Friday, Dec. 13
Sacra/Profana Holiday Concert
The eclectic San Diego vocal performance ensemble Sacra/Profana offers its unique twist on the holiday season with a holiday concert. The program will feature both familiar carols in new settings and new takes on ancient hymns and texts, including two world premieres. General admission $10-$30. 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Yoga in the Rotunda
Yoga in the Rotunda is an affordable yoga class unlike anything else in San Diego! Before our doors open, you’ll enjoy a teacher-led, all-levels flow class with modifications in our historic rotunda. Each class is designed for you to go at your own pace. Pose modifications will be provided making the experience great for both beginners and continuing students. Yoga One’s knowledgeable teachers offer optimal alignment principles paired with breath and present moment awareness. Enjoy a positive, non-competitive environment that encourages well-being, mindfulness, and community under our iconic dome. Don’t forget to bring your mat, towel, and water to class! Tickets start at $5. 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the San Diego Musuem of Man.
Voices for Children CASA Volunteer Info Session
Help youth in foster care by volunteering with Voices for Children today! As a court-appointed special advocate volunteer, you will work with a child or teen in foster care by advocating for their needs while serving as a consistent and supportive person in their life. Attending a volunteer information session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. To reserve a space for one of these sessions, please call 858-598-2243. Information session will not be held at the Meadow Lark address. The exact location will be provided upon registration. 10-11:30 a.m.
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble: Home for the Holidays
Under the direction of Artistic Director John Winkleman and Associate Director Christian Tordahl, the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will feature music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Viennese New Year, as well as the world premiere of an exciting new piece. The ensemble welcomes back vocalist Leviticus. A no-host bar and a chance to win fantastic opportunity drawing prizes will round out the evening. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at hwesd.brownpapertickets.com and at The Windsmith 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park, or at the door. Located in the beautiful ballroom of the Courtyard by Marriott-Liberty Station, 2592 Laning Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and concert at 7 p.m.
North Park Christmas ConcertMissiongathering Church will host its annual “A North Park Christmas” Concert fundraiser, seeking to raise the funds needed to cover the costs of legal expenses in order to reopen their shelter and concert space. The church is fighting for its survival while in a legal battle with the city. The event will feature an hour-long holiday concert featuring the churches very own jazz band and will be hosted by local comedian Paige Kate. The church nursery will also be hosting a Christmas pajama party, screening a holiday film for children so that parents can enjoy the event. The community is invited to attend this Christmas concert, taking place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th at the churches campus in North Park, better known as The Irenic (3090 Polk Ave.). A donation of $10 is suggested, but the event is open to everyone regardless of financial means.
Babycakes Grand Opening
It’s been over a year since Babycakes moved out of Hillcrest, but get ready because they’re back! Their grand opening will happen on December 14. There will be an official ribbon-cutting, giveaways, and specials. The neighborhood sweet spot has taken over the space that once housed Pinkberry located at 3795 Fourth Avenue at the prominent corner of Fourth & Robinson, just a block from their former location on Fifth Avenue. The official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the new Hillcrest location is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15
The San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition is excited to host their first Migrant Posada! In the spirit of giving, please consider joining them or donating for the cause! The posada will benefit Casa Arcoiris Albergue LGBTI, a shelter that hosts our asylum seeking LGBTQ sisters and brothers on the other side of the border. 4-7 p.m. at Cafe X, 7220 El Cajon Blvd.
The Marston House: Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & GillTake a walk on the architectural side with a 90-minute guided tour of the 1905 Marston House Museum inside and out. The San Diego firm of Hebbard & Gill designed the inviting English Arts & Crafts mansion with fluid indoor-outdoor connections. Irving Gill, who soon became San Diego’s pioneering modernist, created many of its design features and innovative conveniences. This tour was curated for SOHO by Erik Hanson, a leading authority on Gill and contributor to the book “Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform” by Thomas S. Hines. The story begins at the carriage house for the estate (now SOHO’s Marston House Museum Shop), then circles around the house in its Balboa Park and formal garden setting. Inside and out, architectural and construction details and period materials are highlighted, and include the Marston family’s public and private rooms. Managed by SOHO for the City of San Diego, this property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 2:30-4 p.m. at 3525 Seventh Ave.
Santa’s OrdersJoin us as our OUT LGBTQ servicemembers come together to celebrate the holidays to help raise funds for upcoming LGBTQ military events in 2020! This event is presented by the Military Department, San Diego Pride. This is a 21-plus event. 3-6 p.m. at the Hole in the Wall, 2830 Lytton St.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
ArtStop: South Asian CollectionJoin us on the third Tuesday of each month during Residents’ Free Tuesday for an ArtStop. Led by museum curators and educators, these enlightening and informative 15-minute tours focus on one to three works on view in the galleries. Noon at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Winter Holiday Celebration: Hullabaloo ConcertLocal family favorite Hullabaloo is back for the holidays! Bring your holiday cheer to this amazing, foot-stomping, wing-flapping good time! 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library.
Thursday, Dec. 19
‘S.T.E.A.M.Works: The Musical’
In “S.T.E.A.M.Works: The Puppet Musical,” whiz kids Max and Julie create competing entries in an effort to win a trip to Space Camp as part of the “Build a Better World Science Fair.” Rap and hip-hop are a metaphor for STEM knowledge in this fun, musical STEAM adventure. This show is set to inspire a new generation of makers with the debut of the world’s first 3D-printed puppet character in a live puppet show! 10 a.m. at North Park Library.
‘La Befana Vien di Notte’San Diego Italian Film Festival presents a holiday film! “The Legend of the Christmas Witch” will show in Italian with English subtitles. During the day, Paola is an ordinary primary school teacher, but at night, she turns into the Christmas Witch (the Befana), a magical creature who brings gifts to good children. One night, Paola disappears, kidnapped by Mr. Johnny, a cruel toymaker whose childhood was ruined by the witch and is now seeking revenge. A group of six brave students who have found out their teacher’s secret will go through an extraordinary adventure to rescue her. $12 general admission. 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.
Exclusive private screening: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
Be one of the first to see the newest and final film of the “Star Wars” saga happening in Balboa Park! Join friends at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center who are holding a pre-screening party where your favorite droids will be in attendance, brought to you by San Diego’s DroidBuilders, as well as food and drink. Attendees will then be transported to AMC Mission Valley for a screening of the movie. 6:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m. at Fleet Science Center. Tickets are $95.
Acoustic, Ales & Art Night
The Porto Vista Hotel is thrilled to announce the launch of Acoustic, Ales and Art, a free monthly event that features rotating local artists, musicians and $6 ales at the GlassDoor restaurant every third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 1835 Columbia St.
Comedy Night at Tiger! Tiger!
Thunderbar Comedy is proud to present the first ever weekly comedy show at Tiger! Tiger! featuring nationally touring headliners and some of the best up-and-coming comics from across the country! Come early and enjoy some delicious food and craft brews in historic North Park! 7-10 p.m. at 3025 El Cajon Blvd. Suggested $5 donation.
Friday, Dec. 20
Art After HoursOpen until 8 p.m on Fridays. For only $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, experience exhibitions and the San Diego Museum of Art’s 20 galleries while live music plays at Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Free admission for members, youth 17 and under, and college students with ID. Tickets available and sold at the door.
Through Sunday, Dec. 29
‘A Christmas Carol’
Cygnet’s holiday smash hit is back for its sixth season! Bring the family back to enjoy the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption. This imaginative production features original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family! Showings throughout December at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. Call the box office at 619-337-1525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas’
“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Playing at the Old Globe. Tickets start at $30.
Through Monday, Dec. 30
Holiday Food Truck Festival
San Diego residents and out-of-town visitors are invited to extend their holiday celebrations at Balboa Park’s annual Holiday Food Truck Festival. For five days between Christmas and New Year’s Day (December 26-30), the Balboa Park Conservancy is hosting free live entertainment under the Plaza de Panama’s dazzling holiday light display along with activities for families. More than a dozen local food trucks are serving up a diverse selection of gourmet dishes and desserts, and select museums are presenting their own brand of holiday-themed fun. Food trucks open for business at noon each day.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Poetic Legacy II
Coordinated by published poets Pat Andrus and Christopher R, each workshop focuses on one poet, including the reading of several poems by participants (remember that poetry was originally meant to be heard). After this round robin of reading and listening to various poems of the selected poet, everyone has 15-20 minutes to quietly write their own pieces of writing, inspired by a title, line, or just from soaking in the words heard and read. Finally, anyone who wishes to share any or all his or her writing, is encouraged to do so. 6 p.m. at the Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library.
Lestat’s West Open Mic
Weekly open mic event hosted by Robby Robertson every Monday, 6:30-11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.
Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
Join an all-ages introductory class to learn the basic Buddhist concepts as well as participate in a discussion and silent meditation. Weekly event led by Jeff Zlotnik. Free. 7-8 p.m. at Dharma Bum Temple 4144 Campus Ave. Also held on Saturdays at 11 a.m.-noon
North Park Thursday Market
Shop at more than 90 tents for locally grown produce, seasonal grocery items, fresh food and hand-crafted arts and crafts. 3-7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st to Utah streets in North Park.
Thursdays at the Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night at the Kensington Club. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 4079 Adams Ave. bit.ly/ThursKen
Free Friend Friday
Looking for a co-working space with value-aligned social entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofit professionals and local startups? Collective Impact Center offers a complimentary day pass to use shared desks and office space. Bring your laptop and check in on social media with #cicfreefriendfriday for free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Collective Impact Center, 3295 Meade Ave.
Old Town Saturday Market
This street market features original works from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue in Old Town.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 venders offer a variety of locally grown produce, hand-made arts and crafts, and fresh-cut florals at one of the city’s largest open-air markets. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.