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DECEMBER 2019

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INSIDE! TOYLAND PARADE 3 HOLIDAY BRUNCHIN! 6 HOLIDAY SHOPPING 9 WHERE TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR 13 NORTH PARK THURSDAY MARKET 14 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 17 ART 19 IN THE NEWS 20 PARKING + GETTING TO NORTH PARK 23 ANNUAL EVENTS 27 NORTH PARK MAP 32 FOLLOW US  33

IMAGE CREDIT: (RIGHT) ERIC SCIRE ARTWORK CREDIT: ASKEW @ASKEWONE


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TOYLAND PARADE Sunday, December 8th 11am - 1pm Join one of San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods to unwrap some holiday joy as the community comes together to put on a magical display of festive cheer! Come bright and early to warmly welcome local schools, joyful marching bands, historic vintage cars, creative floats made by groups all within San Diego, and last but not least, Santa in a fire truck! Thank you to all of ours sponsors: North Park Lions Club, MyPoint Credit Union, A7D Creative Group, Target, Next Wave Commercial, North Park Thursday Market, 619 Spirits North Park, Original 40 Brewing Company, and GetAround. 3


PARADE START

UTAH STREET

29TH STREET

TAMARINDO (FOR ALL YOUR BRUNCH NEEDS)

PHOTOS WITH SANTA!

BIVOUAC ($2 OFF CIDER FLIGHTS)

30TH STREET

RAY STREET

619 SPIRITS (SPECIALS ALL DAY!)

LINCOLN AVE

VIP AREA

UNIVERSITY AVE

NORTH PARK WAY

MYPOINT CREDIT UNION

NORTH PARK PARKING GARAGE

OHIO STREET TARGET

UNIVERSITY AVE

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ILLINOIS STREET

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(GREAT PARADE VIEWING LOCATION PLUS PARADE DRINK SPECIALS!)

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56TH ANNUAL TOYLAND PARADE SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH 11AM - 1PM After the Toyland Parade there will be live music performances from Euphoria Brass Band & Finnegan Blue! Troy Johnson of San Diego Magazine will be our Grand Marshal, and Courtney Cordero will be our Parade Princess! After the parade festivities, make sure to stop by your local businesses for festive shopping, eating and drinking, and take photos with Santa at the North Park sign.

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HOLIDAY BRUNCHIN! Wondering where to brunch after the 56th Annual Toyland Parade? We’ve got you covered with these North Park favorites! 619 Spirits North Park 3015 Lincoln Ave Original 40 Brewing 3117 University Ave West Coast Tavern 2895 University Ave Working Class 4095 30th St Bivouac Ciderworks 3986 30th St North Park Beer Co 3038 University Ave


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PHOTO CREDIT: PIGMENT


HOLIDAY SHOPPING With everything from old school vintage finds, to fashionable designer goods, North Park offers a fantastic shopping experience. Shopping for the holidays will be a breeze, with curated home decor, and gifts (for your pups!) at the brand new Home & Hound. Pigment is one of the most popular home goods stores in San Diego with plenty of festive gifts for the holidays. For bigger items like electronics, our local Target has you covered! @ShopPigment ShopPigment.com

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING Want to support local and shop unique, one of a kind items? Check out homemade unique gifts from local artisans at Simply Local. Vintage lovers have plenty of stores to sift through, including The Girl Can’t Help It!, Hunt & Gather, and the brand new vintage boutique Mila! @MilaNorthPark MilaNorthPark.com


PHOTO CREDIT: MILA COLLECTIVE

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PHOTO CREDIT (LEFT TO RIGHT): ORIGINAL 40 , BIVOUAC CIDERWORKS, ONE DOOR NORTH, WEST COAS PHOTO CREDIT: WEST COAST TAVERN


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WHERE TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR We’re ringing in the new decade in a big way! We’ve gathered all of the hottest spots to hit for New Year’s Eve 2020 in North Park, whether you want to enjoy a nice dinner out at a local restaurant like the Original 40 Brewing Company, Bivouac Ciderworks, and The Smoking Goat, or you’re in the mood to pop champagne and dance the night away with your closest friends at bars like Redwing, The Office, 619 Spirits, or West Coast Tavern. North Park is always a lively area on any given weekend, but for New Year’s Eve the energy is bound to be next level. Check out our instagram for more great places to ring in 2020!

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NORTH PARK THURSDAY MARKET Every Thursday on North Park Way (behind the North Park Theatre & 30th St.) from 3-7:30pm you’ll find our California Certified Farmers Market filled with local farmers, prepared foods & local artisans, and live music! Do you live local and want to receive weekly coupons & offers from the market? Text NPMARKET to 474747 to join our weekly offers! The Thursday Market will be CLOSED on December 26th due to the holiday. @ShopNorthParkMarket @ExploreNorthPark CLOSED ON 26TH


CHRISTMAS TREE LOT North Park is bound to be your go-to destination this holiday season. On top of all the craft breweries, delicious restaurants and fashionable shops, North Park will be welcoming a popup Tree Lot this holiday season! Starting on Friday, Nov. 29th from 9am-10pm North Pole Christmas Trees will be making their way to The Observatory North Park parking lot (29th St. x North Park Way) everyday until Dec. 25th (or until supplies last).

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ART Denisse Wolf is a celebrated artist within San Diego and the North Park community. She contributed an outstanding art piece for the 2015 SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park and was selected as the featured artist. Her banners were seen throughout the community with tremendous accolade. Denisse recently opened a studio in North Park where she gathers inspiration from the urban art scene and community. Read the full interview at ExploreNorthPark.com/ magazine/denisse-wolf @DenisseWolf ShopDenisseWolf.com Showroom Located at: 3077 North Park Way #105

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IN THE NEWS NORTH PARK, SAN DIEGO: THE REWARDS OF ‘WALKABILITY’ North Park was recently featured in a piece by the New York Times! “True to its name, North Park wraps around the northern edge of Balboa Park, San Diego’s sprawling, 1,200-acre cultural park. Homes within walking distance of Morley Field, which is at the park’s northeast corner, are among the neighborhood’s priciest.” Read the full article at bit.ly/nytimes-northpark

PHOTO CREDIT: ARTELEXIA @ARTELEXIA ARTELEXIA.COM


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PARKING + GETTING TO NORTH PARK PARKING The North Park Garage on 29th St. offers 386 spaces ready for use 24/7. At just $1/hour during the day and $5 after 6pm, it’s one of the best values in the area. From the rooftop you can enjoy a birds-eye view of the mid-city and on a clear day, even a glimpse of the city skyline. WALKING North Park is an easily walkable neighborhood, with the main action residing at the University Ave. and 30th St. cross street. Head north or south for only a mile to reach all of the exciting businesses we have to offer! DRIVING There’s no hassle parking at the 29th St. parking garage, which is only $1 per hour during the day, with plenty of additional street parking. If you’re heading over a short way from the Lafayette, an Uber/Lyft is a less than 5 min. drive! BIRD The hot new way to get around town, pick up a Bird Scooter simply by downloading the app! An easy way to get through the neighborhood and it’s extremely fun!

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ANNUAL EVENTS

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON (WE PROMISE!) THURSDAY MARKET // EVERY THURSDAY

CHRISTMAS TREE LOT

www.northparkfarmersmarket.com

www.explorenorthpark.com

The Thursday Market is open every Thursday from 3PM to 7:30PM on North Park Way, rain or shine! The Market features roughly +45 independent vendors presenting fresh, locally grown, seasonal, and organic produce and flowers, as well as handmade arts and crafts, and tempting selections of gourmet food.

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TOYLAND PARADE // DECEMBER www.toylandparade.com

Unwrap some magic during the holiday season and partake in festive fun at the annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival. North Park will warmly welcome friends and family to bundle up and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade. December 8, 2019 | 11AM

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SDCCU FESTIVAL OF ARTS // MAY

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Spend the day with family and friends exploring the historic and hip North Park neighborhood on University Avenue between 30th and 32nd Street. This free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes unique art, vendor booths, live graffiti art demonstrations, fabulous food, craft beer, and exciting live music performances spread across several stages.

TASTE OF NORTH PARK // OCTOBER

www.tasteofnorthpark.com

Stay tuned for all the bites and sips at the 2020 Taste of North Park! Join the newsletter to stay in the know about all the new restaraunts, breweries, and live music coming to the October 2020 Taste of North Park!

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