San Diego County Events for July 3 – 5

Happy Independence Day — how privileged and blessed we are to live in America!

Celebrate the 4th of July here in San Diego — because what’s better than a weekend at the beach, BBQing and being with family?

San Diego county events this weekend The top picks for fireworks in San Diego: www.sandiego.com/san-diego-blog/top-spots-san-diego-4th-july-fireworks


San Diego County Fair

This is the last weekend for the San Diego County Fair; whose theme is: A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open until July 5 — make sure you get a visit in while in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


Big Bay Boom

Apparently the largest fireworks show in San Diego, the Big Bay Boom provides a spectacular fireworks show over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 9pm
Where: Watch at one of these locations (see the map for details): Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, South Embarcadero, Coronado Ferry Landing
Cost: Free
More information: www.BigBayBoom.com


Friday Night Liberty At NTC At Liberty Station

Start your 4th of July weekend at Friday Night Liberty on July 3, 2015. Entertain guests with a night of arts and culture in a restored, historic naval base.

When: Friday, July 3 | 5 – 9pm
Where: NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: www.ntclibertystation.com/what


Star Spangled Pops

Go to the most patriotic party in San Diego: a Symphony celebration from “Stars and Stripes Forever” to “God Bless the U.S.A.” with Principal Pops Conductor Bill Conti, San Diego Master Chorale and Chula Vista native, Jessica Sanchez.

When: Friday, July 3 | 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Park South | 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20 – $92
More information: www.sandiegosymphony.com


Historic Old Town Fourth Of July 2015

An old-fashioned celebration of July 4th. Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego. Wagon rides, period games, music, food specials, pie-eating contest and more. Flag raising, keynote speaker, military involvement.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 2415 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information:  www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/events


Julian Fourth Of July Parade 2015

The stars and stripes will move down Julian’s Main Street during this year’s Julian Fourth of July parade, prompting selection of It’s Star Spangled Salute as the theme for the annual patriotic celebration.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 10am
Where: Main Street – Julian High School to Frank Lane Park | 1656 Hwy. 78, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: julianparade.com


10th Annual USD Summer Chamber Music Festival

Sit back, relax, and let the beautiful creations of Mozart, Vivaldi, Shostakovich and other composers fill your ears. Admission is $10 and tickets include lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts. Musicians and fans of music of all ages can enjoy the wonderful sounds of classic composers.

When: Sunday, July 5 | 2pm
Where: Shiley Theatre | 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $10 – $12
More information: www.sandiego.edu/about/news_center/events/events_detail.php?_focus=51558


There’s so many terrific activities and events to celebrate the Fourth of July here in San Diego county; here’s just one good website to go to, to find more to do: www.kpbs.org/news/events/4thofJuly/

San Diego County Events for June 26 – 28

Once again, San Diego county is putting on some great events, with plenty of great family activities to choose from this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


“Sundays at Six” free summer concerts in La Mesa

La Mesa…. The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation announces the 14th season of the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free outdoor concerts. The popular concert series are held at the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at Harry Griffen Park, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On June 28, the concert will be put on by Emerald River Band (country/classic rock). The “Sundays at Six” concerts series is also sponsored by Grossmont Center and the Chapel at Grossmont.

When: Sunday, June 28, 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org | email community@ci.la-mesa.ca.us | call 619-667-1300


Julian Gold Rush Days

Julian’s Gold Rush Days festival is happening this weekend–with historical reenactments, mock claim jumping, gold panning, and more. The old-fashioned mining camp will also have vendors, food, and an arts and crafts market.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28
Where: Julian Mining Company | 4444 Hwy 78, Julian, CA
Cost: $3 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Parking is free
More information: www.julianca.com/gold-rush-days


Oceanside Independence Day Parade

Oceanside’s annual Independence Day Parade features floats, bands, cars, and more. The theme this year is “Legends and Legacies”.

The parade will make its way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall), starting in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00 AM. and works its way north with the first unit of the parade reaching City Hall around 10:15 AM. Running time from beginning to end is about two hours.

When: Saturday, June 27, 10am – 12pm
Where: South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideparade.com


KidsFest

Bring the whole family out to San Diego’s largest hands-on festival for kids and their families. Let your kids get creative with more than 100,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and dozens of activity stations to help kids get their hands dirty. Make crafts with your kids and then take them home. Tickets are $20 for those years two and over.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Liberty Station, Point Loma, San Diego
Cost: $20 for those two years and older; under 2 free
More information: www.kidsfestsandiego.com

San Diego County Events for June 19 – 21

Let summer begin! Now that many schools are done for the year, there are several kid-centered events and activities, among other things to do for everyone, in San Diego County; take a look below:

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


“Sundays at Six” free summer concerts in La Mesa

La Mesa…. The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation announces the 14th season of the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free outdoor concerts. The popular concert series are held at the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at Harry Griffen Park, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On June 21, the concert covers Pop Vinyl (Top 40). The “Sundays at Six” concerts series is also sponsored by Grossmont Center and the Chapel at Grossmont.

When: Sunday, June 29, 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org | email community@ci.la-mesa.ca.us | call 619-667-1300


 

Mass Creativity Day

new children's museumJoin the New Children’s Museum for Mass Creativity Day on Saturday, June 20 from 10am to 4pm! This free festival will transform the Museum’s park into a vibrant collection of creative art-making stations with activities for all ages. Each experience will encourage attendees to celebrate their local neighborhoods as they work alongside fellow community members on collective art projects.

Activities will include:

  • A city on wheels where attendees can use their creativity to build, transform and rearrange
  • A whimsical treehouse village where families can craft and design mini treehouses
  • A hidden story house where people can write poems and share memories
  • A colorful dance floor that children can paint as they move and dance to upbeat music
  • Complimentary Museum admission
  • Activities in the Museum’s organic garden, musical performances, food stations and more

When: Saturday, June 20, 10am
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 W Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.thinkplaycreate.org/masscreativity


Balboa Park 1915 Expo Centennial Festival

The Golden Hill Community – Balboa Park 1915 Expo Centennial Festival is to be held on June 20th, 2015 and hosted by the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation with funding support provided by a City of San Diego Office of Small Business economic and tourism development grant (EDTG). The event will highlight the unique communities of Greater Golden Hill in 1915 to the present and how the surrounding neighborhoods played a key role in the building of the 1915 Panama – California Exposition on the “East Mesa”. This family-fun event will be a history and music celebration featuring a historical exhibition, antique car show & tour, live music, a historic craft beer garden, local vendors and a youth & family village.

When: Saturday, June 20, 11am
Where: Golden Hill Park | 2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: online here


House of Sweden Midsummer Festival

To help highlight Balboa Park’s 100th anniversary throughout 2015, the House of Sweden is offering a smorgasbord of festivities, including food for thought, during its annual Midsummer celebration in June. What’s more, the house will be open the entire week leading up to , which marks the summer solstice as well as Midsummer.

Members of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) are serving coffee and buns on June 18 and June 19 from 12pm-2pm . The women might also bind wreaths for display.

Activities on June 20 from 12pm -4pm are centered on kids and family fun. House of Sweden volunteers will read children’s literature, fairy tales and some of Astrid Lindgren’s popular Pippi Longstocking stories. Other books, games, crayons and coloring-book drawings of Swedish images will be available for the children’s enjoyment.

All the festivities culminate on June 21 from 12pm-4pm with a dance around the Maypole. Live entertainment will include Ylva, her women’s chorus and Balboa Park’s International Dancers. Volunteers will serve plates of Swedish meatballs, cookies and beverages. A good time will be had by all.

When: Friday, June 19, 12pm – 2pm | Saturday, June 20, 12pm – 4pm | Sunday, June 21, 12pm – 4pm
Where: International Cottages, Balboa Park | Pan American Way, San Diego , CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: at U-T San Diego


Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April

marketDespite properties typically selling faster than at any time since July 2013, existing–home sales slowed in April but remained above an annual sales pace of five million for the second straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced sales declines in April.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single–family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co–ops, declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March. Despite the monthly decline, sales have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above a year ago. Continue reading

San Diego County Events for June 12 – 14

Visit San Diego County this weekend! Besides the fair, there are many other events going on in the next few days!

There’s always plenty to do here in southern California! Besides this weekend’s events below, there’s always a wide range of things to do in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


“Sundays at Six” free summer concerts in La Mesa

Free summer concerts start on Sunday, June 14. They will be held in the beautiful amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, at 6:00 pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free music in the park.

On June 14, the free summer concert will feature the San Diego Concert Band.

When: Sunday, June 14, 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/index.aspx?NID=1035


Land & Sea Festival

Celebrate Get Outdoors Day and National Marina Day with your family at the Land & Sea Festival at 5000 N. Harbor Dr. in Point Loma. Aiming to promote the role of marinas in the enjoyment of boating and stewardship in our local waterways, this fest will include vendors with marine and boating products and services, health and wellness services and home and garden items. Food, live music and a beer garden top off the fun, plus attendees can have a chance to go on a sailboat, powerboat or a paddleboard.

When: Saturday, June 13, 10:30am
Where: Sun Harbor Marina & Point Loma Marina | 5000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/pages/Land-Sea-Festival


18th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow

The San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians will host the free, 18th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow with arts and craft booths, food, dancers, drums, contests and more.

When: Saturday, June 13, 9am – 11pm | Sunday, June 14, 9am – 6pm
Where: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.slrmissionindians.org


San Diego County Events for June 5 – 7

Visit San Diego County this weekend! In the next few days, you can enjoy the fair, food and other fun activities!

There’s always plenty to do here in southern California! Besides this weekend’s events below, there’s always a wide range of things to do in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


Art Around Adams

A two-mile music and art walk along Adams Avenue, with Smitty’s Garage as the home base for musical acts. The event includes 9 stages, 75 art galleries, 50 musical acts, mural paintings, performance art, arts and crafts vendors, and so much more.

When: Saturday, June 6, 12pm – 8pm
Where: From Oregon Street in Normal Heights to Vista Street in Kensington
Cost: Free
More information: www.artaroundadams.org


Philippine American Celebration

The Philippine American Celebration features traditional and contemporary performances, exhibitions, food and more.

When: June 5 – 7 | See website for hours
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 1549 El Prado and the House of Pacific Relations lawn area, 2125 Park Blvd., Balboa Park
Cost: Free
More information: bpc2015pac.com


Chula Vista Olympic Training Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the training center’s 20 year anniversary. Ride a BMX bike or try archery, etc. Try out a variety of olympic and paralympic sports at the center and see what you’re best at! You can find a full schedule of sports to try out by clicking here. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

When: June 7, 10am – 5pm
Where: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
Cost: Free
More information: www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Training-Centers-and-Sites/Chula-Vista/20th-Anniversary-Celebration


Taste of La Mesa

Join La Mesa in sampling tastings from over 30 restaurants in the area!

When: Saturday, June 8, 5pm – 8pm
Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA
Cost: $35 – $50
More information: www.lamesachamber.com


Event: 7th Annual Taste of La Mesa

Enjoy tastings at local La Mesa restaurants

Taste of La MesaMonday, June 8, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
General Admission: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
VIP Tasting: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where:
La Mesa Community Center
4975 Memorial Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Cost:
(Tickets purchased in advance – by Friday, June 5th, 4:00 p.m.):

General Admission: $35
VIP Ticket: $50
(VIP opportunity includes “Up Close & Personal” tasting with food vendors, restaurants and beverage providers exclusively between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. VIP Tickets also include “Preferred Parking.”)

NOTE: ALL attendees must have a ticket, including children.

At-Door Cost:
General Admission: $45
VIP Ticket: $60
(VIP Tickets purchased at-door does NOT include Preferred Parking)
Friday, June 5th, 4:00 p.m., will be the LAST day to purchase tickets at the pre-event pricing. After June 5th all tickets must be purchased at-door at the at-door price of $45 for General Admission and $60 for VIP Admission.

Beverages: Pricing does NOT include beverages.  Alcoholic beverages may be purchased for $5.00 per glass. Also offered: bottled water and soda for $1.

 Free Parking Shuttles Provided

Fantastic Food, Desserts, and Entertainment
Premium Beer and Wine

 Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
8080 La Mesa Blvd. Ste. 212
La Mesa, CA 91942

San Diego County Events for May 29 – 31

Visit San Diego County this weekend! There’s always plenty to do here in southern California! Besides this weekend’s events below, there’s always a wide range of things to do in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Flag Day Parade

If you haven’t been to the City of La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade in recent years, come to East San Diego County this Saturday, May 30, to enjoy a celebration of America — this year’s theme is “A Salute to Old Glory – Celebrate America”.

When: Saturday, May 30, 9am
Where: downtown La Mesa village, San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Flag-Day-Parade.aspx or my blog post here


Fiesta del Sol 2015

Come out and enjoy the sunshine at this popular kick-off to summer in North County. Enjoy live music, climbing games and activities for children, food trucks and vendors as well as local art and causes.

When: Saturday, May 30, 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach, Solana Beach
Cost: Free
More information: solanabeachchamber.com/FiestaDelSol


International Paella & Wine Festival

San Diego’s first International Paella and Wine Festival will feature paella chefs from around the globe, wineries from the Baja-California and Napa/Sonoma regions, San Diego’s craft breweries plus live music and entertainment.

When: May 30, 12 – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego
Cost: $20 – $175
More information: www.sdpaellafest.com


Maritime Month – Boat Tours

The Port of San Diego is honoring the role and impact of San Diego’s maritime industry during May, Maritime Month, by holding free events – including bus tours, boat tours and a movie night – that recognize and thank the men and women of San Diego Bay’s working waterfront. Boat tours on May 30 will highlight the working waterfront. Boats depart from Broadway Pier at 10 am. and 1 p.m.

When: May 30, 10am and 1pm
Where: Broadway Pier | 1000 N Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free, but registration is required
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/maritimemonth