Category Archives: San Diego

California Real Estate Market Update – March 2018

 California home sales tick higher in March as median price reaches eight-month high

urban real estate prices, most live in suburbs

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 423,990 in March on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 0.3 percent from February and 1.6 percent from March 2017.

– March’s statewide median home price was $564,830, up 8.1 percent from February and 8.9 percent from March 2017.

– Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Diego, and Orange counties all hit a new peak price at $955,000, $1,392,500, $1,615,000, $1,454,500, $625,400, and $824,450, respectively…

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Note:  The County MLS median price and sales data in the tables are generated from a survey of more than 90 associations of REALTORS® throughout the state and represent statistics of existing single-family detached homes only. County sales data are not adjusted to account for seasonal factors that can influence home sales.  Movements in sales prices should not be interpreted as changes in the cost of a standard home.  The median price is where half sold for more and half sold for less; medians are more typical than average prices, which are skewed by a relatively small share of transactions at either the lower-end or the upper-end. Median prices can be influenced by changes in cost, as well as changes in the characteristics and the size of homes sold.  The change in median prices should not be construed as actual price changes in specific homes.

Read all of C.A.R.’s report here: “March home sales and price report”.

San Diego County Events for April 20 – 22

So much is going on in San Diego County this weekend! Check out shows and festivals of all sorts — most are family-friendly!

San Diego county events this weekendCoronado Flower Show

The Coronado Flower Show is held annually on the third weekend of April in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado’s Village.

The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.

When: Saturday, April 21, 1 – 5pm | Sunday, April 22, 10am – 4pm
Where: Spreckels Park | Orange Ave & 6th St, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: $5
More information: www.coronadoflowershow.com


Margarita 5k

Join us for a flat and fast 5k run on hard pack sand at low tide on the beaches of Mission and Pacific Beach!

When: Saturday, April 21 | 7:30am – 12pm
Where: 3115 Ocean Front, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: togetheras31.com/ra/r/margarita-5k/details


ISRAEL – 70 Years of Craft and Design

ISRAEL – 70 Years of Craft and Design celebrates the art and innovation of the nation’s diverse people through a rich range of objects of daily use. Over 100 objects—including Yemenite jewelry, Bedouin textiles, contemporary garments, sustainable and industrial design, adornment incorporating ancient materials, furniture and ceramics—illustrate the special fusion of European and Arab influences embodied in Israel’s modern craft and design. Coinciding with global recognition of Israel’s 70 years of statehood, this project is the Museum’s first opportunity in its 40-year history to feature the innovative work of Israel’s designers and artists.

When: Starting April 21 | Recurs every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Where: Mingei International Museum | 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10/$7 (Military, Youth, Students)/FREE (Members)
More information: www.mingei.org


48th Chicano Park Day Celebration

The 48th annual Chicano Park Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in historic Chicano Park, located in the Logan Heights community, south of downtown San Diego under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. This family event is free and open to the public. The theme for the celebration is “Chicano Park: El Corazón de Aztlán.”

When: Saturday, April 21 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Chicano Park | Logan Av & Cesar E Chavez Parkway, San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: Free
More information: www.chicano-park.com


2018 Del Mar National Horse Show

For nearly three-quarters of a century, equestrian sports aficionados have marked their calendars each April and May for the Del Mar National Horse Show, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the beautiful seaside town of Del Mar, California.

Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines – Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce!

When: Apr 17 – May 6, 2018 | 9am – 9pm | Saturday evenings are featured events
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $15+
More information: www.delmarnational.com


Pacific Rim Festival

The Second Annual Pacific Rim Festival is coming to Chula Vista!

In conjunction with Chula Vista Maritime Week and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, this event celebrates Pacific Rim food and lifestyle culture and will be held at the Bayside Park in Chula Vista.

This is a free community event with lots of entertainment for all ages. Bring the family to share an afternoon of food, music, and excitement!

When: Saturday, April 21 | 1pm
Where: Chula Vista Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/chula-vista-bayside-park


48th Chicano Park Day

The annual celebration will be held in historic Chicano Park, located in the Logan Heights community, south of downtown San Diego under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. This year’s theme is ‘Chicano Park: El Corazón de Aztlán.’ This family event is free and open to the public.

Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca.

The event will feature performances, and in addition, there will be a display of classic lowrider cars presented by Amigos Car Club, children’s art workshop and various informational booths. Food, and arts and crafts vendors will be selling their specialties throughout Chicano Park.

When: Saturday, April 21 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Chicano Park, San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: Free
More information: www.chicanoparksandiego.com


Lagoon Day 2018

Come for a day of family-friendly events. On Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Del Mar Lagoon Committee is planning a day of fun for all ages at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom, located east of San Andres and just below Via de la Valle. At 8:30 a.m., a guide will lead interested participants on a bird walk. At 11 a.m., Sky Hunters will present live native raptors. This will be followed by three hours of events including art projects, hands-on science, and animal identification games. Admission is free and participants may drop in at any time.

When: Saturday, April 21 | 8:30am
Where: Birdwing Open-Air Classroom, 3201 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: sandieguitolagoon.net


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 April 13 – 15

This weekend’s events in San Diego County involve food, art, kid activities, and a whole lot more!

San Diego county events this weekendFallbrook Avocado Festival

The 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival is back, and you can check it out for free. Of course, all things avocado will be there, along with craft and food booths, beer and margarita garden, artisan walk, avocado educational area, live bands, and lots of things for the kids!

When: Sunday, April 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Along Main Street, around Alvarado Street and surrounding area
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival


The Inflatable Run & Festival San Diego Event

The Inflatable Run is an all-ages family event featuring a 5k inflatable obstacle course plus fun games, shows, and attractions in the festival area. There are Free activities for kids and interactive attractions available the entire day –including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, delicious food, face painting, magic shows, and so many more surprises.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8am  – 4pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Kids Free | Adults Start at $15
More information: www.theinflatablerun.com


Planting for Pollinators

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and . . . Bats? Oh My!  Join us as we learn about these and other animals that help to pollinate our world.  Get out on to the trails with several guided walks to learn about the plants and animals that call San Diego Home.  Enjoy crafts and make this a fun day for all ages!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


Oceanside Days of Art | The Shakespeare Connection

Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights, this is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego! Sample bites such as Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto, or Classic American Comfort Food! Your taste buds are going to go wild on this culinary journey throughout Hillcrest! Enjoy your friends, the gorgeous weather, and one unforgettable tasting adventure!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Rite Aid Check-In Station (535 Robinson Ave.) or Rich’s San Diego Check-In Station (1051 University Avenue)
Cost: $30; $35 on the day of the event
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest


Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy! There is something for everyone in the classic film The Princess Bride, and you can experience it on the big screen. Rated PG. Come early for fun pre-movie activities the entire family can participate in.

When: Saturday, April 14 | Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at 7:30pm
Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre | 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $10 | Order by phone at 760.724.2110, or in-person at VisTix
More information: www.moonlightstage.com/performances/the-princess-bride


 

Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, April 15 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org


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 April 6 – 8

Check out the spring events for this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCitybeat Beer Fest

The CityBeat Beer Fest is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer.

When: Friday, April 7 | VIP: 12 to 4pm, general admission: 1 – 4pm
Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows | 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 Cost: $20-$60
More information: www.citybeatbeerfest.com


San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/artfest


Sip ‘n Savor Festival

Sample food from local chefs and restaurants, learn about featured beers and enjoy music from local bands at the 2nd Annual Sip ‘n Savor Festival.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego | 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$75
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-savor-2018-presented-by-the-hard-rock-hotel-san-diego-tickets-39520549026


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Spring Fling

Come celebrate the end of winter with Welk Resorts! Dive down the rabbit hole at our second annual Spring Fling Family Festival! This event for all ages will include rides, live entertainment, face painting, and the chance to craft a fairy garden.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego Golf Course | 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 Cost: $10 – $20
More information: learn.welkresorts.com/spring-fling


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 March 30 – April 1

Happy Easter! In between church and/or family gatherings, head over to a couple of these fun activities for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendNaturally Eggs-sighted

Bring your family down for an “eggs-sighting” time learning about animals that lay eggs. Help us find sea turtle eggs scattered throughout the aquarium or discover what it takes to build a turtle nest. And of course, there will be up-close encounters with the egg-layers of the natural world.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org/visitus/naturallywild


Spring Harp Fest

If you enjoy deep-rooted, down-home Americana blues? Join us tomorrow at Harry Griffen Park for Spring Harp Fest from 10 am – 6 pm. This year La Mesa is welcoming “Blues Hall of Fame” member Lazy Lester, San Diego’s own Bayou Brothers, and many more soulful acts.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 9am – 6:30pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, California 91942
Cost: Free; suggested donation $10
More information: www.springharpfest.org


Easter Egg Hunt

You’ll want to hop on over to the Children’s Nature Retreat for our Easter Egg Hunt and look for the “Special Retreat Egg.”  The big hunt begins at 10:30am on Saturday, March 31st. There will be plenty of candy-filled eggs hidden around the Retreat for even the most inexperienced egg seeker.

Along with the hunt, there will be a keeper talk with a special appearance by our big 10-pound white bunny, Easter, at 11:30AM at the picnic area.  Come hear the story of how Easter showed up at the Retreat and learn all about our soft, furry friends.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Children’s Nature Retreat | 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
Cost: $15 – $25
More information: www.childrensnatureretreat.org


Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Admission includes food and beer!

When: Saturday, March 31, 1:30 – 5pm | VIP entrance at 12pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $40
More information: www.mvcbf.com


Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

The City of Encinitas presents its annual Spring Egg Hunt. Adding to the fun in addition to the 20,000 eggs, this year they’ve got two live shows from Hullabaloo.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Community Park | 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us/Resident/Parks-Beaches-Trails/Parks


Spring Fling Maker’s Bazaar

Spend the day shopping San Diego’s most unique local fashion and food makers

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Flower Hill Promenade | 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: flowerhill.com


East Village Opening Day

Swing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party!

“Root, root, root for the home team!” as the San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame. This free, family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.

With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and tons of tasty grub, this weekend is sure to be a Grand Slam!

When: Friday, March 30, 2 – 8pm | Saturday, March 31, 12 – 6:30pm
Where: PETCO Park | 100 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark


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 March 23 – 25

Happy spring! Enjoy the weekend with activities perfect for the springtime: an egg hunt, Carlsbad flower fields, science and nature spring changes with a hands-on experience, and more!

San Diego county events this weekendSpring Carnival

The 4th Annual Lake Jennings Spring Carnival is right around the corner!

The Kids Pond will be fully stocked for kiddos under 10 to catch a fish in!
1,700 lbs of trout will be stocked that week!
2,000 Egg Hunt for children under 10 will be held in Hermits Cove promptly at 1:00 p.m. with a special sectioned off area for those 3 and under.
Free Hot Dogs will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in Hermits Cove as well!

Make camping reservations at https://camping.lakejennings.org/

Day Use Fee (Non-Fishing) 16+: $2
Adult Fishing Permit 16+: $9
Children under 8 Fishing Permit: Free with a Paid Adult Fishing Permit or $4
Youth 8-15 Fishing Permit: $4

When: Mar 24, 8am – 1pm | Egg Hunt at 1pm – ages 10 & under | Free hot dogs at 11:30
Where: Lake Jennings | 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
More information: www.lakejennings.org


Spring Tails

Spring Tails is the perfect program for a class field trip, Scout outing, or play group activity because it makes science egg-citing! Hop on over for a  60 or 90 minute adventure that includes HANDS-ON animal interactions, a spring themed craft, and lessons about life cycles, baby animals and other changes that occur during spring.

When: Ongoing
Where: Helen Woodward Animal Center Education | 6463 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: $11.24/child for 60 min or $14.24/child for 90 min
More information: animalcenter.org/programs-services/education/springtails


6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Following last year’s sold out event, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival in partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild will return for its sixth year on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this 21+ event will showcase San Diego breweries and Bankers Hill restaurants alongside pop-up galleries of local artists’ works.

This year’s festival will feature larger tasting glasses for guests who will have unlimited access to complimentary 2-ounce pours from approximately fifteen breweries

When: Friday, March 23 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey (on Fifth) | 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego
Cost: $25 – $30
More information: Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival


Carlsbad Flower Fields

On March 24 and 25, enjoy full days of fun at The Flower Fields with Kids’ Day. Saturday features a bounce house, woodworking with The Children’s Workshop, drumming, bubble making and more. Sunday we will have Star Kids Theater, Ballooning and face painting!

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Egg Hunt Spring Eggstravaganza At San Dieguito County Park

This free, family event includes two egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more. There will even be special golden eggs with bonus prizes inside! All ages are welcome to attend.

When: Saturday, March 24 | 12pm
Where: San Dieguito County Park | 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1340633156071404


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 March 16 – 18

San Diego County has much going on this weekend, March 16 – 18!

San Diego county events this weekendSouth Park Spring Walkabout

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

Where is the walkabout?
The Walkabout highlights both the south and north end of the South Park business district. The north end starts at Kalmia and 30th St. and extends south to Beech Street.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 6pm
Where: Kalmia and 30th St. to Beech Street, South Park neighborhood, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com


9th Annual Puppy Love 5K

The ninth annual Puppy Love 5K is for the whole family, so bring the kids and pups and enjoy the expansive bay view!

Timed runners will complete the race as fast as they can, or register to walk and stroll around the beautiful bay.

Once you pass the finish line, head over to the BARKetplace for food, giveaways, costume contests, opportunity drawings, FREE kid’s activities, awards, and more!

When: Sunday, March 18 | 7am
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Pkwy., San Diego
Cost: $18 – $40
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/embarcadero-marina-park-south


Flower Power Family Day

Spring is in the air. Become a junior botanist and celebrate the beauty and power of flowering plants during the lushest of all the seasons. We’ll learn the science of plants, grow and dissect seeds, and make plant-inspired crafts for you to take home.

About Family Days:

Join us for monthly Family Days at theNAT, September through May, as we celebrate the natural world and our Museum. Each month has been uniquely themed to allow us to explore nature’s wonders, participate in hands-on activities, and create crafts to take home.

When: Sunday, March 18 | 11am
Where: San Diego Natural History Museum | 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free – $19
More information: www.sdnhm.org


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 17, 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.

We have over 120 Parade entries. See floats, high school marching bands, police and fire department units, dancing groups,marching and equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries and honorees, representatives from Ireland, antique cars, Irish setters and more.

The Theme of this year’s Parade is “Celebrating Our Irish Roots”.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 10:30am
Where: Balboa Park, Fifth Avenue & Laurel St., San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
More information: www.stpatsparade.org


Storytelling Festival

Come one, come all for a storied day of the wearin’ of the green at the Storytelling Festival. Wise Fools is the theme for World Storytelling Day. During this global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, there are special children’s programs, out-of-town guests, and a culminating concert for adults.

Personal storytelling shines with Scott Whitehair of Chicago, and the Pandarvis’ stories of being professional surfers. Students from Paul Ecke Elementary will perform. Randel McGee and his dragon puppet sidekick, Groark, are a special treat for all ages.

Come get involved in workshops: Personal Storytelling; Puppetry 101 Hands On; and The Joy of Bible Storytelling. Savor it all. The Simply Fresh Gourmet Food Truck will be outside during lunch time.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcounty.ca.gov/library


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com

 


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 March 9 – 11

This March weekend, enjoy all the fun events that San Diego County has to offer!

San Diego county events this weekend13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! During March 9, 10, and 11 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami – appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. Each day will be accompanied by various food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family friendly activities!

When: March 9 – 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego | 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12
More information: www.niwa.org/cbf18


San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition

Enjoy unlimited tastes of beer from 35+ San Diego homebrewers as well as some local breweries! Festival attendees will taste and vote for their favorite beer and enjoy street-side chats by our beer professionals, vendors, food and more!

When: Saturday, March 10 | 12 – 4pm
Where: 2896 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $35, Designated Driver $10
More information: www.sdhomebrewfest.com


Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the lesser-known libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego. VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing.

When: March 10 – ongoing | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mingei International Museum | 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10/$7 (Military, Youth, Students)/FREE (Members)
More information: www.mingei.org


Second Saturday Art Lesson

Tints, tones, and shades, oh my! Immerse yourself in the world of shamrocks, rolling hills, flowers and leaves as we celebrate the season. In this lesson you’ll learn how mix paints to create new hues to express space, depth and form in your spring-time scenes.

Please note: due to the popularity of our Second Saturday art lessons, we now have two times available to participate. The first lesson will run from 10-11 a.m., and the second lesson will run from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

They recommend you RSVP and arrive early as we have limited seating given on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Saturday, March 10 | 10am and 11am
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


6th Annual International Mariachi Festival

This day-long, community-friendly event attracts thousands each year, giving families an opportunity to come together and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through Mariachi music, colorful traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a grand celebration of the arts, culture and culinary delights.

When: Sunday, March 11 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Pepper Park | 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: www.mariachifest.com


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