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San Diego County Events for March 22 – 24

This weekend, San Diego County has unique events to offer — check out the 1000 Lights Lantern Festival, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer event, or La Mesa’s historical lecture on Mt. Helix.

San Diego county events this weekend

1000 Lights Lantern Festival

Come to enjoy good food, lively entertainment, and a beautiful spectacle of twinkling lights with your family and friends. 1000 Lights Lantern Festival is an experience you don’t want to miss.

When: March 23 | 4pm
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve | 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee,  CA 92071
Cost: $13 – $35
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La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable: Around Mt. Helix

La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable series provides an encore presentation, as author James Newland’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of the Mt. Helix area as well as the significance of the mountain top nature theatre and park to the region.

When: March 23 | 5 – 7pm
Where: Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium | 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free for LMHS Members, $5 suggested donation from non-members | RSVP
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24th Annual Ugly Dog Contest

The Ugly Dog Contest is a family event where dog lovers can enter their pets into any of the 10 categories. Categories include ugly dog, best costume, best mutt, most handsome, most beautiful, cutest puppy, most unusual markings, looks like their owner and best trick.

When: March 24 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Plaza de Mexico, The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
Cost: $5 – $75
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Sunday Spreckles Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

When: Sunday | 2pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
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7th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this year’s festival features unlimited access to two-ounce pours from more than a dozen San Diego craft breweries, complimentary savory and sweet bites from Bankers Hill eateries, live DJ music and pop-up art exhibits ranging from paintings and fine art photography to creative displays, with many works for sale at the event.

When: March 22 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue | 2825 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30 – $35
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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 Feb. 8 – 10

San Diego County has many events and activities happening this weekend.San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Tet Festival

The San Diego Tet Festival to welcome the Year of the Pig, features lion dancing, cultural village, carnival rides, and much more.

When: Feb 8 – 10
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
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Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year kids crafts and lion dancers in center court located near Tommy Hilfiger and GAP. Kids crafts will take place from 12pm – 3pm and Lion Dancers will join the fun from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

When: Saturday, Feb. 9 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Carlsbad Premium Outlets | 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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Escondido Chocolate Festival

Stroll through Downtown Escondido various designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue.

When: Saturday, Feb 9 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Historic Downtown Escondido | 198 Maple St Plaza, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $30 – $50
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Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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23rd Celebration of Music Education Concert

Music Director Jeff Edmons conducts San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians in this featured concert performed in San Diego’s finest venue, Jacobs’ Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

When: Feb 10 | 4 – 6pm
Where: Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B. Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $35
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Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival

Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival, formerly The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Feb. 9 and 10. In addition to the existing Gluten-Free and Nut-Free zones, Paleo, Keto and Plant-Based zones will provide exciting new products and educational opportunities to everyone living a gluten-free lifestyle. As in the past, all products at the festival will be gluten free.

When: Feb. 9 & 10
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $5 – $35
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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 January 25 – 27, 2019

Head over here to San Diego County this weekend — check out the Winter Home Remodeling Show, or a local play in La Mesa, or any one of these other great-sounding events!

San Diego county events this weekendPlay: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None

“In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, ten people who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and left stranded there. Ten little soldier statues sit on the mantelpiece, with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, “until there were none.” A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder — and then one of them drops dead. One down, nine to go. Can the other “soldiers” discover the identity of the murderer before they all fall prey to the trap?”

When: Jan. 11 – Feb. 10
Where: Lamplighters Community Theatre | 5915 Severin Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: $22
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San Diego Restaurant Week

Over 180 restaurants are offering deals for the eight days of San Diego Restaurant Week. Three-course dinners start at $20 and two-course lunches begin at $10.

When: January 20 – 27, 2019
Where: All over San Diego County
Cost: Starting at $10 for lunches and $20 for dinners
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San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

If you are a boater, check out the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show! They’ll have new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.

When: Jan 24 – 27
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15 adults, children under 12 free
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Winter Home Remodeling Show

Get some serious inspiration for those home improvement projects this season at this expo at O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will feature hundreds of exhibitors – from landscaping to remodeling – with some even offering discounts.

When: Friday — Sunday, Jan. 25 – 27
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission, parking $15
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The Festival of New Trumpet Music

The weeklong Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) West culminates with this free finale concert at downtown’s Quartyard. The concert will feature performances from the Euphoria Brass Band, Gilbert Castellanos Dia de los Muertos Suite and the Daniel Rosenboom Octet, showcasing trumpet stylings in Jazz, New Orleans and Slavic styles.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 | 2 – 6pm
Where: Quartyard | 1301 Market St, 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 January 11 – 13

Attend any one of these San Diego County events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend9th Annual San Diego Brew Fest

The 9th annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks and music.

The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 12pm
Where: Liberty Station NTC Park | 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $45 – 55
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Winter Festival

At Poway Community Park’s Winter Festival, build a snowman, sled down our snow hill, roast marshmallows by the campfire or take a spin around the synthetic skate rink.

When: Friday, Jan 11, 5 – 9pm | Saturday, Jan 12, 3:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Poway Community Park | 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Gem Faire

One of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the U.S. drops into the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend, showcasing the latest and greatest in the gem biz. Fine jewelry, costume jewelry, gold, silver, crystals and more will be on display and for sale at this expo; while patrons peruse, vendors will offer on-site jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing services.

When: Friday – Sunday, Jan. 11 – 13, 2019
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $7, kids under 11 free
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2nd Saturday Art Lesson

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts Escondido offers this free art lesson Saturday at Education Studio 2 led by Nancy Robinson, who will help students create a wintry, watercolor masterpiece. The class lasts one hour and is offered at two sessions: one at 10 a.m. and another at 11:15 a.m. Free tickets will be handed out at the door.

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 10am or 11:15m
Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido, Education Studio 2 | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
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 Oct. 12 – 14

Spend the weekend with the family at any one of these San Diego County events!
San Diego county events this weekend

La Mesa Park Appreciation Day

The public is invited to participate in the 13th annual Park Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00 am to noon.  Park Appreciation Day provides volunteers the opportunity to give  back to their community and help beautify
La Mesa Parks by assisting in projects that include planting, picking up trash, raking, painting, trimming and weeding. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves and tools such as rakes, trowels, trimmers, shovels etc. All ages welcome!

When: Sat., Oct 13 | 8am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa parks
Cost: Free
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BOOmont Fall Festival

Returning for its sixth season, BOOmont & Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the beachfront amusement park, offering halloween and fall-themed festivities for guests of all ages in October and November! Free entrance, additional costs for some activities.

When: Fridays – Sundays until Nov. 30
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free – $49
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Taste Of North Park 2018

The Taste of North Park invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy over 50 food tastes from San Diego’s best restaurants. Besides food tastings, you can sip on beverages from 15 craft brewers or nonalcoholic beverages, while enjoying street musicians and artists.

When: Saturday, Oct. 13 | 11am – 3pm
Where: 30th St., North Park, 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $30 – $50
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4th Annual Latin American Art Fair

Celebrating the 4th annual Latin American Art Fair at Bread and Salt in San Diego, this fair features the visual artwork of over 100 artists from Mexico, Central and South America – along with highlighting the best of Latin food, music and entertainment. It’s a family-oriented fair that brings artists and community together.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14 | 11am
Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery | 1955 Julian Ave., San Diego
Cost: $40
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Polish Festival

Polish Festival is a tribute to those with Polish heritage, our pride as American citizens and San Diegans, and an expression of the legendary Polish hospitality.

During festival there will be performances by Polish folk dancers, and various musical bands. We offer delicious polish food, and the best genuine imported polish beer.

When: Friday, Oct. 12 – 5-11:30 pm (21 or older only) | Saturday, Oct. 13 – 2-11 pm | Sunday, Oct. 14 – Noon-5 pm
Where: St. M. Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission | 1735 Grand Ave., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: $5 for adults; free for kids
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Del Mar Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Jump into the fall season with an adventure fueled by awe-inspiring creativity and outlandish fun. Attendees will see 24,000 original and handmade works from hundreds of trend-setting artisans and crafters.

With live entertainment, strolling performers, specialty foods, an interactive Kidzone, contests and demonstrations, the celebration serves up an intimate experience best shared with family and friends.

When: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 12 – 14
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: $4 – 9
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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 14 – 16

So many festivals to choose from this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendKaaboo

KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. A curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific.

When: Sept. 14 – 16
Where: Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
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Santee Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser

“Beer, Wine, Dine & Let the Bluegrass Shine”

Please join the City of Santee and the Santee Park and Recreation Committee for the 9th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raising event that supports people, parks and programs! This is a sampling event! There will not be full meal portions or full glasses of drinks.

No one under 21 will be admitted, including infants.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15 | 5:30 – 9:30
Where: Town Center Community Park East | 550 Park Center Drive, Santee CA
Cost: Free
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America’s Finest BBQ State Championship and San Diego Bayfair

America’s Finest BBQ State Championship is partnering with San Diego Bayfair this year to provide an experience unlike any other in the world. The event will take place at Crown Point in beautiful San Diego California. Where else can you compete in a KCBSsanctioned BBQ Competition, sample world class BBQ and enjoy the Beer Garden all while watching boat races and listening to entertainment right on San Diego’s Mission Bay?

When: Sept. 14 – 16
Where: In and around Mission Bay
Cost: Crown Point BBQ Festival on Saturday for BBQ access $10, & the parking for Crown Point $10 (General Parking), more for sampling
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Taste of South Park

 Hallmarked by an eclectic band of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, its often difficult to chart a course for an afternoon adventure in South Park- but now you can satisfy all your foodie cravings in one day! The 2018 Taste of South Park (ToSP) will take place on Saturday, September 15th, from 12pm to 4pm, located in the cozy, creative hamlet of South Park.

When: Sept. 15 | 12 – 4pm
Where: South Park at Fern St.
Cost: $35 – $40
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Rock the Bay Triathlon

Register for the Inaugural Rock the Bay Triathlon! Taking place at the beautiful San Diego Bay Front. Experience the beauty and excitement of San Diego’s Bay Front.  With it’s unique boardwalk swim entry, bike course traversing Harbor Drive and ending with a run along the Emarcadero Marina Park behind Seaport Village.

This Rock Themed Triathlon Will Rock You from Start to finish! The 65′ Adventrous Yacht will be anchored out on the swim course to provide swimmers with Classic Rock, runners will enjoy the awesome tunes of Mystique near the Midway aircraft carrier, and Finishers will be Rocked into the Finishline!

When: Sept. 16
Where: Race day: Bayfront Park | 1 Park Blvd, San Diego
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Coastal Cleanup Day

Join I Love a Clean San Diego at over 100 sites throughout San Diego County for the 34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day — picking up trash and debris together on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at various sites in the county.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15 | 9am – 12pm
Where: Register and see the list of locations
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Oceanside Harbor Days

Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. Two days, packed with activities, entertainment, food, shopping.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Oceanside Beach, N Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
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!