The South Park Walkabout has, over time, gotten to be a pretty big deal. Every three months, it brings a greater numbers of residents and visitors to the neighborhood's shops and restaurants for seasonal treats and family-friendly entertainment. But this December, the Walkabout, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along and around Fern and 30th streets between Ash and Kalmia, is being given a few extra watts of illumination as part of Luminaria, a month-long display of holiday lights. Have some cider and brownies while perusing independent shops and street vendors, or tuck into Alchemy or Station and cozy up with a cocktail and some grub. A free trolley service runs between Beech and Juniper streets.
Do you like people? Lots and lots and lots of people? People as far as the eye can see? People stacked on top of other people? Yeah? Then Balboa Park December Nights is for you! The big event is back for its 35th consecutive year—from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7—and more than 350,000 warm-blooded humans are expected to attend. If you’re one of them, you can get into participating museums for free from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights (actually, a great way to escape the crowds); experience musical, dance and puppet-theater performances; check out arts and crafts; get down on a vast array of food and drink—particularly at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages (the cocktail garden's highly recommended)—and generally bask in the holiday vibes. Help limit traffic congestion around the park—and do yourself a favor—by making use of a free shuttle at Petco Park or San Diego City College (last ones leave at 8 p.m.). And if you’re not planning to attend, take our advice and steer clear of the entire area. You'll thank us later.
Part of the appeal of burlesque performers is their creativity. They often combine other talents, like magic, comedy or acting, with sultry moves and a PG-13-rated striptease that involves the shedding of layers of costumes, sometimes handmade by the performers themselves. If that sounds like something you'd dig, the KiK Burlesque Dance Company—a coed neo-burlesque troupe (that's a rarity!) presents Get a Kik Out of This, an 18-and-up event happening from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Dancehouse (1466 F St., Downtown). CityBeat art director Lindsey Voltoline is in the lineup, which features performances by group, pairs and solo artists. Tickets are $10-$12, or $20 for VIP (wine, fruit, photos with the company, special seating and more).
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