live entertainment, as well as lion dancing, martial arts, firecrackers, and our most popular program, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant. Join the happy crown on Jan 24 – Jan 26, 2020, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
The San Diego Tết Festival has moved through a few locations over the course of the last 14 years, but Mira Mesa Community Park has been our longest home. We want to thank the district of Mira Mesa for allowing us to host our event in your home. Below is the timeline of when the San Diego Tet Festival started, and which location it’s been in.
– Our signature Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant
– Lion dancing all 3 days
– Cultural village
– Beer Garden
– Full Carnival Rides
– Golden Voice contest and Dancing contests for cash prizes
– Game Booth with prizes
– 2 stages with non-stop entertainment from A-list singers/artists as well as local artists in San Diego
– Food vendors with variety of foods from cultures all around the world!
– Children’s games and activities
– Petting zoo
– ” Lucky Red Envelope” – Traditional Money Giving for Luck during Opening Ceremony with city councils, officials, and even the city mayor! That’s right, we invite the San Diego Mayor!
For more info, visit sdtet.com
The 8th annual San Diego Beer Fest promises another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature 70 Breweries, 150 Beers & San Diego’s most popular food trucks. It will be located at the Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station on Jan 11, 2020, from12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
VIP admission starts at noon and regular admission starts at 1:00 PM. Both include unlimited beer tastings, with VIP admission offering an added hour. Please keep in mind that the event is limited to 21 and over and no pets are allowed.
Are you joining or planning to join the festivities? Get your tickets here sandiegobeerfest.com
Come one, come all to America’s Largest Balloon Parade! Watch marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade down San Diego’s beautiful waterfront on Dec 26, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2019 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience in celebration of Holiday Bowl game day.
Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the Solar Turbines 5K Run/Walk.
Holiday Bowl Parade and Game Day Event Timeline:
9:45 AM: Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk
10:00 AM: Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding
1:00 PM: FanZone opens – SDCCU Stadium
1:30 PM: VIP Tailgate – SDCCU Stadium
3:30 PM: Pregame Show – SDCCU Stadium
4:00 PM: Holiday Bowl – SDCCU Stadium
For more information visit holidaybowl.com
Join the 47th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights! Visit this time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, this festive and delightful Parade of Lights is a true experience for all!
Presented by the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will bring more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region. There is no cost to view the parade.
Parade Dates and Times
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays:
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
For those viewing the parade from the water, the best vantage point for viewing is where the parade turns west to Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those on land, try the north and south ends of the Embarcadero, as well as the pathway along Coronado, as these areas tend to be less crowded. Other excellent viewing points are the park behind Seaport Village, Harbor Island, Shelter Island and the pier at Cesar Chavez Park. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early as available parking spaces fill up quickly.
Learn more sdparadeoflights.org
Join the San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K on Thanksgiving morning, November 28 in Downtown San Diego – Outside Horton Plaza. The 10K run will be at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 8:15 a.m. This event will benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Dogs are also welcome!
Participants enjoy being able to run or walk through beautiful Downtown San Diego and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. The event attracts all levels and abilities from athletes to families looking to get some exercise before sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal. An added bonus to the event includes the participation of dogs, and each registered dog receives a bandana and dog treats along the course.
Run for the Hungry has remained a fun family tradition on Thanksgiving Day for the past 16 years. Plus, it is a great way to get outside and burn a few calories before indulging in your favorite holiday dishes. Plus, for every participant, at least 185 meals will be raised through each runner’s race fee to help individuals and families in need.
For more info visit sdrunforthehungry.org
This year’s Challenge Walk MS in Southern California 2019 will be a 3-Day event on November 8-10, 2019. The walk travels from San Diego Hilton Del Mar to Bonita Cove. Experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while helping the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Challenge Walk MS is an endurance walking experience that tests your strength and spirit. Year after year, teams push their physical and mental limits to get closer to a world free of MS. And with each step and dollar you raise, you won’t be alone. Because at Challenge Walk MS, we’re all in this together.
From group training walks to volunteers who hand out ice-cold popsicles when you need them most, we all rely on and appreciate one other – savoring the joy, the triumphs and the connections on our journey together.
Once you cross the finish line, you’ll have feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment that you worked so hard to achieve. No one can fully describe what it’s like to participate in Challenge Walk MS – it’s something you must experience for yourself.
For more information visit www.mymschallenge.com
Join Kaiser Permanente’s Thrive Half Marathon & 5K on November 2, 2019, at 6:50 AM – 11 AM which is returning to San Diego for its third year! The course starts at the newest Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and finishes at Ski Beach in Mission Bay to join the 5K finishers.
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K encourages the San Diego community to “Thrive” together: Stay Active, Eat Healthy, Live Well and Give Back.
New this year! Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon and 5K are pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish San Diego for this event in its first Thrive Walk For Wishes which will immediately follow our 5K Race. Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
To learn more about the event visit thrivehalfmarathon.com
Discover Elfin Forest on October 20, 2019, at 10 AM – 11:30 AM and learn about the amazing wildlife and plants at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Walk on the lower creek trail and learn to enhance and observe the beauty of the Elfin Forest on their Interpretive Nature Walks.
Retired from law enforcement, Al is a native San Diegan and avid outdoorsman. Al has been trained as an interpretive guide, is a Master Educator for the Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics, a Chaparral Naturalist, and also teaches backpacking, hiking, and camping for Poway Adult School. Al currently volunteers on the Trail Patrol and Education team at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Join Al on the third Sunday of every month and witness a rare testimony of Elfin Forest’s life and beauty. You’ll be glad you did!
For more information, visit escondidocreek.org
Don’t miss out on the great competition at the 10th Anniversary San Diego International Dragon Boat Race on Sept. 28-29 at Tecolote Shores Mission Bay. Enjoy a lion dance, music and performances, plus food trucks, clothing, jewelry, paddling gear and more!
Dragon boating is a growing, global sport with crews of 16-20 paddling in a boat decorated with an ornately carved dragon head at the bow and a tail in the stern. During races, boats consist of a crew, drummer and steersman.
Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, immediately south of the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa off East Mission Bay Drive
For more info visit SDDragonBoatRace.com
Experience San Diego’s Bayfront at this year’s Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon on September 8, 2019. Swim, bike and run along the boardwalk until the Embarcadero Marina Park. Register to be a racer and get the VIP Party package or volunteer! Will you be there?
Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon is a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon race in downtown San Diego. The Sprint Course consists of a 500-meter swim, 9-mile cycle, and a 3.1-mile run. The Olympic Course consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 25-mile cycle, and a 6.2-mile run. An expo accompanies the event.
ROCK THIS TRI – This Rock Themed Triathlon Will Rock You from Start to finish! The 65′ Adventrous Yacht will be anchored out on the swim course to provide swimmers with Classic Rock, runners will enjoy the awesome tunes of Mystique near the Midway aircraft carrier, and Finishers will be Rocked into the Finish Line!
All Finishers will be Rock Stars and will receive a T-Shirt and Finisher Medal
This is Southern California at its best. This bay swim is supported by lifeguards and swim buddies. Come join us for the Sprint or International Distance Triathlon. Same location and great course as the Original TriRock San Diego!!
Click here for more info rockthebaytri.com