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Major Events

On Dec. 2-3, 2016, Balboa Park December Nights celebrates the holiday season as the largest free community festival in San Diego. The event offers foods and crafts from around the world for sale and free music, performances and admission to Balboa Park's diverse museums.

On Dec. 11 and 18, 2016, the Port of San Diego hosts a free San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay.

On Dec. 21, 2016, Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley plays host to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. San Diego's annual pre-Christmas bowl game matches teams from the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences. The nationally recognized event features all the pomp and circumstance of a major college post-season football game.

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Big Bay Balloon Parade along downtown San Diego's waterfront is followed by the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, featuring college football teams from the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences. The exciting gridiron action is augmented by spectacular pregame and halftime pageantry.

During Jan. 15-22, 2017, more than 180 of San Diego's finest restaurants participate in a celebration of the local dining scene with special prix fixed menus for San Diego Restaurant Week.

On Jan. 26-29, 2017, the Farmers Insurance Open annual PGA Tour men’s tournament hosts golf’s biggest stars on the green at the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2021 U.S. Open. Visitors hoping to try their hand at the renowned course can enjoy a $12.6 million renovation of the north course, completed in 2016.

Feb. 1-28, 2017, is San Diego Museum Month, allowing visitors to experience the region’s rich cultural offerings at half-price. Guests can pick up a free San Diego Museum Month Pass at participating Macy’s locations; with the pass, they can receive half-price admission for up to four guests per visit at more than 40 of San Diego’s museums, ranging from exquisite art museums to historical sites and interactive science centers.

During Mar. 9-19, 2017, San Diego Latino Film Festival showcases acclaimed movies by Latinos or about the Latino experience. Held at the AMC 18 Theaters in Fashion Valley and at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, the festival includes parties, workshops, art exhibitions and the opportunity to mingle with international movie and television stars.