Category Archives: La Mesa

San Diego County Events for Aug 31 – Sept 2

Check out these Labor Day weekend events in San Diego County:

Grossmont Center’s Summer Concert Series

Grossmont Center will be alive with the sound of music during the Summer Concert Series! The Cat*illacs perform the last concert at Grossmont Center today.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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US San Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

One of the top 20 “Must See” seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego’s downtown waterfront for 2019.

When: Aug 31 – Sept 2
Where: Broadway Pier and Landing | 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15
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5th Annual Diamond Street Festival

This free community street festival in the heart of San Diego’s “Diamond neighborhoods” – along Imperial Avenue, between 60th and 63rd streets – will boast music, food, art, a car show and activities for kids.

When: Saturday, 12 – 7pm
Where: Imperial Avenue between 60th and 63rd Streets, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Hawaiian Plumeria Festival

All about plumerias: amazing flower show, plumeria themed gifts, potted plumeria plant sale, live entertainment and food.

When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Casa Del Prado | 1800 El Prado, Room 101, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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49th Annual Barona Powwow

Hundreds of Native American participants of all ages and from across the country will showcase their dancing skills – also dancing, hand drum contests, singing and music, arts and crafts, and more.

When: Aug. 30 – Sept 1
Where: Barona Resort & Casino | 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd, Lakeside, CA
Cost: Free – $20
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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 August 9 – 11, 2019

A beautiful San Diego weekend to enjoy terrific San Diego events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Safety Fair

Join the La Mesa Police Department and Heartland Fire and Rescue Department for the 2019 La Mesa Safety Fair. Guided police station tours,
bike safety and skills course for kids! (*feel free to bring your own bike and helmet), CPR training, resource booths, music, food, and giveaways!

When: Saturday, Aug 10 | 9am – 1pm
Where: La Mesa PD parking lot | 8085 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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34th Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

This community festival at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in Balboa Park will take place both Saturday and Sunday, celebrating Filipino culture through entertainment, dance, art, and food. The event is free; local vendors will sell traditional Filipino goodies like adobo, lumpia, pancit, and Halo-Halo.

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 10 & 11 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Balboa Park, corner of Park Blvd and Presidents Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” will offer several outdoor movie screenings this Saturday at parks across the county, all starting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

When: Saturday, August 10 | start times between 6 and 7pm
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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12th Annual heART of Mt. Helix

Party for a purpose against the backdrop of the setting sun at the historic Mt. Helix Park known for its 360-degree views. The heART of Mt. Helix, East County’s Premier Food, Wine, and Art Festival benefits Mt. Helix Park. The magic happens on August 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. as one of San Diego’s most spectacular outdoor venues is transformed by this one-of-a-kind festival of art, music, and samplings from some of San Diego’s best restaurants and beverage companies, while benefiting one of the county’s most unique nonprofit nature parks and outdoor amphitheaters.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 5 – 10pm
Where: Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheatre , 4905 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa, CA
Cost: $99 – $1800
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Children’s Business Fair San Diego

Acton Children’s Business Fair is a great community event, where children and youth become business owners for one day. The event is free and open to the public.

Kids ages 5-17 would be able to develop, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 10am
Where: South Embarcadero, 675 Convention Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition

Join daring dogs as they jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20 next to the iconic IB Pier! Competition happens 8am – 2:15pm.

When: Saturday, August 10 | 8am – 2:30pm
Where: Imperial Beach Pier | 10 Evergreen Ave. Imperial Beach, CA 91932
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 July 19 – 21, 2019

Too much to do in San Diego County — what will you choose to do and see with your weekend?

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Rocks 20th Anniversary

Join La Mesa on Saturday July 20th from 6-11 pm, to celebrate 20 years of successful projects and programs in La Mesa parks! The honorary guest of the night will be Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

$50 per person – includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment
Buy tickets at www.lamesaparks.org

When: Saturday, July 20 | 6 – 11pm
Where: Marina Village | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109
Cost: $50
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Free Dive-in Movie

Cool off and watch a movie under the stars with the Summer Movies in the Parks series! La Mesa will be screening Aquaman at the La Mesa Municipal Pool July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Come early to get a good seat!

When: Friday, July 19 | 7:30pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Aloha Plunge

Island-themed pool games, giant inflatables, key logs, a special Polynesian dance performance and more. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Food available for purchase. Register online.

When: Saturday, July 20 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd. | Carlsbad
Cost: $10; 3 and under free
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Insect Festival

Get acquainted with thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, snakes, lizards and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Kids can make insect crafts, practice bug collecting and get a taste of cooked mealworm. July 20 & 21, 10 am-4 pm. Included with paid garden admission.

When: July 20 & 21 | 10am – 4pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
Cost: Free with paid garden admission
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Family Fun Day at Del Mar

Pony rides, giant inflatable slides and obstacle courses, bungee trampolines, a meet and greet with Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, body art and face painters, soccer clinics and more. Kids, ages 12 & under, will also receive a plush racehorse giveaway (while supplies last). Free admission for under 18. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com

When: Sunday, July 21
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Cost: Free admission for under 18
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

When: Summer nights – often Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Sundays at Six Concert

La Mesa’s Six Concert Series continues for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy the band 8-Track Highway, a rock-n-roll band.

When: Sunday, July 21| 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
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 June 14 – 16, 2019

Now’s the perfect season to come check out San Diego County  — there’s things to do all the time (check out my list of must-do San Diego County activities here), and here’s a few weekend events to round out your weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendSundays at Six Concert

La Mesa is starting up the Sundays at Six Concert Series for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy some country music with Trails and Rails

When: Sunday, June 16 | 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport

Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forced to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Where: SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport Village, San Diego
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp

The 25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp will be showcasing the excellent dining options of the Gaslamp Quarter. General Admission tickets are $35 pre-sale ($45 day-of) and allow you to sample 25+ different restaurants from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on a self-guided walking tour with a beer garden featuring different brews from the Karl Strauss brewery.

When: Saturday, June 15, 1 – 4pm | After Party at 4pm for VIP
Where: Check-In in front of Tin Fish | 538 L Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: $35-$75 | purchase online
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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 May 31 – June 3, 2019

Spend the weekend with family and friends in San Diego County:

San Diego county events this weekend

La Mesa Flag Day Parade flyer

La Mesa Flag Day Parade

This is the 22nd year, and it’s still going strong! Join the local La Mesa Flag Day Parade this Saturday, June 1! The community comes together each year to recognize the organizations and individuals that make La Mesa “The Jewel of the Hills.”

When: Saturday, June 1 | 10am
Where: along La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Taste of San Diego – East

“Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening.

When: Monday, June 3 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel – Golden Ballroom | 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley/San Diego, CA
Cost: $40 – $60+
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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Balboa Park Free Summer Kickoff Concert

Join us for the 2nd annual SDYS open-air concert on the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art in the Plaza de Panama, Friday, May 31st as Balboa Park kicks off Summer in the Park! This family-friendly evening of music, food, festival atmosphere and fun will get your summer season off on the right foot. The date coincides with the start of Food Truck Fridays, Friday Night Alive! (formerly Park After Dark) – with select museums and attractions open late-night hours from 5:00–8:00 pm – and much more.

When: Friday, May 31 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory | 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Festival

San Diego Bay Festival will have delicious specialty foods, craft beers, craft cocktails, and fine wines will all presented by local restaurants, bars, and nightclub staff. Local arts and crafts, as well as booths, will be on sale throughout the festival.

When: Saturday, June 1 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40
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Art Around Adams

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.” It’s FREE FUN for young and old.

When: Saturday, June 1 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington | San Diego, CA 92116
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 May 24 – 27

On this Memorial Day weekend, attend one of these fun and family-friendly events in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekend

Street Food Cinema: Outdoor Movie and Dinner

The Grossmont center is showing Jurassic Park and will welcome food trucks serving a variety of selections, from popcorn over ice cream to dinner entrées and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. To get the most fun out of Street Food Cinema, plan to arrive early to listen to live music and order dinner from one of the food vendors. 

When: Saturday, May 25 | doors open at 6pm, movie starts 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Legacy Week

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.

When: May 24 – 27
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Cost: $22+
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Valley Center Western Days

Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor”. The parade runs the length of Valley Center Road from Lilac Road, and then turn left onto Cole Grade Road, finishing up at the Elementary School where the annual festival is held. Vendors, games, food and entertainment can all be found at the largest community festival of the year.

When: May 25 | parade begins at 10am
Where: Parade ends and festival is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA
Cost: Free
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Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA
Cost: Street Fair: Free. Beer Festival: $15-25
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Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, will be held Memorial Day weekend and has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, Maritime Museum of San Diego will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 25 to 27 with special general admission hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.

When: May 25 – 27 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Takes place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego
Cost: General admission $18+
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Annual Butterfly Release

The free, family-friendly event features a special performance by children’s singer Kathryn the Grape, arts and crafts activities provided by San Diego Floral Association, and hourly butterfly releases around 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Families can reserve a butterfly for a $5 donation, but live butterflies will also be distributed first-come first-served a few minutes before each release.

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Zoro Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
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 May 10 – 12, 2019

Check out what’s going on in San Diego County this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendTaste of Grossmont

Sample delicious food from Grossmont Center’s fantastic collection of restaurants at the annual Taste of Grossmont. Taste of Grossmont is an amazing opportunity to feast on cuisines from around the globe—Mexican, Italian, Irish, American, and more—all in one day. More than 20 of Grossmont Center’s participating restaurants will serve delectable bites of their signature dishes that can be savored while spending the afternoon shopping.

When: May 11 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Festival of Arts – North Park

The 23rd Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park is back Saturday, May 11th from 11AM to 10PM! Experience this local North Park tradition, with live music, live street art demonstrations, music stages and local food! This event is FREE and for all ages! Don’t miss a fun-filled day and night of entertainment in San Diego’s hippest neighborhood.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 11am – 10pm
Where: University Ave in North Park, San Diego
Cost: Free; $27 for Craft Beer Block tasting tickets
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Mountain Man Rendezvous

Visit a “mountain man” encampment to meet characters from the North American Fur Trade era (1815-1840). See demonstrations of flint and steel fire-starting, archery, tomahawk & knife throwing, blackpowder shooting, trap setting, primitive cooking, and candle making. Listen to the stories of those who followed Lewis and Clark into the western mountains. Primitive camps, teepees, a blacksmith shop and period-dressed people will be ready to talk with you and show you around.

When: Friday, May 10
Where: Northcote Ranch, 2294 Lake Morena Drive, Campo
Cost: $5
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Tacotopia

The largest, unlimited taco event in San Diego. Tacos from TJ to LA, from established taco chains to mom and pop taco stands and trucks. A diverse selection of crispy fish tacos, fancy gourmet tacos, and savory street tacos from 60 of the best taco vendors. Unlimited taco tasting, beer tastings from 20 local breweries, full-sized pours and margaritas available at the bar, live music, lucha libre wrestling, and lawn games.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Golden Hill Community Park|2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego
Cost: $15 – $55 | 21+
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31st Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow

The Balboa Park Pow Wow showcases the heritage of American Indians. Participants of all ages will be present from American Indian tribes, drum groups. and communities, wearing ornate regalia. Kumeyaay singers will open the event both days with Birds Songs. Gourd Dancing will follow, and then the Grand Entry, which opens a day of inter-tribal dancing. Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry, clothing, fry bread, and Indian tacos.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Gator by the Bay

Music, Louisiana food and crawfish festival!

When: May 9 – 12
Where: Spanish Landing Park | 3900 North Harbor Drive (Across from San Diego Airport), San Diego
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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 April 26 – 28, 2019

It’s not hard to find fun for the family or for free this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEarth Day Festival

Get hands-on with fun Earth Day activities including interactive booths, STEM activities, vendors, Pedal for the Planet Trail Ride (bring your bike and helmet), educational materials, resources and more.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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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 Main Street and a traditional So-Cal beach town.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 9am
Where: South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is the largest running arts festival in Southern California!

Attendees can explore 16 blocks of every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. Then enjoy live music, dance performances, interactive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk and more!

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: Throughout Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Oceanside’s 10th Annual Earth Festival

The Earth Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore more than 100 booths and vendors to learn ways to increase sustainability efforts; peruse the vintage market to find upcycled items from environmentally conscious businesses; discover and taste Oceanside’s local food; and enjoy live local bands.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way and Tremont St., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free, beloved music festival along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue brings 80 performances across 24 stages inside the unique restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries that line San Diego’s uptown communities. The festival spans from west University Heights into Normal Heights and parts of Kensington to the east.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue (From west University Heights through Normal Heights), San Diego
Cost: Free
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Tequila & Tacos Music Festival

The 3rd annual Tequila & Tacos Music Festival returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront this weekend, featuring exclusive tequila samplings, entertainment and gourmet street tacos.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | tequila tasting on Saturday
Where: 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero Marin Park South, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $40
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Annual Lakeside Rodeo

The 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 26th, 27th & 28th, 2019 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 26 – 28
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds | 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: $10 – $20
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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!