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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events throughout the county

Events are planned throughout San Diego County to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The events range from gatherings to celebrate the legacy of King to gatherings to serve the community as a tribute to his work.

MLK Day is officially observed on Monday, Jan. 17, this year (King’s birthday is Jan. 15), but a number of events are on other days as well.

King’s birthday was designated a federal holiday in 1983. In 1994, Congress marked the holiday as a national day of service led by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Some events have been changed from in person to virtual because of the rise in COVID-19 cases, so double-check the event website for updates.


MLK Day of Service: Hands on San Diego hosts community service events Jan. 17 throughout San Diego County. Visit


MLK Day webinar: A free virtual presentation, “Remembering Dr. King, Jr: Making the Dream a True Reality,” will be presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 by Southwestern College. Katrina Hasan Hamilton and Joi Spencer will discuss the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and how to work across cultural/racial identities to sustain his dream for humanity. Register at


MLK Day of Service for hunger relief: Healthy Day Partners is looking for volunteers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 (and other times) to package Grab & Grow Gardens as part of garden kits distributed through hunger relief agencies to help low-income, food insecure, and those hit hardest by the pandemic learn how to grow their own healthy food. Visit


MLK Community Day of Service: Volunteer service event is from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at Washington Park, 501 N. Rose St. Participants work together to remove litter and green waste from 2 miles of a community trail. Supplies are provided. Visit


MLK Community Prayer Breakfast: The North San Diego County NAACP’s annual event is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Oceanside El Corazon Senior Center. Tickets are $20 to $500 (table of 10) at People can also view by Zoom.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at various sites around North County. Volunteers meet at 8 a.m. that day at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive. Sign up at

MLK Day of Service and story stroll: In partnership with MiraCosta College, the library bus, Adelante, will offer story stroll, games, snacks and crafts from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at John Landes Community Center and Park, 2855 Cedar Road. Visit or call (760) 435-5600.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award: Jackie Robinson Family YMCA’s 37th annual event from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 will be held virtually. A VIP Luncheon is slated for April. Register at

34th All Peoples Celebration: This year’s virtual event hosted by Alliance San Diego is from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 17 with the theme “Love + Power.” Highlights include performances and keynote speaker Rebecca Cokley. Registration: $45. Visit

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: South Coast Air Quality Management District hosts the ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15. The hybrid luncheon will be held virtually via Zoom. This year’s celebration, “Living, Dreaming, Believing in a Clean Air Future,” focuses on partnering with communities to address air pollution and inequalities of environmental justice. Visit

33rd annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration: The family festival is set for noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park. Highlights include live music, multicultural performances, African dance, Native American blessing and Aztek Dance, headliner Pato Banton and guest speakers along with vegan food and an outdoor cultural arts and craft vendors marketplace. If the event is canceled because of state and federal COVID-19 mandates, it is slated to be presented virtually. Visit


  • The USS Midway Museum Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s ninth annual Luncheon Celebration of the Birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., slated for Jan. 14.
  • The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Harbor Drive.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration and Sportsfest with annual Neighborhood Parade. Visit


MLK Day of Service: Volunteer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12-13 with Heaven’s Windows child nutrition program, which provides meals and snacks to give a nutritional boost to children in need. Visit

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