Category Archives: Encinitas

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 June 23 – 25

Celebrate summer with some wonderful activities this weekend in San Diego County. Concerts, family activities, festivals, cultural events and so much more is going on this Friday – Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekend

Mass Creativity Day 2017

Make, share and create art during Mass Creativity Day, a free outdoor arts festival at The New Children’s Museum. Bring the whole family out for a day full of art-making activities, free Museum admission, music, food and more!

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: thinkplaycreate.org/learn/signature-events/mass-creativity


2017 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

Join more than 70,000 visitors for the 38th annual oceanfront chili cook-off in Ocean Beach. Live stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more.

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am – 8pm
Where: 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook-off


44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Scottish culture will fill the park during the two day festival, which will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for guests of all ages: Sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, Scottish vendors, cuisine and beverages, bagpipe and drumming competitions, clan heritage tents, and hands-on children’s activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park | 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/active military, and $5 for children ages 6-16. Children under 5 are free.
More information: sdhighlandgames.org


12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.

SCHEDULE:

  • 7AM – 3PM: Surf Events
  • 12PM-5PM: Live Music
  • 12PM: 91X Battle For The BRO-AM Winner – Sights and Sages
  • 1PM: Jamtown
  • 2:20PM: Lifehouse, Acoustic Set
  • 3:25PM: SWITCHFOOT

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St., Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free – $125
More information: broam.org


32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will take place in Balboa Park this weekend. Learn about Philippine culture through dance and music. Taste Filipino delicacies and support local vendors.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego — Corner of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.samahanphilippinedance.com/festival


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair is here! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

When: Friday, June 2, 4 – 11pm (other Fridays 11am – 11pm) | Saturdays, 10am – 11pm | Sundays, 10am – 10pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 10pm | All date and time details online
Where: The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Adults – $18, Seniors and kids under 13 – $11, Kids 5 and younger – free | Season pass – $26
More information: sdfair.com


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This Sunday, Fanny and the Atta Boys will be performing swing, bluegrass and jazz songs as part of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series.

When: Sunday, June 23| 6 – 7pm — plus more Sundays during the summer
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


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 (June 23 & 24) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Free Willy
  • Despicable Me 2

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Taste of Adams Avenue

Nearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

When: Sunday, June 25 | 11am – 3pm
Where: Will Call: 3441, Adams Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35 advanced, $40 day of (cash only)
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/taste-of-adams-avenue


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 19 – 21

What a beautiful weekend coming up! Enjoy the lovely weather and San Diego County area with these great family activities and fun events! And 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 this weekendSalsa Under the Stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in the Headquarters at Seaport’s beautiful out door courtyard from 6 pm – 9 pm. No partner or experience necessary for this free event.

When: Friday, May 19 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars-16


21st Annual Festival Of The Arts In North Park

21st Annual Festival of the Arts in North Park is a free art and live music festival that also highlights the local craft beer and food community. It will be a fun-filled day of entertainment and fun.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 10pm
Where: North Park San Diego | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: northparkmainstreet.com/events/festival-of-arts


2017 How-to Festival

Come learn “how-to” do something new and interesting in quick workshops taught by volunteers from your neighborhood. This interactive community educational event has something for everyone. All ages welcome.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 3pm
Where: San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA — various locations
Cost: Free
More information: sdpl.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo


Fiesta Del Sol 2017

The 38th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 20- 21, 2017 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE two day arts & music festival for 37 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove.

The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform over the two day event, which includes local community talent. There will also be a large, fun and exciting Children’s Area set up for families to enjoy rides, games and a climbing wall.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 | 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park | 111 S Sierra Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Tierrafest Parade and Craft Fair

Come and visit our all-day Craft Fair (9am to 3pm), offering lots of handmade items by local artisans.  The day starts with a Patriot’s Day Parade at 10am, with schools, clubs, bands, businesses and local dignitaries marching or riding, and the day ends with a barbeque dinner (4-8pm) at the Tierrasanta Rec Center together with a fireworks display at dusk.  The Craft Fair and Parade are  free, and children are welcome.  Tickets for the dinner are available at the Craft Fair.

When: Craft Fair: Saturday, May 20, 9am – 3pm | Parade: 10am | BBQ dinner: 4 – 8pm
Where: 10633 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA 92124
Cost: Free entrance to the craft fair and parade; tickets available at the craft fair for the closing bbq dinner and fireworks display
More information: Info on the San Diego Union Tribune


24th Southern California Band Festival

The 24th Southern California Band Festival is being held May 20 and 21, 2017 at Old Poway Park. The festival presents 17 adult concert bands from Southern California and Arizona with a new band every hour. The festivities conclude with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band starting at 6:15 Sunday. Food and beverages are available. Gift baskets will be auctioned off.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21
Where: Old Poway Park Bandstand | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: More info


Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper. Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment from high school performing arts and future stars.

When: Sunday, May 21 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Downtown Escondido | 100 Grand ave, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: Free
More information: escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival

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 21 – 23

This weekend in San Diego holds quite the variety of activities; enjoy: gardens, fairs and parades, festivals, music, food, films, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSculpture in the Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden is featuring local artists through the end of this month. ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop. You can take a self-guided tour of the sculptures.

When: Until the end of April 2017
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA 92024
Cost: Included with admission to the gardens | $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and active military and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids 2 and under get in free. On-site parking is $2.
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture


32nd Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair And Parade

The 2017 Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair and Parade’s theme in 2017 will be focused on Healthy Communities — emphasizing the health resources available to Linda Vista and San Diego. Numerous cultural exhibits, varied ethnic food offerings and artistic performances are will be offered.

When: Saturday, April 22 | 10am
Where: Linda Vista | 6900 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lindavistafair.org


NAKland: Children’s Carnival & Community Resource Fair

This free event includes a children’s carnival with a variety of games, inflatable jumpers, giveaways, prizes, a traditional baile folklorico performance, a lion dance show, bubble soccer, a petting zoo and free food!

When: Saturday, April 22 | 10am
Where: Teralta Park | Orange Ave. & 40th St. , San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/NAKland-Childrens-Carnival-Community-Resource-Fair


San Diego Guitar Festival

Back for its second year, the San Diego Guitar Festival is proud to present award-winning guitarists, including Grammy-winners David Russell and Paul O’Dette. The San Diego Guitar Festival has once again partnered with Museum of Making Music Carlsbad for the unique “Classic Strings & Modern Brew.” The very best of the classical guitar world meets the very best San Diego brewers –Stone Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Bagby Beer Company– in a unique concert, beer-tasting experience not to be missed.

Masterclasses, lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. The schedule is available here.

When: Various dates from April 21 – 30
Where: San Diego State University | 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $200
More information: www.sdguitarfest.org


7th San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

With 21 films, the 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet.

When: Multiple dates from Apr 20 – Apr 27
Where: Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinemas | 7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $9 – $15
More information: www.ultrastarmovies.com/theaters/mission-valley-hazard-center-movie-theater


27th annual Multicultural Earth Day

A free festival with music and dance and food and libations and performers. The “World’s Largest Seed Exchange,” heirloom plant sale, activities designed for kids, and some 50 various vendors will be at the event in Balboa Park.

When: Sunday, April 23 | 12 – 7pm
Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park | 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: worldbeatcenter.org


Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Celebrating its 31st year, the event draws up to 100,000 visitors and features all things avocado — from sweet and savory foods to avocado-related products. Special events include a guacamole contest, a “Little Miss” or “Little Mister” Avocado contest (ages 6-10), a Best Decorated Avocado contest and the Avo 500 children’s car race. There will be live music, a beer and margarita garden, children’s activities and the Artisan Walk on Alvarado Street, featuring more than 30 local artists.

When: Sunday, April 23 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Main Avenue, Downtown Fallbrook, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org


25th Annual Oceanside Days of Art

TheOceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, and photography — with live stage performances, children’s and adult’s hands on art activities, street chalk artist, painting and sculpture demonstrations, and a delicious variety of food.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Route 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) and Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


Home Show USA

Check out the latest trends in remodeling, landscaping, decorating and design on the expo floor.

When: Friday – Sunday, April 21 – 23 | Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission; parking is $13
More information: Home Show USA

San Diego County Events for December 16 – 18

December is full of holiday activities and events here in San Diego County — here are just a few of the things to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

A Kimball Christmas & Holiday Celebration

National City’s 9th Annual “A Kimball Christmas and Holiday Celebration” at Kimball Park happens this weekend. This will be a weekend full of free, family, fun, including ice skating, community booths, community performances, special guest appearances, food and beverages for sale and more!

When: Friday – Sunday, Dec. 16 – 18 | 4 – 10pm
Where: Kimball Park | E 12th St, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: www.nationalcityca.gov


Garden of Lights

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5–9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience.

When: Dec. 3 – 23 and 26 – 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $20
More information: www.sdbgarden.org


2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar

Come and join the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar in Imperial Beach. Free event to the community! Enjoy delicious food, fun music, kids zone and be part of the amazing raffles.

When: Saturday, Dec. 17 | 11am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/portwood-pier-plaza


Parade of Lights

Festive lights illuminating the San Diego Bay can only mean one thing: the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back – a holiday tradition upheld by the local boating community bulb for bulb, year after year. In its 45th year, the dazzling display of lights covering more than 80 boats can be seen from several prime locations along the waterfront route — from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Coronado’s Ferry Landing.

When: Sunday, Dec. 18 | 5pm
Where: Various locations in San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
More information: sdparadeoflights.org


Grand Art Series: Holiday Mixer And Toy Drive

Join in the “Grand Art Series: Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive” on Friday, Dec 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Grand Lobby Bar. Bring a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy or gift card for free entrance to the event, and enjoy complimentary wine and 20 percent off the regular Grand Lobby Bar menu. Free parking with validation will be available for those attending, as well.

When: Friday, Dec. 16 | 6:30pm
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Grand Lobby Bar | 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: manchester.grand.hyatt.com


The Mar Dels Holiday Concert

Get in the spirit of the holidays with us at our free concert, featuring The Mar Dels! Join us in the courtyard and enjoy a special performance of holiday classics and pop hits!

When: Saturday, Dec. 17 | 6 – 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/holiday-concert