Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, December 16th to December 19th.
Thursday, Dec. 16
For the My Bluegrass Heart tour, the virtuoso banjo Béla Fleck returns to San Diego to show off the genre that began her multi-decade music career that won her Grammy: bluegrass. The concert will feature some of the most beloved songs of the genre, with all-star bands: mandolinist Sam Bush, double bass player Jerry Douglas, violinist Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and guitarist Bryan Sutton. Vaccine proof or a negative COVID test is required to attend. 8 p.m. Thursday. Balboa Theater 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. $ 33 and $ 68; sandiegotheatres.org.
Botanic Wonderland at the San Diego Botanical Garden
Botanic Wonderland at the San Diego Botanical Garden.
(Courtesy of the San Diego Botanical Garden)
Botanic Wonderland returns to the San Diego Botanical Garden, making its lush lands a wonderful holiday destination. Family events offer guests activities along the mile-long illuminated path that leads through the Garden Waterfall, Meadow Grass, Children’s Garden, and other sites, and photos with Santa (5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Christmas Eve), hands-on activities for children, letters to Santa including writing, live singers and various food and beverage vendors. 17:30 to 21:00. December 23 and December 26-30. San Diego Botanical Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $ 10 and $ 22; free for children under two. Advanced tickets are required at sdbgarden.org/botanic-wonderland.htm.
Head over to Laugh Factory to see “The Tammy Tour: One Trailer at a Time,” a comedy over 18 starring Chelcie Lynn. 8 p.m. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Laugh Factory, 432 F St., Gaslamp. laughfactory.com/clubs/san-diego
With YouTube videos garnering more than 300 million views, JP Sears is proud of its thoughtful satirical videos that mock modern life and politics. Catch up this weekend as the headline of nine awesome sessions. 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, 5, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ; 17, 19 and 21:00. Sunday . American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp. Prices start at $ 30; americancomedyco.com
Golden State Ballet presents “Nutcracker.”
The classic production features choreography by Jared Nelson, former artistic director of the California Ballet. More than 50 professionals and academically awarded students will dance to the Tchaikovsky score, performed by the San Diego Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 14:00 and 19:30. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. December 21; 14:00 and 19:30. December 22-23. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $ 28.50- $ 109; sandiegotheatres.org.
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Friday, Dec. 17
“Popular Cuban Christmas Story”
OnStage Playhouse presents the last weekend of Charles Dickens ’holiday story set in 1950s Cuba, the last weekend of San Diego Repertory Theater artist Herbert Siguenza’s residence, where“ Ezequiel Scrooge ”is an American sugar baron struggling to control workers before the Cuban revolution. It offers Cuban Christmas classical music. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. $ 22.50- $ 25. (619) 422-7787. onstageplayhouse.org
Holiday Glow Ball (Christmas Sweater)
Take your golf clubs and your ugly Christmas sweater for this special Holiday Glow Ball (Ugly Christmas Sweater Edition) with you & amp; Yours Distilling Co. Loma Club. The famous Glow Ball takes place at night on a lighted golf course at The Loma Club’s nine-hole golf course. Warm welcome and festive canned cocktail tasters will be on offer. Admission: 6 p.m .; shotgun departure: 7 p.m. The Loma Club, 2960 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station. $ 40; thelomaclub.com.
K-Pop fans: Get ready to dance the night away with some of the best artists in the genre, including the hits of BTS. 9 p.m. Friday. Soda Tavern, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. $ 25.50; sodabarmusic.com. Verification that the full vaccination or COVID test was negative within the previous 72 hours of admission. Masks are required for all participants.
Audiences enjoy live music at Parq on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Get ready to shake like a salt shaker while Lil Jon spins at one of San Diego’s favorite nightclubs. 10 p.m. Friday . Parq Nightclub, 615 Broadway, downtown. $ 24.74; parqsd.com
Want to take the greens for this year’s holiday? Beloved actor, comedian and cannabis rights activist Tommy Chong will be in two places in San Diego March and Ash to meet with fans. While you’re at it, check out their THC and CBD product line. 21+. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (City Heights), 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Chula Vista) Ostirala. March and Ash: 2281 Fairmount Avenue, City Heights and 684 Telegraph Canyon Road, Chula Vista. Please reply to marchandash.com/chong for more information
Saturday, Dec. 18
Family movies with the San Diego Symphony
What’s better than a family movie night? A family movie night accompanied by a live symphony, of course. This week — with so many kids out on vacation breaks — the San Diego Symphony presents two different movie nights: “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on Saturday, and Disney’s “Frozen” on Wednesday. At each event, the film will be screened on a giant outdoor screen while the orchestra performs live music from the films. 5 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $ 25 to $ 95; theshell.org.
Holiday Edition Boozy Garden Tea Time
The Estancia La Jolla Hotel & amp; The spa will host Holiday Edition Boozy Garden Tea Time.
(Courtesy of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.)
The Estancia La Jolla Hotel & amp; The spa will host a special event in the lush Secret Garden area. Enjoy gin and tea cocktails on the table, holiday sweets and delicious sandwiches. Festive costumes are encouraged. 12:00 to 15:00. Saturday . Estancia La Jolla Hotel & amp; Spa, 9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. $ 80; estancialajolla.com/special-events/holiday-happenings.html.
Ziggy Shuffledust and Mars Spiders
In San Diego, it’s a kind of tradition to see this tribute to David Bowie around the holidays. The show is back in 2021, starring Electric Warrior and DJ Camilla Robina. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $ 15 plus fees; casbahmusic.com.
Jamaican reggae singer Don Carlos has been performing at the Music Box for over 21 years. Eureka Sound x Nick Sefakis and DJ Ital are the openers. 9 p.m. Saturday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $ 33; musicboxsd.com. Proof of complete vaccination or negative COVID test within the previous 48 hours required for admission. Masks are required for all participants.
Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan, best known for his folk-pop sound, performs in San Diego on his “I Was / I Am Tour,” starring beginning Blake Rose. 8 p.m. Saturday. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. $ 22- $ 70; houseofblues.com/sandiego/concert-events. Admission is required if the complete vaccine or COVID test has been negative in the previous 24 hours (antigen) or 48 hours (PCR). Vaccine proof or negative test must be printed; see website for details.
Country music star Kip Moore brings her “How High Tour 2021” to SOMA, accompanied by special guest Jordan Fletcher. 7 p.m., Saturday. SOMA, 3550 Sports Arena Blvd. $ 38; somasandiego.com. Previous evidence of complete vaccination or negative COVID test. Admission is 24 hours (quick test) or 72 hours (PCR). Masks are required for all participants.
Sunday, Dec. 19
San Diego Ballet’s “Nutcracker”
Last year, the San Diego Ballet unveiled a drive-in version of “Nutcracker.” By 2021, the traditional holiday ballet has returned to the theater and, with the help of professional dancers and students, they pick up Clara’s Christmas nutcracker and retell the magical story of visiting Candy Land. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. The Magnolia, 210 E. Main St., El Cajon. $ 45 to $ 115; sandiegoballet.org.
Get ready for football! The San Diego Sockers kicked off the season with a home game against Chihuahua Savage. 17:05. Sunday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Tickets are $ 20- $ 45; pechangaarenasd.com/events. Admission is required if the complete vaccine or COVID test has been negative in the previous 24 hours (antigen) or 48 hours (PCR). Masks are required for all participants.
Take a break from preparing for the holiday with an evening of free music and entertainment from the La Jolla Music Society. This family event features a reading of Katia Graham’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by librarian, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus sings holiday tunes. 5 p.m. Sunday. Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. Free; register at ljms.org.
Abbey Road: A tribute to the Beatles
Celebrate your holiday with Paul, John, George and Ring! Members of the Abbey Road band, a group in honor of the Beatles, present “Sitting with the Beatles”, a sitting, 21-year-old show featuring holiday tunes and Beatles hits. 7 p.m. Sunday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $ 22; musicboxsd.com. Proof of complete vaccination or negative COVID test within the previous 48 hours required for admission. Masks are required for all participants.
Metl Bar Creamery is hosting a holiday event where people can buy from 14 local vendors. Also, enjoy a welcome cocktail and sample food! 3pm to 6pm. Sunday. Metl Bar Creamery, 2835 University Ave., North Park. Free; metlbar.com
Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade and Pups Pub Party
Returning to a classic San Diego holiday event: Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade and Pups in the Pub Party invites people and their four-legged friends to their party to wear their best holiday clothes and participate in a parade from Gaslamp on Fifth Avenue. There will be competitions, prizes, a post-party, and more. 1 p.m. Sunday . The mascot parade begins on Fifth Avenue and K Street. Pups in the Pub Party will be on Island Avenue between Fourth and Fifth. The parade and party are free, but drink tickets are $ 15. gaslamp.org/holidays
Bivouac Cider House Holiday Interview
Enjoy the latest version of Bivouac Ciderworks, Scenic Route cider, and enjoy decorations, flannel sugar cookies at Blackmarket Bakery, holiday music, and Christmas movies. 2 p.m. Sunday . Bivouac Cider House, 3986 30th Street, North Park. $ 35; bivoaccider.com
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Kash Komedy presents Comedy Night at 619 Spirits, a North Park distillery and restaurant. These comics include Alex Petit, Pallavi Gunalan, Kat Thomas, Sammy Cantu and Bob Hansen. This series will be every other Sunday, with alternate comedians. No coverage is charged and 619 Spirits will offer happy hours throughout the night. 7 p.m. Sunday . 619 Spirits, 3015 Lincoln Avenue, North Park. 619spirits.com
(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)
The second installation of the famous San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is this weekend. Enjoy more than 80 boats, lit and decorated on the theme of 2021, on the twelfth day of Christmas, as they navigate the bay as a backdrop to the city’s bright sky. 5:30 p.m. Sunday . From Shelter Island to Coronador across San Diego Bay. Free; sdparadeoflights.org
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What is the motto of St. Diego? The slogan “Semper Vigilans” in Latin means “Always attentive.” There are two inconsistencies in the design of the stamp.
How did San Diego get its name?
* SAN DIEGO In honor of the Franciscans of San Diego de Alcala de Henares in 1602, Vizcaino was renamed in honor of San Diego Bay, named after his flagship.
Who gave the city of San Diego its name?
In November 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. Arriving in iconic San Diego, Vizcaino explored the harbor and what is now Mission Bay and Point Loma and named the area after San Diego Catholic, known as San Diego de Alcalá.
What are nicknames for Californians?
What is the most popular food in San Diego?
San Diego’s most popular food is arguably the humblest taco. Surprisingly, no one really knows the origin of the taco, but the 16th century conquistador Bernal Díaz del Castillo. The writings of the mid-twentieth century refer to people who lived in the Lake Valley region of Mexico, who ate tortillas filled with small fish.