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 Past Events

San Diego Karen New Year 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

11 am – 3 pm (Lunch: 1:30-3 pm)

at Horace Mann Middle School (4345 54th St, San Diego, CA 92115)

Experience Peace 







Thursday, 5/23/2019

6:30-9:00 PM

at USD Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, IPJ Theater 

(5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110)

“Experience Peace” is a storytelling event of resiliency and hope through expressive arts from Burma, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. KOSD’s youth dancers will perform at the beginning of this event. Please join us to experience peace together.

San Diego World Refugee Day Celebration 







Saturday, 6/22/2019

11-3 pm

at Copley Price YMCA (4300 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92105)

Exploring Karen Culture Over Time

~ Karen Youth Panel~ 

Friday, 4/26/2019

4:00 – 6:00 pm

at SSW1500, San Diego State University








1st KOSD Community Clean Up Day

Saturday, 4/27/2019

8:00 – 11:00 am

Please join us to clean our neighborhood together! We will meet at KOSD office at 8 am before heading to some cleaning locations in City Heights.








Karen New Year 2019







Saturday, January 12, 2019
@ Crawford High School Auditorium 
(4191 Colts Way, San Diego CA 92115)

For details, please email our Culture Program Coordinator, Paw Lay, at 

Night at Art Produce: Fundraiser for Refugees from Burma

Monday, November 13, at 5-8 PM  Get Flyer
@ Art Produce in North Park 
(3139 University Avenue, San Diego CA 92104)
Please purchase your tickets now! 

Night at Art Produce: Fundraiser for Refugees from Burma


Come help us celebrate 6 years of growth, outreach, and support for newly arrived refugee families from Burma!

Monday November 13th, 5 to 8 pm at the beautiful Art Produce in the heart of North Park.

Enjoy music, appetizers, and beers alog with fresh produce grown by the Karen refugee community. 

Tickets are $25 and include one drink, appetizers, and entertainment. Children under 12 are free. Please purchase your ticket now!


Night at Art Produce: Fundraiser for Refugees from Burma

Join us this Saturday for the San Diego Refugee Forum’s annual World Refugee Day Celebration!  This free flamily friendly event is your chance to show the refugee community that San Diegans are happy that they are here!  We hope to see you there!!

Karen New Year 2017: Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 9 – 1 PM
@ Crawford High School (4191 Colts Way, San Diego CA 92115)






Save the date! More details soon.

Please join this free event at the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden (Inamori Pavilion) in Balboa Park to learn from delegation members representing refugee resettlement programs in Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Includes presentations, questions & answers, and a panel discussion, with a hosted reception at 4pm.

RSVP by March 31st at…



KOSD Community Night Fundraiser: Arts, Camera, Action! 

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: AjA Project 
Address: 4089 Fairmount Ave San Diego, CA 92105

Please join us for a beautiful celebration of art and culture as we raise funds for the Karen Organization of San Diego and its impactful programs assisting refugees from Burma. This evening will feature stories from our community of refugees living in San Diego, performance art from the Diverze Youth Art Platform visiting directly from Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), a showcase and auction of photography from KOSD youth, and a tasty dinner of traditional Karen food (vegetarian options available).

Suggested contribution (in advance or at the door):
$15 Adults
$5 Children
All proceeds benefit the Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD) and its programs assisting refugees from Burma.


KOSD Community Night Fundraiser: Arts, Camera, Action!

Mark your calendars to attend this important documentary screening on March 8th at 11:00am in Balboa Park. KOSD youth will be volunteering their time at the screening to spread the word about what is happening to children in Fukushima.

KOSD Youth performed traditional Karen dances on the Sea World Community Stage this Saturday, 2/28, at 1:00 and 3:00. 


2015 Karen New Year Celebration in San Diego 

Raising funds for refugees from Burma in San Diego

Experience complete relaxation as you enjoy the healing power of Deep Yoga, AcuYoga and gentle Partner Yoga – with a special cultural dance performance by Karen youth.

Presented by Bhava Ram, former NBC war correspondent and author of “Warrior Pose – How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life”, with Adam Meyerowitz and Rachel Dragonfly.

All proceeds benefit the KOSD, to support its critically important support services.

Date: Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Ginseng Yoga
Address: 2985 Beech St, San Diego, California 92102


Burma Bliss Benefit

Colina del Sol National Night Out

Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Time: 4:30pm – 9pm
Location: Colina del Sol Park
Address: 5319 Orange Ave San Diego, CA 92115

Fall Fundraising Festival 2014

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Colina del Sol Park
Address: 5319 Orange Ave San Diego, CA 92105

San Diego World Refugee Day 2014

Date: Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Balboa Park International Cottages and Hall of Nations
Address: 2125 Park Blvd, AND 2191 West Pan American Rd. San Diego, CA 92134

Acoustic House Concert Series Fun(d)raiser for the Karen Organization of San Diego

Thursdays in June, 7pm, at a private residence in the City Heights/Oak Park neighborhood

Thursday, June 5, 7pm: The Laura Michaels Trio – A Dazzling Parade of America’s Most Popular Songs

The Laura Michaels Trio, consisting of drummer Michael Kaplan, pianist Jerry Rosenberger, and flutist Laura Walcher, plays rousing sing-alongs from the “Great American Songbook,” including classics by Cole Porter, Hank Williams, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Gershwin. KOSD and supporters had so much fun sharing music and cultures!

Thursday, June 12, 7pm: Bread & Jam Band – Americana

The members of Bread and Jam have been playing music together in various combinations for almost a decade. The current line up has been in place since late 2011. Blending Americana style with singer/songwriter sensibility, we play a combination of original music (written by Decker, Gilhoi, and Hill-Maher) and covers (both recognizable and not-so-much).

Thursday, June 19, 7pm: Songs for People Bluegrass Jam featuring members from Big Decisions and G Burns Jug Band – American Folk & Bluegrass

Whether playing swinging fiddle tunes or old time standards, The Big Decisions and G Burns Jug Band play high energy bluegrass music to get people dancing, singing, laughing, and celebrating, busting out original tunes as well as adaptations of songs from people like Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and countless other anonymous heroes of a bygone age.









Recently, KOSD has received a donation of 2.5 arable acres of land for use as a culturally appropriate job development program. The Karen and other refugees from Burma are traditionally farmers, used to making their living off of the land. With workable land, these refugees would be able to support the dreams and ambitions that they came to the United States to fulfill.

G.R.O.W.I.N.G. (Get our Refugees Out Working In the Garden) would enable KOSD to put this donation of land to use and offer entrepreneurial farming opportunities to refugees from Burma. To learn more, please visit KOSD’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign!

APAPA Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration (KOSD will be recognized at the event)

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 4:14pm – 6:00pm

Location: Hanbit Church

Address: 4717 Cardin St, San Diego CA 92111

API Mega Mixer

Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Location: Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

Address: 4609 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Watershed Avengers Canyon Restoration

Date: Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Swan Canyon behind Hamilton Elementary School

Address: 2807 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105


Asian Cultural Festival 2014

Date: Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Time: 12pm – 8pm

Location: Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa

Address: Between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Raytheon Road

2nd International Health Fair

Date: Saturday, April 5th. 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Colina del Sol Park

Address: 5319 Orange Ave. San Diego, CA 92115

KOSD Receives the National Association of Social Workers 2014 Social Work Month award for ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR! 

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: 12:30pm – 4pm

Location: VA San Diego Hospital

Address: 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161

Youth Job Fair

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Location: Mid City Gym

Address: 4302 Landis St, San Diego, CA 92105

Please look here for more info!


Karen New Year 2014 Appreciation Party

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Time: 10 am

Location: Colina del Sol Park

Address: 5319 Orange Ave. San Diego, CA 92115

Karen New Year 2014


Date: Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Location: Crawford High School Auditorium

Address: 4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115

KOSD Toy Drive 2013

Date: NOW through December 21st, 2013

Time: Monday-Friday and Saturday the 21st from 9 am – 5 pm

Location: KOSD office

Address: 5354 University Ave #1, San Diego, CA 92105

The 49th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival


Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Location: The heart of North Park!

Address: Parade begins at University Ave. & Utah at 11am

for more info visit:

Candlelight Walk for Human Rights


Date: Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Time: 5pm
Location: Oceanside Ampitheater and Pier
Address: 200 N the Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054


UCSD Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance High School Conference


Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Time: 9am – 7pm
Location: UCSD Price Center Ballroom East
Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA

*Accommodating needs for transportation, there will be two buses that will be sent to the following locations:

1) Crawford High School – 4192 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115

2) O’Farrell Charter School – 6130 Skyline Dr., San Diego, CA 92114

If you live near these locations, you may board the bus (you do not have to be a student at those schools to ride that bus). It will be first come, first serve for seats on those buses. Buses will arrive at both locations at 8am and will be departing around 8:15am, so be sure to have your waiver printed and signed with you that morning. It is recommended you show up to those locations a little early to ensure that you have a seat.

Benefit Concert and Art Fair for KOSD


Date: Friday, November 8th, 2013
Time: 6pm – 10:30pm
Location: The Mosaic
Address: 1402 Commerical St. San Diego, CA 92101


Crawford Open House

Will C. Crawford High School

Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: Crawford High School
Address: 4191 Colts Way. San Diego, CA 92115 


Fall Fundraising Festival


Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Colina del Sol Park
Address: 5319 Orange Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

Youth Town Hall Meeting/Cultural Kickback


Date: Friday, September 27th, 2013
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: East African Community and Culture Center
Address: 4061 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

Asian Heritage Awards


Date: Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Time: 5pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
Address: 333 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego


San Diego Refugee Forum
World Refugee Day 2013


Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Market Creek Plaza
Address: Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114


AjA Project
story+LINES Public Art Fair

AjA_May_25_2013_2.jpgAjA_May_25_2013_3.jpgDate: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 11am – 6pm
Location: The AjA building
Address: 4089 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105


Red Cross
Fire Prevention Neighborhood Canvassing 


Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 8am – 1pm
Location: Fairmont Park
Address: University Avenue & Fairmont Avenue in City Heights

Contact Karen Varela at or (858) 309-1269 for more information. Volunteers will receive: drawstring bag, t-shirt, water and snacks during the event, lunch after the event, and a certificate of appreciation from the Red Cross.


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego


Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station
Address: Roosevelt Rd. at Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106


Beach Clean-Up Day


Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Ocean Beach
Address: 5091 Niagra Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107

Please pick up your permission form at the Karen Organization of San Diego office as soon as possible. You must have this form completed to participate in the clean-up! For more information, contact April at or visit

Youth Resource and Job Fair


Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Mid-City Gymnasium
Address: 4302 Landis Street, San Diego, CA 92105

Cambodian New Year


Date: Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14, 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm
[Performance: Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ approximately 12:40pm]
Location: Colina Del Sol Park
Address: 5299 52nd Place, San Diego, CA 92105


Karen New Year 2752 (2013)



Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Program: 9am – 12:15pm
Lunch: 12:15 – 1pm
Location: Crawford High School Auditorium
Address: 4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115

Want to see photos from the 2012 celebration?
Click on one of the thumbnails below to begin slideshow:


FREE Healthcare Enrollment & Resource Fair


Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 12 – 4pm
Location: Colina Del Sol Park
Address: 5319 Orange Ave., San Diego, CA 92105


City Heights Day-of-the Dead


Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Urban Village Park
Address: 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105


Grand Opening
Karen Organization of San Diego

Date: Friday, September 28, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Opening: SDPD Community Meeting Room*
Reception & Refreshments: KOSD Office


*The San Diego Police Department Community Meeting Room is adjacent to the KOSD office. Please contact our main office at (619) 582-0783 or if you need detailed directions.


The Southeast Asian Refugee Experience

Please join us for storytelling, food, entertainment, and more!
Refugees from Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam will share their
culture and experiences at this engaging event.


Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Jacobs Center Market Creek Plaza
Address: 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114