If you’re looking for something fun to do before you start trimming the Thanksgiving turkey and making mashed potatoes, check out some of the great events this weekend. Head to East County for the annual Mother Goose Parade. Get into the Christmas spirit with tree lighting ceremonies in Santee. Learn all about kelp at the Birch Aquarium. Or get artsy and crafty at the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair. Have a great weekend!


photo: Mother Goose Parade Association

San Diego

Pet Pals at the Humane Society
Get ready to meet and learn about animals at the San Diego Humane Society. Fri. Event details.

San Diego Wine and Food Festival
Looking for a fun idea for Girls Night Out or Date Night? Make plans to visit the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Celebrate twelve years of decadence at the West Coast’s most talked about wine and culinary celebration. This year’s action-packed line-up features cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners, and multiple tasting events showcasing San Diego’s fresh and flavorful food scene and the chefs that make it happen. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North County

Create a “ThanksgHanging”
Using branches, paper, colored wire, markers, paint beads, feathers, pine cones, and, of course, your imagination, you’ll be creating fun “ThanksHangings” featuring drawings and words that represent all the people, places, and things in your life you’re grateful for. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

SEA Days: Kelp Kornucopia
Get ready to learn all you can about kelp. Do you know how people and ocean animals depend on Kelp (seaweed)? Scripps coastal researchers will show you an actual Kelp Tank Dive Show, and you’ll get your hands super slimy with real kelp. Sat. Event details.


Kids and Meditation Workshop
Learn more about the aura and spiritual energy that kids have and how you can help your little one meditate and relax. Sun. Event details.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
With 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of unique downtown Encinitas retailers, here’s a perfect opportunity for your holiday shopping. Enjoy music and dance performances at two stages, as well as three new additions: the Kids Zone, Dog Park and Bike Valet. Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Tri-City Medical Center. There’s also a Kids Zone, Dog Park, bike valley, and lots more! Sun. Event details.

East County

Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration
Enjoy live entertainment provided by the Bayou Brothers, and the ceremonial lighting of a 20-foot artificial tree that takes place at 6:15 p.m. Free activities include real snow sledding provided by Rise City Church, cookie decorating, marshmallow snowman craft, create your own elf hats, holiday ornament decorating, letters to Santa, holiday tattoos, food sampling and warm beverages, and various games. Fri. Event details.

Mother Goose Parade
Start the holiday period off with San Diego’s largest and well-known parade. Marching bands, drill units, horse brigades, clowns, performing artists, 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.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer