San Diego February 2013 Calendar of Events

February 8, Kettner Nights in Little Italy North

Held on the second Friday of every month this event has become the place to be for the arts and design crowds. Art-lovers and design patrons will enjoy this neighborhood walk filled with art, design and antiques.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Little Italy, along Kettner Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.littleitalysd.com

February 3, Annual Red Trolley Classic Criterium

Amateur and professional cyclistswill compete at this popular, fast-paced cycling event which takes place on a 7-mile looped course through the neighborhood streets of Mira Mesa. Top finishers receive awards. See website for registration information.

Time: 7:00 am – 5:15 pm
Location: Top Gun St., San Diego
For more information visit www.crankcycling.com/red-trolley-classic

February 8 – 10, Kearny Mesa Lunar New Year Festival

The Lunar New Year Festival will include over 100 vendor booths, non-stop live entertainment, traditional Lion Dance performances, and The Miss Vietnamese Traditional Dress Pageant.

Time: Fri: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat/Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Kearny Mesa Park and Rec Center, 3170 Armstrong St., San Diego
For more information visit www.kearnymesafestival.com

February 9, 21st Annual San Diego Brazil Carnival

Have the time of your life at the best Brazilian Carnivalon the West Coast. This spectacular Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball will feature pulsating Samba beats, Samba dancers, Capoeira performances, and nonstop Brazilian music. See website for admission information.

Time: 9:00 pm – 1:30 am
Location: San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
For more information visit www.brazilcarnival.com

February 9, 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale

This Venetian masquerade event in Little Italy mirrors the one held in Venice, Italy, as the celebration before lent. People will be dressed in traditional Venetian Carnevale attire. Entertainment includes music, stilt-walkers, jugglers, and more. This is a free event.

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Little Italy, India St. between Hawthorn and Cedar, San Diego
For more information visit www.littleitalysd.com

February 9, Mermaid San Diego 5K & 10K & Half Marathon

This event is an all women’s 5K and 10K run/walk & half-marathon that travels along the shoreline of East Mission Bay and on the roadway around Fiesta Island. See website for admission fees.

Time: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay, San Diego
For more information visit www.mermaidseries.com

February 9, For the Love of Chocolate & SweetArt Festival

This is the 3rd Annual “For the Love of Chocolate” chocolate festival that will take place in Downtown Escondido. Enjoy the best of the downtown shops and spas while sampling locally brewed beer and wines, paired with San Diego’s finest chocolatiers.

Time: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown Escondido, Grand Ave., Escondido
For more information visit www.escondidochocolatefestival.com

February 10, Puppy Love 5k Run/Walk Fundraiser

The programs at the Helen Woodward Animal Centerfind homes for orphaned pets, connect therapy animals with people in need, and celebrate the human-animal bond. The Puppy Love 5K Run/ Walk is a chance for people to get involved, make an impact and have a blast.

Time: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: along Hwy 101, Solana Beach
For more information visit www.animalcenter.org/events/puppylove

February 12, Mardi Gras 2013 Gaslamp Quarter

Masked revelry in the streets of Downtown San Diego! There will be entertainment on multiple stages, a masquerade parade, International DJ talent, themed areas, and beads–beads–beads! Refer website for admission information.

Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
For more information visit www.gaslamp.org/mardi-gras-info

February 12, Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2013

Dress up in colorful attire, lots of beads, and party down! Dance in the streets, mingle, drink beer and enjoy games, rides, and more. Refer to website for admission information.

Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: University Ave. and 3rd Ave., Hillcrest
For more information visit www.sandiego.org/events/holidays/hillcrest-mardi-gras.aspx

February 15 – 17, 8th Annual San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival

This is a Vietnamese cultural festivalpromoting homeland traditions. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, there will be live entertainment, food booths, merchandise, carnival rides, Miss Vietnam of San Diego, and more. This is a free event.

Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park,8575 New Salem St., Mira Mesa
For more information visit www.sdtet.com

February 16 – 17, 31st Annual Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

This Chinese Lunar New Year celebrationis the Year of the Snake! Celebrate cultural traditions and community diversity. Sample Asian cuisine, lion dancing, dragon and lantern parade, martial arts, cultural music and dances, Asian Story Theater, children’s arts and crafts, and more! This is a free event.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 3rd Ave. and J St., Downtown San Diego
For more information visit www.sdcny.weebly.com

February 17, Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K

Spend the weekend or the day with your family or Valentine and enjoy this exciting event. The flat and fast course is perfect for the casual runner or couple who are looking for a fun event or for the serious racer who is looking for the perfect course for a 10K. Refer to website for registration information.

Time: Race starts at 8:00 am
Location: Tidelands Park, Coronado
For more information visit www.coronado10k.com

February 23, 10th Annual Guacamole Bowl Cook-Off Contest

Teams will come together and use their own guacamole recipes that will be entered into a contest for the best tasting concoction. Go hungry and vote for your favorite!

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park Club, 2150 Pan American Rd. West, San Diego
For more information visit www.guacamolebowl.com

February 23, K9 Cancer Walk – San Diego

Help find a cure for canine cancer. All dog lovers are invited to walk with their dogs to celebrate the life of their canine best friend or to walk in memory of dogs that have lost their battle with canine cancer. There will be an expo area of dog related vendors and a celebration after the walk. All the proceeds benefit the Morris Animal Foundation.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos
For more information visit www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/ways-to-donate/events/

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