FRIDAY, NOV. 27
Fab Fridays on the free ParkHillcrest Trolley: You can park for free at the Hillcrest DMV (3960 Normal St.) and hop on the ParkHillcrest trolley for a chance at winning prizes, plus the guarantee of fun, live entertainment and great stops all around Hillcrest. Tonight’s entertainment: live music by Sister Speak. Trolley rides are free and take riders up and down University Avenue between Normal Street and Fifth Avenue from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For details and routes visit accesshillcrest.com/events/fab-fridays-rock.
‘The Big Lebowski’: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Coen brothers’ cult favorite starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. 8 p.m. $15. Additional screening on Saturday, Nov. 28. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.
‘Friendsgiving Friday’: Before tonight’s performance of “Bright Half Life,” Diversionary Theatre and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation will host this pre-show reception and fundraiser. The event will benefit the Lesbian Health Initiative by Bcause Fund. Use code: BCAUSE for $20 tickets. 8 p.m. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights. Visit diversionary.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28
Small Business Saturday: A chance to get holiday shopping done while supporting small local businesses. North Park’s shopping experience offers boutiques, record stores, vintage clothing shops and more. Visit facebook.com/NorthParkMainStreet.
Julian Country Christmas: Julian celebrates the start of the holiday season today with performers up and down Main Street. Festivities start at 1 p.m. with a Christmas tree lighting and arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at sunset. Visit julianca.com/country-christmas.html.
Fall Beer and Cider Fest: The Bing Crosby Season at the Del Mar Racetrack continues with this special event featuring 100 local and international craft brews – including seasonal ales and ciders. $20 for five 7-ounce samples. Gates open at 11 a.m.; the fest starts at noon; and the races begin at 12:30 p.m. A free concert by Sublime with Rome will follow the festival and races. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit dmtc.com.
Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll: The debut of the Spirit Stroll invites neighbors to sip, stroll and shop at popular independent businesses throughout University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington. There will be 12 spirited tastes mixed and poured by top bartenders from Polite Provisions, Sycamore Den, Jayne Gastropub and more at retail locations including Adams Avenue Book Store, La Loupe Vintage, Liquid Eden and more (must be 21 and up to partake). $18 in advance (available online) and $20 on the day of the event (available with cash only at Smitty’s Auto, 3441 Adams Ave.) 2 – 5 p.m. Visit adamsavenuebusiness.com.
Live music — Celeste and The Upbeats with Cantina Renegades: A chance to dance off your turkey dinner with this post-Thanksgiving shindig. $5 includes free raffle. 9 p.m. – midnight. Pier View Pub, 301 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Visit on.fb.me/1MNqnza.
SUNDAY, NOV. 29
South Park tree lighting: South Park’s Luminaria season of lights is underway through New Year’s Day with sparkling trees lining the streets. One special event of this season will be this community tree lighting with a custom-made tree. There will also be guest speakers, music and treats. The event begins at 6 p.m. and the lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Grape Street Square on Grape and Fern streets. Visit SouthParkSD.com.
MONDAY, NOV. 30
A John Waters Christmas: A special holiday comedy show with director, screenwriter and cult icon John Waters. $45 – $100. 9 p.m. The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave. Visit observatorysd.com.
TUESDAY, DEC 1
UC San Diego to commemorate World AIDS Day: The campus will sponsor several activities in honor of World AIDS Day. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Price Center Ballroom East from noon – 9 p.m. A presentation on PrEP will take place in the Price Center John Muir College Room from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Plus additional talks will be given at various times and locations. UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Visit worldaidsday.ucsd.edu/events.html.
Mama’s Kitchen’s 24th annual Tree of Life tree lighting ceremony: This annual event commemorates World AIDS Day, while recognizing the ongoing efforts to end the epidemic. Several trees will be decorated with personalized ornaments in honor of those affected by HIV/AIDS. They can be purchased for $15 each or two for $25. A candlelight vigil will commemorate those lost to AIDS and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform holiday tunes. Free. 6 p.m. Village Hillcrest, 3965 Fifth Ave. Visit mamaskitchen.org.
Young Professionals Council December social: Join the YPC for a gathering to follow the Mama’s Kitchen’s annual World AIDS Day Tree of Life Ceremony. 7 p.m. Babycakes, 3766 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Contact YPC co-chairs Rick Cervantes (email@example.com) or Prabha Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Visit facebook.com/YPCSD.
WEDNESDAY, DEC 2
Ho-Ho-Hoppy Holidays beer pairing: Barons Market locations will host this festive pairing event with several menu items paired with Alesmith beers. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. $15. 6 – 8 p.m. Local Barons’ locations include Point Loma (4001 W. Point Loma Blvd.), Rancho Bernardo (11828 Rancho Bernardo Road) and Alpine (1347 Tavern Road). Visit bit.ly/1NLF05Q.
GSDBA’s annual holiday social and toy drive: Toys (new and unwrapped) and blankets donated will go to the Imperial Court de San Diego for distribution in San Diego and Tijuana. $15 includes light appetizers and first adult beverage. 6 – 8 p.m. The Westin San Diego, 400 W. Broadway, Downtown. Visit gsdba.org.
KPBS Local Heroes celebration: A celebration to honor those recognized by KPBS’ Local Heroes program. Reception to follow. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Visit kpbs.org/heroes.
THURSDAY, DEC. 3
Sock and glove drive: Splash Wine Lounge will collect socks and gloves to be gift wrapped and delivered by Dignity Delivery to homeless San Diegans. 6 – 9 p.m. 3043 University Ave., North Park. Visit on.fb.me/1SfRy9j.
FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Balboa Park December Nights: For the 38th consecutive year, this two-day festival kicks off with participating museums opening their doors free of charge. 350,000 visitors are expected to partake in the food, music and entertainment of the weekend. 3 – 11 p.m. (noon – 11 p.m on Saturday, Dec. 5). Visit balboapark.org/decembernights.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
‘Behind the Curtain: a look at drag beyond the stage, wigs and heels’: This free event by the Community Engagement Multimedia Project and The Top2Bottom show invites you to be part of the studio audience for the first taping of a docu-series on the art of drag and female impersonation.
The format will be group interview and one-on-one interviews. Participants will also take questions from viewers and studio audience members.
Attendance is free. Audience members must be 18 and up and dressy attire is required. Jackets/dress shirts and slacks preferred for men. Guests not dressed appropriately may be denied admission.
“Behind the Curtain” will tape from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave., Hillcrest.
Visit bit.ly/1NLJPMl for more information and to register to attend the taping.
Vinavanti Wines Grand Opening: The urban winery will celebrate the opening of their new Hillcrest location with an all-day party. A portion of wine proceeds from the day will be donated to the San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project to support Wild Willow Farm. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 1477 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit facebook.com/vinavanti.
Gay for Good at December Nights: Gay for Good volunteers can take on various jobs at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center during December Nights. Shifts start with dinner and orientation at 4 p.m.; individual tasks begin at approximately 5 p.m. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit on.fb.me/1kQmpis.
Little Italy tree lighting and holiday shopping: The Little Italy Association presents their 16th annual tree lighting. Attendees can do some holiday shopping with Mercato Farmers Market vendors throughout the “Christmas Village.” Festivities are from 4 – 8 p.m. with tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Visit facebook.com/LittleItalyMercato.
36th annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade: Newport Avenue will be lined with floats, classic cars, marching bands and more. Free. 5:05 p.m. Newport Avenue from Sunset Cliffs to Abbott Street. Visit obtowncouncil.org.
South Park Summer Walkabout: Quarterly event by South Park businesses between Juniper and 30th/Fern streets and 30th and Grape streets offering specials, entertainment and extended hours. Free and open to all ages. 6 – 10 p.m. Visit SouthParkScene.com/Walkabout.html.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
Red Dress Ride: This second annual event by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence includes a fun, leisurely bike ride to commemorate World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and benefit AIDS/LifeCycle. $10 suggested donation. Registration at 11 a.m.; ride at noon. Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park. Visit reddressride.org.
‘Love Is’ concert: San Diego Women’s Chorus will present their annual winter concert with music that celebrates all types of love. $18 – $27. 4 p.m. (Additional performance on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.). Creative Performing and Media Arts School, 5050 Conrad Ave., Clairemont. Visit sdwc.ticketleap.com/loveis.
‘2016 Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers’: A reception to introduce the women who will be honored during Women’s Month (March 2016) for their remarkable acts during the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Diego. 4 – 6 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com for address of event. Visit on.fb.me/1PVV6hF.
‘Holiday Wonderland’: For 12 nights, Petco Park will be transformed into a wonderland complete with lighting displays, Polar Express train rides, live reindeer, photos with Santa Claus near a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree and more. $15 for adults; $10 for children; Free for children under 3. 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Visit sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ticketing/holiday.jsp.
7th annual ‘We Care Mixer’: Several San Diego LGBTQ sporting leagues come together for this special holiday mixer. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Imperial Court’s Toys for Kids drive. Raffle tickets will be sold with proceeds benefiting youth programs at The Center. 6 p.m. Visit on.fb.me/1N4zsTr.
MONDAY, DEC. 7
12th annual Charity Wreath Auction: 42 creative and unique wreaths made by individuals and businesses will be auctioned off at this annual event benefitting the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund. Wreath preview and registration at 6 p.m.; live auction at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit events.thecentersd.org/wreathauction or martinisabovefourth.com/wreath.
TUESDAY, DEC. 8
Free legal consultations: A free legal clinic held the second Tuesday of each month by Access to Law Initiative. Attorneys will be available for 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. 9 a.m. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. For appointment or info, contact Joshua Bruser at 858-342-0551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
Feeling Fit Club: New 50 or Better class for older adults and suitable for all levels on Mondays and Wednesdays. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, etc. Exercises can be done sitting or standing. 1 – 2 p.m. For more info contact La Rue Fields at email@example.com. The Center, 3903 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit thecentersd.org.
THURSDAY, DEC. 10
Taste ‘n’ Tinis: A festive way to get holiday shopping done — this self-guided walking tour will include stops for food samples, retail shopping and, of course, martinis. $25. 4 – 9 p.m. Will call at Rite Aid (535 Robinson Ave.) and Heat Bar & Kitchen (3797 Park Blvd.). Visit fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-n-tinis.
—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Email calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org