photo: Liberty Station

Baby it’s cold(ish) outside! Bundle up your little buddies and take them out on the town this weekend to enjoy a bunch of fun festivities. From outdoor ice skating and holiday markets and fairs to the Mother Goose Parade, read on for the details on where to spend your weekend.


Music Takes Flight
The Classics Philharmonic, Conductor Dana Zimbric, and a San Diego museum partner celebrate the music of Flight! This program will feature classical music based on flying insects, planes, pilots, rockets, spaceships, superheroes and literary/film characters. Fri. Event details.

Nason’s Doggy Draft
Located at Pendry San Diego, Nason’s Beer Hall, is excited to invite guests and locals to join for their first-ever Doggy Draft event in celebration of arguably two of the greatest things in life: Football Sundays and puppies. In partnership with the San Diego Humane Society, from 11am-2pm on November 18, join Nason’s and 10-15 adoptable dogs for NFL football, weekend brunch, brews and the opportunity to take home a new four-legged friend — everyone wins! Sun. Event details.

Padres Pedal The Cause
The 6th Annual Padres Pedal the Cause is a one-day charitable event, which raises funds for cancer research in San Diego. Beginning and ending at Padres’ Petco Park, more than 2,000 survivors and supporters will come together to take action in the fight against cancer. The one-of-a-kind experience kicks off at Petco Park’s center field, and offers fun for the whole family — beginning with four cycling routes that cross the Coronado Bay Bridge, stationary spin classes live on the third base line, a superhero-themed kids challenge, and a family-friendly 5K run/walk. Participants cross the finish line on Petco’s center field and enjoy a host of complimentary post-event activities, including massage, physical therapy, a shower in the San Diego Padres locker room, live music, kids games and unlimited food & beverages from local favorites including Beshock Ramen, Social Tap Eatery, Amplified Ale Works, Bub’s at the Ballpark, Ballast Point, Pizza Port, Malahat Spirits & more. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Looking for Christmas
A world premiere American musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas from country music legend Clint Black, inspired by his 1995 chart-topping holiday album. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Ocean Beach

Coastal Habitat Restoration at the Beach
Come help restore one of the last remaining Coastal Dune and Wetland Habitats in San Diego. Over 95% of these habitat areas no longer exist in California. Home to many endangered birds, fish and mammals this area needs your help to remain as a viable habitat area. An educational walking tour will be included. Activities include: invasive plant removal, native plant rescue, watering and care of recent plantings, trail maintenance and litter removal. All tools and supplies are provided. Community service hours can be verified for those that need them. Be sure to dress in clothes that can get a little dirty and wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops allowed for safety reasons. Volunteers will meet in the grassy area just inside the Dog Beach parking lot in Ocean Beach at the western end of Voltaire Ave. Sat. Event details.

El Cajon

Mother Goose Parade
Start the holiday season off with San Diego’s largest and most well-known parade. Marching bands, drill units, horse brigades, clowns, performing artists, floats, giant balloons, celebrities and of course Santa Claus all join together to walk down Main Street. The parade can get busy so make sure you are packed up with snacks, hats, sunscreen, water and bring your own seats if you want to avoid the grandstand seating.Sun. Event details.


Holiday Street Fair
Come do your holiday shopping, purchasing original creations from local artisans and craftsmen. Free family fun, live entertainment and more than 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus three entertainment stages, children’s activities, Bike Valets and a Beer Garden!  Savor craft beers and soak up the California sun while listening to the best bands in San Diego rock out at the Beer Garden Stage. You can even bring your kids and your dogs! Take a break from the hustle and bustle by listening to the eclectic music at The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage. See the stars of tomorrow perform at the Hansen Surfboards Community Stage. Great news cyclists, two Bike Valet stations will be open to store your bicycles while you peruse the Street Fair! Sun. Event details.

Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Ice Rink
Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, Nov. 17 and closing Sunday, Jan. 6. The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Net proceeds will benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Throughout the season, tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for kids. Discounted tickets for members of the $10 with I.D. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available for $10 each and school special group tickets are available for $5 each with RSVP. Punch cards for five visits are available for $50. Tickets can be purchased on-site and are good for reentry throughout the day. All tickets include skate rental and helmets. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego Made Holiday Market
San Diego’s largest only locally-curated market, featuring handmade goods by roughly 75 local makers, free make-and-take stations, spring-inspired craft cocktails and beer bars sponsored by Thorn Street Brewery and Border X Brewery, local eats by Mastiff Sausage Co., Mad Munch Grilled Cheese, Get Fluffed Up Cotton Candy and more, coffee and tea bars by Imperial Grounds Coffee and Paru Tea Bar, a free photo booth, a free kids station, live music and more! The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free swag bag filled with handcrafted local goods. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea