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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!

San Diego County Events for October 27 – 29

This last weekend of October, there’s much to do that’s Halloween-themed, but there’s also other great events planned in San Diego County. See them all below!

San Diego county events this weekendHome Shows USA

Get everything for your home under one roof, including products and services, from remodeling and décor to landscaping and more. Get inspired and get information to get started on that home improvement item you’ve been wanting to do.

When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free; parking is $13
More information: hstrial-showsusa.homestead.com


Celtic Choral Celebration

The Center Chorale performs its first concert of the 2017-2018 season Friday night at the Center Theater at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The show will focus on the tunes of Scotland and Ireland, couple with bagpipes and Highland dancing. The 50-voice ensemble will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Valent and conductor Dr. Joe Stanford, a professor emeritus from Palomar College.

When: Friday, Oct. 27 | 7pm
Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $20
More information: artcenter.org/event/celtic-choral-celebration


San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival

The third annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival is here this weekend! A $35 general admission ticket gets each attendee plenty of mac n’ cheese samples, plus 10 beer tastings. Save room for the Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese competition, too.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 11am – 2pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35 | No one under 21 admitted
More information


San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall Festival

Enjoy live, kid-friendly entertainment and fall-themed activities including pumpkin decorating, pony rides, a petting zoo and Fall arts and crafts. KIDS: Be sure not to miss our Costume Contest! (no adults in costume please). And get your photo taken with the Big Pumpkin.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10am – 2pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free (with paid admission or Garden membership) – $14
More information: www.sdbgarden.org


Boulevard Boo Parade

San Diego’s only Halloween parade, the 13th annual Boulevard Boo Parade returns to El Cajon Boulevard with ghoulish floats, vintage cars, costumes, bands and spooky surprises. The free parade starts at the intersection of El Cajon and Rolando boulevards then travels west to 60th Street. Visitors can view the procession from the south side of El Cajon Boulevard. After the parade, the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave.) will host the free AfterBOO! Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring rides, games, inflatable play structures, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and live music.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10am
Where: El Cajon and Rolando boulevards, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: collegeareabid.com/boo


Halloween Family Day

The free 9th annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day gives families a safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off their Halloween activities.

Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, and other spooky surprises from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free +
More information: www.balboapark.org


 

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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 October 20 – 22

Now that it’s October, there’s several fall-themed events and activities to partake in this weekend! Come to San Diego County to have fun with the family!
San Diego county events this weekend

Sixth Annual HauntFest On Main

The 6th Annual HauntFest on Main is an exciting family-friendly event in Downtown El Cajon.

The event features live music on two stages featuring: Costume contests on the Main St. Stage; an expanded carnival rides and games; car show; candy challenge activities; kidz zone, face painting; performances by TNT Dancers, Arts In Motion Crew & Jr. Crew, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Pumpkin Patch; craft and game booths; LED rock wall; inflatables for kids; “Ghostbusters” movies outdoors and more!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 5pm
Where: East Main Street and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information


DogFest Walk ‘N’ Roll San Diego

Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego, the national signature event of Canine Companions for Independence! Grab a leash and join us for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as we raise money to provide highly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible 1.2 mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities. Enjoy music, games, amazing dog demonstrations, presentations by assistance dog recipients and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 8am
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More information


Augmented And Virtual Reality Festival

Explore the future at the Fleet’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Festival. Visitors of all ages will have a chance to explore the AR and VR technologies that are currently being used for education, medical science and more. Activities free with paid admission.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 11am
Where: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free – $19.95
More information


Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free parking and admission
More information

El Cajon Pumpkin Station

Let the adventure begin at El Cajon Pumpkin Station.

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Parkway Plaza | 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free parking and admission
More information


Wine and Dine: BLVD Market

Join the monthly BLVD Market to celebrate local, sustainable seafood and San Diego’s best urban wineries for an unforgettable pairing night with a whole fish butchery demo by Heart & Trotter as well as salsa and bachata to dance the night away!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 6pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd at Utah St, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
More information


San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make this one of the most interesting and diverse plant sales of San Diego County. Since all of our plants are donated, we can offer HUGE savings – up to 40 or 50 percent off what you would see at other places!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free – $14
More information


Borrego Days

Don’t miss the 52nd annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, a nice weekend getaway for families this fall. The free festival runs Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a chance to enjoy beautiful weather, desert blooms, star gazing and more – and that’s on top of a parade through town, rows and rows of unique booths, handmade goods, beautiful artwork, delicious food and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs
Cost: Free
More information


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 22 – 24

Ahhh — fall is here! Pull out the sweaters and scarves for Julian’s Apple Days Festival or the Bates Nut Farm’s pumpkin patch, or act like it’s still summer by heading to the beach for the SaltDog Classic Beach Fest. Want more options? Check them out below!

San Diego county events this weekendFall Home & Garden Show

at the 28th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show this weekend in Del Mar. Peruse dozens of exhibitors – from solar panel experts and stucco pros to bathroom and kitchen renovation specialists – all under one roof. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $6

When: Sept. 22 – 24 | Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6+
More information: fallhomegardenshow.com


MCAS Miramar Air Show

Join us at the Miramar Air Show to recognize the service and sacrifice from our Vietnam War veterans. Showcasing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and welcome back the Patriots Jet Team. Both jet teams are sure to impress in what will be thrilling performances of fast-paced, formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 22 – 24 | 8am – 4:20pm
Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego
Cost: Free – $235
More information: www.miramarairshow.com


Pacific Islander Festival 2017

The 23rd annual Pacific Islander Festival at Mission Bay ~ Ski Beach has over 100 booths, from craft/cultural villages, retail, information, and food!

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:45am | Sunday, Sept.  24, 8am
Where: Ski Beach | 1600 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information


SaltDog Classic Beach Fest

On September 23, 2017 there will be art, dancing, drinking, surfing, and singing at the SaltDog Classic Beach Fest.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 | 11am
Where: Seaside State Beach | 2526 S Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free – $30
More information: www.saltdogclassic.com/the-band


Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale’s Schubertiad I

Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale present an evening of vocal chamber music to open the 2017-2018 Season.

When: Friday, Sept. 22 | 7:30pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church | 500 Farragut Cir, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $5 – $15
More information: firstpres-elcajon.org


The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm

Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from Noon-3 p.m., BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events

When: Ongoing from September 23 until October 31, 2017
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082
More information: batesnutfarm.biz


Annual Car Show on the Circle

Enjoy all the beautiful classic vehicles and entertainment at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon‘s first Annual Car Show on the Circle held September 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All the festivities are on Farragut Circle between Lexington and Washington in El Cajon.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 | 9am – 2pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon | 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.firstpres-elcajon.org


Julian Apple Days Festival

It’s that time of year again! Julian’s Apple Days Festival celebrates the start of fall and the delicious fruit associated with it. Stop by Menghini Winery for music, dancing, tractor displays, children’s games, a beer and wine garden and of course – apple pie!

When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 – 24
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free – $5
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/apple-days


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 15 – 17

Take a look at the fantastic family activities and events in San Diego County below!

San Diego county events this weekendTaste of South Park

With purchase of a Tasting Passport, guests can sup and sip their way along the 30th St and Fern St corridor, sampling bites from all participating South Park brick-and-mortar eateries, featuring local and national award-winning locations!

As a bonus, guests will get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Grape Street Square | 1946 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: $35 – $40
More information: www.southparksd.com/taste-of-south-park


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

This Friday’s (Sept. 15) free movie (find locations via the schedule link) includes:

  • Sing

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County | tonight’s showing is at Skyline Hills Community Park
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Best of the Best Film Festival

This two-evening program features a variety of fiction and documentary short films by the students of SDSU’s acclaimed Television, Film, and New Media Production program.

This evening features 90-minutes of new work, and highlights from past festivals.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:30pm
Where: Don Powell Theatre at SDSU | 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego
Cost: $10
More information: ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/about_us/don_powell


Dinner And A Concert: Siren’s Crush

One of El Cajon’s premier events, the Dinner and a Concert Series is back again this year for another stay in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner and 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.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 6pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | 201 E Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Barrios Hermanos Blvd Market

Attendees to the BLVD Market, held at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Utah Street, will enjoy craft beers, bilingual rock band Karina Frost and her Banduvians, food, local businesses and low-riders.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 6pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: sandiego.carpediem.cd/events/4548419-barrios-hermanos-blvd-market-at-the-blvd-market


Celebra

The Chicano Federation is celebrating National Hispanic and Latino Heritage month with ¡Celebra! a fun-filled salsa dancing evening.

This event will feature salsa dance lessons by the renowned dance instructor, Michael John Saltus, appetizers, beer, wine, opportunity drawings and more.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 7pm
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center | 3925 Ohio St, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.chicanofederation.org/events


Fiestas Patrias: Old Town

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates Mexican Independence Day on Saturday with Fiestas Patrias, a free, family-friendly event that includes piñatas, crafts, living history demonstrations, traditional music, dance groups and other activities throughout the park highlighting life for early settlers in the 1830s and 1840s.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: www.parks.ca.gov


Landlubbers Day

Avast, me hearties! In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village is hosting the third annual Landlubbers Day, a festive celebration of all things pirate. Held Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4 p.m. the free event features live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s very own pirate-themed band; costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests for kids, adults and pets; a mermaid grotto; arts and crafts; and food and drink specials from Seaport Village shops and eateries.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/landlubbers-day


Fiestas Patrias: Chula Vista

Music, cultural dance performances and tasty food! Chula Vista’s Fiestas Patrias runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and features more than 20 musical and cultural dance performances, all with a beautiful view of the city’s Marina and shopping district. Enjoy yummy food, face painters, kids shows, carnival lane, a children’s area and interactive zones as well. It’s a fun day for the entire family.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11am
Where: H Street, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/452559445118910


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 26 – 29

This Memorial Day weekend, there’s much to choose from; use these activities and events to help you remember those who lost their lives in service to our county.

San Diego county events this weekendSantee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Celebrating its ninth year, the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival will host its fourth annual beer festival featuring local breweries. Military will be honored this year with the Heroes Stage. New to this year’s event will be a special program to recognize children with parents currently serving in the armed forces. Festival highlights include a craft beer festival, live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides–including a rock climbing wall–and games for the family.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 10am
Where: Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free | Tickets available for the craft beer festival
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Oasis Camel Dairy’s Open Farm and Show

Spend your Saturday socializing with camels at the well-known Oasis Camel Dairy’s open farm and show. Participants will get a chance to pet and ride the friendly animals. Later in the day, watch a birds show. Tickets start at $7.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 1pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona
Cost: $7
More information: www.cameldairy.com


Legacy Week 2017 at the USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Activities will honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.

Line up of events include: Wreathe Memorial Ceremony, Lifehouse benefit concert, blood drive, kids discovery zone and more!

When: Saturday – Monday, May 27 – 29
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.midway.org/legacy-week-2017


Birding Basics

Ever gone hiking and wondered, what is that bird? Wonder no more once you learn the basics of birding with this community class, aimed at teaching you how to identify birds at a glance. Experienced birder and trail guide Winona Sollock will lead the class, giving everyone tips and tricks.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 1pm
Where: Classroom A at the Visitor’s Center – Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information: www.mtrp.org/events


Vista Strawberry Festival

Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors.

When: Sunday, May 28 | 8am – 6pm
Where: 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.com


El Cajon Dinner & A Concert Series

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


14th Annual Lebanese Food Festival

Come explore and experience the food, the culture and the heritage of Lebanon. Guests will feast on traditional healthy lebanese dishes like saj zaatar & cheese, tabouleh, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, beef shawarma, chicken kabob, kibbeh and gourmet sweets.

Along with the exquisite Lebanese food will be evening live music & dancing, folkloric performances throughout the day, beer & wine garden, carnival rides, cooking demonstrations and a raffle drawing for a $10,000 cash prize.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: St. Ephrem Maronite Catholic Church | 750 Medford St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/sdlebanesefestival


La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary, one of the San Diego’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, will host its annual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 29th, at 1:00 PM at its picturesque hilltop setting.

When: Monday, May 29 | 1pm
Where: La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary | 3191 Orange St., National City, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lavistamemorialpark.com/event/memorial-day-2017-05-30/2017-05-29

San Diego County Events for April 28 – 30

On this beautiful spring weekend, there are lots of things to do in and around San Diego — both in and outside! While there’s a whole list of great activities and events in San Diego County listed, the top ones include: the musical Adams Avenue Unplugged, La Mesa’s physics event, and Encinitas’ street fair. But check them all out below!

San Diego county events this weekendFun with Physics

Free day of fun with physics in La Mesa this weekend!

Fun with Physics in La Mesa, CA

When: Saturday, April 29 | 9am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa – Brady Family Teen Center & Highwood Park | 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1; the fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com


Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy in San Diego this weekend. Stroll over 15 blocks filled with artwork from over 350 local, national, and international artists on Saturday. The weekend-long event is recognized as one of San Diego’s premier arts and cultural event and the largest fine art festival in Southern California. The free family-friendly event also features live music, street food, interactive art activities and KidsWalk.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 11am
Where: Little Italy | Ash and Grape Street 92101, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal


Spring Butterfly And Garden Festival

A family-friendly event at Cuyamaca College and The Water Conservation Garden featuring the Ornamental Horticulture department’s biggest plant sale of the year, and exhibitors and vendors with garden-related information and merchandise.

The Garden will be hosting tours of the butterfly pavilion and feature kids activities, butterfly release, storytime and more.

When: Saturday, April 29 | 9am
Where: Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College | 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.thegarden.org


Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Down six blocks of the scenic South Coast Highway 101, the Encinitas Spring Street Fair features international food, children’s rides, four live stages and the craft brewery beer garden guarantee that there will be fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 9am
Where: Downtown Encinitas S, Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.encinitas101.com


2017 Adams Avenue Unplugged

The sixth annual Adams Avenue Unplugged along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue this weekend. The popular music festival is free, and will feature more than 80 artists performing on 30 stages.

When: Saturday, April 29 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue, from Kensington through Normal Heights until University Heights, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenueunplugged.com


San Diego Rose Show

The San Diego Rose Show at the McMillin Event Center (2875 Dewey Rd.) at Liberty Station. The show, presented by the San Diego Rose Society, invites amateurs to showcase their roses in the exhibit hall to be admired by judges and attendees. Local rosarians will be on-hand to share tips on how to select and grow the best roses, depending on where your garden grows.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 1 – 5pm
Where: McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $5; 12 and under free
More information: www.sdrosesociety.org


Chocolate Festival

At the Chocolate Festival, learn about the history of chocolate and how it came to the U.S.; browse and taste a variety of chocolate from more than a dozen local vendors. Make your own chocolate pizza; for adults, there will be a wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings, plus live baking and cooking demonstrations.

When: Sunday, April 30 | 10am
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9+
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival

San Diego County Events for April 14 – 16

Happy Easter! As expected, the majority of things to do this weekend are Easter egg hunts for the kids, but there are a couple of other options as well. Check out my list below:

San Diego county events this weekendSunday Easter services in San Diego County

Around San Diego County, there are Easter church services to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Check out this list here and here.


Easter in the Courtyard

Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon will host its annual Easter in the Courtyard on Saturday which includes an egg hunt boasting 14,000 Easter eggs. Also on the agenda: jumpy houses, carnival games, a shop-and-swap zone and food for sale from Ray’s BBQ.

When: Saturday, April 15 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Foothills Christian Church | 365 W Bradley Ave, El Cajon CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: foothillschurch.org/events/easter-in-the-courtyard


Spring Eggstravaganza

At the Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes, have fun with the kids! There’s going to be continuous egg hunts for kids eight and younger, plus – carnival rides, pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and more fun for the entire family.

When: Saturday, April 15 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Santee Lakes, Lake 5 | 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, California 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3618


Grossmont Easter Egg Hunt

Check out Grossmont Center for eggs-tra special fun, free kid-friendly crafts and activities, an Easter Egg Hunt, costumed characters, face painters, balloon artists, hair styling and more. Get ready for an egg-sperience to remember this Easter at Grossmont Center. Plus, don’t forget to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

When: Saturday, April 15 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/easter-egg-hunt


More Easter egg hunts around San Diego County here!


Cat-illacs concert

Part of Seaport Village’s concert series, the Cat-illacs will perform Sunday afternoon with rock-n-roll music.

When: Sunday, April 16 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/cat-illacs-12


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1; the fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.

This Sunday, there will also be an Easter service at 6:30am, as well as The Bayou Brothers performing 1-5pm.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily | Sunday Easter service at 6:30am
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com