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- The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, the region’s largest wine and culinary event, takes place Nov. 18-24 on the Embarcadero Marina Park North, located next to Seaport Village, and other venues throughout downtown San Diego. The festival features gourmet food, celebrity chefs, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and more.
- On Dec. 7-8, 2013, the Cabrillo National Monument celebrates 100 years of history with public celebrations and exhibits from many of Southern California's federal, state and local agencies, and non-profit organizations. The monument on the tip of Point Loma in San Diego now encompasses 160 acres and is one of San Diego's most visited sites. The centennial commemorates President Woodrow Wilson's 1913 proclamation to reserve parkland "to construct a heroic statue of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo," the Portuguese explorer who discovered California under the Spanish flag in 1542.
- The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl presents NCAA college football post-season action on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley. The game matches a team from the Mountain West Conference against an at-large opponent. Kickoff is at 6:30pm.
- Football fans can catch another exciting post-season college football game at the National University Holiday Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the Big Bay Balloon Parade along downtown San Diego's waterfront and kickoff is at 7:15 p.m. The parade is the country's largest balloon parade featuring floats, giant inflatable balloon characters and national marching bands. Later in the evening, two top college teams from the PAC 10 and Big 12 square off at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
- San Diego’s culinary community joins forces during Jan. 19-24, 2014 for San Diego Restaurant Week. Approximately 180 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix-fixe, three-course lunch and dinner menus, at just $20, $30 or $40 per person; visitors can sample the signature cuisine and sophisticated style that make San Diego’s dining scene one of the region’s top attractions.
- During Jan. 23-26, the annual Farmers Insurance Open PGA golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods is expected to appear at this prestigious golf event.
- The peak of San Diego’s whale watching season occurs December through April when majestic California gray whales make their annual migration from the Arctic waters to the warm lagoons in the Gulf of California for breeding. These “peaceful giants of the sea” come within miles of San Diego’s coastline and can be viewed on daily whale watching excursions and from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma.
- During February through April, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego’s East County turns into a wonderland of color when the spring wildflowers bloom. This annual occurrence depends on the amount of winter rainfall. For more information, visit www.parks.ca.gov.
- In 2015, Balboa Park, often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West" for its vast cultural offerings, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, which initially developed the park's stunning gardens and striking Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The Balboa Park Centennial 2015, a year-long festival, will highlight the region's history, both past and future, through the lenses of art, commerce, culture and technology.