San Diego County Events for March 27 – 29

Top weekend picks for San Diego County!

San Diego county eventsWeekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

A two-day discovery that celebrates San Diego’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle and aims to inspire the community to rejuvenate its health and fitness regimen, perk up it’s surroundings at home and rediscover the local landscape. Focusing on four elements: Outdoor Living, Health & Fitness, Staycation and Home Style, find events for the whole family throughout the center and in Palm Plaza.

When: March 28-29, 2015
Where: Westfield UTC | 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
Cost: Free
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The Sleeping Beauty in Balboa Park

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet proudly presents the 70th Anniversary Production of The Sleeping Beauty. It will take place in the cultural heart of Balboa Park as the jewel of classical ballet comes to life on the historic Casa del Prado Theater stage.

When: March 27 – April 4
Where: 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $18
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2015-rolando-st-fair-poster_webRolando Street Fair

The Rolando Street Fair is our community’s favorite annual event and the best intimate street fair in San Diego County. Organized and run by a team of selfless volunteers, this major attraction draws crowds of many thousands. The Fair boasts a great musical line-up every year and offers tons of food, arts and crafts, and service booths for the entire family.

When: Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: On Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd. and Solita Ave.
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Great American Foodie Fest

This free group run revolves around a 60-minute scavenger hunt filled with tons of giveaways, raffle prizes, music and a beer garden. Runners zip through checkpoints near the Carlsbad Road Runner Sports store and grab as many free raffle tickets along the route. The more checkpoints you hit, the more tickets you get, and those tickets are used to try to get prizes. The actual run is from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the prizes giveaway and after-party to follow.

When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 12 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $8+ – view link below for details
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Don’t Miss these Tax Deductions

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9 Easy Mistakes Homeowners Make on Their Taxes

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As you calculate your tax returns, be careful not to commit any of these nine home-related tax mistakes, which tax pros say are especially common and can cost you money or draw the IRS to your doorstep. Continue reading

San Diego County Events for March 20 – 22

Take part of a walkabout or enjoy a music festival this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county eventsSpring Walkabout

The South Park Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.South Park Walkabout

When: Saturday, March 21, 6am – 10pm
Where: South Park San Diego, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is an 11-day juried film/video exhibition of work celebrating Latino artists and Latino genre. The festival hosts guest filmmakers’ appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions, and gala celebrations.

When: Now – March 22 | noon to 11pm
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 92108
Cost: $11.50 – $45
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Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival

Acclaimed as the finest Bluegrass Festival on the West Coast, Old Town Temecula is jubilant with the concerts and jam sessions of a dozen top bluegrass bands from around the nation, including Bluegrass Etc., Sligo Rags, and Salty Suites. Two stages host daytime concerts by the renowned fiddling bands. Saturday evening features a concert at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

When: Sunday, March 22, 10am – 6pm
Where: Old Town Front Street, Temecula
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Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival

Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival is Southern California’s largest ethnic dance festival featuring over 250 dancers and musicians from cultures around the world.

When: Friday – Sunday, March 20 – 22
Where: Spreckels Theatre | 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20 – $30
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3 Reasons Sellers Shouldn’t Fear Disclosures

There is no reason for sellers to stress about accurately and completely filling out disclosure statements.

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But first let’s talk about what exactly a disclosure is, and why, as a seller, it can be your best friend. Continue reading

San Diego County Events for March 13 – 15

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego, or simply enjoy the weekend with one of the many activities and festivals in the area!

San Diego county eventsSpring Garden Festival & Tomatomania

gardeningThe San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a Spring Garden Festival and Tomatomania featuring a variety of herbs, spring plants, bromeliads, garden art and implements, and of course tomatoes. Gardening experts can answer questions, and this event is family-friendly with food, musical entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15, 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Gardens | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
Cost: $8 – $14
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Food for Thought Festival

This celebration of cooking and healthy food will feature Kitty Morse, author of Mint Tea and Minarets; Deana Gunn, author of Cooking with Trader Joe’s; George Thornton from San Diego’s The Homebrewer shop; a Japanese onigiri program for teens, “Free Spirit the Clown”; and more.

When: March 14, 10:30am – 2pm
Where: La Mesa Library | 8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, 91941
Cost: Free
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22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is an 11-day juried film/video exhibition of work celebrating Latino artists and Latino genre. The festival hosts guest filmmakers’ appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions, and gala celebrations.

When: Now – March 22 | noon to 11pm
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 92108
Cost: $11.50  – $45
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Temecula St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 15K

St Patricks DayThird annual event. Race through country roads and vineyards as you wind your way to the finish line and a glass of green champagne in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Race entry includes a champagne tasting and a signature glass to keep.

When: Sunday, March 15, 7:30 – 11am
Where: Cougar Vineyard and Winery | 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, 92592
Cost: $30 – $60
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2015 San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 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.
Following the parade, an event filled Irish Festival in Balboa Park features live entertainment on 2 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone with rides.

When: Saturday, March 14, 9am – 6pm | 10:30am parade starts
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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San Diego County Events for March 6 – 8

Have you been to the Carlsbad Flower Fields? This quintessential San Diego County yearly event is not to be missed! Two other (free) family-friendly events are also taking place this weekend; check them out!

San Diego county eventsCarlsbad Flower Fields

This popular destination features 53 acres of giant Tecolote ranunculus — it is a view you should see at least once!

When: Open now through May 10, 2015 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: The Flower Fields | 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $6  – $12; free for children 2 and younger
More information: (760) 431-0352 or

28th Annual Koi Show & Water Garden Expo

Koi_ShowThe largest West Coast Koi show, with over 300 Koi on display and water garden displays. You can learn how to build your own backyard Koi pond and waterfall, with venders there to provide design advice, Koi of all sizes for sale, food and equipment for sale, and more.

Koi judging begins at 10am on March 7th, with the Awards Banquet at 6pm on March 8th.

When: March 7 – 8, 2015 | Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free
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Spring Busker Festival

Seaport Village will welcome strange and extraordinary acts from around the world to its 9th annual Spring Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, contortionists and acrobalancers – to the waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district.

When: March 7 – 8, 2015 | 12pm – 6pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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U.S. New-Home Sizes Set Record Last Year

Home sizes keep on growing

homeThe median size of completed homes last year hit a new record of 2,415 square feet; in fact, home sizes grew in every year between 1995 and 2007, according to the Commerce Department. Home builders have been competing primarily for affluent buyers, and the rise in home size matches the tastes of this demographic. Case in point: builders sold slightly more homes priced above $400,000 than those priced below $200,000 for the first time ever last year.

Also, a new record was set when 4.8 percent of homes sold for at least $750,000 in 2014.
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