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San Diego County Events for Dec. 21 – 23

Is family in town for the holidays? While you’re showing them around beautiful San Diego, stop by one of these great events, too!

San Diego county events this weekendRady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

The ice rink will be open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM until Sunday, January 6th. Tickets are good for in-and-out access throughout the day they are purchased for and include a pair of skates and an optional helmet. All proceeds from the ice rink benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

When: Now through January 6
Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $13 – $15
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The Nutcracker

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness the epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanted land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this classic holiday production is a cherished San Diego family tradition.

When: Dec 12 – Dec 23 | Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm
Where: Casa del Prado Theater | 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18 – tickets are no longer available online; head to the box office
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Holiday by the Bay

Slide into the season at San Diego’s exclusive waterfront holiday adventure park – Holiday by the Bay. Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide, iceberg bumper cars, an hourly interactive dynamic light show and much more!

When: Now – January 5
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd, San Diego
Cost: $10+
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Del Barrio Market: Noche Buena

NOCHE BUENA Market is right around the corner! Get your Christmas shopping done at both markets where you can find unique vintage, jewelry, art and handmade goods! This event is FREE, pet friendly and kid friendly.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Barrio Logan Flea Market | 2146 Logan Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free
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NBC has a great list on where to check out must-see Christmas/holiday lights in San Diego County, as well!


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for Dec. 14 – 16, 2018

We’re in full-swing with the holidays here in San Diego County — so much to do and see and explore during Christmastime!

San Diego county events this weekendNutcracker at the Civic Theatre

California Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker” at the San Diego Civic Theatre with the San Diego Symphony happening Dec. 14 through 23, 2018.

California Ballet also presents special 60 minute performances for families with very young children. These shows are at 2 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

When: Now until Dec. 23
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $25 – 95
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Noel Noel – San Diego Symphony’s Holiday Concert

The San Diego Symphony invites you to make Copley Symphony Hall your home for the holidays at our annual “Noel Noel” concert. Broadway star Bryonha Marie Parham and choirs will fill the hall with joy in traditional favorites like “Carol of the Bells, ” “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride.” Sing your own heart out with the symphony during the audience-sing-along and visit with the North Pole’s most famous resident!

When: Dec 15, 21 and 22
Where: San Diego Symphony | 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – 90
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San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other in San Diego! The event will consist of a series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave. Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade!

When: Sat., Dec. 15 | 8:30am – 1pm
Where: Garnet Ave. and Bayard St., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: $15 – 50
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Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

Join one of San Diego’s oldest holiday parades.  Parade route starts on Garnet Ave and Haines street and goes down to Bayard. Come enjoy this free family friendly holiday event!

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Garnet Ave and Haines St to Bayard.
Cost: Free
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Special Spreckels Organ Concert

To honor members of the Spreckels Organ Society and salute the 104th anniversary of the great Spreckels Organ, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will play a special concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14. The concert will be free to the public, and members will be especially welcomed with free coffee or hot chocolate upon presentation of their valid membership card.

Musical selections will include the “audience choice” favorites of the past year: selections that Raúl has presented that were chosen for repeat performance by pavilion audiences.

When: Friday, Dec. 14 | 6pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilian, Balboa Park | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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Enchanted Village at Noah Homes

Celebrate the holidays at Enchanted Village: A brand new festival of trees & lights in San Diego! Imagine walking at dusk in the cool of a December evening surrounded by brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, live performers, “snow”, interactive exhibits and more to entertain guests of all ages on our beautiful 8-acre community.

When: Dec. 14 – 23 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Noah Homes | 12526 Campo Road, San Diego, CA 91978
Cost: $9 – 15
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Holiday Petting Zoo

This free, holiday-themed petting zoo presented by the Berry Good Food Foundation and Farmer Jack will set up its little paddock on the patio at Liberty Public Market. Bring the kids and take family selfies with baby goats, donkeys and other fuzzy friends.

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Public Market | 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, Ca
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!

San Diego County Events for Dec. 7 – 9, 2018

So many festive holiday events are happening this weekend in San Diego County — come enjoy Christmas activities with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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3rd Annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village

The 3rd annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer for everyone far and near!

Starting Friday, Dec. 7 and ending on Saturday, Dec. 8 in La Mesa Village, friends and family will have the chance to take part in the free festive fun with live music, cozy fires, dancing, craft vendors, food and a kids’ area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop!

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 9pm
Where: La Mesa Historic Downtown, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Christmas in the Valley

Christmas in the Valley on Bates Nut Farm will feature Santa arriving by fire engine, a Polar Express ride to visit with Santa, crafts, carols and a singing contest. Craft and resale vendors will be selling a variety of holiday items.

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center
Cost: Free
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Coronado’s Annual Holiday Parade

Coronado’s  43rd Annual Holiday Parade will happen tonight, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 6 p.m.

This hometown parade is a true holiday tradition and thousands line the street each year to kick off the holiday season in style! The parade starts at 6 p.m., but many come early to Rotary Plaza to sing carols from 5-6 p.m. and anxiously await Santa’s arrival via fire truck. Once Santa arrives, one lucky local family is selected each year to help the Mayor flip the switch on Star Pine.

When: Friday, Dec. 7 | 5pm
Where: Eighth and Orange Ave., Coronado, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Holiday Lights Tour

Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego’s top Christmas Lights neighborhoods. Five Star Tours takes you to three neighborhoods for you to walk and discover holiday lights, taking you to the neighborhoods of Chula Vista, Christmas Card Lane and the famous Christmas House.

When: Multiple dates from Dec 5 – Dec 25, 2018
Where: Old Town Transit Center | 4005 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: $18 – $29
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HolidayFest at Grossmont Center

At Grossmont Center, get in the spirit with us and enjoy a day filled with costumed characters like Frosty the Snowman, Santa and his elves, a gingerbread bounce house, face painters, holiday crafts and more.

When: Dec 9, 15 and 16 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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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!

San Diego County Events for Nov 30 – Dec 2

Now that it’s December, there are holiday events in abundance all over San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire

Ring in the holidays with free festivities at the Chula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire!

Back by popular demand, the free Children’s Faire runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Friends and family, young and old, can make their way to Memorial Park and take a ride down everyone’s favorite Frosty’s Snow Hill! Downtown Chula Vista will transform into a Winter Wonderland with real snow for sledding, holly, jolly treats like photos with Santa, fun games, story time, train rides, bounce house, ornament making and an all new “Elf Yourself” station where the little ones can dress up in hats, face painting and glitter bar to magically transform into Santa’s Little Helpers.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2pm – Children’s Faire, 6pm – parade
Where: Memorial Park | 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
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Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and more!

Live entertainment will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony will commence as a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital lights the towering Christmas tree from top to bottom.

Following the tree lighting, peruse the Holiday Marketplace for holiday goodies, gifts and more in the Central Promenade, or grab a bite from the one of the neighborhood eateries before the outdoor viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”

When: Friday, Nov. 30 | 5pm
Where: NTC North Promenade | 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Garden of Lights

Parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience!

Festive holiday activities abound including sledding, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hot mulled wine, beer and refreshments, as well as visits with Santa (December 1 – 23) and horse-drawn wagon rides (December 14 – 23 & 26 – 30). Enjoy great live entertainment every single night from 6 – 8 p.m.!

When: Dec. 1 – 23, Dec. 26- 30
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $25
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La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

The 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival takes place Sunday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. This years theme is “The Sounds of Christmas” Enjoy entertainment and photos with Santa!

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 | 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
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Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station! Bring family and friends to enjoy a night of celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities and more!

When: Monday, Dec. 3 | 5pm – 9pm
Where: Central Promenade – Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Winter Wonderland Festival

Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Sat, Dec. 1 | 3pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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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!

San Diego County Events for Nov. 16 – 18

Get in the holiday spirit with any one of these great upcoming events here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEncinitas Holiday Street Fair

The Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is one of the largest holiday fairs in San Diego County. It’ll be located down the center of six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The Holiday Street Fair, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Coast Hwy 101 | Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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Mother Goose Parade

Mother Goose is ready to usher in the holiday season in El Cajon. The annual parade marches down Main Street, from El Cajon Boulevard to First Street, with an array of whimsical balloons, from Humpty Dumpty to turkeys, and of course Mother Goose herself.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 1pm
Where: El Cajon Boulevard and W. Main Street
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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San Diego Asian Film Festival

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is a premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. This year, the 19th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 160 films from 28 countries at six different venues.

When: Multiple dates from Nov 8 – Nov 17, 2018
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: $12 – $295
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Norman Park Holiday Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and shop small! The San Diego Small Business Forum presents to you the Inaugural Norman Park Holiday Bazaar at our new location in the city of Chula Vista!

Join the fun and music, be part of our raffles items. The holiday bazaar will even feature a kids zone! Shop from over 30 vendors hand crafted items, jewelry, clothing, skin care, home decor and much more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 | 11am
Where: Norman Park |270 F Street, Chula Vista, CA
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!

San Diego County Events for Nov. 9 – 11

This Veteran’s Day weekend, there’s few different activities for the family.

San Diego county events this weekend

San Diego Beer Week

A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. The event is held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars, restaurants and more!

When: Nov. 2 – 11
Where: Throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Start your holiday shopping early at the Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market! Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of American handmade crafts and fine art. Family activities include Snows Pony Rides, kids ‘n paint and face painting.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 10 & 11 | 9am
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free
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Sculpture in the Garden

The sprawling botanical garden in Encinitas (230 Quail Gardens Drive) is featuring the sculpture work of 30 artists through the month of April. See the artwork, ranging from whimsical to abstract, set against a backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves and ponds. All of the artwork is available for purchase and goes to fund the botanical garden. Admission to the botanical garden is $14 for adults and $8 for children.

When: Until April
Where: San Diego Botanical Garden
Cost: $8 – $14
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San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Thousands of San Diegans will salute those who served our country on Saturday at the annual San Diego Veterans Parade. Locals will line the parade route, from Waterfront Park down N. Harbor Drive, as floats, cars and other processions travel the one-mile stretch. The 32nd annual parade will pass USS Midway and the B Street Pier before turning left on Pacific Highway. Guests can view the parade along the entire route, excluding some sections reserved for the parade, which is free to attend.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10 | 11am – 1pm
Where: Embarcadaro, from Waterfront Park down N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink 

Viejas Casino & Resort has decked the halls and opened their outdoor ice rink for the winter season (which doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21). Guests can take a spin on one of Southern California’s largest outdoor skating rinks for 90 minutes with the purchase of a $16 for adults and $14 ticket for kids 12 and under. Season passes are available for those who want to enjoy the rink time and time again. The ice rink is open from 3 to 10 p.m. on the weekends and 5 to 10 p.m. during the week through November excluding Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Check the schedule here before you go.

When: Now open for the winter season
Where: Viejas Casino and Resort | 5003 Willows Road Alpine, CA 91901
Cost: $14, $16 | season pass $99
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Tribute to Veterans – Inspiration Concert

Celebrate San Diego’s military with us at our first-ever Tribute to Veterans Concerts on Saturday, November 10, as we recognize and honor those who serve and have served our country. This special performance will include patriotic repertoire as well as classical selections performed by our foundational level ensembles at College Avenue Baptist Church. Veterans and active duty military can receive two free tickets to our Tribute to Veterans Concerts!

When: Saturday, Nov. 10 | 6pm
Where: College Avenue Baptist Church | 4747 College Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115
Cost: Adults: $25, Senior, Military, Music Educator, SDYS Alumni: $20, Students & Children: $10
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Veterans Day Celebration/Concert

Don’t miss Grossmont Center’s Veterans Day Celebration with a live performance by the Cat*illacs in the Food Court Corridor and amazing Veterans Day offers!

When: Monday, Nov. 12 | 5 – 7pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free concert
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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!

San Diego County Events for Nov. 2 – 4, 2018

Fill up your weekend with any one of these top picks — I’m looking forward to La Mesa Historical Society’s Annual Home Tour!

San Diego county events this weekend13th Annual Home Tour — La Mesa Historical Society

Don’t miss out on our 13th Annual Home Tour! This year’s tour homes will showcase design, materials, and craftsmanship of notable local architects and their builders including works from James Bernard, Lawrence Weir, Homer Morehouse, and Ed Heacock. Two unique Mid-Century Modern Adobes, a beautifully restored 1915 Craftsman, as well as Classic and Mid-Century styles will be featured.

The La Mesa Historical Society, along with San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyle Magazine and Modern San Diego, presents the13th Annual Home Tour, “Modern Mud.” Modern Mud highlights Adobe, Classic, and Mid Century gems in La Mesa’s Eastridge and Mt. Nebo neighborhoods.

Last day for online ticket sales is THURSDAY, November 1st @ NOON. Tickets will be available on the day of the event, and the price will be increased by $5

When: Saturday, Nov. 3 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Parking and check-in: La Mesa City Parking Lot, NW Corner of Date & Allison in the City Parking Lot
Cost: $40
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San Diego Beer Week

A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. The event is held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars, restaurants and more!

When: Nov. 2 – 11
Where: Throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Dia de los Muertos 

In Old Town, restaurants, galleries, museums and more will join the celebration as artisans and crafters take over the streets. Guests can decorate sugar skulls, make Dia de los Muertos masks, enjoy lively Ballet Folklorico dance and Mariachi music and so much more during this free event’s three-day run this weekend.

When: Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4
Where: Old Town, San Diego
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Escondido Tamale Festival

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Grape Day Park, Escondido
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Take in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in eats and enjoying family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

When: Sunday, Nov. 4 | 8am – 4pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. and Jefferson St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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Fall Back Festival — Children’s Historical Street Faire

Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.

Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 16th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire.

When: Sunday, Nov. 4 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House | 410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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!

San Diego County Events for October 26 – 28

This weekend before Halloween, there’s several fall and Halloween activities for the family. Check out some options below for your weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendCountryFest

San Diego County Credit Union Presents KSON CountryFest, featuring Brett Young, Midland, Uncle Kracker, Maddie & Tae, and James Barker Band!

When: Sunday, Oct. 28 | 4pm
Where: Petco Park at the Park | 100 Park Blvd, San DiegoCA
Cost: $42.50
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Trick-or-Treat on India Street 

Come dressed in your ghoulishly best to trick-or-treat on historic India Street. Little Italy’s restaurants, shops and other participating businesses will be doling out sweet treats to provide kids with a fun and safe adventure. Pick up your trick-or-treating guide at the Piazza della Famiglia on W. Date Street. Kids of all ages are welcome at this free, family event.

When: Friday, Oct. 26 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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2018 Showcase Concerto Competition

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s intermediate level students compete for the prestigious opportunity to perform the concerto of their choice with full orchestra at our Showcase Level Concerts. This annual competition presents the chance for SDYS students to strive for excellence and amaze audiences with their exceptional level of musicianship.

When: Friday, Oct. 26 | 7pm
Where: University Christian Church | 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
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Julian Autumn Jubilee

This seasonal event includes fun for both kids and adults alike! Every Weekend beginning, September 29 thru October 28, 10 am – 5 pm. Some activities charge a fee; look online.

When: Oct. 27- Oct. 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures | 4425 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cost: Free, fees for some activities
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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch and activities for the whole family including apple cider pressing, tractor-drawn hayrides, archery and tomahawk range! Visit our barnyard baby and mama goats, sheep and chickens

When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 & 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Farm & Orchard | 4381 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cost: Free, fees for some activities
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BOOmont Fall Festival

Returning for its sixth season, BOOmont & Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the beachfront amusement park, offering halloween and fall-themed festivities for guests of all ages in October and November! Free entrance, additional costs for some activities.

When: Fridays – Sundays until Nov. 30
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free – $49
More information: www.belmontpark.com


Kids Free October

October is Kids Free month in San Diego at more than 100 participating restaurants, attractions and hotels. That means free meals, free admission to theme parks, museums and more, and free gifts at several other locations. Kids can take a dive at Legoland when an adult buys their ticket, visit the animals at either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or both!), or dine free at Carnitas Snack Shack, just to name a few. A list of all deals being offered in San Diego County this October can be found here.

When: month of October
Where: Various participating restaurants, attractions and hotels
Cost: Kids free
More information: www.sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free


‘Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale’

A Halloween-themed play! Three modern day kids try to figure out how to return home after they are magically transported back in time on Halloween night. They are thrown straight into the legend of Sleepy Hollow as the 18th century colonial town is preparing for the arrival of the Headless Horseman.

When: Various times from now until Oct. 28
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, San Diego
Cost: $13 – $16 | buy tickets
More information: www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/casa-del-prado-stage


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!