San Diego Bay
Wine & Food Festival
SoCal’s largest wine and
food fest is an eight-day
affair capped off by the
Grand Tasting event on
Embarcadero Marina Park
North, with more than 700
wines and 60 gourmet chefs.
San Diego Bay
Parade of Lights
On two consecutive Sundays,
more than 80 lavishly
decorated boats lit up with
holiday flair parade along
the bay. This year’s theme is
“Aargh! A Pirate’s Christmas."
Port of San Diego
Holiday Bowl Parade
Look for floats, world-
class marching bands
and enormous balloons
as they parade along the
scenic bayside streets of
downtown San Diego.
Downtown San Diego sits on a
big, glistening bay with endless activities to experience both on and
off the water. Wander our waterfront parks, dine on a dock, shop
by the sea, explore our maritime
museums or jump on a Jet Ski.
This 12-acre bayside park has giant grassy
lawns for picnicking, fantastic new-wave
playgrounds, water jets, and spray fountains, along with stunning views of the bay
and boat-dotted harbor. Look for farmers’
markets and music festivals, too.
This charming enclave has 45 specialty shops
selling everything from eyewear, jewelry and
toys to board shorts and bikinis. There are also
17 restaurants for fresh seafood, burgers, ice
cream and gourmet cupcakes, along with live
entertainment like concerts, street performers
and boat parades during the holidays.
Historic ships line the bayfront at the
Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one
of the finest collections on earth, including the world’s oldest active sailing ship,
the Star of India. Enjoy history on the high
seas with various boat tours, including a bay
cruise on the 103-year-old Pilot or a military
swift boat; a three-hour Tall Ship Adventure
sail (most Sundays) on the Californian; or a
four-hour trip on the San Salvador, a replica
of the first European ship to land in California. Don’t have your sea legs yet? Enjoy
rotating nautical exhibits portside. The USS
Midway, one of the longest serving aircraft
carriers, is another incredible maritime adventure. Explore its galley, bunks and brig,
climb aboard restored aircraft and helicopters from World War II on the flight deck, or
test your skills in the flight simulators. Self-guided tours reveal this floating museum’s
history and legacy.