Category Archives: Chula Vista

San Diego County Events for August 18 – 20

There’s a lot happening in San Diego County this weekend — check out your many options!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a free, all ages celebration. Dance in front of three stages, peruse the automobile displays, and stroll through the art exhibition. For foodies, pay a little bit to sample what the region’s best chefs have to offer at the Taco and Spirits Revolution from 11am – 3pm. Kids will love the interactive activities, free kayaking/paddle board lessons, and arts and crafts at the Discovery Zone.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.cvharborfest.com


Movies And More By The Lake: ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’

At this Movies & More presentation of “Close Encounters” (rated PG), $10 will park your carload of moviegoers and the event is free. Jacobo Mendoza is the entertainer until the movie begins. Food trucks, snack bar and fun-filled activities await, as well!

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: Santee Lakes, Lake 5 | 9310 Fanita Pkwy., San Diego, CA 92071
Cost: $10 for a carload
More information: www.santeelakes.com/events-calendar


TwainFest

Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century. Come check it out on Saturday if you’re looking for a unique activity for the family!

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors. Vote in the Election of 1872 (as long as you can pass the literacy test!), enter the Literacy Costume Contest and parade, compete in the community spelling bee, visit Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, learn to play the fife and drum, contribute to the Never Ending Story, and so much more!

When: Saturday, August 19 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: writeoutloudsd.com/twainfest


Blvd Market Summer Block Party

The BLVD Market is a San Diego style, monthly open-air celebration of cuisine and entertainment. This month’s Tiki Theme will host Alvino & The Dwells, a Vintage Surf Rock Band, Classic Cars, Tiki Retailers, and Tasty Tiki Cocktails brought to you by Old Harbor Distilling Co. and Coffee & Tea Collective.

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
More information: theboulevard.org


Free City Ballet Showcase

Come enjoy the arts with this free ballet showcase; program includes:

-Petipa’s Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus
-Elizabeth Wistrich’s Serenade for Strings with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
-Plus, a contemporary work and a jazz piece by Geoff Gonzalez.

When: Friday, August 18 | 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Where: Spreckels Theatre | 121 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.spreckels.net


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 11 & 12) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Finding Dory
  • Sing
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Groundhog Day
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Secret Life of Pets

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


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San Diego County Events for August 4 – 6

San Diego County has much going on this weekend; check out the many festivals, events and things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual Latin America Festival

Folk artists from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Peru, El Salvador and more will convene at the Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, August 4-6 in Old Town.

The annual San Diego event presents one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry. Visitors can take in an amazing array of live artist demonstrations, enjoy nonstop entertainment, and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine at the free weekend event.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 4 – 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday, August 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Bazaar del Mundo in San Diego Old Town | 4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: www.bazaardelmundo.com/bdm/latin-american-festival


21st Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Celebrate Chula Vista’s historic reign as the lemon capital of the world at their Lemon Festival! Third Avenue will close to traffic and open to hundreds of vendor booths welcoming over 35,000 eager attendees rejoicing in this juicy jubilee. Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused activities, live bands, sour contests, Lemon Pie Eating and Lemon Peeling and Largest Lemon contests, a kid’s fun zone, a craft beer garden, and hundreds of festive booths.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com/squeeze-some-fun-into-your-summer-at-the-21st-chula-vista-lemon-festival


Oceanside International Film Festival

Held every August, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the fall. The eight-day event OIFF-2017 will run in the same format and at the same venues as the previous year, screenings and celebrations taking place at two oldest theaters in town, Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre.

When: Sunday, August 6 — Sunday, August 13
Where: Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre | Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: osidefilm.org/buy-tickets


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 4 & 5) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Finding Nemo
  • Inside Out
  • Sing

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


28th Annual Vista Rod Run

The Vista Rod Run features 300 + classic and specialty cars. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win awards and prizes.

Also featured at the Rod Run is a street fair with arts, craft, and food vendors; live entertainment; and downtown shopping.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 9am – 2pm
Where: Mainstreet in Historic Downtown, Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: vvba.org/event/vista-rod-run


Sip of Julian

Julian is about more than just cider and apple pies. This Saturday, spend the day getting a taste of the town’s best wine, beer, craft cocktails and hard cider. A “Sip of Julian” runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving guests time to sample all the wine, beer and liquor they want, paired with small bites at each stop.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall
Cost: $25
More information: juliansip2017.brownpapertickets.com


5th Annual Craft Beer Festival

A beer festival in an un-paralleled historical location right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music. Curb your hunger with assorted food vendors on site. There will be brews, food, and live music by Fish and the Seaweeds & Frankie T. and the Triple B. Must be 21 or older.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 1 – 5pm (also open 12 – 1pm for VIP ticket holders)
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego, At Star of India Wharf | 1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35 – $50
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival


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 July 14 – 16

Free San Diego events this weekend! There’s much to do in San Diego County, including family-friendly fun — just check out the free activities below!

San Diego county events this weekendStagecoach Days: Women of the West

Women played an important part in the development of the West. The contribution of women on the settlement of the West will be shown through activities and demonstrations, such as cooking, typesetting, basket making, and spinning. One of the highlights of the day will be the annual Quilt Walk throughout the park.

When: Saturday, July 15 | 12-4pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: Stagecoach Days: Women of the West


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This (July 14 & 15) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Moana
  • Trolls
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Zootopia

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Day of Play

Join Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center for some free family-friendly fun! Enjoy hands-on cooking, gardening, crafts, nutrition, games and physical activities in a beautiful outdoor garden setting. The Day of Play promotes healthy living and environmental responsibility. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend.

You’ll need to register in advance; space is limited.

When: Saturday, July 15 | 10am
Where: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center | 2525 N Avenue, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center


64th Annual Over-The-Line

Games start at 7:30 a.m. promptly and continue until dark on both weekends of Over-The-Line.

Over-The-Line is a public event and requires no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament.

When: Multiple dates from July 8 – 16
Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park | Fiesta Island Rd., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $150
More information: For adults 18+ | www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game


Mission Hills Concerts in the Park: The Highwayman

The Mission Hills Concerts in the Park is an annual event that occurs on Fridays in Pioneer Park. Bring your picnic baskets and catch up with neighbors and friends while you sing and dance to the music.

The Highwayman is an immensely gifted vocalist who channels the spirits and voices of the original Highwaymen in a breathtaking two hour performance. Prepare to be amazed how one man can emulate all four of Outlaw Country’s favorite musical icons.

When: Friday, July 14 | 6pm
Where: Mission Hills Pioneer Park | 1521 Washington Pl., San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
More information: Mission Hills Concerts in the Park


Summer Sundays

Come out and enjoy your summer evening with music from Lady J and Soulful knights at this family-friendly event. Catch a different beat and cruise a different car club every week. Then enjoy food & product samples from our merchants and fun activities for the kids including free crafts, balloon sculptures and face painting. Bring your friends and visit our photo booth complete with fun props and receive free photo strips of your experience.

When: Sunday, July 16 | 5pm
Where: Village Walk at Eastlake in Chula Vista | 878 Eastlake Pkwy; Chula Vista, California 91914
Cost: Free
More information: shopvillagewalk.com/special-events


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San Diego County Events for December 30 – January 1

Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year in San Diego with any of these great events!happy new year

Celebrating the New Year in San Diego

From hotels to the San Diego Bay and everything in between, there are so many ways to ring in the New Year in San Diego Saturday night. Here’s NBC San Diego’s guide to celebrating the eve in America’s Finest City – depending on your personality.

When: Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
Where: San Diego area
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Where-to-Celebrate-New-Years-Eve-2017-San-Diego-407639395


So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting

Join the team of experts from Benchmark Brewing Company at their tasting room (6190 Fairmount Ave.) for this event, which focuses on what it takes to be an expert beer judge. Patrons will get to taste five brews and will also be treated to a quick tour of the brewhouse. Tickets are $10 per person and space is limited, so reserve your spot ahead of time.

When: Saturday, December 31 | 1 – 2pm
Where: Benchmark Brewing Company | 6190 Fairmount Ave., San Diego
Cost: $10
More information: So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting


Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival

Today is the last day for Balboa Park Conservancy’s Holiday Food Truck Festival in the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway.

The event features gourmet dishes from San Diego’s most popular food trucks, live music, and activities for families.

The Holiday Food Truck Festival gives visitors one last chance to experience the festive atmosphere created by the light displays and decorations that were installed for December Nights.

When: Friday, December 30
Where: Balboa Park – Visitor’s Center | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/dec/30/balboa-park-holiday-food-truck-festival


Living Coast’s New Year’s Eve Family Party

The Living Coast Discovery Center is ringing in the New Year with a family-friendly event, which will include: wildlife animal encounters, photobooth, kids room with arts and crafts, NYE Party room with games, trivia, and live coverage of Times Square New Year’s Celebration, toast at “midnight” (9 p.m. PST/ 12 a.m. EST), and more!

When: Saturday, December 31 | 7 – 9pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $18 – $20
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more! The show takes place Dec. 29, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.

When: Thursday, Dec. 29 – Monday, Jan. 2
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $12
More information: www.sdautoshow.com

San Diego County Events for December 2 – 4

Christmastime is upon us, with plenty of festivities in the San Diego County area to enjoy the holiday season! There are several events happening today, Friday Dec. 2, through Sunday.

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend, kicking off the holiday season with food, live music, dancing, shopping and free admission to museums. December Nights runs for two nights – Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively. Museums are open and free both nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 – 11pm | Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 11pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free admission to museums, 5 – 9pm
More information: www.balboapark.org/decembernights


2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade

The 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with Frosty’s Snow Hill opening at noon, followed by the parade beginning at 6 p.m.

The famous Chula Vista Starlight Parade is San Diego County’s largest nighttime parade, filled with twinkling lights, holiday décor and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From noon to 5 p.m., children can take FREE sled rides on REAL SNOW down Frosty’s Snow Hill. And the whole family can dine at Snack Alley on Park Way, or at one of the many eateries along Third Avenue.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | starting at noon
Where: Memorial Park | Third Ave & Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade


Queen Bee Market

The urban-style handmade market Queen Bee is hosting their largest event of the holiday season this weekend. Stop by the industrial warehouse to browse through more than 85 local and national vendors. Attendees will be able to shop vintage and homemade products as they listen to live music.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Industrial Warehouse on Specialty Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $5; kids under 12 and military free
More information: www.thequeenbeemarket.com


Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies 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: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 8pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting And Christmas Village

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting


Fallbrook Tree Lighting

Join us! Dec. 2, 2016 Fallbrook’s living 50-foot official holiday tree will once again light up the night as we celebrate community, goodwill and holiday cheer! Free admission and a free shuttle from the Fallbrook library parking lot.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookcommunitycenterfriends.org


Carlsbad Village Night of Lights

Kick off this holiday season in downtown Carlsbad at the inaugural Carlsbad Village Night of Lights. The night will include live jazz and orchestral holiday music by the Carlsbad High School choir, contemporary and classic holiday songs by the McDonald quartet, merchant hospitality including holiday treats and beverages and lots of shopping specials.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2998 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com

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San Diego County Events for August 19 – 21

Such a variety of events going on this weekend! Head over to the Chula Vista HarborFest or enjoy a movie in the park with the family, or expand your literary side by attending the TwainFest!

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Movies in the Park: Inside Out

Enjoy the movie “Inside Out” at the Summer Movies in the Park. There will be food trucks and a concession stand, along with games and music prior to the film.

When: Friday, August 19 | 8 – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar/inside-out-g-waterfront-park


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Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century.  Great fun for all ages.

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors.

When: Saturday, August 20 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historical Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: TwainFest


Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival

A beer festival in an un-paralleled historical location right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music. Curb your hunger with assorted food trucks on site.

Attendees will be able to walk about the vessels and sample beers from many breweries at different locations throughout the museum.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 1pm – 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35+
More information: Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival


Chula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, all ages celebration! Save the Date! It will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bayside Park at the Chula Vista Marina. Enjoy the crisp ocean air and sweet summer sun. Prepare to get your groove on and dance, dance, dance in front of THREE stages: the Latin Beats Stage, HarborFest Main Stage and Chula Vista Community Stage!

When: Saturday, August 20 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista Marina | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: chulavistaharborfest.com

San Diego County Events for August 5 – 7

San Diego County has several events and activities happening this weekend! Check out Chula Vista’s lemon festival, Oceanside’s Art Walk, a burger battle, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSing Along With Broadway!

If you love Broadway, then you’ll want to come to this semi-sing-along event Friday evening along the San Diego bay! This is one concert in San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights Concert series.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6 | Starting at 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20+
More information: purchasing.sandiegosymphony.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=5544


First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Downtown Oceanside is coming alive with vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages, all free.

When: Friday, August 5 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideartwalk.org


4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle

Bull BBQ is on a nationwide hunt to find the country’s best burgers. On Saturday, August 6th, the competition comes to San Diego. Over 20 competitors will throw down for bragging rights to the title of “Best Burger in San Diego”.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Carddine Home Resort Products | 1144 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost: Free to first 200 online registrars
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-san-diego-burger-battle-tickets-26384247996


Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center; on Saturday, one-hour guided tours are available to the public, ansd visitors can also take self-guided tours through the facility. The OTC is dedicated to developing America’s Olympic athletes, and features numerous sport venues and support facilities for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) | 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.chulavistaconvis.com/things-to-do/us-olympic-training-center


Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Pucker up for the sweetest sour event of the year, the Third Avenue Village Association’s Lemon Festival presented by Wal Mart. Returning for its 20th year, the Lemon Festival brings crates full of summer fun to Chula Vista’s Original Neighborhood, spanning Third Avenue from E to G Street. Celebrate Chula Vista’s reign as the Lemon Capital of the World with live bands, hundreds of vendor booths, Festival Fun Zone, craft beer garden and everything lemon.

When: Sunday, August 7 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, from E to G streets, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com