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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!

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An Online Resource for Veterans: Assisted Living, Support, and More Resources

Veterans injured in the line of duty may come back to find that it’s difficult to live in the home they left.

veterans with flag

While many homes can thankfully be remodeled to accommodate their needs, some veterans may need assisted living facilities or support services. One of the common challenges that comes up for veterans and those living with disabilities is finding proper care options.  

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home. (Assisted Living Research.  www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans)

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a dedicated section on their site that provides comprehensive information on topics like: available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.

You can see the entire guide here: www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

In San Diego County, the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista is a long-term care facility providing options for independent living and nursing care, and more. Additional information can be found here: www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Chula-Vista

San Diego County Events for November 23 – 25

Kick off the Christmas season this weekend with these San Diego County events!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

The 39th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

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Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center | 500 Hotel Cir. North San Diego, CA
Cost: Friday – $50, Saturday – $55, Sunday – $40, After 5:00 PM on Friday $30 or Saturday $35
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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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Holiday Lights on Main Street

Prescott Promenade in El Cajon will look like a winter village as the annual Holiday Lights on Main Street festival takes over the outdoor courtyard. Dozens of local retailers will gather in the promenade to sell fashion and jewelry, art, books, delicious treats and more. Nearby, Santa will take pictures with visitors and guests can take to the ice for a skating session or some carnival rides. The event is in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, which invites people to “shop local” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stay until 6 p.m. to see the Christmas tree light up with holiday magic.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1 – 7pm
Where: Prescott Promenade, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
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Surfin’ Santa

Santa Claus — in board shorts. The 13th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration brings the jolly fella to Seaport Village only, instead of a sleigh, Santa will arrive on a boat along the San Diego Bay. Once on land, visitors can pose with Santa before enjoying a parade and live performances along the bayside boardwalk. It is free to see Santa but Seaport Village encourages visitors to stick around and shop small at the many stores there as part of Small Business Saturday.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Pomegranate Days

The 9th annual Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy is an experience you will enjoy and talk about all next year! This event is the real deal! The elements that shine during Pomegranate Days are genuine, family-driven, family-owned and REAL.

Camels love pomegranates so come feed our tasty crop to our herd of friendly camels. Enjoy camel rides, circus acts under a colorful big-top, the Wild West Turkey Stampede, our adorable mini sheep petting town, food, games and fun!

When: Friday – Sunday, Nov. 23 – 25 | 12 – 5pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy, 26757 Old Julian Hwy., Ramona, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting

Christmas comes to Julian every year in an old-fashioned way that will make you picture sleigh rides, chestnuts roasting on open fires, and Jack Frost painting the whole town white.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24  2pm
Where: Pioneer Park, 2811 Washington Street, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
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Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off

Step into a winter wonderland with a Downtown San Diego twist as the Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off brings on the spirit of the season with a magical night of everything merry and bright: caroling, delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, gift-giving goodies and more!

Get ready for a one-stop holiday shop as festivities kick off on Small Business Saturday. Grab your shopping list and head to 5th Ave, between Market and J Street, that will be lined with a holiday market with 80 different vendors.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 2pm
Where:  Gaslamp Quarter, 614 5th Ave., San Diego
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. 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!