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San Diego County Events for May 18 – 20

As always, there’s many fun events to choose from this weekend! Go to El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert, the Fiesta Del Sol, the San Diego Taco Fest, or any one of the other great options!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Taco Fest

The San Diego Taco Fest is a food, music, and cultural celebration of all that makes San Diego America’s Finest City. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Waterfront Park which boasts stunning views of the bay. Only for 21+

30+ of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.

The day will be packed with incredible national and local musical performances.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 11am – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: 21+ only; $30 – $35 admission
More information: sdtacofest.com


Old House Fair

The 20th annual Old House Fair is South Park’s historic home tour bringing together vintage home specialists, historic preservation enthusiasts, home owners and history lovers in celebration of the historic homes and character of our neighborhood.  This year we celebrate South Park’s newly designated historic district – bounded by 28th Street to the west, Elm Street to the north, 31st Street to the east and A Street to the south.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 10am – 4pm
Where: South Park historic district — look at the website for details
Cost: $6 – $50 | buy online
More information: www.oldhousefairsd.com


39th Annual Fiesta Del Sol

So Cal’s best free festival, based on their website! Family activities, food trucks, crafts, beer and wine, live music, fine arts, rides, etc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20
Where: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Annual Fiesta do Espirito Santo

Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel. In San Diego, the Festa do Espírito Santo is the oldest ethnic religious celebration, dating back to the time when the first families settled here in 1884 and was formally organized in 1910.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall | 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: upses.com/u-p-s-e-s-festa


Ramona Rodeo

A Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: Fred Grand Arena, Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $100
More information: ramonarodeo.net


Escondido Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival is one of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors, and has been happening since 1989…bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment to Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

Every 3rd Sunday in May and October…come out and enjoy the fun, food, music, games, activities and shopping!

When: Sunday, May 20 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper Street, Escondido
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

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

When: Friday evenings (this week May 18) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Cajon Classic Cruise

One of El Cajon’s Premier events, the famous Cajon Classic Cruise is back again this year for another stay in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Thousands of people from all over Southern California visit this display of classic cars from all over. Join us Wednesday evenings to view the best of classic cars.

When: Every Wednesday, Apr 18 – ongoing | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | E Main St & S Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.cajonclassiccruise.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 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 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 January 5 – 7

This first weekend of the new year, spend time with family and friends in San Diego County. Check out the things to do for this weekend, Jan. 5 – 7, 2018.
San Diego county events this weekend

Carnaval Fantastique

“Carnaval Fantastique”is a celebration of music and action that catapults the audience into a world of excitement and glamour. An international cast combines the thrill of gravity-defying acrobatics, the agility and strength of balance, hilarious comedy, beautiful dancers and dynamic laser special effects.

When: Sunday, Jan. 7 | 5pm and 8pm
Where: Sycuan Casino | 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free
More information: www.sycuan.com/event/carnaval-fantastique-5pm


San Diego Resolution Run

Work off some of that holiday weight with a scenic 5K, 15K or half-marathon along a flat and scenic waterfront course.

When: Saturday, Jan. 6
Where: Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay, CA
More information: sandiegoresolutionrun.com


San Diego Spring Home Show

This Home Show is designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes.

Each of our events includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes.

When: Friday – Sunday, Jan. 5 – 7, 2018
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.visitsandiego.com


Friday Night Liberty

Experience all the Arts District has to offer by attending the free Friday Night Liberty art walk.

Taking place on the first Friday of every month, you’ll be able to meet working artists, enjoy dance, theater and music performances, visit museums and galleries and more.

Start your stroll at the Dick Laub NTC Command Center at 2640 Historic Decatur Road and pick up a monthly program and District map.

When: Friday, Jan. 5 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Dick Laub NTC Command Center | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information


Global Winter Wonderland: Circus of Light

This 17-acre holiday festival is in San Diego for the first time ever this season, up and running at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland opens daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. but is closed on some dates.

When: Now through Jan 7, 2018 | opens at 4:30 or 5pm | Check this calendar for exact dates and times to plan your visit.
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older
More information: www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego


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!

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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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!