Category Archives: El Cajon

San Diego County Events for Sept. 13 – 15

The latest on this weekend’s events for San Diego County:

 

Santee Bluegrass Festival

Funds raised will benefit the Santee Teen Center, park improvement projects, and the Recreation Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to qualifying Santee children, teens and seniors to take part in City recreation programs.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 | 5:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Tickets only available at Santee City Hall (10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee – Building 6) until Friday, Sept 13 at 1pm
Cost: $35+
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San Diego Bayfair

San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

When:  Sept 13 – 15
Where: 1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: $20+
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Founders’ Day – Old Town San Diego

As the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego plans to commemorate the tapestry of San Diego with a Founders’ Day Festival.

When: Sept. 14 – 15, 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego Avenue – Old Town San Diego
Cost: Free
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Studio by the Bay Family Days

More than 20 small businesses on El Cajon Blvd (from Idaho to Illinois Streets) are putting on the end-of-summer installment of Stroll the Boulevard. Free festival with food deals, music, art and shopping.

When: Friday, Sept. 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Seaport Village, San Diego
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 Sept. 6-8, 2019

Close out the summer here in San Diego County!

Grossmont Center’s Summer Concert Series

Celebrate the 23nd anniversary of the Julian Grape Stomp Festa Julian’s Grape Stomp Festa is a great way to spend this Saturday, with: local wineries, breweries, and cideries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, and great music.

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 | 11am
Where: Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $15 – 75
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US San Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego and national breweries, music, entertainment, games and food vendors.

When:  Sept 7 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 3400 Pio Pico Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $20-55
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Friday Night Liberty

The Arts District at Liberty Station hosts Friday Night Liberty, a free, monthly art walk showcasing local artists, dance, music and theatre – highlighting the arts culture in San Diego.

When: Friday, Sept 6, 5 – 9pm
Where: The Arts District at Liberty Station | 2640 Decatur Rd, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Stroll the Boulevard: End of Summer Evening Festival

More than 20 small businesses on El Cajon Blvd (from Idaho to Illinois Streets) are putting on the end-of-summer installment of Stroll the Boulevard. Free festival with food deals, music, art and shopping.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, 6 – 10p
Where: El Cajon Blvd (between Idaho and Illinois Streets), El Cajon
Cost: Free
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6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

More than 40 craft breweries and cider houses are coming together for the Carlsbad Brewfest this Saturday at Holiday Park. Music, entertainment and food along with beer and cider!

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 | 1 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 1055 Chestnut Ave, Carlsbad
Cost: $55
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for August 9 – 11, 2019

A beautiful San Diego weekend to enjoy terrific San Diego events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Safety Fair

Join the La Mesa Police Department and Heartland Fire and Rescue Department for the 2019 La Mesa Safety Fair. Guided police station tours,
bike safety and skills course for kids! (*feel free to bring your own bike and helmet), CPR training, resource booths, music, food, and giveaways!

When: Saturday, Aug 10 | 9am – 1pm
Where: La Mesa PD parking lot | 8085 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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34th Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

This community festival at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in Balboa Park will take place both Saturday and Sunday, celebrating Filipino culture through entertainment, dance, art, and food. The event is free; local vendors will sell traditional Filipino goodies like adobo, lumpia, pancit, and Halo-Halo.

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 10 & 11 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Balboa Park, corner of Park Blvd and Presidents Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” will offer several outdoor movie screenings this Saturday at parks across the county, all starting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

When: Saturday, August 10 | start times between 6 and 7pm
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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12th Annual heART of Mt. Helix

Party for a purpose against the backdrop of the setting sun at the historic Mt. Helix Park known for its 360-degree views. The heART of Mt. Helix, East County’s Premier Food, Wine, and Art Festival benefits Mt. Helix Park. The magic happens on August 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. as one of San Diego’s most spectacular outdoor venues is transformed by this one-of-a-kind festival of art, music, and samplings from some of San Diego’s best restaurants and beverage companies, while benefiting one of the county’s most unique nonprofit nature parks and outdoor amphitheaters.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 5 – 10pm
Where: Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheatre , 4905 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa, CA
Cost: $99 – $1800
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Children’s Business Fair San Diego

Acton Children’s Business Fair is a great community event, where children and youth become business owners for one day. The event is free and open to the public.

Kids ages 5-17 would be able to develop, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 10am
Where: South Embarcadero, 675 Convention Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition

Join daring dogs as they jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20 next to the iconic IB Pier! Competition happens 8am – 2:15pm.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 8am – 2:30pm
Where: Imperial Beach Pier | 10 Evergreen Ave. Imperial Beach, CA 91932
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 May 24 – 27

On this Memorial Day weekend, attend one of these fun and family-friendly events in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekend

Street Food Cinema: Outdoor Movie and Dinner

The Grossmont center is showing Jurassic Park and will welcome food trucks serving a variety of selections, from popcorn over ice cream to dinner entrées and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. To get the most fun out of Street Food Cinema, plan to arrive early to listen to live music and order dinner from one of the food vendors. 

When: Saturday, May 25 | doors open at 6pm, movie starts 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Legacy Week

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.

When: May 24 – 27
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Cost: $22+
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Valley Center Western Days

Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor”. The parade runs the length of Valley Center Road from Lilac Road, and then turn left onto Cole Grade Road, finishing up at the Elementary School where the annual festival is held. Vendors, games, food and entertainment can all be found at the largest community festival of the year.

When: May 25 | parade begins at 10am
Where: Parade ends and festival is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA
Cost: Free
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Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA
Cost: Street Fair: Free. Beer Festival: $15-25
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Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, will be held Memorial Day weekend and has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, Maritime Museum of San Diego will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 25 to 27 with special general admission hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.

When: May 25 – 27 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Takes place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego
Cost: General admission $18+
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Annual Butterfly Release

The free, family-friendly event features a special performance by children’s singer Kathryn the Grape, arts and crafts activities provided by San Diego Floral Association, and hourly butterfly releases around 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Families can reserve a butterfly for a $5 donation, but live butterflies will also be distributed first-come first-served a few minutes before each release.

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Zoro Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for May 17 – 19

There’s many events going on in San Diego County! I recommend checking the events’ websites to see if it’s a rain-or-shine event, just in case.

San Diego county events this weekendGrand Avenue Festival

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in their historic downtown on Grand Ave, from Center City to Ivy. You’ll be able to shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and enjoy international cuisine, local entertainment, and much more!

When: Sunday, May 19 | 9am – 5pm
Where: On Grand Ave from Center City to Ivy, Escondido
Cost: Free
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Kids to Parks Day

Kids to Parks Day – celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May – is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country:

— Enjoy outdoor recreation
— Learn STEM and history
— Embrace their role as park stewards

When: Saturday, May 18
Where: Local, state and national parks: search for one near you here
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Taste of Julian

Taste of Julian gives you the opportunity to sample many of the culinary delights Julian has to offer all at once, including apple pie. This year, many of the town’s restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in this self-guided culinary tour of the historic mountain town’s unique restaurants.

When: May 18 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Town-wide, but begin at town hall | Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day-of
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Fiesta del Sol

The 40th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 18th and 19th from 9AM to 9PM each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE 2-day Arts & Music Festival for 40 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove.

When: May 18 and 19 | 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove, Solano Beach, CA
Cost: Free
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Van Go! STEAM Festival

Van-Go! is a free event in the beautiful and historic Little Italy San Diego, showcasing the accomplishments and talents of San Diego county STEAM enthusiasts. Van-Go! is an opportunity for schools and businesses to highlight their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math through multiple interactive experiences throughout the day.

This event features a silly soap box race; fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual & performing arts entertainment and a beer & wine garden.

When: May 18 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Little Italy | 1789 State St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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SoCal Taco Festival

91X presents SoCal TACO FEST 2019! Over 25 of your favorite restaurants at Waterfront Park for San Diego’s biggest taco festival! Plus, Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua races & beauty pageant, and the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent.

When: May 18 | 11am – 10pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$125
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Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Spend the day at the Ocean Beach Kite Festival enjoying live music, street fair, carnival rides and, of course, kites.

When: May 18 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Robb Athletic Field | 2525 Bacon Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Free
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America on Main Street 2019

Join El Cajon for this annual event in Downtown El Cajon, America on Main Street 2019 . Three live stages, free amusement rides and attractions, contest and scavenger hunts, interactive zones, food and refreshments.

This year is a “Out Of This World” theme with a variety of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come join us as we have fun in the sun and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing at this annual event.

When: Saturday, May 18 | 2pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | 200 Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
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 May 10 – 12, 2019

Check out what’s going on in San Diego County this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendTaste of Grossmont

Sample delicious food from Grossmont Center’s fantastic collection of restaurants at the annual Taste of Grossmont. Taste of Grossmont is an amazing opportunity to feast on cuisines from around the globe—Mexican, Italian, Irish, American, and more—all in one day. More than 20 of Grossmont Center’s participating restaurants will serve delectable bites of their signature dishes that can be savored while spending the afternoon shopping.

When: May 11 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Festival of Arts – North Park

The 23rd Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park is back Saturday, May 11th from 11AM to 10PM! Experience this local North Park tradition, with live music, live street art demonstrations, music stages and local food! This event is FREE and for all ages! Don’t miss a fun-filled day and night of entertainment in San Diego’s hippest neighborhood.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 11am – 10pm
Where: University Ave in North Park, San Diego
Cost: Free; $27 for Craft Beer Block tasting tickets
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Mountain Man Rendezvous

Visit a “mountain man” encampment to meet characters from the North American Fur Trade era (1815-1840). See demonstrations of flint and steel fire-starting, archery, tomahawk & knife throwing, blackpowder shooting, trap setting, primitive cooking, and candle making. Listen to the stories of those who followed Lewis and Clark into the western mountains. Primitive camps, teepees, a blacksmith shop and period-dressed people will be ready to talk with you and show you around.

When: Friday, May 10
Where: Northcote Ranch, 2294 Lake Morena Drive, Campo
Cost: $5
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Tacotopia

The largest, unlimited taco event in San Diego. Tacos from TJ to LA, from established taco chains to mom and pop taco stands and trucks. A diverse selection of crispy fish tacos, fancy gourmet tacos, and savory street tacos from 60 of the best taco vendors. Unlimited taco tasting, beer tastings from 20 local breweries, full-sized pours and margaritas available at the bar, live music, lucha libre wrestling, and lawn games.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Golden Hill Community Park|2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego
Cost: $15 – $55 | 21+
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31st Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow

The Balboa Park Pow Wow showcases the heritage of American Indians. Participants of all ages will be present from American Indian tribes, drum groups. and communities, wearing ornate regalia. Kumeyaay singers will open the event both days with Birds Songs. Gourd Dancing will follow, and then the Grand Entry, which opens a day of inter-tribal dancing. Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry, clothing, fry bread, and Indian tacos.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Gator by the Bay

Music, Louisiana food and crawfish festival!

When: May 9 – 12
Where: Spanish Landing Park | 3900 North Harbor Drive (Across from San Diego Airport), San Diego
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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 May 3 – 5, 2019

Here’s some of what is going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast: a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!

When: May 3 – 5
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cayote Music Festival

An all student-run music festival on the grand lawn featuring local musicians, artists, and vendors!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, California 92019
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Garden Walk & Evening in the Garden

A walking tour of eight home gardens in the area, with artist demonstrations, garden marketplace with local crafters and artisans, food trucks, etc. This a self-guided walking garden tour and is at your own pace. You can choose your own route and tour the gardens and homes in any order you wish.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 3111 Kellogg St., San Diego CA 92106 – or – All Souls’ Episcopal Church,1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego CA 92107​
Cost: $30
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Rally for Science San Diego

Head to the 2019 Rally For Science on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park

The annual free event is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities

When: Saturday, May 4 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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15th Annual SD Dragon Boat Festival

San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance presents the 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

Watch dragon boats race to the beat of drums and celebrate Asian cultures and cuisines.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 9am
Where: Tecolote Shores North | East Mission Bays Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 750 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more! The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.

When: Sunday, May 5 | 8am
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2775 State Street , Carlsbad, CA 92008
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 April 12 – 14

A wonderful spring weekend to get out there and do something!

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

Spring Eggstravaganzas

There’s a variety of spring eggstravaganzas happening all over San Diego County this weekend. Check out this one in El Cajon, or view the other locations/details here.

When: Saturday, April 13 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Flinn Springs County Park | 14787 Old Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
Cost: Free
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ArtFest 2019 at San Diego Botanic Garden

ArtFest 2019 Including Fine Art & Asian Art April 13 & 14 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces to adorn your home or garden? Then you’ll enjoy ArtFest, featuring more than 20 local and regional artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices! 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

Cost: Free – $14
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Coronado Flower Show

At the Coronado Flower Show, activities will include:

  • Design and Horticultural Exhibits
  • Entertainment on the Bandstand
  • Children’s Activities
  • Educational Exhibits
  • “Ask a Master Gardener” Booth
  • Beer Garden (21+)
  • Food and Drink
  • Floral-related Products for Sale
  • Green Elephant and Plant Sale

When: Saturday, 1 – 5pm | Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Where: Spreckels Park |601 Orange Ave., Coronado
Cost: Free – $5
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Warbird Expo & Militaria Swap Meet

Get an up-close look at warbirds, classic aircraft, classic cars and WWII memorabilia at the Warbirds Expo & Militaria Swap Meet this Saturday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The swap meet will feature WWII collectibles like books, photos, uniforms, toys and more. Meanwhile, on the expo floor, attendees will have a chance to go inside a real WWII aircraft and can even join in on a 1940s reenactment cosplay contest. 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Gillespie Field | 1960 Joe Crosson Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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evARTS Block Party

The East Village’s hip Quartyard venue (1301 Market St.) is celebrating its 4th birthday Saturday with its first-ever evARTS Block Party. It will run along 13th Street, off Market Street, and aims to highlight the local arts culture. The event includes craft beer, live music, and pop-up tasting tents. 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 3 – 9pm
Where: Courtyard | 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 | Along 13th Street, off Market Street
Cost: $5 – $10
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The Mom Made Market San Diego

Come shop #mommade and support local moms in business this spring. It’ll be an intimate, curated market with free parking, an easy central location, and lots of fun planned for the whole family. 

When: Friday, 4 – 9pm | Saturday 10am – 4pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 2001 S El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054 
Cost: $5
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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!