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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 August 3 – 5

There’s much going on in San Diego County this weekend; check out all sorts of activities and events below.

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore. Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore.

When: Sunday, August 5 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com


International Summer Organ Festival

The Spreckels Organ Society lights up San Diego summer nights with the International Summer Organ Festival ­– an inspiring lineup of free outdoor concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, each designed to demonstrate the fresh sound of the historic 1914 Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.

When: Jun 25 – Sep 3, 2018  | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM  | Recurs every Monday
Where: Spreckels Organ Society | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information:  spreckelsorgan.org/summer-2018


Bazaar Del Mundo’s Annual Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

Colorful wood carvings, hand-woven wool rugs, embroidered dresses and hand-crafted pottery are just some of the goods you’ll find at the annual Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival. The marketplace will also be alive with musical entertainment, plus performances by traditional Chinelos dancers.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 3 – 5
Where: Bazaar del Mundo | located at 4133 Taylor Street in Old Town, San Diego, CA
More information: www.bazaardelmundo.com/bdm/latin-american-festival


Oceanside International Film Festival 2018

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially returns this August for five days’ worth of independent cinema.

The event, which is now entering its eighth annual edition, offers local and international filmmakers the opportunity to screen to a wide audience. Attendees this year can expect to see over 50 films from all over the world, comprising of a vast array of topics and genre.

When: August 1 – 5, 2018
Where: Sunshine Brooks Theater | 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: $10 – $70
More information: oceansidetheatre.org


Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks will swamp Balboa Park every Friday this summer. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests while listening to a variety of live music. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a “living room” area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.

When: Fridays, 4 – 8:30pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Varying prices
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday


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!

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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!


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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 May 4 – 6

San Diego has a whole list of Cinco de Mayo events and activities to choose from — check out the list below!

San Diego county events this weekendFiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Old Town is putting on their 35th annul free fiesta — the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. Lively music and entertainment, auto showcase, children’s activities and area, and more.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Avenue, between Conde and Twiggs in San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cincodemayooldtown.com


Fiesta de Reyes Cinco de Mayo Folklorico Festival

Dancers from throughout Southern California and some from as far away as Sacramento and Las Vegas have competed for the past eight years in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition. This year the event, to be held over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, is expanding to include dance troupes from Mexico and throughout the Western United States.

The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in the center of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Children and adult performances alternate throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Live bands will take the stage in the afternoon until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, the state park will showcase children’s activities throughout the day.

When: Saturday , May 5, 9am – 9pm | Sunday, May 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Fiesta de Reyes | 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadereyes.com


Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show

A wonderful spring event, the Julian Woman’s Club hosts their 91st annual Wildflower Show in the historical Town Hall in Julian in San Diego’s East County.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: www.julianwomansclub.org/event/julian-wildflower-show


Taste of the Derby

Fifth & Rose presents the Official Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Party! Come dressed in your derby best and enjoy light bites & southern inspired cocktails.

When: Saturday, May 5, 10am – 4pm
Where: Pendry San Diego | 550 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.pendryhotels.com/san-diego/dining/fifth-rose


Cinco de Mayo Trail Run

The Cinco de Mayo Trail Race & 5K offer challenging and unique courses that will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail around the lake.

There’s a 5K, 10K and a kids race.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 10:30pm
Where: Lake Poway Trail | 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: $10 – $40
More information: www.cincodemayotrailrun.org


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Balboa Park presents one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The family-friendly fiesta includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more! The event culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble.

When: Saturday, May 5
Where: Balboa Park | House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with entrance admission
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/cinco-de-mayo-concert


24th Annual EastLake Cycle & 5K Run, and Technology & Innovation Fair

Explore majestic hills, a stunning lake and exceptional running trails along the Chula Vista Park District while participating in either the 25 Mile Road Bike Ride, the 18 Mile mountain bike ride or the 5K community run/walk.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 12pmj
Where: EastLake Middle School | 900 Duncan Ranch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91914
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.eefkids.org/event/cycle


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming on Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

We will be back at the Mira Mesa Community Park and featuring two stages with over 30 cultural, traditional, and contemporary acts! There will be plenty for everyone at this family-friendly, fun, and FREE event!

When: Saturday, May 5 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: Free
More information: www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com


Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

The Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival is one unforgettable day, complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. Known as the ‘Capital of Craft’, San Diego is the birthplace of some of our industry’s most respected brewers and home to more than 130 craft breweries. From Karl Strauss to Stone Brewing, America’s finest city has been brewing up high quality beers since the late 80s. It’s all happening on May 5, 2018. VIP kicks off at 12 PM and general admission is from 1 – 4 PM.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 12pm (for VIP, 1 – 4pm
Where: Historic Vista Village | 209 E Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: VIP, $65 | general admission $45
More information: www.sdbeer.com/rhythm-and-brews


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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!