Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Nov. 21-24

Posted at 12:08 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 15:08:23-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The holiday season kicks off, but not before some summertime fun takes hold of San Diego this weekend.

The Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival is bringing a weekend packed with more than 70 bands, like Migos, J.I.D., Wild Belle, and Jhay Cortez, to town across several stages in downtown. The festival also promises to feature after parties, boat rides, delicious food and drinks, and interactive art.

Liberty Station's Doggie Street Festival invites doggos and their owners out to enjoy a day filled with live music, dog contests, and yummy treats for owners and pets.


A slew of holiday activities hit San Diego, including Santee's holiday lighting celebration, Hotel Del Coronado's Skating by the Sea season, Encinitas Holiday Street Fair, and the annual Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon.


Santa Photos
Where: Westfield malls; Cost: $40-$50
(Thursday-Sunday) The big man in red is making his way to San Diego for some Christmas fun this season! Photos with Santa are available now at several Westfield mall locations. Click the link above to search your nearest location and time available for photos.

Skating by the Sea
Where: Hotel Del Coronado; Cost: $25-$30
(Thursday-Sunday) Where else can glide along the ice right next to the surf? This rink at the Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn is built every holiday season. Part of your admission supports San Diego’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival
Where: Downtown San Diego; Cost: $79-$239
(Friday - Sunday) Wonderfront Festival will bring more than 70 bands across seven stages on the city's waterfront from for a weekend of shows. Various parks and piers along the San Diego Bay will serve as venues for dozens of shows and hosts "festivals within a festival," featuring after parties, boat rides, a craft beer village, comedy, interactive art, and more.

18th annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
Where: Santee Trolley Square; Cost: Free
Santee kicks off the holiday season with their annual tree lighting celebration at 6:30 p.m. But before then, locals can enjoy holiday crafts and games, carriage rides, photos with Santa, sledding, and more wintertime fun.


Winter Paradice: Skate, Create and Celebrate
Where: Fleet Science Center; Cost: $20-$22
The Fleet Science Center is getting into the holiday spirit with a special exhibit for winter. 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.

Craft Beer Festival
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $27
Enjoy a sip of San Diego's finest craft beer during Del Mar's Craft Beer Festival, where brewers will roll out special seasonal and limited-release brews and even be on hand to answer all of your beer-related questions. Live music will be played throughout the festival and admission also grants visitors access to the day's races.

Doggie Street Festival
Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free
Bring your fiddo down to enjoy yummy treats and owners can enjoy live music, vet tips, dog vendors, a kids art area, and contests during Liberty Station's Doggie Street Festival.


73rd annual Mother Goose Parade
Where: El Cajon; Cost: Free
El Cajon's annual Mother Goose Parade hits the streets at 1 p.m., following Main Street from El Cajon Blvd. to 1st Ave. Each "Chapter" of the parade brings several floats and bands down the parade route for onlookers, all leading up to Santa's arrival.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
Where: Coast Highway 101; Cost: Free
The holidays are alive in Encinitas, as the Holiday Street Fair rolls in to offer locals handmade crafts, antiques, and imports for the gift-giving season. The fair will also celebrate the season with children's rides, food and drinks, and two stages of live entertainment.

The Links at Petco Park
Where: Petco Park; Cost: Starting at $80
Limited tickets are still available for golfers to have a one of a kind experience golfing inside Petco Park. The Links transforms the ballpark to an immersive nine-hole course where golfers will tee off from homeplate and various spots inside the park's bleachers.