San Diego County Events for August 28 – 30

There’s always plenty of things to do in the area on a regular basis — but here’s this weekend’s highlighted events in San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekendCarlsbad Music Festival

Dozens of adventurous bands, ensembles and soloists will take part in the 12th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival. With multiple performance options to choose from at any time, attendees of the Village Walk are invited to create their own concert journey through the Village – including performances by cutting edge, emerging contemporary classical artists at our “New Currents” stage, held at St. Michael’s Church.

When: August 28 – 30, 2015
Where: Carlsbad Village | 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Varies
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Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The festival celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today. The festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Browse the offerings of 4 blocks of local artists, crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages.

When: August 29, 2015 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
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11th Annual LeucadiART Walk

A revival of the original 80’s art event in historic Leucadia, don’t miss: local juried artists, live music, live mural painting, a craft beer garden, Children’s Art Pavilion, and more.

When: August 30, 2015
Where: N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for August 21 – 23

There’s always plenty of things to do in the area on a regular basis — but here’s this weekend’s highlighted events in San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekend4th Annual Julian Film Festival

julian film festival 645x340The nature-focused, environmental film festival will tie-in with, and support, VMF’s theme of A Watershed Year. It will focus on important themes of water and connectivity like those of the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain Range and it’s adjacent watershed and wildlife corridors in the San Diego County and Southern/Baja California regions. Two exceptional, award-winning, feature-length films also provide a local connection.

When: August 21-22, 2015
Where: 1656 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $10 – $35
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The BLVD Market

The BLVD Market began as an idea to expand the food scene in San Diego by adopting the Smorgasburg model from Brooklyn, which unlike farmer’s markets, is a festival for ‘foodies’ who want to eat.  The BLVD Market started out small, by incubating the concept on the third Friday of each month and transforming the parking lot of The Boulevard Center into a lively, open-air marketplace.

When: Friday, August 21, 2015 | The third Friday of each month
Where: The Boulevard Center | 2855 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
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Impossible Science Festival

The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

When: August 22-23, 2015 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center | 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Chula Vista Harbor Fest

HarborFest welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival in our beautiful city! Prepare to get your groove on and dance, dance, dance in front of three stages; Latin Beats Stage, HarborFest Main Stage, & Chula Vista Community Stage! To bring it home and local, the Tacos & Spirits Revolution will feed your tummy and your competitive spirit in a battle of the Best of the Fest.

When: Saturday, August 22, 2015 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
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A Dive-In Movie

The City of La Mesa and the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation presents a FREE Dive-In Movie on Friday, August 21st at the La Mesa Municipal Pool, 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. The movie “Rio” (rated PG) will start at 8:00 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM.

The movie is FREE to the public and will be shown on a large screen. Bring your swimsuits and something to float on to watch the movie from the pool, or a lawn chair to sit on the pool deck if you prefer to stay dry. Lifejackets for non-swimmers will be allowed and available at the pool for use free of charge. For more information call 619-667-1494.

When: Friday, August 21 | 8pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for August 14 – 16

Enjoy food, art or music down here in San Diego County this weekend — or all three! Not feeling any of these events that I’ve highlighted? There’s always plenty of things to do in the area!

San Diego county events this weekend
Sinatra at 100: A Salute to the Chairman of the Board

This San Diego Symphony “Summer Pops” concert will pay homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes and his memorable music. Led by conductor Bill Conti and Cary Hoffman on vocals, the crowd will be treated to Frank Sinatra hits like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way” and “Strangers in the Night.”

When: Friday, August 14 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Fourteen of Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks will be rolling into Bates for an afternoon of fun, food, and entertainment. In addition to unique and delicious food, there will be live music, kids activities, and family fun. Guests over 21 will enjoy local beer & wine. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, dogs on a leash, family and friends for a great time at Bates. Check back for food truck lineup. Admission and parking are free.

When: Saturday, August 15 | 2 – 8pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm (Valley Center)
Cost: Free
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Latin Food Fest “Family Fiesta” Day

Bring the whole family out to enjoy Mexican, Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish food. Enjoy live music, a food garden and beautiful views of the San Diego bay. Let the kids play in an interactive Kids Kitchen, as well.

When: Saturday, August 15 | 1pm
Where: Broadway Pier on North Harbor Drive
Cost: The Goods has a limited-time special deal available by clicking here.
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ArtWalk NTC

One of San Diego’s favorite events is back for another weekend! More than 175 fine artists will line the street with their work amid live music, all outdoors. Snag a piece of art for your living room or simply stroll and admire the artists’ work. Admission and parking are free.

When: Saturday and Sunday | 10am
Where: Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for August 7 – 9

San Diego County has a lot going on this weekend; look below for just a few highlighted events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendOceanside First Friday Art Walk

Highlighting a thriving arts district, Oceanside will host its monthly Art Walk showcasing live performances, music, poetry, art education, culinary arts and pop-up galleries at local businesses and venues throughout downtown. This community event is free to attend and open to art lovers of all ages.

When: Friday, August 7 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Businesses, civic areas and vacant spaces throughout downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
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The Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Bring the whole family out to kick-off the second half of the summer with classic Italian films in San Diego’s Little Italy. The film festival’s premiere on Saturday will kick off with “We Have a Pope,” and the festival will continue on until Sep. 5. The admission fee is a $5.00 donation. Click here to learn more about the films playing throughout the festival.

When: Saturday, August 8 — and every Saturday until Sep. 5 | 8pm
Where: Amici Park outdoor amphitheater | W. Date & State Streets, San Diego
Cost: $5.00 Donation
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10th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event!

When: Saturday, August 8 | 9:30am – 6pm
Where: Newcastle Ave & Aberdeen Dr, Encinitas, CA 92007
Cost: Free
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Heiva San Diego

Heiva San Diego, a Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 8 – 9 | 8am – 8pm
Where: 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-$15
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House of Pacific Relations Sunday Lawn Programs

From January through early December of 2015, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods in joining with Balboa Park in celebrating its 100th year anniversary. Member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts and ethnic foods. This Sunday, the House of Panama will feature its unique culture.

When: Sunday, August 9 | 2 – 3pm — recurs every Sunday until December
Where: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages |
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for July 31 – August 2

This weekend, enjoy movies with the family or watch dogs surf better than people! Besides the usual summer (and year-round) activities you can do in San Diego (view the Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego list here!), check out the events going on today through Sunday:

San Diego county events this weekendUnleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and surf! There will be more than just surfing going on, though; there will also be available on Saturday: dog food garden (food & treat samples), kid zone, beginners agility course, free video and photo booth (with green screen), dog adoptions, off-leash play area, and more.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 9am – 3pm
Where: 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free | Registration Fee for Competitors
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El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

From May through September, the El Cajon Dinner and a Concert (formerly Concerts on the Promenade) take place every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Prescott Promenade near the corner of Main St and Magnolia. Entertainment includes rock, western, rock-a-billy, country, caribbean and Spanish flamenco; tonight’s entertainment features The Jones Revival. Bring a chair/blanket, food and drinks.

When: Fridays, through September | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | near the corner of Main St and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
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Free San Diego movies for the family

Different cities in San Diego county host free family movies (this list is by; here are the ones going on this weekend:

  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Clairemont – South Clairemont Community Park – 3605 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117movie
  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Lakeside – Lindo Lake County Park – 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside, CA 92040
  • July 31 – Grease – PG-13 | Old Town – Heritage County Park – 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110
  • July 31 – Home – PG | Southcrest – Southcrest Community Park – 4149 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Mira Mesa – Hourglass Community Park – 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92126
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Otay Mesa – Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center – 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
  • August 1 – Home – PG | La Jolla – Nobel Community Park – 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Campo – Lake Morena – 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA 91906

Baja By The Sea

Baja By The Sea will display the culinary and cultural heritage of Baja California, as well as its tourism attractions and infrastructure. The event will exhibit nine aisles, five of them will be represented by each city of Baja California: Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada, Rosarito and Mexicali; each city will promote its main cuisine, hotels, travel agencies, museums, and recreational spaces.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 500 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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OzCon International

The 51st annual Oz convention includes Oz quizzes for all ages and levels, the Oz Treasure Hunt, the Oz Research Table, the Oz Dealers Room, Oz Show and Tell to share your discoveries, panel discussions, displays, and after-parties. And you can get your cOZplay on for the OzCon costume contest.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 9am – 10:30pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center | 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego
Cost: $20 – $35
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Watermelon Days

camelAdmission includes watermelon feeding with the camels, the Pollywood bird show, contests, a watermelon-carving contest, and exhibits. The 32-acre working ranch and camel milk dairy is home to a large herd of camels, donkeys, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, turkeys, exotic birds, and two ranchers. Runs Friday through Sunday.

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 1 – 7pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona
Cost: Free – $15
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Housing Becoming Less Affordable

Real estate prices and interest rates are on the rise.

Both rising interest rates and higher-priced homes the first part of 2015 are lessening home affordability for would-be homebuyers.

  • Only 30% of potential homebuyers can afford the average-priced, single-family residence
  • The median price of a single-family home is $485,100
  • To qualify for a home loan to buy such a home, the average annual income needed is $96,160
  • The median-priced home requires a monthly payment of $2,404 (which includes taxes and insurance on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan)

PricesontheUptickInfographic from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for July 24 – 26

Besides the usual summer (and year-round) activities you can do in San Diego (view the Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego list here!), this weekend also has several fun events throughout San Diego County to join in with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Movies in the Park

Head to La Mesita Park in La Mesa for a free outdoor screening of “Despicable Me 2.” The movie starts at 8 p.m., but family-friendly, pre-show activities and entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Pack a lawn chair, blanket and snacks for this event.

When: Friday, July 24 | 7:30 pm
Where: La Mesita Park | 8855 Dallas St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Summer Concerts: LomaPalooza

The Point Loma Summer Concerts series is back for its 15th season. On Friday, an all-volunteer committee is hosting the “LomaPalooza,” an evening of free live music performed by local bands from Point Loma and Ocean Beach.

When: Friday, July 24 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Point Loma Community Park | 1060-1080 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
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The 2015 Summer Walkabout

Enjoy the fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique businesses in South Park. There will be complimentary treats, special offers and live entertainment. Come support local businesses!

When: Saturday, July 25 | 6 – 10 pm
Where: South Park neighborhood in San Diego | The Walkabout starts at Kalmia and 30th St. and goes to Beech and 30th St.
Cost: Free, unless you buy from and support the local businesses!
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The 35th Annual Padres Tailgate and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off

Petco Park

Petco Park

Go to Embarcadero Marina Park South for the 35th Annual Padres Tailgate and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, then head on over to Petco Park for an exciting game of Padres baseball!

Sponsored by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145, more than 25 local fire departments are expected to compete for bragging rights for the best firehouse chili in all of San Diego. The Padres Tailgate & Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off will feature all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst and snacks

Admission is all inclusive! $50 for adults and $20 for children includes a ticket to the Padres vs. Marlins game at Petco Park that evening.

When: Saturday, July 25 | 12 – 4:45 pm, the game begins at 5:40 pm
Where: Tailgate Party/ Chili Cook-off: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101 | Padres vs. Marlins Game: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: All-inclusive tickets (includes both admission to the tailgate party/chili cook-off and the Padres game): $50 for adults, $20 for kids. Tickets are available at an increased price the day of the event (game tickets are available while supplies last).
More information: or call MDA to purchase tickets at (858) 492-9792

23rd Annual Sea Chantey Festival

Star of IndiaTake a trip back in time when you spend an afternoon aboard the Star of India Sunday, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Enjoy sailors singing the chanteys they used to sing during their off-watch time and bring the kids to sing along.

When: Sunday, July 26 | 11 am
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $8 – $16 museum entrance; festival is free with price of museum admission
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Sundays at Six Summer Concert

“Sundays at Six” summer concerts are held 6:00-7:00 pm on Sundays at the Harry Griffen Park Amphitheatre. This Sunday features Fanny and the Atta Boys (Folk/Swing).

When: Sunday, July 26 | 6 – 7 pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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