La Santa Cecilia

Weaved with the unmistakable threads of cumbia, bossa nova, and boleros, La Santa Cecilia praises in song their Latin influences. Going from serenading passersby in downtown Los Angeles to touring coast to coast, winning a Grammy and collaborations with Elvis Costello to sharing the stage with Pepe Aguilar, the band’s passions keep rising. It is love, struggles, homages and so much more that La Santa Cecilia channels their Mexican heritage infusing their biculturalism with a very present modern touch. Shaking the cadaver is a must, best to do it while alive than being honored during the Day of the Dead.

January 11th
www.lasantacecilia.com

 

Lunar New Year

He’s cocky but don’t let that fool you because he’s confident, honest, courageous, and very much the life of the party. It is the year of the Rooster and the celebrations are going all weekend long! The Lunar New Year Festival gathers the best from all corners of pan-Asia and brings them to one spot for families to enjoy. Yes, firecrackers will be bountiful but so will dances, drums, martial arts, painting, and of course, authentic Asian food. With the rooster at the helm for 2017 it is sure to be one for the books.

January 20th – 22nd
www.lunarnewyearfestival.org

 

San Diego Commedy Festival

From the innocent knock-knock jokes, believed to have started with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to more contemporary laughing affairs, the 4th annual San Diego Comedy Festival has a wide variety of humor in stock for everyone. With national touring headliners and uber funny comedians from all over the States, the festival will unfurl an onslaught of hilariousness upon audiences across the city. With past funny folks like Kevin Pollak and others from the humor spectrum, surely, there is a flavor of chuckles for everyone. And if you’re just starting your own routine, fear not, other serious industry guests and speakers will be on hand, and that is no laughing matter!

January 23rd – 29th
www.sandiegocomedyfest.com

 

San Diego Yoga Festival

Ocean Beach must be NAMA-stoked to be ranked #4 in U.S. cities with the most yoga per capita, and on top of that the city is sunny most of the year. The San Diego Yoga Festival’s yearly gathering brings together yogis from all levels to our golden coast to celebrate this holistic healthy practice. Learn from various techniques from over 100 classes, energy work practices and Shamanic experiences. Professionals offering a spectrum of yoga experiences from yoga with chocolate to chanting and even Michael Jackson yoga. Comfortable for every age, learn the ancient art that has transcended millennia and has transformed millions. Time to get your Om on, c’mon!

January 27th – 30th
www.sandiegoyogafestival.com

 

MERRY ACHI CHRISTMAS

For 35 years, Maestro Jose Hernandez has been spreading his Jalisco musical roots, spanning five generations of mariachi lineage across the globe. From Beijing to Manhattan, Mariachi Sol de Mexico have nestled in the hearts of sold-out crowds with their dynamic interpretations of works by Leonard Bernstein, Agustin Lara, Glenn Miller and more. For their San Diego visit, they are bringing a Merry-Achi Christmas program which promises the spirit of the holidays will be in full swing. Warming up to the romanticism, humor, and culture of mariachi music gets one on their heels pronto, and no boots are required!

December 2nd
www.soldemexicomusic.com

 

GILBERT CASTELLANOS

With the erratic weather as of late, it is hard to say how cold winter will get, but with Gilbert Castellanos and his trumpet it is always a sultry time, guaranteed. As one of the top jazz cats in the world, it is no surprise his repertoire’s influences run the gamut, but Latin flavors have long been part of his spiced mix. Honoring the masters’ works from Puente to Tjader and a dozen others will have all the books at the Central Library flipping their pages. Let Castellanos and his ensemble entertain with an evening of salsa and Afro-Cuban music from one of San Diego’s talented gems.

December 3rd
www.sandiego.gov/public-library

 

 

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

Young Austrian boys’ singing voices have echoed across their lands since the era of the Holy Roman Emperor until present day, and now the Vienna Boys Choir is crossing the Atlantic to San Diego’s shores. With a history spanning back to 1498, the sailor-suited boys have set audiences adrift with their angelic chords singing from Gregorian chants to holiday fare and Mozart to Strauss. Get in the holiday cheer from the centuries-old, and ever-young Wiener Sängerknaben, yuletide time is here!

December 4th
www.wienersaengerknaben.at

 

THE NUTCRACKER

The best gifts don’t require batteries and children know this best. Imagination has no boundaries but in dreams it takes one into worlds where ‘impossible’ does not exist. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, under the spell of The San Diego Ballet and the San Diego Children’s Choir will unfurl cascades of snowflakes, sugarplum fairies, battling militant rats taking on leaping Cossacks, an Arabian sojourn for two, and more – all from a young girl’s surreal dream. Pyotr’s perfect score is ready to sprinkle on the fantasy, and innocence is prime grounds for an endless dance of creations.

December 16th – 18th
www.sandiegoballet.org

 

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

For nearly two decades, a creature has lurked during Holiday time around El Prado way. He’s hard to spot because he despises streaming lights, children’s merriment, and bells - and singing only makes him greener than green, stemmed down to his heart that’s two sizes too small, from what is said. This so-called ‘Grinch’ has sinister eyes and a smile full of lies and he’s out to stop Christmas from the blissful folks of Who-ville, and San Diego too! Be on the lookout, many sightings have occurred around The Old Globe. He may be in disguise too as Jolly Ol’ fella St. Nick, so please, inform the theatre’s personnel if the Grinch is spotted near.

Now – December 26th
www.theoldglobe.org

 

JUNGLE BELLS

Jungle bells, jungle bells, roaring all the way! Oh, what fawn it is to prance at the zoo all night and day! Surely, you can bear a little winter weather to hang out with some bonobos, chill out with an artic fox, and have a hoot with the hyenas during the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration. For the organization’s centennial, surprises will be waiting at every turn with bedazzling lights, exotic fare, music, animal-themed holiday tales, and even Santa will be keeping it cool. With these and otter options, Southern Koalifornia’s weather is perfect for a night’s stroll at the zoo. No jackets and scarfs required but if you get cold there’s some boas to keep you warm, but only until 8pm!

Now – January 2nd
www.sandiegozoo100.org

 

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