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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

San Diego County Events for March 24 – 26

This weekend in San Diego County, there are so many fantastic activity options available! Soak up the beauty in nature, reveal in the city’s events, and soak up some tunes.

San Diego county events this weekendFred Hall’s Fishing, Tackle, Boat & Travel Show

The 41-year-old Fred Hall Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest outdoor recreation show in the nation’s fifth largest county. It is San Diego’s biggest fishing show, biggest boat show and biggest outdoor recreation event of the year. The show features nearly 500 booths, hundreds of boats, vehicles, campers and RV’s. Over 200 outdoor recreation seminars will take place over the 4 days of this show.

When: Thursday – Sunday, March 23 – 26 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $15, 15 and under are free
More information: www.fredhall.com/san-diego


2017 San Diego Beatles Fair

To be held at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in North Park, this year’s edition of the San Diego Beatles Fair — the 15th since 1995 — is set to be the biggest yet. More than three dozen bands and solo artists are scheduled to perform on four stages

When: Saturday, March 25 | 12 – 11pm
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St., North Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10-$25
More information: sandiegobeatlesfair.com


Tequila & Taco Music Festival

California’s largest traveling tequila and taco music festival is coming to San Diego this weekend. On Saturday, sample top-shelf tequilas, while enjoying gourmet tacos, live music, margaritas, craft beer, and art vendors to shop from! Tequila sampling will only happen on Saturday, 11am -3:00 pm.

When: Saturday, March 25, 11am – 5:30pm | Sunday, March 26, 11:30am – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $60 | Must be 21+ to attend
More information: tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/sandiego


Farm Stand Spring Farm Fair

At Golden Door Resort’s Spring Farm Fair, there will be local vendors, kids’ crafts, live local music, organic fruits & vegetables, refreshments and more.

When: Saturday, March 25 | 9am – 3pm
Where: 314 Deer Springs Rd., San Marcos, CA
Cost: Free
More information: shop.goldendoor.com/farmstand


Rolando Street Fair

Enjoy one of the county’s most intimate street fairs on Rolando Blvd in San Diego. The Fair boasts a great musical line-up every year and offers tons of food, arts and crafts, and service booths. The Rolando Street Fair has a wide assortment of carnival rides and games, face-painting and balloon artists, and plenty of youth-friendly booths too. Something for everyone in the family!

When: Sunday, March 26 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Rolando Blvd at El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: rolandocc.org/p-25118-street-fair


Stars at West Sycamore

Join the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) for this springtime stargazing session at Mission Trails Regional Park Friday night. Weather permitting, the group meets at the West Sycamore staging area located at the east end of Stoneybridge Parkway in Scripps Ranch. The event is free; and there will even be telescopes that you can use.

When: Friday, March 24 | 7 – 10pm
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdaa.org


Arbor Day Celebration

El Cajon, now in its 20th year of receiving the Tree City USA Award, will host its 28th annual Arbor Day Celebration with a tree-planting ceremony at Kennedy Park.

When: Saturday, March 25 | 8am
Where: Kennedy Park | 1675 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us


8th Annual Chamorro Cultural Festival

Join the CHE’LU San Diego organization for this free cultural event at California State University San Marcos. The family-friendly festival will include live music, dancing, food, raffles, art, workshops, a beer garden and more – all to celebrate the Chamorro culture of the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Island.

When: Saturday, March 25 | 9am – 6pm
Where: Cal State University San Marcos | 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096
Cost: Free
More information: www.chelusd.org/events

San Diego County Events for November 18 – 20

Art, a holiday lighting, parade, and Shakespeare are just a few of the activities going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday Lighting in Santee

Santee will kick off the holiday season Friday night with this Holiday Lighting party at Santee Trolley Square, which includes live music, arts and crafts for the kids, a mini express train, a petting zoo, snow sledding, food vendors and photos with Santa ($12). The event itself is free, but some activities may cost a small fee. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony, which happens at 6:15 p.m. sharp.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA
Cost: Free – $12+
More information: Holiday Lighting in Santee


Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night

This Bollywood party celebrates the Indian tradition of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Activities include a dance lesson, Henna tattoos and an 11 p.m. dance performance, and tunes of DJs Ukeim and Prashant. Entry is free to the first 100, pre-registered attendees until 10 p.m. Otherwise, it’s $10 per person at the door. Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 9pm – 1:30am
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center | 3925 Ohio St., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free for the first 100; $10 after
More information: Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night


Fall Talmadge Art Show

The 24th annual Fall Talmadge Art Show features 85 artists showcasing handmade contemporary craft and fine art including: skirts, dresses, hats, purses, nuno felt clothing; silk clothing; pottery, mosaics, jewelry of all kinds, including bead, silver, pearl and more; baskets, clocks, garden art, dolls, sculpture, paintings, fiber art and more — plus events!

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station Conference Center | 2600 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.talmadgeartshow.com


70th Annual Mother Goose Parade

The 70th annual Mother Goose Parade is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

The parade includes colorful and exciting parade entries, such as floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons, clowns, eloquent equestrians, special guests, and of course Santa Claus at the end of the parade. The parade route travels down Main Street. Parade begins at 1 p.m.

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Parade starts at 10am
Where: Main St, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.mothergooseparade.org


“Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

Audiences around San Diego get the chance to see free performances of one of William Shakespeare’s beloved plays in their own community as part of The Old Globe’s “Globe for All” program. The program, now in its third year, brings free and low-cost performances of a Shakespeare play to communities around San Diego. This year, the program will put on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

When: Saturday, Nov. 19 | 12pm
Where: Escondido Public Library | 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: “Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

San Diego County Events for October 21 – 23

San Diego events this weekend include many Halloween-related activities, but there’s also a few other fun things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendBoomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park is back for its 4th year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event! Friday, Saturday & Sunday after 5pm. Halloween activities include: free trick-or-treating, zombie laser tag, a roller coaster, pumpkin patch and painting, zip line and rock wall, live performances, costume contests, and more.

 

 

When: Oct. 21-Oct. 23 and Oct. 28-Oct. 30, 5pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
More information: Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt


HauntFest

The fifth annual “HauntFest on Main” event will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 in Downtown El Cajon! The special event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon, with an estimated 35,000 people expected. Admission is free, but some of the rides will charge a nominal fee.

When: Friday, October 21 | 5 – 10pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon
Cost: Free; rides charge
More information: hauntfest.org


Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival

Ocean Beach Kiwanis’ Annual Howl-o-Ween Canine Carnival will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a Howl-O-Ween Party and Street Fair for OBceans and their best friends, featuring games, prizes, costume contest/parade (for dogs and their humans), and food. Dog lovers from anywhere are welcome!

When: Saturday, October 22 | 10am
Where: Dusty Rhodes Park | Nimitz Blvd. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Admission is free but dogs must be registered: $7 for single dog/ $10 for groups of dogs/ $10 for floats.
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/parks/dusty-rhodes-park


Fit Foodie 5K and 10K

Cross the most delicious finish line ever and indulge in an unforgettable day filled with food, fitness and fun!

When: Saturday, October 22 | 7am
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: Fit Foodie 5K and 10K


Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for September 30 – October 2

In the beautiful county of San Diego this weekend, there are some great events! Oktoberfests in La Mesa and El Cajon are going on this weekend, the San Diego Int’l Film Festival is underway, and there’s plenty more!


San Diego International Film Festival

The San Diego Int’l Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and International independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region’s diverse cultural landscape, enhances the art community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego.

When: Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2 | Times vary
Where: Locations vary, see below link
Cost: Tickets cost about $15 per movie, or you can buy a pass for an entire day or several days that includes all screenings
More information: San Diego International Film Festival


La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa’s Oktoberfest is finally here! Check out the details below:

la-mesa-oktoberfest

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2
Where: La Mesa Village
Cost: Free
More information: La Mesa Oktoberfest


Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree


San Diego Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016 | 10am
Where: Balboa Park (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego
Cost: $10 – $22.50
More information: sdmakerfaire.org


El Cajon Oktoberfest

El Cajon, like La Mesa, has an Oktoberfest as well; here is the information:

El Cajon Oktoberfest

When: Sept 30 – Oct. 2 & Oct. 7 – 9, 2016
Where: S. Mollison Ave., 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: See flyer above
More information: www.germanclubsandiego.org/portfolio-list/oktoberfest-2016

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