Category Archives: Encinitas

San Diego County Events for March 15 – 17

St. Patrick’s Day weekend has much to offer for those in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSt. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run + Hullabaloo Concert

Grossmont Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Run happens this Sunday from 9am-10am, and stick around for Hullabaloo from 10am-11am. Be sure to dress in your best green attire.

When: Sunday, March 17 | 9 – 11am
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. After the parade, there’ll be Irish step dancers, folk singers, bands, a Celtic food village, and more.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10:30am parade begins
Where: Parade begins at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, San Diego | Festival will be at Balboa Park, at Sixth and Maple
Cost: Free+
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Spring Fling – St. Patrick’s Family Festival

Your family is invited to come celebrate our 4th annual Spring Fling—St Patrick’s Family Festival! Come paint the town green at Welk Resorts San Diego, March 16 and 17.

“There’s an infinite obstacle course, two ‘escape the leprechaun’ wipeout challenges, flying trapeze, and so much more—we’ll have something for the whole family!*
All ages are welcome and the event is open to the public. Tickets are only $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and all-inclusive for rides and entertainment!

When: March 16 & 17
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego | 8845 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: $15, $10 for kids, up to $25
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Fiddle Fest

Movements from fiddle inspired classics like Holst’s “St. Paul Suite” and Britten’s “Simple Symphony” along with Irish and Appalachian folk tunes, and a bit of a Vivaldi Hoe-down thrown in.

Guest artist Andres Martin will also perform Bottesini’s “Passione Amorosa” with Artistic Director Joe McNalley.

When: Friday, March 15 | 8pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $15 – $35
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Storytelling Festival ’19

Come out for this 9th annual Storytelling Festival in association with the Encinitas Library. Story sessions from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for families, adults, children.

Storytellers of San Diego offer workshops, performances, a chance to record your story with Dave Drexler, Veteran’s Stories, a session with a live florist creating during Bouquet of Stories, student tellers from Park Dale Lane and Paul Ecke Elementaries and much more. A food truck is on premises. Lively music with Gemini Junction.

When: Saturday, March 16 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo And Family Fun Day

California Fitness Fun And Heartlight San Diego Dance are holding our 24th Annual Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day: fitness activities, carnival games, educational exhibits, raffles and performances by the children in our classes, held in about 100 San Diego elementary schools.

When: Saturday, March 16 | noon
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Sabor Latino: Food, Beer & Wine Festival

Celebrate Latino flavors and culture with unlimited dish tastings inspired by the area’s most celebrated Latin chefs, as well as unlimited pours of craft beer and wine tastings provided by over 20 breweries and wineries from Baja California and San Diego. With live music and art all day. 21+

When: Saturday, March 16 | 1pm
Where: Fashion Valley Mall | 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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26th San Diego Latino Film Festival

The 11-day celebration of Latino cinema, arts and culture just began yesterday — 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival from March 14 to 24.

The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States and Spain as well as Closing Night Parties, the 4th annual Sabor Latino – Food, Beer and Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, free student screenings and more.

When: March 14 – 24
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20 – $50
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields are now open! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open now – May 12
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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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 February 15 – 17

It’s a cold and wet weekend in San Diego County, but thankfully there’s still lots to do!

San Diego county events this weekend

Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC), returns for its 29th anniversary February 7-17, 2019. The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

When: Feb 7 – 17
Where: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Garfield Theater | 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA
Cost: $5 – $16
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Chinese New Year Fair

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with 15,000 of your closest friends at the 2019 Chinese New Year Fair, taking place on February 16th & 17th (3rd Avenue and J Street) in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district!

We will have traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! We will also be featuring a very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days, so don’t miss out!

When: Feb 16 and 17, 2019 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 3rd Avenue and J Street, in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas – celebrating its 50th anniversary and the golden era of the circus in America – returns to San Diego bringing with it acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze under the big top. The show runs through Feb. 18 at Westfield Mission Valley.

When: Through Feb. 18 at this location
Where: Westfield Mission Valley | 1640 Camino del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $15 – $27+
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San Diego Fermentation Festival

This family-friendly festival at the Leichtag Commons in Encinitas (800 Ecke Ranch Rd.) celebrates fermented foods and drinks, and overall health and wellness. The events include demos, live music, a wellness pavilion with yoga classes and sound healing, a “Makers Market” boasting dozens of local vendors, and the 21+ “Ambrosia Garden” featuring tasters of beer, wine, mead, cider and more.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Leichtag Commons | 800 Ecke Ranch Rd., Encinitas
Cost: $14 – $45; 12 and under are 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 January 4 – 6

It’s the first weekend of the new year; hopefully some of these events will help you pursue health, quality time with family, education or whatever resolution you’re pursuing in 2019!

San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Spring Home Show

The San Diego Spring Home Show will help you find inspiration, products and services to help make that home improvement project a reality. The 3-day expo will take over downtown’s San Diego Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Free passes can be printed out in advance online (https://www.homeshowsandiego.com/free-pass); at the door, tickets will cost $10.

When: Friday Jan. 4, 11am – 8pm | Saturday Jan. 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday Jan. 6, 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free passes online here; tickets at the door will be $10
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Three Decades in the Rearview

This retrospective exhibit, “Three Decades in the Rearview,” showcases a variety of unique vehicles that encapsulate the automotive culture including race cars, hot rods, low-riders and more. The anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019, and is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

When: Anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019
Where: San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park) | 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 adults; $4 for kids 15 and under
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Hullabaloo Family Market

Join San Diego’s own award-winning kids music group, Hullabaloo, for a morning of music, food, art projects, face painting and shopping at the Hullabaloo Family Market.

When: Jan 7 | First Mondays until May
Where: The Heritage Ranch | 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event

Connect with your kids, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the number one Minecraft event in the USA.

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event holds a Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game, and is coming to San Diego for two days only

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 & 6, 2019
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $90
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ArchaeoCon 2019

The Archaeological Institute of America turns 140 years old in 2019 and this expo at the Marriott Marquis will pretty much serve as the institute’s birthday bash. The fair will feature archaeology presentations, hands-on demos, workshops, an “ancient game tournament” centered on a board game from Mesopotamia, and Q&A sessions with experts.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5 – $10
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Guided Nature Walk – Mission Trails Regional Park

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 | 9:30 – 11am
Where: Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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 Nov 30 – Dec 2

Now that it’s December, there are holiday events in abundance all over San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire

Ring in the holidays with free festivities at the Chula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire!

Back by popular demand, the free Children’s Faire runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Friends and family, young and old, can make their way to Memorial Park and take a ride down everyone’s favorite Frosty’s Snow Hill! Downtown Chula Vista will transform into a Winter Wonderland with real snow for sledding, holly, jolly treats like photos with Santa, fun games, story time, train rides, bounce house, ornament making and an all new “Elf Yourself” station where the little ones can dress up in hats, face painting and glitter bar to magically transform into Santa’s Little Helpers.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2pm – Children’s Faire, 6pm – parade
Where: Memorial Park | 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
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Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and more!

Live entertainment will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony will commence as a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital lights the towering Christmas tree from top to bottom.

Following the tree lighting, peruse the Holiday Marketplace for holiday goodies, gifts and more in the Central Promenade, or grab a bite from the one of the neighborhood eateries before the outdoor viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”

When: Friday, Nov. 30 | 5pm
Where: NTC North Promenade | 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Garden of Lights

Parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience!

Festive holiday activities abound including sledding, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hot mulled wine, beer and refreshments, as well as visits with Santa (December 1 – 23) and horse-drawn wagon rides (December 14 – 23 & 26 – 30). Enjoy great live entertainment every single night from 6 – 8 p.m.!

When: Dec. 1 – 23, Dec. 26- 30
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $25
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La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

The 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival takes place Sunday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. This years theme is “The Sounds of Christmas” Enjoy entertainment and photos with Santa!

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 | 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
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Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station! Bring family and friends to enjoy a night of celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities and more!

When: Monday, Dec. 3 | 5pm – 9pm
Where: Central Promenade – Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Winter Wonderland Festival

Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Sat, Dec. 1 | 3pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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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. 7 – 9

There’s many festivals and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend. View them here!

San Diego county events this weekendCardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

When: Saturday, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church | 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com


28th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 7 – 9
Where: 5577 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/Sycuans-Annual-Pow-Wow-358010080969157


5th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

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

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 3400 Pio Pico Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $20 – $55
More information: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org


San Diego Blues Festival

Billy Gibbons & Friends will headline this year’s San Diego Blues Festival at the Embarcadero. Tickets start at $30 and the proceeds benefit the San Diego Food Bank, which helps feed and provide additional support to needy families.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30
More information: www.sdbluesfest.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  | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


Sculpture in the Garden

The sprawling botanical garden in Encinitas (230 Quail Gardens Drive) is featuring the sculpture work of 30 artists through the month of April. See the artwork, ranging from whimsical to abstract, set against a backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves and ponds.

When: now – April
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $14 – adults; $8 – children
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture


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 for June 1 – 3

What a great weekend coming up for San Diego County! The fair begins today, and there’s several free events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendFlag Day Parade

Celebrate Old Glory at La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade this Saturday. Pre-parade entertainment by middle school bands at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am. There will be free ice cream, as well. This year’s grand marshal is local historian and author Jim Newland.

When: Saturday, June 2 | 9am
Where: down La Mesa Blvd in downtown La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Art Around Adams

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.”

When: Saturday, June 2 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: artaroundadams.org


RB Alive! Street Fair

Celebrate the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Annual RB Alive! Expo with a full day of entertainment and enjoyment. Visitors can partake of tasty treats, browse over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts and more.

When: Sunday, June 3 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Bernardo Center Drive between Lomica Drive and Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sdbusinesschamber.com/events/rb-alive-expo-street-fair


San Diego County Fair

It starts TODAY! Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.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 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County — free summer concerts!

There’s so many free concerts all over the county this summer — click to see the entire list!


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

Where Will We See You This Summer?

San Diego County — free summer concerts!

Join in the fun and listen to some great music for free this summer! San Diego County has 100s of free concerts this summer!

San Diego County free summer concerts

Click to view all of the free summer concerts in San Diego County!

This great flyer is from First American Title.

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


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