Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Countywide

Events are planned across San Diego County to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Events range from gatherings to celebrate King’s legacy to gatherings to serve the community in honor of his work.

MLK Day is officially celebrated on Monday, January 17 of this year (the King’s birthday is January 15), but a number of events take place on other days as well.

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

Some events have moved from in person to virtual due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, so check the event’s website again for updates.


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


MLK Day Webinar: A free virtual presentation, “Remembering Dr. King, Jr: Making the Dream Come True,” will be presented from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on January 14 by Southwestern College. Katrina Hasan Hamilton and Joi Spencer will discuss the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and how to work through cultural / racial identities to support his dream for humanity. Register at


MLK Day of Service to Relieve Hunger: Healthy Day Partners is looking for volunteers from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 17, 24, 31 (and other times) to pack Grab & Grow Gardens as part of garden kits distributed by anti-hunger agencies to help people with low income, food insecurity, and those hardest hit by the pandemic are learning to grow their own healthy food. Visit


MLK Community Service Day: The volunteer service event is 9 am to noon on January 15 at Washington Park, 501 N. Rose St. Participants work together to remove green waste and green waste from a 3 mile community trail. Supplies are provided. Visit


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

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

MLK day of service and storytelling walk: In partnership with MiraCosta College, the Library Bus, Adelante, will offer a history walk, games, snacks and crafts from 10 a.m. to noon on January 15 at the John Landes Community Center and Park, 2855 Cedar Road . Visit or call (760) 435-5600.


Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award: The 37th Annual Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Event, 6-7 p.m. on January 13th will be held virtually. A VIP lunch is planned for April. Register on

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

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s service day: The 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. on January 15. The hybrid lunch will be held virtually via Zoom. This year’s celebration, “Live, Dream, Believe in a Clean Air Future,” focuses on partnering with communities to tackle air pollution and inequalities in environmental justice. Visit

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration: The family festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. on January 17 at the WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park. Highlights include live music, multicultural performances, African dance, Native American blessings and Aztek dancing, star Pato Banton and guest speakers as well as vegan food and an outdoor cultural vendor market. of arts and crafts. If the event is canceled due to state and federal COVID-19 warrants, it should be presented virtually. Visit


  • The ninth annual USS Midway Museum Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Luncheon on the occasion of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is scheduled for January 14.
  • The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Harbor Drive.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community and Sportsfest Celebration with Annual Neighborhood Parade. Visit


MLK Service Day: January 12-13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Heaven’s Windows Kids Nutrition Program, which provides meals and snacks to give a nutritional boost to children in need. Visit

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