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Exploring San Diego: Camel rides, Lunar New Year, MLK parade

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 18:50:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Lunar New Year kicks off in San Diego and thousands prepare to celebrate a civil rights icon.

Lunar New Year celebrations at SDCCU Stadium and SeaWorld are running through the weekend in celebration of the Year of the Rat. Locals can check out all the delicious Asian-inspired foods and traditional dancing and performances marking the occasion.

This weekend will also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. as floats, marching bands, and more parade down Harbor Dr. to pay tribute to Dr. King and his work during the civil rights movement. 10News live be live streaming the parade on 10News.com, our 10News mobile app, on Facebook, and on your television streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire).

MORE: Don't see anything you like? Check out our event calendar for even more local events

Or, visit with the camels, sheep, birds, and more in Ramona, where Oasis Camel Dairy Farm is holding an open house event with tons of activities for families. Borrego Springs also packs a weekend of cinematic fun in the desert with their annual film festival.

Here's a look at all the fun this weekend:

THURSDAY

Borrego Springs Film Festival
Where: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center; Cost: $10 - $135
(Thursday - Sunday) Enjoy the works of young and seasoned filmmakers at the Borrego Springs Film Festival, filled with opportunities to network with filmmakers, take part in Q&A sessions, listen to panel discussions, and check out a variety of wonderful films.

Winter Paradice: Skate, Create and Celebrate
Where: Fleet Science Center; Cost: $20-$22
(Thursday - Sunday) The holiday spirit is still strong at The Fleet Science Center for a special winter exhibit. Take off your flip flops and get skating on a synthetic ice rink, make your own ornament, or create your own ice cream as a holiday treat at the Skate, Create, Celebrate exhibit. Special pricing and hours also invite guests out for late-night skating and cocktails.

FRIDAY

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
Where: SDCCU Stadium; Cost: $4 - $6
(Friday - Sunday) SDCCU Stadium hosts the San Diego Lunar New Year Festival, bringing dragon and lion dancing, firecrackers, games, a variety of local food vendors, and more for three days in celebration of Lunar New Year.

Shen Yun 2020
Where: California Center for the Performing Arts, Escondido; Cost: $80 - $120
(Friday - Sunday) The excitement of Shen Yun returns to San Diego, bringing a colorful and theatric display of traditional Chinese culture through five millennia. With stunning costumes, high-tech backdrops, and a unique blend of music and dance, Shen Yun immerses audiences into a multi-dimensional journey of classic Chinese dance.

SATURDAY

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: Free-$10
Explore the world of the strange and unusual at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at the San Diego Offities & Curiosities Expo. Guests can peruse jewelry made from bones, skulls, insects, original artwork, performances featuring human suspension, and more of the strange, weird, and unusual.

Oasis Camel Dairy Open Farm event
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy; Cost: $3 - $15
(Saturday - Sunday) Enjoy a weekend in Ramona visiting camels, sheep, donkeys, and more at Oasis Camel Dairy. The farm's Open Farm event invites the public in for camel rides, pet feeding, a game area, bird and animal shows, and more farm exhibits.

Bloom Yoga fundraiser
Where: Bloom Yoga, El Cajon; Cost: Varies
Bloom Yoga is hosting a donation-based yoga class to help a Jamul 6-year-old boy who was involved in a car accident and is currently hospitalized. The yoga studio is hosting a class in hopes of raising money to help his mom with medical expenses.

SeaWorld Lunar New Year
Where: SeaWorld San Diego; Cost: Starting at $74 online
(Thursday - Sunday) SeaWorld is hosting a month's worth of Lunar New Year celebrations featuring amazing acrobatics, dancing and cultural performances around the park, as well as interactive activities for families and, of course, some delicious Asian-inspired cuisine for Lunar New Year.

SUNDAY

40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Where: Harbor Drive; Cost: Free
The 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade steps off on Jan. 19, bringing floats, high school bands and drill teams, colleges, churches, and many more to Harbor Drive to honor the work of Dr. King. The parade is free and begins at 2 p.m. in front of the County Administration building.

San Diego Restaurant Week
Where: Various locations; Cost: $10 - $50
San Diego Restaurant Week brings special pricing and delicious eats to hungry locals, with more than 180 restaurants taking part in the week-long event offering two-course lunch price points from $10 to $20, and three-course dinner options from $20 to $50.

Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K
Where: Marron Rd. and Monroe St.; Cost: $50 - $169
San Diego runners take off in the first of three races this year as part of the Triple Crown series with the Carlsbad Full or Half Marathon. Carlsbad's half marathon takes runners on 8 miles along the Pacific Ocean, Buena Vista Lagoon, and on Highway 101. The out-and-back course is described as "gently rolling" with no major elevation changes and mostly unobstructed views of the ocean.