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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
More information: bit.ly/ParkAppreciation


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
More information: www.belmontpark.com


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
More information: www.explorenorthpark.com/taste-of-north-park-2018


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
More information: www.breadandsaltsandiego.com


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
More information: www.polishmission.org


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
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 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
More information: www.kaaboodelmar.com


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
More information: cityofsanteeca.gov/government/departments/community-services/city-parks/town-center-community-park


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
More information: www.americasfinestbbq.com


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
More information: www.southparksd.com/home/events


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
More information: www.rockthebaytri.com


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
More information: cleanupday.org/cleanupSites


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
More information: visitoceanside.org/harbor-beach


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

San Diego County Events for August 24 – 26

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

Carlsbad Music Festival

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

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


San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

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

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


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

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

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


Swinging Gypsies

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

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


14th Annual Leucadiart Walk

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

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


Grunion Run

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

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


Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org


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

San Diego County for August 10 – 12

This weekend, choose from a variety of events and activities in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendImpossible Science Festival

The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even experience virtual reality.

This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12 | 11am
Where: Fleet Science Center | 1875 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: $21.25 – $24.95
More information: www.fleetscience.org


ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station celebrates 13 years of bringing visual arts,  music, and interactive art-making for families to San Diego in beautiful Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at LIberty Station. The Arts District at Liberty Station has blossomed into San Diego’s premier venue for the arts, museums, dining and entertainment.  The beautiful outdoor setting, surrounding a picturesque rose garden, is flat, grassy, and easily accessible for both artists and attendees. ArtWalk @ Liberty Station also features a shaded wine and beer pavilion and a street food area.

When: Saturday, July 11, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, July 12, 10am – 5pm
Where: Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at Liberty Station | 2751 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: artwalksandiego.org/libertystation


33rd Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performance Arts and Education Center will hold its 33rd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival from Aug. 11 to 12. A family-oriented event focused on cultural heritage, entertainment and networking, this festival appeals to the whole family and allows San Diego locals as well as tourists the opportunity to learn about Philippine culture and performing arts through dances and music.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12 | 11am – 5pm
Where:  Balboa Park, at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.balboapark.org


Gourmet Food Truck Festival

The 8th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival is taking over Del Mar Saturday, Aug. 11.

Taste some of SoCal’s most delicious food on wheels. More than 30 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at affordable prices.

When: Saturday, August 11 | 12pm
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.dmtc.com/season


CityFest Art & Music Festival

The 35th annual celebration of community spirit features live bands, electric dance music DJ’s, arts, crafts, and food that attracts over 150,000+ visitors from San Diego and Southern California! This is San Diego’s LARGEST and BEST art and music festival– stretching nearly half a mile in size on over 9 city blocks!

When: Sunday, August 12 | 12 – 11pm
Where: Fifth Avenue and University, Hillcrest community | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free, but register online
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/cityfest-street-fair-music-festival


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

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

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


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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


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

San Diego County Events for July 27 – 29

San Diego County has events all over the place this weekend: movies, art, music and food are all on the list of fun things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendPop Up Art Show

The Talmadge Art Show is celebrating its Silver Anniversary – 25 years with two main shows and two Pop Up shows in 2018. In 25 years, over 3,000 artists have participated. Artists represent all types of craft and come from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, as far as Tucson and Santa Fe.

The next Pop Up Show will be on Cygnet Theatre’s Elaine Lipinsky Patio in Old Town- 4040 Twiggs Street, Saturday July 28 from 2-8 p.m. It will feature 18 artists who create and sell high quality crafts. The Talmadge Art Show is partnering with Cygnet Theatre to support its mission by donating a portion of the sales from the art show. Pop Up Art Show is free and everyone is invited to attend.

When: Saturday, July 28 | 2pm
Where: Cygnet Theatre | 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: cygnettheatre.com


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.

When: Sunday, July 29 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Cost: Free
More information: Sunday Organ Concert


Nat Diego

More than 60 natural wine producers from around the globe will give guests a taste of their creations at the second annual Nat Diego in Barrio Logan. Natural winemakers say their wines are free of chemical additives, are made by hand and farmed responsibly. While Nat Diego features an array of seminars and parties from Friday through Sunday, the Grand Tasting, where guests can sample dozens of wines with the purchase of a $50 ticket, is on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. The full schedule can be found here.

When: Saturday, 12 – 4pm
Where: Bread and Salt (Barrio Logan) | 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: $50
More information: Nat Diego


Sip of Julian

Julian may be known for their delicious pies, but this annual event shows there is more to the city than just apples. Winemakers, beer crafters, mixologists and more will be offering up samples of their local creations at Sip of Julian 2018. A $25 general admission ticket to the 21-and-up event gets guests tastes from Blue Door Winery, Julian Ciderworks, Golden Coast Mead and Julian Wine & Chocolate, just to name a few. Ticketholders also get access to small bites from Julian eateries. A shuttle will take guests from stop to stop with the addition of a $10 shuttle ticket. Proceeds from the event help the city of Julian fund their annual Country Christmas.

When: Saturday, July 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Tasting Rooms
Cost: $25 here
More information: Sip of Julian


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!