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San Diego County Events for May 3 – 5, 2019

Here’s some of what is going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast: a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!

When: May 3 – 5
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cayote Music Festival

An all student-run music festival on the grand lawn featuring local musicians, artists, and vendors!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, California 92019
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Garden Walk & Evening in the Garden

A walking tour of eight home gardens in the area, with artist demonstrations, garden marketplace with local crafters and artisans, food trucks, etc. This a self-guided walking garden tour and is at your own pace. You can choose your own route and tour the gardens and homes in any order you wish.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 3111 Kellogg St., San Diego CA 92106 – or – All Souls’ Episcopal Church,1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego CA 92107​
Cost: $30
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Rally for Science San Diego

Head to the 2019 Rally For Science on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park

The annual free event is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities

When: Saturday, May 4 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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15th Annual SD Dragon Boat Festival

San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance presents the 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

Watch dragon boats race to the beat of drums and celebrate Asian cultures and cuisines.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 9am
Where: Tecolote Shores North | East Mission Bays Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 750 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more! The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.

When: Sunday, May 5 | 8am
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2775 State Street , Carlsbad, CA 92008
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 March 15 – 17

St. Patrick’s Day weekend has much to offer for those in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSt. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run + Hullabaloo Concert

Grossmont Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run happens this Sunday from 9am-10am, and stick around for Hullabaloo from 10am-11am. Be sure to dress in your best green attire.

When: Sunday, March 17 | 9 – 11am
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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Annual San Diego 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 16th 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. After the parade, there’ll be Irish step dancers, folk singers, bands, a Celtic food village, and more.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10:30am parade begins
Where: Parade begins at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, San Diego | Festival will be at Balboa Park, at Sixth and Maple
Cost: Free+
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Spring Fling – St. Patrick’s Family Festival

Your family is invited to come celebrate our 4th annual Spring Fling—St Patrick’s Family Festival! Come paint the town green at Welk Resorts San Diego, March 16 and 17.

“There’s an infinite obstacle course, two ‘escape the leprechaun’ wipeout challenges, flying trapeze, and so much more—we’ll have something for the whole family!*
All ages are welcome and the event is open to the public. Tickets are only $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and all-inclusive for rides and entertainment!

When: March 16 & 17
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego | 8845 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: $15, $10 for kids, up to $25
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Fiddle Fest

Movements from fiddle inspired classics like Holst’s “St. Paul Suite” and Britten’s “Simple Symphony” along with Irish and Appalachian folk tunes, and a bit of a Vivaldi Hoe-down thrown in.

Guest artist Andres Martin will also perform Bottesini’s “Passione Amorosa” with Artistic Director Joe McNalley.

When: Friday, March 15 | 8pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $15 – $35
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Storytelling Festival ’19

Come out for this 9th annual Storytelling Festival in association with the Encinitas Library. Story sessions from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for families, adults, children.

Storytellers of San Diego offer workshops, performances, a chance to record your story with Dave Drexler, Veteran’s Stories, a session with a live florist creating during Bouquet of Stories, student tellers from Park Dale Lane and Paul Ecke Elementaries and much more. A food truck is on premises. Lively music with Gemini Junction.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo And Family Fun Day

California Fitness Fun And Heartlight San Diego Dance are holding our 24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day: fitness activities, carnival games, educational exhibits, raffles and performances by the children in our classes, held in about 100 San Diego elementary schools.

When: Saturday, March 16 | noon
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Sabor Latino: Food, Beer & Wine Festival

Celebrate Latino flavors and culture with unlimited dish tastings inspired by the area’s most celebrated Latin chefs, as well as unlimited pours of craft beer and wine tastings provided by over 20 breweries and wineries from Baja California and San Diego. With live music and art all day. 21+

When: Saturday, March 16 | 1pm
Where: Fashion Valley Mall | 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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26th San Diego Latino Film Festival

The 11-day celebration of Latino cinema, arts and culture just began yesterday — 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival from March 14 to 24.

The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States and Spain as well as Closing Night Parties, the 4th annual Sabor Latino – Food, Beer and Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, free student screenings and more.

When: March 14 – 24
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields are now open! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open now – May 12
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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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 March 8 – 10

There’s a myriad of activities to choose from this weekend here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekend

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields are now open! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open now – May 12
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour

Become a master chef all while discovering Little Italy’s charming mercato. After selecting ingredients at the mercato together with the chef, then with your Italian chef, you’ll prep 3 dishes from scratch.  The menu will vary based on what’s seasonal.  You’ll learn to prep 1 appetizer and 2 main courses—uncovering the secrets to Italian home cooking. In addition, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and our famous panna cotta for dessert. This class is a fun mix of hands-on cooking and chef-led demos. 

When: Saturdays, 10am – 2pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA
Cost: $79
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Best Coast Beer Fest 2019

You’ll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy entertainment from local bands and snack at the food truck alley.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 1 – 4pm (VIP starts at 12pm)
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Pkwy., San Diego
Cost: $40+, $85+ for VIP
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The Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers band is considered an international ambassador of Irish music, recognized worldwide for its ability to deliver rollicking, rousing performances.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 7:30pm
Where: Balboa Theatre | 868 4th Ave., San Diego
Cost: $34 – $71
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The Oddities & Curiosities Expo

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo travels to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday, taking over O’Brien Hall. It’s all about the weird here, with local and national vendors offering items like taxidermy, odd antiques, jewelry made from insects, and more. The expo also features sideshow-style performers, including a “live human suspension” team.

When: Saturday, March 9
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $10; kids 12 and under free. Parking $15
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Pioneer Family Fun: Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, Escondido

Interested in a fun family weekend? Join SDRVC for an interactive day at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, where participants (ages 7 – 12) will learn what it was like to be a pioneering family, how the community functioned through crop production, trading and animals that provided food and milk, and the importance of the natural environment in daily living.

As a part of the Watershed Explorers Program, families are encouraged to participate as a whole!

Please wear closed toed shoes, pants, and a jacket in case of inclement weather. It is also recommended to bring water and a snack.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 9 – 11am
Where: Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead | 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA
Cost: $5 suggested donation
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Friends of the La Mesa Library 50th Birthday Party

Join the Friends of the La Mesa Library to commemorate our 50th Anniversary! The Shirthouse Band will kick off the party at 11 a.m. followed by crafts & face painting for the the kids at noon. Local singer-songwriter Sara Petite will take the stage at 1 p.m.

When: Saturday, March 9 | 11am – 2pm
Where: La Mesa Library | 8074 Allison Ave, La Mesa, California 91942
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 March 1 – 3

Explore something or somewhere new this weekend in San Diego County! The next three days in our area are filled with great events and activities.

San Diego county events this weekend

Spring Home Garden Show

Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show). There will be hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. The show focuses on San Diego-area experts, services, products, and businesses.

When: March 1 – 3
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $8
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields open March 1! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open March 1
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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Spring Busker Fest

The Busker Festival at Seaport Village celebrates the fascinating and unique talents of street performers who come from across the world to entertain us here in San Diego.

In its 13th year, this free event – California’s only busker festival – is a family-friendly spectacle and a beloved Seaport Village tradition.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
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First Friday Oceanside Art Walk

Oceanside Friends of the Arts hosts its monthly “First Friday Art Walk” at the Springhill Suites Marriott, a community event meant to highlight the arts culture in Oceanside. The free event will feature dancers, live music, local artists, custom jewelry vendors, and food and drink tastings.

When: Friday, 5 – 9pm
Where: Springhill Suites Marriott | 110 N. Myers Street, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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23rd Annual San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Audubon Society invites you to the San Diego Bird Festival, which celebrates the birds and habitats of San Diego county.

When: Feb 27 – Mar 3
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Varies
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St. Patricks Day Half Marathon

Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.

When: Sunday, March 3 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | Main Street & Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $19-$69
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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 September 21 – 23

Several San Diego County events going on this weekend; take a look below!San Diego county events this weekendArtwalk Carlsbad

In 2018, ArtWalk Carlsbad makes its debut.  This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San diego while promoting the experience of owning orginal art.

More than 175 visual artists will show and sell their work, alongside  colorful chalk art that will fill the asphalt as you watch street paintings being created before your eyes on the pavement.

When: Sept. 22 & 23
Where: Armada Drive (above the Flower Fields off of Palomar Airport Road), Carlsbad
Cost: Free for children under 16; adults $10 – $15
More information: artwalksandiego.org/carlsbad


Julian’s Old Fashioned Country Fair

A perfect way to spend some time in Julian! Come on up and spend a day exploring all the Julian has to offer. Some of the activities include: pie baking contest, tug-of-war, pumpkin patch, spoon races, and lots of other activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23 | 10am
Where: Julian Farm and Orchard | 4381 CA-78, Julian, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.julianminingcompany.com


San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 30th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

When: Sept. 23 – 30
Where: City wide
Cost: $10 – 50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


24th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

When: Sept. 22 – 23 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.pifasandiego.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings  | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


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 Sept. 7 – 9

There’s many festivals and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend. View them here!

San Diego county events this weekendCardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

When: Saturday, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church | 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com


28th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 7 – 9
Where: 5577 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/Sycuans-Annual-Pow-Wow-358010080969157


5th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 3400 Pio Pico Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $20 – $55
More information: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org


San Diego Blues Festival

Billy Gibbons & Friends will headline this year’s San Diego Blues Festival at the Embarcadero. Tickets start at $30 and the proceeds benefit the San Diego Food Bank, which helps feed and provide additional support to needy families.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30
More information: www.sdbluesfest.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings  | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


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.

When: now – April
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $14 – adults; $8 – children
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture


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 August 24 – 26

Here’s what’s new and happening for this beautiful San Diego County weekend!

Carlsbad Music Festival

The 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 24-26, 2018, in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include ticketed Mainstage Concerts, dozens of FREE outdoor concerts all weekend, and a beer garden, food trucks, and artisan market.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 24 – 26
Where: St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org


San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival will screen over 150+ films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more, will appear at the event.

When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 24 – 26
Where: City of Carlsbad Library | 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Cost: $5+
More information: www.sdkidsfilms.org


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue | Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com


Swinging Gypsies

The Swinging Gypsies embody the spirit of gypsy jazz mixed with traditional jazz and swing.  Enjoy free Swing Dance lessons that will help you move to this delightful band, merging music and dance as one on August 25 5-8 pm.

When: Saturday, Aug 25 | 5 – 8pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport’s Courtyard
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/new-orleans-swinging-gypsies


14th Annual Leucadiart Walk

Come join us for a day of packed with art, music, culture and fun. This year’s LeucadiART Walk will be a day to remember in celebration of supporting creativity and the people in this community.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 10am – 5pm
Where: N. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, Encinitas,CA
More information: www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk


Grunion Run

In what may be its last run of the season, thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, will come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Tuesday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: through Tuesday at various times
Where: Various beaches in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


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, Aug. 26 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
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!