Great San Diego Winter Festivals to Visit on an RV Vacation

Winter in San Diego is a mild affair and an ideal time for a vacation to this southern California city. All during the winter months you’ll discover fun festivals and events that will keep everyone in the family happy and entertained. RV campgrounds in and around San Diego offer numerous amenities to make your visit extraordinary. Below are some of the favorite festivals of San Diego locals and of folks from all over the country.

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

From November 18 through November 24, the 10th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will have wine and food enthusiasts enjoying one of the biggest events of the year, with some top-name celebrity chefs and some of the best wines around. With more than 200 wineries and breweries and seventy fine restaurants joining in, this certainly should be on your list of must-dos!

Music may be your “thing,” and if so the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is going to have to go to the top of your list. From 27 November through 1 December, this celebration features amazing bands in all different styles, including Dixieland, jazz, ragtime and swing. Hey, don’t forget rockabilly! No matter your taste in jazz, you’ll find it here. Just head to Mission Valley and start your music adventure at the Town & Country Hotel.

Stick around until December 6th and visit Balboa Park for Balboa Park December Nights. This has everything a festival should have, from foods and music to crafts and museum events. Best of all, this community festival is free, with museums opening their doors to visitors to celebrate the holidays. Dance performances are something to see, and as you experience the diversity of cultures in this once-a-year event, you will surely decide to come again next year to see what other treasured moments you may have. Every year the Santa Lucia Procession takes place at the Plaza de California which is a thrill.

Each year a parade happens on San Diego Bay, the Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This year it is the 42nd year of colorful celebrations and you should be there on December 8th or 15th, or both dates! The boats float by all decked out with holiday lights, sparkling reminders of the season. This is delightful for adults and children alike and not to be missed!

After you celebrate your personal Christmas together with family and friends, take to the road again in San Diego and enjoy the festivities around town. Attend the San Diego Black Film Festival on January 30 through February 2 to enjoy the 11th year of amazing films, from shorts and feature films to comedies, drama and documentaries. With a spotlight on African American and African cinema, this festival is a unique and intriguing event.

Welcome in the Lunar New Year in a spectacular way at the Kearny Mesa Lunar New Year Festival. At Qualcomm Stadium from January 31st through February 2nd, this “Tet” Festival has so many activities that you may not be able to choose between them. Perhaps you can fit them all in. Thrill to martial arts exhibitions, live music, performing arts, and cultural games and shows. Watch the talent competition and cast your own votes.

From 21 to 23 February, you will love to see the Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival. Head over to Coronado High School and experience culture from around the world in one short period of three days. There will be more than 200 dancers and musicians at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and all will welcome you to visit and be thoroughly entertained.

However, you really need to take time out on the 22nd of February to go to the San Diego Brew Fest at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Lots of live music and delicious food as well as amazing brews from California and beyond!

Last but certainly not least is the San Diego Bird Festival taking place in Marina Village on February 27th and running through to March 2nd. Go on some exciting birding expeditions, led by experts in their fields. It is a special experience to get out in nature and see Mother Nature’s wonders of the bird world.

San Diego is a marvelous place to be any time of year, but wintertime is particularly fun with all the festivities going on the entire time. This is a southern California adventure you won’t want to pass up this year.

Picture credits: The picture of downtown San Diego  is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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