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San Diego County Events for July 13 – 15, 2018

Festivals, music, food and all sorts of family activities and free events going on this weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSun and Sea Festival

Superheroes In The Sand is the theme for this year’s Festival.  The 2018 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 2018
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
More information: sunandseafestival.com


Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield

The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns for the 2018 season. This weekend, the musician behind chart-topping hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Love Somebody” will rock on stage along San Diego Bay.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
Cost: $25 – $42 Tickets
More information: Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield


Grunion Run

It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Sunday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: expected now – Sunday
Where: May occur at various beaches; see list above
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


Festival of the Bells

This event celebrates the founding of Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala nearly 250 years ago. The event will feature food, games and live entertainment at the historical landmark. All five of the mission’s bells will be rung during the weekend’s activities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mission San Diego | 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
More information: www.missionsandiego.org/events/festival-bells-meeting


Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks will swamp Balboa Park every Friday this summer. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests while listening to a variety of live music. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a “living room” area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.

When: Fridays, 4 – 8:30pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Varying prices
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday


Sundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from Rachel Aldous and The Road Home!

When: Sundays, starting June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


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


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!

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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 7 – 9

With such a beautiful spring weekend ahead for us, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and explore some of the great events San Diego County has to offer!

San Diego county events this weekendHealthy Living Festival

San Diego’s largest health and fitness expo returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. The event educates attendees on everything involving health and wellness and will feature 30 expert-led lectures and workshops on topics like fitness, healthy eating, better sleep habits and how to reduce stress. In addition, there will be free medical screenings, too, and attendees will also enjoy cooking demos and tips from renowned chefs.

When: Saturday, April 8, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, April 9, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free if you print out this pass; otherwise $10 at the door
More information: healthylivingfestival.com


Springfest

Springfest is an annual festival wholly curated by and highlighting new work from the UC San Diego Department of Music–the premier center on the West Coast for experimental and new music.

When: See dates and times here
Where: University of California, San Diego | 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA
Cost: Free – $12
More information: ucsdmusic.blogspot.com


Imperial Beach Derby Daze

Enjoy live music from an amazing Cuban Band, a dance performance by Italia’s Dance Academy, music by DJ Jughead, and shop from local businesses at this free event.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 12pm
Where: Pier Plaza Imperial Beach | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: here


Eggstravaganza

Enjoy one of the holiday’s traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, balloon artist, face painting and crafts on the church campus.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 9am
Where: The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe | 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: Free
More information: villagechurch.org/the-eggstravaganza


April Pools Day

In preparation for May — the drowning prevention month — the city of La Mesa is focused on bringing water awareness to the community. Learn how to keep children safe around water with water safety and CPR presentations, rescue demonstrations, lesson demonstrations, free swim lessons and recreational swim at the municipal pool.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 12 – 3pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 29 – 31

On this sunny summer weekend in San Diego County, head outside for some fun events!

San Diego county events this weekend

Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20! This event must be seen to be believed. Bring the whole family for a day of rad competitions, goodies and fun!

Now in its 11th year, the Surf Dog Competition promises to be a sweet time for two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes. Enter your dog in the surf competition or just come take in all the fun under the sun!

When: Saturday, July 30 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Next to Imperial Beach Pier | 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free
More information: surfdogevents.com/imperial-beach


Sip and Spin: A Group Ride and Get-Together

Bring your bike or trike and join the San Diego Museum of Man in decorating your bike wheels, taking a ride through the park, and celebrating at an after-party in the museum’s rotunda. Then all will prepare bike-safety kits for homeless bike riders to benefit the San Diego Rescue Mission.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 5 – 8:30pm
Where: San Diego Museum of Man |1350 El Prado, San Diego,92101
Cost: $10 for Museum Members/$15 for E-Club Members
More information: Sip and Spin: A Group Ride and Get-Together


Live Well San Diego 5K

The 2016 Live Well San Diego 5K will be held at the County Administration Building’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 30. This is a family and pet friendly event that goes beyond the 5k to include interactive booths and entertainment for all ages.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 8am
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20-$35
More information: www.livewellsd5k.com


36th Annual Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off

The 36th Annual Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association! Fire Fighter Chili Cook-Off — over 20 local fire departments competing! All you can eat burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, snacks & chili, live music by Classic Buzz & local microbrew tastings, and with the VIP purchase a Padres vs. Reds game ticket.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North at Seaport Village | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40 – $50+
More information: www.downtownsandiego.org/events/36th-annual-tailgate-party-and-firefighter-chili-cook-off

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 15 – 17

Lots to do this sunny San Diego weekend! Check out: La Mesa’s free concert, the Over the Line competition, Latino Film Series, vintage market, and Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival. And if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!


Sundays at Six concert series

Every year, La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation puts on some free family fun with their Sundays at Six concert series. This Sunday’s concert begins at 6pm, with SILVERMINE – Classic Rock/Pop.

When: Sunday, July 17 and Sunday until July 24 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


63rd Annual World Championship OTL | Over the Line

“Hosted each July by the Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual sporting and merrymaking event typically draws about 1,200 teams from around the world to Mission Bay to partake in OTL, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s” (nbcsandiego.com). Over The Line is a public event and requires no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament. This weekend is the second and last weekend of OTL.

When: July 16 & 17 | each day begins at 7:30am until close to sunset
Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park, San Diego, California
Cost: Free to watch!
More information: www.ombac.org/over-the-line


Cine Carretera! Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Boulevard

CINE CARRETERA! A Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Blvd! Saturdays – July 16th, 23rd & 30th 2016. They’re taking over a vacant lot & making it into a vibrant space for film, art, music & community gatherings!

When: Saturdays — July 16 – 30 | 7pm
Where: 4050 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/291554044513691/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466708044918683


Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

More than 100 vendors selling vintage, antique and handmade goodies with gather at Liberty Station (2870 Dewey Rd.) both Saturday and Sunday for the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Station | 2870 Dewey Rd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/markets/san-diego-market


2016 Sun & Sea Festival

Being dubbed, “The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition,” the 2016 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a the Kids n’ Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair. View the whole schedule here.

When: Friday, July 15 at 8am and Saturday, July 16 at 7am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza |10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/jul/16/2016-sun-sea-festival/?et=65902

San Diego County Events for April 29 – May 1

San Diego County is busy with all sorts of activities and events and festivals going on this weekend — there is something for everyone in the next few days!

San Diego county events this weekend5th Annual Spring Festival & Maypole Dance

spring-festival-flyerThe event features music, kid crafts, face painting, food trucks, cupcake walks, local vendors and opportunity drawings. This is a family-friendly event and all proceeds help sponsor the school’s specialty classes, field trips, and classroom supplies. Musical performers include Hullabaloo, Kathryn the Grape, and the Yes Team. View the flyer here.

When: Sunday, May 1 | 10:30am – 3pm
Where: NUA Sparrow School | 4207 Spring Gardens Road, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: nuasparrow.org/2016/03/09/spring-festival


Mission Federal ArtWalk

On April 30 & May 1, 2016, Mission Federal ArtWalk will fill 17 blocks in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.  Thousands of attendees come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy the music and dance and participate in interactive art experiences.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal


Adams Avenue Unplugged

UNpluggedPosterThe fifth annual Adams Avenue Unplugged will feature 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries on Adams Avenue.

When: Saturday, April 30, 12pm – 10pm | Sunday, May 1, 12pm – 7pm
Where: Adams Avenue | From Texas Street to Marlborough Drive, San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-unplugged


Fiesta del Mar

The first ever Fiesta del Mar – a cross-border Celebration of Friendship between the cities of Imperial Beach and Rosarito, Mexico. The day-long, family-friendly celebration will showcase live musical acts from both the Rosarito and San Diego areas as well as interactive family activities hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of both cities.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 12 – 7pm
Where: Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1133980979980050


32nd Annual Children’s Book Party

Calling all children and families in San Diego! The 32nd Annual Children’s Book Party will be held at the world famous Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on April 30, 2016!

All children in attendance will receive two brand-new books (for free)! And there will be light refreshments and entertainment for all.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 8:30 – 10:30am
Where: Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion | Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.childrensbookparty.org


14th Annual Spring Demo Days – Huge Outdoor Golf Demo Day

Carlsbad Golf Center 14th Annual Spring Demo Days & Custom Fitting Experience is San Diego’s largest outdoor, on-the-driving-range golf demo event. Golfers of all skill and experience levels can test the latest equipment, get info from 25+ brand vendors and save on new clubs and throughout the pro shop.

When: Friday, April 29 at 10am | Saturday, April 30 at 9am
Where: Carlsbad Golf Center | 2711 Haymar Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.thecarlsbadgolfcenter.com


El Cajon’s 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony

The City of El Cajon – a community designated a “Tree City USA” for the past 18 years for its devotion to planting and maintaining trees – will host its 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Hillside Park (840 Buena Terrace). Volunteers will plant more than 20 new trees in the surrounding park. The event also includes light refreshments and free tree seedlings distributed by SDG&E.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 8am

Where: Hillside Park | 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/discover-el-cajon/events


Spring Talmadge Art Show

More than 80 local artists will showcase their works, all for sale, at this homegrown local craft show, now in its 23rd year. The crafts come in all sizes: jewelry, clothing, handbags, pottery, mixed media, and more will be up for grabs here. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

When: Sunday, May 1 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station Conference Center | 2600 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: www.talmadgeartshow.com