San Diego County Events for March 22 – 24

This weekend, San Diego County has unique events to offer — check out the 1000 Lights Lantern Festival, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer event, or La Mesa’s historical lecture on Mt. Helix.

San Diego county events this weekend

1000 Lights Lantern Festival

Come to enjoy good food, lively entertainment, and a beautiful spectacle of twinkling lights with your family and friends. 1000 Lights Lantern Festival is an experience you don’t want to miss.

When: March 23 | 4pm
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve | 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee,  CA 92071
Cost: $13 – $35
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La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable: Around Mt. Helix

La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable series provides an encore presentation, as author James Newland’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of the Mt. Helix area as well as the significance of the mountain top nature theatre and park to the region.

When: March 23 | 5 – 7pm
Where: Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium | 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free for LMHS Members, $5 suggested donation from non-members | RSVP
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24th Annual Ugly Dog Contest

The Ugly Dog Contest is a family event where dog lovers can enter their pets into any of the 10 categories. Categories include ugly dog, best costume, best mutt, most handsome, most beautiful, cutest puppy, most unusual markings, looks like their owner and best trick.

When: March 24 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Plaza de Mexico, The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
Cost: $5 – $75
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Sunday Spreckles Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

When: Sunday | 2pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
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7th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this year’s festival features unlimited access to two-ounce pours from more than a dozen San Diego craft breweries, complimentary savory and sweet bites from Bankers Hill eateries, live DJ music and pop-up art exhibits ranging from paintings and fine art photography to creative displays, with many works for sale at the event.

When: March 22 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue | 2825 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30 – $35
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Financial advice per age

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“There are certain times in your life that are prime for specific money moves, times when making the right choice will set your future self up for success…” (Forbes. “The Best Financial Advice at Every Age”.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielleoshea/2019/03/15/the-best-financial-advice-at-every-age/?ss=personalfinance#306f80112a43 )

Forbes has several great suggestions on what financial steps you should be making at whatever age you might be: “The Best Financial Advice at Every Age.”

San Diego County Events for March 15 – 17

St. Patrick’s Day weekend has much to offer for those in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSt. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run + Hullabaloo Concert

Grossmont Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run happens this Sunday from 9am-10am, and stick around for Hullabaloo from 10am-11am. Be sure to dress in your best green attire.

When: Sunday, March 17 | 9 – 11am
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. After the parade, there’ll be Irish step dancers, folk singers, bands, a Celtic food village, and more.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10:30am parade begins
Where: Parade begins at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, San Diego | Festival will be at Balboa Park, at Sixth and Maple
Cost: Free+
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Spring Fling – St. Patrick’s Family Festival

Your family is invited to come celebrate our 4th annual Spring Fling—St Patrick’s Family Festival! Come paint the town green at Welk Resorts San Diego, March 16 and 17.

“There’s an infinite obstacle course, two ‘escape the leprechaun’ wipeout challenges, flying trapeze, and so much more—we’ll have something for the whole family!*
All ages are welcome and the event is open to the public. Tickets are only $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and all-inclusive for rides and entertainment!

When: March 16 & 17
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego | 8845 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: $15, $10 for kids, up to $25
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Fiddle Fest

Movements from fiddle inspired classics like Holst’s “St. Paul Suite” and Britten’s “Simple Symphony” along with Irish and Appalachian folk tunes, and a bit of a Vivaldi Hoe-down thrown in.

Guest artist Andres Martin will also perform Bottesini’s “Passione Amorosa” with Artistic Director Joe McNalley.

When: Friday, March 15 | 8pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $15 – $35
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Storytelling Festival ’19

Come out for this 9th annual Storytelling Festival in association with the Encinitas Library. Story sessions from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for families, adults, children.

Storytellers of San Diego offer workshops, performances, a chance to record your story with Dave Drexler, Veteran’s Stories, a session with a live florist creating during Bouquet of Stories, student tellers from Park Dale Lane and Paul Ecke Elementaries and much more. A food truck is on premises. Lively music with Gemini Junction.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo And Family Fun Day

California Fitness Fun And Heartlight San Diego Dance are holding our 24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day: fitness activities, carnival games, educational exhibits, raffles and performances by the children in our classes, held in about 100 San Diego elementary schools.

When: Saturday, March 16 | noon
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Sabor Latino: Food, Beer & Wine Festival

Celebrate Latino flavors and culture with unlimited dish tastings inspired by the area’s most celebrated Latin chefs, as well as unlimited pours of craft beer and wine tastings provided by over 20 breweries and wineries from Baja California and San Diego. With live music and art all day. 21+

When: Saturday, March 16 | 1pm
Where: Fashion Valley Mall | 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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26th San Diego Latino Film Festival

The 11-day celebration of Latino cinema, arts and culture just began yesterday — 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival from March 14 to 24.

The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States and Spain as well as Closing Night Parties, the 4th annual Sabor Latino – Food, Beer and Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, free student screenings and more.

When: March 14 – 24
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields are now open! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open now – May 12
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Tax changes for 2019

April is right around the corner. And with it, tax day. Here’s a heads up on the tax changes for 2019.

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“Even though the tax reform bill—formally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”—was introduced a full year ago, it didn’t apply to the taxes you filed last year… Now that tax season is officially here, it’s time to figure out what all those new tax updates mean for you. ” (Dave Ramsey. “Your 2019 Taxes: What You Need to Know About the Tax Reform Bill.” https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/tax-reform-bill)

And here’s what Dave Ramsey has to say about 2019 tax changes.

San Diego County Events for March 8 – 10

There’s a myriad of activities to choose from this weekend here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekend

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields are now open! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open now – May 12
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour

Become a master chef all while discovering Little Italy’s charming mercato. After selecting ingredients at the mercato together with the chef, then with your Italian chef, you’ll prep 3 dishes from scratch.  The menu will vary based on what’s seasonal.  You’ll learn to prep 1 appetizer and 2 main courses—uncovering the secrets to Italian home cooking. In addition, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and our famous panna cotta for dessert. This class is a fun mix of hands-on cooking and chef-led demos. 

When: Saturdays, 10am – 2pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA
Cost: $79
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Best Coast Beer Fest 2019

You’ll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy entertainment from local bands and snack at the food truck alley.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 1 – 4pm (VIP starts at 12pm)
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Pkwy., San Diego
Cost: $40+, $85+ for VIP
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The Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers band is considered an international ambassador of Irish music, recognized worldwide for its ability to deliver rollicking, rousing performances.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 7:30pm
Where: Balboa Theatre | 868 4th Ave., San Diego
Cost: $34 – $71
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The Oddities & Curiosities Expo

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo travels to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday, taking over O’Brien Hall. It’s all about the weird here, with local and national vendors offering items like taxidermy, odd antiques, jewelry made from insects, and more. The expo also features sideshow-style performers, including a “live human suspension” team.

When: Saturday, March 9
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $10; kids 12 and under free. Parking $15
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Pioneer Family Fun: Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, Escondido

Interested in a fun family weekend? Join SDRVC for an interactive day at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, where participants (ages 7 – 12) will learn what it was like to be a pioneering family, how the community functioned through crop production, trading and animals that provided food and milk, and the importance of the natural environment in daily living.

As a part of the Watershed Explorers Program, families are encouraged to participate as a whole!

Please wear closed toed shoes, pants, and a jacket in case of inclement weather. It is also recommended to bring water and a snack.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 9 – 11am
Where: Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead | 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA
Cost: $5 suggested donation
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Friends of the La Mesa Library 50th Birthday Party

Join the Friends of the La Mesa Library to commemorate our 50th Anniversary! The Shirthouse Band will kick off the party at 11 a.m. followed by crafts & face painting for the the kids at noon. Local singer-songwriter Sara Petite will take the stage at 1 p.m.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 11am – 2pm
Where: La Mesa Library | 8074 Allison Ave, La Mesa, California 91942
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Easy ways to save money

When looking to save more money, look for ways to spend less that don’t require much effort.

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Saving will be much more attractive if it doesn’t affect your entire daily life.

Here’s several different ways from Forbes to save on your bills, that won’t affect your whole life: “7 Ways To Save Thousands On Your Monthly Expenses.”

San Diego County Events for March 1 – 3

Explore something or somewhere new this weekend in San Diego County! The next three days in our area are filled with great events and activities.

San Diego county events this weekend

Spring Home Garden Show

Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show). There will be hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. The show focuses on San Diego-area experts, services, products, and businesses.

When: March 1 – 3
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $8
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields open March 1! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open March 1
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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Spring Busker Fest

The Busker Festival at Seaport Village celebrates the fascinating and unique talents of street performers who come from across the world to entertain us here in San Diego.

In its 13th year, this free event – California’s only busker festival – is a family-friendly spectacle and a beloved Seaport Village tradition.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
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First Friday Oceanside Art Walk

Oceanside Friends of the Arts hosts its monthly “First Friday Art Walk” at the Springhill Suites Marriott, a community event meant to highlight the arts culture in Oceanside. The free event will feature dancers, live music, local artists, custom jewelry vendors, and food and drink tastings.

When: Friday, 5 – 9pm
Where: Springhill Suites Marriott | 110 N. Myers Street, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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23rd Annual San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Audubon Society invites you to the San Diego Bird Festival, which celebrates the birds and habitats of San Diego county.

When: Feb 27 – Mar 3
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Varies
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St. Patricks Day Half Marathon

Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.

When: Sunday, March 3 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | Main Street & Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $19-$69
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: February mortgage rates

Fixed mortgage rates sank to a 10-month low this month.

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“According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.41 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.46 percent a week ago and 4.32 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate hasn’t been this low since early April.”

“The 15-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.84 percent with an average 0.4 point. It was 3.89 percent a week ago and 3.77 percent a year ago. The five-year adjustable-rate average drifted down to 3.91 percent with an average 0.3 point. It was 3.96 percent a week ago and 3.57 percent a year ago.” (Washingtonpost.com. “Mortgage rates tumble to 10-month low.” 7 February 2019.)

Read the rest of Washington Post’s article here.