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San Diego County for June 1 – 3

What a great weekend coming up for San Diego County! The fair begins today, and there’s several free events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendFlag Day Parade

Celebrate Old Glory at La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade this Saturday. Pre-parade entertainment by middle school bands at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am. There will be free ice cream, as well. This year’s grand marshal is local historian and author Jim Newland.

When: Saturday, June 2 | 9am
Where: down La Mesa Blvd in downtown La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Art Around Adams

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.”

When: Saturday, June 2 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: artaroundadams.org


RB Alive! Street Fair

Celebrate the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Annual RB Alive! Expo with a full day of entertainment and enjoyment. Visitors can partake of tasty treats, browse over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts and more.

When: Sunday, June 3 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Bernardo Center Drive between Lomica Drive and Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sdbusinesschamber.com/events/rb-alive-expo-street-fair


San Diego County Fair

It starts TODAY! Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.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 (this week May 25) | 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, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County — free summer concerts!

There’s so many free concerts all over the county this summer — click to see the entire list!


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

Where Will We See You This Summer?

San Diego County — free summer concerts!

Join in the fun and listen to some great music for free this summer! San Diego County has 100s of free concerts this summer!

San Diego County free summer concerts

Click to view all of the free summer concerts in San Diego County!

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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 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 2 – 4

There’s lots to do in San Diego County this weekend — check out the Busker’s Festival, Spring Home & Garden Show, a science festival, and much more!

San Diego county events this weekendBusker Festival

San Diego’s Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation’s top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

When: March 3 & 4
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free entry; tips accepted by the performers
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival


10th Anniversary San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

With more than 60 scheduled events throughout the city — including several adult-exclusive activities — this 10-day educational experience proves science exploration isn’t strictly for students.

When: March 1 – 11, 2018
Where: Look on the website
More information: www.lovestemsd.org


Sixth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon/5K

This fast, costume-friendly 5K invites finishers to compete in a CrossFit-inspired obstacle course before enjoying food trucks and live music at the event’s exclusive Beer Fest.

When: Sunday, March 4 | 7:15am
Where: Starting at Main Street & Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $15 – $65
More information: stpatricksdayhalf.com


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


Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas has been making its rounds and, this weekend, it keeps the show going at Escondido Westfield North County. The traveling show boasts thrilling performances by acrobats, daredevils, flying trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, comics and more. The Circus Vargas theme is “Dreaming of Pirates,” so attendees can expect some swashbuckling surprises. Take the family 30 minutes before show time and enjoy a special, free pre-show where kids can create their own magic under the big top. Tickets range from $15 to $72; kids age 2 and under get in free with a paying adult, so long as they sit on an adult’s lap. Circus Vargas will be in Escondido through this Monday before moving north to Temecula on March 8.

When: March 2 – 5
Where: Circus Vargas- Westfield North Cnty | 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $15 – $72; under 2 free
More information: Circus Vargas


Spring Home & Garden Show

Get inspiration for the home improvement project of your dreams at the 33rd annual Spring Home & Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This three-day expo will showcase some of the newest trends in home renovation while giving access to the best tools, experts, and businesses to help complete those projects. Tickets cost $9 per day. The Home & Garden Show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

When: Friday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9
More information: springhomegardenshow.com


31st Annual Koi Show

Koi fish have become known as “living jewels” because of their bright orange hues and quick movements in the water that seem to make them reflect. This weekend, hundreds of the magnificent fish will be on display for a Koi pond competition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Guests can learn how to create a water garden in their backyard to keep Koi as pets or just soak in the wonder of the fish. The event is free but parking at the fairgrounds is $14.

When: Saturday, March 3, 9am – 4pm | Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free; parking is $14
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.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 January 19 – 21

Check out this weekend’s events and other family-friendly things to do in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCinema Under the Stars

Enjoy a movie under the stars at this outdoor theater on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. The winter/spring screening season recently began, with a movie playing at 8 p.m. now through April 29 every Friday and Saturday night. This weekend, the Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford flick, “Blade Runner 2049,” is on the big screen. Check the Cinema Under the Stars website for a schedule of which movies are playing when throughout the season.

When: Friday, Jan. 19 | 8pm
Where: 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, San Diego, CA
More information: Cinema Under the Stars: ‘Blade Runner 2049’


Salsa Under the Stars

This free event invites you to salsa dance under the stars in the courtyard of The Headquarters shopping center – no partner or experience required. Music will be performed by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra.

When: Friday, Jan. 19 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard | 789 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More informationtheheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars


CRY San Diego’s Color The Sky Kite Festival 2018

CRY San Diego’s Color the Sky Kite Festival is back! Join us and hundreds of others in beautiful Coronado for live music, Indian food and snacks, desi kites and more! Kites and thread will be included with registration, while supplies last. Food and water will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | Noon
Where: Coronado Tidelands Park | 2000 Mullinix Drive, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: $12 adults, $7 kids (ages 6-12), threaded spool $5 | To buy tickets, click HERE.
More information: CRY San Diego’s Color the Sky Kite Festival 2018


Make N’ Play Family Music Day

Children will have the opportunity to create an instrument of their own. In this, the first of these interactive workshops, the focus will be on making a box guitar. Younger children will be able to make simpler instruments such as shakers and rattles. With their new instruments, children will be invited to “join a band” and play with others on the stage.

Free snacks, giveaways and additional hands-on activities round out this fun filled afternoon! No experience necessary and all supplies are provided. Adults must accompany children. Geared toward children ages 4-12 and their families.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | 1pm
Where: Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Free for museum members, $10 per family for guests.
More information: www.museumofmakingmusic.org


Santee Active Lifestyle Expo

This free event Saturday in Santee highlights some of the many health and wellness activities San Diego County has to offer. The event kicks off with the U.S. Track & Field 50KM Race Walk Championships at 7:30 a.m. Then, guests can explore the Expo and try extreme obstacle courses, test fitness classes, shop the vendor fair and meet elite athletes.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | 9am- – 1pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, Ca
Cost: Free
More information: Santee Active Lifestyle Expo


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, Jan. 21 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Cost: Free
More information: Sunday Organ Concert


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 December 15 – 17

In the middle of the holiday season, San Diego County has festive events and activities galore!

San Diego county events this weekendQueen Bee Market Del Mar

At the Queen Bee Market, check off your entire Christmas shopping list here….and get a few things for other people too! Plus live music, free make and takes, food, desserts, drinks!

When: Friday, Dec 15, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec 16, 9am – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: Queen Bee Market Del Mar


Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am

To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6pm.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Del Mar Highlands Town Center | 12925 El Camino Real, J-28, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free
More information: Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am


Breakfast Under the Oaks

This 2nd annual community event will play host to a Mr. Santa Claus and will feature a hot breakfast, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is free, but there is a $3 parking fee.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Felicita County Park, 724 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free, with a $3 parking fee
More information: Breakfast Under the Oaks


Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa

The entire family will enjoy a special morning with Santa Claus! Activities include a hot breakfast, entertainment, and more. Please call for specifics at your favorite park location. $5 for all ages.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 8 – 10:30am
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA
Cost: $5
More information: Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa


Let There be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

Come Celebrate Brilliant Holiday Traditions at the San Diego History Center!

Hands-On Activities:

  • Make-and-Take Dreidel: Make your own dreidel
  • Make-and-Take Mkeka Mat: Make your own mkeka mat using construction paper
  • Make-and-Take Kwanzaa Jewelry: Make your own necklace or bracelets in traditional Kwanzaa colors.”

Performers: Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper and The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 11am – 4pm
Where: San Diego History Center | 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with Give Forward admission
More information


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden of Lights

The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5:00 to 9:00 PM for a magical holiday experience.

When: December 2-23 & 26-30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $5 – $20
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


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.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay | from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdparadeoflights.org


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