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San Diego County Events for April 27 – 29

Head out and enjoy the perfect weather this weekend with any one of these great outdoor events and activities!

San Diego county events this weekendMission Federal ArtWalk

One of the largest fine art festival in Southern California and San Diego’s premier arts and cultural event, Mission Federal ArtWalk is returning for its 34th year to connect the community and visitors alike to fine artists, interactive art pieces, entertainment and a peek into the city’s arts scene.

On April 28 – April 29, 2018, Mission Federal ArtWalk will transform 17 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s nationally recognized Little Italy neighborhood creating an arts and culture event visitors travel thousands of miles to experience and purchase art from over 350 local, national and international emerging and established artists at the free two-day festival.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Little Italy | India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal


San Diego Shaka Fest

The San Diego Shaka Fest is the Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics! A beautiful day on Mission Bay filled with amazing events such as a youth-only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keiki’s, stages of da kine Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, your favorite boutique vendors and island inspired food vendors to enjoy. With an amazing day on the bay, this event is held by non-profit charity and youth-only program Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club!

When: Saturday, April 28 | 8am – 4pm
Where: De Anza Cove Park | 3000 N Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free to Attend | Registration fee for SUP races
More information: www.sandiegoshakafest.com


Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College

The Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College is a family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future that attracts more than 3,000 visitors annually.

When: Saturday, April 28 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free
More information: thegarden.org/events/springgardenfestival


Annual Lakeside Rodeo

The 54th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 27th, 28th & 29th, 2018 with four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, Bareback riding, Saddle bronc riding, Steer wrestling, Calf roping, Barrel racing (WPRA), Tie down roping, and Team roping…plus, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

When: Friday – Sunday, April 27 – 29
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds | 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: $10 – $20
More information: www.lakesiderodeo.com


Annual MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show

Coronado MainStreet hosts an annual car show, MotorCars on MainStreet, featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. The event is held in downtown Coronado, one block from the beach, at Isabella & Orange Avenues, usually on the last Sunday in April from 10:00 to 3:00 PM. Co-Sponsors Ron Baker Chevrolet, the City of Coronado and the County of San Diego welcome participants and spectators to the grand gathering. There is live music featuring The Cat-illacs and drawings throughout the day.

When: Sunday, April 29 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Downtown Coronado | Isabella & Orange Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: Free
More information: www.coronadomainstreet.com


Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged, a free musical walkabout, takes place April 28, 2018 along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East. The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Being able to pair the Avenue’s unique dining and drinking establishments, each with their own special ambiances and selections, with free musical performances, makes Adams Avenue the place to be on the last weekend of April. The AABA hopes to treat musical aficionados and foodies to the rich neighborhood culture.

When: Saturday, April 28 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue | Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-unplugged


San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair presented by Toyota every April and October is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!

When: Satuday & Sunday, April 28 – 29 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $8 – $35
More information: www.sandiegokidsexpo.com


Chocolate Festival

The history of chocolate and how it came to our country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels.

Guests will experience the delicious range of samples from dozens of vendors, make your own chocolate pizzas, cooking demonstrations, chocolate pairings with wine and beer for the adults, and a scavenger hunt.

Included Activities

  • Experience chocolate at our vendor booths
  • Kitchen tricks with chocolate
  • Culinary demonstrations starts at noon
  • Build your own Chocolate Pizza
  • Beer & Wine Chocolate pairings (21+ up)
  • Limited sample quantities
  • While supplies last
  • Maritime Dancers will be on the dance floor performing aboard the Berkeley at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.

When: Sunday, April 29 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101
Cost: Adults $25.00 | Child 12-3 $13.00 | Child 2 and under free – free child doesn’t recieve a sample card.
More information: here


Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! Take advantage of free family fun, entertainment, a National Award Winning MainStreet and a traditional So-Cal beach town. Come for the sun, stay for the moonlight.

Savor craft beers and soak up the sun while listening to the best bands in San Diego rock out at the Beer Garden Stage. You can even bring your kids and your dogs! Take a break from the hustle and bustle by listening to the eclectic music at The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage. See the stars of tomorrow perform at the Hansen’s Community Stage! Great news cyclists, our two Bike Valet stations are open both days to store your bicycles while you peruse the Street Fair!

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29
Where: Encinitas
Cost: Free
More information: visitencinitas.org/event/april-street-fair


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 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!

San Diego County Events for March 30 – April 1

Happy Easter! In between church and/or family gatherings, head over to a couple of these fun activities for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendNaturally Eggs-sighted

Bring your family down for an “eggs-sighting” time learning about animals that lay eggs. Help us find sea turtle eggs scattered throughout the aquarium or discover what it takes to build a turtle nest. And of course, there will be up-close encounters with the egg-layers of the natural world.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org/visitus/naturallywild


Spring Harp Fest

If you enjoy deep-rooted, down-home Americana blues? Join us tomorrow at Harry Griffen Park for Spring Harp Fest from 10 am – 6 pm. This year La Mesa is welcoming “Blues Hall of Fame” member Lazy Lester, San Diego’s own Bayou Brothers, and many more soulful acts.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 9am – 6:30pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, California 91942
Cost: Free; suggested donation $10
More information: www.springharpfest.org


Easter Egg Hunt

You’ll want to hop on over to the Children’s Nature Retreat for our Easter Egg Hunt and look for the “Special Retreat Egg.”  The big hunt begins at 10:30am on Saturday, March 31st. There will be plenty of candy-filled eggs hidden around the Retreat for even the most inexperienced egg seeker.

Along with the hunt, there will be a keeper talk with a special appearance by our big 10-pound white bunny, Easter, at 11:30AM at the picnic area.  Come hear the story of how Easter showed up at the Retreat and learn all about our soft, furry friends.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Children’s Nature Retreat | 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
Cost: $15 – $25
More information: www.childrensnatureretreat.org


Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Admission includes food and beer!

When: Saturday, March 31, 1:30 – 5pm | VIP entrance at 12pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $40
More information: www.mvcbf.com


Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

The City of Encinitas presents its annual Spring Egg Hunt. Adding to the fun in addition to the 20,000 eggs, this year they’ve got two live shows from Hullabaloo.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Community Park | 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us/Resident/Parks-Beaches-Trails/Parks


Spring Fling Maker’s Bazaar

Spend the day shopping San Diego’s most unique local fashion and food makers

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Flower Hill Promenade | 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: flowerhill.com


East Village Opening Day

Swing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party!

“Root, root, root for the home team!” as the San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame. This free, family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.

With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and tons of tasty grub, this weekend is sure to be a Grand Slam!

When: Friday, March 30, 2 – 8pm | Saturday, March 31, 12 – 6:30pm
Where: PETCO Park | 100 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark


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

San Diego County Events for March 23 – 25

Happy spring! Enjoy the weekend with activities perfect for the springtime: an egg hunt, Carlsbad flower fields, science and nature spring changes with a hands-on experience, and more!

San Diego county events this weekendSpring Carnival

The 4th Annual Lake Jennings Spring Carnival is right around the corner!

The Kids Pond will be fully stocked for kiddos under 10 to catch a fish in!
1,700 lbs of trout will be stocked that week!
2,000 Egg Hunt for children under 10 will be held in Hermits Cove promptly at 1:00 p.m. with a special sectioned off area for those 3 and under.
Free Hot Dogs will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in Hermits Cove as well!

Make camping reservations at https://camping.lakejennings.org/

Day Use Fee (Non-Fishing) 16+: $2
Adult Fishing Permit 16+: $9
Children under 8 Fishing Permit: Free with a Paid Adult Fishing Permit or $4
Youth 8-15 Fishing Permit: $4

When: Mar 24, 8am – 1pm | Egg Hunt at 1pm – ages 10 & under | Free hot dogs at 11:30
Where: Lake Jennings | 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
More information: www.lakejennings.org


Spring Tails

Spring Tails is the perfect program for a class field trip, Scout outing, or play group activity because it makes science egg-citing! Hop on over for a  60 or 90 minute adventure that includes HANDS-ON animal interactions, a spring themed craft, and lessons about life cycles, baby animals and other changes that occur during spring.

When: Ongoing
Where: Helen Woodward Animal Center Education | 6463 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: $11.24/child for 60 min or $14.24/child for 90 min
More information: animalcenter.org/programs-services/education/springtails


6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Following last year’s sold out event, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival in partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild will return for its sixth year on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this 21+ event will showcase San Diego breweries and Bankers Hill restaurants alongside pop-up galleries of local artists’ works.

This year’s festival will feature larger tasting glasses for guests who will have unlimited access to complimentary 2-ounce pours from approximately fifteen breweries

When: Friday, March 23 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey (on Fifth) | 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego
Cost: $25 – $30
More information: Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival


Carlsbad Flower Fields

On March 24 and 25, enjoy full days of fun at The Flower Fields with Kids’ Day. Saturday features a bounce house, woodworking with The Children’s Workshop, drumming, bubble making and more. Sunday we will have Star Kids Theater, Ballooning and face painting!

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Egg Hunt Spring Eggstravaganza At San Dieguito County Park

This free, family event includes two egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more. There will even be special golden eggs with bonus prizes inside! All ages are welcome to attend.

When: Saturday, March 24 | 12pm
Where: San Dieguito County Park | 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1340633156071404


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

San Diego County Events for March 2 – 4

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

San Diego county events this weekendBusker Festival

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

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


10th Anniversary San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

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

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


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

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

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


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Circus Vargas

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

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


Spring Home & Garden Show

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

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


31st Annual Koi Show

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

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

 


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

San Diego County Events for December 15 – 17

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

San Diego county events this weekendQueen Bee Market Del Mar

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

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


Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am

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

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


Breakfast Under the Oaks

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

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


Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa

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

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


Let There be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

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

Hands-On Activities:

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

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

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


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

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

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

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


San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden of Lights

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

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


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

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


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

San Diego County Events for December 1 – 3, 2017

As expected, this first weekend of December is all about the holiday season and the coming of Christmas. Find a festival or holiday activity near you!

San Diego county events this weekend

Encinitas Holiday Parade

For the 60th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market on Saturday, December 2.  Thousands of people will be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while tens of thousands cheer them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101.  The nighttime parade theme for 2017 is “Celebrating the Arts!” 

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us


Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido.  Children will have the chance to meet Santa, play in real snow, decorate Christmas cookies, see live reindeer, enjoy holiday-themed entertainers, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 3 – 8pm
Where: Lyric Court, California Center for the Arts,340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: Winter Wonderland Festival


La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Come to the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on this Sunday. There will be entertainment, a kids’ zone, educational exhibits, and photos with Santa.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 1:30 – 5pm
Where: La Jolla Recreation Center | 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/ljparade2014


Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village: San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy will kick-off this holiday season with festive family fun at the 19th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s Christmas magic and will be able to enjoy the community’s festive décor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, California 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/901784976643186


Holiday Concert with Community Chorus: Santee

Bring family and friends to a free toe-tapping concert of favorite holiday songs at the Santee Library.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 4 pm
Where: Santee Branch Library | 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd #17, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_SN


Santa by the Sea & Tree Lighting: Del Mar

From the Del Mar Village Association:

  • “Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus *Bring Your Own Camera!
  • Live Music by the Original Dickens Carolers
  • Bring Packaged Gift Donations to Benefit the Children of the Ronald McDonald House Sponsored by L’Auberge Del Mar
  • Holiday Passport Program
  • Letters to Santa Workshop
  • Make Your Own Rad Hatter Holiday Hats Sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation Young Del Mar Committee
  • Holiday Treats and Refreshments from local Del Mar Village Restaurants
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 5PM

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3pm
Where: Located at NW Corner of Camino Del Mar & 15th Street, Del Mar
Cost: Free
More information: visitdelmarvillage.com/santa-by-the-sea


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 November 17 – 19

Discover a wide range of San Diego County events and activities this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendSantee Holiday Lighting Celebration

From the City of Santee: Live Music – 5:30pm and Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6:15pm

Free holiday crafts, snow sledding by Rise City Church, photos with Santa, horse drawn trolley & wagon rides, mini express train, petting zoo, Santee fire truck, carolers, and activities for the kids.

Restaurants in close proximity to the event. Parking is limited – Using the Trolley Green Line is recommended. Rain or Shine Event

When: Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, California 92071
Cost: Free
More information: cityofsanteeca.gov


71st Annual Mother Goose Parade

The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

When: Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1 – 3pm
Where: El Cajon Blvd & W Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.mothergooseparade.org


Encinitas Fall Festival

With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Fall Festival is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention.

When: Sunday, Nov. 19 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas


Del Mar Antique Show and Sale

Over 50 years of excellence with over 100 qualified antique dealers. This is the largest indoor antique show south of San Francisco! Everything from tin to Tiffany!

All attendees to the Del Mar Racetrack are admitted FREE with proof of attendance (program, losing ticket, etc).

When: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 17 & 18, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Nov. 19, 11am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $8.00 General admission; $4.00 with discount from website; parking $13
More information: calendarshows.com


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